David’s Birthday

It’s David’s birthday, so please join me in wishing him a very happy one – and many more to come.

I don’t know about you, but I find myself whisked back to the occasion of On an Island‘s release – on this day in 2006 – each time David’s birthday comes round, so would love for you to reminisce a little about hearing that fine album for the very first time. Perhaps you savoured its very special debut performance at London’s Mermaid Theatre the day after its UK release, or recall your anticipation at hearing it live at some truly splendid theatres throughout March, April and May. Wasn’t it a wonderful moment in time?

The chatroom will be open this week on Thursday, so do pop in for some slightly stale imaginary birthday cake. I’m sure it will still be delicious.

159 comments

  1. Suzy Smith

    Happy Birthday David~

    Hoping your year ahead brings to you as much happiness as you give to others.

    As always, you have my heart and are in my soul, for decades now…

    Sending this from my favourite park.

    With Love, Thoughtfully Suzy

    • Matteo

      Happy Birthday David! Hope to see you soon here in Italy. We loved your last album!

      Matteo

    • Stéphane MICARD

      Happy Birthday my dear David!!! All my best regards from Brussels, Belgium!

      Stéphane MICARD.

  2. Gilmour Fan

    Happy Birthday Sir David Gilmour.

    Meine allerbesten wünsche zum Geburtstag, Gesundheit Glück und alles Gute der Welt.

    Antworten

  3. Pavlov

    Wishing you yet another magical day surrounded by loved ones. This time last year I was counting down the days to see a performance at Radio City Music Hall with a mere 34 days remaining. So grateful for all DG’s gifts over the years.

    I’ll bring some imaginary bubbly … stale cake goes well with a little Champagne 🙂 and if all else fails, we will douse it with some brandy and top it with whipped cream.

  4. MaryAnn

    Happy Birthday David. Wishing for you a wonderful day and a year ahead full of happiness, good fortune and well being. You make the world a better place with your music, grace and civility.

    A wonderful memory for me regarding On An Island: driving at night on my absolute favorite place on earth, a tiny little island off the coast of New England. 2006, June night, windows down, moon roof open, ocean beside me and David Gilmour’s On An Island pouring out of my car speakers. Pure Heaven.

  5. Kris J

    Happy birthday David.

    On and Island I heard on release, I also tuned into Radio 2 to hear a live snippet from the Mermaid Theatre.

    Anyway seeing him live last year front row centre was the ultimate gig experience for me, the best, and it will never be topped.

    Cheers
    Kris

  6. Suzy Smith

    Dear FEd & Bloggers~

    To reminisce of 2006.

    Seems like yesterday as I eagerly awaited the release of “On an Island”. I was at Lake Tahoe. A beautiful place to hear David’s work of art.

    My favourite two songs are “The Blue” and “Take a Breath”. I listen to them often. I never tire of David’s lyrics, beautiful voice or composition.

    Last year was a huge event as I was eagerly anticipating when I would see him work his magic at The Forum in LA.

    David keeps giving us gifts that last a life time and beyond. We are fortunate he arrived on this day.

    Take care, Suzy.

  7. William Cheng

    Happy Birthday David!

    11 years ago today I remember picking up this album and playing it over and over again leading up to your shows, luxuriating in the musical delight you gave us. Out of your solo albums, I listened to On an Island the most. I am so lucky I got to see you perform the album in its entirety in Oakland and London in 2006. Each night I brought different friends who weren’t very familiar with Pink Floyd or your solo work yet they walked away won over. Listening to you perform the whole album in its entirety while subtly changing the music each night, never gave me the same show twice. Your creative perseverance sets a standard all musicians should aspire to.

  8. Emilio

    Happy Birthday David, enjoy your day and I’ll raise today a glass to celebrate!

    Many, many more to come.

    FEd, I’ve to admit we had the same feelings about 2006! I clearly remember when I first listened to ‘The Blue’, with Rick’s voice and feeling, I was enchanted by that composition and words, still my favoutite Polly’s lyrics.

    Much happiness David…and again, Buon Compleanno!

    Emilio

  9. Taki

    Many happy returns Mr Gilmour! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Χρόνια πολλά, να μας ζήσεις!

    Enjoy your birthday with your beloved ones!

    Taki

  10. Taki

    How did the years pass by so quickly? Loved The Blue and then even more after hearing it live in the Center of Munich a couple of months later…

  11. Ina

    Dear David!

    I wish you much pleasure and joy on your birthday.

    I hope all of your wishes will come true and your birthday will be perfect for you and your family!

    I wish you all the good luck for the next year, health and inspiration for new songs.

    All the best to you
    Ina

  12. SilverCheek

    This is a great day, Happy Birthday, Big D!

    The memories of OAI are vague, I’m afraid, it was so long ago. Shamefully, I might even not been aware of its release until after it came out. It was before I started actively being a member of such communities as this one here. When I found it though – wow. It holds up and I cannot wait for the next one.

    Will be in a barbers’ chair at the time for the Thursday chat, but if you are still there when I get home I will join you.

  13. ore

    Buon Compleanno Maestro from Italy, from a small village a few kilometers away from Pompei, I wish you to celebrate your birthday with people who you love.

    Thank you for give us during last 2 years to meet you and you warm voice and guitar.

    God bless you or how we say in Italy “altri 100 di questi giorni”.

    World Loves you, I love you.

    Oreste

  14. Susan Wilsn

    Happy Birthday David!!!

    Please come to America! I love you and need to see you again. I saw you in 1987 at Milwaukee County Stadium and also on the Division Bell tour in Madison, WI. I have settled to see your ex-band mate Roger in Milwaukee this summer, but would so much rather see you, because you are the star of the show…I will always remember you playing my tune!!

