David Gilmour: Rick Wright denied Glastonbury dream
The Pink Floyd frontman reveals his late bandmate's last wish was to play this year's Glastonbury festival
Pink Floyd were rejected from this year's Glastonbury festival, it has been confirmed, due to the logistics of major festival programming. And although one of Rick Wright's last wishes was to play the festival, organisers could not fit the band on to the bill at the last minute.
Wright, Pink Floyd's keyboardist, died in September after a battle with cancer.
Guitarist David Gilmour brought up the incident at yesterday's Q Awards ceremony, where his band accepted an Outstanding Contribution award.
"[I] worked [with Rick Wright] for 40 odd years, and that has now come to an end," Gilmour said. "There is all sorts of music that I'll not be able to play again, without him, which is a source of sadness for me."
"One of the last things he wanted to do, in this last year, was to do a big outdoor festival, such as Glastonbury. We weren't able to do that due for all sorts of strange reasons, which, again, is a sadness."
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis responded with sadness to Gilmour's comments. "We were obviously upset to hear him say that," she told BBC 6 Music. "I think maybe he has been misinformed by someone that it was some sort of thing about them, but it wasn't at all, it was just purely because we couldn't fit them on anywhere."
"We had a call from their agents three weeks before the festival and we'd already booked three headliners, and there was nothing we could do apart from bump someone off and we've never done that before," Eavis said. "We couldn't just say 'Sorry, you've now got to play underneath someone because someone bigger has come along.'"
Apparently, festival organisers considered bumping Kings of Leon to a less important billing, their final call was to let things stand.