Guitar & Bass

David on the cover of January's Guitar & Bass magazine

There have been some new additions to the press archives, which you may not have noticed, including this – from Guitar & Bass magazine.

David talks about being out of his depth meeting Lech Walesa, reveals how to spot when he’s not feeling particularly inspired on stage, and answers a question asked a million times here: why didn’t you play anything from your first two solo albums in 2006?

Click the cover to read all.

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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’.

47 thoughts on “Guitar & Bass”

  1. Welcome back, FEd! Missed you.

    Thanks for the magazine article. I wouldn’t have known about it if you hadn’t have mentioned it and I’m a student so I wouldn’t have bought it!

  2. Damn the Bubble Blowers, FEd!!

    Great read that!!!


    [Where’s Thomas the Hammer? If you see him, remember to hide. – FEd]

  3. The next time we see David will be on his own terms….I kinda dig that.

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

  4. I just picked up the Jan 2009 edition of Guitar World magazine and there is a great section (pgs 80-91) about David, remembering Richard Wright, the Gdansk album and the black Strat.

    Check it out.

    [Scans gratefully received, by the way… – FEd]

  5. Always interesting to read these …. even if, like those solos, we’re all waiting to see when David decides to go off piste a little with his comments, which is rarer (thankfully) than with the guitar.

    I’m still left wondering if “didn’t seem right” = “aren’t very good” in the great man’s mind…. but I can also see that those other solo albums just didn’t have the same vibe, good or bad.

  6. Welcome back FEd, I hope you had a good time!

    That interview was really nice to read. As Parish wrote “Y-E-T” fits to what I read in the German magazine “Eclipsed”.

    I very much liked these two answers showing broad-mindedness and dedication:

    “I’m not gifted with that conviction that one thing is right and another thing is completely wrong.”

    “I’m very professional. I try to keep my mind on what I’m doing.”

    Best regards,

  7. Belated condolences, much love & respect to the memory of Richard Wright.

    Best wishes to all family, friends and Pink Floyd members, from Dave-Id and Guggi, Dublin

  8. [Damn the Bubble Blowers, FEd!! – Paul]

    We defended resolutely, thank you very much.

    I have to say, this West Ham side might well be the least inspired footballing side in my 5 years of supporting them. In some ways a drop to the Championship might do the club some good.

    Also, can’t get the link to the story to open for some reason.


    [Perhaps you don’t have the latest version of Adobe Reader, Peter. Click your name to get it. – FEd]

  9. What a wonderful article. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    It was interesting to read how “self-centered” he is regarding his music. I don’t mean that in a negative way either. I think it is fantastic that he can enjoy listening to his own music over and over.

    Also, I guess the fans just take it for granted about the work he has done since recording and releasing OAI but then again it is difficult to see all the work. The public just sees the finished product.

    Here’s hoping David has a nice break and finds some inspiration after that.



  10. [Perhaps you don’t have the latest version of Adobe Reader, Peter. Click your name to get it. – FEd]

    Tried a different browser and that did the trick. Thanks.

    [Good to hear. – FEd]

  11. Some nice photos and an interesting interview, I think.

    I liked it when (our humble) David said:

    “No, I’m not gifted with that conviction that one thing is right and another thing is completely wrong. I don’t have the gift that Geldof and Bono seem to have.”

    Also: “… and then I go and see Leonard Cohen and realise, no, I’m still capable of being moved.”


  12. Great interview – thanks for sharing.

    My favourite quote: “But we are at liberty to do whatever the f**k we want with the gift that we are given”

    Amen to that, Rev. Gilmour. 🙂


  13. Hi All,

    I know off topic… We are being asked a lot about what covers David should do. Is he preparing something with these suggestions?

    Also, I went to the Neil Young concert in Montreal last night. What a great thing! Hyper-energy on loud YET subtle guitar playing is a description that comes to mind! Needless to write, that Gretsch of his was put to use with no restraints… He was also wearing a T-shirt with a F. Zappa photo on it, interesting…

    In any case, I recall David saying that Neil Young was one of the musicians he would like to give an award to. Can we check for suggestions about covers by David of Young’s songs?

