• Friday 19th December 2008
    Remember For The Holiday – From 'Later...with Jools Holland'

    • Thanks to the largesse of the BBC, we're able to bring you the performance of Richard Wright's Remember A Day, which David and his band played as a tribute to Richard in September this year on the 'Later...with Jools Holland' UK TV show.

      Remember A Day was originally released on the Pink Floyd album A Saucerful Of Secrets; go to the Live In Gdańsk page to see it and other live video clips which weren't included on David's Live In Gdańsk album/DVD.

      Remember A Day, Speak To Me/Breathe/Time/Breathe, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Fat Old Sun, Wish You Were Here, and the non-album song Wot's... Uh The Deal? will be in rotation every few days with other songs from the album's live DVD on the special onscreen video player.

      We hope you enjoy the clips and best wishes to all for the holiday season.

  • Tuesday 9th December 2008
    Tonight: David Debuts Syd Song On BBC Radio 2.

    • David plays 'Here I Go' on BBC Radio 2As previously advised, David is a special guest on the BBC Radio 2 Radcliffe & Maconie show tonight, taking up the second hour of the broadcast which airs from 8 to 10pm GMT.

      As part of David's interview segment, Echoes from Gdańsk will be played in its entirety, but David will also perform a song live – an acoustic version of Syd Barrett's Here I Go. Originally on Syd's first solo album, The Madcap Laughs, it's actually the first time that David has ever performed the tune.

      You can catch the show live on Internet radio via the BBC Website, or (if you live in the UK) check out the BBC's iPlayer for a repeat.

      Click here to see Mark Radcliffe with David on board the Astoria boat studio for the pre-recorded interview.

  • Thursday 4th December 2008
    David's Grammy Double Whammy?

    • Well, not yet of course, but we're all hoping that the NARAS voters will award another Grammy to David for Castellorizon from Live In Gdańsk, nominated in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category. (David's previous Grammy, shared with Richard Wright, was for their co-composition Marooned, Pink Floyd's sole Grammy to date.)

      Congratulations to David for his nomination; other nominees are Metallica (Suicide & Redemption), Nine Inch Nails (34 Ghosts I-IV), Rush with Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace), and Zappa Plays Zappa (Peaches En Regalia). Obviously, we're pinning our hopes on David – a matching Grammy would at least help keep the books on his bookshelf. The 51st Grammy Awards will take place on February 8, 2009.

  • Wednesday 3rd December 2008
    'The Best Live Album There Has Ever Been'

    • Not our words, but those of the esteemed UK publication Hi-Fi World, who make those unsolicited comments in an interview with Live In Gdańsk producer Phil Manzanera. We expect positive comment on the great music and musicianship on the album, but it's gratifying for the production team (David, Phil, Andy Jackson, Damon Iddins, Devin Workman) to be recognised for their sonic excellence as well.

      Read the article here or check in Press where you can also find a Guitar & Bass feature, to be joined shortly, we hope, by two other guitar-based features.

  • Thursday 27th November 2008
    David's Themetime Radio Hour: 9th December.

    • Well, in fact David won't be spinning his own discs, but he will be appearing as a guest on the rescheduled BBC Radio 2 'Radcliffe & Maconie' show on Tuesday 9th December.

      Listeners outside the UK can of course log in for Internet radio via the BBC Website, and they probably already know that Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are two of BBC Radio's more knowledgeable music presenters. David's appearance is planned to incorporate a radio broadcast of the full-length performance of Echoes live from Gdańsk, and is sure to be an entertaining listen. David appears in the second half of the show, which airs from 8pm to 10pm GMT.

  • Thursday 27th November 2008
    Two Thanksgiving Amazon Competitions To Win A Black Strat

    • In the UK, EMI Records have donated a David Gilmour Signature model Black Strat to be won on Amazon.co.uk, while in the US, Sony have done the same with Amazon.com. Apologies to our readers, since EMI thought the competition would start on Monday 1st December and in fact it has just started, while in the US, the Amazon.com version is a little hard to find.

      Here are the links:

      UK-only residents at Amazon.co.uk

      The prize-draw will close at 23.59 GMT on Sunday 21st December 2008.

      US-only residents at Amazon.com

      The US prize-draw will close on Wednesday 17th December 2008 at 11.59 pm EST.

      Fender have reported that the unforeseen orders on the David Gilmour Signature Strat have meant they can't be completely fulfilled until 2009, although almost half the quantity has already shipped to dealers. If you live in the US and want to double your chances of winning one of these elusive guitars, there will be another US-only competition, set up by Sony, in mid-December; details to follow.

  • Tuesday 25th November 2008
    More Live Clips On Gdańsk Page

    • Check out the revamped Live In Gdańsk page, where you can find a new video player featuring a bigger screen, currently showing a choice of full-length song clips from David's Gdańsk concert. The player's 'menu' holds eight clips, and as well as favourites from the live album such as A Great Day For Freedom and The Blue, we will be including non-album videos like Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and others.

      The tracks available change every other day (at least for the next ten days), so check in regularly.

