Are you “geeked up” over Pink Floyd releasing its first new album in 20 years? [Poll/Video]
Are recent albums released by Classic Rock groups any better than their earlier work?
Somehow that’s what I think goes into the release of a group whose successes may have happened 20 or more years ago.
You might say that in regards to the news of Pink Floyd’s announcing that they’ll be putting out their first new album in 20 years.
My son-in-law mentioned this to me yesterday; and while not a “classic rock” head – still thought it to be big news.
I told him I always thought of Pink Floyd as “head music” – in the genre of the Moody Blues or Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. By the time they came on the scene in the 70s, I was already rediscovering my love for RnB and had passed that stage.
But he’s right – it is a pretty big deal – especially given the kind of world-wide audience Pink Floyd amassed in their many years together.
So, do you eagerly await the release of the new Pink Floyd album – or is it just another attempt for old rockers to try and be relevant?
The legendary British rock band is releasing a new album in October called “The Endless River.”
The news first trickled out via Twitter from Polly Samson, the novelist and “Division Bell” lyricist who is married to guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour. Samson tweeted Saturday, seemingly appropos of nothing: “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called ‘The Endless River’. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”
This sent rabid Pink Floyd fans into a frenzy, as user Mike Cecchini characterized with this response to Samson:
“The Endless River” will be the first new Pink Floyd studio album since “The Division Bell” was released in 1994 and will feature music from keyboardist and co-founder Rick Wright, who died of cancer in 2008 at age 65. Samson is a lyricist on “Endless River” as well as Gilmour’s solo album, “On An Island.” One of Pink Floyd’s backup singers, Durga McBroom-Hudson, confirmed the news in a Facebook post as well.
Of course, that meant she was quickly deluged with posts asking about/requesting a reconciliation between Gilmour and band co-founder Roger Waters. The Independent once called theirs the “Greatest Feud in Rock.”
It’s not clear whether Waters will be on the new album — but it seems unlikely, as “Endless River” is a continuation of sessions started during the recording of “Division Bell,” though the music is all unreleased, McBroom-Hudson said. Waters didn’t appear on “Division Bell,” either.
That should probably tell you all you need to know. A rehash of sessions from 1994 and no Roger Waters.
But some Pink Floyd fans will grab at anything they can.
Are you one of them? And which group would you like to see record a new album?