    Cheers to you all!
    Martin de Montreal

    [We sure can. All this is just for fun, by the way (hopefully amusing for David as well as you lot). David is not planning anything and is not looking for suggestions. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the concert, Martin. Neil Young’s great. I hope to get a chance to see him perform soon. – FEd]

  14. I appreciate David’s focus and quiet determination. He’s worked hard for what he’s achieved and no doubt enjoys his accolades, but in each interview you can hear him moderating the whole ego thing and pulling thing back onto a more human level.


  15. [The three greatest letters in the alphabet… Y-E-T. – Parish]

    I rather enjoy those three letters, too.

    “I want people to listen to the music that I make. I want them to get a tenth of the pleasure I’ve had out of making it and putting it all together.” – DG

    David’s music is capable of moving me so deeply that if, in fact, I’m feeling only 1/10th of what he feels, I think my chest would explode if I got the full dose! And it frequently does move me to tears, as well. It can be a source of solace, be uplifting, act as a pressure-relief valve, or, at the very least, be my favorite companion.

    David’s obviously happily grounded with his family, yet still enthusiastic about creating and evolving further musically. Any future musical explorations will be happily greeted by many, I’m sure!

    Thanks for posting the article — it was/is a very good read.

    Happy 50th birthday to Penny!

    Peace y’all:)

    [Congratulations, Penny. Enjoy your day. – FEd]

  16. Excellent articles of David and Richard. Thanks Fed. I enjoyed their views especially Richard’s opinion on music. You don’t have to be the fastest player, just play from the heart and use the spaces as dynamics. It’s so true.

    Nice to hear David speak again. Perhaps he’ll have a new solo by the time the Olympics come round and be knighted in the meantime. Who knows?

  17. Thanks for the link to the article FEd, and the above suggestion to Peter about the Adobe Reader. I had to download the latest version also to be able to view it. You are a good teacher. I would have missed out on this article if you had not shared this solution. I have learned so much about the computer world from you and some of the others on this site. Thank you.

    Very interesting read with some of Polly’s nice pictures also. Music and family, good combination don’t you think!

    Barbara P

    [Glad to be of help, Barbara. – FEd]

  18. Welcome back FEd,

    thank you for the article and for all…amusing jokes.

    A hug from Rome

    [Bless you. Such love for me today. – FEd]

  19. Welcome back Fed!

    We missed you. Thank you for this nice article.

    Have a nice week!

    Best regards from Berlin

    [Ah, Berlin. I always get the urge to visit beautiful Germany at this time of year. Nobody does Christmas better than the Germans, true? – FEd]

  20. Really good read, I especially like his comment on what he can be thinking about sometimes when he’s on-stage.

    Never struck me an artist would be thinking about mundane things when he’s up on stage.

  21. Hello FEd,

    off topic, I hope you’ll excuse me, but I have to tell you..

    I came back home on Monday and Live in Gdansk was there, waiting for me. I had to wait, but now it’s here and it’s just fantastic!

    Cover, booklet and pictures are even better than I was expecting!

    I started watching the first DVD and it’s amazing. It must have been wonderful to be there!

    I particularly liked Echoes. It was a great emotion to see David singing with Richard Wright on that song, I found it very moving. I think Live in Gdansk is the perfect tribute to him.

    Thank you,

    [Thank you for the feedback, Alessandra. I’m happy to hear that you’re happy with it. – FEd]

  22. I haven’t noticed a post from Nisha recently from India. If memory serves, she was in Mumbai. I hope she and her loved ones are okay…

    [Indeed. I hope you see this, Nisha. – FEd]

  23. Hi FEd and all!

    A very nice article to read, indeed.

    Written from a very different approach as all the other interviews, centered on Mr. Gilmour himself and his playing.

    And good to read that Mr. Gilmour has material for a possible next album, but want to do things in his own way and tempo. Very good. A nice counterbalance to all the musicians (or should I write ‘record companies’?) that put leftovers and out takes from recording sessions on the market that are rubbish most of the time.

    I couldn’t help wondering what songs he tried (and discarded) of his previous two solo albums to play on his tour. Some parts of On an Island resemble the album “David Gilmour” quite a lot, listening to guitar-sound and melodies.

    Well, again a good reason (as if I should need a reason…) to give his previous albums a spin!


  24. Good grief, an interesting interview, now there’s something that doesn’t happen very often.

    Couldn’t agree more on ‘The Blue’, first time I heard that song it felt like I’d known it all my life.

