In the Studio 8-8-88: Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon

A Pink Floyd interview has always been one of the most difficult “gets” in the music journalism business, but at the time thirty years ago when In the Studio launched in Summer 1988 amidst public sniping between former member Roger Waters and the two remaining active members, David Gilmour and Nick Mason ( Rick Wright would later join, as well ), it suddenly became possible. When Pink Floyd booked an eyebrow-raising three consecutive night stand in Dallas in November 1987 to showcase their Momentary Lapse of Reason  tour, David Gilmour spent a Sunday morning telling me the exciting details of making the first new Pink Floyd effort in over five years, as well as documenting the iconic 1973 progressive rock masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon  for In the Studio  episode #7.

As to motivation, my hunch is that David loyally was supporting me for having shown real enthusiasm for his second solo album, About Face,  backed with radio airplay at Dallas/ Ft. Worth station Q102 where we met by chance in February 1984 at a time when Gilmour’s career course was uncertain. Also, I’m not so naïve as to fail to realize that Rogers Waters had taken his unsuccessful court case to enjoin Gilmour and company from continuing as Pink Floyd without him to the court of public opinion by enlisting high-profile music critic the late Timothy White to foster the notion that a Waters-less Pink Floyd was somehow illegitimate. So David Gilmour very well could have been using this In the Studio  appearance thirty years ago to stake out his artistic moral high ground, as well. –Redbeard