    Have a wonderful Year! XO

  15. Rino

    Happy Birthday David and Happy Birthday to me too…. but 10 years after!!!!!

    Hoping for the best for you and for your loved ones… Have a Big… Big cake and some good drink!!!

    Rino

  16. Stefan

    Happy birthday, Mr. Gilmour!

    Your music is a powerful and effective medicine both when hearts need to be mended and lifted. You helped me (and us all, undoubtedly) go through a lot. I hope we managed to return in some small way at least some of the support and the joy you offered us. I also hope you have the best of times today – and every other day, for that matter.

  17. JC_2410

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday David on this your special day and here’s to many more to come!

    We do hope you have a great day sharing it with family and friends! Your “imaginary cake” was truly delicious; together with the accompanying Cristal Champagne! (Only the best for you David!)

    An “imaginary toast” is given in your esteemed name…..hip hip hooray David……Cheers!

    Shine on……
    John 🙂

    P.S. “On an Island” a thoughtful and treasured piece of musical collaboration between David and Polly!

  18. Lizzy

    A very happy birthday, David. I hope there will be many more to come. May your fingers stay nimble and your voice lovely – even if you don’t share them with us anymore …

    About ‘On an Island’? Well, I think the solo of ‘On an Island’ is one of his best ever. Makes me cry every time, live especially with Chester Kamen. Mr. Manzanera is probably a lovely guy, but he fucked it up every time. Am I allowed to say that? Otherwise you can chastise me in the chat room on Thursday; I may venture in for the first time ever.

  19. Rolf

    Listened to “On an Island” on my way to work today and enjoyed this masterpiece album once more (as so many times before). This album even inspired me to spend two weeks on Kastellorizo which was a great experience!

    Happy Birthday to the genius who created this wonderful music and so much more!

    Smile and enjoy life, David!

  20. KenF

    Happy Birthday David. Many Happy returns.

    Can it really be 11 years ago since the release of the sublime, On An Island? It doesn’t seem like it.

    My comments from that day were:

    How can one 60 year old man have so much talent. To have come up with such a brilliant album is testimony to David being uniquely iconic. I haven’t been able to stop playing it all my waking hours since it’s arrival yesterday, it simply gets better and better with every play… it’s truly heavenly.

    The orchestrations are sublime.

    Was David’s saxophone playing inspired by David Jason’s “FROST” theme?? (Of course not, I know I’m being a “plonker” – but it is reminiscent of it.)

    The 29th of May can’t come quick enough… please play the WHOLE ALBUM, it’s exquisite.

    Thank you David for sharing your magnificent gift with us lesser mortals on this planet….

    [You’re right about ‘A Touch of Frost’, mate! – Features Editor]

    Night 23 of the tour was certainly one to remember too.

    I’ll hopefully take some cake crumbs of comfort with you on Thursday.

    Cheers.

  21. Heather

    Happy Birthday David and again many thanks for all the pleasure and enjoyment you’ve given us. Will always remember fondly ‘Echoes’ 2006 and the recordings from Gdansk which (I think) gave us the best ever ‘Echoes’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’…was it the orchestra? but you were on fire that night.

    Enjoy.

    Very Best wishes
    Heather

  22. Elisabetta Corsi - Italy N.E.

    Nella mia giovinezza ho navigato
    lungo le coste dalmate. Isolotti
    a fior d’onda emergevano, ove raro
    un uccello sostava intento a prede,
    coperti d’alghe, scivolosi, al sole 
    belli come smeraldi. Quando l’alta
    marea e la notte li annullava, vele 
    sottovento sbandavano più al largo,
    per fuggirne l’insidia. Oggi il mio regno 
    è quella terra di nessuno. Il porto
    accende ad altri i suoi lumi; me al largo 
    sospinge ancora il non domato spirito,
    e della vita il doloroso amore.
    (Umberto Saba)

    In the days of my youth I sailed
    the Dalmatian coast. Tiny islands
    emerged on the face of the sea,
    weed-covered, slippery, sun-bright as emeralds,
    where sometimes a bird perched intent on prey.
    When high tide and night annulled them, sails
    downwind dispersed more widely,
    or fled from danger. Today my kingdom
    is precisely that no man’s land.
    The harbour scatters its light for others;
    an untamed spirit drives me onward,
    and a sorrowful love of life.
    (Umberto Saba)

    This is the brave acceptance of life with its anchors, symbolized by the illuminated harbour, but it is moreover an incessant research of sailing towards the unknown.

    As Ulysses landed in his Itaca, (like you…On an Island…) he has found himself, this is only a point of departure because our life is neverending sailing.

    Thank you David for your music I always love, Happy Birthday!

    Cheers Elisabetta

    (Ciao Fed.)

  23. Miha

    Vse najboljše, David! (Happy Birthday in Slovenian!)

    Your music brings so much joy and satisfaction to my life that I can’t find the words to describe. Being long time PF and your solo material fan I never believed I’d have a chance of seeing you live – and then the RTL tour was announced! I was privileged to catch you in Pula and RAH on Sep 28th 2016. Seen so many concerts before but these two are both on absolute top of my list. My concert wishes have been more than fulfilled – THANK YOU!

    To many more healthy, active and joyful years! Or like we say in Slovenia – “še na mnoga leta!”

    Cheers,
    Miha

  24. G Stewart

    Happy Birthday Mr Gilmour. Hope that you enjoy the champagne and cake.

    You provided some of my best memories of 2016 at the RAH shows. It was amazing to see you and the band play so well. The stage show was fantastic. On the ‘Wider Horizons’ documentary you commented that you wanted to give the fans a show to remember and from my perspective, you absolutely fulfilled that goal.

