The Most Challenging Moment Of David Gilmour’s Pink Floyd Career
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David Gilmour has already heard about Pink Floyd way before he joined the group.
Additionally, Gilmour was aware of Syd Barret’s creative prowess while he was the band’s leader, and he occasionally harbored jealousies of him. As a result, when Roger Waters chose to add Gilmour to the group as a second guitarist and sometimes singer, he gladly accepted the offer because he had always been adept at adjusting to new endeavors. In just a matter of weeks, he became an expert player of all the songs in the band’s setlist.
At that point, the then-five-piece Pink Floyd realized that Syd was unnecessary because the musician already struggled with his mental health and had begun to perform poorly. So, they severed their relationship with the frontman. Their record company, though, elected to keep Barrett since it wasn’t as eager to move on without him. Despite these challenges, Syd’s departure or the band’s insolvency didn’t seem to pose a significant challenge to Gilmour.
But when Roger Waters, the band’s principal songwriter, and then-creative leader, chose to leave the band, it would result in one of the biggest obstacles Dave would ever face. For him, he managed to go through all of these phases with no or small harm.
In 2022, the band’s former frontman spoke with The Sun about old times and how they came to be where they are. Gilmour then started to share how difficult it was for him to deal with Roger’s departure as the subject veered to his tumultuous relationship and conflict with Pink Floyd’s former bassist/songwriter.
“It’s been an alarming time,” Gilmour opened up. “It was a big deal to carry on Pink Floyd with Roger gone. He was a big, big part of it. Big talent and was our primary lyricist, so it was difficult. I would describe myself more as a melodic guy, and Roger is more of an aggressive wordsmith. Different sides of us came together to create what we have become.”
Pink Floyd did continue as a three-piece band without Waters, yet the band’s popularity had drastically changed in comparison to their ginormous success in contrast to the olden times.