The band as a unit have haven't been very active of late, with the exception of their performances at Live8 in 2005 and a Syd Barrett tribute concert in May 2007 at the London Barbican. A reunion and any future gigs or albums seemed hopeless when Gilmour said in a statement to the Associated Press that "The [Live 8] rehearsals convinced me [that] it wasn't something I wanted to be doing a lot of ... There have been all sorts of farewell moments in people's lives and careers which they have then rescinded, but I think I can fairly categorically say that there won't be a tour or an album again that I take part in. It isn't to do with animosity or anything like that. It's just ... I've been there, I've done it." He then reconfirmed his feelings in 2006 when he was interviewed by Gino Castaldo and maintained that 'Pink Floyd the brand is dissolved, finished, definitely deceased' and expressed that he preferred to work alone. More recently the drummer Nick Mason expressed a wish to get back with the other band members, when asked about the prospects of a reunion he said "I would do it... I'm ready to go [...] I'm packed, I have my drum kit, a suitcase and a wash bag by my front door ready for it when I ever get the call. But I'm not holding my breath."
Pink Floyd's new album - 'The Endless River'
On November 10, the iconic rock band that is Pink Floyd, will release their first album in twenty years. It was first announced in July this year by David Gilmour's wife leaking the news on Twitter, and yesterday they released half a minute's worth of teaser trailer for the new album, which you can watch below. The clip contains what seems to be a guitar solo, and although it is only 30 seconds long it hints at an album which has the potential to be as successful and great as their music was 20 years ago.
Yet it seems that Gilmour has changed his mind, and both him and Mason have worked on what is set to be a great album being released later this year. Although this album will not feature the original bassist Roger Waters, it will include music that was recorded by Richard Wright who died in 2008. According to NME, A statement on the band's website dedicates the record to Richard Wright, "'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick Wright, whose keyboards are at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound [...]'. The new album's track listing is as follows:
'Things Left Unsaid'
'It's What We Do'
'Ebb And Flow'
'The Lost Art Of Conversation'
'On Noodle Street'
'Eyes To Pearls'
'Louder Than Words'
Excitement is pouring in from social media sites, on twitter @emmapaterna says she 'Can't wait for "The Endless River" Pink Floyd :) Somethings you just never get tired of!', whilst another user said they 'Can't wait for #PinkFloyd's new album #TheEndlessRiver. Though I have a feeling it may not be that great as the legacy is. Still can't wait.' On Facebook Jamie Collins said '30 seconds is just not enough bring on November 10' whilst Hr Bjerregaard claims it's 'The biggest thing ever to happen this year, cannot wait...'. There is no doubt that this album is a huge step for Pink Floyd, and one which its fans are going to welcome with open arms. Bring on November 10th...
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