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Roger Waters continued his war of words with David Gilmour and his wife, Polly Sampson, during a recent show at London’s O2 Arena. In the video below from the U.K.’s Campaign Against Antisemitism, Waters addresses Sampson’s comments earlier this year where she called him antisemitic and a Vladimir Putin apologist.

“February the 4th, there’s a lady who lives, I think, somewhere in London tweeting appalling things about me,” begins Waters. ” … She talked about me being an antisemite to my rotten core, and I was really upset. It may have been contributory to the whole enthusiasm the Israeli lobby has developed since that time to have me wiped off the face of the Earth.”

Waters has made many comments recently related to forces that tried to get a May 28 show in Germany of his canceled. A court eventually ruled he was allowed to perform said show.

He concluded, ” … All I have to say about Polly Sampson is imagine waking up to that every morning. Come on! You can do better than that.”


Additionally, Waters has caught the ire of the United States Department of State. This is related to the stage attire he wears during performances of songs from Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall. This is similar to attire featured in the 1982 film adaption of The Wall. Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt tweeted, “I wholeheartedly concur with @EUAntisemitism’s condemnation of Roger Waters and his despicable Holocaust distortion.”


For a brief history of Waters’s feud with Gilmour and Sampson, keep scrolling.


David Gilmour & Wife vs. Roger Waters: Nasty War of Words Continues

David Gilmour and Roger Waters have engaged in their war of words in the media for several years now. For those hopeful they’d resolve their differences, that appears not to be happening anytime soon.

The past 24 hours have seen Gilmour and his wife, Polly Samson, take aim at Waters over a recent interview he did with German newspaper Berliner ZeitungWaters, himself, shared the translated interview to his official website.

He prefaced the interview with a personal message on his website 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.”

Waters also alleges the “Israeli Lobby” tried to cancel his “85% sold out series of concerts in Germany.”

From Waters’ remarks in the interview to Samson and Gilmour’s responses, here’s a breakdown of the situation:

  • Waters' interview contains many controversial statements

    The entire interview Waters gave to Berliner Zeitung is worth reading. However, among his most notable remarks, Waters defends Russian President Vladimir Putin and says people are “brainwashed” into seeing him as the aggressor in the current conflict between Russian and Ukraine. Additionally, he claims there’s Nazism in Ukraine and that “Israelis are committing genocide.”

  • Polly Samson's remarks

    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.”

  • Waters responds to Samson

    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.”

  • Gilmour Chimes In

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

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

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