If you were hoping for a reunion album or tour from Pink Floyd, then you’re about to be disappointed.
In an article posted on Billboard, David Gilmour spoke to Classic Rock magazine about the status of the iconic prog-rock group. Last year, Pink Floyd released The Endless River, which was the band’s first album since 1994’s The Division Bell. Gilmour still pursued a solo career after that effort, where he’s currently preparing to put out Rattle That Lock, due on Sept. 18.
Gilmour states the main reason in his latest interview is most of Floyd’s core members have passed away. He feels like there isn’t really a need to continue on without them.
"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]," he says. "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."
Keyboardist Rick Wright passed away in 2008, Floyd’s frontman Syd Barrett died in 2006, and the remaining members have a troublesome relationship with Waters.
"To do it without Rick would just be wrong,” he said. "I absolutely don't want to go back. I don't want to go and play stadiums... under the [Pink Floyd] banner. 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."
The 69-year-old added that Floyd was just a pop group and he doesn’t want to return that creative zone again. “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."