Another picture of Guy Pratt for you, seen here hard at work at Abbey Road’s legendary studios.
As every fan worth his or her salt knows, Guy has been Pink Floyd’s bass player since 1987, when he toured the world with the band to great acclaim. He was also involved in the studio on ‘The Division Bell’ and toured again with Pink Floyd in 1994.
A fantastic bassist, he has worked with many of the world’s finest musicians. Have a look at his website to see just how much he’s done outside of Pink Floyd.
Today we want to know which David Gilmour/Pink Floyd songs you think feature the best bass lines. Bear in mind that David actually played bass on many of the Floyd albums, often winning Best Bassist polls for Roger Waters!
I’m delighted to echo that there are more tickets available to David’s North American fans. Just to remind you that tickets go on sale on Saturday 14 January at 12 noon local time. Needless to say, they will sell like hot cakes, so be quick.
Remember that the only way you can get tickets is by visiting Ticketmaster and purchasing tickets through them.
In spite of what Ticketmaster originally announced in North America, there is no David Gilmour fan club. I don’t have any promotional codes which will allow you to get your hands on tickets early. That’s all wrong.
The best of luck to everyone who hopes to be lucky.
I’m especially delighted to announce David’s UK shows in Manchester (on Friday 26 May) and Glasgow (on Saturday 27 May). Even though Friday 13 January is probably not the most promising of dates for the superstitious among you, you could be lucky enough to ‘win’ the chance to snap up a pair of tickets to these shows on this day. 250 of you will be lucky, anyway.
An ‘Advance Ticket Booking’ link will be clearly displayed over at www.davidgilmour.com, and you will need to follow it to register your interest in one of the 250 pairs of tickets available for these shows.
Once the 250 pairs have been sold, tickets will go on sale to the general public. So, if you are not one of the lucky 250, then you still have a chance of purchasing tickets. Details will be on the News page, and I’ll echo them here.
Again, I must stress that there are no plans to add further shows in any countries. There will be no additional stops on this tour. David will be visiting Dortmund, Hamburg, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, New York, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Manchester, Glasgow and London. That’s it… and not bad going, if I may say so.
I know that many fans will be unable to see David on this tour, and know that many of you have convincingly made your case for a visit to your own hometown, but I once again urge you to be reasonable and to consider David’s responsibilities to those other than his fans.
I look forward to hearing from all you bassists. There was a great response to yesterday’s post. Thanks, it means a lot. I hope you played some of Syd’s songs yesterday to remind yourself of his undeniable genius.
One quick and final point.
If you notice that your questions are missing from your posts, then please don’t be alarmed. Any good ones are snapped up. Questions and answers are posted regularly on the FAQs page, so keep checking it to see if your question has been answered.
You’re more than welcome to use the blog for questions as well as, or instead of, sending them to the e-mail address on the FAQs page. However, please don’t e-mail messages that are intended for the blog to that address. There have been quite a lot of ‘Five favourites’ going there as of late, so please, from now on, only use the blog for blog-related comments. I receive many questions each day, so that address, as you can imagine, is absolutely inundated with messages.