Press additions

David in France's Guitarist magazine, April 2006There are some new additions to the Press section this week – in English, French, German and Italian.

Stand-out articles include a review of ‘On an Island’ from Germany’s brilliantly-named Industrial Technology & Witchcraft (OK, so maybe I just wanted an excuse to ‘say’ that), plus a rather nice piece from France’s Guitarist magazine, as shown.

If you don’t want to go back to March or October of 2002 (for Compact and another fine Guitarist spread) or to February, April or May of 2006 (for several album/tour-specific items from around Europe), there’s always last month’s Guitar Club – from Italy.

There’s also a Times review of the recent Cadogan Hall show; the only English addition, by the way.

If you’ve ever sent me anything for the Press section, thank you very much. Your contributions are always welcome, so please continue to pass whatever you find in this general direction. It can’t all be added, but, as long as it’s about David, it certainly will be considered.

Local press reports covering the 2006 concerts would be wonderful, if you have any…

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’.

38 thoughts on “Press additions”

  1. hi fed, how are you doing? good i hope. been away for a bit. my son has had meningitis so my efforts have been there.

    so how is everyone? have you enjoyed the football? i don’t think england were missed. maybe you are going to have an all-spanish strike force next year at liverpool.

    anyway it’s nice to be back.

    [Sorry to hear about your son, Simon. I hope he’s doing well. (I’d be very happy to see both David Villa and David Silva at Anfield next season, Rafa, if you’re reading…) – FEd]

  2. From the Times review:

    “On form, there is no more lyrical electric guitarist alive. When he played his slide guitar in particular, it felt as if he was playing directly on the heartstrings.”

    There is nothing to add to this comment…



  3. The picture in the French article above, isn’t that taken in DG’s barn? I remember seeing the mirror before but the wall in the background doesn’t look like the barn. Nice shot with the guitars.

    Also, was kind of wondering if the sales of Atom Heart Mother increased in the past few weeks from the performance.



    [I wonder. – FEd]

  4. r u interested in some scans of articles in hebrew?

    [Yes, please. I think we should have anything and everything. Please check your e-mail. – FEd]

  5. That’s a nice Sunburst Les Paul that David is playing in front of that mirror. David is so associated with the Fender Strat that I sometimes forget he plays other guitars as well (not to mention other kinds of instruments, like the cumbus and the piano).

    Speaking of David and the piano, it was a highlight of the 1984 show (which I saw at the Beacon Theater in New York City) when David put down his giutar and sat down at the piano. It’s nice to see him doing something a little different.

  6. Industrial Technology & Witchcraft is a cool title!

    Funny how they did a review of OAI in Italy as recent as last month. I don’t speak or read a word of Italian, but that’s obviously what it is. Was there a reason for that review?

  7. “Industrial Technology & Witchcraft”?

    I don’t care what it’s about. I don’t care that I can’t read more than five words of German, I MUST SUBSCRIBE!

    That’s brilliant.

  8. Hi FEd,

    the Industrial Technology & Witchcraft link, was that among the things I sent you recently?

    The review about David’s gig in Dortmund is not the only one you can find in that blog. Type “David Gilmour” in the Search-field in the upper right corner of the starting-page and you will get about 30 postings.

    One of these articles will lead you also to the complete interview with David, published in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung (click my name).

    So, that’s my last part before heading for holidays to Crete

    Have a nice weekend and take care…


    [It was, Herbert. Thanks again. – FEd]

  9. Every time I see that photo, I wonder if it’s the mirror from ‘Out Of The Picture’.

  10. It’s always a pleasure to read press articles about David, or at least to watch pictures.

    Don’t know if you are interested in an article (in French) about David in 2005. I found it in Guitare Xtrême #5 (February 2005). I can send a scan, but, of course, it was published before OAI came out, so maybe it’s not worth it… (?)


