A full-on Pink Floyd reunion between David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters appears to have stalled because the band's leaders have failed to keep in touch following a trio of unexpected get togethers in recent years.
Waters and Gilmour put aside their long-running feud and reunited onstage after 24 years at the Live 8 concert in London in 2005, and they have since performed together again for a low-key charity show and during Waters' The Wall spectacular in the British capital earlier this year (11).
But Gilmour insists fans who are hoping for a full-scale reunion are praying for something that is unlikely to happen.
Asked if he and Waters have a better relationship these days during a new Rolling Stone magazine interview, the guitar great says, "You would think so, yeah... but it's almost non-existent. I played on Roger's Wall show here (in London) one night a few months ago, and I haven't heard a word from him since."
And he's convinced a reunion tour will never happen: "Roger spent a lot of time after (Live 8) saying how he would roll over gracefully for that one occasion, but it wouldn't happen again, which strengthened my views.
"I understand how other people want that sort of thing (reunion) to happen, but I'm entirely selfish in thinking that I want to enjoy my declining years exactly the way that I want to... And that wouldn't be part of it."
But drummer Mason is refusing to give up on a reunion: "I think it's one of those things where I'm not quite ready to say it doesn't exist anymore... It might be I'm a sad person and just can't let go of something, but it's just that feeling that, you know, who knows?
"I suppose I live in hope that there might be another Live Aid or something like that. I don't seriously expect anyone to suddenly announce that we should get back into studios and knock out an album. I'm quite keen on not saying it's all over. It's partly to do with me hating the idea of conceding any sort of retirement. I've always held the door open.
"I absolutely know that David wouldn't want to do anything at present but, you know, people change. In a year's time, a few years' time, whatever."