Roger Waters, the former bandmate of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, has his choice to re-record their classic album “The Dark Side of the Moon” without the other band members.

The legendary 1973 album, hailed as one of the best records of all time, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this March, and bassist and singer Roger revealed earlier this year that he was working on his own new version to commemorate the occasion.

In an interview, Roger also disparaged the late keyboardist Richard Wright and guitarist David Gilmour for their efforts to the success of the psychedelic rock band.

They can’t compose songs because they have nothing to say, Roger claimed in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. They’re not creative people! They are completely without concepts; none of them. They are obsessive about the fact that they have never had.

Drummer Nick has admitted that he was sent a copy of Roger’s 50th anniversary piece to listen to and that he was aware of it.

Nick finds Roger’s re-imaginings “brilliant” and is pleased that he is doing it, as opposed to being upset that he appears to be rejecting their masterwork.

Nick said, “I heard the rumor that Roger was working on his own version of it,” at a screening of “The Dark Side of the Moon” in Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio at the Odeon Luxe in London. There was talk that this would be a spoiler and that Roger would face off against the original iteration, among other things.

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In fact, he sent me a copy of what he was working on, and I wrote to him to tell him, “Annoyingly, it’s absolutely brilliant!” And it still is. It’s just an interesting addition to the item; nothing about it would spoil the original at all.

Music shouldn’t be sacred, in Nick’s opinion, and it’s wonderful when songs are reworked or altered because it shows that they are still developing and that new meanings are being discovered in them.

The 79-year-old musician said: “One of the things I like about any kind of existing piece of music is to develop it or find some additional quality in it. Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, which includes Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, plays early Pink Floyd songs.

I simply like the concept of advancing music as opposed to trying to preserve it precisely as it was.

Fans can now purchase the CD and first-ever vinyl release of “The Dark Side of the Moon – Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974” as well as the book “Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon: 50th Anniversary” as part of the remastered deluxe box set of “The Dark Side of the Moon.”


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