Pink Floyd casually announced that they will release their first new material in 20 years this fall. The band just celebrated the 20th anniversary of their 1994 album The Division Bell with a reissue that was released at the beginning of the month, and Rolling Stone reports that the new material the group is working on seems to be an extension of unreleased work from the Division Bell sessions.
The news didn’t come out in the form of a press release from the band, but rather via a tweet from Polly Samson, the wife of singer-guitarist David Gilmour. “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called ‘The Endless River,’” Samson wrote on Saturday. “Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” Wright is the late Floyd keyboardist and one of the iconic group’s founding members who died of cancer in 2008. A representative for Gilmour confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.
More details about The Endless River have since come out, also via social media, with singer Durga McBroom-Hudson writing 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 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.”
McBroom-Hudson toured with Pink Floyd in the 1980s and 1990s and is apparently involved in the new album, which she says will feature all new material.
Of course, this was a pretty huge “by the way” for Samson to drop on fans out of thin air. Many are now wondering if the longstanding feud between Gilmour and band co-founder Roger Waters, which is considered to be one of the longest and nastiest fights in rock and roll history, is over. Will Waters appear on The Endless River?
Though McBroom-Hudson has been deluged with questions about the matter on Facebook, she’s keeping quiet. “Hey folks – Please stop asking me to tell David to tour here or there, or to reconcile with Roger,” she wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “I do not tell David what to do, or make suggestions, or anything. I am damned lucky to be working with him, and I do what HE says.”
Waters’ involvement seems unlikely, as The Endless River is an extension of The Division Bell, an album on which he did not appear. The Independent cited a report from U.K. tabloid The Sun that said Waters will not be involved in the project, but that’s the closest to a confirmation anyone has gotten on the Waters question.
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