• David Gilmour live at Douglas Adams birthday party!

    Yesterday David performed at the Douglas Adams 60th birthday party! The event held at HMV Hammersmith Apollo was a celebration of the great writer with his closest friends and family sharing memories, comedy and music. David Gilmour closed the evening performing three songs with the band.

    The event was a benefit for two charities – the EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) and Save The Rhino. The first half was largely filled with chats and comedy about science and not so serious matters and apparently a mix of both! David, announced as a special guest, did Wish You Were Here, Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry) and Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum). The latter with a great vocal performance by Gary Brooker.

    David was not announced for the show so it must have been a huge treat for those attending. However, if you know your Floyd history you’d know that David would have been greatly missed if he hadn’t showed up. Douglas Adams, being a close friend of David, gave name to Division Bell and also performed with Floyd at one of the shows in London’s Earl’s Court in 1994. The larger part of the evening’s band had also played together before in one of Adam’s private parties in the late 90s, including David, Gary Brooker (vocals/organ), Robbie McIntosh (guitar), Jodi Linscott (percussion), Wix Wickens (keyboards), Margo Buchanan (vocals/guitar), Dave Bronze (bass) and Paul Beavis (drums). Read more about the event and earlier history here.

    David performed Wish You Were Here with the 1959 Gibson Western acoustic (with a L.R. Baggs M1 active pickup) that he used on the On an Island tour. Too Much Monkey Business and Whiter Shade of Pale was performed with the Black Strat (with the Hendrix strap indicating it’s the original Black Strat) and an amp rig that consisted of a Hiwatt SA112 and (from what I can see) an Alessandro Bluetick amp with a matching cabinet. Only an Ernie Ball volume pedal can bee seen in front of David but my guess is that he had the 1999 Pete Cornish All Tubes pedal board behind the monitor (same setup used at the Crisis Hidden Gig show in 2009).

    Big thanks to Jørn-Terje Larsen for the pictures!

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7 Responsesso far.

  1. Erwan says:

    Hi eveybody! Do you know if David Gilmour will play soon again in public? Thanks :)

    [No one knows… – Bjorn]

  2. Nico says:

    Hi Bjorn, I’ve just arrived from Roger’s last show in Buenos Aires. To be honest, since it was likely going to be the evening for the DVD recording (which in fact, was), and considering the 9 shows in a row, I had a very very little hope to see David and Nick. When I saw a Black Strat being tested before the show, my hands started shaking. But then I saw Snowy playing it and my soul went down on the floor. I suppose I’ll have to keep waiting to see David someday :(

    [Hope you enjoyed the show :) – Bjorn]

  3. scott...oz says:

    Hi Bjorn…
    Good to see David getting out and about and playing with his mates.
    You would think after all these years that he would be far more relaxed in the publics eye.

    Alls good down under.
    Both bands have bookings.(not easy lately)

    And the web site is looking great…..

    All the best….

    [Glad to hear, Scott! – Bjorn]

  4. Kamil says:

    its not especially what I was thinking. Its meddle part, but i want pompeii version, its little bit different, its about V – IX fret, not X – XIV if you watch pompeii movie and for me its not the same sound but thanks :)

    [I don’t have any tabs for it, sorry. – Bjorn]

  5. Kamil says:

    i need help. I cant find anywhere tabs to part 2 of echoes from pompeii. Especially one moment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geqYCSNYWVE 6:48, can you play it and could tell me how to play it? That Davids riff is just amazing and i cant find how to play it.

    [Here’s an article I did some years ago about Echoes. You’ll find tabs for the album version of the section you’re looking for. – Bjorn]

  6. Kripp9 says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    Hope all is well….

    I think your right about the pedal board. You can catch just a glimpse of it at 4:32 at the end of Wish You Were Here, when he goes to hand the guitar to Phil Taylor.


    [Yep, seems like it’s a Cornish :) – Bjorn]

  7. JT says:

    It was great :-)