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Saturday 1st October 2016
Royal Albert Hall: Night Five

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 30th September 2016
Royal Albert Hall: Night Four

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; Us And Them; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 29th September 2016
Royal Albert Hall: Night Three

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; Us And Them; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Monday 26th September 2016
Royal Albert Hall: Night Two

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; Us And Them; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Saturday 24th September 2016
Royal Albert Hall: Night One

Review: The Times; 26th September.

David Gilmour at Royal Albert Hall
The Pink Floyd legend returned for a victory lap after last year's run and demonstrated that he is still at the top of his game

David Gilmour is an all-time guitar great at the top of his game.

David Gilmour once explained his ethos as "seeking bliss in music". As the Pink Floyd legend returned to the Albert Hall for a victory lap after last year's five-date run, the effects of his intentions felt palpable. Just the first languid, yearning note from his guitar on the opening 5AM – the man himself bathed in blue light and a haze of dry ice – soared with such clarity and feeling that it earned a spontaneous ovation.

It set the tone for a evening in which Gilmour's resistance to mere nostalgia once again made for a precarious balance between totemic Floyd oldies and his less pulse-troubling solo material. While the show's first half found room for Wish You Were Here, Money and The Great Gig in the Sky (wailed in harmony by three backing singers, like some eerie gospel threnody), it still felt dominated by more recent material, all rendered with dense sonic precision by his eight-piece band.

The Blue offered a showcase of Gilmour's sky-scraping string bends and glissandos, his fret mastery projected in close-up on the 50ft circular screen – what a treat – while the anti-war In Any Tongue and the dolorous High Hopes moved with the slowness and weight of the Titanic in first gear.

The anticipated sound-and-light sensory assault duly arrived after the interval, as the prog-discotheque drama of One of These Days blew the hall to pieces in a strobing blitzkrieg of swirling green, blue and vermillion; the sense that the controls were now set for the heart of the sun becoming literal in the visuals for a glorious Fat Old Sun.

Yet, even before another retina-frazzling display for Run Like Hell (the band were forced to put on dark glasses), things detoured into the comedown longueurs of On an Island and the supper-club jazz of Girl in the Yellow Dress. It somehow typified the Gilmour live experience of momentum ebbing and flowing – but what stunning peaks. The 70-year-old recently said "God knows when we'll do this again"; an admission that only deepened the perpetual feeling of being blessed to be watching an all-time guitar great at the top of his game.

Five Stars.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Wednesday 7th September 2016
Extra Tickets for Royal Albert Hall Shows

The finalisation of show production details has meant that some tickets have been released for all David's Royal Albert Hall shows, on September 23, 25, 28, 29 and 30. The seats go on sale from 12 noon UK time today, 7th September, from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office. Please visit the Website here or call the Box Office on (+44) (0) 20 7589 8212.

Seats will be available for all nights in the Front Circle, Boxes, Stalls as well as a few each night in the Arena. Tickets will be restricted to four per booker across the five nights, and, as previously, picture ID of the lead booker will be required on the night for entrance.




Friday 29th July 2016
Tienen: Night Two

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Dancing Right In Front Of Me; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 28th July 2016
Tienen: Night One

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Sunday 24th July 2016
Besançon

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 22nd July 2016
Nîmes: Night Two

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 21st July 2016
Nîmes: Night One

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Tuesday 19th July 2016
Wiesbaden

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Sunday 17th July 2016
Paris

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 15th July 2016
Stuttgart

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Tuesday 12th July 2016
Verona: Night Two

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Monday 11th July 2016
Verona: Night One

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Saturday 9th July 2016
Pompeii: Night Two

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 8th July 2016
Pompeii: Night One

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; What Do You Want From Me; The Blue; The Great Gig In The Sky; A Boat Lies Waiting; Wish You Were Here; Money; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Monday 4th July 2016
Rome: Night Two

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Sunday 3rd July 2016
Rome: Night One

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Wednesday 29th June 2016
Vienna: Night Two

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Tuesday 28th June 2016
Vienna: Night One

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Sunday 26th June 2016
Freedom Square, Wrocław, Poland

Last night in Wrocław, Poland, David Gilmour commenced the Summer 2016 leg of the Rattle That Lock World Tour.

Over 20,000 fans filled the city's Freedom Square to witness the special one-off event.

The concert, which was broadcast live on Polish television as part of Wrocław's European Capital Of Culture 2016 celebrations, saw David and his band perform with a thirty-piece orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Preisner.

The show was made extra special by the first live performance of One Of These Days since 1994, and a guest appearance by Polish pianist Leszek Możdżer.

The Rattle That Lock tour will next visit Vienna, Rome, Pompeii, Verona, Stuttgart, Paris, Nîmes, Besançon, and Tienen in Belgium before ending with a five-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M. (with orchestra); Rattle That Lock (with orchestra); Faces Of Stone (with orchestra); Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting (with orchestra); The Blue (with orchestra); Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue (with orchestra and solo cello); High Hopes (with orchestra).

Second Set: One Of These Days; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Dancing Right In Front Of Me (with orchestra); Coming Back To Life; On An Island (with orchestra); The Girl In The Yellow Dress (with orchestra and Leszek Możdżer on Chuck's keyboard); Today (with orchestra); Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb (with orchestra).

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Fifth and Final Royal Albert Hall Show Added

David Gilmour has today announced a fifth show at London's Royal Albert Hall. The concert, being held on Friday 23rd September 2016, will be his 11th performance at the venue in support of his critically acclaimed UK No. 1 album Rattle That Lock.

In addition, a very limited number of production seats have been made available for the four other nights at the Royal Albert Hall: September 25, 28, 29 and 30. These will be the final shows of the Rattle That Lock tour.

As before, tickets for the Royal Albert Hall shows are strictly limited to four tickets per person across all nights, and photo ID for the lead ticket buyer will be required. Tickets for September 23rd will be on sale at 10.00am (UK time) on Thursday 30th June from the Box Office: 0845 401 5045 or +44 20 7589 8212, or from www.royalalberthall.com. Please note tickets will not be available in person from the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets will also be available from Stargreen: 020 7734 8932 or www.stargreen.com.




Friday 20th May 2016
Rattle That Lock Tour Continues

The summer leg of David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock world tour starts on Saturday 25th June with a very special show in Wrocław, Poland, where David and his band will perform with a 30-piece orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Preisner in the city's Freedom Square, and will then visit Vienna, Rome, Pompeii, Verona, Stuttgart, Paris, Wiesbaden, Nîmes, Besançon, and Tienen in Belgium before ending with a four-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The band will be: Guy Pratt, bass guitar; Steve DiStanislao, drums; Chester Kamen, guitar; Greg Phillinganes, keyboards; Chuck Leavell, keyboards; João Mello, saxophone; and Louise Marshall, Lucita Jules and Bryan Chambers on vocals.




Wednesday 18th May 2016
Rattle That Lock Tour: Ticket Update

Further seated tickets are now available for Vienna on Tuesday 28th June. Click here to purchase.




Monday 25th April 2016
David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust

Last night, David Gilmour and his band were delighted to perform a concert in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, the last performance in nearly a week of shows for this incredible charity. The concert was the same production and set that David has been successfully touring since last summer, most recently in the United States.

During the afternoon, David and some of the band attended a music workshop to listen to two songs, Spreading Love and Hope Is The Key, which the young people had written during the three-hour workshop, in the style of David Gilmour. The tracks were brilliant and the ovation was very well deserved. Barrie Knight, David's head of security for over 20 years, has worked with TCT on all their 16 Royal Albert Hall fundraisers, and he also got a rousing vote of thanks.

Teenage Cancer Trust's fundraising concert series at the Royal Albert Hall began in 2000 with a concert by The Who and Friends; Roger Daltrey is the charity's Honorary Patron. Through the proceeds raised by the concerts and the publicity created, Teenage Cancer Trust has created 28 specialist TCT units across the UK and currently funds 63 teenage cancer specialists.

The setlist for last night's concert was the same as Madison Square Garden but with one notable difference: during the Comfortably Numb finale David and the band segued into a brief rendition of the solo from Purple Rain as a tribute to Prince.

It was another remarkable concert from David, with many fans visibly moved. He signed off with some words of support for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Next stop, Europe.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Wednesday 13th April 2016
Madison Square Garden: Night Two

Last night at Madison Square Garden was the final concert of David's North American tour, which began at the Hollywood Bowl 20 days ago. Somehow it seems longer; time has a habit of standing still on tour. The concerts have been an unmitigated success with David and the band scaling the heights of musical excellence, garnering rave reviews, drawing wonderful audiences who clearly loved every minute, and evoking emotions in the fans that perhaps took them by surprise, such is the power of great music.

David, having turned 70 this year, seems to have found another gear. This was his third concert in a row and he showed no signs of flagging; quite the reverse. He would be the first to acknowledge that he may be the maestro but he couldn't do what his does without a huge team effort from both his nine-piece band and his crew.

So with this the final report of the North American tour, thank you and take a bow:

David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Jon Carin, Guy Pratt, Steve DiStanislao, Kevin McAlea, João Mello, Bryan Chambers, Louise Marshall, and Lucita Jules.

'The time is gone, the song is over.'

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Tuesday 12th April 2016
Madison Square Garden: Night One

If you ask people to name a famous concert venue in America, the one that is most likely to come to mind is Madison Square Garden. Located in midtown Manhattan, this 18,000 capacity venue sits on top of the equally famous Pennsylvania station. During the soundcheck there was a palpable feeling of excitement that perhaps this would be one of those special ones.

When David and the band walked on the stage, the audience gave them a standing ovation and that set the tone for the night. Not since South America has Wish You Were Here been sung with such gusto. They roared, they cheered, they chanted "David" and the band responded, led by the maestro, 'knocking it out the park' on every track.

For the many guitar fans in the audience, Marc Brickman projects many shots of David's 'wide' fingers bending and pushing the strings with bewildering accuracy. It also shows close-ups of his famous guitars to good effect, with the trusty black strat taking a lot of the electric load.

Stevie DiStanislao's drumming is rock solid, propelling the band forward and giving David a powerful beat to play off; there is a saying that "a band is only as good as its drummer", but perhaps a drummer said that. When there are close-ups of Stevie on the screen it is clear what a physical, as well as musical, job the drummer has ... luckily Stevie is a gentle giant.

The film that accompanies the every popular High Hopes is set in David's home city of Cambridge and features the famous university, where his father was a college lecturer. The point where the giant university scarves are released has been cheered throughout the Rattle That Lock tour.

At the end of this magnificent concert David thanked the audience and said "I hope you all had as good a time as I have".

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Monday 11th April 2016
Radio City Music Hall

Waking up to the perfect sunny spring day in New York put everyone in the mood for the concert at Radio City Music Hall, also known as the Showplace of the Nation. This 6,000-seater iconic venue, built in the Art Deco style, opened in 1932 and still features the famous annual Christmas Spectacular with The Rockettes. Steve DiStanislao, the band's drummer, causally mentioned that his grandma did a stint as a Rockette: impressive grandma credentials, Stevie.

Last night there were quite a few latecomers and it's worth bearing in mind that the concert does start at 8.00pm.

The watery couplet of A Boat Lies Waiting and The Blue worked beautifully in this intimate and grand theatre, with its apricot velvet seats and gold drapes adorning the proscenium arch.

The sound of cash registers drew a roar of recognition followed by the famous bass riff, as Money got underway in all its musical greatness. This was followed by Us And Them, a Waters/Wright composition and another track from The Dark Side Of The Moon. The Us And Them film, shown on the giant circular screen, opens with a grey, London day and then cuts to New York, and aerial views of the skyscraper city, perhaps including last night's venue.

Louise Marshall, Lucita Jules and Bryan Chambers, 'the glorious singers', make a huge impact with not only their singing but their synchronised dance moves; last night during the Shine On sax solo they mirrored João's fingers on the keys.

David's virtuoso playing during Sorrow drew a standing ovation, and the audience remained on their feet for the encore of Time/Breathe and Comfortably Numb. As David and the band took their final bow, he told them "You've been a great New York audience". Next stop, Madison Square Garden.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Saturday 9th April 2016
Chicago: United Center; Night Two

Friday night, it's snowing, and back to the United Center for the third and final concert in Chicago. Before each concert there is a series of sound effects which have various Pink Floyd references: a plane flying overhead; the sound of a helicopter; birdsong; a man talking. Some may notice, others are too caught up in the anticipation of the concert, cheering the movement of the guitar techs as they do their final tuning.

