Pink Floyd formed in London in 1965, and became a huge success story during the Seventies. However, Roger Waters left in 1985 although the rest of the group disbanded in 1995. Music fans were shocked when Waters joined David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright on stage for their first performance together in 24 years in 2005 for Live8. The gig was watched by an estimated three billion people worldwide.
Writing in The Guardian back in 2006, Emma Brockes explained how the fallout that saw Waters walk away from the band was briefly forgotten for Live8.
She wrote: “[Gilmour]s] fall-out with Pink Floyd’s bassist, Roger Waters, was a very English affair that involved almost two decades in which the men did not speak to each other after Waters walked out of the band in 1983.”
Waters then claimed that the band had dissolved without him, but it continued to release hit songs.
Recalling her interview with Gilmour, Ms Brockes wrote: “Things came to a head over a row about songwriting credits, but the real cause of the fall-out, says Gilmour, was a straightforward personality clash.”
Pink Floyd reunited for the Live8 gig in 2005
Waters and Gilmour were at the heart of the fallout
She continued: “They wound each other up just by being the people they were — Waters’ ‘bossy’ assertiveness versus Gilmour’s resentful unassertiveness, his ‘allowing’ himself to be ‘messed up’.”
As a result, Gilmour rejected Bob Geldof’s suggestion that they reunite to perform for Live8.
He told The Guardian: “Not because I didn’t think it was a very good cause.
“But I just felt it would get along fine without us.”
However, Geldof worked hard to persuade him.
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Waters and Gilmour tried to get along once more for the sake of Live8
In 2015, drummer Nick Mason told Louder Sound: “[Geldof] was looking for a real novelty act, to re-constitute this particular line-up of this particular band.
“I think it was a great idea.
“He started with David and gradually worked his way round.
“I think he was probably as surprised as we were.”
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Pink Floyd first became successful as a band in the Seventies
Live8 was organised by Bob Geldof (pictured)
Once Gilmour had been talked around, he and Waters met in a London hotel room to try to smooth things over.
Gilmour recalled: “And it…it was pretty weird, obviously, going into that same room.”
He added that it only took two minutes for the dynamic to revert to how it was when they were in the same band.
Gilmour explained that as a result the first meeting was “pretty stilted and cagey”.
The band continued to perform together on and off for several years until Gilmour said in 2015 that it was “done”
They had three days of rehearsals afterwards together, but it was a struggle for the two feuding men to work through their personality clash.
Gilmour explained: “It was a struggle for me sometimes to assert myself, because I’m fairly laid back and reticent.
“And Roger is very assertive and there were times when he wanted something to happen, wanted to make a decision, and it wasn’t the way I wanted it to be; so we got into a few minor arguments.”
However, the gig was a huge success, supposedly because the band realised the gig was significantly more important than their own conflicts.
The two performed together again for charity in 2010 for the Hoping Foundation, but in August 2015, Gilmour explained that the band was well and truly “done” following the death of bandmate Wright.