David Gilmour on the Future of Pink Floyd: "We Are Done"
Published Aug 13, 2015Pink Floyd have apparently come to the end of that supposedly Endless River, as David Gilmour has revealed the band are no more. A new interview with the vocalist/guitarist confirms that following 48 years of off-and-on activity, he has no plans to reunite with the surviving members of the English rock band.
Gilmour's admission comes during the promo run behind his forthcoming solo set, Rattle That Lock, and hints that his old band's "heyday" has come and gone. He also noted that while Pink Floyd issued The Endless River in 2014, it would be unable to move on without keyboardist Rick Wright, who passed away in 2008.
"I'm done with it," he told Classic Rock. "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 percent musically fulfilling and joyous and full of fun and laughter... I certainly don't want to let the other five percent 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. To do it without Rick would just be wrong."
This isn't a fully surprising move from Gilmour, as he had previously explained that The Endless River, which had been put together with existing performances from Wright, would be the project's last hurrah. "I'm pretty certain that there will not be any sort of follow-up to this," he said at the time.
The recent interview has Gilmour hinting that he's "all for" bassist Rogers "doing whatever he wants to do and enjoying himself," perhaps an allusion to the four-stringer's Wall-revisiting tours, but he's "at peace" with the end of Pink Floyd. Their last official show together took place at the Live 8 event in 2005.
"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's Rattle That Lock, meanwhile, will be released September 18 through Sony Music. He has a North American tour coming up to promote the album, which hits Toronto next spring. You can see the full schedule here.