  25. Hello Fed!

    [Ah, Berlin. I always get the urge to visit beautiful Germany at this time of year. Nobody does Christmas better than the Germans, true? – FEd]

    Yes, now we have over 30 Christmas fairs (Christmas markets) in Berlin. This is a very nice tradition in Germany. Many guests/tourists from the UK visit our city during December.

    A very warm welcome in Berlin,

    [Thank you, Ina. I will spend an entire Christmas in Germany one year: eating Stollen and drinking Schneider Weisse. That sounds wonderful. – FEd]

  26. [Ah, Berlin. I always get the urge to visit beautiful Germany at this time of year. Nobody does Christmas better than the Germans, true? – FEd]

    I second that, FEd.

    I used to live in Germany for 3 years (Wurzburg) and Christmas was absolutely beautiful over there. I remember thick snow and lots of white lights too.

  27. Partial to the odd bottle of Erdinger myself….makes me very emotional. 🙂

    …or drunk.

    [Now’s the time to mention that Becks is half-price at Tesco. Six bottles, £2.99. Heck, you can’t afford not to buy some at that price. (I know how some of you appreciate my beer alerts.) – FEd]

  28. I’d love to hear David’s take on “Working Class Hero” by John Lennon.

    OOPS…wrong thread.

    [But what a song. – FEd]

  29. Thanks FEd, for pointing us over to the press section, really nice article.

    It feels like forever since I’ve made it to chat. I miss all my friends here, so much. Next Wednesday’s chat looks like a late one, one I can actually make. Hope to see many of you there! It doesn’t seem like there have been as many late chats as there used to be, any particular reason, FEd, or is it just me?

    With the holidays and the semester wrapping up at school, my life’s been in a whirlwind. When I find myself getting really stressed throughout the day, I’ll think to myself . . . Did I get my Gilmour fix today? If I’m stressed, chances are I didn’t. Listening to David, makes me take a deep breath, and relax. David’s music is very powerful and it’s able to change my headspace, which is a hard thing to do.

    I’m glad you can be moved by your music as well, David. Thanks David! Thanks FEd!

    “All we are saying
    Is give peace a chance!”


    PS – Happy Birthday, Penny! Ping! 😉

    [The chat times cover every hour within a regular working day here in the UK, with an extra two hours on top just to be nice, which is obviously the time I should be having dinner and switching off for the evening. Although I realise that the times aren’t suitable for everyone, I’m afraid that’s the best I can do. The last 5pm-7pm (UK) slot proved no more popular than earlier ones. In fact, the busiest time tends to be 2pm-4pm (UK), which is why there have been more of those this year than any other: 12 in all, with ten for the 1pm-3pm and 3pm-5pm slots, and nine for all others (apart from the extremes of 9am-11am and 5pm-7pm). I think that’s as fair a balance as you’ll get. – FEd]

  30. Hi Fed!

    I found in our journal store the music journal “Rock`n`Reel” (issue Nov/Dec). There is a nice article about Pink Floyd (p.48-54).

    The article is dedicated to Richard Wright.

    Fed, next time at a Christmas market you have to test a cup of “Glühwein” (hot spiced wine/hot wine punch)? It is delicious.

    With best wishes

    [You know, one of my university lecturers used to brew some for our department every Christmas. It was delicious and they were good times. – FEd]

  31. [I will spend an entire Christmas in Germany one year: eating Stollen and drinking Schneider Weisse. That sounds wonderful. – FEd]

    FEd, you deserve a better beer!

    BTW. A quite good combination would be this “Weihnachtsmarkt” that takes place in a brewery (click my name).

    That way you can combine good (real good) beer and visit a Christmas market. We Germans are quite efficient, aren’t we? 😀

    Best regards,

    [Really. I’d like to visit Volkswagen’s amazing factory in Dresden to get a BlueMotion Polo… – FEd]

  32. That was a really good interview. Very funny. I agree about the brilliance of “The Blue”. That is a great song.

    I still would have loved to have heard ‘Until We Sleep’ or ‘Murder”. I love “About Face” I listened to that album for years straight! Everyone on this site should have a copy of that. There is a VHS tape too.

