David Gilmour on Pink Floyd: ‘It’s a Shame, but This Is the End’
October 10, 2014
PINK FLOYD WILL RELEASE ALBUM The Endless River next month – and then that will be it for the band as far as new records go.
Speaking to BBC Radio, David Gilmour stated that the group have no plans to record together again following the death in 2008 of keyboard player Rick Wright, who appears posthumously on the LP.
“Well, Rick is gone. This is the last thing that’ll be out from us,” he declared. “I’m pretty certain there will not be any follow-up to this.”
The guitarist confirmed that The Endless River, released on November 7, is something of a tribute to his late bandmate, explaining that he felt Wright’s contribution to the band has been generally undervalued.
“He has been underestimated by the public, by the media and by us at times I hate to say,” he admitted. “I didn’t necessarily always give him his proper due. People have very different attitudes to the way they work and we can become very judgemental and think someone is not quite pulling his weight enough, without realising that theirs is a different weight to pull.”
“Rick has been underestimated by the public, by the media and by us at times I hate to say.”
Drummer Nick Mason agreed, suggesting that in terms of the Pink Floyd legacy both he and Wright had remained in the shadows.
“I think the tendency is that the most attention is payed to the songs or the guitar part or whatever, and sad old drummers and keyboard players get left behind,” he mused. “I think it’s been a great opportunity; it is a great opportunity to recognise, remember and maybe give some credit rather late on. He was very gentle, very quiet, which doesn’t help if you’re in a band looking to promote yourself.”
The song sounds very much like The Division Bells sessions that are the genesis of much of the music on this upcoming album, The Endless River. Gilmour’s guitar parts are stellar, although perhaps softer than the classic jagged tone of the ’70s records. Time has softened The Floyd a bit, but this is still a beautiful song. The autobiographical lyrics, referring to the power behind Pink Floyd’s music and infighting are excellent. Gilmour told the BBC, “I’m pretty certain there will not be any follow up to this. And Polly, my wife, thought that would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on. A way of describing the symbiosis that we have. Or had.”
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