Pink Floyd's First Album in 20 Years, "The Endless River," Will Be Released in October - NBC New York

Pink Floyd's First Album in 20 Years, "The Endless River," Will Be Released in October



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    Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour performs at St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy, Friday Aug. 11, 2006.

    Mark your calendars. Pink Floyd is releasing its first album in two decades years this fall.

    The band's guitarist and singer, David Gilmour, plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the band's "last" album, "The Division Bell," with a deluxe reissue. The group also plans to release new music.

    Gilmour's wife, author Polly Samson, leaked the news via Twitter Saturday, writing, "Btw Pink floyd album out in October is called The Endless River. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful." Wright, Pink Floyd's keyboard player, died of an undisclosed form of cancer at age 65 in 2008.

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    Touring Floyd singer Durga McBroom-Hudson revealed more details about the album via Facebook.

    "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," she wrote Sunday. "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."

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    Within hours, fans asked McBroom-Hudson to facilitate a reconciliation between Gilmour and the rock band's co-founder, Roger Waters. (The Independent once called theirs the "Greatest Feud in Rock.")

    Though the musicians have reunited sporadically for one-off performances, it's unlikely that Gilmour will invite Waters to appear on the band's new album. After all, "The Endless River" is a continuation of sessions started during the recording of "The Division Bell"--and Waters didn't appear on that album.