Roger Waters says he regrets legal action against former Pink Floyd bandmates

Former band member also reveals he is planning to record and release a new solo album

Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters has said he regrets taking legal action against his former band mates while revealing that he plans to release a new solo album.

Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and subsequently pursued former bandmates Nick Mason and David Gilmour through the courts for their continued use of the Pink Floyd name and material. Now, in a new interview set to be broadcast on BBC World News’ HARDtalk tomorrow night (September 19) Waters says he was wrong and that he regrets the decisions he made.

“I did, I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong!” Waters tells host Stephen Sackur. “Of course I was. Who cares? It was a commercial decision and in fact it’s one of the few times that the legal profession has taught me something. Because when I went to these chaps and said, ‘Listen we’re broke, this isn’t Pink Floyd anymore’, they went, ‘What do you mean? That’s irrelevant, it is a label and it has commercial value, you can’t say it’s going to cease to exist, you obviously haven’t looked back to Runnymede, you obviously don’t understand English jurisprudence… It’s not about what you think, it’s about… it’s what it is’. The law is everything what we have, that’s what The Wall is about.”

Meanwhile, Waters also revealed he plans to release a new solo album, his first since ‘Ça Ira’ in 2005. “I’ve had a few breakthroughs recently which I won’t talk about, but I am going to make another record. I’ve had a very very strong idea, and I shall pursue it, and I will make at least one more record and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it.”

Earlier this year, Pink Floyd’s back catalogue arrived on Spotify after fans streamed their song ‘Wish You Were Here’ one million times. The majority of the British band’s music had previously been unavailable on the music streaming service, however fans were offered the chance by the band to unlock their back catalogue if the one Pink Floyd song on Spotify, ‘Wish You Were Here’, was streamed one million times.