      The Live In Gdańsk page is also the place to download the free PDF of A Great Day for Freedom with embedded video, plus it includes a history of the Solidarity labour movement, which was founded in the city's shipyards where the concert took place.

  • Tuesday 11th November 2008
    Back To Blu – RTN In Best Of Blu-ray List

    • In its December 2008 issue US home theatre (or 'theater' as they spell it) magazine Home Theater lists its Top 5 Blu-ray concert/music video discs, one of which is Remember That Night. The review describes the Dolby TrueHD soundtrack of David's Royal Albert Hall performance as 'just delicious'; click here to see the full comments and the rest of the Top 5, which includes releases by John Mayer, Queen, Dave Matthews, and Legends of Jazz.

  • Thursday 6th November 2008
    More Manzanera Music

    • Phil ManzaneraNot one to rest easy when there is music to be made, guitarist, producer and David Gilmour collaborator Phil Manzanera is preparing to release a range of albums on his own Expression Records – a new studio album, a 2CD+DVD career retrospective and a Christmas carol reissue.

      Monday 10th November is the release date for all three, of which the all-new studio album Firebird V11 features Leszek Mozdzer on keyboards and vocals. Leszek of course features on David's On An Island album and the concert in Gdańsk. For more information, visit Phil's Website.

  • Thursday 6th November 2008
    Albatross! David Serves Up Seabird To Jools.

    • Bassist Dave Swift, David Gilmour, and Jools Holland in the studio.David guests on the BBC Radio 2 Jools Holland show, broadcast on Monday 10th November, and in the process will perform Albatross – the 1968 Fleetwood Mac instrumental, as opposed to the Monty Python sketch.

      David chats to Jools about the Live In Gdańsk album and performs the song with Jools' rhythm section.

      The show is broadcast in the UK from 10.30 to 11.30pm, and is available live via the Internet here, but it should be available again via the BBC UK-only iPlayer Internet function. If you still miss it, the BBC have been granted permission to run the track on their Website, so look for it here from Tuesday 11th November onwards.

  • Friday 17th October 2008
    'Live In Gdańsk' Tonight In Your Living Room – on VH1 Classic

    • With apologies for the short notice, we have only just been told by VH1 in the US that they're broadcasting Live In Gdańsk tonight in the US on VH1 Classic at 8pm-10pm.

      This is a longer version of the show from the DVD included in versions of the Live In Gdańsk album; it includes the following extra songs: Speak To Me; Breathe (In The Air)/Time/Breathe (In The Air) (reprise); Shine On You Crazy Diamond; and Wish You Were Here.

      Directed by Gavin Elder, the 93-minute show (plus 27 minutes of ads) runs like this: Speak To Me; Breathe (In The Air)/Time/Breathe (In The Air) (reprise); The Blue; This Heaven; Smile; Take A Breath; A Pocketful Of Stones; Where We Start; Shine On You Crazy Diamond; Astronomy Domine; High Hopes; Wish You Were Here; A Great Day For Freedom; and Comfortably Numb.

      If you miss it tonight, there are repeats scheduled as follows, all in October: 18th at 2pm, 21st at 1am, 23rd at 5pm, and 25th at 7pm.

      Please note that there is much flashing and strobing in Take A Breath and Astronomy Domine, so if you or any other viewers are susceptible to flashing visual material, please avoid looking at the screen during those numbers.

  • Monday 13th October 2008
    David Gilmour Interviews From The BBC's 'Story Of The Guitar'

    • A short interview between presenter Alan Yentob and David featured in last night's UK transmission of the BBC TV programme 'The Story Of The Guitar', a three-part stroll through the mythology and mastery of the modern guitar world. It did also include coverage of such greats as B.B. King, Hank Marvin, and Mark Knopfler, plus some of the history of the Rickenbacker, Fender, and Gibson companies. UK residents can see it again on the BBC iPlayer here.

      The BBC have also made available two longer interview extracts with David, one talking in general about the electric guitar, and the other demonstrating the properties of the acoustic 12-string. See them here.

  • Monday 13th October 2008
    Richard On The Radio – Listen Again

    • A radio tribute entitled 'Remember A Day: Richard Wright In His Own Words' was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in the UK last Saturday, 11th October. Including his last ever radio interview, the programme chronicles Richard's personal history with Pink Floyd, told entirely in his own words, drawing on BBC archive material.

      Producer Mark Hagen interviewed Richard in September 2007, and has used this to create an essential special. Songs featured include Remember A Day, Summer '68, Echoes, Us And Them, The Great Gig In The Sky, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and Wearing The Inside Out. Writer Tony Peters stated in the Radio Times: "With a current music scene that offers an infinite number of pretenders serving up a seemingly endless supply of bland material, we should mourn the loss of a true innovator". Who could disagree?

      Listeners in the UK can listen again via the Internet here.

  • Tuesday 7th October 2008
    Richard On The Radio

    • A radio tribute entitled 'Remember A Day: Richard Wright In His Own Words' runs on BBC Radio 2 in the UK this Saturday, 11th October, at 7.00 PM. Including his last ever radio interview, the programme chronicles Richard's personal history with Pink Floyd, told entirely in his own words, drawing on BBC archive material.

