David Gilmour shares plans to tour for first time in eight years

David Gilmour shares plans to tour for first time in eight years

David Gilmour has announced his plans to tour for the first time in eight years.

The former Pink Floyd guitarist made the comments in a new interview with Uncut (via Far Out and Neptune Pink Floyd), where he discussed potentially touring his upcoming album ‘Luck and Strange‘. It is set for release on September 6.

Speaking to the outlet, Gilmour said there was “an unwillingness to revisit the Pink Floyd of the ‘70s”, but would be more likely to perform songs from other decades: “Yeah, they might be better represented. I mean, at least one from the ’60s. The one we’ve done in the past is ‘Astronomy’ [‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, 1967]. That’s always entertaining and fun and gets people off to a happy start.

“There’s songs from the ‘Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ and ‘The Division Bell’ albums. I mean, I think ‘High Hopes’ is as good as anything we ever did at any time.”

Gilmour also spoke about the amendments he made to his touring band, reasoning: “It was all too robotic, and some people would have been better off in a Pink Floyd tribute band. So I thought we’d get people who are genuinely creative and give them a little more space. That’s the plan. So we’re going to have some of the younger guys alongside Guy and the Webb Sisters, who sang with Leonard Cohen on his last tours.”

Finally, the guitarist teased there was more unreleased material to come, saying he was planning more recording dates once the tour was finished, “which will practically force me to concentrate [on writing more songs]. I mean, we’ve got plenty more pieces of half-formed music that we can get started on. The intention is to get something else out as soon as possible.”

David Gilmour performs. CREDIT: Roberto Panucci/Corbis via Getty Images

In the same interview, the guitarist and songwriter discussed The Beatles’ documentary Get Back, calling it a “hard watch”. Directed by Peter Jackson in 2021, Get Back was constructed from over 60 hours of footage when they recorded their final album, 1970’s ‘Let It Be’.

He specifically noted “Paul being domineering and and John ducking back because of the moment he was in at the time and George leaving and coming back.”

“Horrible, really, I mean it’s lovely for us to watch, but I’m surprised Paul allowed it,” he said.

Gilmour also discussed the potential to have an ABBA Voyage-syle holographic Pink Floyd show, saying: “If someone came up with all the money and all the brilliant ideas – and then once we’ve agreed to a series of very, very difficult and onerous conditions – I’d say, ‘Yeah, OK.’”

In other news, the guitarist recently featured on Mark Knopfler’s re-recorded version of his song ‘Going Home’ alongside Queen‘s Brian MayBruce SpringsteenBlack Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Eric ClaptonRolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and many more.

The post David Gilmour shares plans to tour for first time in eight years appeared first on NME.

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