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From REG # 2



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In an interview by Matt Resnicoff of Musician Magazine published in August 1992, David Gilmour unknowingly comes clean as to why he reincarnated Pink Floyd.
The following are excerpts:

Gilmour;

I like the grand scale of Pink Floyd. A lot of people want to buy tickets and see that stuff. ...

Musician;

But even so, you did most of the work on Momentary Lapse. Nick Mason admits to being an ancillary part of the band and Rick Wright had for all intents and purposes been gone since 1980. That last Floyd album was a project you cooked up and realized with the help of session musicians and one other lyricist. Aside from the name Pink Floyd and the business considerations, it was a David Gilmour solo album.

Gilmour;

Well, I don't know what is a solo album and what isn't, really. I approached that album like I would a Pink Floyd album and I approach a solo album as I would approach a solo album. There's a difference in thought process in the way you go into these things. But yeah, in some ways it could have been.

Musician;

Some would say the band's (Pink Floyd) magic existed in the (Roger Waters/David Gilmour collaboration)interplay.

Gilmour;

That is suggesting that if we carried on, it would be a good thing. No one is really arguing that point. The point is that I hadn't had enough of it, it was my career. Nick hadn't had enough of it. Why should we be forced not to do it anymore? Whether it's as good or not afterwards is really kind of beside the point. To me.

Musician;

Really?

Gilmour;

Yes whether it's as good or to as many people's taste is beside the point. If they don't like it as much, they don't have to buy it. But no one can tell me to stop doing it. ... I still fail to see why morally I should be persuaded to give up something I've given most of my adult life to, just ‘cause one guy doesn't feel like doing it anymore.

Musician;

Except simply the fact that you could both have gone on to solo careers and left Pink Floyd, the creative dynamic between you, as a very pleasing piece of history.

Gilmour;

Yeah, yeah, that's quite true; one could have done that. But why? why would I want to do that? It's very, very hard work to struggle a solo career up to the level that Pink Floyd stands at.

Musician;

If Nick decided he didn't want to do it, would you still do it as Pink Floyd?

Gilmour;

Yeah, I think so. But I don't think that's a problem. I want Nick and Rick to do it. ... And I don't want to fuck with it. I liked it when Roger was there too, but that's out of my control. ... I always felt our two voices worked very well as counterpoints, but we don't have that option, so...

Musician;

So things are unpatchable between the two of you.

Gilmour;

Yeah. you could safely say that.

Musician;

And even after Roger, Rick's not been reinstated as an equal.

Gilmour;

No, Rick's in there. There are one or two legal things slightly unresolved from Rick's agreement when Roger threw him out in 1979, (to which Dave agreed, ed.) and there are reasons of his. Mostly that he didn't want to get involved in the lawsuits, so he was not involved in the risk, in any possible loss financially, and consequently reaped less of the profits, which Nick and I took more of, as we were the ones who put all the money up to put the record and the tour together.

Musician;

Your prospects are better now.

Gilmour;

Yeah. As I'm not under any imminent threat of a lawsuit, it's not a problem.

Musician;

And Rick's not involved even after the disposal of those problems?

Gilmour;

Well, I'm a really selfish person, and Rick is not realistically going to put in as much effort next time as I do. I'm very happy for Rick to be part of it all, but I can't see any point, it's still my life, and a lot of my life, and I didn't fight my way through all that lot just to start handing out larger chunks than they deserve to anyone who comes around. (laughs) If that sounds ruthless, it's not - its just the hard reality. Rick's happy to sail off on his yacht and be part of this thing, and earn very good money out of it. He doesn't like shouldering responsibility, so it's a very good arrangement.

After reading this interview I seethed with anger. In this same interview, Dave condemns Roger for his mistreatment of Rick. After over 14 years as an intrigal part of Pink Floyd, all the while, Rick Wright is being used to give validity to Pink Floyds' existence and increase Dave Gilmours bank account. Because of the extreme greed of David Gilmour, Richard Wright is being treated as a second class, non-member of the group, paid off, all the while being used as an impotent superficial figurehead for the name Pink Floyd.

Dave talks as if he has the right to carry on as Pink Floyd (even if alone!) because he spent all these years at it, as if he was the only one. Well Rick also spent as many years and more as an intrigal part of in Pink Floyd, But of course Dave can't be "...handing out larger chunks than they deserve to anyone who comes around." Anyone who comes around my ass. Dave is not only greedy, but unethical, and unscrupulous. His ideals are not the ideals for which Pink Floyd once stood, but are ideals of pure dollar signs. It's obvious to any one by now that he did, in fact, as Roger has consistently said, reform Floyd only and solely for the money. He prostituted the name Pink Floyd because he could not make huge amounts of money as a solo artist.

'Money, so they say, is the root of all evil today'. Sing it Dave.

Pink Floyd is dead - long live Roger Waters.


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