David Gilmour Plans to Release New Solo Album in 2015
David Gilmour tends to take quite a few years off between projects, so it might seem safe to assume that the release of Pink Floyd's 'The Endless River' will be the last we'll hear from him for some time. Happily, however, that doesn't sound like it's going to be the case.
Gilmour offered some insight regarding his future plans during a recent Rolling Stone interview, revealing that even as he's restarted the Pink Floyd machine for 'Endless River,' he's continued working on his next solo project. "It's coming along very well," he hinted. "There are some sketches that aren't finished, and some of them will be started again. There's a few months' work in it yet. I'm hoping to get it out this following year. Then I'm hoping to do an old man's tour, not a 200-date sort of thing."
Just don't expect a Pink Floyd tour behind 'The Endless River.' Gilmour pointed out that the band's last outing, behind 1994's 'The Division Bell,' was less than satisfying for him -- "The whole thing was becoming bigger than I liked; I wasn't enjoying the lack of connection with the audience" -- and this album's heavy focus on the keyboard work of deceased Floyd member Rick Wright means that live dates are, in Gilmour's words, "kind of impossible." Going forward, he added, "I'm really enjoying my life and my music. There's no room for Pink Floyd. The thought of doing any more causes me to break out in a cold sweat."
And although 'The Endless River' has its genesis in 20-year-old tapes left over from 'The Division Bell' sessions, Gilmour has no plans to revisit the vaults for subsequent "new" Pink Floyd releases. "Anything we had of value is on this album," he stressed. "Trying to do it again would mean using second-best material, and that's not good enough for me." Similarly, he sees no future collaborations with former Floyd partner Roger Waters on the horizon, shrugging, "I wouldn't rule anything out, but the likelihood of it being anything more than one little charity show is very, very remote."
Ardent Pink Floyd fans won't be able to help noticing the tiny window of opportunity Gilmour's comments leave open, and drummer Nick Mason joked about the never-ending demand for more from the band, quipping, "If David resigns, that leaves me in total control of Pink Floyd. I'll go out on the road playing the entirety of 'Dark Side of the Moon,' just the drum parts," then adding, "It'll be quite dull. Please know that I'm joking. I believe when I'm dead and buried, my tombstone will read: 'I'm not entirely sure the band's over.'"
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