Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Metal Drummer Mike Portnoy Disses New Pink Floyd Album
You would think that after 20 years, a new Pink Floyd album would be pretty rad news to EVERYONE right? Apparently it's not. Former Dream Theater and current Winery Dogs drummer Mike Portnoy according to posts he made on his Facebook account feels differently. Quite the opposite, it would seem.
Portnoy seems to feel that the band has gone through way too many line-up changes and anything put out now would just be disrespectful to former members. He says, “What’s this about a new ‘Pink Floyd’ album? Last I checked, Roger Waters is no longer in the band and Richard Wright & Syd Barrett are dead.”
The upcoming album titled Endless River is based on left over recordings with deceased keyboardist Rick Wright from sessions for their previous album The Division Bell. In relation to this subject Portnoy went on to further elaborate by saying, “If these are leftovers from The Division Bell sessions, then just put em on a TDB Special Edition release! It’s disrespectful to Roger & everything he built for all those years!”
After hearing a LOT of flack from angry Floyd fans all over the internet (can't say I blame them for feeling that way), Portnoy made another post in response saying, “OK, I’ll meet the Gilmour fans half-way and say IMO, the ‘real’ Pink Floyd is BOTH Gilmour/Waters TOGETHER….Piper at the Gates of Dawn was a Syd album, The Final Cut was a Waters album and A Momentary Lapse of Reason/TDB are Gilmour albums…the ‘magic’ was Waters/Gilmour TOGETHER.”
It's kind of understandable how Portnoy can feel this way. In all honesty, he probably isn't the only one with such views. However, having been 20 years since the last Pink Floyd studio album was released many fans along with myself are probably more than willing to overlook Waters's absence from the band. Anything Floyd will more than likely not disappoint. Even without Waters, the rest of Pink Floyd are extremely talented musicians.