Elliott Smith Memoral Wall
Elliott Smith Memorial Wall Defaced In Roger Waters’ Promotion
"It's My Guess That He Would Have Been Sympathetic To That Message."
As reported by LA Weekly, former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters paid street artists to promote his upcoming tour by posting a Dwight Eisenhower quote about peace in strategic locations. Clever marketing, right? That is, until one street artist defaced the Elliott Smith memorial wall. Immortalized on the cover of Figure 8, the wall became a depository for fan messages to the fallen troubadour shortly after his death.
Fans, naturally, were not amused.
Today, in an interview with LA Times, Waters apologized for the incident. "It was absolutely an accident," Waters said. "I didn't want to disrespect Elliott Smith's fans, and I've instructed [the team] to remove the wheat paste immediately. It was a random pasting in the normal course of this, and I want to make it public that we had no intent to offend or cover up something precious." He continued to say, "I would guess, and this is only a guess, but it's my guess that he would have been sympathetic to that message." Waters also admitted to not knowing who Smith was before this incident. It seems that as a viral marketing campaign this has actually worked, but not in the way Waters intended.