Why David Gilmour Rejected £150 Million

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In 2005, Pink Floyd fans witnessed a momentous occasion: the reunion of the band’s classic lineup for a special performance. This unexpected event, two decades after their last appearance together, sent shockwaves through the music world.

The success of the reunion was undeniable, leaving audiences yearning for more and reigniting the band’s popularity.

Capitalizing on this renewed excitement, a tempting offer materialized: a staggering £150 million tour across the United States. However, to the surprise of many, David Gilmour, Pink Floyd’s iconic guitarist, made a decision that sent ripples through the music industry once again.

He chose to decline the lucrative proposition, effectively shutting the door on future Pink Floyd reunions. This unexpected turn of events sparked a wave of questions and speculation. What motivated Gilmour to reject such a massive financial opportunity?

The awaited reunion at Hyde Park

On July 2nd, 2005, after over two decades apart, Pink Floyd reunited for a momentous performance at the Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park. The road to this reunion wasn’t smooth sailing, with disagreements leading to a chaotic atmosphere during the three days of rehearsals.

However, despite the challenges, the band members put their differences aside and delivered a powerful performance for a worthy cause.

The success of this one-night reunion sparked a renewed interest in Pink Floyd’s music. Their album Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd saw a significant surge in sales, a testament to the band’s enduring legacy. Recognizing the immense potential of a reunited Pink Floyd, a tempting offer materialized: a staggering £150 million tour across the United States, bringing all band members back together.

This proposition presented an opportunity for Pink Floyd to embark on a lucrative tour, potentially reaching millions of fans across the country. However, the decision ultimately rested with the band members, each with their own considerations and motivations. And David Gilmour chose to turn the offer down.

“I have had a wonderful time, but it’s over”

Nearly a year later, in February 2006, he shed light on his decision during an interview with the Italian publication La Repubblica.

According to Gilmour, the decision stemmed from a combination of factors. He acknowledged the band’s extensive and successful body of work, expressing that their existing repertoire was more than sufficient.

The guitarist also acknowledged his age and changing priorities, stating “I think enough is enough. I am 60 years old. I don’t have the will to work as much anymore. Pink Floyd was an important part of my life, I have had a wonderful time, but it’s over.”

While expressing his deep appreciation for his time with Pink Floyd, Gilmour emphasized his desire to pursue solo endeavors. He explained that working alone offered him greater creative freedom and simplified the logistical complexities inherent in collaborating with multiple band members.

There will never be another Pink Floyd reunion

Following their unexpected reunion at Live 8 in 2005, Gilmour repeatedly expressed his firm stance against future Pink Floyd reunions. This decision was further solidified by the tragic passing of keyboardist Rick Wright in September 2008.

Without Wright, a complete reunion of the band’s core members became impossible, and the remaining members felt it wouldn’t be right to continue without him.

This marked a definitive turning point for Pink Floyd. With reunions off the table, each member chose to focus on their individual endeavors. Gilmour, who had taken the reins of the band after Roger Waters’ departure in 1985, continued his solo career.

During his leadership, he oversaw the release of three additional studio albums A Momentary Lapse of Reason, The Division Bell, and the band’s final record, The Endless River. While the 1994 tour marked the official end of Pink Floyd’s touring endeavors, the band’s legacy continues to resonate deeply with fans around the world.

Watch the band’s reunion during the Live 8 at Hyde Park below: