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Gilmour Goes For Live Glory In 'Gdansk'
David Gilmour's upcoming concert set, "Live in Gdansk," turned out a little different than the Pink Floyd guitarist planned.David Gilmour's upcoming concert set, "Live in Gdansk," turned out a little different than the Pink Floyd guitarist planned.
"The original intention was to make a live album out of the whole tour, selecting different songs from different nights," Gilmour tells Billboard.com. "But so many of the best ones just seemed to come from that last night in Gdansk that in the end we thought, 'Oh, we'll just do the whole thing from Gdansk. "
It was certainly a momentous night, a performance at the Polish city's historic shipyards on Aug. 26, 2006. that marked the 26th anniversary of the founding of the on Solidarity (Solidarnosc) Trade Union. For that night only Gilmour and his band, who had been on the road promoting his latest solo album, "On An Island," were accompanied by a 40-piece string section from the Baltic Philharmonic Symphony conducted by Zbigniew Preisner, who had done the orchestral arrangements on the album.
Represented on five different CD and DVD packages coming out Sept. 16 via Columbia, "Live in Gdansk" also captures Gilmour reveling in a new era of his career in which he's comfortable with his Pink Floyd legacy but "finding new feet a little bit as an artist after all these years."
"It was the most satisfying and enjoyable experience in my touring life," Gilmour reports. "I think on the last solo record ('About Face') I made back in '84, I was a bit nervous about the Pink Floyd thing and wanted to stay away from it, whereas most of what the Pink Floyd thing is is a sound that I love. On ('On An Island') I finally got to a place where I felt free from any pressure either way from that whole specter."
Gilmour re-affirms that these days "the thought of going back to Pink Floyd just doesn't interest me." But he doesn't yet have solid plans for his next recording venture, either.
"I want to get ('Live in Gdansk') completely put to bed before I even worry about anything new," Gilmour explains. "I've got a lot of material left over form ('On An Island'), so ... I've got a lot of start points. That starts to get the creative juices flowing and you stary then to write new material. So it's good to have bits of music to start working on, but how many of them I will actually use and how much new stuff will come up is anyone's guess. That's in the lap of the gods."