Pink Floyd's co-founding drummer Nick Mason really doesn't see the point in the band's visionaries, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, remaining estranged. Mason, who'll be hitting the road next year with Saucerful Of Secrets — his own band that salutes Floyd's 1960's and early-'70s material — spoke to Rolling Stone about the pair's lack of a relationship, revealing, “It’s a really odd thing in my opinion. But I think the problem is Roger doesn’t really respect David. He feels that writing is everything, and that guitar playing and the singing are something that, I won’t say anyone can do, but that everything should be judged on the writing rather than the playing”

Mason went on to say that the rift actually springs from the fact that Gilmour fought and won the right to carry on under the Floyd moniker without Waters to massive acclaim: “I think it rankles with Roger that he made a sort of error in a way that he left the band assuming that without him it would fold. It’s a constant irritation, really, that he’s still going back to it. I’m hesitant to get too stuck into this one, just because it’s between the two of them rather than me. I actually get along with both of them, and I think it’s really disappointing that these rather elderly gentlemen are still at loggerheads.”

Mason admits that Gilmour and Waters' lack of communication still frustrates him: “I think it comes and goes. And I think it can be exacerbated by some specific difference of opinion on a re-release and how it should be approached or what should be done. . . I live in hope. I mean, I don’t think we’re going to tour as Pink Floyd again. But it would seem silly at this stage of our lives to still be fighting.”

We asked Nick Mason if after all the incredible work David Gilmour and Roger Waters created together — not to mention all the water gone under the bridge between the bandmates — after all is said and done, there's love between the two: “That's a very 'American' concept, (this) business of 'love' between Roger and David. It's pretty sort of (laughs) dangerous ground for me to try and second-guess how they would describe feeling about each other. I think you could say, they were in a band together for a very long time and that gives you a bond. Y'know, and you end up deciding you like or don't like someone — or whatever. They have huge differences about music and the band and the way things were done. But, I mean, no one could've walked away from Live 8 thinking it wasn't a good thing to do and there wasn't a sense of. . . enormous affection — let's not call it 'love.'”