British music magazine Q said in its October issue that there’s another band that’s ready to follow The Pixies’ return to the stage: the classic lineup of Pink Floyd. So far though, a rumor is all there is to the story.
Q is the only print source that’s even hinting at something in the air. According to the magazine, Floyd, with bassist/lyricist Roger Waters, will play a “series of lucrative shows next year.”
To do so, the members would have to set aside 20 years of differences. That includes acrimony left over following Waters’ 1986 legal action against his former bandmates. He sued guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason to keep them from using the band’s name without him. Waters lost.
A reunion tour of any significance could generate more than $100 million in gross revenues.
This isn’t the first time Pollstar has heard rumblings of Floyd’s return but in the past, the rumors all went south. During the last go-around, one reliable source told Pollstar it was false, adding one that Gilmour “didn’t need any more houses.” This time, the same source laughed out loud before putting the kibosh on the report.
One major promoter who would likely have involvement with a potential tour told Pollstar there was no information. Barbara Skydel of William Morris Agency, who has had longtime ties to Waters, responded to our inquiry by saying it was the first she had heard of the rumor.
Still, she contacted Waters’ manager for verification, then passed along to Pollstar that there was no truth to the rumor “at this time.”
According to fan Web site www.rogerwatersonline.com, Q recently published a special edition magazine devoted to Pink Floyd that included interviews with Waters and Mason. The Web site speculated the magazine may have used at least one of the two musicians as a source.