Thanks to Phil


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We’ve unfortunately reached the end of Phil Manzanera’s fan Q&A, which I hope you’ve enjoyed.

There were some great questions and, judging by the comments that followed each instalment, the answers didn’t disappoint.

I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank Phil for being so very gracious with his time and for answering a wide variety of questions with such honesty and wit: Phil, many thanks.

Thanks again to everyone who sent in a question for consideration.

If you’re in Europe, or will be attending one of the European cinemas where ‘Remember That Night’ is being shown on Thursday 6 September, and haven’t sent in a question for David yet, please don’t leave it much later. The deadline is tomorrow at 5PM (UK).

Please click here to leave your question – but please take note of the rules before you do so.

I really do need to know your real name and whereabouts. If you do not include this information, I do not consider your question.

Neither will I consider questions about Pink Floyd reforming, tribute bands or David listening to your demos. And please, please, please spare us all from the “When are you coming to…?” nonsense. You’re wasting your chance with any of these.

The song being performed in yesterday’s Name That Tune screenshot was ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’. If you guessed correctly, well done. If you didn’t, we still love you.

Last, but not least, the chatroom has just opened and will be open until 12PM (UK). Feel free to call in.

How have your Latin roots influenced your music? (Renee B)

Very much so from a rhythmic point of view, the groove. And my love of the cumbia makes me very partial to a 6/8 rhythm, which I invariably play against a 4/4 rhythm.

Is there a guitarist from your homeland that you especially like the work of? (Jan)

The guitarist I most admire is Jimi Hendrix.

What’s your favourite song to play live? (Chris Hampton)


If you listened to ‘Ladytron’ vocals by Thom Yorke, can you tell me if you liked his way to sing your song? (Lucia)

Yes, anything by Thom Yorke is fine by me.

Given the success of the bands from the 60s & 70s, like Roxy Music, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin; how do think they would fare if they were just starting out today? (Tom B)

A unique band is always a unique band, e.g. Radiohead, Arcade Fire, White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys… There’s a connection between today’s bands and the great bands of the ’60s and ’70s. It’s about the chemistry between the individual and the quality of the ideas.

Which one album or song could you not live without? (Luis G)

‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

Do you feel that knowing how to read music is the best way to get started? (Jan)

No, I feel the notes get in the way for Rock and Roll. You need to train your ear.

What is the most valuable piece of information you have learned working in the music industry? (Cemet Nosce)

Remember to keep the music at the centre of everything.

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’.

43 thoughts on “Thanks to Phil”

  1. nice to see phil recognising the arcade fire,

    still unheard of to many, and you are missing out 😛

  2. Thanks Phil, you are a real indefatigable communicator.

    Lucia, now I’m curious about Ladytron, how does it sound? and how is the movie (Velvet Goldmine)?


  3. ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Strawberry Fields’ are certainly excellent choices.

    Thank you for answering my question, Phil. I have enjoyed your Q&A very much and discovered a lot about you.

  4. Hi Fed.

    I wanted to ask you about the DVD cover! There is a different cover around now. So could you give us an update which ones the one!!

    thanx to mr. manzanera!!


    [Please click your name below for what I believe to be is the final draft. – Features Editor]

  5. Dear Fed,

    I’m sure as soon as you know you will tell us anyway but with regards to Sept 6 at Leics Square are we supposed to be in the cinema before David to give him a much deserved standing ovation or do we get to see him and fellow guests walking down the red carpet then follow him in and if so what sort of time does this take place?

    Any news yet on t shirts or special programmes and should you decide to have a ‘Guess which song David will play as a solo’ how long will it be before someone suggests Echoes!!!!!

    Many thanks

    [Everyone’s thinking ‘Echoes’, aren’t they? They probably shouldn’t. The last I heard, there isn’t going to be any special merchandise, or commemorative programmes, on sale at either premiere. As for the red carpet and all that, then I wouldn’t expect it. However, as soon as I know the full plan of action, I’ll let you know. – Features Editor]

  6. Awww…the questions come to an end, but I’m sure everyone enjoyed them.

    Ok so the Name That Tune was SOYCD…ahahahahha…nice one FEd…” if you guessed wrong, we still love you”


  7. Sad to see the end of Phil Manzanera’s Q and A’s, they have made great reading.

    I think you got it spot on Fed : honesty and wit.

    A real gent/nice guy… and if anyone hasnt heard ‘Ladytron’ its well worth checking it out on Roxy’s first album

    happy thursday to all you ‘question’ setters and irregs


  8. Good for the people of Trollhättan, and those nearby.

    But then I start wondering what the procedure of selection of cinemas is.

    Not that it is any of my business really, just was thinking if it might help if I phoned a Belgian entertainment group that owns cinemas, and tell them that they can subscribe to the event.

