BBC Front Row

Something to look forward to…

Professor Mary Beard will be presenting a special edition of BBC Two’s Front Row on Saturday 28th October (Monday 30th in Northern Ireland, but of course the programme will be available on demand online and via the BBC iPlayer on Saturday) and chatting with David about his return to Pompeii – a place the acclaimed Cambridge classicist obviously knows an awful lot about.

There will also be a studio performance of ‘A Boat Lies Waiting’.

The programme starts at 7.30pm (UK). Hope you enjoy it.

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’.

50 thoughts on “BBC Front Row”

  1. Really nice he has chosen this song for the performance. Rick is always present, this is a beautiful thing. Definitely looking forward to see it!

  2. Late to the party here but I got my mitts on the Live in Pompeii CD and I just want to say how AWESOME In Any Tongue is. I cannot stop playing it. One of Mr Gilmour’s finest moments live in my humble opinion! Can’t stop, going to have another play through. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh, another case where we’ll have to wait until it emerges somewhere in the Internet…


  4. David Gilmour consistently comes up some of the most enlightening and clever programs and events to be featured on. I didn’t attend the Pompeii show but I am familiar with Dr Mary Beard, this is so cool and educational.

  5. This month has been unforgiving taking musical talent from us. Tom Petty and now Fats Domino.

    The “Front Row” will be a positive to look forward to. “A Boat Lies Waiting” is a beautiful song.

    I am anxiously awaiting the “Live At Pompeii” Box Set that my local music store has ordered for me. They were unable to order it in the DVD format but could in the Blu-ray.

    Something else to look forward to.

    When I heard David was performing at Pompeii I figured it would be very meaningful to him. Therefore a spectacular performance. But I believe each performance David does is superb.

    Take care,

  6. ‘A Boat Lies Waiting’, such a beautiful and moving tribute to Rick.

    Speaking of Rick, I just heard a beautiful cover of ‘The Great Gig in The Sky’ on Classic 21, a one-take recording, live performance by singer Chess Galea, born in Malta. Impressive to see how many (young) people Rick inspired…

    1. Thank you Michele – c’est fantastique.

      I am happy to listen to any performance of la great gig but this is an exceptional one …. and dare I say far preferable to the recent Pompeii version even though I respect the motivation from the singers there.

      For me the Great Gig is about the emotional journey for the singer and by extension the listener. To perform it well, the singer has to feel those complex emotions of loss, fear, trepidation, pain, acceptance, peace – it is a beautiful thing to see Chess doing that so honestly.

  7. The B****ards ! Not only was there the distraction of the credits rolling whilst David was playing but THE greatest of crimes, THEY FADED HIM OUT before the end of the song ! Then the screen went black ! AND to make matters worse, you just knew they were about to do it when you saw the credits roll !

    However ๐Ÿ™‚ David’s voice was wonderful, so were his backing singers, and the beautiful guitar, oh my goodness, how lovely. . . . and the bastard’s faded him out ! ! How could they ?


    1. Hello Fed ๐Ÿ™‚

      I realise you might prefer a more restrained comment ๐Ÿ˜€ for publication. I’ll try. . . .

      David’s performance was wonderful ! His voice was beautiful as were the harmonies from the backing singers. And that guitar. At times evocative of swelling water and sea birds’ calls, just brilliantly beautiful !

      You know what though ? The bastards faded him out !!!!! THE MOST HEINOUS OF CRIMES in regard to the broadcast of music. How could they !? To David Gilmour and such a beautiful piece as well ? The heathens !


      1. I know, it’s just not on. What are we going to do about it?

        (Bear in mind that Blue Planet II started last night, with our other favourite David, and wasn’t it fantastic?)

        1. Finally I watched and listened to the version – just a piece of beauty. But I cant watch the first episode of Blue Planet II because BBC doesn’t allow it, it’s a shame. ๐Ÿ™

        2. I thought it was a nice cut, with an ending solo that was quietly understated, until the now โ€˜famousโ€™ fade.

          Did anyone recognise the pianist?

      2. I feel your pain Ash, but I suspect David will take steps to ensure it never happens again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. You tell ’em! Normally me doing the cursing, lol. Just sat here having a coffee in Morrisons feeling a bit down and you just cracked me up.

      Thank you.


  8. Well, I have to say David was looking in great form and sounding excellent. We enjoyed the extended version of A Boat Lies Waiting.

    I have been enjoying Live at Pompeii whilst out and about and a little nod to myself as since I stopped smoking, I have noticed my singing voice has very much improved, not that no one else will know that little fact, but my dad was on the circuit as a singer and my granddad was a musician, mainly played the trumpet, he was good mates with John Barry and was asked to join the John Barry 7. He turned him down as he loved his golf too much. Sorry, waffling as usual, but there’s shite on TV.

    So, brilliant as ever David, and I do feel it in my bones we wont be waiting too long for yet another masterpiece or two coming our way.

