Pink Floyd to release new album in October

Not exactly political news, but given that it’s a post-holiday Monday with little other news, I thought it post-worthy. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’m a huge Pink Floyd fan.  Anyway, Time’s Nolan Feeney has the scoop:

The iconic prog-rock band Pink Floyd will release its first album in 20 years this coming October, according to the wife of band member David Gilmour.

Polly Samson tweeted that the new album will be called The Endless River and is based on sessions recorded in 1994, the year the band’s last studio album, The Division Bell, was released.

She also described the new release as the “swansong” of Rick Wright, the band’s keyboard player who died in 2008 at the age of 65. It is unclear whether Samson’s definition of “swansong” means the new album will be entirely based on old 1994 material or whether it will feature more recently recorded contributions, as Wright continued to record solo material after The Division Bell, according to the Los Angeles Times, whose requests for comment from Pink Floyd’s most recent label were not returned.

The big question for Floyd fans is this: Will Roger Waters be part of this project? Not likely, according to the Washington Post. To celebrate the news, click here to watch the band perform Comfortably Numb in 1994 (no embed available). I miss Roger Waters’ vocals but Richard Wright does an OK job in his stead. But the most awesomely awesome part of this video is Gilmour’s flawless guitar. When I first heard this I knew I could die happy. Play it loud.



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