Strat Pack concert

David performing at the Strat Pack concert, September 2004You might have noticed it mentioned here recently. Great timing by Sky Arts, because, if you’re in the UK, you can see David’s performance at the Strat Pack concert on TV tonight.

The 2004 benefit – available on DVD as ‘The Strat Pack: The 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster’ – was in aid of
Nordoff-Robbins
, the UK’s largest provider of music therapy.

The concert alone raised some £175,000 for the charity and the DVD is very reasonably priced, if you’d like to help further – hint, hint.

Shot in high definition and recorded/mixed in full surround sound (in part by David), David performed ‘Marooned’, ‘Coming Back To Life’ and ‘Sorrow’. He even used his much-desired 0001 Strat.

That’s Sky Arts, channel 267, at 23:25 (UK) tonight.

It’s also available in HD on channel 268, and is repeated on both channels on Tuesday morning.

If you could organise a two-and-a-half hour celebration of Fender’s finest, who would you call, how long would you give them, and what would they play (songs and instruments, if you’re feeling really imaginative)?

Yes, it’s back to the realms of fantasy for this one.

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’.

61 thoughts on “Strat Pack concert”

  1. Hi FEd,

    I taped that (better say “hard disked”) from one of the satellite broadcasters last fall and I can recommend that concert.

    As for your question: Hendrix, Gilmour, Knopfler, Clapton, Gallagher, Marvin, Vaughan, Zappa are only a few of many musicians for such a celebration. The instruments are of course their Strats and just for fun they ought to play each other’s songs. 😉

    Have a nice rest week and weekend (since I’ll be off-line for a couple of days).

    Best regards from the hot south of Germany,

    Taki
    Bavaria

  2. Toughie. Is this another Dead or Alive?

    I need to think about this, but definitely Hendrix, Beck and Clapton.

    This is who performed at the Strat Pack:

    The Crickets
    Albert Lee
    Brian May
    Hank Marvin
    Theresa Andersson
    Mike Rutherford
    Paul Carrack
    Gary Moore
    Jamie Cullum
    Amy Winehouse
    Paul Rodgers
    Phil Manzanera
    David Gilmour
    Ronnie Wood

    I wouldn’t include Theresa Andersson, Jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse or Paul Rodgers. LOL!

    [Dead or alive, yes. – FEd]

  3. Without trying to sound like a grovelling bore, my honest answer would be: David and Phil playing whatever they felt like for 2 hrs 35 mins. With Hank Marvin on for 10 mins in the middle, to give them time for a quick cuppa & a KitKat.

  4. Hi Fed

    My Strat Pack event would include the following, if you could fit them all in a 2 hour show:

    David Gilmour

    Leo Fender
    Jimi Hendrix
    Rex Gallion
    Bill Carson
    Randy Bachan
    Ritchi Blackmore
    BB King
    Mark Knopler
    Chris Rea

    The above could have 4 minutes each, and the rest of the 2 hours are for David to play Comfortably Numb.

    Damian

  5. …and there are 30 minutes in half an hour not 45.

    So that would be 2 hrs 20 mins and 10 mins – I’ve had a hard day!

  6. I bought this DVD some time ago, admittedly because it had David on (always enough reason to buy a music DVD!) and think it’s excellent.

    Unfortunately it’s only standard-def so it would be nice to see how the HD performance looks tonight.

    It was a great charity gig so all credit to those who performed, but to be true to the Fender name, I agree with Ben that Amy Winehouse and Paul Rodgers were out of place but so too was Brian May who has never played a Fender!

    I would also invite Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and our very own Tim Renwick.

    On the show was Hank Marvin’s son, Ben. It’s always great to see talent handed down like that (complete with matching guitar!)

    But star of the show would have to be David. I’m not saying this as I feel obliged since I’m writing on his website, but because of the many ways he has experimented with his guitars in pursuit of his very own style and sound. He has shown musicians the true versatility of the Fender marque (Strats, Teles and lap steel).

  7. …….If anyone hasn’t yet seen it, and can’t tonight either, then I most definitely recommend that you buy it as it contains some of David’s finest pieces played the way only he can. I promise it’ll bring tears to your eyes.

    Me, well I’ve seen it numerous times but I’ll stay up and watch it again!!

