David Gilmour is turning me into the old woman who lived in a shoe with his upcoming live album Live in Gdansk. Not only will the album be released in 5 different packages next week, it's also been announced the film will be shown at select theaters across the country next week (Mon., Sept. 22). The commercial release of the slew of Gilmour packages will be released the next day, Sept. 23.
It's kind of funny that David Gilmour has spent most of the last 20 years not making a lot of music and then when he finally does get a new album out he releases two live packages after the fact. Not only that, but he's releasing this latest live set in five packages. Have I mentioned that yet?
Gdansk is a special show though. It was the final show of his On an Island tour and he was backed by the Baltic Philharmonic. It also marks the last time he and his Pink Floyd bandmate Richard Wright shared a stage together. Wright passed away earlier this week (Sept. 15) at age 65, succumbing to cancer. Gilmour paid tribute to his musical partner through a brief statement.
"No one can replace Richard Wright," Gilmour wrote on his web site. "He was my musical partner and my friend. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound.
"The audience reaction to his appearances on my tour in 2006 was hugely uplifting and it's a mark of his modesty that those standing ovations came as a huge surprise to him, (though not to the rest of us)."
Like Rick, I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously.