As Pink Floyd officially breaks up, guitarist David Gilmour is singing the truth about why the band decided that it was time to stop the music. Gilmour explained that Pink Floyd’s break up after almost five decades is because they feel they’ve passed their prime, reported the Music.
Pink Floyd did take a break in 1994, but proving that breaking up is hard to do, they then reunited in 2005 and then again in 2012. However, according to David, this split is permanent.
“I’ve had 48 years in Pink Floyd — quite a few of those years at the beginning, with [co-founder] Roger [Waters],” said Gilmour. “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.”
Moreover, David felt that a reunion minus Richard Wright, who died in 2008, would be inappropriate. But in making that statement, Gilmour honored Pink Floyd’s legendarily loyal fans in discussing why he won’t back down from breaking up.
“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. To me, it’s just two words that tie together the work that four people did together. It’s just a pop group. I don’t need it. I don’t need to go there.”
So is it over for David? Not at all. Pink Floyd’s guitarist is releasing “Rattle That Lock” on September 18, reported Ultimate Classic Rock.
The record marks Gilmour’s first since “On An Island” in 2006. In addition, David is set for a European tour this year and a U.S. tour in 20016.
For “Rattle That Lock,” Gilmour chose a choir of London Wandsworth Prison inmates to perform the background vocals.
Pink Floyd has now joined legendary break ups such as Simon and Garunkel. As the Inquisitr reported, Art Garfunkel has a few choice words to say on the topic of Paul Simon. And they’re not exactly harmonious.
In particular, Art holds a grudge for how Simon & Garfunkel parted ways, and he makes it clear that “idiot” Paul is to blame. The split occurred just after “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which seems odd to Art.
“It was very strange. Nothing I would have done. I want to open up about this. I don’t want to say any anti-Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead,” admitted Art.
Art is ready to question just why Simon abandoned their musical success.
“How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?” said Art out loud in a conversation with an imaginary Simon.
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