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Roger Waters is praising the guitar solos of former Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour after saying he was misquoted in a recent interview.

The interview in question was with Stuart Maconie for The New Statesman and was published on February 15. In the interview, Waters touches on how he re-recorded Pink Floyd's landmark album The Dark Side of the Moon.

“There is a crappy article in ‘The New Statesman,’ written, if you can call it writing, by a chap called Stuart Maconie. It’s the usual, sh*t-stirring, ill-informed nonsense. However, there is, in the article, something upon which I need to set the record straight,” begins Waters in a note via social media.

He continued, “When talking about a new recording I have made of DSOTM, he writes, with an unearned condescending authority, about the process of making this new recording, and I quote, ‘Part of this will involve him removing, as quoted in Spain’s El Pais newspaper, Gilmour’s ‘horrible guitar solos’.’ Now, I don’t know who he thinks he’s quoting when he says Gilmour’s ‘horrible guitar solos” but it sure as sh*t ain’t me.”

Waters added, “I was there, I love Dave’s guitar solos on DSOTM, both of them, and on WYWH and on ANIMALS and on THE WALL and on THE FINAL CUT. In my, albeit biased view, Dave’s solos on those albums, constitute a collection of some of the very best guitar solos in the history of Rock and Roll.”

He concluded, “So, Stuart Maconie, you little prick, next time, please check your copy with the subjects of your grubby little piece, before you go to print.”

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Waters praising Gilmour certainly seems like an interesting development between the oft-feuding former bandmates. Earlier this month, Gilmour and his wife, Polly Samson publically called out Waters for comments he made in an interview with German newspaper Berliner Zeitung.

Waters, himself, shared the translated interview to his official website prefacing it with a personal message saying, in part, “Against the backdrop of the outrageous and despicable smear campaign by the Israeli Lobby to denounce me as an anti-semite, which I am not, never have been and never will be.” He also alleges the “Israeli Lobby” tried to cancel his “85% sold out series of concerts in Germany.”

Samson took to Twitter in response to Waters’ interview. She wrote, “Sadly @rogerwaters you are antisemitic to your rotten core. Also a Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching, misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac. Enough of your nonsense.”

Following Samson’s tweet, Waters shared the following statement to social media: “Roger Waters is aware of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate comments made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson which he refutes entirely. He is currently taking advice as to his positions.”

After Waters’ response, Gilmour injected himself in this back-and-forth by retweeting his wife’s comments and adding, “Every word demonstrably true.”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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