    Paul

    [It is great to hear ‘Marooned’… – FEd]

  8. Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Chile
    David Gilmour, anything
    Mark Knopfler, Sultans of Swing
    Eric Clapton, Layla
    Rory Gallagher, Bullfrog Blues
    Hank Marvin, Wonderful Land
    Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pride & Joy
    Jeff Beck, Brush with the Blues
    Pete Townshend, Pinball Wizard
    Sonny Landreth, From the Reach

    Followed by a mass jam at the end untill someone pulls the plug (who would dare to?).

  9. Who would I invite…

    1. David Gilmour – Headlining with Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb, Coming Back to Life, One Slip, Brain Damage, Eclipse…and whatever else he wants to throw in to fill in the time!
    2. Rory Gallagher – Daughter of the Everglades
    4. Dick Dale and his Deltones – Misirlou and Pipeline
    5. George Harrison – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    6. Mark Knopfler – Money for Nothing, Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero, Romeo and Juliet
    7. Pete Townshend – Baba O’Riley, Pinball Wizard, Won’t Get Fooled Again
    8. Robin Trower – Conquistador, A Whiter Shade of Pale

    I’ve not included the obvious Clapton, Hendrix, Blackmore becuse I’m not too keen on their music… maybe I’d invite Messrs Cullum, Andersson, Winehouse (skank) and Rodgers back to be the half-time entertainment where we can throw rotten fruit at them whilst in stocks on the stage… 🙂

    Did I ever mention I was at the concert and still have Fed’s Strat Pack T-shirt I promised him a few years ago! 🙂

    [I forgot about that. – FEd]

  10. Sh*t… forgot Gary Moore!

    His rendition of Red House was a sock knocker offer! And he could play that again…

  11. For a 2 and a half hour show I’d pick 5 artists and give them half an hour each.

    (Actually i’d pick one and give him the whole slot but that’s not very imaginative.)

    Clapton (and Cream)
    Blackmore (with Deep Purple Mk II – first time around if you please)
    Townshend (with the Who)
    Hendrix (with Experience, of course)
    Gilmour and assorted chums

    I won’t bore you with a set-list.

    By jove, wouldn’t that be a show.

    [Oh, go on. We want names of songs and instruments. – FEd]

  12. ‘Marooned’ was just fantastic that day.

    David in his beautiful blue shirt was just … fantastic that day.

    I don’t know anything about guitars, but I have been told that Jeff Beck is a great Strat player.

    I think that early Pink Floyd first considered Jeff Beck to replace Syd Barrett, but didn’t dare to ask him. We are lucky they didn’t!!!

    Michèle

  13. I’d have 2.5 hours of David and Jimi. Sure, it’s a crime against music how many people I’ve left out, but what an incredible night it would be. I’d love to see Jimi’s face when he notices David’s guitar strap for the first time. Too cool.

    The setlist would go something like: (and these are albums not tracks!)

    On An Island (Jimi and David duelling Castellorizon)
    Axis Bold As Love
    David Gilmour
    Electric Ladyland (selections from because it’s only 2.5 hours, but featuring special guests Steve Wilson (er, I think he might play PRS, so sue me), Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler. Oh, and Leo Fender himself seeing as we’re in full resurrection flow. 🙂

    N

  14. How are you Fed?

    I would have David and his OAI band playing all the music with help of Bryan Ferry, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Kate Bush, and of course Nick and Roger.

    Later Fed.

    George

    [I’m very well, thank you. How are you? – FEd]

  15. Damn! Didn’t realise it was on until I read this. Looks like I’ve missed an hour already. Never mind, recording the rest. Can watch it tommorrow with the volume up!

    As for a celebration of Fender’s finest….

    Well… David of course, with Clapton, Hendrix, Knopfler, Me… (Come on…. You did say it was a fantasy set….. I’m fantasising), Joe Bonamassa, Duffy (Still fantasising!), Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Walter Trout, Marvin and Peter Kay to introduce them all.

    Definately not Jay-Zed…. But that’s another story…. He can’t play guitar can he?!

