Tuesday 15th July 2014
Flow, River, Flow

A 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.

Photo: Hipgnosis.



Monday 14th July 2014
A Dream To Remember

Many 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 Hendra.

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.
Novelist Polly Samson, (the 'On An Island' and 'The Division Bell' lyricist), has her collection of short stories, entitled Perfect Lives, out in hardback in the USA and paperback in the UK.

Why don't you take a look at her Website here?

You can order Perfect Lives in the USA here and in the UK here, where you can also enjoy a video, directed by Gavin Elder, of Polly talking about the book and reading some extracts.

Polly's story Ivan Knows was the runner-up in the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Competition, earning these comments from the judges: 'A child's perspective is difficult to execute well in fiction but this story pulls it off without a drop of sentiment. Touching and well-sustained...a pleasure to read, combining a portrait of character and relationships with more than a hint of magic and wonder'. You can read more here.