Personalities | Pink Floyd | The Gilmour-Led Era (1986) | Key Events
Since working for a salary on The Wall tour and his Zee collaboration, Rick Wright had retired to the wings of the music business to enjoy life with his new wife and homes in the Greek islands. He did contact Gilmour when the guitarist was in Greece in the summer of 1985 offering his services for any new Gilmour project. In fact Gilmour had already begun to lay down material with producer Bob Ezrin and had been assisted on lyrics by former Slapp Happy and Henry Cow singer Anthony Moore. Gilmour later asked Wright to contribute to the sessions.
‘Pink Floyd is alive, well and recording in England,’ EMI announced proudly in a press release on 11 November 1986. In fact, despite Mason and Wright being on board – literally, with the recording sessions taking place on Gilmour’s houseboat studio – the majority of this material mostly written by Gilmour, was being recorded by session musicians including bass player Tony Levin, and drummers Carmine Appice and Jim Keltner. But for EMI, Gilmour and a legion of fans around the world the thought that The Final Cut was not the end was exciting indeed.
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