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David Gilmour Calls Roger Waters ‘Antisemitic to the Core’

Pink Floyd co-founders battle on social media over chronic allegations

Band members don’t always get along like peas and carrots.

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have been bickering for decades, but they always make up in time tour with The Who’s music. The friction between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is the stuff of rock legends, but they also make amends when it’s time to hit the stage.

The bad blood between Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters runs much deeper.

Why Roger Waters and David Gilmour Are Still Fighting

Gilmour and Waters went their separate ways in 1985, with Waters launching a legal fight to shutter Pink Floyd for good. That effort failed, legally, but that hardly stopped the ex-bandmates from attacking each other through the years.

Their 2008 one-night reunion for the Live 8 concert seems a distant memory today, as are brief, unsuccessful attempts to mend fences.

The chances for reconciliation may be officially zero after this week’s Twitter tirade. Maybe less than zero.


Polly Samson, a British novelist and Gilmour’s wife, shared an incendiary Tweet targeting Waters. 

“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.” rated the Tweet

That’s when Waters’ old bandmate weighed in. Hard.

“Every word demonstrably true,” Gilmour Tweeted, backing his wife and savaging his old mate.

The anti-Semitism charge has dogged Waters for years. The rocker’s constant attacks on Israel burnished that brand, with many suggesting his critiques move far beyond political disagreements.

It’s personal, his critics routinely cry, a charge he vehemently denies.


It hasn’t stopped Waters from touring well into his 70s, and he hasn’t softened his voice about geopolitical matters.

He’s still ready and willing to fight back against his detractors. He shared a cryptic Tweet in response to the Samson/Gilmour volley hours ago.

The fighting is far from over, most likely. So are any chances the aging rockers could reunite one more time, either for the fans’ sake or an attempt at a late-in-life reconciliation.

In fact, the next fight might just happen in a court of law given the band’s fractured legacy.


  1. Find it humorous that Roger wrote an entire album “Animals” that deals with the dangers of totalitarianism and now he buys what Putin is shoveling. There are 50 Muslims countries in the world and Roger won’t let the Jews have a piece of land for themselves the size of New Jersey.

  2. both of these guys are leftist socialists and anti social .. they have always insulted and disrespected America while bleeding us for fabulous wealth .. as liberals they are both anti Israel so for one to criticize the other for anti semitism just shows how hypocritical they both are

    1. tell me you have no idea what leftism, socialism or liberalism are without telling me you have no idea what leftism, socialism or liberalism are

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