    [Yes, please. – FEd]

  11. check out what the times online say about ‘atom heart mother’:

    “a 27 minute mix of pop, brass, cello and choir.”

    pop! they said? that shows you how much the mainstream press really know about music.

  12. I’d like to add that New Queen were fantabulous for Nelson’s Bash in London moments ago.

    Bravo Brian, Bravo.

  13. Jaysus, it’s hot here. 🙂

    [And I’m still jealous. – FEd]

  14. David,

    I am a long time Pink Floyd fan, really love what you did with that band, was so different between the Syd days and the David days. I am listening now to On an Island, excellent tunes man, you out did yourself for sure. Incredible music.

    BTW, is there any way to get the Pink Floyd posters that came with Dark Side of the Moon, and the stickers for that matter?

    [You should be able to find the original LP with poster and stickers still included. – FEd]

  15. OFF TOPIC:

    Hi Fed,

    I was re-reading Phil’s book of the black Strat & started looking at the back page with the hands outlining the shape of a guitar. I started wondering whose hands they may be. Could one of them be David’s & the one with nail varnish be Polly’s perhaps? Did you have a hand in it too Fed? Er, hmm.

    I really should do more with my time on a Saturday morning….roll on September.

    [I don’t think there’s an interesting story behind that one, sadly. – FEd]

  16. I don’t know if this is the right place to ask.

    Why weren’t you in Norway (or Scandinavia at all) on your tour? We really miss you here.


    [Same answer as to the recent question about Turkey: Basically, when you only want a small tour, and it’s scheduled around your children’s school holidays, it’s just not possible to visit as many parts of the world as fans would like. But thank you for the sentiment. (Maybe next time?) – FEd]

  17. Hi Fed.

    Do you know anything of an official Syd Barrett exhibition of music and pictures organised by his sister? I wondered if David contributed in any way.

    Below is an extract for you to look at from what I read about it, if it’s of any interest:

    Cambridge News: Crazy diamond Syd celebrated

    A unique event in memory of rock legend Syd Barrett will take place in his home city of Cambridge.

    The City Wakes, the first official tribute to the Pink Floyd founder, will include performances of Syd’s greatest songs and exhibitions of his paintings, being shown in public for the first time.

    Other highlights of the 12-day celebration include displays of personal memorabilia from his colourful musical career, guided tours around sites of historical importance to Pink Floyd fans, and a display of images from photographer Storm Thorgerson.

    Syd’s sister, Rosemary Breen, said: “I am thrilled to be involved in this project. Syd was someone for whom creativity was as necessary as breathing. His music and painting were such an integral part of his being that without them he couldn’t function.”

    The series of events will take place from October 22 to November 2. Proceeds will go to arts and mental health charity Escape Artists.

    As well as directing concerts of Syd’s music, award-winning musician and composer Simon Gunton will host workshops looking at the mind behind such unorthodox lyrics and compositions.

    Cheers Fed.

    [I’ve nothing to report on that, but I do hope that it all goes well. – FEd]

  18. [Local press reports covering the 2006 concerts would be wonderful, if you have any… – FEd]

    Straight to the point with 5 star review (click my name).

    [Many thanks. – FEd]

  19. Hey Fed, how’s you?

    It’s been a while since I posted a message and I’ve missed all of you!

    I was wondering if you have any idea about price ranges for the upcoming Gdansk album?

    Can’t wait to get my hands on, it’s top of my list for my birthday treat (mum, if you’re reading, ha ha!)

    Anyway, take care Fed and speak soon in chat.

    melanie x

    [Nice to hear from you, Melanie. (No prices yet, I’m afraid.) – FEd]

  20. Hi FEd

    I was busy dusting all my pictures at my house this weekend and a thought happened upon my mind. Back in 2004 I had a mad surge of oil painting. I normally paint landscapes, like Ely Cathedral entitled “The Elysian Fields”.

