For our new "50 Years of Prog" issue, Guitar Player sat down with – among others – the legendary David Gilmour.
Between an appearance at last year's Peter Green tribute concert, a new piece of music called “Yes, I Have Ghosts,” and a new Martin signature acoustic guitar, Gilmour has kept quite busy in recent times, and had plenty to talk about. However, we couldn't resist asking him: “Pink Floyd so far is a three-act play. Will there ever be a fourth act?”
To that, he replied: "No. I’m done with it. I’ve had a life in Pink Floyd for quite a lot of years, and quite a few of those years at the beginning, with Roger. And those years in what is now considered to be our heyday were 95 percent musically fulfilling and joyous and full of fun and laughter. And I certainly don’t want to let the other five percent 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."
Gilmour went on to invoke the band's co-founder and keyboardist, Richard Wright, who died of lung cancer in 2008.
"To do it without Rick would just be wrong," he said. "I’m all for Roger doing whatever he wants to do and enjoying himself and getting the joy he must have had out of those Wall shows. I’m at peace with all of these things. But I absolutely don’t want to go back. I don’t want to go and play stadiums. I’m free to do exactly what I want to do and how I want to do it."
To buy the "50 Years of Prog" issue of Guitar Player, with the full Gilmour interview, head on over to Magazines Direct (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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