    Looking forward to the live DVD – any indication as to the release timetable that can be shared?

    Thank You, Graeme

  25. Francesco

    Happy Birthday Sir David!

    Well, to be honest in 2006 I was so far from him, it wasn’t in my mind even the study of this beautiful instrument that the guitar is, I was single and in my mind I had only my motorbike (that still I have, a beautiful Moto Guzzi) and the good weather of the weekends to trip around with it…

    But I remember when I saw the first time later (very later) the “Remember That Night” DVD…..wooooooow….I fell in love….

  26. Rino

    About, my memory goes to Florence, Piazza Santa Croce on 2 August 2006….. Hot day and wonderful night…. Wonderful gig….But not only…. This reminds me all the days and night spent on a boat, along the Greece Islands or Croatia coast ……. nothing better when you are sailing in the light of the moon!!!!

    Rino

  27. asilorepublic (Andrea)

    Happy Birthday, David!

    I want to share my last year’s emotions. This has been a wonderful year, “touring” around the world with you: New York, Rome, Pompeii, Verona, London.

    I really do hope that the last concert, September 30th at the Royal Albert Hall (from the front row, what a way to finish!!), won’t be the very last one, and that there’ll be soon a new occasion to meet again.

    During this tour I had the opportunity to make a lot of new friends and to know such great people like Ştefan and Ioana, Rob, Maya, ash and Pixie, RobP, Taki, William, Scott, Pavlov, Bob, Lorraine, David (sorry if I forgot someone), and all the others I haven’t met but whom I love to chat with and hope to see soon (can’t stop thanking you, FEd, for all of this).

    Once again, let’s raise our glasses: Happy Birthday, David, and thanks for everything!

    • FEd

      Thank you again, Andrea, for the lovely banner you made and carried to the gigs, collecting messages. It’s something I’ll always treasure.

      The same goes for the kind gifts I received in 2006 (Glassman is still looking radiant, by the way). Thanks ever so much, everyone. Your kindness and thoughtfulness certainly made 2006 extra special for me.

  28. Herbert

    Happy birthday, David!

    Many happy returns of this day! Many people here have already written nice words to which I can’t add anything else…

    Enjoy the day with family and friends!

    Herbert

  29. Amedeo

    David, wishing you a very happy Birthday with all the blessings that you could possibly have with family and friends.

    Like many others have said here, your music has done so much for me over the years. It’s amazing that it has something for you no matter if you are happy, sad, bored, stressed, etc. I remember going to see you at Massey Hall April 9th, for On An Island, it was the first time I saw you without Pink Floyd, and your show was spectacular. Really moved me, and the bonus of having Richard there, words can’t describe. I’ll cherish that memory for the rest of my life.

    Thank you so much for everything!! Enjoy your day.

  30. Maya

    Wishing David the happiest of birthdays. I hope he has a wonderful day and that his upcoming year is filled with joy.

    The first time I heard On An Island…. I remember being so proud of our guy. Castellorizon is a perfect mood-setting opener; a nod to his psychedelic history with the anticipation of a symphony building to a climax. It builds like ocean waves, rushing and receding, complex and mysterious.

    Obviously I think the album is an absolute masterpiece. Red Sky At Night brought tears to my eyes and I seem to remember hitting the back button to hear it again while I scoured the liner notes to confirm that Gilmour himself is playing that sax. Then I remember thinking, but of course he is. And of course it’s deep and mournful and affecting. I’m sure I thought all sorts of fawning things like….there’s nothing he can not do, when he plays an instrument it becomes an animate object. I probably also congratulated myself for choosing to love such a talented artist. He never disappoints.

    I still can’t listen to This Heaven without making duck lips and feeling like the grooviest cat around. Do we all nod along to that one? Or is it just me? It makes me head dance.

    Pocketful of Stones again makes me think of Gilmour in larger, orchestral terms. It’s like a new layer of awe. It transports me to some fictional leprechaun/pixie land, tip toeing over moss covered rocks, sunlight breaking through tree canopies.

    There isn’t a single song on the album that I didn’t have an immediate emotional reaction to. I know, I’m extremely biased.

    I remember thinking that Polly’s lyrics sounded more….. at ease, more comfortable with themselves. No less profound than they’ve always been, but more confident and daring. I was very proud of her for growing into the job she wasn’t sure she wanted. She’s a lyrical genius with exactly the right blend of translucence and opacity. She delivers precision lyrics and still leaves the listener room to personalize their own meanings. It’s a form of magic.

    Such a brilliant, brilliant album. We are so lucky to be fans.

    Can I also throw in a nod for About Face? I lovelovelove that album too. Its birthday was yesterday, so I have to give it a little love. I can’t go for very long without listening to it. It’s been a staple of mine since the 80s.

    Anyway, Happy Birthday Mr. Gilmour. May your birthday wishes all come true. Thank you for scoring my entire life. My life has been immeasurably richer and things more familiar because of the path you blazed with sound.

    • Pavlov

      I listened to About Face this morning on the bus in honour … it boggles the mind that it was 33 years ago!

    • Taki

      As quite a few of you noticed, I celebrated David Gilmour’s birthday by listening to a potpourri of songs of his solo and band work.

      How he keeps that artistic well from drying over the years, I can’t say…

  31. Damian Cunningham

    Well, a bit more time to add my little comment with regards to OAI. I remember I think I moaned about no Pink Floyd, really sorry about that. OAI is a stunning piece of work from both David and Polly. As you can probably tell I’ve never been much good at writing or putting words together. But as ever if it’s a Floyd track or solo work from David the music always takes you on a journey or creates a wonderful mood and always adds something very special, not just my life but others as well. And Polly’s contribution where I feel none of this would have come to fruition without her stunning lyrics.

