At long last, a new David Gilmour solo album is coming, reportedly as soon as this fall.
On March 4, Gilmour’s website announced that the Pink Floyd guitarist has organized a mini tour in the U.K. and Europe for this September to coincide with the release of the as-yet-unnamed album.
The recording will be Gilmour’s first solo outing since 2006’s On an Island. That record was his first solo album in 22 years, so he’s obviously working at a faster pace these days.
Gilmour has been busier than usual in recent years. He followed up On an Island with the 2008 concert album Live in Gdansk, and last year saw him and drummer Nick Mason release Pink Floyd’s farewell album, The Endless River. That record featured songs that had been worked on during sessions for the band’s 1994 album, The Division Bell, and included the work of late keyboardist Richard Wright.
Gilmour’s new solo project hasn’t exactly been a secret. You may recall that in November 2013, Graham Nash revealed that he and David Crosby had been contributing vocals to a Gilmour project. Then, in May 2014, Gilmour’s wife leaked a photo of the guitarist in the studio leading a trio of background singers through a recording, shown at the top of this post.
In addition, the album’s producer, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, recently said the sessions were “going very well. I think it sounds fantastic. People will be very happy.”
Gilmour’s announcement of a short tour is consistent with statements he made last October to Rolling Stone. “I’m hoping to get [the album] out this following year,” he said. “Then I’m hoping to do an old man’s tour, not a 200-date sort of thing.”
And for anyone still holding out hope of future work under the Pink Floyd banner, Gilmour says don't hold your breath.
“There’s no room for Pink Floyd,” he told Ultimate Classic Rock last October. “The thought of doing any more causes me to break out in a cold sweat.”
To celebrate the good news, here’s a great close-up video of Gilmour soloing on the Division Bell track "Coming Back to Life" at Meltdown 2001.
And here’s Gilmour and Bombay Bicycle Club performing “Wish You Were Here” at London’s Earls Court on December 13, 2014. Tour dates follow below.
Gilmour’s 2015 European Tour Dates are as follows:
9/12 — Pula, Croatia
9/14 — Verona, Italy
9/15 — Florence, Italy
9/17 — Orange, France
9/19 — Oberhausen, Germany
9/23 — London, England
9/24 — London, England
9/25 — London, England