Porcupine Tree: Is Steven Wilson Done?

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Several months ago, I posted this article online, and it sent a minor ripple of outrage through the Porcupine Tree World; fans are STILL finding the post, and bitching me out.

Today, MetalSucks directed me to a Rolling Stone interview with Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson, in which dude basically says he’s run out of ideas with the band, and prefers doing the solo thing.

I smell something. Not sure what it is. Could it be…vindication?

When asked if Porcupine Tree would fall “by the wayside,” this is what Steven said: “The honest answer is I don’t know. The solo career for me now is probably the most important. I think about it more than anything else, I’m more focussed on it than anything else, I enjoy it more than anything else and I’m brimming over with ideas.”

But with Porcupine Tree, he’s “not quite sure what to do with the band next. We’ve made 10 albums over a period of almost 20 years. The problem is, when you establish such a strong brand or trademark, and you spend years building it up, people expect you to become a machine, endlessly putting out an album, then touring. I promised myself many years ago that I would never ever allow myself to let this become a job. For me, it’s still about being very selfish and doing what I want to do.

“I know I’ve been fortunate that there seems to be enough people out there who respect me enough and still want to listen to whatever I do,” Steven added. “Right now all my thoughts and energies are wrapped up in the excitement and the buzz I’m getting from the solo work.”

OK, so, what does that mean? I have no clue.

All I can say is I overheard Porcupine Tree’s manager Andy Leff at Wilson’s solo show in New York last fall tell these three buttheads in the VIP section of the Nokia Theatre that “The future of PT is in serious doubt.”

Leff later contacted GunShyAssassin and said he was referring to the band’s new album when he was talking to the VIPs — not the band itself, and that “PT is NOT breaking up, and the band’s future is NOT in doubt.”

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