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David Gilmour 120+ guitars available at auction sale!

David Gilmour with Black Strat guitar
David Gilmour with Black Strat guitar

120+ of David Gilmour’s iconic guitars are up for auction at Christie’s. The proceeds will go to charitable causes and includes the legendary “Black Strat” and the Fender Stratocaster with serial #0001.

The expected guide price for these two legend of rick history is USD$100,000 to $150,000 so, if you have some money knocking about, or fancy downsizing your home, get involved!

In the event you do not have such money, you can settle for viewing the guitars in person in London from 27th to 31st March 2019 at Christie’s King Street. They will then fly off to Los Angeles 7-11th May then New York 14th-19th June. There will be a “sound experience” provided by Sennheiser.

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The Black Strat

David Gilmour Black Strat
David Gilmour Black Strat

David Gilmour’s 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster has earned its place in rock’n’roll history. Known as ‘The Black Strat’, the guitar was purchased in 1970 at Manny’s on West 48th Street in New York, and has become the Pink Floyd singer and songwriter’s most identified instrument over the course of nearly 50 years.

Between 1970 and 1986, The Black Strat was Gilmour’s primary performance and recording guitar, and was key to the development of the Pink Floyd sound. It was played in the recordings of landmark albums such as the 1973 masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon, which includes the track Money and is widely regarded as one of the greatest LPs of all time; Wish You Were Here (1975), featuring the track Shine on You Crazy Diamond, which Gilmour reveals ‘came out of’ The Black Strat; Animals (1977); and The Wall (1979), which features Gilmour’s legendary guitar solo on Comfortably Numb.

The Black Strat, which has been extensively modified over the decades to accommodate Gilmour’s evolving style and performance requirements, can also be heard on his critically acclaimed solo albums including David Gilmour (1978), About Face (1984), On an Island (2006) and Rattle that Lock (2015).

On 20 June at Christie’s in New York, this iconic, solid-body electric guitar (estimate: $100,000-150,000) will be a highlight of The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, which comprises more than 120 instruments and focuses on a selection of his preferred Fender Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters. Not only the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars ever offered at auction, the collection details the musical history of one of the world’s most influential guitarists. All proceeds from the sale will benefit charitable causes.

‘Many of the guitars in this sale are guitars that have given me a tune,’ says Gilmour in our short film, in which he plays for us a few chords from his best-loved songs on the guitars that helped to inspire them. ‘So a lot of them have earned their keep, you might say.
‘These guitars have given so much to me, and it’s time for them to move on to other people who hopefully will find joy, and perhaps create something new.’

After a period of temporary retirement while it was on semi-permanent loan to the Hard Rock Café in Dallas, Texas — in return for a donation to The Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Charity — Gilmour reclaimed The Black Strat for Pink Floyd’s historic reunion concert at Live 8 in London on 2 July 2005.

During the first two days of rehearsals for the Hyde Park gig Gilmour had been playing a different guitar, a red Stratocaster. On the third day, it was suggested he should try The Black Strat, since he had used it on the original recordings of songs to be performed.
The concert, which was watched by an estimated global TV audience of more than three billion people, marked the moment that the instrument was reinstated as Gilmour’s guitar of choice. It remained so for the next decade, reaffirming its place in the annals of rock music.

White Fender Stratocaster David Gilmour
White Fender Stratocaster David Gilmour

Another important guitar offered in the June sale is Gilmour’s 1954 White Fender Stratocaster #0001 (estimate: $100,000-150,000). Gilmour acquired ‘The #0001 Stratocaster’ in 1978 and it has been used on several recordings including Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 2 and 3).
Additional collection highlights include a 1955 Gibson Les Paul, famous for Gilmour’s guitar solo on Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) (estimate: $30,000-50,000), and an incredibly rare Gretsch White Penguin 6134, which was purchased for his private collection (estimate: $100,000-150,000).

Fender Electric Instrument Company, Stratocaster, Fullerton CA, 1957. A solid-body electric guitar known as the Ex-Homer Hayes
Fender Electric Instrument Company, Stratocaster, Fullerton CA, 1957. A solid-body electric guitar known as the Ex-Homer Hayes

Further Fender highlights include the 1957 ‘Ex-Homer Hayes’ Stratocaster, with gold-plated hardware and finished in the rare custom colour of Lake Placid Blue (estimate: $60,000-90,000); a Candy Apple Red 1984 Stratocaster 57V (estimate: $15,000-25,000), which became Gilmour’s primary electric guitar during the 1980s and ’90s, and was used during recording and touring of the Pink Floyd albums A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994).

An additional draw for collectors and aficionados will be an exceptionally early 1954 Stratocaster (estimate: $50,000-70,000), which is believed to be one of a group of Stratocasters produced by Fender prior to its commercial production release in October 1954.

Gilmour’s early musical influences included the Everly Brothers and Bob Dylan, and reflecting this the collection also offers several acoustic guitars. Examples include a 1969 D-35 Martin purchased on the streets of New York in 1971, and used as both Pink Floyd and David Gilmour’s main studio acoustic, notably on Wish You Were Here (estimate $10,000-20,000); a Gibson J-200 Celebrity (1985) acquired from John Illsley of Dire Straits (estimate $3,500-5,500); and a unique Tony Zemaitis (1978) custom acoustic bass guitar (estimate $15,000-25,000).

