As part of the promotion of the forthcoming Pink Floyd Later Years massive box set, the official YouTube channel of Pink Floyd has shared an early recording of the song High Hopes from The Division Bell album.
Also, just catching up with the news a bit here, but David Gilmour joined Richard Thompson at the Royal Albert Hall as a birthday treat, as a special guest at the 70th Birthday Celebration of singer/songwriter/guitarist and Fairport Convention co-founder Richard Thompson.
Appearing towards the close of a concert full of stellar guests, David performed Richard’s The Dimming Of The Day, including an incendiary solo. The song had of course previously featured on the David Gilmour In Concert DVD from the Royal Festival Hall. Richard supplied sympathetic electric guitar behind David’s lead vocal on Fat Old Sun, culminating in an exchange of guitar solos between the two that was a masterclass in dynamics and taste.
The show was a fitting tribute to Richard Thompson’s artistry, including as it did the cream of Britain’s folk-rock world as well as some possibly more surprising guests, such as Hugh Cornwell (a former schoolmate of Richard’s) and Bob Mould from Hüsker Dü and Sugar. The entire ensemble, including David, assembled for the traditional Fairport Convention encore of Richard’s classic Meet On The Ledge, a fitting end to an astonishing evening of musical virtuosity.
Roger Waters, the “creative force of Pink Floyd”, is to tour in 2020 doing indoor arena dates during “election year” in the United States. It is set to be even more political than usual. The usual question of “Pink Floyd reunion” was also mentioned in a recent Rolling Stone interview to publicise the Us and Them film. It is not looking good.
Roger was talking about his upcoming film, which he co-directed with Sean Evans called Us & Them. The film has concert footage from his stop in Amsterdam on the Us & Them tour and is set to thrill cinema goers this week. The film is showing today 2nd Oct 2019 and Sunday 6th October.
On the topic of the new 2020 Roger Waters tour, in a very interesting interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Roger said…
“I think the plan is to do 30 or 40 gigs in North America in election year, and also a few gigs probably only in Mexico City. If we’re playing in the States, I really want to go to Mexico because audiences are stunning. I love the people. It’ll be Canada, the U.S.A., and maybe three gigs in Mexico City. And that’s all. I can’t go off around the world, and I don’t really want to either. And I’m not doing any outdoor shows; I’m just doing arenas, so there’s only one thing to produce. But it’ll be a new show. It will be no-holds-barred.”
A More Political Dimension
Roger has a political dimension to him that many fans may or may not agree with. He has promised that the new tour in 2020 will be even more political than usual. Donald Trump of course has his Wall and Roger wrote an album about Walls too! Roger said said…
It will be even more political than Us + Them was — political and humane. We were listening to songs and looking at set lists today. We were talking about, what should we call it? I shouldn’t be giving this away, but I don’t give a shit because it will probably all change, but imagine the iconic helicopter that normally comes before “Happiest Days” and “Brick 2” — that noise that we all know and love — and imagine a megaphone, somebody abused this device before, I know — but, “This is not a drill.” I thought that could be a good title for the show: This Is Not a Drill. The ruling class is killing us.
Pink Floyd Reunion?
The age old question of whether or not there will be a Pink Floyd reunion any time soon was answered in the interview. The topic is often brought up in interviews and certainly generates interest from fans, many of which are keen to see Roger and David working together again with Nick Mason. Apparently, there was a wide ranging meeting held including Roger Waters and David Gilmour back in June 2019. Roger said…
We had a big meeting where I came up with a big peace plan that has come to nothing, sadly… I bet all Pink Floyd fans are sorry to hear that. They all hoped that we could kiss and make up and everything would be wonderful in a cozy, wonderful world. Well, it wouldn’t be all that cozy or wonderful for me, because I left Pink Floyd in 1985 for a reason. The reason being that I wanted to get on with my work.
So, there you have it. A North American tour and somewhat soured relations with David Gilmour.