Floyd to Stones: "Get a Life"
Thu, 01 Jun 2006 14:52:01
Did you think The Killers vs. Fall Out Boy made for some fun press? Then get a load of this. The latest battle of the bands isn't between two young upstarts: This time, the instigator is none other than Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, and the target of his ire is fellow sexagenarians The Rolling Stones.
In a recent interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, the 60-year-old Floyd singer-guitarist suggested that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards suffered from a "strange, sexual compulsion" that prompted them to continue touring and that the two aging rockers needed to "get a life." "I think it's ridiculous," the indignant Gilmour told the paper. "How much do they need? I think a lot of it is the applause. It's a powerful drug, 50,000 people appearing to adore you."
Gilmour is fresh off a string of live shows at London's Royal Albert Hall, but he hasn't trotted Floyd out for a big tour since 1994. A two-disc DVD featuring performances from that tour, entitled Pulse, will be released this summer. Meanwhile, his former bandmate Roger Waters -- who left Pink Floyd in 1983 -- has announced plans to perform Floyd's landmark album Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety on his upcoming tour. And the Stones, despite a head injury that forced Keith Richards to undergo surgery, will be touring Europe beginning later this month.
--The ARTISTdirect Staff