One of the most influential and successful bands in the history of rock 'n' roll appears poised to resurface after a 20-year absence. The Los Angeles Times reports that Pink Floyd, whose iconic 1973 album "The Dark Side of the Moon" set a record by remaining on the Billboard album chart for 14 years, has a new record in the works.
"Polly Samson, the wife of the band's lead singer-guitarist David Gilmour, has announced via Twitter that a Pink Floyd album called 'The Endless River' will be released come October," the Times reports. "But Samson says it’s 'based on 1994 sessions,' which would seem to indicate these will be old tracks goosed with new overdubs. Pink Floyd released what seemed to be its final album, 'The Division Bell,' in April 1994 (an album that just received the deluxe reissue treatment)."
The report adds: "Samson said the music represents the 'swan song' of keyboardist Rick Wright, who died of cancer in 2008 at age 65. But that’s incorrect if by 'swan song' one means the last music Wright made, as opposed to the last recording released that featured playing by a given musician.
"Wright issued the second of his two solo albums, 'Broken China,' in 1996; at the time, in an interview posted on pinkfloydfan.net, he said he started work on it after the 'Division Bell' tour ended."
Pink Floyd’s most recent music label, Sony Music Entertainment, did not respond to requests for comment, the report notes.
The Times piece notes: "As things stand, there’s very little left of the band to revive. With Wright gone, Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason are the only surviving members of the 1994 lineup. Roger Waters is still kicking, but the acerbic Floyd co-founder and singer-bassist has had mostly bilious relations with his former mates since 1983, when 'The Final Cut' album signaled the end of Pink Floyd’s spectacular post-Syd Barrett era."