Last night the fans were on their feet from the start, cheering and roaring on every song, and giving a warm round of applause to João Mello's terrific sax solo in Us And Them.

In the audience were Rick Wright's daughter, son and grandson; he is sorely missed and remembered by the song A Boat Lies Waiting, which features Rick's spoken voice.

Steve DiStanislao was again magnificent on drums, powering the band along, and his striking of the bell at the beginning of High Hopes is always a concert highlight.

The lasers during Comfortably Numb ratchet up the excitement, matching David's soloing and providing powerful visual images to accompany one of the most iconic guitar solos in rock history.

The band took their final bow and it was time to leave Chicago and head for the final stage of the tour, New York. Chicago had one final surprise as the band exited the venue: three inches of snow had fallen during the concert.

For the 48-strong crew it was three hours more hard work, breaking the set down, loading the seven trucks and driving the 790 miles through the night to New York.

The setlist had an extra song with the inclusion of On An Island.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 7th April 2016
Chicago: Auditorium Theatre

Faced with a three-day gap between the two mammoth concerts at the United Center, David Gilmour suggested bridging it with a concert at the city's historic Auditorium Theatre. This meant that the magnificent crew, led by Phil Taylor and Roger Searle, had to load out of the United Center and somehow make all the gear fit into the small theatre and then return it to the arena for Friday's concert: the screen alone weighs six tons.

David last played this small 3,800-seater with Pink Floyd in April 1972, 44 years ago, but he wasn't the only one returning to an old haunt, as bandmate Phil Manzanera played there with Roxy Music in 1975.

This architectural gem of a theatre was completed in 1889 and became the tallest building in the city and the largest in the US; today it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The ambition was to make it the world's grandest theatre to rival the Met in New York. Arriving for soundcheck, the beauty and elegance of the 'golden' auditorium was enchanting to behold, with its four ellipse-shaped arches directing sound outward to the audience.

The opulence of the surroundings seemed to affect the audience, almost as much as what they were witnessing on stage; they were still, caught in the moment, watching David and the band perform and then, after each song, roar into life. It was another great performance, with the fans enjoying the Rattle That Lock songs as well as the Pink Floyd favourites. The songs from The Division Bell album were cheered enthusiastically, with High Hopes and Coming Back To Life. During the barnstorming Run Like Hell, Guy Pratt showed that he can still run as fast as when he first performed the song aged 25.

Throughout the concert the sound was crystal clear, a combination of Colin Norfield's brilliance as a sound mixer and the wonderful acoustics of this fine building. The concert of course was David's triumph but perhaps the venue shone just as brightly.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Thursday 7th April 2016
Tickets for Rome's Circus Maximus, 2 & 3 July 2016

Click the link below from 10.00am Central European Time today to access ticket sales.

Restricted to a maximum of four tickets per person.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.




Tuesday 5th April 2016
Chicago: United Center; Night One

The tour arrived in Chicago to a snow storm and temperatures below zero, with the inevitable confusions between those in the band 'on Centigrade' and those still 'on Fahrenheit': whatever the number, all agreed it was a shock to the system.

The Rattle That Lock tour plays three concerts in Chicago, the home of the urban blues. Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf are just two of the Chicago singer/songwriters who significantly influenced many British rock musicians in the '60s, of which David Gilmour was one.

Each night, during the concert, a guitar 'choreography' takes place, to which the audience is oblivious, and that's a mark of its success. Phil Taylor (production director) and David's longserving guitar tech has 16 guitar changes to make during the concert; Steve Prior, guitar tech to Phil Manzanera, has 14; and 'Alfie' Barton, Guy Pratt's bass tech, also has 14 changes. This constant activity on and off the stage invariably takes place in the dark or in blinding light, but such is the brilliance of Phil Taylor's 'choreography' that it is flawless ... and incident free.

Last night's concert maintained the high standard of the tour, the audience loving every moment and David conjuring magic from the guitar and the voice. Special mention goes to João Mello who, although struggling with illness, played his usual brilliant sax.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Monday 4th April 2016
David to play Rome's Circus Maximus, 2 & 3 July 2016

David has announced that he will play the first ever seated concert at Rome's Circus Maximus on 2 & 3 July. Tickets will be priced from €60 (subject to booking fees) and will go on sale on Thursday 7th April via davidgilmour.com at 10.00hrs Central European Time. Please note that tickets will be limited to 4 per person.

