Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason compares Roger Waters to Stalin

Mason also calls the former frontman 'mad'

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has compared former bandmate Roger Waters to Joseph Stalin, and claimed that the singer’s departure from the band was like when the USSR lost their autocratic leader.

Speaking to Mojo, Mason stated that Waters was such a dominant figure within the group that his departure had a strong impact.

“It must have been the same when Stalin died. It took quite a while [to recover], it was a three or four year period,” he said.


“Roger thought we were all going to call it day, and David and I thought Roger was going to call it a day and we were going to carry on,” he added. “[But] the thing is, these slightly unbalanced people make great musicians. If we hadn’t had the mad Syd and the mad Roger, we might have been doing ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’.”

Waters left the prog-rock band in 1985. He recently issued an angry statement about his lack of involvement in the album. Explaining that he has nothing to do with the album and that he is no longer a member of the band, Waters signed off the message by telling people to “get a grip”.

Pink Floyd will release new album ‘The Endless River’ on November 7, their first since ‘The Division Bell’ in 1994. It’s on course to become Amazon’s most pre-ordered album of all-time.

‘The Endless River’ tracklisting is:

‘Things Left Unsaid’
‘It’s What We Do’
‘Ebb And Flow’
‘The Lost Art Of Conversation’
‘On Noodle Street’
‘Night Light’
‘Allons-y (1)’
‘Allons-y (2)’
‘Talkin’ Hawkin”
‘Eyes To Pearls’
‘Louder Than Words’