    Lots of our cinema’s have the digital hocus-pocus and all the latest toys you can dream of, anything you like except for cosy soft and fluffy seats.

    [I don’t know if it would make any difference, in all honesty, Ronny. – Features Editor]

  9. Many thanks to you for all your honest answers, Phil.

    My favourite one is ” Remember to keep the music at the centre of everything “.

    I think that David, too, could have said that…


  10. Thank you Phil for answering my question. Glad to know he likes cumbia music. That is music I grew up on. My family played its share of latin music on Friday and Saturday nights.

    Just wanted to say I had a great time at Barnfest. Gabi was a great host. Drinks and music all around. I had a blast. It was great to meet all my fellow bloggers.

    Thanks to you Fed and David, without you guys I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of meeting some great people to hang with.

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca (Fontucky) 🙂

  11. What will DG play…

    I doubt it would be Echoes – for me OAI is the obvious choice but it depends whether his “session musicians”, as one question annoyingly referred to them as, would be there as well.

    But who cares what is played…it will be an experience for those of you at the Odeon, regardless…

  12. [I wanted to ask you about the DVD cover! There is a different cover around now. So could you give us an update which ones the one!!]


    Just to confirm that the only DVD cover art you see at is, indeed, the final draft.

  13. Thanks to Phil for answering so many questions. I really enjoyed reading all the answers.

  14. Renee… you got a qx answered by Phil! How cool is that?

    Now what Barnfest are you talking about? Wasn’t the meet up in Florida? Was there a west coast version and I missed it? I doubt you flew to Fl (with all those girl scout cookies and soccer games!).


  15. cheers phil, its been a great q & a and it was great of you to take the time.

    On that note thanks to the other musicians from Davids band too 🙂


  16. [But who cares what is played…it will be an experience for those of you at the Odeon, regardless…]

    I dont mind admitting that I am starting to look forward to it.

    Pete – Coventry

  17. Yeah !

    The real Phil answered this time and gave the thumbs up to Thom Yorke and Radiohead !!!

    By the way I admit to being woefully off the pace but I’ve just cottoned on to the Fat Old Sun clip and that solo is just a blast isn’t it ??

  18. “Yes, anything by Thom Yorke is fine by me”.

    I am sooooooooo glad to listen to Phil saying that!

    Thanks for the time you spent to answer…and thanks for the answers!


  19. Hi FEd!

    How are you? How has your week been? Are you done and over the questions yet?

    When will we find out whose questions get chosen?

    Take Care,

    [I’m glad that it’s Friday! You’ll probably find out in the first week of September. – Features Editor]

  20. Thank you Phil!

    Yeah, that Fat Old Sun solo is so good. I love the little chord bits he plays.

  21. Ping!

    When I first read that we had an opportunity to as David questions, the first one that came to my mind was, “how did it feel to play ‘Echoes’?”.

    Being the pitiful procrastinator that I am, I waited till the last minute to post my question. This turned out to be a very good decision, since David answered it on the new promo video. I was tickled pink to hear that he enjoyed it so much. Hearing him say that it was like ‘old times’, well that pretty much said it all for me.

    I am convinced that the performance of ‘Echoes’ that I saw in Gdansk, is the best ever. I don’t recall having ever heard him play it in such a bluesy manner. Anytime David gets on with some blues, I’m a happy girl:)

    On Saturday, the whole group of us at Barnfest, were listening to Guy’s radio show on Planet Rock. Guy interviewed Rick Wright and asked him how he felt about playing ‘Echoes’ on the tour. Rick basically said that he thought they played it better than ever before. I had already come to that conclusion, but I was happy to hear him say it.

    Guy was cool enough to play the first half of ‘Echoes’ from the Gdansk gig, and it was just as captivating as it was one year ago. It sure did make me remember that night:)

    There is something very special about ‘Echoes’ and I wanted to thank you for sharing it with us, we were in the groove you know.


  22. Many thanks to El Magnifico for your copious replies to the Los Gilmoures Q&A.

    Your responses were most entertaining and enlightening.

  23. Hi FEd and friends!

    Many thanks to Phil for taking the time to answer so many interesting questions with equally interesting answers. You’re quite the gentleman Phil — kind of like another another musician we all know and love. 😉

    I’ve been negligent about reporting on the fabulous Pacific Northwest BarnFest 2007 which took place over the weekend of August 17, 18 and 19 — it was a total blast!! What a bunch of sweet, smart, funny, creative, and downright loony people we have here at Not to mention that they have the very best taste in music!!