    But also in the year of 2004 I did an awful lot of sky paintings. The one I attach, which I hope you will manage to get, is uncannily like the sky on the forthcoming Gdansk album. But the irony of all is that this painting that I painted back in 2004 (click my name) is entitled “Shepherd’s Delight”. You know “Red Sky at Night, Shepherd’s Delight”. What a wonderful coincidence.

    By the way, you will have to excuse the glare in these photos as the pictures are framed and mounted behind glass so it is impossible to get a good picture due to the reflections in the glass.

    Regards. Julie

    [Thanks for sharing, Julie. If it’s alright with you, I’ll show off your painting of Ely Cathedral with your next comment. – FEd]

  21. Dear F.Ed.

    are you working on Sunday? It’s nice to be here again.

    [Funny how they did a review of OAI in Italy as recent as last month. I don’t speak or read a word of Italian, but that’s obviously what it is. Was there a reason for that review? – Ben]

    PART 1 Guitar Club review:

    “Our magazine is usually reporting in real time the different outputs of records at international level but, with regard to this issue (2006) we set an exception by virtue of the fact that more and more “old lions” still roar. It’s true that someone said that “the music has a great future behind”, and this is also for “On an Island” of Dave Gilmour, historic guitarist of Pink Floyd, and his second solo album after “About Face” (1984). Therefore an album by Gilmour is an event itself. Here Gilmour is surrounded by the names of the first order as Richard Wright, Pink Floyd keyboardist, Crosby and Nash and Phil Manzanera (guitarist of Roxy Music)…


    The album was produced by EMI and in the first day of sales had exceeded one million copies sold worldwide and reached the first position in the Italian record charts.

    Opening by a prologue instrumental, the album starts with the titletrack, perhaps the only song characterized by strong links with Pink Floyd in which Fender of the famous guitarist is recognizable to the first bending that’s so lyrical and catching as the old times. Dreamy atmospheres arrive with The Blue where Gilmour dresses with a slight delay and a whammy a liquid and dilated solo. For its part, This is Heaven is a beautiful blues number and has a hypnotic riff that impresses in the brain at first listening enriched by the presence of Georgie Fame at the Hammond…


    The gorgeous “Then I Close My Eyes”, inebriated by dobro, cello and the melancholy trumpet by Robert Wyatt, this song really entices to close your eyes and dream, perhaps imagining to be on an island like the one on the cover of the CD.

    The album, in which is missing Pink Floydian-evocative songs like Shine On You Crazy Diamond or ballads as Wish You Were Here, may disappoint those who expect a photocopy of what Pink Floyd proposed in the past, but certainly it will make the fans of Gilmour of nowadays very happy: a brilliant artist in his sixties and in the full of maturity that has nothing to prove, as he is equipped by a melodic playing and measured and a masterly touch.”

    When I see the pic of DG with the mirror I always think about the ship-studio Astoria.

    Good night to all
    ciao Elisabetta

    [Thank you very much for the translation, Elisabetta. – FEd]

  24. And the only goal of the Euro 2008 final was scored by…!!!

    Proud, FEd?

    Bravo, Spain!


    [He’s a good lad, is our Fernando. – FEd]

  25. So Spain wins it. Wasn’t that one of your predictions FEd? Guess you know a bit or two about the game.

    Here’s a random thought in the vain of the chicken and the egg – What came first, psychedelic drugs or Pink Floyd music?



  26. [I don’t think there’s an interesting story behind that one, sadly. – FEd]

    You’re probably correct Fed. The post was just me musing following a quiet moment of reflection interupted by “Are you going to be much longer in there?”

  27. [Thanks for sharing, Julie. If it’s alright with you, I’ll show off your painting of Ely Cathedral with your next comment. – FEd]

    That’s fine with me, FEd. Glad you like it.

    My husband and I were driving past a field full of poppies near Ely back in 2003 so I had to take a photo of that field with the Cathedral in the distance. I was so inspired by the image I had to paint it.

