Pink Floyd has enjoyed massive success for decades with their progressive music, which has ran the gamut from dreamy to hard-edged, and when they announced their official breakup earlier this year, fans were devastated. Now, it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting good news anytime soon, as David Gilmour has said he has no interest in any sort of reunion, especially since bandmate Rick Wright’s passing in 2008.
Gilmour and Roger Waters both have separate projects in the works. Gilmour’s solo album, Rattle That Lock, was just released this month and has already topped the charts, and Waters has been working on the film Roger Waters: The Wall, which will be released later this week. Over the years, they have reunited with Nick Mason for performances, but a lawsuit over Waters’ desire to use the name Pink Floyd seems to have soured their relationship. Now, Gilmour says he feels they had a good run and he wants to leave it at that, adding that the band “ran its course in a wonderful way. I don’t miss it.”
Gilmour told Consequence of Sound last month that he knew Pink Floyd fans were going to be upset at the split, but for him, the work is done. After a brief get-together with Nick Mason for The Endless River— Pink Floyd’s first release in 20 years, which included work from Rick Wright — the band members went their separate ways after nearly 50 years together.
“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,” Gilmour said.
Rick Wright passed from cancer in 2008, and garnered love and support from the members of Pink Floyd, who mourned his death at the age of 65.
“In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick’s enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound,” David Gilmour said in a statement.
Roger Waters, meanwhile, has reportedly split from wife Laurie Durning. A divorce has been imminent, according to sources at Page Six, who say the couple have been spending a lot of time apart while he works on his movie.
“Laurie has been telling friends in the Hamptons that they are divorcing. Things haven’t been good for a while,” the source said.
After Pink Floyd announced their breakup earlier this year, Roger Waters said that he had never been very close with David Gilmour or Rick Wright, adding that they began to grow apart not just in philosophy and politics, but also in their ideas musically.
Waters made headlines in May when he told the Times that the music industry had changed for the worse due to digital streaming and downloading, calling it a “gallery of rogues and thieves.”
“I feel enormously privileged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983. To have been around when there was a music business and the takeover by Silicon Valley hadn’t happened, and in consequence, you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people.”
The former Pink Floyd member’s rant didn’t sit well with many, who recognize that Waters has made quite a fortune in the business despite the changes in the industry and has made the list of “richest musicians” due to his time in the band.
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