Pink Floyd fans have been promised a new album.
Fans of the psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd are in for a promising fall. Apparently the iconic rockers have a new album on the way title The Endless River. Most interesting though, is how the news was announced.
Roger Waters was not involved in 'The Endless River' [Getty/Neilson Barnard]
David Gilmour's wife Polly Samson leaked the news via Twitter. She stated: "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful." Presumably, by "based" she meant that recordings from the late keyboardist Rick Wright (who died of cancer in 2008 at age 65) were beefed up with overdubs by Gilmour and Nick Mason. Samson co-wrote many of the lyrics featured on the band's 1994 album The Division Bell, so it's very possible she contributed to the soon-to-be released album.
Durga McBroom-Hudson, a singer who toured with Pink Floyd in the '80s and '90s, corroborates Samson's news via her Facebook page, even offering photographic evidence: “The recording did start during ‘The Division Bell’ sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled “The Big Spliff” that [Floyd 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. That’s the song you see being worked on in the photo.”
Dave Gilmour's wife leaked news of the new Pink Floyd album [Getty/Jo Hale]
Rick Wright had a tumultuous relationship with Pink Floyd. In the band's early day, Wright did a far amount of singing and songwriting alongside Syd Barrett. He formally resigned from the band during the recording of The Wall after constant disagreements with Roger Waters. He stayed on as a live musician during the album's tours in '80 and '81. He officially rejoined the band 1994 for the recording of The Division Bell.
Roger Waters was not involved in the recording of this new album. His last contribution was on band's 1983 record, The Final Cut. It was reported last fall that Gilmour was hard at work on a solo album, although it's not clear when it will be released. The Sun is reporting that there are no plans for the band to tour in support of The Endless River currently. Warner, the band's current label has yet to confirm the release. According to Consequence of Sound, Pink Floyd's site Brain-Damage is said to be planning a formal announcement for the new album on Monday.