Personalities | Pink Floyd | The Post-Break Up Era (1995–2008) | An Overview
The last album of new Pink Floyd material was released in 1994, but the subsequent years were to highlight the band’s legendary status. Although Waters, Gilmour, Mason and Wright would throw out solo albums and Gilmour and Waters would tour occasionally, the sheer power and size of the Floyd musical glacier would continually move forward to add fans to the millions worldwide who adored the band.
Awards, anniversaries and inductions into the UK and US Music Halls Of Fame were tangible rewards although reissues of albums, unearthing of rare archive footage or Waters restaging The Dark Side Of The Moon excited most. The thought of the cold war between Waters and Gilmour ending in reunion was a constant speculation and was a question posed during every promotional interview whether to discuss the band’s legacy, The Wall or the publication of Nick Mason’s memoirs.
When Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason did reconvene for Live 8 in 2005 this proved to be a one-off performance. The opportunity to play again when Syd Barrett’s death was commemorated in a 2007 concert was missed when Waters did not appear on stage with Gilmour, Wright and Mason to play ‘Arnold Layne’. In death Barrett’s legacy as a songwriting genius and the creative force in the early Pink Floyd was acknowledged by his fellow band members and a new generation of fans and bands. The death of Richard Wright in 2008 confirmed that Live 8 had been the last performance by the classic Pink Floyd line-up.
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