March 2, 1998|
Pink Floyd send mixed signals about their 1998-1999 plans
Recent information from official sources says that Pink Floyd is
presently busy finishing a new album, though David Gilmour and
others close to the band have denied that there is any activity in
the Pink Floyd camp.
A representative of the band at Capitol Records, Pink Floyd's U.S.
label, has told others in the music industry several stories
suggesting that Pink Floyd is very active at this time. There is
nothing, however, to back up the rumors. Among other claims from
Capitol Records was the story that Pink Floyd recently submitted a
demo of their next album to Capitol, who rejected the demo and send
the band back to the drawing board. This story remains unconfirmed,
and stands on shakey ground at best.
On 1 January 1998, David Gilmour appeared on the Jools Holland
Hootenanny on British television BBC2 to perform with B.B. King.
Holland asked Gilmour, "Could we predict another Pink Floyd record
"I doubt this year," Gilmour replied. Holland asked whether there
might be an album by the year 2000.
"Dunno," responded the Floyd's guitarist. "Sorry, it's a rash
It may be immportant to note that the interview was actually
prerecorded on 31 December 1997, so Gilmour's statement that there
would be no new Pink Floyd album "this year" may have been
meaningless, referring to 1997 rather than 1998.
More recently, the Album Network contacted Pink Floyd's management
to invite the band to participate in a program marking the 25th
anniversary of the release of "Dark Side of the Moon." The Album
Network was told that the band could not be involved because they
are busy completing their next album. Unfortunately, the reply was
very unclear about how close to completion the alleged album may be,
and the report cannot be independently verified.
©1998 Dave Ward