The chatroom

Remember That Night DVD (2007)Thank you for entering our latest contest. If you didn’t, it’s too late now.

The winner will be announced later today, so do check back this afternoon.

The all-important word, by the way, was Black. You need to have chosen that one – and many of you did – to stand a chance of winning, so feel free to express your disappointment, or anticipation, through imaginative use of the English language. It won’t influence the outcome, but heck, it sure does pass the time.

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Very important, this next bit.

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I often end the scheduled chat sessions with what I like to think of as a ‘lock-in’.

These are for anyone who shows up before closing time. They give people the chance to chat for a bit longer. A random room password is set in place, so the only people able to enter the chatroom after closing time are the ones who know the day’s password.

Everyone is welcome to use the chatroom (well, unless they’ve been banned, that is). It really is a case of ‘the more, the merrier’ and it’s in no way a members-only club. All I ask is that you take note of the rules on your way in, respect them, and make an effort to be friendly (lurkers arouse suspicion, so please don’t be too shy to join in). Do this and you’re welcome to the lock-ins, too.

In one of the photos from last year’s rehearsals, David can be seen playing the red/sunburst Telecaster with rosewood neck he played ‘Dogs’ on during the 1977 ‘Animals’ tour. Is there a reason why he didn’t use this guitar in 2006? (Henning)

I took it to rehearsals to see how it compared to the recently acquired Tele that we had got in the USA, with a view to David using it or carrying it as a spare. The brownburst Tele had a problem with the bridge pickup not working โ€“ a replacement pickup was quickly put in, but it did not sound as good. I took a 52V Tele as a spare on the next leg of the tour instead.

How does Gilmour fatten up the sound of his black Strat for distortion parts: one of the three EQ pedals or Tube Driver? (George Gipe)

David sometimes uses other things, but his usual choice would be an EH Big Muff or a BK Butler Tube Driver, which then occasionally may be tweaked with a modified Boss GE7 graphic.

I’ve seen a picture from the 70s with David playing on a black Stratocaster double neck. Have you got information about this guitar? (TeD)

Yes, plenty – in my book, ‘The Black Strat’. It explains all about it.

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’.

76 thoughts on “The chatroom”

  1. Hi Fed.

    Couldn’t get to chatroom today cos of work, but nice to know that the word BLACK won. Does that mean that everyone who chose black gets a copy of this amazing book? Cos black was my word too!

    Makes me think of Amy Winehouse, quote, ‘….you’ll go back to her and I’ll go back to black (strat)’.

    I’ll pop back l8r.

    Best wishes. LYN

    [You wish. There’s only one winner, I’m afraid. – Features Editor]

  2. Black! Black!?! You lock me in the cellar and feed me pins!

    [You know it makes sense, Rudders. – Features Editor]

  3. Bit of an announcement for all David’s fans;

    Saturdays 17 & 24 Nov
    2000-2100 (British Time)

    It’s 40 years since the release of Pink Floyd’s debut album A Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

    To mark the anniversary, Radio 2 talks to each member of the band about aspects of their most famous songs.

    Click my name below. There is also a handy ‘Listen Again feature for 7 days after the shows.

  4. Dang, wrong again …

    I’m no good at these competitions ๐Ÿ™

    Would you consider a Duvel-drinking competition, FEd ? I might stand a chance then ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a nice weekend,

  5. Congrats to all those that chose black.

    FEd, I’ve recently spotted loads of “individuals” selling audio CDs taken from the RTN dvd on Ebay. I keep reporting them, they get deleted and others continue to follow. Some listings don’t even admit they are CDR’s of the dvd album. Am I right in saying that the RTN soundtrack is NOT available on CD?

    Have a good weekend all.


    [You are absolutely right, it’s not available on CD. – Features Editor]

  6. You know, sometimes you just look too hard…

    We should know you better by now.

    Have a good weekend, FEd, the Gilmours, and to all within sight of these words…

  7. I guess the technical stuff is really for guitar players.

    I’ll ask my son when he gets home from school.

  8. Black is Black (who remembers that song???) but it wasn’t my word. No problem, it’s always fun to give it a try. And good luck to all who picked the word. I already ordered a copy of the book from the website and can’t wait to get it.

    Today is also the day of the first Verizon cell phone video/ringback/ringtone is available in America only. I’m trying to figure it all out right now. I found the ringback/ringtone items but not the video yet. I’m sure it is there.