    2006 was a great year wasn’t it?

    Kind regards Damian

  32. ash

    Many Happy Returns David !!! 😀 X X X

    I’d like to bring everyone’s attention to an Island group today. Have you noticed the Google doodle today? It’s in celebration of the 37th anniversary of Komodo national park. (Could do with a smiling dragon emoticon Fed.)

    ash

  33. diana

    Hi,

    me too….. it’s since 2006 with all of you!!!

    But my wishes, with all my heart, and my thanks are on the air since 1968..just 50 years: every day of these years it was with your art and music my for ever young friend.

    So, God bless you,have a very very long life full of joy and love.

    Diana

  34. Pete - Coventry

    Enjoy the day David, and yes Fed, On an Island does always seem to come to mind.

  35. Lewis

    Happy Birthday, David!

    11 years!? Can it really be that long!? That must mean I’ve spent more than a third of my life coming to this website on a regular basis!

    The guitar intro on Castellorizon still gives me goosebumps (I’m hoping it has the same effect on the neighbours too… they’re getting to hear it today, whether they like it or not!)

    I seem to remember the website giving us a few clips of the album before it came out, is that right? I was certainly excited to hear the album in its entirety, and was incredibly lucky to get to hear it live thanks to you FEd!!

    The Mermaid Theatre gig was an amazing show. My first taste of seeing DG + Band live (after Live8 the previous year) and my first chance to take my Dad to see the music that he had schooled me on for years!

    As a 50th birthday present I feel it set the bar a bit high though… 60th present was Wroclaw, so I’ve no idea how I’ll top either of these for the 70th!!

    Anyway, back to The Mermaid show: after queuing for a while with some friendly fans, we managed to bag a front row seat in this most intimate of venues. And the show really did not disappoint, from the first guitar notes of Castellorizon to the last of Comfortably Numb, it was utterly fantastic. I never thought I’d get the chance to see that kind of musicianship up close, the whole band were great.

    I also think that seeing tracks from an album performed live can really help your appreciation of an album, and this certainly did that.

    It’s been a little while since I’d listened to this album, but the CD is getting a good run today.

    HBD DG!

  36. Hannouresk

    A very happy birthday David! Alles gute für das neue Lebensjahr, mach weiter so tolle Musik, you are the greatest!

  37. Damian Cunningham

    Is a 99 with 2 flakes on the cards today strolling along Brighton promenade? That’s if the weather is a lovely as it is in Cumbria today.

    Damian.

      • Michèle

        Had to google ‘a 99 with 2 flakes’ to understand that it’s an ice-cream cone. Yum!

        A true educational site here!

        But why the hell is it called ’99’?

        • Damian Cunningham

          Michèle, if you search on Google nobody really knows. But there are lots of theories. I used to sell the 99 and others in the summer on Blackpool promenade, and I still have one when I get home or to the seaside.

          Kind regards
          Damian

          • Michèle

            Hi Damian,

            I did some research on the internet, indeed there are lots of theories, but my favourite is this one:

            It is called 99 because it takes 99 seconds to eat. 😀

        • Damian Cunningham

          Hi Ash, long time no hear. Hope you and yours are doing OK. Catch up soon or just drop me an email.

          Damian

      • Damian Cunningham

        Hundreds and thousands and green sauce Fed. I bet you nipped to the Spar and bought a Magnum, LOL.

        Damian

        • FEd

          Nope, not allowed to. They’re made by Unilever and I don’t buy any of their products because they test on animals.

          • Damian Cunningham

            Well I never knew. I know I bought a certain make of dog kibble. Then I found stuff on the web about how they too tested on dogs, so I emailed them. They called me up and tried to explain away but would not admit they did test. So I stopped buying it, apparently a main sponsor for Crufts.

            Quite sickening thought.

            Damian

            • FEd

              It really is, and the frustrating thing is that often it’s hard to avoid products made by a handful of multinational companies. When they make most of the stuff on the shelves, sometimes there’s little choice but to leave empty-handed.

  38. Michael G

    Happy Birthday David…and many many happy returns!

    Firstly my youngest son shares David’s Birthday so its an easy one to remember – and I have been posting well wishes here every year since 2006 or the release of On an Island. I recall going to a store and buying the CD at 9 in the morning – I pulled it from a box of CDs they were about to restack the shelves with. Second is the fact I actually picked up tickets for me and my 13 year on son for Radio City (2nd night).

    10 years later my son now lives and works in NYC and we went together and saw him at the Garden (1st show).

  39. Gary Hurley

    Happy 71st birthday to David, and yes thanks to FEd Mrs Hurley and I went along to the Mermaid show in London 11 years ago and sat in 3rd row seats!

    Gary Hurley
    London England.

  40. Michèle

    A virtual Tchin, David, I wish you and your family tout le bonheur du monde. (it’s a song here 🙂 )

    Such fond memories of 2006, what a year, the new album (which is still in my car CD player), concerts at Grand Rex, Olympia, then my favourite at Théâtre Antique de Vienne (wow the chemistry between David and Rick) and of course this Blog and its magic. Thank you so much David and FEd.

    Bon anniversaire! (from a Maths and a cat lover.) – Shhh… FEd. 😛

  41. Klaus Schneider

    A lot of geeting from the river Rhine and of course wishing a very happy birthday, David! Klaus

  42. Lorenzo

    Very happy birthday and many more returns!

    Thank you David for bringing such emotions throughout my life.

    Last year’s gigs I was lucky to attend were rays of pure and bright light!