The Circus Maximus, a World Heritage Site, was first constructed in the 6th century BC as a chariot race track, and is used today as a public park. David's concert there as part of the Rattle That Lock tour continues his aim to play beautiful and historic venues which give fans a once in a lifetime experience. Following the two Rome concerts, David will head for Pompeii, where his two concerts in its world famous Amphitheatre will be the first to take place on that site with an audience.




Saturday 2nd April 2016
Air Canada Centre: Night Two

Arriving at 6.00pm at the venue yesterday meant that no April Fool's pranks could be played ... just the final concert in Toronto. The audience took up where their compatriots on Thursday night left off, cheering and clapping from start to finish. A great audience spurs a band on, they feel the vibe, and so it was last night. David's singing and guitar solos were at the highest level, supported by his superb band which gave him the context to 'shine on'. But concerts at this level are a team effort, everyone in the crew plays their part to make the band sound great, and no-one more so than Colin Norfield, sound engineer, out there with his desk wrestling the challenges that different venues present, and always winning: throughout the Rattle that Lock tour, the quality of the sound has been noted by fans and reviewers.

Tonight The Blue, from the On An Island album, sounded particularly moving, with the giant round screen showing close ups of string bending and mind blowing fret work, those in the know would have also admired the Jimi Hendrix cross stitched guitar strap. Fat Old Sun is a huge crowd-pleaser with some tasty lap steel played by Jon Carin. Before David introduced the band, the 14,000 capacity crowd gave him and them a standing ovation; this was a concert first. After the introductions, a lady audience member (and there aren't that many of them) sagely observed, "there's a lot of talent in that band".

The deep growling of the guitar sound on Sorrow feels like it's been conjured up from a subterranean world and tends to still the audience, as they wonder what exactly is coming next.

A local critic observed of David's performance here, "he's left the concert performance bar raised as high as when Pink Floyd first set it, nearly half a century ago".

Thanks Toronto, you've been great; next stop Chicago.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 1st April 2016
Air Canada Centre: Night One

After an absence of 10 years, David and the band received the warmest of Canadian welcomes, roaring them on to the stage; hello again Toronto. The audience's enthusiasm was palpable from the very first notes and continued until the climax of Comfortably Numb. It was evident that David was enjoying himself, his solos were inspired and everyone on stage seemed to catch the mood, that last night was one of those special ones.

Money and Us And Them stir emotions in many of the audience; tears could be seen as memories were evoked, as only music can. Today and Astronomy Domine rocked the rafters of this sports arena, as of course Run Like Hell does ... taking the audience by surprise with Marc Brickman's dramatic 'strobe effect' lighting piercing the stage.

New songs In Any Tongue and Today have taken on a new life played live, and being loudly cheered each night.

As one critic said of this concert: "David Gilmour may have turned 70 earlier in March but he's still capable of rattling some locks". I think everyone that was there last night would certainly agree with that.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Tuesday 29th March 2016
Jimmy Kimmel Live

Yesterday, David and the band recorded a performance for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, one of the US's highest-rated talk shows. The band played Rattle That Lock, In Any Tongue, High Hopes, Wish You Were Here, and Today. David's last US TV appearance was on Jay Leno, 10 years ago. Yesterday's open-air stage was in a parking lot at the back of the TV studios, and had space for an audience of 1,500. Other guests on the show were Ashton Kutcher and Trailer Park Boys.

The show aired last night with Rattle That Lock, which is available online, as is Wish You Were Here. Today, In Any Tongue and High Hopes will be broadcast in June.

The band left sunny LA today, after playing three concerts to rave reviews; next stop is Toronto.




Monday 28th March 2016
The Forum

After the bracing night air of the Hollywood Bowl, the tour moved on to the Forum for the third LA concert. The red and white circular venue, like the Bowl, has a famous history, best know as the home of the NBA Lakers until 1999. It was designed in 1967 to evoke the Forum in Rome, so while not quite as old as the amphitheatres David will be playing this summer, it does fit the bill as a venue of 'special historic interest'. And nothing 'funny happened on the way' ... in fact the LA traffic was lighter than usual.

