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Australia enjoys Pink Floyd nostalgia

Reporter: Scott Bevan

KERRY O'BRIEN: More than 30 years after its release, Pink Floyd's rock classic 'Dark Side of the
Moon' was recently voted Australia's favourite album. But while the music might have endured, the
band didn't. The man largely responsible for the album's dark themes of death and insanity, Roger
Waters, split from the rest of the group more than 20 years ago in a blaze of acrimony. There's
been some healing and even a one off reunion, but even if Pink Floyd doesn't get back together,
their songs are once again in concert halls as Roger Waters kicks off an Australian tour. Scott
Bevan reports.

ROGER WATERS: I think Dark Side is a very interesting piece of work because successive generations
seem to attach to it with equal enthusiasm.

SCOTT BEVAN: It may be a long way removed in time and space, but the 'Dark Side of the Moon'
continues to embrace stereos and hearts and ears right around the Earth. And no one is more aware
of that than the man who was central in bringing the album to life in 1973, Pink Floyd's bass
player and main songwriter Roger Waters.

ROGER WATERS: Obviously it is musically very accomplished and very sort of easy to listen to, but I
think in terms of its politics and philosophy, it kind of gives people when they are young
permission to think for themselves, in a way. Also, that it is OK to have bad feelings about things
and to experience pain and this and that and that we don't have to live in an anodyne world where
nothing hurts.

SCOTT BEVAN: Roger Waters learnt very early that life could hurt. In 1944, when Waters was just
five months old, his soldier father was killed in the Second World War.

ROGER WATERS: I don't think you ever really get over it.

SCOTT BEVAN: That sense of loss infused the songs Waters wrote for Pink Floyd, a band he formed
with three schoolmates in 1965.

ROGER WATERS: 1971: It was a long time ago. We just played for fun when we were at college.

SCOTT BEVAN: After years of playing and recording, Pink Floyd journeyed in the studio to the dark
side of the moon and into the stratosphere of fame and fortune.

ROGER WATERS: When I took a final mix back to my little house in Islington, I played it to my wife
well, she was my wife then, and I remember she burst into tears and I thought, "That's a good
sign." I already thought that it was a really, really good piece of work and I was super confident
that people were going to buy it and like it.

SCOTT BEVAN: After the 'Dark Side of the Moon', Pink Floyd created more enormous hits. In the mid
80s, Roger Waters and the other Pink Floyd members parted company. The band continued without him.
After 20 years of bitterness and even legal action, not even the most ardent fan dared of a Pink
Floyd reunion. Then again, rock is often about dreams. At 2005's Live8 concert to highlight world
poverty, Waters rejoined his former bandmates on stage and found a kind of peace with guitarist
David Gilmour.

ROGER WATERS: I have to say one of the things about doing Live8 for me is I thought, it is all very
well to these espouse all these high ideals about how we should be more cooperative with each other
and here I am, you know, and here is a guy I worked with closely for a number of years and I
haven't spoken to for 20 years and whatever it was. It was kind of ridiculous. I was really happy
to be there.

SCOTT BEVAN: From that moment, what are the chances of you and the other guys of Pink Floyd getting
back together for something longer lasting, another tour, another album?

ROGER WATERS: I think another album is a bit of a stretch. However, to play live again together -
I'd do it in a heartbeat.

SCOTT BEVAN: So will it happen?

ROGER WATERS: I think you'd have to ask Dave, because I think he's pretty reluctant.

SCOTT BEVAN: For now, Waters is performing solo once more, including playing all the songs from the
'Dark Side of the Moon', and spicing it with politics. Waters is vehemently against the Iraq war
and believes the American and British leaders are stripping legal and human rights.

ROGER WATERS: They haven't whittled it away. They've taken the whole thing and thrown it out the
door and said "We're not interested in it any more. Life is too dangerous for us to live by the
rule of law." You have it here at the moment with the kid, what's his name, in Guantanamo?

SCOTT BEVAN: David Hicks.

ROGER WATERS: David Hicks, right.

SCOTT BEVAN: For his Australian shows, the musician intends to daub his famous flying pig with the
message "Bring David Hicks Home". Offstage, the 'Dark Side of the Moon' continues to be a
compelling soundtrack in the lives of millions.

MYF WARHURST, PRESENTER: Well, it's the one you've been waiting for, Australia's favourite album...

SCOTT BEVAN: A recent program where ABC viewers and listeners voted for their favourite album
indicated Pink Floyd had defied time and trends...

MYF WARHURST: Australia's favourite album is... Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon'.

SCOTT BEVAN: And just as it did almost 35 years ago, the album remains a prism for separating
opinions.

PANELLIST: This album has been like a friend to me.

JUDITH LUCY, COMEDIAN: For me, it's a bloated indulgent wankfest.

ROGER WATERS: This person sounds like he disapproves of wanking, which is a very old fashioned
view, in my opinion.

SCOTT BEVAN: It was a woman, actually.

ROGER WATERS: There you are, you see. You could say that all artists are self indulgent. Maybe I
would agree with her, actually. Self indulgence is an absolutely necessary part of any kind of
creative endeavour.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Scott Bevan with Roger Waters, and that is the program for tonight. We'll be back at
the same time tomorrow, but for now goodnight.