‘I wanted sex and money’: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters admits he wasn’t always into such weighty issues

The inspiration that led to Pink Floyd projects like Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall has been endlessly dissected. People talk about modern isolation, departed bandmates, the scourge of war. Not quite.

Roger Waters, the architect of those classic rock gems, says the impetus to start the band wasn’t to explore these weighty issues, though that’s certainly what he’s spent decades doing.

“The inspiration was, I wanted sex and money — just like anybody else,” Waters tells Chef Eric Ripert, while the two cook up a few delectable concoctions during outtakes from an episode of On The Table below.

Waters is gearing up for a European run of stadium shows in his on-going solo tour of The Wall, set to kick off in July. This leg will run through September, with stops in Italy, Greece, Norway, the UK, Ireland and France, among other countries.

In a more serious moment, Waters also talks about a signature element of his current production which involves giving tickets to 20 veterans for every show, and meeting with them backstage. Waters’ grandfather was killed in World War I, and his father died in World War II.

“We as a society don’t understand the price that these guys pay,” tells Ripert. “They are just a symbol of some of the people who suffered. The umbrella of my concern is universal.”


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