Pink Floyd have “run their course”, according to the band’s longtime member Dave Gilmour.
In a new interview with Classic Rock magazine, the singer and guitarist admits that, after almost half a century together, there are no more plans for the band to reunite. He said: “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% 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.”
He continued: “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 also added that it would be inappropriate to reform the band without keyboardist Richard Wright, who died in 2008: “To do it without Rick would just be wrong,” he said.
The multi-instrumentalist, who is currently promoting his new solo album Rattle That Lock, has hinted before that the band were over. Around the release of their 15th album, The Endless River, in 2014, which was stitched together using old Wright material, Gilmour said he was “pretty certain” that it would be the group’s final project.
The band last performed live in 2005 for Live 8. Rattle That Lock is out in September.
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Friday 14th August 2015 08.30 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010