Phil Manzanera


OK, so hands up who is hung-over or, at least, uncomfortably bloated from scoffing so much yesterday…

Whether you had too much to eat or drink, we hope it was worth it and that you enjoyed your day with your loved ones around you.

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people across thirteen countries. Do take a moment to remember them on this the first anniversary of the disaster. Tens of thousands of survivors are still living in tents whilst they await construction of some 80,000 new houses.

Many thanks to everyone who has made a donation to Crisis – at David’s request – in exchange for viewing the ‘Island Jam’ video. The people who will benefit from the money raised are very grateful to you all, as is everyone involved in Thank you so much for caring.

Incidentally, you only have until midnight (UK time) tomorrow to see David’s exclusive ‘Island Jam’ – if you haven’t already seen it – so be sure to visit to catch a rare glimpse of David in the studio and to hear some superb blues guitar-playing. David is jamming with Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (on keyboards), Guy Pratt (on bass), and Ged Lynch (on drums). Don’t miss that.

Another of Polly’s fine photographs, this time of Phil Manzanera, the well-known and critically-acclaimed musician/producer who played lead guitar for Roxy Music. Prolific as a solo artist, he has – unbelievably – released almost an album each year since 1975’s ‘Diamond Head’. He co-wrote ‘One Slip’ from Pink Floyd’s ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ album, and David contributed to his 2004 album, ‘6PM’, on the tracks ‘Always You’ and ‘Sacred Days’.

Biographies on all of the artists involved in ‘On An island’ coming soon. To find out more about Phil, visit his website at

Enjoy Boxing Day, whatever you plan to get up to.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

13 thoughts on “Phil Manzanera”

  1. Merry Christmas Everyone! I was oh so pleased to see the new site,not to mention the tour dates! I will be trying my luck to acquire tickets for the Toronto shows. I am so pleased that my 18 year son is becoming quite a fan too! Hopefully, he and my wife will accompany me to the show! Love the Meltdown DVD! Got the book “From the Inside Out” from my son for Christmas. Life is good! God bless you David and Polly! Have a Happy New Year all from Kitchener Ontario Canada!

  2. errmmm…my hand is up…
    Excellent musician Mr Manzanera. Cant wait to hear what came out of his collaboration with Gilmour. Everytime those two are together in a studio great things happen!
    Thanks again for sharing the pics… well, I suppose thanks to Polly!

  3. I really enjoy Polly’s photographs. Today’s is thoughtful seems to tell a story… David is one of the worlds best guitarist and it must be so wonderful to have musician friends like Phil Manzanera and… the list goes on and on. I guess the best like to gather and enjoy each others gifts and company, gifted bright minds. What a life David has had, and is enjoying!!

  4. Phill Manzanera… Robert Wyatt… Wow. I can’t wait to put my hands on this album! Anyway I’m here as well to wish you all a Happy New Year!

  5. I just wanted to take a minute and let David know that I’m a huge fan and have been ever since I heard my first Pink Floyd song well over 20 years ago. Ever since then I’ve been a loyal DG fan and have been influenced greatly by his fantastic guitar work over the years. I just want to wish a Happy Holidays to everyone here and thank David for being such a great musical part of my life that I can always rely on. Hope to see you on tour!

    Alan K. from USA

  6. “Island Jam” – revisits “Mudmen” a little I think, which is cool… there’s a bit in the playing that almost reminds me of something from Doyle Bramhall’s first solo record, I can’t think exactly which one… that’s interesting… This is super cool, I’m of course looking forward to any recorded output from Mr. Gilmour, I’ve played g. in numerous Floyd tribute situations and should be considered a Gilmour zealot … I hope he continues with the strong-guitar based approach; “now” is a good time IMO to be doing a strong guitar record, with a ton of baby boomers playing guitar and being into it right now… Make Clapton move his solo career over.

    (oh yeah… bring back more leslie/rotating rhythm work…!)

  7. I am SO happy to have the opportunity to see and hear David in person. As to people complaining about not having him visit their hometown, I live in the middle of Washington State in a beautiful, but tiny community. We drive 50 mi. to the nearest stop light. The usual trip to a concert would be Seattle (4-5 hrs. away). I feel lucky to have been able to buy tickets to both San Francisco and Los Angeles venues (NOT from eBay)!!! It may cost me a bit to fly, drive, but I’m more than happy to do so. I’m taking my 25 yr. old daughter to SF and my 20 yr. old son to LA. Again, thank you not just for the years of music but for being a great example of generosity and the spirit of sharing with those in need!! Best to you and yours and thanks again! Gabrielle

  8. i wish to see you in mexico city . i hope soo to play in mexico , i realy see you play with first time

    bye salvador

  9. Hello,

    Here is your vacation place David in Dominican Republic, for your time to rest.

    Punta Cana, and Bavaro………..

  10. Hey, since I first heard Dave would release an album next year, I thought ”Wow – so much changed since his last solo-album – so how will this new work look like?The one thing I expect – it will be very polyphonic stuff.Great that Dave is coming back – every floyd/dave fan is in need of these new sounds.So I can’t wait to see this album…

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