      Producer Mark Hagen interviewed Richard in September 2007, and has used this to create what should be an essential special. Songs to be featured include Remember A Day, Summer '68, Echoes, Us And Them, The Great Gig In The Sky, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and Wearing The Inside Out. In the UK Radio Times preview, writer Tony Peters states: "With a current music scene that offers an infinite number of pretenders serving up a seemingly endless supply of bland material, we should mourn the loss of a true innovator". Who could disagree?

      Listeners outside the UK can tune in via the Internet here.

  • Monday 6th October 2008
    David Dedicates Q Award To Richard

    • At today's Q Magazine Awards in London, David was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, which he dedicated to Richard Wright in a speech that conjured a strong emotional response.

      David said: "I'm going to dedicate this to my old friend and colleague Richard Wright, who died a couple of weeks ago, and with whom I worked for 40-odd years. There's all sorts of music I won't be able to play without him, which is a source of great sadness for me. One of the last things he wanted to do was play a big outdoor festival such as Glastonbury which we were unable to do, which is also a sadness. He deserves this just as much as I do; you could say that he worked in the position of second fiddle to the pushier chaps at the front, but his work was vitally important to our entire career".

      He then proposed a toast to Richard and the entire audience stood and raised their glasses in support and tribute.

  • Thursday 2nd October 2008
    Dude, Where's My Box?

    • Sadly, some retailers and some local record companies didn't believe us when we said there would be a big demand for the 5-disc box version of Live In Gdańsk, the result being that in some areas it has been hard to find. In the UK, even though the highest sales are actually for the 2-CD version, the story started when Amazon quintupled their order in the week before it shipped. The 5-disc version comes in a box which is made by hand, and the memorabilia, booklet, etc., takes time to create and collate, so the quoted production time is six weeks. Therefore, if retailers order after the initial order date, they can't get stock quickly; however, a second batch has just arrived in the UK and copies should be available tomorrow, Friday.

      Elsewhere, some countries have been slow to order stock. Sony Mexico received their 5-disc boxes from the US last Friday and they should be instore now – exclusively at Costco.

      Sony Brazil have only just revealed that they are just now taking retail orders for 4-disc, 5-disc, and 5-LP versions, and expect it in-stock in November.

      This is not what we were led to believe, so many apologies for having raised expectations in good faith.

      Meanwhile, many EMI European companies are belatedly ordering more 5-disc boxes; the factory says to expect them during the second week of November, although we are working with them to improve that. The box set was released by every EMI company in Europe, except for the following: Austria, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, although they have all now ordered stock, except for Spain and Italy, who are talking to retailers about stocking it.

      We don't have any information at all about what EMI Greece has released.

  • Tuesday 30th September 2008
    Chart Positions

    • Chart positions have come in from around the world for the Live In Gdańsk album: Portugal – 9; UK – 10; Italy – 11; Germany – 12; Switzerland – 14; France – 15; Holland – 15; Poland – 18; New Zealand – 20; Ireland – 22; Austria – 28; Norway – 34; Belgium – 36.

  • Monday 22nd September 2008
    Things For Today

    • After last week's very sad events, please be assured that we won't be forgetting Richard. Read David's tribute below, and check out Press for some of the Press coverage. There will be other Richard-related material here in due course.

      Today is of course the UK release of the Live In Gdańsk album, of which no more need be said, other than it features Richard at his absolute best, playing and singing at the top of his form, and obviously loving every minute of it. As usual, he received a rapturous reception from the 50,00-strong audience – and as usual he deserved it.

      You can see him in action on the big screen today at one of the special cinema showings of Live In Gdańsk – click here for details.

      We have a brand-new item for you on the Live In Gdańsk page – it is a free download of A Great Day For Freedom, with a twist. Designer Steve Knee has invented a new kind of all-in-one download package, which includes an MP3 music file, an embedded video (so you don't have to be subject to a stuttering Weblink), and a photo gallery to enjoy while listening to the track.

      It is however 40 megabytes, so there is a 'Lite' version (which does rely on an active Weblink), or just an MP3 audio file if you don't want to download the pictorial plenty.

      N.B. For it to function, you MUST have downloaded the latest version of Acrobat Reader (Version 9), though it is free, and is pretty easy.

      Enjoy the package here. Our understanding is that this is the first time ever that audio-visual material has been presented it this way, so we're pleased to be able to offer it here and now.

  • Monday 15th September 2008
    David Pays Tribute to Richard Wright

    • Richard WrightNo one can replace Richard Wright. He was my musical partner and my friend.

      In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick's enormous input was frequently forgotten.

      He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound.

      I have never played with anyone quite like him. The blend of his and my voices and our musical telepathy reached their first major flowering in 1971 on 'Echoes'. In my view all the greatest PF moments are the ones where he is in full flow. After all, without 'Us and Them' and 'The Great Gig In The Sky', both of which he wrote, what would 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' have been? Without his quiet touch the Album 'Wish You Were Here' would not quite have worked.

