Pink Floyd’s First Album in 20 Years Set for October

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.07.14 in News

Pink Floyd‘s first album in two decades is on the way this fall. The Endless River is due out in October, revealed Polly Samson, the wife of vocalist-guitarist David Gilmour, in a tweet over the weekend. A rep for Gilmour confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.

Drawn from 1994 studio recordings, the follow-up to that year’s The Division Bell will feature keyboardist Richard Wright, who died in 2008 from cancer.  “Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called ‘The Endless River,’” Samson wrote. “Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.”

Roger Waters, who led the British rock giants during their ’70s commercial heyday that spawned blockbuster albums like The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall (see Icon: Pink Floyd), left the band in 1983. Accordingly, he isn’t involved with The Endless River, as U.K. tabloid The Sun reports, via Pink Floyd fan site Brain Damage, citing an unnamed “source close to the project.” A rep for the band reportedly said there won’t be a tour for the new album.

Just last month, Pink Floyd reissued The Division Bell as a lavish box set, but the package failed to include any outtakes. Those outtakes, including instrumentals known as The Big Spliff, will appear on The Endless River, according to one person connected with the band. Durga McBroom-Hudson, a live backing vocalist for Pink Floyd, wrote on Facebook after Samson’s announcement:

“The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled The Big Spliff that [Pink Floyd drummer] Nick Mason spoke about). Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them.”

A rep for Pink Floyd’s label, Warner, didn’t immediately respond to questions about the project. Look for an official announcement soon. In the meantime, here’s an in-the-studio photo from McBroom-Hudson, and you can scroll down to hear an ambient piece that was played before Pink Floyd’s 1994 concerts. By the way: Founding Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett died on this day in 2006.