Sunday 14th December 2014
David Plays Earls Court
Pink Floyd first played at Earls Court in May 1973 during the first year that rock bands started appearing there.
David Gilmour was invited to appear at the last performance at the venue on Saturday 13th December by stepping out
for two songs with Bombay Bicycle Club. Having given band member Jamie MacColl his first guitar as a young boy, he
joined them to a rousing reception on lap steel guitar for Rinse Me Down and then took to acoustic guitar and
vocals for Wish You Were Here. Bulldozers will now enter the site to raze this famous building to the ground.
The photograph, above, shows David with Bombay Bicycle Club's Jack Steadman at last night's Earls Court concert.
Wednesday 19th November 2014
Charting The Endless River
The Endless River is Number One in the album charts in: UK, Germany,
France, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Austria,
Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Croatia, and Slovenia.
STOP PRESS: the album has debuted at No. 1 in a further three countries: Poland,
Sweden, and the Czech Republic, while in Italy, Pink Floyd jump from No. 2 to knock
local artist Vasco Rossi off the top slot. This takes the total of chart toppers to 20 countries*.
Other charts include: USA 3; Australia 3; Finland 4; and Spain 6.
*The Endless River is also the best-selling album in Romania, although there are no official charts there.
Sunday 16th November 2014
'The Endless River' Tops The Charts
Pink Floyd's new album The Endless River reached
a milestone today, entering the Official UK Album Chart
at Number One ... with a similar story in a number of other
Tuesday 4th November 2014
Later... with Words
David guests tonight on the BBC TV progamme show Later...
with Jools Holland, in an interview with Jools about
the imminent release of The Endless River. We can
expect there to be an exclusive extract from the promo
video for Louder Than Words too, so it should be
a memorable show.
The final live edition of the 45th series of the show is broadcast in the
UK on BBC Two from 10.00 to 10.30pm, can be seen live via the Internet in the
UK and again via the BBC UK-only iPlayer site. A longer version of the programme
will be transmitted in the evening of Friday 7th November at 11.50pm UK time.
Friday 10th October 2014
'Louder Than Words' Gets First Radio Play
'Louder Than Words', the new song by Pink Floyd, had its first radio play yesterday on
BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans show.
'Louder Than Words' is performed by Pink Floyd with lyrics by author Polly Samson.
David Gilmour said: "The music for Louder Than Words is from those final sessions, the three of us
playing together on the houseboat Astoria with Rick's idiosyncratic keyboards reminding me now that
you don't know what you've got until it's gone. At the start of the album I asked Polly [Samson] to
write the lyrics. She felt that what I played her didn't need words, that hearing us play was more
interesting. In the end she wrote just this one, which expresses, beautifully I think, the way the
three of us, me, Nick and Rick have something when we play together, that has a magic that is louder
Thursday 9th October 2014
David and Nick Talk About 'The Endless River'
In addition to the release of the interview, above, David and Nick chatted
to BBC Radio 6 Music's Matt Everitt about the release of The Endless River.
This is available on the BBC iPlayer here.
Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Pink Floyd Announce New Album Details
Details about The Endless River, the new Pink
Floyd album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick
Mason, were revealed yesterday as the album artwork appeared
on buildings in ten international cities, including an
eight-metre lit installation on London's Southbank.
The album will be released on Parlophone/Warner Music on
10 November and is produced by David Gilmour, Phil
Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.
David Gilmour said:
"The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came
from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours
of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted
to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts,
re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a
21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone and with him the chance
of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked
tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."
Nick Mason said:
"The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way
of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart
of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought
home to me what a special player he was."
The Endless River is mainly an instrumental album across 'four sides'
with one song, 'Louder Than Words', with new lyrics by novelist Polly Samson.
Visit the new microsite here.
Tuesday 15th July 2014
Flow, River, Flow
new Pink Floyd album, entitled The Endless River,
is due for release in October 2014. As revealed by Polly
Samson on Twitter, it is based around the sessions for
The Division Bell, which saw David, Richard and Nick
returning to their method of improvisational composition
which created masterpieces like Echoes and Shine
On You Crazy Diamond.
The album, which is predominantly instrumental, was produced
by David, with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson,
building on the 1993 sessions produced by Bob Ezrin and David. Richard Wright
features strongly throughout, and, as such, the recordings can be considered
his swansong. He remains much missed.
Monday 14th July 2014
A Dream To Remember
of you will remember Life In A Northern Town, the
debut hit by British trio Dream Academy, which was co-produced
by David, as was its accompanying album. Singer and co-composer
Nick Laird-Clowes, known to Pink Floyd fans for his
contributions to The Division Bell, has now announced
a comprehensive collection of Dream Academy's work, entitled
The Morning Lasted All Day.
Compiled, annotated and remastered by Nick himself, it
features 24 tracks on 2 CDs, including Life In A Northern
Town, The Love Parade and previously unreleased
tracks, including Living In A War and The Chosen
Few, both of which feature David on guitar. Other
rarities include unreleased instrumental Power To Believe,
the B-side Girl In A Million, and a 12" track,
The Demonstration, as well as a brand-new song,
The Sunrising. Other guest musicians include Johnny
Marr, Lindsey Buckingham, Poly Styrene, and John David
Souther, while the CD booklet includes personal shots
from the band's archives.
The album will be available from July 29, but can be pre-ordered now.
For more information, click here.
Monday 19th May 2014
David Levels With Ben Live
As mentioned previously, David contributed some guitar
to The Levels, a track from Ben Watt's new album
Tonight David went a step further and played on three
songs in Ben's much-anticipated show at Islington's Assembly
Hall, London. Ben had already performed some shows around
the country just with guitarist Bernard Butler and himself,
but tonight for the first time they fronted a full band,
with additional bass, drums and keyboards.
As you would imagine, the set was centred around the songs from Hendra,
with David adding additional guitar toward the end; having
contributed atmospheric lap steel on The Levels,
he then hoisted a black Fender Strat for Young Man's
Game, which saw Bernard and David alternating licks,
each highlighting their own individual style. The first
encore of Spring featured David again on lap steel,
before Ben closed the show on his own at the Wurlitzer
electric piano, for The Heart Is A Mirror.
All in all, another memorable evening.
Wednesday 9th April 2014
Ben Watt 'The Levels' featuring David
As reported elsewhere, David plays on a track on the new Ben Watt album Hendra, to be
released next week. A video has just been posted featuring Ben, on acoustic guitar and vocals, and
David, on lap steel guitar, performing a stripped-down version of The Levels.
Ben's Website has more details on the album,
including his forthcoming tour dates.
Thursday 6th March 2014
Happy Birthday David
All at DavidGilmour.com would like to wish David a
Happy Birthday for today.
Photo: Jill Furmanovsky.