Pink Floyd producer says Royal Albert Hall organ solo used on new album was ‘moment of rebellion’

The band's new LP 'The Endless River' features Rick Wright's solo recorded during a rehearsal for a show in June 1969

The co-producer of the new Pink Floyd album, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, has said the band’s use of a 1969 organ solo recorded at the Royal Albert Hall reflects what a “great moment of rebellion” it was that the band played there.

Manzanera worked on the new Pink Floyd album ‘The Endless River’, which is the band’s first LP since 1994’s ‘The Division Bell’. The album, which will be released on November 10, will include music recorded with multi-instrumentalist Richard Wright, who died in 2008 aged 65.

One such piece is an organ solo he recorded at the Royal Albert Hall during a rehearsal for the band’s show on June 26, 1969. The show was billed as ‘The Final Lunacy!’ and featured performance art pieces including a roadie dressed as a gorilla and the band sawing planks of wood on stage.

In a new interview with Uncut, Manzanera says: “At the time, playing the organ at the Royal Albert Hall was very controversial. When the Mothers of Invention played there, Don Preston went up and played ‘Louie Louie’ on the organ and it was considered sacrilege! It was a great moment of rebellion. It sounds silly, doesn’t it? But it was a big deal for a rock band to get into the Royal Albert Hall.”

Elsewhere in the interview, singer Dave Gilmour says that the album is a tribute to Wright. “I mean, to me, it’s very evocative and emotional in a lot of moments. And listening to all the stuff made me regret his passing all over again. This is the last chance someone will get to hear him playing along with us on that way he did.”

Read the full interview with Pink Floyd in the latest issue with uncut, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.

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