Originally Posted by ricky_rocket
Glimour is an excellent guitarist and a good singer.
Calling David Gilmour an excellent guitarist is like calling Michael Jordan an excellent basketball player.
In the Rolling Stone article (Roger Waters cover) - Roger says to settle law suits he gave up the Pink Floyd name to the other band members and in return he owns all of "The Wall" content.
Roger is putting himself in the best light and being less than forthright. There were lawsuits among the members of the band after Roger left, and in particular the right to the name "Pink Floyd" was the main topic.
Roger settled because he was sure to lose his fight over the right to use the name. He was hardly a gentleman about it. He said a lot of nasty things about his former close friends and band mates.
But I really think Gilmour should have renamed his post Waters band something else - maybe DGE - The David Gilmour Experience.
Are you familiar with the history of Pink Floyd? Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright were in a band together, later joined by guitarist Bob Klose. Syd Barrett eventually joined them, replacing Bob Klose on guitar after he left, and Syd gave the band its new name, "The Pink Floyd Sound," which eventually got shortened to Pink Floyd.
Since Mason and Wright were there from the beginning (although Wright was ousted around the time The Final Cut was released), and Gilmour was with them beginning in late 1967, the three of them constituted 3/4 of Pink Floyd throughout the band's rise to fame and super stardom. Roger was the fourth member, of course, but it wasn't his band; it belonged to all of them.
When Roger left, that still left 3/4 of them in the band. Why should Roger have been able to stop them from using the name? Since he left, the band should have been able to, and did, continue without him, as Pink Floyd
Maybe. And like many other rock combos Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards, Townsend/Daltry - there was a certain chemistry with Waters/Gilmour that produced the best music of their careers. However, even when John left the Beatles, Paul didn't carry on with The Beatles name. He had the integrity to move on and call his new band Wings.
That's not a fitting comparison. Paul left The Beatles first. He was 1/4 of the band. He didn't continue as The Beatles, nor could he have. He formed his own band and called it Paul McCartney and Wings, later just Wings.