The phenomenal success of Roger Waters’ tours featuring The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, not to mention recent guest appearances by former bandmates Nick Mason and David Gilmour, beg the question: What about reuniting Pink Floyd?
Waters summarily dismisses the idea in a new talk with The Sun, though he remains so close with childhood chum Mason that the two were set to share a meal on the very evening of his interview.
The classic-era quartet lineup of Gilmore, Mason, Rick Wright and Waters hasn’t appeared on an album together since The Wall, in 1979. Pink Floyd’s 1983 album The Final Cut was recorded without Wright, and then the back carried on without Waters for both A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987 and The Division Bell in 1994. Wright, the band’s co-founding keyboardist has since passed.
Waters began touring two classic Floyd albums with his own band, beginning in 2007 with Dark Side. He’s presented The Wall since 2010, reaching some 3.3 million fans. Waters recently announced new 2013 dates, beginning July 20 in Belgium
Even partial reunions with the others have been rare.
Gilmour joined Waters in May 2011 for a performance of The Wall at the 02 Arena in London. Mason joined the pair during the finale of the same show. Pink Floyd last appeared as a foursome at 2005′s Live 8 benefit concert, before Wright’s death.
Waters tells The Sun that, in all likelihood, is that. For him, Pink Floyd is over — though Mason is still game for a reunion.
“I can’t,” he said, emphatically. “I’m having dinner with Nick tonight. He’d jump back in a heartbeat. But I left Pink Floyd for very good reasons and it was the right and proper thing to do. It was over in 1985 and it’s still over.”