David Gilmour on Pink Floyd's end: 'I can’t really see myself going back'
David Gilmour has told EW that last year’s Pink Floyd album, The Endless River, is likely to be the final collection of previously unheard material released by the band. That album was made up of largely instrumental tracks recorded in the mid-’90s by Floyd members Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, and the band’s late keyboard-player Rick Wright, who died from cancer in 2008.
“I think that is the last,” said the singer-guitarist, whose new solo album, Rattle That Lock, is out Sept. 18. “We’d spent some time at the beginning of recording the Division Bell album sort of jamming, working through musical ideas. A lot of fans had heard that that had happened and asked if they could hear that. So, a couple of years ago, I sat down and relistened to a lot of that music with (guitarist-producer) Phil Manzanera. We thought, Yeah, it’s a good time to go ahead and start putting that together and make a little coda for the fans. We used everything that we thought was worth using. I can’t really see myself going back and working through it all again.”
Wright can be heard, and seen, playing on the quartet of so-called “Barn Jams” included in the deluxe version of Rattle That Lock. “When I finished my last tour in 2006, the band was really cohesive and playing really really well together,” said Gilmour. “In early 2007, I thought I would reconvene all the band and play some music with them in a barn on my farm. And so we spent a week doing it. So, we had a great time and made lots of music in a week playing in there and we just put some cameras up on the roof and recorded a lot of the stuff. They’re just little extra bonus pieces that people might like—or not.”
You can see the video for the song “Rattle That Lock,” below. Check back later in the week for more from Gilmour about his new solo album.