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Sale of Pink Floyd catalog jeopardized by Roger Waters comments

Legendary progressive rockers Pink Floyd have reportedly sought to sell their catalog for a total of $500 million, and the Financial Times reports there are bidders willing to spend it. However, the slew of controversial political commentary from Roger Waters may have put the sale in jeopardy.

Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the estate of Rick Wright have apparently been looking for several months to sell their catalog, some of their assets and the rights to the band’s name and album cover. Sony Music, Warner Music, BMG, Primary Wave and Hipgnosis Songs Capital are among the high bidders looking to close the deal.

Variety notes, however, that some of the buyers were reluctant to finalize their offers due to Waters’ politically charged remarks about the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Syria and more, which were particularly fiery in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Sources reportedly said a buyer is likely to walk away and the value of the catalog and assets could decrease as a result.

“The other band members must be pissed,” one of the sources said. [via Variety].

It should be noted that statements by the musicians are not the only factors delaying the completion of the sale – tax issues, interest rates, the fall in the value of the pound sterling and the overall global recession have also had an impact.

Waters claimed he was on a Ukrainian “victim list” during the interview in question, but also made other extreme comments, such as that the United States is the “most evil” country in the world. world.

“I speak now as a taxpayer in the United States. We are the baddest of them all by a factor of at least 10 times,” he said during the conversation. “We’re killing more people. We’re interfering in more people’s elections. We, the American empire, are doing all this shit.

Endangering the sale of their catalog will only deepen the rift between Waters and his former bandmates even further. Although they have been bickering for several decades now, one of the most recent issues they faced was over the re-release of their 1977 Animals. Waters argued that Gilmour would not allow the record – which was remixed in 2018 – to be reissued unless the liner notes were removed, which had been written by journalist Mark Blake.

“He doesn’t dispute the truth of the story described in Mark’s notes, but he wants this story kept secret,” Waters said in a post on his website about it. “It’s a small part of an ongoing campaign by the Gilmour/Samson camp to claim more credit from Dave for the work he did in Pink Floyd, 1967-1985, than is due to him.”

The Animals the reissue finally saw the light of day, however, when it was released last month on September 16, and with an updated album cover as well.

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