Webber came under fire for another alleged plagiarism when Pink Floyd's bassist and co-lead vocalist Roger Waters claimed he stole the riff to the band's 1971 song "Echoes
." He told Q
magazine: "Yeah, the beginning of that bloody 'Phantom' song is from 'Echoes.' DAAAA-da-da-da-da-da. I couldn't believe it when I heard it. It's the same time signature - it's 12/8 - and it's the same structure and it's the same notes and it's the same everything. Bastard. It probably is actionable. It really is! But I think that life's too long to bother with suing Andrew f--king Lloyd Webber."
Waters did take a dig at Webber, though, in "It's a Miracle" from his 1992 solo album Amused to Death
. He sang:
"We cower in our shelters with our hands over our ears,
Lloyd Webber's awful stuff runs for years and years and years.
An earthquake hits the theater but the operetta lingers,
Then the piano lid comes down and breaks his f--king fingers,
It's a miracle…"