Great photos by @pollysamson_official from this afternoon’s soundcheck at The Pretty Things’ Final Bow show in London, where David is making a guest appearance tonight.
#TBT Théâtre Antique d'Orange, France - Sept 2015 (📷 @pollysamson_official)
#TBT David x 3 in São Paulo, December 2015 (📷 @pollysamson_official )
Many thanks to the thousands of you who sent in questions about Live At Pompeii, to celebrate the first anniversary of the live film / album's release (which is today)! Here are some answers (read more over at facebook.com/davidgilmour). 📷 @pollysamson_official -- Q. Did you play with any of the guitars you used in the first Pompeii in 1971? @telecasttro (via Instagram) A. Yes, I played the Black Strat at both. -- Q. What did you do before you went on stage that night? Do you have any rituals? @raygultomWhat (via Instagram) A. I don’t have any rituals, just a few vocal warm up exercises. -- Q. Hi David, I'm from Iran. You are my love. Why do not you sing Echoes in Italy? @hadiravanshad24 (via Instagram) A. Echoes for me is so much about the interplay between Rick and myself that after he died in 2008 I decided not to play it any more. -- Q. How strong was the urge to take your shirt off like in 1972? Ed Hydock (via Facebook) A. I had a glance at myself in the bathroom mirror and thought ‘Nah' -- Q. Which one do you think was best. The original or the revisit.....? @sjd0105 (via Twitter) A. It’s impossible to compare the results of the two performances. They are so different. Back in 1971 we were making a film mostly in daylight. It involved doing a performance of a song, often several times, until the director was satisfied that he had all the shots he needed – a lot of time was spent sitting around doing nothing. Also, there was no audience. In 2016 we were playing live at night, playing as well as we could to a lovely enthusiastic audience. The atmosphere was very different. 2016 was much more enjoyable. -- Q. If you could whisper some advice to your younger self in Pompeii, based on all your experiences between the two Pompeii gigs, what would it be? @musicandwords (via Twitter) A. Keep your shirt on… -- Q. Does this [Pompeii show] bookend a career? Or are there plans for a new album or future tour? @nicksthatoneguy (via Twitter) A. I have no immediate plans for an album or a tour, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve retired.
This Saturday marks one year since the release of Live at Pompeii, and David has agreed to answer your questions about the live film / album and the concert itself. If there's something you'd love to ask him about Live at Pompeii, then please post your question in the comments below. We'll pick some of our favourites and then post David's answers here!
Great photo of David relaxing in Greece this week (📷 @pollysamson_official)
#TBT Final night of the Latin American tour, Santiago, 20 Dec 2015 📷 @pollysamson_official
#TBT David samples some cockles and mussels in Sept 2016. 📷 @pollysamson_official
We are very happy to announce that Polly Samson has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. For nearly 200 years, the RSL has celebrated and nurtured all that is best in British literature, past and present. Polly’s current fellows include Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis and Rose Tremain. Fellows are given a choice of pens with which to sign the register from TS Eliot, Lord Byron and George Eliot. Polly signed using a pen that once belonged to one of Britain’s greatest ever poets, Lord Byron.