David Gilmour plans first North American shows in eight years

With a new solo album coming this fall, David Gilmour will return to the United States for a handful of shows for the first time in eight years. The artist, who comes out Lucky and strange on September 6, will perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 29 and 30 and at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 4 and 5. A teaser clip for the tour includes Pink Floyd’s “High Hopes.” Lucky and strange Pink Floyd’s “The Piper’s Call” and “Comfortably Numb” – pointedly suggesting that Gilmour will indeed play songs throughout his career, despite previous reports.

Tickets for the US concerts go on sale this week. Fans who register on Gilmour’s website will be able to access advance tickets at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday. Tickets generally go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time.


These concerts, which will be Gilmour’s only North American dates, follow concerts at Rome’s Circo Massimo and London’s Royal Albert Hall this fall.

Gilmour’s band for the tour includes bassist Guy Pratt, who played with Pink Floyd from 1987 to 1994 and with Gilmour as a solo artist for years, as well as keyboardists Greg Phillinganes and Rob Gentry, drummer Adam Betts and guitarist Ben Worsley. Backing vocalists include Louise Marshall, Hattie Webb and Charlie Webb.


Pratt, Betts and Gentry all contributed to the recording of Lucky and strange, which Gilmour recorded in Brighton, England, over a five-month period with producer Charlie Andrew. When the album was announced, Gilmour said he found working with Andrew refreshing. “We invited Charlie over to the house, so he came over and listened to some demos and said things like, ‘Well, why does there have to be a guitar solo in there?’ and “Are they all disappearing?” Can’t some of them just end? ” Gilmour said. “He has a wonderful lack of knowledge or respect for my past. He’s very direct and not at all intimidated, and I love that. This is so good for me because the last thing you want is for people to defer to you.

The album also features lyrics by Gilmour’s longtime collaborator and wife, author Polly Samson, as well as their son, Charlie. The couple’s daughter, Romany, also played harp and sang lead vocals on the album “Between Two Points.” The song “Luck and Strange” features contributions from the late Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright, who died in 2008. They come from a barn jam he and Gilmour recorded at the latter’s home in 2007.

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