    Kind regards as ever from me.

  9. Omg! What a treat. Simply wonderful. I love it when he takes a song to a new evolution. Itโ€™s a little like getting a holiday card from friends and seeing the growth of their kids year over year.

    Bravo. Maestro.

  10. Not his strongest (or longest ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) performance ever, but some lovely guitar playing. He had so nothing to do with the rest of the programme that it was funny, but Mary obviously thought the Pompeii-link was enough of an excuse to sneak him in there. Clever woman. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Zio David always in good shape see him with his guitar singing ‘A Boat Lies Waiting’ it is strange……sublime! love it….. it is a good start for the new tour….

  12. Always nice to hear an unexpected guitar solo featured in “A Boat Lies Waiting” for the BBC Front Row performance. Thanks David for never doing the same thing twice!

  13. I think we’ll have to complain to the BBC and either make them repeat it but properly with no credits or fade out. . . Or they give David a whole show of his own to make up for it and to quell the protests of all his fans. We should storm the BBC and chain ourselves to their radiators until they agree. We’ll need to organise a meet up so we can plot it. . .

    Blue Planet ll. Wasn’t it just amazing ? That meet up between the False Killer Whales and the Dolphins ? I fully expected a feeding frenzy. Incredible to think they formed friendships and remembered each other and swam at speed to catch up ! Brilliant photography ! Brilliant research !


    1. Hi Ash,

      I have never been a fan of the BBC. A government controlled station here to manipulate and spread fear and idle gossip to the masses. They do create some good programmes, but I could if I was getting ยฃ2 billion a year.

      Sorry Ash, it’s just my mindset at the minute, lol.


    2. I think they did say that Pompei would be screened later some time – which is always the case since Venice and P.U.L.S.E and so on.

  14. I’ve just seen the Clip on YouTube, I wasn’t able to see it from Italy before. Fade-out apart (the guy who did it must be very brave), the song is just beautiful, maybe my favourite version of my favourite of the album. David’s blues attitude on the Black Strat fits very very nicely with a song that clearly was composed only with the piano. An highlight, amazing. Great voices. It’s a pearl.


    1. Fade-out guy. . . the producer ? Power crazy I bet, should be sacked !

      Everyone has no doubt noticed that the TV companies will change programmes and even cancel them at a moments notice if there is a thrilling football game in extra time, or snooker match running on and on, or tennis or cricket which had earlier been stopped because of rain but was playing again. . . . but David Gilmour playing an extended, improvised solo. . . I think there should be strong protests made to the BBC (who admittedly I once loved ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).


  15. Thanks so much for allowing this on YouTube. Another sweet rendition with a softer edge to the song. To be a fly on the wall when David struts his guitar while his mind wanders… A girl can dream.

  16. Did anybody else notice that Mary Beard mentioned some (all?) of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii is going to be shown on BBC2?

    Off topic, went with my family to the Brecon Beacons in Wales today. Never been before but will definitely be going there again.

  17. Loved it.

    โ€œA Boat Lies Waitingโ€ is one of my all time favorite songs.

    Part of it is the song itself, part is for who it is dedicated to, part is its connection to the album cover, part is for my love of what Rick contributed.

  18. Aww Damian. . . how can you say that about the BBC ? Some of their programmes are fantastic, a lot of their drama productions are excellent. I agree that news content could be manipulated and I know I barely trust anything the media says nowadays. I think they pick up on some stories so they don’t have to talk about the real news !

    You have to admit though, Damian, Attenborough, Dr Who ? Absolutely brilliant ! ๐Ÿ˜€


    1. Hi Ash,

      Well, as David sings, today’s a new day and today I’m in a better frame of mind. Yes, you’re right, the Beeb does have certain qualities i.e. no adverts – LOL. I really don’t watch much telly these days, more laptop. I watch the Really channel and Dave. Love Most Haunted and all them ghosty channels and Bullseye reruns, and Vintage TV. And sad it may sound, I miss Teletext. I still remember looking on there for all the music tours and finding Pink Floyd-Earls Court, we never had the luxury of the web those days.

      Hope all’s well with you and your son is getting some much-needed rest, email me anytime.


      Hi Fed, hope you’re not working too hard.

    2. And donโ€™t forget all of the great Pink Floyd and David Gilmour documentaries and concerts that the BBC have broadcast on the television and radio over the years!

  19. Hello chatters and FEd, hope you’re having a good time today! I’m waiting for a train, off to work tonight.

    Have a nice weekend and peace to all. Ciao!

  20. Looks like I missed today’s chat.

    I made a playlist on Spotify of a ‘dream’ concert.

    Most of the tracks are on Spotify, except ‘Marooned’, ‘Wearing the Inside Out’ and ‘Arnold Layne with David Bowie’, which i have.. shall we say acquired from other sources.

