You all were busy this weekend. It was probably mostly blowing up moderately expensive, largely mediocre fireworks, but hey, 'Merica right? Well, while you were occupied with celebrating your freedom to eat as many frankfurters as your heart and its arteries desire, some of our friends across the pond were busy getting the rest of the world's classic rock fans all huffy and puffy about the news of a new Pink Floyd album.
We're not talking about that 20th anniversary Division Bell reissue, either.
Yes, while you were sleeping off the Fourth, Polly Sampson — wife of Floyd guitarist David Gilmour — was busy Twittering about a new "album out in October called 'The Endless River'." The news naturally set the Floydosphere into a tizzy and the rest of the long weekend provided enough details about the album to either make you say "meh" or go absolutely nuts.
First off, there's definitely no Roger Waters, so stop nagging everyone about it. If you don't remember, founding member Waters, 70, left the group in the mid '80s.
What's more is that the New York Times points out that the material you'll hear isn't exactly new, but more or less a fleshing out of unreleased material featuring mid-'90s work from late Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright (pictured above), who died in 2008.
The tracks were supposedly for an unfinished ambient album, The Big Spliff, but longtime Pink Floyd touring/back up vocalist Durga McBroom-Hudson posted a shot of her recording vocals, so we know the'll be some lyrics to be deciphered on the release.
As CoS points out, an
official statement from the band is expected today, but don't even think it'll include news about a tour. In the meantime check out this instrumental live intro that the band used in 1994 to give you a taste of what you may be hearing come October. If you're feeling extra nostalgic, then click below and listen to a recording from Pink Floyd's May 1994 performance at the Big Sombrero.
Update: Pink Floyd's official statement tells us that the album will be produced by Gilmour and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, who has toured with Gilmour and also produced his 2006 solo LP On An Island. "Work is still in progress," the band wrote, "but more details to come at the end of the summer."