    I’m a little sad to think that he may have been thinking about tomorrow’s groceries while I was freaking completely out on the sound that is coming out of his hands and compressing through those HIWATTS!

    Tomorrow’s groceries sounded really DELICIOUS!

    Tim C, I think “Until We Sleep” actually fits with “On an Island”… sort of ethereal (maybe the germ of “On an Island”) but I agree about the rest.

    I don’t care what he plays! I want him to play whatever will make him want to play more! Does it really matter at this point? It is all so great!

    Blake in Nashville

  33. Hi Fed,

    I also enjoyed the interview. A man in his own balance.

    I know this topic is closed but: Dylan covers.

    Yesterday, I was on a long drive, listened to one of the Gdansk CDs. Suddenly it struck me, how cool it would be to hear Dylan do “Wish You Were Here”. 🙂

    [Nice idea. I can imagine that. – FEd]

  34. Hello FEd,

    mmmh, Christmas in London is brilliant too, but what about the New Year starting in Venice?

    It’s original (all around and everywhere WATER) but very romantic and unforgettable (…really I hope so, I’ll be there).

    Have a nice day all of you

    [I hope you enjoy it, Diana. I’ve never been to Venice, but it does sound like a special place. – FEd]

  35. [That way you can combine good (real good) beer and visit a Christmas market. We Germans are quite efficient, aren’t we? 😀 – Taki]

    Aah, Kaltenberg has good beer.. Next year I have to go to the Oktoberfest..

    A nice read, keep the articles flowin’!

  36. Hi Fed

    thanx for including the newest articles! great offer.


    [Thank you for the article you sent in. I hope it will be added to the archives shortly. – FEd]

  37. ‘Y E T’

    ….I can wait four years…I have much more faith in David coming up with a new album than the Olympic Stadium being completed in that time! And we know which will be the best value for money!!!!!

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  38. Dylan covering WYWH would be my idea of Hell on Earth… but David covering Working Class Hero would be very classy indeed.

    I still think Elvis doing Fat Old Sun takes some beating… I cant remember who suggested that.

    Irish man seeking work I hear, FEd?

    [I know, I’m surprised that he’s left. – FEd]

  39. [PS – Happy Birthday, Penny! Ping!- Erin]

    Thanks Erin!!! 🙂


    Thank you Gabrielle! Thank you FEd!

    [Hope you had a nice day, Penny. – FEd]

  40. [Aah, Kaltenberg has good beer.. Next year I have to go to the Oktoberfest.. – Calibwam]

    Yes, indeed! I’d advise you to come earlier than Oktoberfest, since this brewery is not located in Munich and thus cannot participate there, so why wait so long?

    Best regards,

  41. I love this article. I think it’s one of the better interviews I’ve read.

    I hate to pick on this one thing, but I still hate to know that David called Atom Heart Mother “absolute crap”. Geez, what are you thinking, David? ‘Fat Old Sun’ is a perfect pleasure. I love ‘Atom Heart Mother Suite’, and would listen to it for that blues bit alone.

    I know music is an individual thing, but I find it curious that I should love almost every piece of music he’s ever made, yet when I read that, and when I saw his choices for the Desert Island Discs, I just shake my head. ‘Waterloo Sunset’ is a great song, but dang the rest?

    Just saying…

  42. i heard this had come out.

    but first time felt semi-human..the flu just hit everyone i know grrrrrrrrr. still better now than xmas.

    my newspaper guy would not stock anything like this…not the sun or soap mag, lol.

    can you get online?

    as for the olympics, always wondered if mistake to hold here..this country can’t look after important paperwork let alone a major’s harsh but think going to be one big cock up.

    hope wrong, be nice. feel good to be british again.

    cheers xxxx

    [Read it for free here, Julia. Just click the magazine cover. You can order back issues, if you really want a copy. Click your name above for details and scroll to the bottom of the page. – FEd]

  43. Great article with insights, great pictures.

    Funny the cover, the way the titles have been set up, and how David is holding the Strat, it looks like he is waiting in his shop to Fix Your Pedal. 🙂

  44. [Read it for free here, Julia. Just click the magazine cover. You can order back issues, if you really want a copy. Click your name above for details and scroll to the bottom of the page. – FEd]

    thanx for link love. u are good to us. xxxx

    [Shucks. – FEd]

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