Cavern Club

Ten years ago to the day, almost to the hour, in fact, David was performing with Paul McCartney at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club before a crowd of 300 incredibly lucky so-and-sos.

Available on DVD as of 2001 (Paul McCartney, Live at The Cavern Club!), the show went out as a live webcast and is estimated to have been watched by some three million people worldwide – then a record for an online audience. A giant screen broadcast the performance to the many thousands gathered in a nearby park.

Did you see it at the time, have you seen it since, and what did you make of it?

Paul’s band also consisted of Deep Purple drummer, Ian Paice, Pete Wingfield on keyboards and the legendary Mick Green (of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates) on guitar.

For fun, if David could put together a similar band of talents to perform covers of anyone’s songs in any style, who would you want to see in the line-up, where would you want to see them and what would they play? As the Cavern gig’s set was an oh-so short one, I’ll have to limit you to choosing not much more than 45-minutes of material, please, so choose wisely… and not ‘Pink Floyd’.

How about recreating Jokers Wild somewhere in or around Cambridge, possibly involving a few early Beatles and Stones numbers, perhaps a smidgen of Sam & Dave, but almost certainly Manfred Mann’s brilliant ‘Don’t Ask Me What I Say’?

The chatroom will be opening for its final session of 2009 on Wednesday. Please note that there is a change to the time as has been advertised for the last week or so, thus the chatroom will now be open from 1pm (UK). Hope to see you there.

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’.

53 thoughts on “Cavern Club”

  1. How about either a Buddy Holly tribute set or a Neil Young tribute set? The former could be accomplished by David’s old pals Willie Wilson and Rick Wills and the latter possibly with some of the Unicorn troupe… and BJ Cole on steel.

    I don’t care where either is held as long as I can get a ticket for each!

  2. OK! Good idea.

    The musicians: I don’t know, certainly David and Paul…

    In Italy (I live in Italy) -Florence- or in London.

    Songs will be chosen from: Jimi Hendrix, Mike Oldfield, Syd Barrett, Neil Young, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Yes, Genesis, Carlos Santana, The Who, Deep Purple.

    See you in Florence or in London, bye bye.

    Guy from Italy. 😀

  3. An easy one this.

    The legendary Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Gilmour, Brown, McCartney, Clapton and Bowie.

    Singing of course, Chaz & Dave’s various hits.

    On a slightly more serious note Fed – I would like to recommend a book to you all: ‘Leaving Microsoft to Change the World’ by John Wood.

    Please don’t let the title fool you, this is a fantastic book, and shows us that there are still some very generous and incredibly kind people in this world.

    Anyways- seasons greetings to you all, etc etc.

  4. Fun idea.

    I too would like to see David returning to his Jokers Wild days and performing the songs that he loved before he himself was famous. Maybe with his heroes, such as Hank Marvin and B.B. King. I could make it down to Cambridge for that!

    I enjoyed the Cavern concert very much and, what’s more, it looked like the band enjoyed themselves. I wish I’d been in that crowd. Incredibly lucky so-and-sos, as you wrote.

  5. Can they do it again at the Cavern please? David and Paul are my favourites and I’d give anything to be in that audience.

    It’s one of my favourite DVDs. I also adore Paul’s Run Devil Run album.

  6. Drums: Jon Hiseman
    Bass: John Paul Jones
    Rhythm Guitar: Keith Richards
    Keyboards: Georgie Fame

    Musical director: Daevid Allen

    1. Is this the Daevid Allen from GONG? I saw a performance of GONG in Ghent (Belgium). 71-year old Daevid was fantastic, just like his wife Gilli and Steve Hillage.

      The London Howlin’ Wolf sessions (with Clapton and Winwood) could be inspiring for a set list.

  7. ‘Lo All. Fed. I’ve been blogging every now and then, for a few years now. I know that you are “ALL” a wise bunch! So I know I won’t be pissing on too many people’s festive chips if I say I know about Grief. I lift a glass to so many people nowadays. After they have left….

    So my wish is: 45 minutes of Mr G and Neil Young. Backed by the Orb. Lights lasers and FANS? Bet few of you are guessing where I’m at. Even a medley of Christian festive songs. To get the non-believers dancing… and an Exploding Christmas pudding or something. Be different, wouldn’t it? Give all the proceeds to build a new or something like that.

    Have fun people.

  8. Hey All,

    I mentioned a long time ago that I really liked the jazzier Barn songs from the Gdansk DVD… very atmospheric in nature. I liked hearing David this way without vocals and different playing style.

