Roger Waters has set the internet on fire in Canada by saying he’s “bigger” than two of the country’s biggest musical stars.
England-born Waters, who shot to fame in the mid-1960s with iconic band Pink Floyd, made headlines over the weekend by comparing himself to both Drake and the Weeknd – and finding them all two missing.
Speaking to Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, Waters said he was “much, much more important” than the two artists, adding that it “seemed odd” that The Weeknd’s Toronto show would get more coverage. than his own, although it was eventually cancelled.
“I have no idea what or who The Weeknd is, because I don’t listen to a lot of music,” the musician told the publication.
“People told me he was a great actor. Well, good luck to him. I have nothing against him. Wouldn’t it have been possible to see his show again one night and my show another evening ?
“With all due respect to The Weeknd or Drake or any of them,” he added, “I’m way, way, way more important than any of them. never will, no matter how many billions of streams they have.
“Things are happening here that are fundamentally important to all of our lives.”
However, once the story broke on social media, people had their own take on Waters’ claims of greatness.
“Pink Floyd is the most overrated rock band ever. A boring version of the Beatles,” one user tweeted, while another wrote, “Pink Floyd is amazing but to say you are more important than someone is wild. You don’t have to like the music of Drake and The Weeknds to respect them as weird people.
“Not a huge Pink Floyd fan but yeah he’s right,” tweeted another.
“That’s the deal of this era in the arts: it’s hard to be original because there’s not really any resistance for experimental artists. Drake is not a [sic] experimental artist. Pink Floyd is. There’s no room for anything other than commercial music now.
However, others had their own opinions on the matter.
“Drake is one of the main reasons Hip Hop is the biggest genre in the world. He’s one of the main reasons rappers make melodic music – it’s innovation,” he said. writes a fan.
Waters’ outspokenness seems to be tied to going solo: he attributes it to not being “constrained by the rock band I was with then.”
“They always tried to distract me from my natural instinct, which is to tell the truth,” he added in his interview.
Pink Floyd are cited as one of Britain’s first psychedelic bands and enjoyed success with albums such as ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’.