The Division Bell, what has heretofore been considered Pink Floyd's final album, was released in 1994. There were some other recordings done around the same time, and they have been in the vault for 20 years. Now that the anniversary of that record is coming around, bandleader David Gilmour has decided to pull out that material and do something exciting with it.
Pink Floyd has a new album coming out.
Floyd fans' initial reaction will be to ask two questions:
What about Rick Wright?
What about Roger Waters?
Rick Wright was Pink Floyd's keyboard player. Wright died in 2008. It would hardly seem like a Pink Floyd album without Wright.
Well, there is good news on that front.
Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful.
— Polly Samson (@PollySamson) July 5, 2014
The sessions from 1994 include Wright. One of Floyd's background singers expanded on that bit of news on her Facebook page.
"The recording did start during the Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled 'The Big Spliff' that [Pink Floyd drummer] Nick Mason spoke about). Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them."
Who else is super excited about the new Pink Floyd Album? Cause I'm ecstatic.
— James Howard (@youwontknoww) July 7, 2014
But what about co-founder and bassist Roger Waters? So far there is no word on whether Waters will have anything to do with the album. Fans' hope springs eternal, especially since Gilmour and Waters have tried repeatedly to bury the hatchet and perform together from time to sporadic time. But Waters has not appeared on a Pink Floyd album since The Final Cut in 1983.
As Samson tweeted, the album will be called The Endless River, and is due out in October.
Pink Floyd is releasing a new album in October? Fuck yeah.
— Mike Berryman (@CaptainBerryman) July 7, 2014
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