    I think Jazz would suit David very well and if it does not seem to obnoxious to pare him with Harry Waters in a concert of instrumentalnew age jazz music.

    Cheers, Howard

    P.S. David, if there are any other taped Barn songs… perhaps think of releasing them as a CD.

  9. You wouldn’t ask David to organise the Liverpool talents by any chance? :v

    Playing in the era of 1977/78 would be an added bonus.

  10. Oh, great idea FEd!

    Well, I could imagine an amazing “Extra-Super-Band” :)) like this:

    Of course, David at lead guitar

    Bass: Tal Wilkenfeld
    Sax: Candy Dulfer
    Drums: Stewart Copeland
    Keyboards: Alan Parsons
    Blues Harmonica: Bob Stannard

    And they could play Blues Songs by these big artists: B.B. King, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters etc.

    Hydrea 😀

  11. That was a great show, I`ve got the tape. David`s fingers were pretty busy too.

    I would like to see David work out with Booker T and the MGs doing Time Is Tight and maybe with Mick on a version I have forgotten until today doing The Harlem Shuffle. 😉

  12. I’m not a big fan of McCartney, but a friend of mine offered me his DVD at The Cavern Club a few years ago (of course he knew I was interested in any PF/David stuff). 😉

    I watched it once, that’s all. I’m not very fond either of this kind of rock ‘n roll from the 50s, but I liked ‘No Other Baby’ (I think it was chosen as a tribute to his wife Linda, no?) and David’s guitar on ‘Lonesome Town’.

    Oh and I learned in the interview that the former band of Lennon and McCartney in 1958 was called The Quarrymen (took their name from Lennon’s Quarry Bank High School). OK, of no interest. 😉

    I would like to see David and Leonard Cohen perform together -free of charge- in my backyard this summer… (and more than 45 minutes!)

    Because, sorry, Mr Cohen, I like you but I won’t spend 125 euros to see you next year in Lille! I didn’t spend 135 euros either to see Sir McCartney at Paris-Bercy last Thursday… And I’ve been told that he was more than one hour late and didn’t even apologise. ‘Sir’, yes, but a rude Sir…

    1. Michele,

      If I brought my guitar and FEd brought his coconuts, could we perform in your backyard this summer? We would probably stay longer that 45 minutes too.



    2. You would be both very welcome – at any time. 🙂

      Until then, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Andrew!

    3. Michele,

      You are very nice, thank you. And wish you and yours a Merry Christmas as well and all the best for the New Year.



    4. Michele,

      Paul McCartney’s show was a great show and I spent 95 euros to see him. Quand on aime on ne compte pas, and he is 67 years old… on ne sait jamais. Almost 3 hours with my old Beatles time when I was young (59 now) and I am glad to have known this period. I saw him au Stade de France in 2004 and this show in Bercy was a great one.

      I was as happy as I saw David Gimour (Richard RIP)at the Grand Rex in 2006, and I would like to see them perform one more time.

      I’m living in north of France and if you want to sing David Gilmour’ songs or Paul McCartney’s songs in your backyard this summer or come near Lille in the garden, I can take my guitar and work with you on “Wish You Were Here”, “Comfortably Numb” or very nice Paul’s songs, “Yesterday” and “Blackbird”.

      Merry Christmas.

  13. Okay, this is probably a dream that could never be realized: I’d love to see Dave perform those songs which were clearly inspired by Pink Floyd’s music (without ever ripping them off). Say, a song from Camel’s MOONMADNESS album, something from Eloy’s OCEAN album, something from Alan Parsons’ I ROBOT (or better yet, “Time,” although who can hit those high notes?!). How about Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver.” That would be pretty funny…

    Oh, and I’d love to hear Dave sing Genesis’ “Firth of Fith,” and rip into his own take on Hackett’s classic solo (the greatest “soaring” solo after “Comfortably Numb”?). Oh, and something by King Crimson? Dave singing “Moonchild” would be awesome – WAIT!!! Even better would be “Starless,” the most Floydian tune in KC’s repertoire; I’d LOVE to hear Dave perform his own solo (Fripp’s solo in that song never really did it for me, even though I normally love his playing).

    How about Dave’s take on some classic Roy Harper tunes? “When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease”? “Forever”, “Forget Me Not”, “I’ll See You Again”, “One of Those Days in England”, “These Last Days”, “Twelve Hours of Sunset”.

    To be honest, I’m less interested in hearing Dave perform “oldies” from the 50s or 60s (no matter how brilliant they were), unless utterly transformed (such as Dave’s take on “Hushabye Mountain” and Bizet, and his versions of classic Syd songs “Terrapin” etc); nor would I be very interested in hearing obvious “classics” that are popular with bar bands.

