Roger Waters says that he is far, far, far more important than The Weeknd and Drake
Rock legend and Pink Floyd superstar Roger Waters stated recently that while he’s not intentionally taking a hit at the musical acts today, he believes that he is “far, far, far more important” than Canadian stars like The Weeknd and Drake.
Fact Check: True.
The discussion started when Waters asked why none of the newspapers in Toronto had sent a critic to cover his show there. The reason? Was that reporters were sent to The Weeknd’s show across town, which in the end, was cancelled.
“I’m not trying to make a personal attack. I’m just saying it seemed odd. And, by the way, with all due respect to the Weeknd or Drake or any of them, I am far, far, far more important than any of them will ever be, however many billions of streams they’ve got,” Waters told the Globe and Mail.
I actually agree with Roger Waters. Pink Floyd is more important than anything Drake and The Weeknd have and will do for music. That’s just a fact and really isn’t up for debate.
However, Waters is now 78 and I can almost guarantee that the majority of readers here at The Liberty Line don’t know who he is or at the very least, disagree with his statement. Of course reporters in this “click and engagement” online society are going to The Weeknd show instead of going to see Roger Waters. I’m not even sure why he’s upset about that in the first place but whatever.
I love Roger Waters out there questioning today’s music, but let’s not forget that he’s the same guy that left Pink Floyd in 1985 and then sued his bandmates for continuing to use his name and likeness. Definitely a wild move on his part, but that’s just the price you pay for being a certified rock superstar.
Dropping not one, not two, but THREE “far” in his statement was the kicker for me. Three of them makes it sound so much worse than it actually was.
Roger Waters didn’t stop there…
The “Wish You Were Here” co-writer went on to clarify that he’s not particularly familiar with his fellow musicians because he doesn’t actually spend time listening to music.
“I have no idea what or who the Weeknd is, because I don’t listen to much music. People have told me he’s a big act. Well, good luck to him. I’ve got nothing against him,” he continued.
“Oh The Weeknd? Sorry I never even heard of him nor do I ever intend on listening to his music, I just know im FAR, FAR, FAR more important than him so please just leave me alone.
If dragging The Weeknd and Drake wasn’t enough, Waters made sure to keep some extra bullets in the chamber for fans that claimed his show wasn’t “upbeat enough”.
Waters also responded to complaints from concert-goers who said his show wasn’t “upbeat.”
“I don’t know who you are, but I thank you for noticing that it wasn’t just a sing-along party of old hits,” said Waters, referring to some unnamed acts that rose to fame at the same time as Pink Floyd. “I don’t go to those kinds of shows, because I don’t like them. The old bands go out and trundle through their hits year after year after year.”
Roger Waters just owned Canada worse than Joel Embiid did in last year’s playoffs and I absolutely love it. Sorry folks, Waters is just out there playing some songs at the ripe age of 78 and trashing anyone who steps in his way.
This isn’t new for Waters. Just last year, he told Zuckerberg and Facebook basically to fuck off after they wanted to use “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” for an Instagram advertisement.
Rolling Stone – Roger Waters told the press at a recent pro-Julian Assange event that Facebook approached him about using the 1979 Pink Floyd classic “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” in an upcoming advertisement for Instagram.
“It arrived this morning, with an offer for a huge, huge amount of money,” Waters said. “And the answer is, ‘Fuck You. No fuckin’ way.’”
“I only mention that because this is an insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything,” he continued. “I will not be a party to this bullshit, [Mark] Zuckerberg.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.
During the event, Waters read from a letter that he says came from Facebook. “We want to thank you for considering this project,” he read. “We feel that the core sentiment of this song is still so prevalent and so necessary today, which speaks to how timeless the work is.”
“And yet, they want to use it to make Facebook and Instagram more powerful than it already is,” he replied, “so that it can continue to censor all of us in this room and prevent this story about Julian Assange getting out into the general public so the general public can go, ‘What? No. No More.’”