David Gilmour names Pink Floyd’s “Worst period”

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Over the years since Pink Floyd’s golden era in the 1970s, David Gilmour has taken moments to ponder. The UK group has a riveting tale in the annals of rock, churning out iconic albums and facing internal turbulence.

The legendary quartet of Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason achieved legendary status. After adapting to the exit of their initial lead, Syd Barrett in 1968, the band honed their distinctive sound. Their zenith came with the iconic albums The Dark Side of the Moon in 1973 and its successor, Wish You Were Here in 1975.

However, soaring high can often lead to a hard fall. Pink Floyd faced internal divisions, with Roger Waters increasingly isolating himself, asserting more control over the group. This strain saw Rick Wright ousted during The Wall’s creation, and the beginnings of a long-standing rift between Gilmour and Waters.

Interestingly, during The Wall sessions, the duo crafted what would be their “final” collaboration, ‘Comfortably Numb’. A gem of a song, its inception was nonetheless marked by profound tension, signaling the end for this formation.

In an interview with Italy’s La Repubblica, Gilmour dived deep into his Pink Floyd journey, especially the production of The Wall. He felt The Dark Side of the Moon’s success had “corrupted” them, heralding their most challenging phase.

When probed if they felt they were crafting a rock milestone while making The Dark Side of The Moon, Gilmour confidently stated they knew its potential. He reminisced, “We were confident and bold. Usually, you’d deny such awareness, but I say we knew. We sensed our work would reshape our destinies and the world.”

Asked about the corrupting influence of wealth, Gilmour candidly acknowledged the shift in the band due to monetary factors, noting, “Indeed, we got corrupted. Because, momentarily, we felt invincible. Wealth corrupts one’s core.”

Gilmour felt Pink Floyd remained strong until 1977’s Animals. After that, personal troubles deeply infiltrated the band, causing an implosion. He shared, “That taint of corruption led us to self-destruct. Each of us faced personal turmoil; The Wall era was our bleakest. Our purpose had faded.”

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