    [He makes up for it by wearing very large glasses, though. (It’s on again on Tuesday morning, don’t forget.) – FEd]

  16. I have this DVD, and I enjoy seeing it again and again, once in a while.

    This was a great week down here in Quebec province; we’ve learned that Sir Paul McCartney is going to visit us, in Quebec city, next July 20TH, to celebrate the 400 years of its foundation. Isn’t that great? Maybe David was approched…but we will never know…David???

    Enjoy your summer everybody!

  17. I’d definitely invite all the participants minus Ron Wood. Here I go again!

    Eric for sure with a finale of huge proportions. These guys and gals could wail for an hour alone.

  18. Great concert, I really enjoy the version of “Sorrow” – one of the best performances of it in my opinion.

    I would agree that the price is very reasonable for the DVD, it’s a must have!

    Off topic:

    The song from the main page, what is it? It reminds me of an angry “One Of These Days”. I would like to know more about it. Will it grow into something else? Did it come from the Island recordings? I really like it!

    Is there any chance of downloads being made available of this and/or other audio clips that are used here?

    [Can’t say, sorry. They’re one giant mystery. – FEd]

  19. Fed, thanks for the info regarding the Strat Pack. I would have missed it otherwise.

    Looking forward to sitting down & watching this feast of Fenders.

    It was on too late for my tender years (who laughed?) so I had to do the “hard disk” thing too.

    [Thanks to Ecky for mentioning it in the chatroom. – FEd]

  20. Hmmmm….

    Clapton, Beck, Hendrix, Barrett (who played a Tele), Ron Wood, Frank Zappa, just to name the ones who came straight into my head. I am not a musician, of course, and have not spent a lot of time thinking about the instruments that people play (because I know what I like musically, but I don’t know much about those instruments).

    I know that Robert Fripp doesn’t play a Fender instrument, but it would be a lot of fun to invite him anyway. He thinks he’s a guru of the guitar, and that makes it very easy to make fun of him.

    Did someone with a sense of humor invite Amy Winehouse and David Gilmour to the same event?

  21. Ciao io purtroppo devo scrivere in italiano perche in inglese sono proprio negata…spero avrete qualcuno che vi traduca questo che vi sto’ per dire…

    Io ho un mio amico a cui voglio un bene dell’ anima..forse anche di piu di questo..che è innamorato pazzo dei pink floyd..vi ama..io vorrei tanto renderlo felice vorrei che lui tornasse a sorridere perche sta’ attraversando un periodo brutto e io credo che se vi conoscesse tornerebbe a sorridere…E io voglio tanto che torni a farlo perche e’ una persone meravigliosa che puo’ dare e ricevere tanto..So’ di chiedervi molto e so’anche che non succedera’mai perche sa’ quante e-mail riceverete..figurati se considerate la mia..pero’ vi ringrazio per tutte le emozioni che ci date..vi voglio bene..

  22. I’d like to see David, Hendrix, Zappa, the Edge, I just missed Buddy Guy on tour in Britain so I’d like to see him.

    As for what they should play, David can play anything and I would be over the moon, I know anything he does is excellent.

    As for the others, I confess to not knowing which guitar any of them played on which songs. I love Crosstown Traffic, Little Wing anything really by Hendrix. My first turn on to Zappa was Hot Rats, and I’ve enjoyed most of his stuff since (admittedly for the humour as much as the music). I don’t think I’ve heard everything because he was so prolific, so again I’ll say anything. I like the sounds The Edge makes.

    Although Buddy Guy is one of the Grandfathers of Blues playing, I confess to not being familiar with his work, have only heard little odds and ends and because I just missed him, I’d really like to see him.

    ash X
    (where were my manners last time?)

  23. I have this on my DVD rental list and have just bumped it up to the top. I don’t have Sky as I don’t wish to pay Murdoch any more money than I have to.

    I do wish that the whining about Winehouse would cease. Is it really necessary?

  24. Fed,

    David=Strat
    Joe Bonamassa=Strat
    Norman Watt-Roy=Bass
    Zak Starkey=Drums
    Pino Palladino=Bass

    As you call them and we play them set with a free bar…fantasy indeed, although I’m going to see Joe Bonamassa in Belfast next week!