Last night's setlist was the same as Friday's concert, again with the popular inclusion of What Do You Want From Me, a co-write from Gilmour, Wright and Samson. The singing of Bryan Chambers, Louise Marshall and Lucita Jules, is one of the many highlights of the evening, their soaring vocals and great moves catch the eye and the ear.

The 12,000 fans cheered and roared their approval throughout the evening, both for the new songs and for the Pink Floyd evergreens. A Boat Lies Waiting is becoming a classic; the whole band comes together and sings as a choir, probably thinking of the great Richard Wright who inspired this song. In Any Tongue received a standing ovation.

Once again, Money proves to be a tour de force, with David taking new twists and turns with the solos and João Mello thrilling throughout the concert with his sax playing.

In British understatement, David asked "Are you having a reasonable time?" and 12,000 voices shouted 'Yes'. He introduced the band and local boy, Steve DiStanislao, got an extra big cheer as did El Magnifico, Phil Manzanera.

The lasers during Comfortably Numb lit the domed roof of the Forum, making it look like a spacecraft about to land; perhaps there is somebody 'out there' after all.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me: A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Saturday 26th March 2016
Hollywood Bowl: Night Two

No two concerts are ever the same, and this was certainly the case with the two Hollywood Bowl concerts; last night's audience roared and cheered from the get-go and the band responded with a concert that crackled and fizzed from the very opening notes.

What Do You Want From Me was performed for the first time by David for many years, replacing On An Island. Last night's performance of Money, accompanied by the images of money cascading down the front and sides of the Bowl, was probably one of the best ever, bringing the ecstatic audience to its feet. And Fat Old Sun had David soloing into the stratosphere; it was one of those nights. The explosion of fireworks from the roof of the Bowl can't be seen by the band but they can sure hear them ... causing David to joke "what the f..ck was that?" And then it was the turn of the audience to provide their own lightshow, as thousands of phone lights were waved in the air urging the band to return for the encore. "What a wonderful sight," David observed, and 16,000 fans agreed; it had indeed been a wonderful night.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; What Do You Want From Me: A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Friday 25th March 2016
Hollywood Bowl: Night One

In the week that David Gilmour announced that he would be playing Pompeii, the world's oldest amphitheatre, it seems appropriate that he opens his North American tour with a concert in the world's largest natural amphitheatre, the Hollywood Bowl. The famous white shell of the venue shone in the early evening sunshine as the capacity 16,000 audience crackled with anticipation to see David and the band, after an absence of 10 years, take to the stage. It was the first time that a concert had played at the Bowl in March; normally the concert season starts in May.

Under a pyramid of light in the night sky, the concert opened with 5 A.M. and soon the first of Marc Brickman's pixel mapping on the exterior shell of the dome was revealed as the birds from Rattle That Lock fluttered and flew from the perimeter out into the audience. Marc deployed 30 projectors to create stunning lighting effects using the dome as his canvas: Money had cascades of coins pouring down the sides of the bowl; Astronomy Domine was a psychedelic coloured bubble explosion; and Run got even more crazy with coloured shapes running riot across the perimeter of this historic venue. And then there were the spectacular fireworks, shooting out from the roof of the bowl; such was the power of the display that the clear night sky clouded over with the smoke.

A further treat was in store for the Hollywood audience with the appearance of the great David Crosby, singing A Boat Lies Waiting, On An Island, and Comfortably Numb.

David and the band played a blinder; but, last night, the show was equally about Marc Brickman's stunning and very beautiful lighting effects ... for one more night only.

Last night's setlist was...

First Set: 5 A.M.; Rattle That Lock; Faces Of Stone; Wish You Were Here; A Boat Lies Waiting; The Blue; Money; Us And Them; In Any Tongue; High Hopes.

Second Set: Astronomy Domine; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5); Fat Old Sun; Coming Back To Life; On An Island; The Girl In The Yellow Dress; Today; Sorrow; Run Like Hell.

Encores: Time/Breathe (reprise); Comfortably Numb.

For up-to-date photos from Polly Samson, click here.




Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Tickets for Pompeii Roman Amphitheatre July 7, 8

Click the link below from 1.00pm Central European Time today to access ticket sales.

Restricted to a maximum of two tickets per person – one show only (not both).

