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Saturday 3 December 2016

Pink Floyd star Roger Waters 'never heard One Direction ... and never will'

Roger Waters
Roger Waters

Pink Floyd co-founder and lyricist Roger Waters has criticised One Direction in an attack on the state of the music industry.

Speaking about his concert film Roger Waters The Wall, the 72-year-old dismissed the musical output of the band, who finished third during the 2010 run of ITV's hit talent series The X Factor.

"I've never heard One Direction and I never will," he said.

"I don't listen to pop music, by and large, I'm not interested in it. I've certainly never been interested in Take That or boybands, whoever they are.

"That's not to say it doesn't have its place and other people shouldn't be interested in it - they always have been. There have always been artists who are controlled by some svengali character in the background."

After 50 years in the business, Waters is not optimistic about the future, saying: "As the years go on, there will be fewer Radioheads and REMs, bands who are serious about what they do, and there will be more and more of The Voice and Simon Cowell progeny and boybands like One Direction."

He added: "You make a band and then you promote them, and some strike a chord with a whole generation of eight-year-olds and they become hugely important in financial terms because they sell a lot of tickets for a couple of years - then they're gone."

One of the most influential rock bands, Pink Floyd were formed in London in 1965 and achieved their international breakthrough with best-selling album The Dark Side Of The Moon in 1973.

The Wall, their 11th studio album, was released in 1979 and is the last to feature the classic line-up of Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason.

For one night only, on Tuesday September 29, The Wall Live comes to cinemas worldwide.

Tickets are available at www.rogerwatersthewall.com

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