I've had a fantastic time making On an Island and really want to perform tracks from it, along with my more familiar repertoire.
I'm very relieved not to be carrying the burden around, the big snail shell. Because it sometimes does feel like a big weight. The pressure of expectation is just too big. The whole Pink Floyd name, carting it around ... I don't want to be there at the moment.
Usually, in the studio, on this sort of thing... you just go out and have a play over it, and see what comes, and it's usually - mostly - the first take that's the best one, and you find yourself repeating yourself thereafter.
I had a fantastic time. We hadn't played as Pink Floyd in 10 years and hadn't played with Roger in 25.
Our music has depth, and attempts philosophical thought and meaning with discussions of infinity, eternity and mortality. There is a line which people cross that turns it into some magical, mystical realm, for which I don't claim responsibility and don't hold any great truck with.
It's an atheistic song, you could say, about how people live on in your dreams and your memories. And that's the only place I can meet up with these people. It's a very sad thing, remembered with joy.
I had a great party for my 50th birthday, and I'm having a nice little one this time. But it's sad how many people aren't going to be there because they've died in the intervening years. There's been a lot of carnage around me.
My technique is laughable at times. I have developed a style of my own, I suppose, which creeps around. I don't have to have too much technique for it. I've developed the parts of my technique that are useful to me. I'll never be a very fast guitar player. I don't really know what to say about my style. There's always a melodic intent in there.
Any squabble Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in this context, and if re-forming for this concert will help focus attention, then it's got to be worthwhile.
All grocery stores used to be closed on Sunday, ... There's the sane world and the insane world - I choose to live in the sane world.
I wish Roger absolutely well. But I can't imagine doing more than a one-off with him and the other guys at this point. It's been such a joyful experience working with the team I have now nothing could make me happier than the situation I'm in. I'm extremely lucky.
They liked the thought of riding around the countryside dispensing justice under a banyan tree.
I'm an atheist, and I don't have any belief in an afterlife. You could say that I'm resigned to the fact that this wonderful life that we get here is it. And having hit 60, it's a good time to get resigned to these things and not be too nervous or upset - and enjoy what great times one can have.
A little girl came up to me the other day and said, 'Do you live here' ... I have a great staff that helps me run the place, but I really love being out on the floor, helping people stock shelves and talking to customers.
It's a powerful thing, this old Pink Floyd business. Look at all the stories that followed Live 8'Will they get back together Will they tour together' It's all so mysterious.
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