The Reason David Gilmour Described Pink Floyd As A ‘Distraction’

Although David Gilmour is often mentioned regarding his music career as a member of Pink Floyd, with whom he worked more than three decades, the musician also has a solo career. While his success with the band is relatively better than his solo works, Gilmour has released four studio albums to this day, and it was recently speculated that he has gotten back in the studio for a new project.

Although Gilmour was known for his dedication to Pink Floyd, there was a time when his primary focus as a musician shifted towards his solo career. In fact, he was so determined to put out an album and work outside of his former band that the musician referred to Pink Floyd as a ‘distraction.’

David Gilmour’s Solo Career Started In 1978

By the late 1970s, David Gilmour had begun to think Pink Floyd was underestimating his talents. This encouraged him to work on his solo career, and he released his self-titled debut solo album on May 26, 1978. The record, which consists primarily of blues and guitar-oriented rock songs, reached No. 17 in the UK and No. 29 on the Billboard US album charts.

While working with Pink Floyd, Gilmour released his second solo studio album named ‘About Face’ on March 5, 1984, a day before his birthday. The record received generally positive reviews and peaked at No. 21 on UK Albums Chart and No. 32 on the US Billboard 200.

His following two albums were quite apart from each other as ‘On an Island’ was released in 2006 while Gilmour’s final solo album named ‘Rattle That Rock‘ dropped on September 18, 2015. The latter was the musician’s first album in nine years and became his second solo number one.

David Gilmour Considered ‘Pink Floyd’  A Distraction

During a 2002 interview, David Gilmour reflected on balancing his solo career and focusing on possible Pink Floyd projects simultaneously. The musician was performing acoustic solo concerts both in London and Paris, which were documented on the ‘In Concert’ release, and he made it clear that his primary concern wasn’t the band at all. In addition to performing on numerous venues as a solo musician, Gilmour was working on his third solo studio album entitled ‘On an Island‘ which had been in the making since 2001.

The record was eventually released in the UK on March 6, 2006, which was also Gilmour’s 60th birthday. The record was particularly important to David Gilmour as when it was finally released in 2006, it became his first solo album in 22 years since the 1984 album, ‘About Face,‘ and the first album since Pink Floyd’s 1994 record, ‘The Division Bell.

The beginning of the 2000s was a period when David Gilmour mainly focused on his solo work but was still asked about fans’ expectations in terms of Pink Floyd. The musician candidly opened up about this matter, saying that his mind wasn’t occupied with the band since he had been there multiple times. Because he wanted to solely focus on his solo project in the making, ‘On an Island,’ Gilmour also said that anything else, including his band Pink Floyd, was a distraction.

About Pink Floyd, Gilmour said:

“Frankly, that’s just not what my mind is on at the moment. I have been there and I have done that; those guys and I have spent an awful lot of our lives working together. It’s not that I don’t like any of that or don’t possibly want to do it again, possibly, one day. I really don’t know. Right now, I have something else I’m doing, and that’s what my mind is concentrating on. Anything else, including Pink Floyd, is a distraction.”

Considering that Pink Floyd wasn’t active during that period, it’s understandable that David Gilmour didn’t want to do anything with the band because he could’ve only worked on their existing material. Since he’s a candid person who doesn’t tiptoe around his opinions, his previous statement reflects this situation pretty directly.