Nov 11, 1986: Pink Floyd Continues Without Waters

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Pink Floyd 3 (crop)In the mid-1980s, following the band’s The Final Cut album in 1983, it seemed as if for all intents and purposes, Pink Floyd had broken up. David Gilmour released his second solo LP, About Face, in 1984. Roger Waters announced he was leaving the band and released his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, that same year. Richard Wright embarked on a side project, Zee, which also put out a 1984 album. Nick Mason issued his second solo disc the next year.

Waters began to make legal moves to dissolve the partnership. Then, on November 11, 1986, Gilmour announced that he and Mason (and later Wright) were going to make a new Pink Floyd album. Waters sued to block them from using the band name on the LP, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, insisting that all four band members had to agree on any use of the Pink Floyd name. However, partnership law left him with no power to stop them from using the group’s name, material and assets.

Related: Our look back at Pink Floyd’s early years

Eventually, on Christmas Eve, 1987, an agreement was reached after a meeting on Gilmour’s houseboat. Gilmour, Mason and Wright could continue to use the Pink Floyd name, but Waters retained full rights to The Wall concept. The four members did reunite one more time in 2005 for the Live 8 concert.

Gilmour, Mason and Wright made two more Pink Floyd albums: 1994’s The Division Bell, and finally in 2014 The Endless River, a collection of snippets and outtakes as the final Pink Floyd release in tribute to Wright, who died in 2008.

2017 saw the release of Waters’ first new studio rock album in 25 years, Is This the Life We Really Want? Gilmour released Live at Pompeii, which documented his two return performances at the historic site in Italy.

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