Since 2011 there have been rumors floating around about the possibility of a new David Gilmour album in 2013 (or later). Evidence to support the rumor is circumstantial at best, but putting all the pieces together there may be a faint glimmer of hope.
This rumor was born out of another rumor – interesting, eh? Apparently there was speculation that the surviving members of Pink Floyd would reunite for the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. There was rapid response from spokespeople for both Pink Floyd and David Gilmour ensuring that this was not going to happen and that any speculation on the matter was purely unsubstantiated rumor. In turn, there were rumors that Gilmour may join Roger Waters during his 2013 tour of The Wall, as he did in 2011 (appearing for a single show at London’s O2 Arena to play Comfortably Numb and Outside the Wall). Again, David’s spokesperson took aim stating that “This is all simply not true, Roger Waters Tour is in full swing this summer with more shows expected to be released for August in North America, and David Gilmour is working on a new album to possibly be toured in late 2012-2013. These sorts of rumors are spread about like mad every few months and it really disrupts the band members focus on there current projects.”
Ouch, shot down again. But wait… did he say that David is working on a new album? Yes, he did. To be toured in late 2012-2013, which puts us still in range of that particular confidence interval. However, since that statement back in early 2012 there has been no further discussion on the topic of a new Gilmour album.
We can be assured that David has been keeping in practice and doing some studio work. He recently played on two tracks (Me Oh My and Song of the Siren) on Bryan Ferry’s new album Olympia, which was released in late 2010. But, these kind of appearances do not necessarily mean that he is active. A comment from Roger Waters late last year stated “I think by and large David is retired.” A discouraging note, but given that David and Roger are not likely keeping up with each other, this statement may not be as final as it sounds.
Moreover, there was some recent and promising evidence that David is working on something. Earlier this year, Evidence Audio completed a relatively large order for David’s studio, which included guitar, speaker cabinet, and rack/effects cables.
“Busy week with some finishing touches for David Gilmour’s studio. Another reel of Lyric HG and some send/return/rack/tray cables to tie things together. If he records it – it will travel through this.” – Evidence Audio Facebook post, January 16, 2013.
Is this a substantial piece of evidence (no pun intended)? Maybe, maybe not. David could be updating the studio to allow for another group to record. Gilmour has been known to produce and work on albums with other bands (e.g., he produced Dream Academy back in the 80s, and played on and recorded much of The Orb’s album on Astoria). I want to believe that this is a good sign, though. Other unsubstantiated reports have been made on the Neptune Pink Floyd Blog (Jan, 2012) stating that Polly (David’s wife and co-writer of many Division Bell lyrics) reported in an interview (though I have been unable to find this interview) that they had been going through demos and selecting songs for the next album. Another Neptune post reports second hand information from the Pink Floyd RoIO site stating that “According to information I had thanks to a French friend from the PF French forum, Gilmour is currently recording is new solo album in the South of France. Phil Manzanera is involved, as well as drummer Claude Salmieri,” and that David may be recording at the Studios La Fabrique in Saint-Rémy de Provence in France (Neptune Pink Floyd, 2012). However, I have been unable to locate any primary sources that corroborate these statements.
Ultimately, I am very hopeful. Unfortunately, that is all we have for now.. hope. We the Pink Floyd fan community will continue to keep our eyes out for the latest news. Until then, Shine On, my friends.