MIKE PORTNOY Weighs In On Forthcoming PINK FLOYD Album - "The Real Pink Floyd Is Really Only When Roger Waters And David Gilmour Work Together"
July 6, 2014, a year ago
According to RTÉ, David Gilmour's wife has tweeted that a new Pink Floyd album will be released in October, 20 years after the band's last album, The Division Bell, which recently saw its anniversary release (The Division Bell 20th Anniversary collector's box set).
Drum icon and prog rock mega-fan Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Dream Theater) has weighed in on the idea of a new Pink Floyd record:"What's this about a new Pink Floyd album? Last I checked, Waters is no longer in the band and Wright and Barrett are dead. If these are leftovers from The Division Bell sessions, then just put 'em on a TDB Special Edition release! It's disrespectful to Roger and everything he built for all those years! Just do a solo album, Dave.
In my opinion, the Pink Floyd heyday was Atom Heart Mother through The Wall, and those were mainly drivin by Roger (conceptually, musically, everything). A Momentary Lapse Of Reason and The Division Bell are essentially David Gilmour solo albums 'as' Pink Floyd (granted, just as The Final Cut was a Roger Waters solo album 'as' Pink Floyd). If you really want, I'll meet you Gilmour fans half way and at least concede with saying okay, 'real' Pink Floyd is really only when Waters and Gilmour work together."
The buzz began when Polly Samson said: "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called 'The Endless River'. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful."
Keyboardist Wright passed away in 2008 at aged 65.
Samson added on Facebook: "The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project entitled The Big Spliff that (drummer) 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."
It is not yet known whether Roger Waters will have any involvement in the project.