    It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and, not surprisingly, it felt like we’d known each other for years. I highly recommend an annual (or semi-annual?) event with even more Gilmourettes and Gilmourauders in attendance:-) Now if only we could get David, Polly, Guy, and FEd to show up we could really whoop it up (hint-hint)!! I think Phil would fit right in as well while I’m dreaming …

    We made due with flocks of wild turkeys (Renee had a few Tipi Hedren moments;-)), deer (moms and spotted fawns), assorted angry squirrels and chipmunks lobbing pine cones at us from the pine boughs overhead, and a very loud-purring calico cat named Ruby who is very popular with the guests here. All-in-all I think a great time was had by everyone and there were a few tears shed on departure. And, being about the only blogger who didn’t possess a David Gilmour (or Pink Floyd) shirt, I’m happy to report that my dear friends remedied that situation … I now have a shirt for about every day of the week! And then there’s the coveted Fontucky shirt that Renee brought up for me, priceless! She also does a fabulous rendition of Wish You Were Here with a hispanic edge that livened up an already groovin’ evening!

    Peace, love and big hugs to everyone (consider yourself hugged FEd)!
    Washington State (of mind)

  24. Thank you for answering our “prying” questions, El magnifico!!! Great intestinal fortitude!!! ;-))

    The “feeling” for “today” is “Electric Ladyland!!!” Enjoy!!!

    Good Show!!! Tally Ho!!!

  25. Thanks Phil.

    I’m glad to hear Barnfest went well.

    I’m kind of wondering if David has something new to play for his song on cinema night. Just a thought anyhow.

  26. Hey FEderick – that’s your new name by the way 🙂

    Just wondering when is David ever going to come and play in… 🙂

    Ah ha!

    Seriously, I just checked the seating plan for the Odeon and seats are looking really scarce. I noticed that the ‘Royal Circle’ is sold out! Is this area also for the press or is it more for Davids intimate friends and people involved in the DVD? There seems to be a lot of ‘royalty’ attending… I guess there’s one with your name on it if you decide to go – His Royal Highness Sir FEderick!

    Also, keep a votin’ for the blog and site on the DMAs.

    FEd, would it be an idea to have the button on the home page? I assume we have visitors who may skip past the top of this page and miss the link.

    Happy Friday to all!

    [I have no idea as to the seating arrangements and, although it would indeed make sense to have more prominently-placed buttons to drum up DMA votes, I personally feel that we’ve promoted the awards enough. If people want to vote, I’m sure they’ll find a way. – Features Editor]

  27. When the dates for spanish cinemas?

    [I share your frustration, Manel. I’m sorry to say that I’m still waiting for news, hoping that nobody will have to wait much longer before all cinemas have been announced. – Features Editor]

  28. can’t thank phil enough for doing this for us fans. like everyone else, i really enjoyed this q&a.

    “remember to keep the music at the centre of everything” is good advice.

  29. [Any news yet on t shirts or special programmes and should you decide to have a ‘Guess which song David will play as a solo’ how long will it be before someone suggests Echoes!!!!! ]

    Heather i was thinking that too or “Atom Heart Mother” with the full orchestra.

    The other ponderable is how many of us on the 6th will shout for more as the last note David plays fades away, i think it will be instinct to shout for more even though we know we are getting just the one song & i hope David is not offended if we do shout more.

    “Please sir, can i have some more?”

    MORE!! MORE!!

  30. Happy Friday,

    Can I add my thanx to Phil for his responses. They have been enjoyable and enlightening.

    I have my map to get to the Imperial so that’s sorted.

    Haven’t been to a cinema for years. Anything else I need ?

    Pete – Coventry

  31. [Does anyone know the make/model of Phil’s guitar in that photo?]

    I think it’s a Yamaha SLG100 N

  32. [Does anyone know the make/model of Phil’s guitar in that photo?]

    or SLG100 S

  33. hey everyone! it’s almost the weekend!!! 🙂

    [You’re not clock-watching, are you? – Features Editor]

  34. Friday Ramblings…

    My daughter’s babysitter works at the local cinema here in Burlington, Ontario and she has promised to get me a DG Poster advertising the forthcoming cinema show… WooHoo!

    So what was intended to be a room in my house with generic film posters and concert programmes on the wall is quickly turning into a DG/PF only room 🙂

    And if Frank Par wants to donate his amazing collection of DG Solo Tour and PF concert (Including The Wall!!) programmes I’ll gladly show them for him 🙂

    And back to the Fed’s question about Edinburgh… I once stayed at Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club which is an old Baronial Manor House about 7 miles West of Edinburgh City centre. Breakfast is served in the dungeon surrounded by suits of armour! And if you play golf Fed it has a couple of 18 hole courses so take your golf rackets with you…

    [That does sound very nice. I’ll be sure to investigate. – Features Editor]

  35. fed, doesn’t everyone clock-watch from 3 on a friday afternoon?

    [Touché. – Features Editor]

  36. it took me the first show to realise that PM was actually doing the playing! 🙁 d’oh


  37. It was a wonderful Q&A; thank you for your time, Phil.

    p.s. Thank you David Warner for your help…

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