Undoubtedly, working with a notable band like Pink Floyd must be a dreamlike experience that almost every musician would love to experience. However, Alan Parsons rejected Floyd’s offer to contribute to the iconic album ‘Wish You Were Here.’ During a recent conversation with John Beaudin of Rock History Music, the musician opened up about how he got along with Roger Waters and David Gilmour after declining their invitation.
Alan Parsons already knew Pink Floyd members before since he had been involved in the production of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ as the audio engineer. He also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical for the widely-acclaimed Pink Floyd record. Due to his contribution to the album’s success, the band wanted to work with Parsons again, but he preferred to focus on his solo career by initiating the Alan Parsons Project.
When the host asked whether it was difficult to turn down Pink Floyd at the time, the musician replied, “It was a very difficult decision to make because it was a generous offer by Pink Floyd, and obviously high profile because of the success of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ but it turned out to be the right decision.”
Parsons never regretted declining Pink Floyd’s offer, as he immediately achieved success with his band. He recalled, “I started having hits almost immediately after having made the decision not to work with Pink Floyd. I had hits with Pilot, Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel, and John Miles. Two consecutive number ones in the UK.”
“I had a little bit of altercation with Roger Waters recently,” said Alan when he was asked whether there was anyone in Pink Floyd that he matched with the best. “He wasn’t happy about me playing in Tel Aviv in Israel because he’s got issues with politics in the Middle East.”
He continued, “David Gilmour was always supportive. He played on one of my solo albums, called ‘A Valid Part.’ So, he’s always been friendly. Nick showed up at a masterclass I was doing at Abbey Road probably two or three years ago. And he’s coming here to Santa Barbara, where I live, in a week or so. So, I’m going to look him up and ask for some tickets. He is out with a show; I think that’s called ‘Saucerful of Secrets.’ So, he’s still doing it after all these years.”
Apparently, Alan Parsons gets along well with David Gilmour and Nick Mason, although he declined their invitation to work together. He has been involved in collaborative musical projects with both names, and they have had a good friendship for all these years.