As David Gilmour prepares to release his new solo album next month, he’s also bidding farewell to Pink Floyd after 48 years.
“I think I can safely say goodbye to that now,” the guitarist tells Rolling Stone in a new interview.
When asked if Floyd are finished for good, Gilmour told the magazine, “Yeah, for me it is. I’ve enjoyed that part of my life; that life has given me so much. There’s been a lot of joy, a lot of laughter, a lot of creative satisfaction. We’ve had a lot of good companionship for 95 percent of our time together. I wouldn’t want that five percent that was a little more sour to make my view of it less enjoyable.
“All things must pass. All things must come to an end. I don’t want to go back there. I’ve done it.”
Gilmour joined Pink Floyd in 1967 after founder and guitarist Syd Barrett became increasingly unreliable due to mental health problems. Following the departure of founding bassist Roger Waters in 1983, Gilmour, keyboardist Richard Wright and drummer Nick Mason continued on with the group. Wright died in 2008, and in 2014 Gilmour and Mason released The Endless River, an album based on 20 hours of unreleased material they and Wright created for their previous studio album, 1994’s The Division Bell.
Gilmour is currently ramping up his solo career, which has been dormant since the release of On an Island in 2006. September 18 will see the release of his new album, Rattle That Lock. Gilmour has released a video for the title track, shown below, and a sneak preview of the song “5 A.M.”
You can read the full Rolling Stone interview here.