Roger Waters is not a fan of Drake or The Weeknd it seems as news has been breaking that he had some very choice words about the two as it pertains to who holds more influence in music.
In an interview, Waters was caught red handed by being ignorant to the weight that The Weeknd and Drake both have within modern music. The article’s intro cites Waters’ “complete ignorance of the Weeknd and being literally spitting mad.”
In the interview, Waters was reminded of an incident that took place during a Pink Floyd concert in Montreal “forty-five years ago” where he “spat on a concertgoer, an incident that led to you writing an album, ‘The Wall,’ about the alienation between artists and fans.” Asked “How do you account for the change in your relationship with audiences?”
Waters responded: “Maybe it’s just that I’ve woken up a bit. You’ve been to the show and seen what I have to say in The Happiest Days of Our Lives and Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2 and Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3, about how restrained we are by what the government and the ruling class want us to believe. I think that’s more open to scrutiny than it was in 1977, when I famously spat on some poor bloke in the audience in Montreal.”
When asked what’s his relationship with audiences today.”
Feeling a bit of harshness due to lack of coverage for his show, Waters then went on to talk about why he deserved coverage as opposed to more current acts.
He said: “What’s interesting about you being here with me now is that none of the newspapers in Toronto sent anybody to review my shows. What I’d like to know, what I’d like you to ponder on, and maybe ask your readers, is if they have any theories as to why that may be?”
After being told that his concert wasn’t the biggest in town, Roger then said: “But the Weeknd was cancelled. And my show was for two nights. 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. Would it not have been possible to review his show one night and my show another night?”
The writer would then state: “Speaking for The Globe, I can tell you that we don’t do as many concert reviews as we used to. I didn’t cover your show, but I did put in for an interview with you before the concerts and it wasn’t granted. And I’m speaking with you now.”
Waters would close: “Good, I’m glad to hear that, and I look forward to reading this in the pages of your newspaper. 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. There is stuff going on here that is fundamentally important to all of our lives.”