  43. tim_c

    Well Fed, let’s put your modesty aside and remember to celebrate that other great product of 2006 – the Blog – an enduring little virtual garden of Eden for us all – with imaginary cake replacing the apple (I won’t nominate a snake).

    Most of my memories come after the fact of the release – the 11 year journey had only just begun and it was early days for what have proved to be enduring on-line friendships with the occasional real life encounter. Strangely, I first heard the title track on the radio in a car showroom which possibly wasn’t the perfect place not least because they always cut the solos – and ‘On an Island’ features truly great solos, loaded with David’s hallmark feel and emotion – dialled up to 11 for those lucky enough to have (eventually) caught it live.

    Curiously, and it must be some quite a time after the release (like years after) I remember very fondly one day in the chatroom when we all lined up ‘on an island’ and listened together, chirruping away, singing along … it really enhanced it for me …. we must do it again sometime.

    So happy birthday again David … lots of lovely cake shops in Brighton….

  44. Mr. Raymond F. McAteer

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, SIR DAVID !!

    I trust that you and Polly and the family are enjoying your day today !! Happy Birthday, David !! May it be a wonderful, warm and happy day filled with all the joy and laughter with friends surrounding on this joyous occasion.

    About ‘On An Island’. It had been just a few days before your birthday back in ’06 when I learned that you were giving the world a gift instead of the other way around and when I had first laid ears on the opening of ‘Castellorizon’ it gave me chills in that way where the hairs stood up all over my body and an ecstatic shudder or eargasmic pleasure overtook my very being. When it segued into ‘On An Island’ I was on Cloud Nine !! I watched the videos and I confess that even upon subsequent listenings my pleasure grew tenfold. I was fortunate enough to have won tickets to see the Premiere of “‘On An Island’ Live At The Mermaid Theater” and I took a very good friend of mine to go see it in Miami and we were transported away by the wonderfully sublime but short and sweet show. It was absolutely absorbing and I, personally, was mesmerized by the whole experience that I said to myself that I would have to give up a limb to go and see your show.

    I had managed to get tickets for the three nights at the Royal Albert Hall but sadly I couldn’t make it as I had developed up a bacterial infection and had to be hospitalized. I had developed an almost life threatening fever of nearly 112° in the jetway to get on the plane to fly to JFK airport in New York City to Heathrow from Ft. Lauderdale. For a week as I laid in the hospital I had my Mum bring me my laptop and I listened to ‘OAI’ repeatedly and it helped me through a very mortally dangerous experience. Afterwards, my family had felt quite bad about the whole thing and I was able to get the money back on my tickets and all and my Mum and Gram had, with a little help from me, secured the tickets for your 2 nights in Venice, Italy in August. That whole spring and summer up until my departure for Rome was pretty much spent absorbing every note, every nuance of that album.

    So when the time came to go over I had planned quite the itinerary and spent 3 weeks in the Mediterranean, actually including Megiste, along with traveling around the region. When the shows were postponed due to the staging defect I held on to my tickets while some had to get their refunds. I came back to Venice, a little worn out and on the ‘Remember That Night’ DVD you can see me resting my head against the column in the background while you were doing the sound check. I was totally knackered but after going back to my hotel room I got a wee bit of rest and when concert time came I was totally reenergized and I was in blissful triumph that night and the next night. When you did “On The Turning Away” !!! WOW !!!

    Needless to say, it was all very transformative, life changing experience for me and you will always be a big part of my life. I have followed your career with awe and fascination. Your mastery of the guitar is not only sublime and beautiful but always very grounding as well. I thank you for the many years and hours spent listening to your music and I wish you all the best.

    I hope that you and Polly and the family have a splendid rest of the day and a wonderful evening. I will be spending the evening with my wife and daughter listening to ‘On An Island’. My daughter, Christiana, who will be three next month on the 8th loves her “Uncle David” and ‘Remember That Night’.

    Much love and hugs and many happy returns, David !!

    Happy Birthday again !

  45. Rob Barker

    Happy Birthday! I hope this year brings many blessings your way!

    Love OAI! April 13, 2006 was the 1st time I ever got the privilege of seeing David live! It was monumental!!!!!

    • Richard

      Happy Birthday David!

      Hope you have as much fun as we did on the RTL tour.

      The OAI tour was the first time I saw him play live….but not the first time I heard him. That was in a field in the South of France when I was so far away from the stage that he was a distant ship on the horizon …

  46. Mr. Raymond F. McAteer

    Oh, by the way, I am very happy to see that this wonderful community is thriving. Great work as always FEd. I have seen some familiar names here in wishing David a Happy Birthday. I believe I will have a bit of David playing today and ‘Smile’. Cheers !! I will make it a point to be in here come Thursday to share in that slightly stale cake and wash it down with a bit of a Porter !!

    Cazart !!

  47. george

    Happy Birthday David and it does bring OAI to mind. I was fortunate enough to catch David’s first night at Massey Hall in April 2006. The best concert I have ever seen, period.

    Thank you David for the memories and your music.

    George

  48. Pavlov

    What a beautiful place this! While no longer technically a ‘newbie’ here, I wasn’t present in 2006 but am still overcome with a sense of nostalgia at all these beautiful memories and comments.

    As Tim has aptly put it “…and remember to celebrate that other great product of 2006 – the Blog – an enduring little virtual garden of Eden for us all…”

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    A very rocking and Happy Birthday to David, one of the best and most gifted artists ever!

    Thank you for all the wonderful music. Since The Wall I never missed a PF or DG tour, and every concert had been like a vacation, a mesmerizing memory etched into the mind forever.

