The legendary band’s first new album in 20 years is released on November 10th.
It’s not the first time the band have used the physicist's synthesised voice. Hawking can be heard narrating, ‘Keep Talkin’’ a track from The Division Bell which sampled a British Telecom advert featuring the professor. ‘Talkin' Hawkin’ is not thought to be a sequel to the 1994 track.
The mostly instrumental album hits shelves on November 10th and is the band’s first new release in two decades. The tracks were taken from the sessions recorded for 1994’s The Division Bell and were co-written with late keyboardist Richard Wright. The album is intended as a tribute to Wright, who passed away from cancer in 2008.
Speaking about the process of putting The Endless River together, singer Dave Gilmour said, “over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.”
But one person who definitely wont feature on The Endless River is former member Roger Waters. While some had wondered if he’d have any involvement, Waters one of the band’s founding members, released an angry statement last month confirming that he is not. "I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago," he wrote. "I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse Of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip.”
Album artwork for The Endless River
The Endless River will be released on November 10th.