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The Dark Side of Pink Floyd

The Illustrated History of the Band's Last Days and Bittersweet Reunions
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June 17, 1981

Pink Floyd finish their massive The Wall tour at London's Earls Court, marking the final time David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright played a full concert together. Tensions among the members were toxic as Waters attempted to control every aspect of the band, from rehearsals to stage presentation. "There wasn't any room for anyone else to be writing," Waters told Rolling Stone in 1987. "There was no point in Gilmour, Mason or Wright trying to write lyrics. Because they'll never be as good as mine. Gilmour's lyrics are very third-rate. They always will be. And in comparison with what I do, I'm sure he'd agree."

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