    Regarding the album in 2006, I will never forget the first time I saw David playing live again in Frankfurt at the Alte Oper in March of 2006, after having him seen live the last time with PF in 1994. After his first guitar sound I almost teared up. Here is my review of that concert:

    SHOW REVIEW
    By Ulrike

    Taking off for a flight of fancy……

    Being a Pink Floyd fan hasn’t been easy over the last decade, with their last show and album dating back as far as 1994, leaving the fans craving for good Floyd music, but without any high hopes for any Pink Floyd comeback soon. So the news of David’s new album and worldwide tour has been the best news one could imagine. However, getting tickets for the almost immediately sold out concerts has been quite a cliff-hanger, and coming from Cologne one had to cope with the fact that on exact the same evening, Nick Mason was visiting there for his signing-book tour.

    So we were very appreciative of sitting in the audience, filled with anticipation and excitement, waiting for the gig of David Gilmour to begin in Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, a venue with style and class, appropriate to the quality of event which was about to take place here very soon.

    Having enjoyed his previous solo gigs in Düsseldorf’s Philipshalle in 1984 and London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2002, and having listened to his new CD “On an Island”, we were quite aware that no pigs would fly like in the gigantic, bombastic Pink Floyd shows of the good old days, but that we could expect a show of one of a kind, captivating the soul and mind, not by predominantly rocking features, but with a more sombre, laid-back, melancholic undertone.

    As usual, David performed in black t-shirt and jeans; unlike other rock stars he never is dressed like a parrot, British understatement at its best from the beginning.

    Like in his concerts before, in the first half of the show he played his whole new album, beginning with the stage immersed in a warm blue light. With the fusion of the warm floating sound, one really got the notion to be moved to a the beach of a Mediterranean Island, just in time to be defrosted here in Germany after the unusual cold winter. The next song was performed a warm reddish light, making you believe you would be floating in the sea, with waves ebbing and flowing, in the light of the fair sun beams in dawn. Wow!

    Of course the audience had been totally enthused and cheered David emphatically after each song, even more so after his gorgeous guitar solos.

    David had been somewhat tight-lipped during the show regarding the interaction with the audience, but before the break he said in German: “Nach 20 Minuten Pause komme ich wieder mit alten Sachen!”

    And that had not been an empty promise, the sights and sounds following the break have been so awesome that one hardly can find the right words to describe them. When the legendary song Echoes was performed, the lightshow was so captivating and infatuating that one’s mind really took off for a flight of fancy! Only too sad he didn’t play my fave song “Learning to Fly” and nothing from his old solo album “About Face”. But one can’t have it all, and the last song played actually had been one of my faves too: “Comfortably numb”. It needs no mentioning that the audience cheered everyone of his band frenetically, but the applause for Richard Wright of course had been overwhelming.

    We returned home with the feeling as if we would have spent a holiday weekend on a Mediterranean Island or even in space. I’m sure, no other artist, no other music; no other show can accomplish that like David and his gang! As Pink Floyd fan one knows, one is really spoilt by the quality of their spellbinding, mesmerising sights and sounds for ever, the gigs of all other artists are paling in comparison. So please David, please don’t let us wait another long time like that for a new album and concert tour! We want More, More, More!!!

  50. Brian

    It’s hard to believe 11 years have passed since the release! I had mixed feelings listening to On An Island the first time. But like everything that David Gilmour does, it sounded amazing and has only improved with every listen! The music and production is of a quality that is so rare, nowadays more than ever!

  51. Tanya

    Happy birthday! I wish you health, happiness and all the best for you and your family! We love you and waiting many new songs! You’re the best! From Russia with love. Tanya.

  52. laterr

    “On an Island” is not what is in my mind today. My thoughts of that album are not too much joyful. I’ll leave them like a slightly bitterish cake, for some day else, if you don’t mind, not for today. There is Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” all day ‘now playing’ in my head – for the best wishings I have ever heard. But a moment was when the thought glimpsed that David Gilmour himself is the Island for me and for many, I think. So, I just raise my glass, saying “Many happy returns of the Day!”.

  53. michael

    Happy Birthday Mr. Gilmour.

    Greetings from Germany.

    Hope to see you again one of these days.

  54. christina

    Hi David

    You’re my favorite guitar-player ever in the world and I came to see you in Roma last tour.

    Wishing you the happiest B-Day, I send you a kisssss. :*

    Christina – Roma

  55. Ciaran McQuillan

    All the best, David! I hope you’re still producing the magic when you’re ninety!

  56. Matt Beckim

    Happy Birthday to the Strat legend, David Gilmour. I was a lucky chap who got to see the birthday boy at Radio City in NYC for the On an Island tour. Such an amazing show!

    Hope David enjoys his birthday On an Island, it felt right…..

  57. Gabrielle Childers

    Happiest birthday wishes to you, David, from the Pacific Northwest! I hope your day has been joyous, full of love and shared with those closest to your heart. 🙂

    I don’t know that there is anything I could say to you that might express even a fraction of the joy and comfort I’ve felt from your music over these many years. Even now, words keep tumbling through my mind, yet I can’t seem to find a way to put them together in any sort of eloquent manner no matter how I try. Much like when I met you and Polly at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, I get flustered by the experience and end up mumbling something barely intelligible when I really want to say is thank you for your music and its impact on my life. In particular, Saucerful of Secrets, Ummagumma, Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, which all evoke very specific memories of my twenties. After a period of transition which included relocation to a very rural area and raising children, your musical influence in my life returned with A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell.