      In our middle years, for many reasons he lost his way for a while, but in the early Nineties, with 'The Division Bell', his vitality, spark and humour returned to him and then the audience reaction to his appearances on my tour in 2006 was hugely uplifting and it's a mark of his modesty that those standing ovations came as a huge surprise to him, (though not to the rest of us).

      Like Rick, I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously.

      David Gilmour
      Monday 15th September 2008

  • Monday 15th September 2008
    Richard Wright

    • The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness, that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer.

      The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

      Richard Wright
      Born 28 July 1943 (65)

  • Thursday 11th September 2008
    ...The Deal To Support Your Local US Indie Store

    • Wot's... Uh The Deal?US 'Record Store Day' will be celebrated for the second time on April 18th 2009. Launched for like-minded US Independent shops to pull together and boost their retail offering, April 18th 2008 was apparently the biggest sales day for Indies in years, with some stores reporting stronger sales than even Christmas.

      Columbia Records (David's US label) will be supporting them with various initiatives, and they are supporting us by committing to the Wot's... Uh The Deal? offer.

      Wot's... Uh The Deal? wouldn't fit on Disc 2 of Live In Gdańsk, so Indie stores are offering it as a bonus CD with purchase of the album (see below).

      Or indeed you can get an audio stream of it right now by clicking here.

      The 'Deal' runs until Monday 29th September 2008. Every store on the Web site (found by clicking 'Participating Stores') has either been serviced this bonus CD directly – or if they are not a direct customer they can get it from their One Stop wholesaler.

      N.B. Our Sony US colleagues say: "That does not mean that every store here will participate but they are all eligible. For that reason the site uses the line 'Check with a store near you for availability'. No promises are being made that they will all have it but the majority will – and, yes, it is FREE with any of the 2, 3, or 4-disc CD versions (while supplies last)".

      If you have already ordered another version, or don't live in the US, here are the other ways you can hear it:

      On David's MySpace page

      Over the credits of the concert (in full) on Disc 3 of the 3-, 4-, or 5-disc sets

      On Disc 3 of the 5-LP vinyl box edition

      As a bonus track on iTunes UK if you buy the whole album (from September 22nd)

      As the first free download in a series available monthly on Disc 3 of the 3-, 4-, or 5-disc sets (from release)

      Perhaps in other streaming promotions from music retailers, ex-UK and US. The track is available for retailers to offer, should they wish to.

  • Tuesday 9th September 2008
    Exclusive re: US Best Buy 5-Disc Gdańsk Box.

    • Live In Gdańsk 5-Disc BoxA little later than expected, US retail chain Best Buy are running details of their exclusive on the 5-disc box version of Live In Gdańsk.

      Some people commented favourably on the availability of the Remember That Night DVD from Best Buy, and this does mean that the set should be widely available via Best Buy's 1,400 US stores.

      Their price is $69.99, which includes free shipping if you don't live close to a store.

      Click here to see their offer page.

      This is what you get, all in a package designed by Steve Knee of Blade:
      A robust card box, approx. 10.5" x 6"
      A 10" x 6" 24-page colour booklet, including photos, credits and more
      5 discs (3 x CDs; 2 x DVDs), all in colour wallets
      A double-sided colour poster

      There's also a sealed memorabilia envelope containing:
      7 glossy printed photographs from Gdańsk with explanatory stickers on the reverse
      Replica laminate from Gdańsk show
      Backstage pass
      Replica ticket (full colour, double-sided)
      Replica Gdańsk promotional postcard in Polish
      David Gilmour guitar pick in actual size, material and style with Wireman logo, plus 'David Gilmour Gdańsk'

      Click here to see the contents. The memorabilia is exclusive to this version.

      Plus of course 2 CDs (2 1/2 hours +) of the live concert, Disc 3 (DVD of 115 minutes of the concert + a 37-minute documentary), Disc 4 (8 audio-visual songs, plus 3 new Barn Jams plus the whole Surround Sound audio of the On An Island album, all on DVD), and finally Disc 5, an audio CD of 12 live tracks from the 2006 On An Island tour.

      If you live outside the US, and can't find it locally, click on Shop and then 'North America'. The David Gilmour store will ship to you Internationally, but it may take some time. If you want to save money, you can get the 4-disc version, and eventually, via the Weblink on Disc 3, it is planned to give access to all the content on Disc 5 over 12 months via digital downloads.

  • Saturday 6th September 2008
    107 US Cities Screen One Night In Gdańsk

    • Live In GdańskAs per our story of Friday 29th August, this news just in of the cinemas across the US participating in the one-night only showing of 108 minutes of Live In Gdańsk on Monday 22nd September. Click here for the list, which we're told will also be up shortly on The Bigger Picture.

      We only have the cinemas' names and towns, so can't list times or prices; please contact them locally for details.

      Apart from the 'Western Division', which seems rather light at nine theatres, it's a travellers' trove for towns with interesting names, or indeed song titles: Lafayette Railroad, Stuck Inside of Mobile (With The Memphis Blues Again), As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls...and so on.

      No further news on whether the list will expand to include your local theatre, but we will certainly post any and all news here and on The Blog. If you'd like to see a brief trailer, there is one showing on The Bigger Picture Website now.