  14. Tasty one before Xmas!

    David, Me on Rhythm (of course!), Keith Moon, Elvis and Sinatra as backing singers! Burt Bacharach on Piano and Art Davis on Bass.


    Hotel California,
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    Baba O’Reilly
    Let It Be
    This Guy’s in Love with You

    Purple Rain

    Swansea Wind Street

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  15. New York, whether the city or somewhere in the state (Buffalo?) would be amazing.

    I think that definitely Jokers Wild; also I like Dave’s idea of Neil Young.

  16. Sadly I won’t make the chat today but I hope all have fun who do get in there.

    I will post a response to this specific entry but I first need to share this off-topic item and ask the following questions. Who makes these decisions? How could a band like ABBA be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame instead of a band like KISS?

    OK, so they are also recognizing The Hollies and The Stooges along with Genesis but ABBA??? Mama Mia, what a disaster.

    FEd, will you be taking an extended holiday? Also, was it inspiration or irony that this Cavern Club post was put up and the day prior I happen to post an article about Sir Paul. Pretty funny.



    1. 1. Beats me. Their insipid pap makes me wish I could fold my ears over until they look like wontons and I can hear no more.

      2. Yes, definitely. Starting on Friday.

      3. Coincidence and a helpful reminder to get moving, but still funny.

    1. … well, we had a tenant living above us, and when I first heard her yelling and shouting, I thought her husband was beating her and I was just about to call the police. At last we realised what was going on and eventually got used to it. 😉 They moved on to another city in a bigger building with a lot of flats. I wonder what their many new neighbors said…

      Life plots stories that no newspaper can invent…

      Best regards,

    2. Life plots stories that no newspaper can invent…

      Taki, how about this one (which I’m sure you’ve heard much more about as it took place in Germany)?

      Shame on me, but the image of angry pensioners hitting the poor man with their Zimmer frames is almost amusing – this report even more so, with lines like this one: “They bound me with masking tape until I looked like a mummy. It took them quite a while because they ran out of breath.”

    3. … funny story, but they’d lost what they had saved for retirement. I wonder why it didn’t happen more often the last months.

      Again, you can’t beat life when it comes to strange plots!

      Best regards,

    4. Fed, what a story that is, of the kidnapped bank expert!

      It wasn’t covered a lot on German TV sadly, so it was very interesting reading your British newspaper articles. Almost a storyline for a movie… life is beating fiction.

  17. I have the video (VHS format, which gives you an idea of how long I’ve had it). I enjoyed it very much, but always felt David was way over-qualified for the job. They didn’t give him enough camera time, either, but it was essentially Paul’s gig, so I got over it. And Paul was wonderful, in my opinion. He sounded great and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. That’s half the show, right there. I was glad I bought it.

    It was fun inventing a band for David. I played around with other choices, but finally settled on Rick Wakeman on keyboards; Chris Squire on bass; and Carl Palmer on drums.

    As for where and what they should play, I would have loved to see them in one of my favorite clubs, Hot ‘Lanta (which burned down many years ago, sad to say). It was set up a bit like a sports stadium, with elevated seating circling a floor-level stage. They truly showcased the bands, making them the focal point.

    I would have loved hearing some Beatles, the Kinks, anything really. Actually, I would have loved hearing what they might have come up with on their own.

  18. Hello and Happy Seasons greetings to all of you readers of ye old blog.

    I think David and a few of his chums should appear on the XY – Y indeed? – Factor in cognito etc and wearing Father Xmas suits with sparkly dangly-bits of course!

    Knock out a few Shadows and Yardbird covers: FBI/Apache/Shapes of Things and then WRECK THE STUDIO a la Pete Townshend and Moonie!!

    And gain the eternal gratitude of the majority of all music lovers in UK and north America… Europe… south America… ad infinitum.

    DON’T FORGET to buy the YZ factor Xmas release ‘Music To Sleep To In an Elevator’ with free ‘downloadable’ sleeping bag.

    Happy Xmas Fed… best wishes Xabi Alonso. 😉

  19. 2. Yes, definitely. Starting on Friday.

    Hey Fed, will you have an official Merry Christmas blog entry by then?

    Cheers, Howard

  20. David: Guitar & Vocals
    Mick Karn: Bass
    Kate Bush: Piano & Vocals
    David Bowie: Sax & Vocals
    Nick Mason: Drums

    Would like to see them playing covers suggested by members of the band. Should be an interesting set judging by the very different influences of the members.