  9. I have a word to describe my displeasure in picking the wrong word for the contest…


    Not very creative, but describes how I feel perfectly.

  10. [Those who opt for the word that I have chosen will be entered into a raffle, with one name selected at random on Friday, when the winner will be announced.]

    I totally missed this part when entering…it seems my chances to ever win are indeed…Black


    “Ah the good old 70’s, even the mike stands wore flares”

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  12. My mood concerning all of this: black. It’s a dark and dismal day here at and the menacing storm clouds are on the horizon.

  13. Please don’t, under any circumstances, take my last post seriously. Just playing on the word Black.

    [Play on, good fellow. – Features Editor]

  14. ooo o oo ooo! I want my baby back?

    + a wailing & gnashing of teeth! ๐Ÿ™‚

    but good luck to those with the word

    getting RTN for crimble so will have to delve deep for the book… is there a limited number of these first prints? I haven’t clocked it yet

    hope all @ DGHQ are good? & yourself & everyone have a good weekend

    [If there is, I don’t have that number, unfortunately. – Features Editor]

  15. […and take any one word from the homepage, looking carefully at the title.]

    You know, I read that line several times, over and over. And I read it a few different ways. The now obvious one is to take it literally. Duh!!

    The other way was interpretive. As in look at the title and what word on the homepage would symbolize the title. Which is why I choose legendary.

    I did think iconic, history and official as well and said to myself, “Nah, FEd wouldn’t be as obvious to just take a word out of the title of the book. C’mon, no way.”

    You certainly keep us on our toes.



    PS-on the Verizon video, I did find out that you cannot get it via the website to download to your phone nor can you even preview it on the website. You have to do it on your phone and you have to either have a monthly subscription or purchase a daily subscription to Vcast service for $3, you need to have a phone that is Vcast compatible and you need to be in an area with Vcast coverage.

  16. Lyn’s captivating caption!

    Guy and David, aware that their drummer was spontaneously combusting behind them,
    decided to speed up the song and finish it before calling the emergency services.

    LYN :$

  17. Yes, my word was BLACK…

    Looking forward to the announcement, later today!

    Have a nice weekend all of you!

    Ernest ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  18. I too didn’t read the rules properly. Now I’ll have to convince the parents to use paypal.

    Why isn’t this great book being sold on the likes of and Amazon?

    [It could be available from selected retailers soon. – Features Editor]

  19. So does anybody have an idea of when the book will ship?

    I placed my order yesterday and haven’t heard anything in return.

  20. Well my feeble effort is now History.

    Good luck to all those in the “Black” raffle hat.

    I have duly placed my order via Phil’s site.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend.

  21. [So does anybody have an idea of when the book will ship? – Bryan]


    After placing my order, I received a message saying that my order would be shipped after 3-7 days.

    It also stated that an email would be sent once it has been dispatched.

    Hope this helps.

  22. I took the hint about reading the title but I took the wrong word!

    Have a good weekend everyone, hope you enjoy your day off Fed.


    [Thanks very much. – Features Editor]

  23. If you missed the announcement at the top of the previous entry, Frank Par wins the signed copy of Phil Taylor’s book, ‘The Black Strat’.

    Well done, Frank. Please let us know where we should send your prize.

    Do continue to write, by all means, but please note that – as of 7PM (UK) – your comments will not be published until Tuesday morning (as I’m having a long, lazy weekend).

    Thank you.

  24. going off the usual production for a book of similar standing I think it usually ranges in the 2000 to 5000 first print run – thats usually a good payback amount – but there is the guitar package book too!


  25. [as I’m having a long, lazy weekend]

    Take the rest of the week off, Fed.


    [Don’t tempt me, Paul. You mustn’t encourage laziness. – Features Editor]

  26. [as I’m having a long, lazy weekend]

    i remember them. only a distant memory unfortunately.

    i guess i’ll just have to wait till i get a normal office job before i can have lazy weekends again.

  27. Have I won, Fed? Have I? Have I? When will we know… ? Only joking! LOL!

    I’ll come back again later. Bye for now.


  28. Hooray for Frank Par!! Nice prize Mr. Lucky ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a fabulous weekend FEd – going somewhere or just puttering around the house? Either way, enjoy!!