  • Sunday 31st August 2008
    David Gilmour Plays 'Later...with Jools Holland'

    • No sooner do we announce the one-day US-only cinema presentation of Live In Gdańsk than we can counter with UK-only information: David and band will be performing live on BBC TV's Later...with Jools Holland on Tuesday 23rd September.

      The Later... TV format includes one song from each guest in a half-hour show transmitted live between 10.00 and 10.30PM. There is also an extended version of the show (taped separately on the 23rd), which transmits in the late evening of Friday 26th September. The full one-hour show will include three songs.

      Later...with Jools Holland is syndicated around the world by the BBC, so it may be possible to catch the performances outside the UK, although we don't have any details of BBC Licensees' broadcasts.

  • Friday 29th August 2008
    Gdańsk Onscreen For One US Night – The Emerging Picture

    • It's a holiday weekend in the US, so here's something to check out in a spare moment: The Bigger Picture will soon be running details of a one-night-only big screen version of Live In Gdańsk on Monday 22nd September in the US only.

      Similar to what was done for Remember That Night, it will be a cinema presentation of select songs from the Gdańsk concert (108 minutes in total) but with one difference – it will include the audio-visual presentation of five songs not included on the Concert DVD with the live album. So, if you want to see Breathe (known as Breathe (In The Air) in the US), Shine On You Crazy Diamond or Wish You Were Here, this will be the place to go. There might of course be other places to see these songs in the future, but this is all that is confirmed for now.

      The whole programme has been re-transferred from the original source masters by director Gavin Elder, and the sound will be played out in full Surround Sound in every cinema. However, although most of the concert was shot in HD, some of the shots are from the Standard Definition cameras covering the musicians in close-up. Therefore there is a mixture of styles which adds to the excitement of the experience but may not be to the taste of some high-definition purists. Please also note that some songs (in particular Take A Breath and Astronomy Domine) are very heavy on strobe effects, so the show is NOT suitable for those with photo-sensitive epilepsy or other such conditions. (Please note that only the local cinema manager controls the playback volume, which concerned a few cinema-goers at the Remember That Night screenings.)

      The full song list is: Speak To Me; Breathe (In The Air)/Time/Breathe (In The Air) (reprise); Castellorizon; On An Island; The Blue; This Heaven; Smile; Take A Breath; A Pocketful Of Stones; Where We Start; Shine On You Crazy Diamond; Astronomy Domine; High Hopes; Wish You Were Here; A Great Day For Freedom; and Comfortably Numb.

      Around 106 cinemas are expected to participate and we will list all details when available.

  • Saturday 23rd August 2008
    A Study In Scarlet – Be Well Red On The Gdańsk Page

    • The game is afoot for followers of the Live In Gdańsk story – we will be constantly adding to the Live In Gdańsk page.

      As well as the clip of A Great Day For Freedom, we have added Where We
      ; both are available in a choice of resolutions, and there will be more shortly.

      If your eyes go blurry after a YouTube session, this will be where to come, so make sure you check it out regularly. We will also be updating it with surprises (which we haven't thought of yet).

  • Tuesday 19th August 2008
    An Orchestrated Affair – See 'A Great Day For Freedom'

    • A Great Day For FreedomFrom now on, the Live In Gdańsk page will be the place to visit, since that's where we'll be placing various elements of the live album for you to enjoy.

      First up is the full-length clip of A Great Day For Freedom, featuring David, his band and orchestra live onstage in Gdańsk using the arrangements of the late Michael Kamen, conducted by Zbigniew Preisner. Click here to see the footage, which was directed by Gavin Elder.

  • Monday 4th August 2008
    Latin Nights To Remember: Another HBO RTN Screening.

    • More info from the TV sales team: a further Latin American broadcast of Remember That Night has been announced. It is the 75-minute version of the Royal Albert Hall concert, and there will be showings on HBO Plus across the Latin America region on Friday 22nd and Monday 25th August – both at midnight, local time (i.e. Fri/Sat., and Mon/Tues).

      Apparently there is one TV feed, and it covers Mexico, Central America, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and the Caribbean (excluding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

  • Monday 4th August 2008
    Black Strat Price, Specs and Value.

    • The Black StratApologies for the delay in announcing this, but Fender have only just officially posted the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the David Gilmour 'Black Strat' NOS and Relic versions. They are: New Old Stock version MSRP $3,999.99 and Relic MSRP $4,799.99.

      It should be stressed that manufacturers can't legally fix prices in the US and UK, so it's 'suggested', meaning that prices are expected to vary; one technique is to telephone guitar dealers and ask them for their 'best price'.

      However, orders have come in at roughly double the expected rate in the first day, so if you really want the lowest price it might be better to wait until after the first wave of buyers.

      There has been certain amount of comment about the price, which is at the high end of production-line models. However, in terms of attention to detail and personal construction, the 'Black Strat' has more in common with Fender Custom Shop special editions, even though it is not limited in numbers and is highly-customised, with many unique features. One of these is the pickup choice, of which the neck and middle are both custom-wound by Fender to David's specifications (they are based respectively on the Fat 50's and the '69 but are different from both and will not be available elsewhere – Fender have promised to update their sales data accordingly).

