ROGER WATERS: "DAVE GILMOUR and I are not mates" - Prog Sphere
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Before meeting Gilmour, I asked a male friend to explain "the Floyd's" appeal. A look of excruciated reverence came over him and he whispered: The pressure of expectation is just too big. The whole Pink Floyd name, carting it around I don't want to be there at the moment. He is still startlingly good-looking, in a Leonardo DiCaprio kind of a way, with full lips and a soft, unlined face.
Pink Floyd famously lowered their personal visibility by having artwork on their album covers rather than photos of themselves. Unlike so many of their peers in the music business, fame didn't make them monstrous, says Gilmour, because they were too ambitious about the music, and anyway, "We were sort of rather part-time at it. Going back a long way to the early 70s, we would do a three-week little tour and then take a month or two off, and then another three-week tour.
So there was an awful lot of down time, which was home time for all of us. In the country, or I don't think any of us became fully-fledged rock'n'roll people. But we've all been through elements of messing ourselves up, or allowing ourselves to be messed up. His fall-out with Pink Floyd's bassist, Roger Waters, was a very English affair that involved almost two decades in which the men did not speak to each other after Waters walked out of the band in Waters declared the band defunct shortly afterwards, but it continued to operate successfully without him.
Things came to a head over a row about songwriting credits, but the real cause of the fall-out, says Gilmour, was a straightforward personality clash; they wound each other up just by being the people they were - Waters's "bossy" assertiveness versus Gilmour's resentful unassertiveness, his "allowing" himself to be "messed up".
One imagines that, when it comes to a fight, he does a good line in passive aggression.
David Gilmour: 'A Pink Floyd reunion? Impossible.'
It amuses Gilmour greatly that even after all these years, when the band reconvened for Live 8 in July, neither he nor Waters had changed enough to entirely dissolve the tensions.
Gilmour turned Bob Geldof down the first couple of times he asked him to take part in the concert. But I just felt it would get along fine without us.
But within two minutes the old dynamic was there. Roger was being bossy.
- ROGER WATERS: “DAVE GILMOUR and I are not mates”
- David Gilmour
I don't say that in a disparaging way; people just have their own natural personalities. And Roger just is the way he is and he can't help it any more than I can help the way I am. So the first meeting was pretty stilted and cagey. Then we had three days of rehearsals together; I did a couple of weeks of hard rehearsing myself at home to get my fingers and my throat into shape.
It was a struggle for me sometimes to assert myself, because I'm fairly laid back and reticent. And Roger is very assertive and there were times when he wanted something to happen, wanted to make a decision, and it wasn't the way I wanted it to be; so we got into a few minor arguments. Did it at least lay some of the ghosts to rest? He shares writing credits on many of the tracks with his wife, who also plays the piano and sings backing vocals.
Although she has co-written with Gilmour before, on the album Division Bell, the extent of her collaboration this time will ignite a certain nerdy ire among Pink Floyd purists. But I write songs at the piano quite regularly and I find that often a piece of music will come out of my disability. Lack of skill forces you to do things in a more primitive way, and the primitive way is often where you find something. He loves to work there because he can do everything himself.
The stability of his home life is, he says, "absolutely fundamental to everything". He and Polly met when they were seated next to each other by mutual friends at a dinner party. The tone of the new album reflects how happy and relaxed Gilmour is now.
David Gilmour: 'A Pink Floyd reunion? Impossible.'
I wonder if he objects to the word mellow? It may only be a fashion thing. I mean, it's a dirty word now, isn't it? I hope the album sounds quite chilled I hope it has a feeling of contentment to it. Tied with elements of melancholy, nostalgia and regret And your slight regrets at mistakes made.
After hearing their uninspired covers of current chart hits, club owners were reluctant to pay them, and soon after their arrival in Paris, thieves stole their equipment. During his stay, he watched Pink Floyd record " See Emily Play " and was shocked to find that Barrett, who was beginning to suffer mental health problems, did not seem to recognise him. Pink Floyd In late DecemberPink Floyd drummer Nick Mason approached Gilmour and asked him if he would be interested in joining the band to cover for the increasingly erratic Barrett.
Gilmour accepted; they initially intended to continue with Barrett as a non-performing songwriter. Just to try to keep him involved. Wright was fired during the sessions for The Wall; the relationship between Gilmour and Waters deteriorated during the making of the eponymous filmand during recording sessions for The Final Cut.
In he channelled his ideas into his first solo album, David Gilmour, which showcased his guitar playing and songwriting. Music written during the finishing stages of the album, but too late to be used, was incorporated into a song by Waters, which became " Comfortably Numb ", included on The Wall. Gilmour toured Europe and the US along with support act the Television Personalitieswho were dropped from the line-up after Dan Treacy revealed Syd Barrett 's address on stage.
I thought the songs were very wordy and that, because the specific meanings of those words were so important, the music became a mere vehicle for lyrics, and not a very inspiring one. Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here were so successful not just because of Roger's contributions, but also because there was a better balance between the music and the lyrics than there has been in more recent albums.
That's what I'm trying to do with A Momentary Lapse of Reason; more focus on the music, restore the balance. The performance caused a temporary sales increase of Pink Floyd's album Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd. This is money that should be used to save lives. I am 60 years old. I don't have the will to work as much any more. Pink Floyd was an important part in my life, I have had a wonderful time, but it's over. For me it's much less complicated to work alone. With the death of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in Septemberanother reunion of the core group members became impossible.
It's a shame, but this is the end. Harper also provided backing vocals on Gilmour's About Face album. A Novel album, which features Gilmour on that track, and on Give Blood. Gilmour then asked Harper for lyrics, but rejected those also, deciding not to use the tune on the album after all. Eventually Harper used his version, "Hope", which has a markedly slower tempo, on his album with Jimmy Pagecalled Whatever Happened to Jugula?
Kate Bush In the s, Gilmour received a copy of songwriter Kate Bush's demo tape from Ricky Hopper, a mutual friend of both families. Impressed, Gilmour paid for Bush, then 16, to record three professional demo tracks to present to record companies.
His live albums Live in Gdansk and Live at Pompeii peaked at number 26 and number 45, respectively. A music video for the latter was created, incorporating Ferry and Gilmour into footage from the film  released as a bonus on the "Ultimate Edition" DVD release. The album featured David Crosby and Graham Nash performing backing vocals on the title-trackRobert Wyatt on cornet and percussion, and Richard Wright on Hammond organ and providing backing vocals.
There were ten shows in the US and Canadian leg of the tour. More shows took place in Europe from July to August in The concert was held before a crowd of , and marked the twenty-sixth anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union. The concert was part of the 'Hidden Gigs' campaign against hidden homelessness, which is organised by Crisisa UK-based national charity campaigning against homelessness.
It was produced by long-time Pink Floyd collaborator Chris Thomas. InRolling Stone placed Gilmour at number 14 in a list of the hundred greatest guitarists of all time. Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson has also stated via her Twitter account that she has been writing lyrics for her husband. Gilmour is playing "The Workmate", a well-worn Fender Telecaster.
On 29 OctoberGilmour told Rolling Stone magazine that his new album was "coming along very well", that "there's a few months work in it yet" and that he is "hoping to get it out this following year" in In addition to the new album, Gilmour confirmed that there would also be a tour, but not a massive date tour, more like an "old man's tour", adding: But places like Radio City Music Hall sound like the right sort of vibe for me.