AHM, has some real good thoughts, and I agree with the concept. I don't doubt, that when Dave was asked the question in the original link, he meant what he said. Imagine how many times a day he gets asked the SAME THING
he's trying to "do," DM music, and you know EVERY interviewer is going to ask.
They STILL keep their skeleton crew on the books. They pay the warehouse bills to store the pile of crap. Sometimes Dave speaks of "Floyd," as present tense, other times he uses past tense, and those of us looking for sublte shades of meaning in his every word, hang on them. I have seen them on both tours, sans Rog. I really enjoyed it. I would be happy if sentiment over rides resolve, but make no major bets based on the facts as they are. It was true; it's not the, "same," without Roger, but it was another chapter in the Floyd story, like those last two albums. (I'm showing my age with terms like album
) they were without Rog, they were older, and had different perspectives. I do recall younger fan's at the time slamming the works, as not being, "trippy," enough. I enjoy both works for what they are, just as much as I enjoy "Syds," 'Floyd. Also, another chapter, and a good one
I'm 42, and have three kids under the age of 10 on down. With half my life over, I don't take for granted my time with my kids. My Dad died this year, and he was younger than Dave. Dave has little kids. With the income he's made, and STILL rolls in from all of his work, he dosen't HAVE to do anything, if he chooses not to. He has chosen to make an album, less intensive on all aspects than a 'Floyd project and tour, and go out, away from his family for a bit, and play some tunes to people that he will never meet, that claim to, "love," him. He dosen't have to do that, so music is still flowing through him, just different than the Dave that spent hours and weeks in a room with another difficult person, with wires and tapes trying to shape ONE synth tone to your liking, then getting the other guy to like it. They went places no one else was going, but they went alone. We went their, after the fact, in our own minds listening to the end result, but THEY went there alone. The theme of an echo is oft reapeated in Floyds music, its whats left. It's gone, and all you can do is reflect on what you just heard.
The last few times the Dead went out, Jerry was very not into the retro/frat house hippy scene that was coming around changing the loosley knit summer trips they rather enjoyed. It wasn't the same anymore, he didin't like it. I've seen them countless times, you'd always be able to get a few tix, the last few tours? kids just wanting their card punched, "hey Dad, I saw your favorite band," the young fans were mean, drunk and problematic. It wasnt the same.
The period around live at pompeii, was to me just so creative, so alive and part of that energy was youth, and time, lots of it. the echos of each chapter reamian, and with big screen plasma TV's, 5.1 stereo systems, and all that perhaps whatever chapter of Floyd that touched you most, won't sound or feel the same, from a guy over 60. That can be proved by the young fans not liking th last two albums.
They left us piles of stuff to sift through, take any color you like. If you don't mind seeing Dave, or Rog as they are willing or able to deliver their art to you, then perhaps thats their other point?
Musicians are fickle people, the stars may hold something for them, someday, but Dave says no. He's got some reasons. If your like under 30, like to eat mushroom pizzas, and listen to 70's Floyd? and don't care for anything you hear either party do now? you would not like the Floyd show, lazers and everything, and you wouldn't have liked the last two tours. They sold well, I liked the stories and songs, but alot of people didn't then. It is what it is. You can be a fan of the echo, and its huge.