      As important is the function of the guitar – it is intended to both replicate David's particular guitar, for those that are interested, but also to play well and sound good. These are highly individual and elastic concepts, and the 'Black Strat' won't suit everyone. But if you're interested in exploring the quest for the perfect sonic solution, you might like to check out ToneQuest magazine's Website here.

      They are independent and inspired by a desire for knowledge, which certainly can be costly in commitment, dedication and time.

      Our best advice is to track down the 'Black Strat' guitar in September at your local Fender Custom Shop dealer and try it for yourself. Then make up your own mind.

  • Thursday 24th July 2008
    Return To Fender – The 'Black Strat' Date

    • A prototype 'Black Strat' at AstoriaPerhaps our story of a year ago was just a tad premature, but it's now official – Fender are now launching the David Gilmour Signature 'Black Strat' model on Monday 22nd September 2008, to coincide with the Live In Gdańsk album, which also hits the streets on that day (Tuesday 23rd in North America).

      The Fender Custom Shop's Mike Eldred and Todd Krause have worked very closely with David and Phil Taylor to make sure that the model is the closest thing to David's own, much-customised, guitar, but at a reasonable price.

      We don't have a confirmed Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price yet, but it won't be $24,000 (the price of the recent Eric Clapton limited 'Blackie' model), nor is it intended to be a limited edition. However its manufacture does take some time, so it may be hard to find at first – hopefully only for a short while.

      In the two years that the guitar has been in discussion, a number of prototypes have been produced, and the final version was only approved when David was happy that all elements combined to make a sound that was as close as possible to his own guitar's. The 'Black Strat' comes in a hard case (by G&G) stuffed with extras: Phil Taylor's 'Black Strat' book, a set of GHS David Gilmour Boomer strings, a copy of the 3-disc version of Live In Gdańsk, a cable by Evidence Audio, a deluxe Fender leather strap, and a David Gilmour plectrum. The interior of the case is a plush green, including embroidered David Gilmour and Fender Custom Shop logos.

      The guitar itself features close renditions of the Black Strat's maple neck, deep black pickguard, shortened tremolo arm and custom electronics, and is the only guitar that can be said to closely resemble the real thing – beware of imitations.

      Attention guitar obsessives: in a world where you can get a Fender Baja Tele or a Gibson SG Special, you don't need the David Gilmour Signature Stratocaster. But if you want one, and are desperate to study the special features, click here.

  • Thursday 26th June 2008
    Live In Gdańsk – The Basic Details

    • As any regular reader of The Blog will know, David's next album is Live In Gdańsk, a double live album plus concert DVD to be released in September.

      We will be listing all the details of all the formats in a dedicated space shortly, but suffice to say that it will be available in versions to fit every pocket. The 2-CD audio-only version represents the August 2006 concert from the Gdańsk Shipyard, featuring David and his stellar touring band plus a 40-strong orchestra. The final concert of the On An Island tour in front of 50,000 people, it can be seen as well as heard on the 3-disc version, which includes an extra concert DVD (114 minutes long) and Gdańsk Diary, a 37-minute filmed documentary. All of the show is included on the CDs, except for Wot's... Uh The Deal?, which does however make an appearance over the concert end-credits on the DVD.

      There is also a 4-disc version, packaged, like the 2-disc and the 3-disc, in a carbon-neutral cardboard wallet, with a 12-page booklet including credits and concert photos, plus a 5-disc package, presented in a cardboard box with bonus collectable extras. The 4-disc version is the same as the 3-disc version, but with an additional DVD of live performances from the Mermaid Theatre, the AOL Sessions, and Abbey Road. It also has three brand-new tracks performed as live jams by David with Richard Wright, Steve DiStanislao and Guy Pratt, filmed in David's barn. In addition, it also has the whole On An Island album in 5.1 surround sound audio, on Dolby Digital or DTS format.

      As if that wasn't enough, the 5-disc version has all of the aforementioned discs, plus an extra audio CD of live tracks recorded on the Summer 2006 tour, and a 24-page booklet, reproduction concert memorabilia and a 2-sided poster.

      Finally, for vinyl junkies, the entire concert will be available in a box of LPs: 8 sides will be the concert, including Wot's... Uh The Deal?, while the 5th disc holds two Barn Jams, On The Turning Away live from Venice, and two songs from the Live From Abbey Road sessions. You also get a 'Webpass', which allows one complete download of the whole five discs in MP3 format to a computer of your choice.

      Need more details? Visit The Blog, where there is a grid cross-referencing the information.

  • Sunday 15th June 2008
    A No Bull Endeavour: 'Atom Heart Mother' Live.

    • As imagined, David's involvement in Ron Geesin's presentation of the Atom Heart Mother Suite took the performance to another level. Saturday's show, which showcased Ron's wide range of talents, including improvisation, composing, experimental musicianship, and even poetry, was well-received, and the Atom Heart Mother Suite (plus humorous anecdotal introduction) which comprises the second half of the show was a palpable hit.