    Anyway I thought people might want to have a listen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Hello Fed and All The Irregulars. ๐Ÿ™‚

    FEd, I’ve read Ash’s comments and seen the Front Row performance and am furious! The BBC cut this tribute to Richard Wright short, it’s not acceptable to mess with a tribute to anyone who’s no longer with us like that, totally insensitive. I’ve made a “General complaint” to the BBC “about cutting the A Boat Lies Waiting performance short” and given them hell! I’ve explained the nature of that track and the significance of it and requested they release the performance in full and ask all Irregulars and anyone else reading: Hit the
    link and complain to the BBC about this and request the performance be restored and released in full to the public.

  22. My BBC Complaint below, I don’t think I missed. ๐Ÿ˜€


    Complaint Summary: Musical Tribute to a dead man cut short

    Full Complaint:

    Hello I’m complaining about the recent Mary Beard’s Front Row show which featured Mr David Gilmour performing A boat Lies Waiting. Myself and the online community are deeply offended and upset that this very rare performance of A Boat Lies Waiting was cut short. this Song is in Fact A Tribute to former Pink Floyd Keyboardist Mr Richard Wright, who sadly died of cancer on 15 September 2008 (aged 65) and it’s deeply upsetting that this tribute was cut short in such a deeply, insensitive and offencive way. I’m writing to request that this performance please be restored in full and be made public and This Tribute In Mr Richard Wright’s Memory Please be handled with sensitivity and all due respect. We (Myself and the online community) would not bother about any other song but giving the sensitive nature of this song I’m sure you will understand and I understand no offence was was ment but this was a very rare performance and a lot of people would like to see this mark of respect restored in full.

    Thank You

  23. Very strange, at time of posting I’m listening to YouTube and Great Gig just randomly came on.

    The Great Richard Wright. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Anyone watching Bargain-Loving Brits in Blackpool. I always wondered why David and Polly chose Brighton and not Blackpool.

    Well, I have been bribed to stay and carry on in my present paid profession, although I’ve got it down to a four day week, less hours and more money. Happy days. So I will have time to carry out my other bits.

    I am really coming on here just to say I honestly think Sorrow is not just the greatest Pink Floyd track but in fact the greatest piece of music of all time. I say this with confidence and without change of mind. Why? Because if you can listen to a song around 10 times a day and never tire of it, well, case adjourned. Saying that though, Run Like Hell is great, Today brilliant, Coming Back to Life an inspiration.

    Floyd escaped out of the back of the car on the ferry back from Ireland. He destroyed some shopping, the mats, and the wiring that controls the driving seat, and left a new furry interior Animals, dog’s a little bugger – LOL.

    Kind regards

  25. I liked the ‘abrupt’ ending of the studio version of ‘A Boat Lies Waiting’, I always thought that it suited perfectly the feeling of death and loss, but the additional guitar solo of the Front Row performance is beautiful, elegant and subtle, it’s not an ‘epic’ solo ร  la ‘Comfortably Numb’ which would have caught all the attention to David himself, it’s not about David, it’s about Rick and it’s beautifully done, just leaving us with the memory of Rick.

    Now, the solo reminds me of David’s cover of ‘Don’t’ by Elvis Presley, in… 2001?

    Or is it just me?

  26. FEd, what would you say the chances are of getting a Wroclaw release?

    If you were a gambler?

    1. On DVD and Blu-ray? Slim to none? But there’s so much that I don’t know. ‘Never say never’ and all that.

  27. Finally had a chance to see this. The guitar solo really adds a nice dimension to the song here: also a reminder, in the context of all things โ€œRattle That Lock,โ€ that โ€œBeautyโ€ is a real gem that deserves some live play sometime in the future…

  28. What a great performance! I love this song. David’s guitar solo was a dream! Thank you David!

    Best wishes from Berlin

  29. Hi Everyone, just little update from the BBC about the “Front Row – A Boat Lies Waiting” ๐Ÿ™‚

    “This is an update to let you know that we had referred your complaint to the relevant people and regret that it may take a little longer before we can reply. In the meantime thank you for contacting us – we appreciate your patience.

    Kind regards
    BBC Complaints Team”

    That’s great and really hopeful, it’s being looked into and went though a few departments. I don’t think for a minute the BBC though cut the song and caused upset intentionally, I understand they are running to schedule and it was cut for those reasons. It might not seem much and a lot of fuss over just a few seconds of a song, but it means a lot, it’s a mark of respect and a tribute to Richard Wright. We got lots of edited clips and bits of footage from David’s career,s olo and with Pink Floyd, and don’t want to see this fall victim to the editing room too. It would be good for the archive and for the many fans present and many fans to come to hear and enjoy this beautiful tribute properly. If the BBC can release an unedited/restored version that would be amazing, I’m hoping it’s in the archive somewhere. They might have to speak to David’s management about it all behind the scenes and get permission, so this might hold things up a bit, but with a little more patience it’s hopeful. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But when i get a further update I’ll make a post.

    Keep your fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ™‚

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