    [Enjoy, Paul. (Great drummer, Zak Starkey.) – FEd]

  25. hope you and all at DGHQ are keeping well?

    i noticed “homes under the hammer” this morning on bbc1 was using ‘another brick in the wall’ on their soundtrack for the show. maybe they could help with the CRISIS ie bring attention to property development for organisations like CRISIS rather than greedy personal gain?

    there are some people on that program that seem to have money to burn.

    oh and why isn’t there a “stuffed” apple pie crust on the market?

    [Good question. (They should use choice lines from ‘Money’ instead.) – FEd]

  26. Let’s have:

    – Pete Townshend playing playing the golden Strat he uses on and off since 1999 doing “Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand” and “Pictures of Lily”.

    -Jeff Beck playing his Guitar-Shop-era Strat perfoming “The Ballad of Bill Hubbard” “What God Wants part 1,2,3” and “It’s A Miracle” from Amused To Death together with Roger Waters.

    -Eric Clapton playing his “Blackie”-Strat from the Cream shows perfoming “4:41AM (Sexual Revolution)” and “5:01AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part 10)” together with Roger Waters.

    – Jimmy Page with (Jones and Plant) perfoming “In The Evening” with the blue Strat like he did at Knebworth in 1979.

    – David Gilmour together with Rog (he will be in the house anyway – unless he has to pick up his girlfriend at the airport…), Nick and Rick performing “Saucerful of Secrets” Pompeii style (they can keep their shirts on). With the one and only Black Strat of course.

    Henning

  27. Eric Clapton – Guitar: Blackie
    Set List: White Room – Running On Faith – Have You Ever Loved A Woman (w/ guest Buddy Guy, playing white polka-dot Strat) – Bell Bottom Blues – Layla

    Jeff Beck – Guitar: Surf Green Strat
    Set List: Space For The Papa – Blue Wind – Stratus – What God Wants Pt: 1 (w/ guest Roger Waters – vocals, playing Precision bass) People Get Ready (w/ guest Rod Stewart, vocals) ‘Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

    Mark Knopfler – Guitar: Red Strat
    Set List: Once Upon A Time In The West – Expresso Love – Portobello Belle – Tunnel Of Love – Sultans Of Swing

    Jimi Hendrix – Guitar: White Strat
    Set List: Are You Experienced? – Red House (w/ guest Buddy Guy, black polka-dot Strat) – Voodoo Child (w/guest SRV, sunburst Strat) – Machine Gun

    David Gilmour – Guitar: Black Strat
    Set List: Breathe/Time/Breathe (Reprise) – Murder – Cluster One – What Do You Want From Me – A Pillow Of Winds – Echoes (final two w/ Waters/Wright/Mason)

  28. What instruments would they be playing…

    Fender Stratocasters through Marshall amps… although if those WEM speakers ever did get re-coned they may come in useful…

    Most of you have no idea what I’m talking about regarding the WEM speakers but someone did try to ask Phil Taylor that very question in a past competition… It’s almost worthy of a T-shirt!

  29. This plays on HDNet in the US on a somewhat regular basis. I have it permanently saved on my TIVO.

    Dave
    Jimi
    Eric
    Jimmy P
    Satch
    Steve Vai
    Stevie Ray
    Vinnie Moore

    ALL AT THE SAME TIME!

  30. Indeed…. For those who missed it….

    Sky Arts, channel 267 @ 8am on Tuesday 8th July.

    Incidently, there’s a Hendrix documentary and concert on Sky Arts tonight.

  31. Mark Knopfler – Romeo and Juliet
    Joe Walsh – Funk #49, Hotel California
    Frank & Dweezil Zappa – Titties & Beer, Black Napkins, Montana
    Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower, Little Wing
    Jimi Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughn – Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
    Stevie Ray Vaughn – Cold Shot, Wall of Denial
    Steve Winwood – Dear Mr. Fantasy
    Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood – Can’t Find My Way Home
    Eric Clapton – Badge, Bad Love, Old Love
    David Gilmour – SOYCD, High Hopes, Comfortably Numb

    What do you think of that?? I think this could fill 2 1/2 hours.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    [Like it. Can Mark Knopfler squeeze ‘Sultans of Swing’ in, too? – FEd]

  32. Glad that I have this DVD! At the risk of sounding like a geek. I only bought it because David was on it. So I fall into that category that could care less about the others and would just prefer to listen to David with Phil. With a little Geo. Harrison and Mark Knopfler thrown in for variety.

