During his recent interview with the WTF podcast, Pink Floyd icon Roger Waters highlighted the band’s great contribution to rock music and explained the real reason behind Pink Floyd’s popularity.
As you probably know, Pink Floyd was founded in 1964 by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Bob Klose, but the band went through several lineup changes. The band’s frontman Barrett left to focus on his mental health, Gilmour joined Pink Floyd, and Waters became their leader.
During the Waters-led era, Pink Floyd released their most popular and commercially successful albums. Even though the band was leading its golden times, Waters left due to personal problems and increasing tensions between band members, especially David Gilmour.
In his recent interview, Waters revealed that he didn’t realize Pink Floyd’s contribution to rock music in the beginning. However, he understood it years after the band became very popular. Also, he stated that he wrote iconic Pink Floyd songs to develop arena rock, and he achieved it ‘almost single-handedly’ during the ’70s.
When asked about their vision behind creating one of the most successful rock bands of all time, Roger said that they didn’t share a common vision but that they all worked together. Then, he admitted that Floyd achieved such success because they all followed Waters’ vision.
Waters said in his interview that:
“I was never that intellectual about it. It’s something that happened, that development. Now I understand a lot more than I did about it.
What happened was that the band became popular, and my major contribution to rock ‘n’ roll, if you like – I’ve written some decent songs but it was really to develop the theater of arena rock, which I did almost single-handedly back in the mid-’70s.“
Then the interviewer stated:
“You all shared the vision [for Pink Floyd].”
To which Waters responded:
“We didn’t share the vision but we shared the work.”
And the interviewer commented:
“It was your vision, most of it?”
Roger Waters replied:
“I wouldn’t say that. But, yeah, it was.”
You can listen to the interview below.