Roger Waters slams Bob Dylan’s Sinatra covers

Roger Waters doesn’t seem to be much of a fan of Bob Dylan’s recent career path of releasing cover albums.

In an interview with Billboard, Waters was discussing his work over the years when he veered off into criticism of Dylan’s three recent cover albums, Shadows in the Night, Fallen Angels and Triplicate. Read the exchange below:

Billboard: Especially in the last 40 years, so many of your albums have been conceptual ones. Why? Do you ever think of doing an album that’s just a collection of songs without a storyline?

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Waters: I might be interested, if I didn’t have things I wanted to do. But the things I want to do are always about a coherent idea of something. I’m interested in theater, I like the idea of putting something together that has a coherent theme, and also I care about the issues I write about. And I care about love.

Billboard: And war is a consistent theme on these albums.

I haven’t got time to do an album of Frank Sinatra covers.

Billboard: Some people do three of them.

Waters: Bob Dylan, for instance, which is weird. You go, ‘Fuck me Bob, what is wrong with you? Why would you do that?’ I guess it’s because he can’t bear the thought of not being on the road and he couldn’t think of anything else to do. I can’t believe he really has an affinity for all that schlock. But maybe he does.

Harsh words indeed, although each of three aforementioned albums were well-received. Waters has a new album of his own, Is This The Life We Really Want?, due out June 2.

Click here for the full interview at Billboard.

Photo credit: By Eddie Berman.GabeMc at en.wikipedia [CC BY 2.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

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