    Stop ‘whining about Winehouse?’ Funny line, Nate. I like a good wine. Preferably pinot noir, but no ‘Amy’ for me. I thought the show was supposed to be legendary guitarists and she is a long way from qualifying. I’m not a real big fan of Joe Walsh either. But then, my knowledge is based on a particular sound that appeals to me and that is Gilmour all the way.

    One more complaint from me. I’ll be shot for this, but where did they get so many uglies to play next to David?

    Jan

  33. I have the DVD and watched it on Sunday (Hank Marvin + Phil + David). David was slightly disappointed that the drummer was late on Sorrow, but it was interesting to see David with other musicians.

    I think that Pino Palladino was involved in About Face recordings and Paul Wickens used to play original Island Jam, but it was after. Others performed for the first time with David, I assume.

    My “dream line-up” of Fender Strat guitar players:

    Mark Knopfler: Sultans of Swing, Telegraph Road, Brothers in Arms

    Eric Clapton: Layla, White Room, Crossroads, Sunshine of Your Love

    Ritchie Blackmore: Highway Star, Perfect Strangers, When A Blind Man Cries, Son of Alerik

    And of course David Gilmour: Sorrow, Comfortably Numb, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, On The Turning Away, A Pocketful Of Stones

    As an encore tribute to Jimi, a joint performance (all guitarists on stage) of: Foxey Lady, Voodoo Child, Purple Haze and Hey Joe.

    What do you think FED?

    [I think the Strat Pack organisers wish that they could have called upon that lot. – FEd]

  34. Songs I can handle … but the name of the instrument ? Hmm, I can manage colours.

    All suitably extended to fill 30 mins.

    Clapton (the green one) – Layla, White Room, Wonderful Tonight, Sunshine of Your Love
    Blackmore (cream) – Highway Star, Strange Kind of Wombat, Child in Time, Black Night
    Townshend (red) – Pinball Wizard, Won’t Get Fooled Again, Heaven and Hell, We’re Not Gonna Take It
    Hendrix (White and covered in lighter fuel)- Purple Haze, Little Wing, Star Spangled Banner, Hey Joe, Voodoo Child
    Gilmour (black of course)- Marooned, Shine On, On an Island, Comfy Numb (solo played ad infinitum by all 5)

    I’ve gone all limp thinking about it.

    [It does sound good… and those colours sound perfect, by the way. – FEd]

  35. [Like it. Can Mark Knopfler squeeze ‘Sultans of Swing’ in, too? – FEd]

    For you, absolutely.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  36. Good stuff.

    Anyone remember the first Nelson Mandela concert where Eric Clapton played with Dire Straits? Superb performance to wind up the event.

  37. Hi FED,

    not much time for computer time or thinking time so here are my performers (both of the following have passed on):

    Glen Buxton of the former Alice Cooper band, Kurt Winter of the Guess Who, Rick Derringer/Edgar Winter and to round out the show; Jimmy Page and David Gilmour.

    Hope you are well FED as the weather here in Alberta is warmish.

  38. Ok, there is much to improve upon with regards to those invited to the original Strat celebration. Here’s the list of guitarists I’d have come along:

    1) Jeff Beck
    2) Eric Clapton
    3) Stevie Ray Vaughan
    4) Ritchie Blackmore
    5) Eric Johnson
    6) Mark Knopfler
    7) Pete Townshend
    8) Rory Gallagher
    9) Jimi Hendrix
    10) David Gilmour (naturally!)
    11) Frank Zappa
    12) Robin Trower
    13) Kenny Wayne Sheppard
    14) Adrian Belew
    15) Tommy Bolin
    16) Ry Cooder
    17) Robert Cray
    18) Dick Dale
    19) The Edge
    20) Buddy Holly

    I’d leave it up to the producers and directors I’ve hired to sort out who plays what and with whom. I’m thinking that, because there are SO many guitarists on this list, I’d have a number of them group together for extended jams on certain songs.

    Of course, Mr Gilmour would be the host of the evenings events and finish with a 5 song set closer of his choice (Floyd and non Floyd songs, including cover versions).