    [Thank you. I’ll definitely be doing some serious puttering and pottering, but anything else depends on the weather and how brave I feel at the prospect of the dreaded Christmas shopping. (The weather is clearly an excuse, isn’t it? Shame that the weather forecast doesn’t report on how many doddering old farts and screaming toddlers are going to be in town.) – Features Editor]

  29. Good job Frank. I guess all the other just “…fell on black days.”

    Hope you enjoy your long weekend FEd. I actually will be flying out to the West Coast on Sunday and hope to catch up with a few of the Northern California bloggers next week. Looking forward to that.



    [Have fun. – Features Editor]

  30. Have a nice lazy weekend Fed, and a couple of pints maybe…perhaps a bit more???

    [You never know… – Features Editor]

  31. So I didn’t win then. Oh well never mind. ๐Ÿ™

    Will get my friend Marla to buy me Phil’s book for Xmas!

    Daddy and I are off to Calais tomorrow to buy booze at a hypermarket. Then on Sunday we’re having a family meal and my sis is bringing baby Cecil Henry (what a name, poor little sod) over.

    Hope you all have a brilliant weekend.

  32. [Shame that the weather forecast doesn’t report on how many doddering old farts and screaming toddlers are going to be in town.) – Features Editor]

    That’s why many resort to online shopping. Say I hear Phil Taylor came out with a new book, that would make a great gift. Plus there are some auctions starting on Monday on ebay by Crisis. And then Verizon gift certificates for your American contingent might make nice gifts too.

    See that, half of your Christmas shopping can be taken care of so easily.



  33. [Black is Black (who remembers that song???)]

    I want my baby back. His grey is grey ………..

    Does this make me a doddering old fart ?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Pete – Coventry

  34. You can’t be lazy when it comes to Christmas shopping, Fed. You’ll just have to get up early. Mind you I took a whole week off to go shopping and didn’t do any the whole time I was off. Slept in and just dossed around all week. I’ve got Monday off too and that’s when I’ll catch up on my sleep.

    Have a good time whatever you do this w/end.

  35. Fed & all you nth hemisphere peoples

    Sounds like the weather’s a bit black in your part of the world. Late spring here and the weather’s glorious.

    I had to say this. We all know DG likes to wear black, plays a black guitar, etc, etc. Fed it was all too obvious for us poor souls. In David’s case black and iconic really mean the same thing don’t they?

    Have a good weekend Fed

  36. Hello,

    Thanks for the PBS info. I look forward to watching and also renewing my membership with KVIE – and getting a great pledge gift to boot!

    Take Care All. CT

  37. Enjoy your long, lazy, lazy, lazy weekend, Fed, but it’s not your style ! So, please, come back soon ! We need you !



    Green tip: stop using the clothes dryer so much, install a clothes line in the back. A little extra work won’t kill you….give a little to the future.

  39. OK….

    Let me put you all in a wonderful scenario.

    It is Friday night after a long hard week. I get home and pop open a bottle of Australian Chardonnay. Then I proceed to listen to a whole pile of Greek music while cooking a dinner of Chicken Oregano and Greek vegetables.. While I am doing that…the wine is gone and now I am having a couple of shots of Plomari Ouzo from the island of Lesbos. I am sure David can back me up that it is one of the best places that Ouzo is made.

    After dinner is served, I head downstairs and plop in Remember that Night and promptly cue up…Sign on you Crazy Diamond…listen to that tone……..Remarkable….then right afterwards…Fat Old Sun….Never liked Atom Heart Mother album or this song till David’s tour…then I get weak and put on the Pompeii DVD….Echoes…..listen to the mounting structure of the song as the camera slowly moves in…..The part when I really lose it is when the camera swings round the back of the band…past the Pink Floyd Logos on the back of the speakers…with Nick and David just wailing away on drums and guitar…David and Rick on wonderful harmonies….then around the front…past the WEM speakers….with Roger getting stuck into the bass…and all are as one…

    There has never been a band like PF before or since…

    Oh by the way FED, you may edit this as you see fit as I am sure I may have transgressed either here or there…but oh what sounds..never to be heard again..

    Cheers, Howard

  40. Way to go Frank, I know you will enjoy your prize.

    I am looking forward to reading more of the answers from Phil.

    I hope you were able to do a lot of Christmas shopping this weekend Fed. You are very smart to get an early start!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who will be celebrating on Thursday.

    You are welcome to share a turkey leg with us on Thursday Fed. Come on down. We always have an extra plate!