      However, from the Sunday afternoon runthrough onwards, David's presence seemed to be the factor that finally made all the disparate elements of the Suite coalesce.

      Critics of the Suite have noted the amalgam of rock band instrumentation with choir, brass ensemble and solo cello, hardly the average accompaniment to a band album in 1970; but in 2008, with David's bluesy lead guitar and lyrical lap steel weaving in and out of the orchestrated elements, it all seemed not only vital, but far more genre-busting than any contemporary competition. Certainly you wouldn't have found any disagreement in the hall as a packed house rose to its feet at the final chord. Ron Geesin at the piano, Caroline Dale, the Canticum choir, Mun Floyd, the brass section and in particular conductor Mark Forkgen, all had the confidence of a successful previous night's show, and were able to build on it to produce a tour de force.

      David, playing one of the prototype versions of the forthcoming Fender 'Black Strat' model, reminded the audience yet again what musical guitar playing is – emotional, exciting, moving and thrilling.

  • Friday 30th May 2008
    David & Atom Heart Mother – A Date For Your Dairy

    • Atom Heart MotherSunday 15th June is the day on which David Gilmour has accepted Ron Geesin's invitation to perform as a special guest on one of the performances of the Atom Heart Mother Suite at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1.

      As previously announced elsewhere, Ron Geesin is recreating Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother Suite live onstage for the Chelsea Festival, in two nightly performances: June 14th and 15th.

      Ron, who co-composed the original piece with David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright, is staging it with the talents of a 10-piece brass ensemble from the Royal College of Music, Italian band Mun Floyd, the 40-strong Canticum chorus and cellist Caroline Dale, who has performed with David at the Festival Hall and on the On An Island album. The evenings will also feature other Ron Geesin music, including new scores created especially for the occasion.

      The June 14th show starts at 7.30PM, ending at around 9.45PM, while that on the 15th starts at 7.00PM, ending at approximately 9.15PM. Tickets went on sale in March, but we're told that some are still available now at all prices – £55, £45, £35, and £25 – though they are restricted to two per customer (four for Friends of the Chelsea Festival).

      Ticket Purchase Details

      Chelsea Festival Box Office
      Phone (+44) (0)845 890 2435 or visit www.chelseafestival.org.

      Cadogan Hall Box Office
      Phone (+44) (0)20 7730 4500 or visit www.cadoganhall.com.

      Booking fees apply, except for personal callers.

      Box Office opening times are: Chelsea Festival – Monday to Friday from 10.00AM to 6.00PM; Cadogan Hall – Monday to Saturday from 10.00AM to 8.00PM (Sundays 10.00AM to 4.00PM). See The Blog for more details.

      Sadly the hall will probably not be full of inflatable cows, but at least there is a horn section. Rumours that Cadogan Hall is to be renamed Cowdungan Hall for the evening have been dismissed as tripe.

  • Thursday 22nd May 2008
    Award To The Wise: David Honoured With Ivor

    • David receives his award from Robert WyattWe are pleased to announce that David was today the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters.

      The prestigious guild of successful music creators' annual Ivor Novello Awards chose this year to honour David for all aspects of his musical life. So far, this has encompassed writing, performing, recording, producing and collaborating. He has also nurtured talent in its early stages, as with Kate Bush, Dream Academy, and others, and no doubt the future will be just as rewarding.

      David received a standing ovation as he collected the award from his long-time friend Robert Wyatt. The event, held at London's Grosvenor House, was hosted by Paul Gambaccini.

  • Wednesday 21st May 2008
    Cream Of The Crop

    • Cream No. 2A Fender Stratocaster Vintage '57 reissue will be featured at The Icons Of Music II Auction, which takes place at the Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway, New York, on Saturday 31st May at 9.30AM (Eastern).

      The guitar was purchased by David from Arbiters, the UK Fender distributor, and fitted with a short tremolo arm and later with a set of EMG SA pickups and SPC/EXG tone boost circuits. It is one of six vintage Stratocasters purchased in the mid-eighties by David and was customised and set up to his personal specifications.

      This guitar (serial number V010612, cream finish, 3-ply pick guard) is known as Cream No. 2 – played on occasion and mainly used as a backup for Cream No. 1. It was taken on the Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason tours of 1987, 1988 and 1989, and Knebworth in 1990. It was loaned to Fender for an exhibition in the USA in December 1993 before appearing on Pink Floyd's The Division Bell tour in 1994. It was loaned to EMI in 1997 for their 'Music 100' exhibition.

      The guitar, which comes with a David Gilmour guitar pick and guitar strings, has an estimate of $4000 to $6000.

  • Friday 2nd May 2008
    Red Sky That Night – The Gdańsk Album Sleeve

    • Live In GdańskHere it is – the album sleeve for David's forthcoming Live In Gdańsk album, which is due in September.

      The last concert on David's 2006 Summer Tour was held in front of 50,000 people at the shipyards in Gdańsk, Poland, at the request of the Gdańsk Foundation. The creation of the Solidarity movement, after Lech Walesa's sacking from the shipyards, led directly to the dismantling of the Soviet Union's control over the former Eastern Bloc, and to the reunification of Germany.

