Pink Floyd reunion unlikely as Waters still fumes:
- Pink Floyd, which has not performed together since 1994, remains on hiatus while its members pursue various projects. Gilmour is preparing to release a concert video in November, and hopes to record a solo album next year.
"Pink Floyd, to be honest, is the furthest thing from my mind at the moment," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.
"I know that other people have a different view and it has some sort of intrinsic importance, but right at the moment I'm just not thinking about Pink Floyd. I'm just concentrating on what I'm doing in a totally selfish way, and enjoying myself."
Now 56, Gilmour said he prefers a simpler life making more spontaneous music, whereas a Pink Floyd album and tour would require "an awful lot of time and effort."
Famed for elaborate concerts that boasted flying pigs and laser shows, Pink Floyd grossed $104 million from its 1994 trek across North America. The stadium tour, which was seen by more than three million people, ranks third on the all-time earners list behind the Rolling Stones and U2. Since then ticket prices have soared, and industry observers say a new Pink Floyd tour could smash records.
But Gilmour, a father of eight who is reportedly worth more than $100 million, seems to be more interested in giving away his money. He last year donated proceeds of 3.6 million pounds (now $5.7 million) from the sale of a house to a charity and has set up a foundation to disburse more funds.
Stones take note: 56, rich as hell, big family, own musical interests. But then again, a rolling stone gathers no cash when it isn't rolling.
- His upcoming DVD and VHS release "David Gilmour in Concert," is a largely acoustic affair built around a concert at London's Royal Festival Hall in June 2001.
Gilmour revisits old Pink Floyd nuggets like "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Comfortably Numb" and "Wish You Were Here," as well as a few rarities written by Syd Barrett, the group's first leader. Barrett, a drugs casualty, left Pink Floyd in 1969 and lives in seclusion in Cambridge, England.
Gilmour said he has not seen him since 1975, when an unrecognizable Barrett casually dropped into the London studio as the band was recording "Wish You Were Here." Gilmour is in occasional touch with Barrett's sister, and often thinks of driving up to Barrett's place for a cup of tea and a chat.
"There was a time when his family seemed to think that that sort of thing wouldn't be a very good idea, but maybe that time has passed. I might get round to it one of these days."