David Gilmour and Polly Samson Rolling Stone Interview (New album, Tour, Roger Argument)

David Gilmour and Polly Samson with family for Von Trapped broadcasts
David Gilmour and Polly Samson with family for Von Trapped broadcasts [Pic: Polly Samson]

David Gilmour, and his long time collaborator and lyricist Polly Samson, have done an interview with Rolling Stone magazine which you can read online.

The interview focuses on Polly’s work on her novel A Theatre for Dreamers, but also covers lots of other ground including the dispute surrounding Animals 2018 remix which “David’s former lyricist” Roger Waters had things to say about.

David Gilmour vs Roger Waters

Lets get this element of the story out the way first, then we can focus on happier thoughts. Given all the suffering going on in the world, its a bit daft to be bickering like this. Put “credit” and “ego” to one side and focus on the future!

It says in the Rolling Stone interview that it was done in “late May” and then published on 7th June. As we know, Roger went berserk on 1st June regarding the liner notes issue for the Animals 2018 remix. Does this mean that Roger saw the interview with Rolling Stone in a preview, and then responded angrily to try and steer the public discussion about the topic? (Discuss on the forum)

Is there anything going on with Pink Floyd on the archival front? There’s been talk of an Animals reissue in recent years.
Well, a very lovely Animals remix has been done, but someone has tried to force some liner notes on it that I haven’t approved and, um, someone is digging his heels and not allowing it to be released.
Samson: But you don’t have liner notes, do you?
Gilmour: No, we’ve never had liner notes.
Samson: Why are you suddenly having liner notes?
Gilmour: Because someone wants them, and they got a journalist to write some, and I didn’t approve them. And he’s just getting a bit shirty. You know how he is, poor boy.

I hope you’re able to reach a détente at some point.
Pretty unlikely, I’m afraid. There’s a lot of misinformation. And I’m not keen on constantly responding to every bit of untruth that I hear about myself and what I’m doing.

Is there anything you’d like to clear up?

Samson: How long you got? [Both laugh.]

Gilmour: There are packs of lies and information I’ve allowed to sit out there but my general view is to swallow and … it’ll all come right one day in one way or another.

Polly Samson and David Gilmour
Polly Samson and David Gilmour [Pic: Polly Samson]

David Gilmour’s New Album and Tour for 2022/2023

In the interview David confirmed he is hoping to release a new album in a year or two but is suffering the consequences of Covid and lock down. With lock down set to be lifted soon in the UK, this will give Mr Gilmour his team back so he can get down the Astoria Houseboat and get his new album done. Hopefully this means he will be touring the album too! He is double jabbed after all so nothing to worry about for him!

How soon do you think you’ll be putting out a new album?

Gilmour: I’m hoping that I will have an album ready in the next year or two; I’m not that fast. One of the problems, of course, is this lock down thing. We are now both double vaccinated, so things are looking a little bit brighter. But getting other people in to listen, to help, and to play on things has been kind of impossible in the last year. I do look forward to actually playing some songs with a bunch of actual musicians at some point.

David Gilmour

Do you want to tour again?
I haven’t given that a moment’s thought yet, but we had a lovely time on the last tour we did. I played South America for the first time. It was very gratifying and lovely. At this very moment, playing to a group of 10,000 people, tightly packed together in an arena, is a nightmare, so I wouldn’t want to do that. So we’ve got to let a little time pass.

David Gilmour

So, there you have it. Go read the Rolling Stone interview and see what Roger said. Once you have digested all that, come and share your thoughts about it on the forum.

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