      The concert was the only occasion on which David performed the tour material with an orchestra, using the 40-strong string section of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zbigniew Preisner, who was responsible for the On An Island album's orchestral arrangements.

      Other unique features of the show included the special 6-screen design, created by lightmeister Marc Brickman to allow each band member his own dedicated screen for the edification of the audience; the performance of A Great Day For Freedom with the orchestral arrangement of the late Michael Kamen, and a guest appearance by prominent Polish pianist Leszek Mozdzer, who reprised his piano part from A Pocketful Of Stones.

  • Friday 25th April 2008
    A Date In Gdańsk

    • As announced exclusively on The Blog, David's next release will be a live album, entitled Live In Gdańsk, recorded in Poland at his August 2006 concert. It is still a work in progress, with many more elements to be added, but we can at least say that it will be released in mid-September this year via EMI Records in Europe and Sony BMG Records in the rest of the world.

      Tune in to the regular Blog discussions for speculation on what might be included, and be assured that firm details once confirmed will be posted there regularly.

  • Sunday 2nd March 2008
    The Long March for Change – Crisis setback

    • CrisisAs was widely reported at the time, David sold his London house in 2003 and donated the money to Crisis, the charity for the homeless, in order to fund houses for London's destitute. Five years on, local opposition has halted the Urban Village scheme which was to have housed up to 400.

      In an article in today's UK 'Observer' newspaper, Crisis describe how a combination of London's labyrinthine planning laws and local residents' opposition has halted the scheme, at least for the time being. David is quoted as saying, 'Obviously this setback is a disappointment, but I am determined to make a success of the Urban Village project here in London and to continue to work with Crisis to bring real change to the lives of homeless people'.

      One early London supporter was Rabbi Julia Neuberger, a Liberal Democrat peer and mental health expert who in 2003 was head of the King's Fund think-tank. 'If we can't get a scheme like this running in London, with all of its wealth and all the great need for housing, that's pretty poor. There is a lot of nimbyism around, but we have to find a way of making this work. We can't give up on it.'

      Click here for the full article. If you'd like to help Crisis and their excellent work in tackling the problem of homelessness, please visit their Website.

  • Friday 22nd February 2008
    Return To Remember in March

    • Some more broadcast news for our readers in the U.S. – PBS TV are running some extra showings of the Remember That Night TV version in March.

      As always, please check your local TV listings to double-check times, just in case.

      Saturday 1st March
      PANAMA CITY, FL – WFSG, 10.30PM

      Wednesday 5th March (10.30PM)

      Friday 7th March (03.00AM)

      Sunday 9th March
      RAPID CITY, SD – KBHE, 12.00AM
      (All below, 01.00AM)

  • Monday 18th February 2008
    The Titan Of Tone (Says Guitarist Magazine)

    • David makes the cover of the latest Guitarist magazine in the UK, having topped a poll of great individual guitar tones. The search for top tone is the guitarist's grail quest – the perfect balance of guitar, amplifier, effects and technique that separates the masters from the apprentices.

      Of course, it's always a personal choice, but just for the record, David's second solo in Comfortably Numb beat such greats as Jimi Hendrix (2), Eddie Van Halen (3), Brian May (4), and Stevie Ray Vaughan (5), for the top slot. Other great tone purveyors listed included Slash, Hank Marvin, Angus Young, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, George Harrison, Peter Green, and many other influential players.

      Click here to see the details of how David gets his signature tone, or check out the whole feature in the magazine, which is on sale in the UK now.

  • Tuesday 15th January 2008
    Numb and Number (One)

    • In the seventh week of the initial campaign of US mobile ringtones and ringback tones derived from the Remember That Night DVD, David has already surpassed the all-time record for mobile downloads, beating Prince, the previous champion.

      See the News Archives (Monday 5th November 2007) for more details, but essentially there have been three tunes on offer, of which Comfortably Numb is currently available, and is getting the best response so far. US phone network Verizon is very pleased with the results, and will again offer Wish You Were Here and Shine On You Crazy Diamond as well as Comfortably Numb when it ends its current exclusive run.

  • Friday 11th January 2008
    RTN Charts – A Continental Drift Upwards

    • This just in from our colleagues at EMI Records...

      Remember That Night made some jumps in the Continental Europe music DVD charts over the Christmas period: Denmark – 6 (up from 8); Italy – 7 (up from 10); and Germany 6 (up from 18). In the UK this week it is up to 10 from 15.

  • Wednesday 9th January 2008
    Two Cool For School – RTN No. 2 in 2007

    • David's live DVD Remember That Night – Live At The Royal Albert Hall was the UK's 2nd highest selling music DVD in 2007, after 'High School Musical – The Concert', part of the ongoing Disney franchise.

      Hard not to invoke the Avis slogan 'we try harder', since RTN ended up ahead of releases by the original cast of 'Joseph...', The X Factor, Oasis, Queen, Westlife, Daniel O'Donnell, Les Misérables, and AC/DC, amongst many others.

      It also featured in The Sun's (UK) Top 10 music DVDs of the year – which was nice. Click here to see their critique.