Pink Floyd officially breaks up, and this time they mean it. Pink Floyd, the international prog and psychedelic rockers, founded in 1965 by four students from London, have called it quits, despite a 2014 album release. Guitarist and co-lead vocalist David Gilmour recently reiterated that the band was officially “done.”
In a new interview with Classic Rock Magazine, via Billboard.com, Gilmour exclaims, “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 was open about the fact that their most recent album, The Endless River – the band’s first recording since The Division Bell back in 1994 – would be their swan song. Keyboardist Richard Wright died in cancer in 2008, and Gilmour said it would just “be wrong” to carry on without him.
Prior to the release of The Endless River, described as an album made as a tribute to Wright and containing recordings made with Wright from The Division Bell sessions, Gilmour told the BBC: “Well, Rick is gone. This is the last thing that’ll be out from us,” adding, “I’m pretty certain there will not be any follow up to this. And Polly, my wife, thought that the final song ‘Louder Than Words’ would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on. A way of describing the symbiosis that we have. Or had.”
Gilmour spoke of those fans that still want to see one of the most influential groups in the history of music put on a live show to a stadium of packed followers. “I absolutely don’t want to go back. I don’t want to go and play stadiums under the Pink Floyd banner,” the 69-year-old Gilmour said. “I’m free to do exactly what I want to do and how I want to do it. 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.”
In June, Gilmour previewed his fourth solo album while in Ireland, revealing that it will be titled “Rattle That Lock.” Ranked number 14 in Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest all time guitarists, Gilmour noted: “Floyd is 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.”
Adds NewsOxy: “Fans can rest assured that, while the band that hasn’t existed in two decades will now continue to not exist in perpetuity, it’s music will still comprise 40 percent of every classic rock radio station’s playlist.” Your thoughts below on Pink Floyd’s “official” break up.