David Gilmour About Face Tour, 1984

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David Gilmour’s 1984 About Face Tour was a significant event in his solo career, following the release of his album “About Face.” This tour was marked by his distinct musical style, which diverged from the Pink Floyd sound he was known for, showcasing his prowess as a solo artist.

About the Tour

The About Face Tour took place mainly in Europe, featuring a major concert performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in April 1984. This tour was documented in a film that includes concert performances, promotional clips, and a documentary titled “After The Floyd,” which followed Gilmour on the tour. However, the VHS of the film was not released in Europe due to a perceived lack of commercial interest and is now out of production​​.

Tour Setlist

The concert at the Hammersmith Odeon on April 30, 1984, featured a setlist that included a mix of songs from the “About Face” album and some Pink Floyd classics. Notable tracks performed included “Until We Sleep,” “All Lovers Are Deranged,” “There’s No Way Out of Here,” “Short and Sweet,” “Run Like Hell,” “Out of the Blue,” “Blue Light,” “Murder,” and “Comfortably Numb”​​.

Band Line-up

Gilmour was joined by a talented group of musicians for this tour. The line-up included Mick Ralphs on guitars and vocals, Mickey Feat on bass and vocals, Raphael “Raff” Ravenscroft on saxophone, keyboards, and percussion, Gregg Dechert on keyboards and vocals, Chris Slade on drums and percussion, Jody Linscott on percussion, and special appearances by Roy Harper and Nick Mason on certain tracks​​.

About Face Album Context

“About Face,” the album that inspired the tour, was co-produced by Bob Ezrin and marked Gilmour’s second solo record following his 1978 self-titled debut. The album was crafted during a period of internal tension within Pink Floyd, particularly between Gilmour and Roger Waters. It reflected Gilmour’s desire to establish his musical identity outside of Pink Floyd, featuring a diverse range of songs and musical exploration beyond the confines of the band’s style. The lyrics subtly referenced Gilmour’s feud with Waters, and many of the songs reflected this conflict​​.

The album, featuring contributions from renowned artists like Pete Townsend and Steve Winwood, was a blend of Gilmour’s guitar expertise and his exploration of new musical territories. Tracks like “Love On the Air,” co-written with Townsend, and “Blue Light,” with its jazzy intro and horn section, showcased Gilmour’s versatility as a musician and his ability to step beyond the Pink Floyd sound​​.

Reception and Legacy

Reviews of the “About Face” album and the tour generally praised Gilmour’s musical exploration and songwriting skills. The album was considered one of the better albums of the 1980s and was seen as Gilmour’s attempt to prove his ability to create music independently of Pink Floyd. Despite some criticisms of being uneven in terms of the sequencing of songs, the album and the tour were seen as a successful showcase of Gilmour’s talents as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter​​​​.

The About Face Tour was a pivotal moment in David Gilmour’s solo career, allowing him to establish a distinct musical identity separate from Pink Floyd. The combination of his songwriting, the collaborative efforts with other notable musicians, and the emotional depth of his performances made this tour a memorable chapter in his musical journey.

David Gilmour About Face Tour Dates

1984-03-31 : National Stadium (Dublin), Dublin, Ireland
1984-04-02 : Whitla Hall (Belfast), Belfast, Northern Ireland
1984-04-05 : Grote Zaal (De Doelen), Utrecht, Netherlands
1984-04-06 : Vrije Universteit, Paul Emiel Janson Auditorium, Brussels, Belgium
1984-04-08 : Parc des Expositions (Hall A), Nancy, France
1984-04-09 : Hall Tivoli, Strasbourg, France
1984-04-10 : Parc de Villette (Le Zenith), Paris, France
1984-04-11 : Parc de Villette (Le Zenith), Paris, France
1984-04-12 : Bourse du Travail (Salle Albert Thomas), Lyon, France
1984-04-13 : Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland
1984-04-14 : Circus Crone, Munich, Germany
1984-04-15 : Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
1984-04-16 : Musensaal, Mannheim, Germany
1984-04-18 : Internationales Congress Centrum (Saal 1), Berlin, Germany
1984-04-19 : Congress Centrum Hamburg (Saal 1), Hamburg, Germany
1984-04-21 : Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
1984-04-24 : Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1984-04-25 : Brondbyhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
1984-04-28 : Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
1984-04-29 : Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
1984-04-30 : Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
1984-05-01 : Odeon (Birmingham), Birmingham, England
1984-05-09 : Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City (Quebec), Canada
1984-05-10 : The Forum (Quebec), Montreal (Quebec), Canada
1984-05-11 : The Forum (Quebec), Montreal (Quebec), Canada
1984-05-12 : Ottawa Civic Centre (Civic Centre Theatre), Ottawa, Canada
1984-05-14 : Massey Hall, Toronto (Ontario), Canada
1984-05-15 : Massey Hall, Toronto (Ontario), Canada
1984-05-16 : Shea’s BuffaloTheatre, Buffalo (New York), USA
1984-05-17 : Landmark Theatre, Syracuse (New York), USA
1984-05-18 : Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie (New York), USA
1984-05-20 : Bushnell Auditorium, Hartford (Connecticut), USA
1984-05-22 : Beacon Theatre (Manhattan), New York, New York, USA
1984-05-23 : Beacon Theatre (Manhattan), New York, New York, USA
1984-05-24 : Beacon Theatre (Manhattan), New York, New York, USA
1984-05-25 : The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachussets, USA
1984-05-26 : The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachussets, USA
1984-05-27 : Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1984-05-29 : Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1984-05-30 : Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1984-05-31 : Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1984-06-01 : Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
1984-06-03 : Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1984-06-04 : Veterans Memorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio, USA
1984-06-06 : Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan, USA
1984-06-07 : Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
1984-06-08 : Chicago Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1984-06-10 : Kiel Opera House, St Louis, Missouri, USA
1984-06-11 : Starlight Theatre (Kansas City), Kansas City, Missouri, USA
1984-06-13 : The Summit Sports Arena, Houston, Texas, USA
1984-06-14 : University of Texas (Frank Erwin Center), Austin, Texas, USA
1984-06-15 : Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, Texas, USA
1984-06-16 : Reunion Park (Reunion Arena), Dallas, Texas, USA
1984-06-19 : The Ampitheatre (Mesa), Mesa, Arizona, USA
1984-06-20 : San Diego State University (Open Air Theatre), San Diego, California, USA
1984-06-21 : Universal Ampitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA
1984-06-22 : Universal Ampitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA
1984-06-23 : Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre, Irvine, California, USA
1984-06-24 : Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre, Irvine, California, USA
1984-06-26 : Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA
1984-06-27 : Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA
1984-06-28 : California Exposition Amphitheatre, Sacramento, California, USA
1984-06-29 : University of California(Greek Theatre), Berkeley, California, USA
1984-07-05 : Sunrise Music Theatre, Sunrise, Florida, USA
1984-07-06 : Civic Centre Arena (Lakeland), Lakeland, Florida, USA
1984-07-08 : Garden State Arts Centre, Holmdel, New Jersey, USA
1984-07-11 : Syria Mosque Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
1984-07-12 : Lehigh University (Stabler Arena), Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
1984-07-13 : Jones Beach Theatre, Long Island, New York, USA
1984-07-14 : Merriwater Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA
1984-07-15 : Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
1984-07-16 : NYC Convention Pier, New York, New York, USA