“You try following up Dark Side of the Moon. Go on, just try it!” playfully admonishes Pink Floyd guitarist/ singer David Gilmour.”We’ve been trying to do it ever since!”, laughs drummer Nick Mason. Gilmour and Mason are my guests, Roger Waters makes a cameo, and we include archive comments from the late keyboard player Richard Wright to round out the definitive classic rock interview regarding Wish You Were Here on its forty-fifth anniversary.
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Pink Floyd’s monumental opus The Wall…the numbers that it has generated are starting to rival the Great Wall of China: #87 ranking on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Albums of All Time; worldwide sales of an estimated 30,000,000…
Roger Waters admitted to me that in 1980 Pink Floyd had been guaranteed one million dollars per night to perform “The Wall” on a stadium tour. “And I refused to do it outdoors,” Waters tells me in this classic rock interview. “But how can you do a show, that’s about the alienation you feel about doing stadium shows, in a stadium?”
This song performance first appeared in the ” Later Years” box set, and now the entire Pink Floyd Knebworth 1990 performance is available too.. . Here is Pink Floyd soldiering through defiantly with a particularly fiery lead guitar solo by David Gilmour on “Comfortably Numb”.
In mid-March 1994 I had been driven to a decommissioned Air Force base in the California desert at dusk, where we were met at the gate by Military Police with white gloves and live ammo in their M-16 rifles. The reason that the British band Pink Floyd was rehearsing their 1994 “Division Bell” North American tour at a U.S. military base was simply because nothing smaller than a B-52 hangar could accommodate the massive stage, lights, and sound system.
By the time a soggy Pink Floyd wrapped up 1990’s Knebworth Festival, we listened to Pink Floyd performing “Money” live on the London radio, including a spirited extended sax solo by leggy Candy Dulfer.
To illustrate how seriously many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom by early 1973, you need look no further than Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” to see how this progressive rock movement had matured, with spectacular results both artistically and commercially, confirmed in this classic rock interview by my guests, musical lunar explorers David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Nick Mason.
In the first half of the Eighties, Pink Floyd was M.I.A. for five long years, conspicuous in their absence for instance at the largest one day gathering of rock royalty, Live Aid, in July 1985. It was not until the end of that year that Roger Waters’ official departure from Pink Floyd was revealed to the other band members, and this bowling ball revelation left the group with the musical equivalent of the dreaded 7-10 split. David Gilmour spills the beans & spills his guts here In the Studio for “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”.
David Gilmour,Nick Mason, and Roger Waters explore the dark, ominous, yet vitally important transitional musical missing link, 1977’s “Animals”.
Interviews with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Nick Mason about “The Endless River” for the fascinating back story of a “final ” musical statement, 1994’s “The Division Bell”, which was never intended to be the superstar progressive rock band’s last word but which nevertheless became that when Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright died in 2008.