Price: €300 per ticket + 15% booking fee.

On purchase, each buyer will receive a receipt with his or her name. On day of show, purchaser must present printed receipt to the venue Box Office at main venue site, with photographic ID and the credit card used for purchase.

If two tickets are bought, additional person must also be present at the Box Office. Box Office opening hours: 10am-8pm on each show day.

Each ticket holder will be issued with a non-transferable wristband and their ticket: both are required for admission.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.




Monday 21st March 2016
North American Tour Update

Due to final production tweaks, which have produced improved sightlines, a few hundred additional seats have just been released for most venues (with the exception of Chicago Auditorium and Radio City Music Hall).

These are on sale NOW and can be booked via the Live Dates page.




Friday 18th March 2016
David to play Pompeii's Roman Amphitheatre

David will return this summer to Pompeii's Roman Amphitheatre with two concerts at 9.00pm on the 7th and 8th of July 2016. He will be the first artist to perform a rock concert in the venue with an audience. In 1971, Pink Floyd were the first to play the historic venue, recording Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii, filmed over four days in October 1971, in the empty arena. Until now, no other rock concert has been staged there.

David's concerts in Pompeii are part of his Rattle That Lock world tour.

Tickets will be on sale on Tuesday 22nd March from DavidGilmour.com at 13.00hrs CET.

David Gilmour said: "I want to thank the Ministry of Culture for giving me the opportunity to once again play this beautiful and historic venue. Performing there in 1971 was very special and I'm looking forward to returning and hopefully creating some more memorable moments made even more special by playing to an audience".

Dario Franceschini, Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, said: "45 years after the legendary 'Live at Pompeii' David Gilmour will be back performing in a unique, fascinating, beautiful scenario. The myth of Pink Floyd will come back to life with him in Pompeii. It will be a show that can't be missed".




Sunday 6th March 2016
In Any Tongue Video Debut

In advance of David's North American tour dates, a video has been completed for the full track of In Any Tongue, one of the stand-out tracks from Rattle That Lock and the live show. Aubrey 'Po' Powell, David's Creative Director, was looking for a talented animator to work on a video for The Girl In The Yellow Dress, and discovered in America a young film maker named Danny Madden, whose short film Confusion Through Sand had won recognition at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Po was so taken with the work that he showed it to David and lyricist Polly Samson, who immediately employed Danny to make the Yellow Dress film. However, David and Polly had also written In Any Tongue about the futility of war, and by chance some of the illustrations in Danny's film fitted the mood exactly. Danny gave his permission to use an edited part of Confusion Through Sand to fit In Any Tongue, and the die was cast.

Danny's animation has been laid on to the complete album track (see video above), while an edit has also been done for radio play, so please listen out for it.

As a footnote, today is David's birthday, so all involved in his Website would like to offer him sincere congratulations and many happy returns.




Monday 15th February 2016
Early Albert For Teenage Cancer Trust

This year's lineup of artists for the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London has just been revealed, including a performance by David on Sunday 24th April. Simply Red and New Order are amongst artists appearing on other nights as part of the TCT events, which aim to raise much needed funds for this worthy charity.

Tickets for all the shows go on sale at 9.00am on Friday 19th February, priced £25 plus booking fee, from the following official sellers:

www.seetickets.com (0871 220 0260);
www.gigsandtours.com (0844 811 0051);
www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 844 0444);
www.royalalberthall.com (0845 401 5030).

This special one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall precedes David's longer stint there in September and may give fans a chance to see David at the historic venue, if they haven't been lucky enough to have done so yet.

For more information, go to www.teenagecancertrust.org.




Tuesday 2nd February 2016
More Live Shows: David's European Dozen

Following the announcement of David's Wrocław concert, the Rattle That Lock global tour is set to return to Europe with twelve more shows. Having started in Poland on 25th June 2016, the European leg will visit some of Europe's most characterful venues, including the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart, the Arènes de Nîmes, the Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans in Besançon, and the Château de Chantilly in Paris, where David last performed in 1994, with Pink Floyd.

