In new podcast, David Gilmour opens up on Pink Floyd’s later years

The guitarist discussed the group’s later years in a new podcast.

David Gilmour playing his 1955 Fender Esquire.

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David Gilmour has said that continuing with Pink Floyd after the departure of Roger Waters was no mean feat.

“It’s quite a big thing to carry on Pink Floyd with Roger [Waters] having gone,” he said in his latest podcast The Lost Art Of Conversation. “He is a big, big part of it, obviously, a major talent and our primary lyricist, so it was difficult.”

The Lost Art Of Conversation was the result of an exclusive interview done between Gilmour and BBC Radio, and discusses the guitarist’s thoughts on Pink Floyd’s career and creative output from 1987 to the present day. 

When asked about the origins of the unreleased tracks (also known as ‘The Big Spliff’) that ended up culminating in 2014’s The Endless River, Gilmour mentioned that it came from Pink Floyd’s attempt to craft a new record “based on all that music with [the late Richard Wright’s] playing on it – with all of us playing on it – after his death.”

Gilmour also recognised the challenges inherent to the new-look band, but was appreciative nonetheless. “I was so glad to have Rick there with his ideas and playing the way he did. And Nick is the perfect drummer for Pink Floyd. It all felt so right on those sessions,” he said.

The podcast is split into four themes – The Studio, Artwork, Live Performances, and Unreleased Material from the box set – and is in celebration of the upcoming release of Pink Floyd’s The Later Years.

The Lost Art Of Conversation podcast is now available weekly and is accessible on all podcast platforms.

For more information on the The Lost Art Of Conversation, click here.

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