Roger Waters: ‘I’m far, far more important’ than The Weeknd and Drake
Roger Waters has thrown shade at both the Weeknd and Drake after the former Pink Floyd rocker found himself overshadowed in the Toronto press by the two local artists.
Waters’ This Is Not a Drill tour arrived in Toronto on July 8, the same day the Weeknd’s After Hours Til Dawn ride was scheduled to kick off in the city. While Weeknd’s concert at the Rogers Center was ultimately postponed due to a Canada-wide power issue, Waters’ show at Scotiabank Arena went ahead as planned.
However, in an interview with the Toronto newspaper the Globe and Mailthe always truculent Waters expressed anger that the Canadian press – and in particular the journalist he was interviewing with – chose to cover the Weeknd starting his tour in his hometown stadium rather than the show of Waters, which was the first of a two-night stand at the Toronto Arena.
“I have no idea what or who the Weeknd is, because I don’t listen to a lot of music,” Waters said. “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 ?
He added: “I’m not trying to make a personal attack. I’m just saying it seemed strange.
Then, for unknown reasons other than he was in Toronto, Waters also took aim at the city’s native superstar, Drake.
“By the way, with all due respect to the Weeknd or Drake or any of them, I’m much, much, much more important than any of them will ever be, regardless of the number of billions of streams they have,” Waters said. “Things are happening here that are fundamentally important to all of our lives.”
It is unclear by what metric Waters measures importance. Luckily for Waters, aside from a close call next week in Chicago, the This Is Not a Drill tour won’t intersect with the spectacular After Hours Til Dawn tour for the remainder of the two rides.