    Fast forward to 2005 and Live 8, this website/blog, FEd and the Irregulars, and the release on March 6, 2006, of On An Island. On that date I was with my husband in Maui for a short vacation and even though I knew I’d have my pre-ordered copy of OAI waiting in my mailbox when I returned home, I couldn’t wait. My husband was under the weather, so I drove to Kahalui, bought the CD, and spent the entire day cruising around in the rental car listening to On An Island (fun fact, title song just started playing on Pandora). Memories of those songs playing with Sugar Beach, coconut trees, and the Hawaiian outrigger canoes on the water as a background are purely sublime!

    April of 2006 brought David and Company (and me) to the Paramount Theater in Oakland, the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, the Leno show in Burbank and the first meet-up of Irregulars ~ more very precious memories! 🙂

    I’ll stop here, for now. There are so many other memories I’d like to share from these past 10+ years but I’ll save them for another day. It’s creeping up on the one year anniversary of The Last Bookstore discussion with Polly and David, two Hollywood Bowl shows, and the Forum show, all of which I shared with my dear friend Sharlene (basically kidnapped her for my journey but she was very happy with the results!) and a much-larger gathering of Irregulars from far and wide.

    In closing, my birthday wish for you, David, is that you feel as much love and goodwill as you have spread throughout the world with your music and your life!

    Peace and love, always ~
    Gabrielle

    p.s. Many thanks and best wishes to Polly and family for everything, as well!

  58. Cesar

    Happy birthday David! ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

    I happily remember all the On an Island related events, specially the tickets for the RAH and Venice bought thanks to FEd and the Blog. And that day in the chat when someone unexpected appeared and hurried away…

    It’s been ages since the last time I visited the chatroom, but it’s almost impossible for me to find some spare minutes to join and say hello.

    By the way, David’s birthday reminds me that the Blog also has got an anniversary. FEd, when was the first post in the Blog?

      • Cesar

        December 22nd, 2005! First post titled “Ged Lynch at Abbey Road”.

        It’s amazing how time flies and how at least my life changed since then.

        Happy to see that you kept your job for almost 12 years, FEd.

  59. Laura Bryon DiDonato

    Happy Birthday David and sending you hugs of love, respect and gratitude from a San Francisco Bay Area local. 🙂 I will never forget your performance here in 1977 nor the thousands of hours I spent interpretive dancing to your guitar and soulful singing.

    I married a guitarist because of you (and Pete too of course) and I blame you also for the guitarist I birthed in 1991, haha (his band signed with Atlantic in 2014).

    You will never stop inspiring my me/my family and that, Sir G, is one of Life On Earth’s Beautiful Things!

  60. Jim Esten

    A very Happy Birthday to you David. I love it that I share a birthday with you. And Michelangelo. And Bob Wills. And Kiri Te Kanawa.

    Cheers,
    Jim Esten
    Denver, Colorado, USA

  61. Meche

    Great thing- that’s one of the birthdays so many people are happy with. How many have this present of being loved by thousands… thank you Mr Gilmour!

    What I won’t ever forget is this day 2 years ago – just had grabbed a shiny new ticket for 2015 Florence show as in my memories it was for sale the day before on March 5th. Having grown up behind the Iron Curtain can you imagine what’s this feeling like? It made my year.

    A very happy birthday to the man who made beautiful thousands of hours and days of my life for 31 years now.

  62. Jonathan

    I was very lucky to be able to attend the Mermaid Theatre performance thanks to the blog and FEd, something I will never forget.

    Penblywdd Hapus David.

  63. Tom B - Dublin

    Happy birthday to you David, hope you enjoy the day. I loved the On an island track when I heard it first and then to hear Mr Crosby and Mr Nash join David on stage to sing it live was a real treat. Also loved the teasers on the website before the release, I remember visiting the site each day for the latest news or photo. We’ve had lots of treats over the last 10 years. Aren’t we the lucky ones. And a big thank you to you FEd for all your hard work over the years, hard to believe you’ve kept this going so long.

    Best wished Tom B – Dublin

  64. Alejandra - Buenos Aires

    Happy birthday David! I wish your Pisces sensibility keeps eclipsing my feelings forever.

  65. Wellington

    Hi Mr.Gilmour, happy birthday from Brazil!

    I’ve been on your turn here, it was a dream! Long life for you!

  66. Alejandra - Buenos Aires

    During my adolescence I wonder if I could communicate with you. Nowadays, thanks to technology, I think you might read this message. Happy birthday my angel!

  67. Thomas O'Connell

    Happy Birthday David! Thank you for the wonderful concerts you played at the Hollywood Bowl.

    Take care, Thomas

  68. Maxinux

    Happy Birthday David !!!!! Hope to see you one more time again !!!!

    All the best for you and your family. 😉

  69. Benny

    Yes indeed it does. Each birthday of David takes me back to 2006 and the whole anticipation around the release of this new album called “On an Island”. I had heard the rumors, went online a lot to find clues if this was true or not. Then, I remember the release of “Island Jam”, and I knew something new was coming for real. Back in 2006 it was a long time since we had heard something new from him, so the anticipation was really high.

    I remember listening to the new album on release day, so happy to hear him play again. I remember also the crazy feeling I had because I managed to get tickets for David Gilmour Live in Amsterdam, March 19th 2006 ! A first for me, as I never saw him live before. It was most definitely a wonderful moment in time. We got a hold on the tickets through my lovely brother. We went to see David and band, taking it all in, hearing Echoes live was breathtaking. His sound, the music, everything. It was a night to remember. Only…two weeks after this concert my older brother got the news he had cancer that was already spreading through his body. He died 8 months later. We never knew or saw it coming. So I remember that night. Each year. But never with a sad feeling. I only remember it with the feeling we had that night. Because the last thing I got to experience with my brother before we even knew he had cancer, was our hero David Gilmour with Richard Wright and an incredible band (seeing Jon Carin and Guy Pratt was a delight too), performing right in front of us, his guitar sound hitting our faces and loving it. It was a dream. We were on an island.

