In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, David Gilmore spoke out on what most of already knew to be true, even if there were those who chose not to believe it: Pink Floyd has officially broken up.
With two founding members of Pink Floyd dead — Syd Barrett in 2006, and Rick Wright in 2008 — and only one founding member actually remaining in the band (Nick Mason), it was really only a matter of time before the seminal rock band officially called it quits, but it was nice of David Gilmour to formally announce it to the world in his interview.
“I’ve had 48 years in Pink Floyd – quite a few of those years at the beginning, with Roger [Waters]. And those years in what is now considered to be our heyday were 95% musically fulfilling and joyous and full of fun and laughter. I certainly don’t want to let the other 5% colour my view of what was a long and fantastic time together. But it has run its course, we are done – and it would be fakery to go back and do it again.”
Forming in 1965, Pink Floyd toured and made music together for nearly 30 years before they took a 20 year hiatus between 1994’s The Division Bell, and 2014’s The Endless River. During this hiatus, fans thought the band had officially broken up, but were happily surprised when Pink Floyd reunited in 2005 for the Live 8 global awareness event, and even though Gilmour made it clear at that point that the band had no plans to officially reunite, they eventually did. In 2012, David and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason decided to get together to write a The Endless River, which was released in 2014.
This time, however, it seems the break up may be for good, at least according to Gilmour — even though the official Pink Floyd website says nothing on the matter — and he’s made it clear that doing it without keyboardist Rick Wright is not something anyone wants.
“To do it without Rick would just be wrong. I absolutely don’t want to go back. I don’t want to go and play stadiums… under the [Pink Floyd] banner. I’m free to do exactly what I want to do and how I want to do it.”
And doing exacty how he wants is precisely what David Gilmour is doing. His newest solo album Rattle That Lock drops September 18, followed by a select few North American tour dates.
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