Gilmour Video Brings Solo Shows Home
A video document of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's three-night solo stand at London's Royal Festival Hall in January will be released Nov. 5 on DVD/VHS via Capitol.A video document of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's three-night solo stand at London's Royal Festival Hall in January will be released Nov. 5 on DVD/VHS via Capitol. "David Gilmour in Concert" features guest appearances by Floyd's Rick Wright, former Soft Machine drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt, and ex-Boomtown Rats leader Bob Geldof, who was also the star of the film version of Pink Floyd's rock opera "The Wall."
The VHS version is a 16-track collection, while the DVD edition boasts a number of extras, including three additional tracks: the Elvis Presley standard "Don't," Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You," and Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18." Also featured is footage of Gilmour rehearsing in his home studio, lyrics, a featurette detailing the artist's guitar work, and a rendition of Pink Floyd's "High Hopes" with a full gospel choir.
Additionally, both the DVD and VHS will contain footage from a June 2001 performance as part of London's Meltdown festival, an event curated by Wyatt and the inspiration for Gilmour's January concerts. The intimate performances saw Gilmour backed primarily by pianist/composer Michael Kamen, guitarist Neill MacColl (Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith), bassist Chucho Merchan (Pete Townshend, Wyatt), cellist Caroline Dale (Sinead O'Connor, Page & Plant), jazz drummer Nic France, and Pink Floyd's saxophonist Dick Parry. Vocalist/keyboardist Sam Brown, who has toured with Pink Floyd, led the choir.
Here is the track listing for "David Gilmour in Concert:"
"Shine on You Crazy Diamond Parts 1-5"
"Fat Old Sun"
"Coming Back to Life"
"Je Crois Entendre Encore"
"Wish You Were Here"
"Dimming of the Day"
"Shine on You Crazy Diamond Parts 6-9"
"A Great Day for Freedom"
"Comfortably Numb (Reprise)"