    Darren

    [That’s one hell of a list. – FEd]

  39. A little bit of trivia re The Strat Pack.

    It was because of this convert and the obvious chemistry between Brian May and Paul Rodgers that prompted Brian to tour Queen again (with Paul on vocals of course).

    Gary

  40. OK, the Strat Pack my way!

    Mark Knopfler (red) (Down to the Waterline, Telegraph Road and Sultans of Swing)
    Pete Townshend (gray) with Roger Daltrey on vocals (Pinball Wizard, My Generation and Won’t Get Fooled Again (part of encore))
    Mike Rutherford (black with white pickguard) (and also bass for many acts) with Phil Collins singing (Turn it On Again, Mama and Abacab)
    Clapton (his unique colored Strat) (White Room, Sunshine Of Your Love and Layla)
    Hendrix with Stevie Ray Vaughan (his Strat) (Little Wing and Voodoo Chile)
    Gilmour (with his black Strat) (Marooned, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Dogs)

    Encore: Comfortably Numb (with Phil singing Roger’s parts)

    Bass players would be Pino Palladino and John Deacon, drummers Phil Collins and Neil Peart (who could have a drum duel) and keyboard players Dennis DeYoung (with his Oberheim OB-X) and Tony Banks.

  41. I have followed you career Sir David (Lord of the Strat) and always believed the voice of your guitar to be my soul tied to yours and speaking to the world. My only wish is that I could attend every event where you play. To own any guitar or artifact is beyond my reach in the physical world. But in the spiritual world I am always with you.

    Fan for forty years and all I want is for you to know that I am always with you and listen daily.

  42. Michele mentioned Jeff Beck, good call on that.

    How about adding Vince Gill with the others? That guy can play too with passion.

    From the past I’d include Roy Buchanan also.

  43. Hello Fed!

    “The 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster” is a very nice DVD. I saw this DVD many times. It would be great to have this DVD as a Blu-Ray DVD.

    This would be my wishes at the Strat Pack:

    David Gilmour and friends:
    Eric Clapton
    Marc Knopfler
    Gary Moore
    Chris Rea
    B.B. King
    Pete Townshend
    Phil Manzanera

    My highlight of this show would be: playing together David Gilmour and Jimi Hendrix one song from David and one song from Jimi.

    I wish my dreams come true in parts.

    A nice weekend to all of you!

    Best regards from Berlin
    Ina

  44. Eric Clapton, Feat. JJ Cale & Robert Cray: White Room, Cocaine, Smokin Gun, Bell Bottom Blues

    Mark Knopfler: Calling Elvis, Going Home, Whyeye Man, What it Is, Tunnel Of Love, Once Upon a Time in the West

    Hank Marvin: Apache, Wonderful Land, Foot Tapper

    Richard Thompson: Wall Of Dead, Yeankee Go Home, Shoot Out The Lights

    David Gilmour: Cluster One, Learning to Fly, Poles Apart, Terminal Frost, On The Turning Away, Mihalis, Sorrow, Marooned,

    And finally everybody, plus (back alive) Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix, would join David and play Shine On You Crazy Diamond, all the parts.

    Tickets would be approximately 5€ 🙂

  45. OFF TOPIC:

    I have just read about another fatal knife attack in South London. I am sickened by this, I really think anyone caught with a knife should do national service & if there was a petition to bring back National service, I for one would sign it.

    Rant over (for now).

    [Very worrying, isn’t it? – FEd]

  46. Zak is the man!

    Have a nice weekend all!!

    Cheers
    Paul

  47. [I think the Strat Pack organisers wish that they could have called upon that lot. – FEd]

    As a matter of fact, Eric, Mark and David played on the same stage in Knebworth 1990, Eric after his set played with Dire Straits and then Eric and Mark played with Elton John. Then David played with Pink Floyd. It was probably the best line up ever as there were Genesis, Sir Paul, Robert Plant (with Jimmy Page on second half of his set) and Cliff Richard with The Shadows too. It was also organized to support Nordoff-Robbins and the show is released on DVD.

    I have copy of that and I’m sure FED you will love Sultuns Of Swing, Dire Straits feat. Eric Clapton.

    Have a nice weekend all.