    Kind regards.


    [I do. Please click Julie’s name to see this one. – FEd]


    Hi Fed.

    Did you catch any of the Glastonbury fest?

    I thought Neil Diamond stole it, he had the crowd singing with him. A wee bit bit older than David, I think. His music seemed to appeal to all ages, much again like David’s music.

    I just have to say Duffy is the best female artist the UK has seen in over 40 years. I would like to see David do a duet with her.

    Kind regards

    [I caught the so-called ‘best’ bits last night. Let’s just say that it made me glad that I’d missed the rest of it, because I’d have really hated to sit through the worst of it. – FEd]

  29. [Maybe next time? – FEd]

    Does one dare to dream??????

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

    [Sure. It’s good to dream every now and then. – FEd]

  30. [I caught the so-called ‘best’ bits last night. Let’s just say that it made me glad that I’d missed the rest of it, because I’d have really hated to sit through the worst of it. – FEd]

    I caught a bit of Amy Winehouse … to be honest I couldn’t tell whether she was on form or about to go back to rehab … but then I’m just an old git.

    Andrew – €70 says I am the prediction master here – I believe F’ed fancied Germany for some reason … with any luck Liverpool will buy their back four …

    [I must be an old git, too. I can’t for the life of me see what all the fuss is about. – FEd]

  31. [Maybe next time? – FEd]

    I am sure there will be a “next time.” Didn’t David say at one of the RTN premieres, “I’m not finished yet?”

    Hasn’t he told us that he had lots of material to pull from, but that he only used some of it to create “OAI?” So he already has ideas, a starting point. Nick Mason writes in his book that finding the starting point has always been the big hurdle for Pink Floyd projects.

    I remember one of the interviews he gave during the recording of “OAI” where he said he had a few more records left in him, further down the road.

    I take all of this as evidence that there will be a “next time.” I envision David’s next album (after Gdansk) as a CD of new original music, released around 2012 or so, followed a year later by a concert DVD in which the new music is prominently featured. This, at least, would follow David’s (and Floyd’s) pattern of the post-Waters era.

  32. [Did you catch any of the Glastonbury fest? – Damien]

    [I caught the so-called ‘best’ bits last night. Let’s just say that it made me glad that I’d missed the rest of it, because I’d have really hated to sit through the worst of it. – FEd]

    I also watched bits and pieces of the TV coverage. There is hardly anyone on at festivals that I feel are worth going to all the bother for. When I say “bother”, I mean the camping, mud, toilets, (constipation the following week), the hare krishna crowd at dawn, the tent being ripped off… I could probably go on. I did festivals in my youth. The only way I’d be interested in doing one again is if I could stay in a hotel. Or one of those camper vans WITH a shower.

    I really, really hope David is NOT planning to do a festival because I’m really too old for all that. Oh my poor aching bones. 🙂

    [I couldn’t agree more, Ash. It’s a lot of hassle, isn’t it? – FEd]

  33. [It’s Germany or Spain for me. – FEd]

    I found his prediction from a few posts back. He picked them both. What a seer.



    [What can I say? Germany always do well because they never give up, even if they don’t have the strongest team on paper. The Spanish squad is full of quality and flair. (Four Liverpool players, wasn’t it?) I knew that the other ‘favourites’ would bottle it. They usually do. – FEd]

  34. [I caught the so-called ‘best’ bits last night. Let’s just say that it made me glad that I’d missed the rest of it, because I’d have really hated to sit through the worst of it. – FEd]

    Thank God David wasn’t there. It was rubbish.

  35. The Word magazine has a very good two page spread on the Cadogan Hall AHM concert, put together by Jim Irvin. It includes photos, close up and most of the stage spread that is the perfect reminder of a night of beautiful music. Or maybe a DVD would be the perfect reminder?


    [Thanks for that, Byron. I like to think that it will be in the Press section soon. – FEd]

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