As Pink Floyd officially breaks up, fans are pleading for band members to make up. But Pink Floyd isn’t encouraging their followers to hold out hope, reported CBS News.
At 69, David Gilmour is the one dishing on the situation from his vantage point of 48 years as the guitarist for Pink Floyd. And although officially breaking up is hard to do, sticking with the band would be even more challenging, said David.
“I’m done with it. 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 per cent musically fulfilling and joyous and full of fun and laughter. And I certainly don’t want to let the other five per cent color 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.”
Gilmour recalled the history of Pink Floyd.
Back in the days when the band members never dreamed that one of their group would be at some point making the announcement that they were officially breaking up, Waters, Mason, Syd Barrett, and Richard Wright got together and began to make beautiful music in 1965.
In 1967, David added his guitar to Pink Floyd. But the departures soon began. Barrett passed away in 2006, followed by Wright in 2008.
As for Pink Floyd without Waters? That’s a big reason for announcing that they are officially breaking up, said Gilmour.
“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.”
What is it that the Pink Floyd guitarist wants to do after announcing that, in the words of the group’s album title, he’s hit “The Wall”?
Gilmour is off on his own solo career, complete with a planned tour and a non-Pink Floyd-label album, reported NME.
“Obviously I accept there are people who want to go and see and hear this legend that was Pink Floyd, but I’m afraid that’s not my responsibility. It’s just a pop group. I don’t need it. I don’t need to go there. I’m not being coy or difficult — I just think that at my age I should do whatever I really want to do in life.”
Gilmour’s new album, Rattle That Lock, will drop next month, and David also is set for three nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London just after the album release. Most recently, Gilmour hopped on stage with Bombay Bicycle during their own concert at the Earls Court Arena.
And if the Pink Floyd guitarist is looking to team up with others in the same way, he may want to reach out to Ashley Monroe. As the Inquisitr reported, she met up with recently-split Miranda Lambert to sing onstage.
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