PINK FLOYD's DAVID GILMOUR And NICK MASON Look Back On A Momentary Lapse Of Reason; Audio Interview Available
August 31, 2017, a month ago
North American syndicated rock radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands gets the story behind one of rock history’s most contentious and public rights disputes, and one of the biggest comebacks in rock history. The story behind Pink Floyd’s 1987 comeback album, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.
Amidst some of the most successful and celebrated albums of the Seventies, creative and personal tensions had been building until Pink Floyd disintegrated during the making of 1982’s The Final Cut. By 1985 the only musical output from any of the members of Pink Floyd had come in the form of solo albums, and in December of that year Roger Waters, who created the concepts and the lyrics to such quintessential rock masterpieces as The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall, would announce his departure, triggering a noisy two year legal battle for the rights to Pink Floyd.
In the end a David Gilmour fronted Floyd would emerge producing A Momentary Lapse of Reason in September ’87. Critical response was surprisingly lukewarm, but a sold out stadium tour and two # 1 rock singles with “Learning To Fly” and “On The Turning Away” proved that, as far as the worthiness of a Waters-less Pink Floyd, the fans had the only vote that matters. Drummer Nick Mason is joined In The Studio with guitarist, singer, songwriter Gilmour, who readily admits to show producer and host Redbeard the pressure that he felt going forward.
Gilmour: “Lurching into the future bearing the mantle of Pink Floyd without Roger in 1987 was a tough one, as anyone can imagine.You’re right to say that I was confident at the end and happy. Anyone would be happy and confident in the end when our moving forward and doing what we did, making the album, doing the tour, was justified.”
The interview is available for streaming here.
Forty-five years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed Live At Pompeii in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows that took place on July 7th and 8th, 2016, part of his year-long tour in support of his #1 album, Rattle That Lock. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre, and, for two nights only, the 2,600 strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.
David Gilmour Live At Pompeii is an audio experience on its own, while the audio-visual spectacle features lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs. Paramount, however, is the incredible music: the show includes songs from throughout David's career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics, including “One Of These Days”, the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show.
Both concerts also saw very special performances of “The Great Gig In The Sky” from The Dark Side Of The Moon, which David rarely plays as a solo artist. The 2-disc concert CD was produced by David Gilmour, and mixed by Andy Jackson and David Gilmour. The 148-minute concert film includes highlights from both shows, filmed in 4k by director Gavin Elder. DVD and Blu-ray versions contain an extra 7-minute documentary by Gavin Elder ‘Pompeii Then And Now’, while the Deluxe Blu-ray 4-disc box contains the 2xCD version, the 1xBlu-ray version, and a full 207 minutes of extra footage: 11 live performances and 5 documentaries, plus bonus collectables. Vinyl lovers can enjoy a deluxe 4xLP version in gatefold sleeves and a hardback slipcase, plus a 24-page photo booklet.
David Gilmour Live At Pompeii shows an artist at the top of his artistic game, performing incredible material with his world-class band, in a unique setting on one very special occasion. The release is set for September 29th.
“Rattle That Lock”
“Faces Of Stone”
“What Do You Want From Me”
“The Great Gig In The Sky”
“A Boat Lies Waiting”
“Wish You Were Here”
“In Any Tongue”
“One Of These Days”
“Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. 1 - 5)”
“Fat Old Sun”
“Coming Back To Life”
“On An Island”
“Run Like Hell”
“Time” / “Breathe (In The Air)” (reprise)
EPK Part 1:
EPK Part 2:
“A Boat Lies Waiting” excerpt:
Deluxe Box Set unboxing video:
“One Of These Days” excerpt:
“Rattle That Lock”:
Live At Pompeii will be in cinemas worldwide for one night only, September 13th. Tickets/info at this location. A trailer can be found below.
Presented in 4K and Dolby Atmos where available.