A global tour of the collection will launch in London at Christie’s King Street (27-31 March), where the full collection will be on display. Highlights will then go on view in Los Angeles (7-11 May) before the New York sale preview (14-19 June). Sennheiser will be providing the sound experience at all the pre-sale exhibitions.

Learn more on the official Christies website.

Here is a small selection of the 120+ guitars that will be on auction. Enjoy.

David Gilmour Live at Pompeii DVD Release Information and Video

David Gilmour Pompeii 2016
David Gilmour Pompeii 2016

David Gilmour is set to release his rather excellent live performance in Pompeii from July 2016 on a range of formats including Blu-ray, DVD and audio on CDs and LPs.

The wonderful sounding release will be available in stores on 29th September 2017. There will also be screenings in cinemas on 13th September much to the delight of many fans I am sure. You can pre-order from the links below.

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David Gilmour Pompeii 2016 FOH
David Gilmour Pompeii 2016 FOH

In 2015 David Gilmour set out to play a series of concerts in historic venues across the world. The following year he became the first performer to play the amphitheatre in Pompeii in front of a live audience since the gladiators in 79AD. It was a return to Pompeii for David, having first performed there in 1971 for Adrian Maben’s legendary concert film, Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii. In Roman times the Pompeii amphitheatre was known as a “Spectaculum” and David worked with long time collaborator and maestro of colour and light Marc Brickman to bring the spectacle back to the Spectaculum”

1972 Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii
1972 Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii

45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows, part of his year-long tour in support of his No.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 shot singing on stage
David Gilmour Live at Pompeii shot singing on stage

‘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.

David Gilmour Polly Samson Pompeii 2016
David Gilmour Polly Samson Pompeii 2016

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. DVD and Blu-ray versions contain an extra 7-minute documentary by Gavin Elder ‘Pompeii Then And Now’

‘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.

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David Gilmour Live at Pompeii Track Listing

David Gilmour Live at Pompeii Deluxe Set
David Gilmour Live at Pompeii Deluxe Set

2CD TRACK LISTING

CD 1 (74 minutes):
5 A.M. / Rattle That Lock / Faces Of Stone / What Do You Want From Me / The Blue / The Great Gig In The Sky / A Boat Lies Waiting / Wish You Were Here / Money / In Any Tongue / High Hopes / One Of These Days
CD 2 (74 minutes):
Shine On You Crazy Diamond / Fat Old Sun / Coming Back To Life / On An Island / Today / Sorrow / Run Like Hell / Time / Breathe (In The Air) (reprise) / Comfortably Numb.

2DVD TRACKLISTING

DVD 1:
5 A.M. / Rattle That Lock / Faces Of Stone / What Do You Want From Me / The Blue / The Great Gig In The Sky / A Boat Lies Waiting / Wish You Were Here / Money / In Any Tongue / High Hopes

DVD 2:
One Of These Days / Shine On You Crazy Diamond / Fat Old Sun / Coming Back To Life / On An Island / Today / Sorrow / Run Like Hell / Time / Breathe (In The Air) (reprise) / Comfortably Numb
Pompeii concert Stereo PCM, 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS
Documentary: Pompeii Then And Now (running time 7.17)

BLU-RAY TRACKLISTING
Part 1:
5 A.M. / Rattle That Lock / Faces Of Stone / What Do You Want From Me / The Blue / The Great Gig In The Sky / A Boat Lies Waiting / Wish You Were Here / Money / In Any Tongue / High Hopes
Part 2:
One Of These Days / Shine On You Crazy Diamond / Fat Old Sun / Coming Back To Life / On An Island / Today / Sorrow / Run Like Hell / Time / Breathe (In The Air) (reprise) / Comfortably Numb
Pompeii concert 96/24 PCM Stereo & 96/24 DTS Master Audio
Directed by Gavin Elder
Produced by Dione Orrom
Audio produced by David Gilmour
Mixed by Andy Jackson & David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins
Live Recording by Damon Iddins
Documentary: Pompeii Then And Now (running time 7.17)

DELUXE CD/BLU-RAY (BD) BOXSET – includes photo booklet, Pompeii Guide, 4 x postcards & poster

CD 1 – (same as standard 2CD release)
CD 2 – (same as standard 2CD release)
BD 1 – (same as standard BD release)
Bonus BD – music 65 mins; documentaries 132 mins
South America December 2015:
Astronomy Domine / Us And Them / Today / Time / Breathe (In The Air) (reprise) / Comfortably Numb (Jon Carin – vocal)
Directed by Aubrey Powell
Wroclaw, Poland June 2016 – with Orchestra
5 A.M. / Rattle That Lock / Dancing Right In Front Of Me / The Girl In The Yellow Dress (with Leszek Możdżer) / In Any Tongue
Directed by Aubrey Powell
Documentaries: Gavin Elder – Europe 2015 (running time 12.45)
Gavin Elder – South America 2015 (15.00)
Gavin Elder – North America 2016 (15.25)
Gavin Elder – Europe 2016 (17.00)
BBC documentary ‘David Gilmour: Wider Horizons’ (72.00)
Technical specs:
Blu-ray – 96/24 PCM Stereo & 96/24 DTS MA
DVD – Stereo PCM, 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS

VINYL – Pompeii concert on 4 x LPs
2 x gatefold sleeves / poly liner inner sleeves / booklet / slipcase.

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