Tickets, restricted to 4 per person, will go on sale from 10.00am CET on Friday 5th February for all dates, which are:

JUNE

Monday 27, Tuesday 28: Austria – Vienna, Schloss Schönbrunn.
Ticket link: www.ticketnet.at

JULY

Sunday 10, Monday 11: Italy – Verona, Arena di Verona.
BOTH SHOWS ARE SOLD OUT

Thursday 14: Germany – Stuttgart, Schlossplatz.
Ticket link: www.jazzopen.com
Ticket Hotline: +49 (0)711 99 79 99 99

Saturday 16: France – Paris, Château de Chantilly.
Ticket link: www.gdp.fr
Tel: 0892 392 192 (France only) or +33 149 975 191 (international)

Monday 18: Germany – Wiesbaden, Bowling Green.
Ticket link: www.ticketmaster.de

Wednesday 20, Thursday 21: France – Nîmes, Arènes de Nîmes.
Ticket link: www.gdp.fr
Tel: 0892 392 192 (France only) or +33 149 975 191 (international)

Saturday 23: France – Besançon, Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans.
Ticket link: www.gdp.fr
Tel: 0892 392 192 (France only) or +33 149 975 191 (international)

Wednesday 27, Thursday 28: Belgium – Tienen, Grote Markt.
Ticket links: www.livenation.be | www.ticketmaster.be




Tuesday 26th January 2016
David Returns To Poland With 30-Piece Orchestra

David's Rattle That Lock global tour is set to continue in Europe during 2016, including, as previously reported, a very special concert in Freedom Square, Wrocław, Poland. Taking place on Saturday 25th June 2016, the concert will form part of the city's celebrations as European Capital of Culture 2016. Tickets are on sale now via this link.

The concert will be the first on the Rattle That Lock Tour 2015/16 to include a 30-piece orchestra, conducted by long-term collaborator, Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner. It will also include a special guest appearance by Polish pianist Leszek Możdżer, who featured on David's 2006 album On An Island, alongside Zbigniew Preisner. The special one-off event, located on Freedom Square in front of the National Forum of Music, will be filmed by Aubrey 'Po' Powell and broadcast live on Polish TV.

David last performed in Poland in 2006, in the shipyards of Gdańsk, celebrating the founding of the Solidarity trade union. That show, which also included Leszek Możdżer and an orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Preisner, became the successful live album and DVD Live In Gdańsk.




Thursday 7th January 2016
Best Art Vinyl 2015: Rattle That Lock

This evening, Art Vinyl together with Belgraves Hotel, Belgravia, revealed the winner of Best Art Vinyl 2015 with David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock album taking first place, Drenge's 'Undertow' coming second, and Tame Impala's 'Currents' in third place.

Chosen from 50 records nominated by a panel of highly respected music design experts and previous Best Art Vinyl Award winners, the covers demonstrate a complete range of creative disciplines, including traditional fine art, photography, sculpture and computer graphics.

The concept and production for David Gilmour's cover was created by The Creative Corporation, art directed by Dave Stansbie in collaboration with Aubrey 'Po' Powell from the legendary Hipgnosis design studio, who produced album covers for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, 10cc, and many others during the '60s, '70s and '80s.

"I am thrilled that the artwork to Rattle That Lock has received the Art Vinyl award," said David Gilmour. "I'd like to offer my congratulations and thanks to Dave Stansbie and the team at The Creative Corporation for the brilliant work that they have done for me. It's a thrill to see vinyl making a comeback and the return of the opportunities that the larger format offers."

Best Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps explains, "This is the first year such an established artist's record has won Best Art Vinyl, but notably the design team have historically been responsible for so many iconic sleeve designs and their talent and creativity to match the musicians' wishes clearly shone through. It's interesting that two of the top three are conceptual compositions, using photography as the core of the design and all three use digital design skills to great effect, showing that designers are using all tools available to them throughout the creative process. We believe this is a unique art prize that really taps into popular culture, as the created artwork is used to not just sell the product but to enhance the listeners' overall experience".

During January 2016, the winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2015 award will feature in exhibitions in London, Scotland, Italy, Germany, and Hungary as well as on www.artvinyl.com.

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Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island, The Division Bell, The Endless River, and Rattle That Lock) has seen her novel The Kindness published in paperback in the UK, Brazil, Italy, India, the United States, and Australia.

You can order The Kindness in paperback here.

You can read reviews of The Kindness, and interviews with Polly, here.