Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour wasn't exactly lying when he told the BBC last November "I greatly doubt there will be a new album out by the millennium." However, according to a source, Pink Floyd are scheduled to release a record in December.| Details are scant, but another source says it will be a commemorative recording celebrating the twenty-year anniversary of the The Wall, which was released on July 7, 1979. Insiders caution this should not be confused with the forthcoming Sony/Columbia DVD of The Wall, which hits the streets Nov. 9.
The record was first hinted at in an EMI Recorded Music press release that states the company had recently secured the worldwide rights to five more classic Floyd albums including The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and Animals, giving them a total of fourteen discs from the psychedelic pioneers' extensive catalog. More importantly, the company noted that Pink Floyd are actually in a London studio working on a record: "The band is currently in the studio finalizing work on an anniversary album project which is set for release at the end of 1999."
EMI's U.S. office confirmed that the band was indeed in the studio but would not say whether or not the band was working on new material, or if bassist Roger Waters was involved in the project. Sources there hinted that an agreement had not been reached between Waters and the other members; Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright have been at odds with the bassist since his exit from the band in 1984. Three weeks ago, Waters told USA Today that he and the band members were still "uncomfortably estranged," and that he has absolutely no regrets about leaving the band. "It was painful, like any divorce, but necessary," Waters said. "We had grown in different directions."
Those divergent directions don't seem to allow for a reunion tour in the foreseeable future. Earlier this year, Pink Floyd's management company, ENKA, put a resounding end to rumors that the band was going to perform at a Y2K show in Egypt this December. As it stands, the group will not be performing anywhere on New Year Eve, echoing what Gilmour told the BBC: "I can categorically tell you there is no plan for a record, no plan for a tour. And we're not doing the 'Millennium Show.'"
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