Though he’s more recently shared the stage with both of Pink Floyd’s other surviving members, Roger Waters says a forthcoming solo project won’t include either David Gilmour or Nick Mason.
Waters, at work on his first album since 1992′s Amused to Death, confirms to Patrick Flanary of Rolling Stone, that has already completed one song, between dates of the on-going massive tour featuring The Wall, Pink Floyd’s 1979 opus.
Fans will remember that Gilmour joined Waters on stage during a May 12, 2011 stop on the same tour at London’s 02 Arena. (The pair also performed four tracks together at a private benefit concert in 2010, though that was before only 200 invited guests.) Mason later joined Gilmour and Waters for the finale of the same May 2011 concert, playing tambourine on “Outside the Wall.”
Pink Floyd last performed as a foursome in 2005, however, at the Live 8 benefit concert. Co-founding keyboardist Richard Wright, who also regularly appeared with Gilmour, has since passed.
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Waters hasn’t appeared on a studio recording with Gilmour and Mason since 1983′s The Final Cut, a rumination on the post-war dream that didn’t include Wright. The other three members of Pink Floyd then continued without Waters for a pair of albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, before Wright’s death in 2008.
As for his new song, Waters says it focuses on religious extremism, which he touched on during previous solo efforts — but has since become a much more pressing issue. Waters has given the forthcoming project, which doesn’t have a release date, the working title of Heartland.
“The Heartland idea sort of came from another song I wrote maybe 15 years ago, or longer even, which was a song that I wrote for a movie – a really, really bad movie called ‘Michael’ that was about an angel,” Waters told Flanary, referencing the John Travolta film. “I’m absolutely determined to make another album. And I think this new song may give me the chance to do that. It provides a cornerstone and a core idea for me to write a new album about. You know, it’s just one of my obsessions, which is, I’m sort of obsessed with the idea that religious extremism is a maligned factor in most of our lives.”