    Have a good week everyone!

  41. OK Fed, I’m on time and you are tired. Bless You. I got in the door, and this. I’m not worthy.

    Thank You Everyone.

    […] if you need it. WOW.

    [Well done, Frank. One signed book will be with you soon. – Features Editor]

  42. Hello FED,

    I am sorry to say that for me is very difficult to try to buy the Blu ray Edition DVD.

    In Russia it is impossible because I am not able to find a shop where it will be possible to find it and some international internet shops tell me that it will be not possible to deliver in Italy.

    Really I don’t understand the choice to avoid the sale in Italy (the DVD in normal edition is sold out in a lot of shops).

    I know some Italian fans with my same problem….

    FED, Have you got a solution?


    Claudio from Ravenna

    [I wish I had one, Claudio. I happen to agree with you. We don’t allow many links here, but, if anyone knows of any online retailers that ship to Italy (or anywhere else of use, for that matter), please let us know. We’ll include links to any reputable sites. So far, the Blu-ray version of ‘Remember That Night’ is only being released in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, the UK, the Ukraine and the US. A way of serving countries not on this list would be very helpful. – Features Editor]

  43. [Shame that the weather forecast doesn’t report on how many doddering old farts and screaming toddlers are going to be in town.) – Features Editor]

    I agree, if they can have a pollen count, then surely they can have a pillock count.

    Have a fab rest F’Ed.

    [Thanks, Tony. I wish to take back the ‘old’, though; there are some annoying youngsters worthy of the ‘doddering fart’ tag, laden with bags, buggies and friends who are also laden with bags and buggies… and want to stop to chat in the most inconvenient of places. – Features Editor]

  44. Can someone please let the folks at know that the site does not work. Have tried for 3-4 days to access it and always get the same result… Firefox cannot find…

    Would like to buy the book…

  45. Planes, Trains and Automobiles…….

    Well there will be a Bloggers Meet-Up this Tuesday – November 20th at 6:00pm at the Gordon Biersch Brewery/Restaraunt in San Jose, Ca. All DG Bloggers are Welcome.

    Hope to see you there.

    (-:Tomi Sue:-)

  46. er did I just hear richard wright right?

    the show was good, very enjoyable

    so many questions to ask!


  47. Hope your weekend is and was relaxing Fed. We played in a curling bonspiel to defend last years title. We won the B side and carry on in early January for District honours.

    Many Thanks to you all for your encouraging words in the latest contest. This is such an amazing site to behold everyone.

  48. Congrats again to Frank Parr {:-)

    Enjoy your weekend Fed and steer clear of those Doddering Old Farts and Screaming Toddlers now.

    Hilarious as usual.

  49. Congrats Frank, I am very happy for you.

    FEd, enjoy your well-deserved long weekend!

  50. Hullo FED and All !!!!

    God, FED, how long has it been ? Geesh, I feel like a swimmer swimming back to the island. I DO have to apologise for not keeping up in here.

    Actually, I have missed the lot of you to be frank. And DON’T call call me Frank, Shirley !!!

    Currently watching RSAN off of RTN. Lord, where has the time gone ? I will more than likely buy the book, I happen to like some of the technical aspects. Lisa’s asleep. We are going to wind up having a private ceremony within the next few weeks. Had my “grandson”, Eric on my chest earlier listening to PATGOD 40th. He loves it !!! His ears really prick up when Syd sings. And he just LOVES Interstellar Overdrive. I’m passing the torch. Lisa’s other children have picked up on the PF / SB/ Ri Wr / NM / Ro W / DG.

    Her son, my first Godson, Shawn, who’s now coming up on 17 likes the older Floyd, going back to 71’s MEDDLE, trying to get him into earlier stuff.

    My sweet Amber, her daughter, great kid, likes the earlier Floyd, she’s really starting to dig the early 70’s material and likes OAI quite a bit.

    Anyway, I’m home with my love tonight. Lisa. Listening to Smile right now. My sister in law Terri is also in town this week. She just told me to actually say “Hey You” to to all of you. Going down to “Take A Breath” with my other sweety. Lisa’s trying to shake a cold. And I, Living through vitamins T H and Vitamin C, still has not gotten one sniffle…yet….

    Other news is developing, but pending… will be back with the news at 11 !!! Be poking my head on next chat, I SWEAR !!!!!