    [An excellent concert, Knebworth ’90. How good was ‘Sorrow’? In such wet conditions, too. – FEd]

  48. Sorry Fed, haven’t posted in a long while (kids, job, travel, take your pick).

    Here is my list:

    1. Joe Walsh- Life’s Been Good, Rocky Mountain Way, Acoustic Hotel California.
    2. Mark Knopfler- Sultans of Swing, Skateaway, Money for Nothing.
    3. Stevie Ray Vaughn- (one of the better concerts I have scene) Coldshot, Couldn’t Stand the Weather, Tightrope.
    4. Eric Clapton- Badge, Layla, I Want a Little Girl, Let It Rain.
    5. Jimi Hendrix- Hey Joe, Little Wing, And the Wind Cried Mary, All Along the Watchtower, Are U Experienced?
    6. Pete Townshend-Pinball Wizard, Summertime Blues, Behind Blue Eyes, Rough Boys.
    7. David Gilmour, Take a Breath, Young Lust, Echoes, Breathe, Time, Comfortably Numb, Wish you Were Here.

    Encore: Jimi-Stevie and Eric playing Voodoo Chile, Purple Haze. David and Mark Knopfler playing Shine On You Crazy Diamond I-IV. ALL playing Terrapin.

  49. It would be so great if this event could actually occur. Thanks for planting the idea in my head..haha. This is such a tease!

    David Gilmour
    Duane Allman
    Eric Clapton
    BB King

    Yep, just those 4. With a longer list, less could be played by each. I wouldn’t care what they played. They’re all guitar prodigies, so I’d be pleased by hearing a jazzed, amped up version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” for that matter. Just seeing them in the flesh would be a dream come true!

  50. This concert is also being broadcast here in North America on cable channel HDNet on Sat July 5 (tomorrow), beginning at 1:20 PM EST.

    [Thanks, John. – FEd]

  51. Knock-knock….I keep missing these chats…

    Have a good weekend everyone….

  52. I bought the DVD a few years back and it’s really well done. I hope that one day they will do it again.

    I just wanted to wish everyone out there a Happy 4th of July and have a great weekend.

    Take Care,
    Thomas

  53. Wow, I wish that concert would be broadcast here too. Will there be any chance to buy a DVD of it?

    It really must be a thrill, and the Nordoff Robinson therapy is really worth being supported, it is active in Germany too, I think amongst the founding members are some German artists too, so maybe there is hope for a German broadcast.

    BTW, on this day, Happy Birthday America. Happy July 4th to all Americans, have a great day.

    Here are some fireworks you might enjoy (click my name).

    [Yes, it’s available on DVD: ‘The Strat Pack: The 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster’. – FEd]

  54. Buddy Holly (after all, he put Fender on the map)
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen
    James “J.Y.” Young (of Styx)
    John Mayer
    Mark Knopfler
    John Frusciante (of The Red Hot Chili Peppers)
    Buddy Guy
    Ritchie Blackmore
    Jeff Beck
    Pete Townshend
    Eric Clapton
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    David Gilmour
    Jimi Hendrix

    In that order (with all due respect to our man David, if this somehow were to happen, Jimi would have to get top billing). At the end they would all come out and do an all-star jam.

    As for what they played who could possible think of that? Would it even matter? Would anybody truly care? Each artist could play whatever they wanted to and it would still be the greatest musical event of all time.

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

  55. Hi fed,

    Just to let you know I’m going off line for a couple of weeks. We’re moving home again, but hopefully this will be it for a good while.

    See you all soon.

    Kind regards
    Damian.

    [Good luck, Damian. – FEd]

  56. HOPE ONE DAY YOU WILL STOP BY AND PERFORM FOR YOUR MILLIONS OF FANS HERE IN MIAMI, FLORIDA……

    MUCH LOVE
    LOURDES

  57. Fabulous DVD that! I watched it finally this weekend as the DVD rental gods were in sync with the Fender Benders. Enjoyed the whole gig.

    Highlights to me were Joe Walsh, seeing Andy Fairweather-Low beavering about in the background (as usual), David playing the 0001 and Gary Moore’s face (as he played) for sheer comedy value. 🙂

  58. Oh I almost forgot!

    It was great to see ‘Werner’ in the crowd and does anyone know where I can buy a ‘Pino Palladino’ nodding head doll to go the back of my car? 😉

    Such a cool bass player. 🙂

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