Roger Waters Takes Brutal Shot At Van Halen


Roger Waters doesn’t shies away from speaking his mind. The former Pink Floyd bassist and vocalist was never exactly shy of expressing his opinions and putting noses out of joint in the process (not least those of his ex-bandmates). However, he’s become crankier and more outspoken as the years have gone by, as his controversial proclamations on everything from Israel to the Russian invasion of Ukraine prove.

Compared to that, putting the boot into AC/DC and Van Halen is relatively tame. Even so, there aren’t many people who would throw shade in the direction of two of rock’n’roll’s biggest sacred cows. Yet that’s just what Waters did when he appeared on The Joe Rogan Hour podcast in 2022.

Reflecting on his own musical tastes, Waters told Rogan via Louder Sound: “[I’m] not really interested in loud rock ‘n’ roll, which some people are and they love it, but I couldn’t care less about AC/DC or Eddie Van Halen or any of that stuff.

“It’s just, who? I don’t go, ‘Who?’ because obviously I know the name,” he continued. “And I’m sure Eddie’s brilliant and a great guitar player and wonderful. It just doesn’t interest me.”