    LOVE TO ALL !!!! ( By the way…, I kind of missed you too lately, FED, a real voice speaking out !!! SHINE ON ….you know who you are. )

    Cazart !

  51. So far, the Q&A was a joy to read. As a non-guitar player and I am completely ignorant of the guitar techniques and terminologies. I found the Q&A surprising interesting and easy to comprehend. Best of all, Phil provides us with some fascinating insight about David Gilmour and the guitars.

    Thank you again for your time, Phil.

  52. Hey Fed, hi all

    Darn, I live in canada and i’ll have to pay $40 for the book. oh well, hope that it is worth it.

    Can’t wait for the guitar.

    What’s taking so long for the DG strat??

    [What’s that saying about being prepared to lose a great deal in order to make a great deal? These things just take time, unfortunately. Lots of time… – Features Editor]

  53. On topic:

    Almost all chats take place when I have to work, so I won’t appear there soon/often. I’ve register myself though in case I have a day off when the chatroom is open…



  54. I was looking through a cool book about guitars — cannot remember the title or author — but it has a nice picture of David playing a beat-up white strat. The book is divided by make and model of various guitars, with a write-up on each model and a list of players who are famous for playing it. Each guitar also has a phto gallery showingsome of these players.

    The pic of David in this book looks to be pretty recent, perhaps from the ‘OAI’ tour. I found it interesting that they did not show him playing his legendary black or red strats.

    I’ll try to get back to the bookstore where this book was displayed, in the hopes of getting title and author info for anyone who might want to check out the book. Looked like something that all fans of the rock guitar would be interested in. (Syd is mentioned, but not pictured, in the section on Telecasters.)

  55. Hi FED, hope you enjoyed your extended holiday.

    A few people chose ‘black’ and had their chances to win. Congrats to them and the solo winner. Me, on the otherhand analyzed the page too much and chose ‘about’ as my word. I should try keeping it simple instead of complicating things.

    I’m going to go with the 20th fret from now on. lol.


  56. Caption…

    Stevie appears unimpressed at Guy’s attempt to outdo David’s Robot Dance.

    (Inspired from a classic photo caption submitted very early on in this blog’s history..can’t remember who posted you Fed?)

    [It was RealShemp, back in March 2006. – Features Editor]

  57. Off topic: I am so glad we visited UK in September for the Remember that Night Odeon premiere. It looks like itโ€™s going to be a lot tougher for us to travel to UK, aside from the currency exchange.

    Hereโ€™s the update regarding UK air security.

    Lorraine and Nate, it is 53 pieces of information, not 53 documents โ€“ sorry about that.

    [Your link didn’t work. Is this what you were referring to (click your name)? – Features Editor]

  58. hi fet ed .

    i can’t seem to get into the, it is saying “This account has exceeded it’s bandwidth quota and has been temporarily disabled.” who ever runs that site might need to look into that .

    have a good week


    [It should be fine now, Linda. – Features Editor]

  59. Who listened to part 1 of the Radio 2 Pink Floyd tale on Saturday!

    It made my daddy cry. We were driving back from Dover after shopping in Calais all day and he had to stop the car. We listened to the rest of the prog in a lay-by on the A256 on the way back to Margate!

    Daddy said he found it frustrating that whilst every tom-dick-and-harry band were reforming it didn’t seem fair that Pink Floyd were not even considering the possibility and it made him sad.

    I think the reason why people get so worked up over Pink Floyd is because they were young then and want to re-live that time, but even if you could go back, things still wouldn’t be like they were.

    David’s solo music is fantastic and brilliant. On An Island is the most wonderful album so why go back and play music with people, let’s face it, who maybe don’t particularly like one another.

    It would piss me off being asked everyday that one same ‘killer question’ (we all know what that is)! It must have driven David crazy.

    All that said …. Dad stayed in his study to gone midnight on Saturday playing Pink Floyd albums, so I made some hot chocolate, grabbed a pack of marshmellows and joined him just in time for ECHOES.

    Bit ironic really.


    [I’m not going to pass any comments about certain band’s reforming to make pots of money, and how Pink Floyd not doing so makes me proud, not sad. (I just did? Whoops.) – Features Editor]

  60. I don’t know much about guitars, (except I love listening to that devil music), I don’t play any instruments, however, I have enjoyed reading the questions and answers given by Phil. It’s interesting to know some of what goes on in the background.

    ash X

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