    So Happy Birthday Mr. Gilmour, and thank you. Went to see you twice after my brother died years ago, on your Rattle That Lock tour. In Germany and in Belgium (my dream to get to the RAH couldn’t go through). Friends we lost were not there this time (Richard and my brother), but the music played. We were on an island again. It was magical. Hearing the new song “A Boat Lies Waiting” went straight to my heart. For our friends.

    Again, thank you, and wish you many more birthdays to come.

    Love, Benny

    • FEd

      You’ve reduced me to tears, Benny. How we should all savour life’s special moments and keep in mind that tomorrow is never guaranteed. My best wishes to you.

    • Damian Cunningham

      Time heals the rawness of losing a loved one. Music and great memories keep them alive.

      A Boat Lies Waiting makes you cry buckets. I was biting on my lip so hard when it was played it started bleeding.

      Kind regards
      Damian

    • Taki

      Thanks for sharing your story Benny.

      2006 was a hard year for me too, but a few nice moments – and the concert in Munich was one of them – helped me to cope with it.

      Taki

  70. Damian Cunningham

    Anyone heading to the Floyd exhibition this year? Although it pains me to go into London would be a good excuse to hit the big smoke and catch up.

    Kind regards
    Damian

    • Taki

      It’s on the list but I only will fly over to London if I can combine it with another event. If not I hope that the exhibition will travel around the world and make a stop in Germany.

      I wish I still had the few hundred Euro I lost with my day #1 tickets for the Italian exhibition that never materialised…

      • Damian Cunningham

        Nightmare losing all that money and ticket Taki. Well, if you do get over be sure to bring some of that excellent German beer with you. I’ll gladly help you dispose of it.

        Kind regards
        Damian

      • laterr

        It’s my hope too, Taki, that it’ll travel around the world.

        Do you mean you ordered your tickets, and when the exhibition was cancelled you were not refunded?

        • Taki

          @Damian: I’ll see what I can do. 😉

          @laterr: Yes, they cancelled, then promised to refund if I would send the day #1 packages back (we had 2 for my wife and me), I sent them back to Italy on my expenses, got a notification that they arrived and that’s it. I’m kicking myself since then because if I had known, I’d kept the packages as collectibles. Now I only have a lesson learnt experience. 🙁

        • Taki

          I just read in Pink Floyd’s YouTube channel that the exhibition will be travelling around the world.

          • laterr

            Oh, it’s a good news, thank you Taki. And thank you for sharing your experience also. I think I have your lesson learned too. Now, no online tickets, no preorder, only real, physical box office in my place, if it will finally happen to come to my wonderland, or in somewhere I would be able to reach, if not.

  71. Annalisa

    Buon compleanno David, ti auguro giorni felici!

    Quando verrai a Verona per il concerto, ci sarà una torta ad aspettarti!

    Auguri mitico David, la tua musica accompagna ogni giorno della mia vita. I❤️U.

    Annalisa – Verona – Italy

  72. Damian Cunningham

    I was driving down the A66 earlier today just near Bassentwaite. A Range Rover was coming the other way. I looked at the driver and thought he looks like David. Polly later put a photo of David eating bread and cheese sat on some rocks in the countryside. I thought, nah, that’s defo not Cumbria – LOL.

    Damian

    • Taki

      The picture was probably taken somewhere in Greece unless they imported salt and beer from there (I’m pretty sure I recognised their brands).

      • Rob Hulford

        Fix beer is a Greek Beer, popular on the island of Rhodes. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was not far from Lindos.

  73. Rob Hulford

    Indeed, wishing David all the very best. Polly’s birthday Post was so lovely. It’s so nice to see David has someone in his life who supports him so much and clearly dearly loves him.

  74. Manuel Barragán

    Con algo de retraso desde Madrid…..Muy Feliz Cumpleaños David…..recuerdo tu concierto de Nimes.

  75. frank

    Happy Birthday David.

    My cherished memory of OAI is still seeing Richard doing Wearing the Inside Out and the huge standing ovation both nights at Massey Hall in Toronto. Even David took it all in when he introduced him afterwards.

    Many Happy Returns. Wonder what he got for his birthday? LOL!

    TY FEd.

  76. Rino

    Today (or maybe yesterday??!?) in 1967, Arnold Layne was released as a UK single …. so ….Happy Birthday to this single too…….

  77. Emilio

    Happy 50th Birthday to Arnold Layne, also!

    Who knows if Syd and Rick are singing in heaven today…

    Buon weekend!

  78. Suzy Smith

    Dear FED & Bloggers~

    It seems fitting that David arrived in the month that spring starts.

    The sun is finally shining. The trilliums are blooming and butterflies are about.

    So much hope comes in March, the month spring begins.

    Hope everyone will be able to enjoy the beauty of the season.

    Take care, Suzy

    • Pavlov

      I too was feeling quite optimistic about it being nearly Spring and then we got walloped by a snow storm which shut everything down for a day.

  79. Michèle

    Happy Pi Day!

    The symbol ‘Pi’ was introduced for the first time by Welsh Mathematician William Jones in 1706.

    So, this is for you, FEd! (or maybe you would prefer this?)

  80. Phillip Walch

    Many happy returns David, very belatedly. Hope everybody is well and not missing touring too much. We need tour time again I feel for next year. I call it now, tour next year!

  81. Hannouresk

    I´ve read that Andy Jackson is finishing the mix of a David Gilmour Live album…can you confirm this FEd? Would be great news. Looking forward to visit the chatroom. 🙂

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