  21. Did you see it at the time, have you seen it since, and what did you make of it?

    Thanks again for the link FEd.

    No, although I’ve seen the news reader and reporter many times, I never did see or know about it at the time.

    I couldn’t make much of it; I couldn’t even tell what guitar David was using except for that I think it had a Fender neck.

    For fun, if David could put together a similar band of talents to perform covers of anyone’s songs in any style, who would you want to see in the line-up.

    I don’t what to sound boring, but I think you’d be hard pressed to beat the line up from RTN. With the sudden death of the late great Richard Wright, the line-up would have to be a little different and without Richard voice the song selection would need to be a bit different.

    I’ll have to limit you to choosing not much more than 45-minutes of material, please, so choose wisely… AND NOT “PINK FLOYD”

    Geh, that just about counts me out. Don’t get me wrong I love to see David perform anything before I peg out, but seeing David without hearing some of his stuff would be a little disappointing.

    That said his none Floyd/Gilmour songs in “DG Live in Concert” were great.

    2. Yes, definitely. Starting on Friday.

    Have a good one, you will be missed.


  22. Fed, I wish you a wonderful vacation and a well deserved relaxation from us, LOL, TY again for all you work and I am looking forward to the Blog and Chat next year.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, David and all the Blogies!

    Here 3 links you might enjoy:


  23. If I have time at the end of my one hour session in the library I often go onto You ube… sorry but it’s only to pass a few minutes, however last week I discovered Nick Mason and Rick Fenn, ‘Lie for a Lie’, which I assume was from Profiles. Lead vocalist was David and it must have been a promo video… whatever it was David stole it easily and so casually as he would whoever he was performing with. One of those wonderful discovered moments.

    If I don’t get a chance to post again before Christmas may I wish David and family, all Bloggers and of course yourself Fed a wonderful Christmas and very Happy New Year and thank you for keeping everything going.

    Very Best Wishes to you all,

    1. Glad you like it, Heather. It’s always nice to unearth something you’ve never seen before, isn’t it?

      Have a great Christmas.

  24. I think this needs to be a fun night. The band to join David and Paul on stage would be:

    Drums – Phil Collins (if he can still play)
    Keyboards – Elton John
    Second Guitar – Ron Wood (if he’s not in jail)
    Vocals & Tamborine – Robert Plant

    The set would be a tribute to many of the talents that are no longer with us and without any PF or Beatles.

    Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy
    I Fought The Law – I know Sonny Curtis and The Crickets are still alive but many who covered this song are gone.
    Lawyers, Guns and Money – Warren Zevon
    Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead
    Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
    Black Napkins – Frank Zappa
    Baby Please Don’t Go – Covered by many but originally by Big Joe Williams
    Crossfire – Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughn

    Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix
    Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix

    I believe I am within the 45 minute limits but some of these songs can have quite extensive jams. Plant would not sing on all of these but I think you will need him on many of these.

    I would stage this in London at the Royal Albert Hall, ticket price $200 with a satellite broadcast to various cities with a $20 ticket price and live webcast access for $5. For selfish reasons I would love to have it in NYC but would be willing to compromise to limit travel of artists.

    Does this line up and setlist interest anyone?



    1. Good one Andrew, I like it. Where do I get my satellite broadcast ticket from?

      Seeing that it’s a tribute to those that are no longer with us and no PF or Beatles, maybe a Richard Wright song in there somewhere.


  25. Would like to see David and his band perform “Wet Dream” and “Broken China”.

    Heroes never die, they sail forever…

  26. My dream Secret Gig for charity would be something like this:

    David Gilmour – Guitar
    Brian Wilson – Keyboard
    Roger Waters – Bass Guitar
    Nick Mason – Drums
    Dick Perry – Sax


    “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (Pink Floyd)
    “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Bob Dylan)
    “Folsom Prison Blues” (Johnny Cash)
    “Good Vibrations” (The Beach Boys)
    “Walk the Line” (Johnny Cash)
    “Run Like Hell” (Roger Waters)
    “This Heaven” (David Gilmour)
    “Ring of Fire” (Johnny Cash)
    “The Wall” (Johnny Cash)
    “Dominoes” (Syd Barrett)

    It would be great for the Jokers Wild to reunite during the City Wakes London 2010 event. I met Rado “Bob” Klose at the last City Wakes “Roots of Cambridge Rock” blues jam held by many of the Cambridge musicians from the days of Jokers Wild. Good times! 8)

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