Man on an Island : Interview with ‘Pink Floyd’ Guitarist David Gilmour
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The article originally featured in January 2009’s “Guitar and Bass” Magazine
After a flurry of activity – a well-received solo LP, a stunning series of concerts, the live
at Gdansk and remember that night DVD’s – David Gilmour takes stock of four
years of work. Interview: Edwin Ammerlaan/IFA.
A true legend he may be, but Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is a modest, quiet Englishman
who’s rarely in the mood for the kind of navel-gazing required when the press
come a-calling. Past glories mean little
to him: this is one musician who prefers to stand behind his black Stratocaster
and let his music do the talking.
‘I have moments when I think “That’s brilliant!” I wish I could make a record where every
single moment did that to me.’
Our interview took place a short while before Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright’s sad
passing. Even before this, however, the
odds were heavily against a Pink Floyd reunion. Their live 8 appearance in 2005, complete with Roger Waters, fuelled
much hope, and rumours flew about the stupendous sums of money supposedly being
offered to the band to tour.
has always been lukewarm at best regarding the whole idea of waltzing down
memory lane – although in June 2008 he did make a glorious contribution to an Atom Heart Mother spectacular that
included a complete rendition of the album (despite the fact that he once
described parts of the 1970 album as ‘absolute crap’).
‘I wasn’t trying
to make a political message. My personal
message comes out best when I’m playing my guitar and singing’.
focus for the past few years has been his solo work, including the chart
topping album On An Island, as well
as the recently released Live in Gdansk,
documenting the last concert of the On An
Island tour, backed by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra.
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