07-16 David Gilmour reveals new albu
» Edit Band Information
» Edit Albums
» Add a Review
» Add an Album
» Add News
David Gilmour gained international fame for his incisive, atmospheric guitar work and vocals with Pink Floyd, and eventuallybecametheleader of the group during their late period as well as pursuing a successful solo career and working with some of themost respectednamesin British rock. Gilmour was born in Cambridge, England on March 6, 1946; his parents were both involved ineducation -- his father wasalecturer in Zoology at Cambridge University and his mother was a teacher -- and as a schoolboy,Gilmour struck up a friendship with aboywho attended the same grade school, Roger Barrett, who later ...read more
David Gilmour gained international fame for his incisive, atmospheric guitar work and vocals with Pink Floyd, and eventuallybecametheleader of the group during their late period as well as pursuing a successful solo career and working with some of themost respectednamesin British rock. Gilmour was born in Cambridge, England on March 6, 1946; his parents were both involved ineducation -- his father wasalecturer in Zoology at Cambridge University and his mother was a teacher -- and as a schoolboy,Gilmour struck up a friendship with aboywho attended the same grade school, Roger Barrett, who later gained the nickname Syd.Gilmour became re-acquainted with Barrettwhilethey were studying at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology; bothwere interested in music and began learning to playguitar intheir spare time, as did Barrett's friend Roger Waters. In 1963, Gilmourjoined a rock group, Jokers Wild, which specialized in R&Bcovers; in1965, he and Barrett took the summer off and spent severalmonths busking and traveling through France, though the adventuredidn't payoff financially. After returning to England, Gilmourplayed with a group called Flowers for a while, as well as a revamped version ofJokers Wildcalled Bullitt; meanwhile, Barrett andWaters teamed up with Rick Wright and Nick Mason to form a group called the Tea Set,which was laterrenamed Pink Floyd. In1967, Pink Floyd was the toast of London's burgeoning psychedelic scene on the strength of the singles"ArnoldLayne" and "SeeEmily Play," and the album Piper at the Gates Of Dawn. However, Barrett had become increasingly unstable,sometimesbecomingcatatonic on-stage or playing different songs than his bandmates, and as his ability to perform was compromised,Gilmourwasinvited to join the group to help with guitar and vocals when Barrett was having trouble. However, after a few shows itbecameevident thatGilmour's presence wasn't enough to rescue Barrett, and the group's leader was let go as Gilmour became the band'snewlead guitarist bydefault, and he would produce and play on Barrett's two solo albums before he retired from music.
Gilmour made his recording debut with Pink Floyd on 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets, and over the next several years, thegroup'ssoundevolved from pop-friendly psychedelic to ambitious progressive and experimental rock. Gilmour's guitar became a key partofPink Floyd'saural signature, and he played a larger role in the group's songwriting; their evolving approach culminated with 1973'sThe DarkSide of theMoon, which became a massive international hit and firmly established them as one of the biggest British actsof the day. PinkFloyd'ssuccess continued with 1975's Wish You Were Here, but as Waters began to dominate the group'ssongwriting and conceptualizing,Gilmourbegan looking for other opportunities to express himself. He'd already made guestappearances on albums by Roy Harper andHawkwind, andduring the recording of 1977's Animals, Gilmour began work on his firstsolo album, released in 1978 simply as David Gilmour.In 1978, healso produced Kate Bush's debut album, The Kick Inside, and hecontributed guitar work to Wings' 1979 release Back to the Egg.1979'sThe Wall became another massive success for Pink Floyd,and Gilmour co-wrote the stand-out track "Comfortably Numb," buttensionswithin the group grew during the recording of thealbum -- Rick Wright was fired during the sessions -- and after the long sessionswhichproduced 1983's The Final Cut, Pink Floydbriefly fell apart.
Following the band's splintering, Gilmour released his second solo album, 1984's About Face, and he lent his talents as a guitarist toanumberof projects, including albums by Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Pete Townshend, and Supertramp, and produced the debutalbum forthe DreamAcademy. Waters made his solo debut with 1984's The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, and he filed a lawsuit todissolve the PinkFloyd's legalpartnership. However, the court found in favor of Gilmour and Nick Mason, and in 1987, Gilmourbecame Pink Floyd's newleader and principalsongwriter as he relaunched the band with the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason.Pink Floyd supported the albumwith a successfulextended tour -- their first since a small handful of elaborate shows following TheWall -- and a live album from the shows,A Delicate Sound ofThunder, was released in 1988. After coming off the road, Gilmourstayed busy with session work, making guestappearances with acts asdiverse as Warren Zevon and Elton John, while writingmaterial for the next Pink Floyd effort. While a few newpieces appeared on 1992's LaCarrera Panamerica, a video documentingGilmour and Nick Mason's participation in an auto race in Mexico(both collect vintage sports cars),Pink Floyd's next full album, TheDivision Bell, didn't appear until 1994. Once again, a major internationaltour followed the new studio effort,and on many datesthey performed The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, along with other materialfrom their catalog; one such concertwasdocumented on the 1995 live album Pulse. An archival album drawn from Pink Floyd'sperformances of The Wall in 1980 and 1981appearedin 2000, but no new material appeared. Gilmour reunited with Waters, Mason, andWright for a one-off Pink Floydperformance at the 2005Live 8 concert in London (a benefit to promote solutions to global poverty), but theband turned downlucrative offers for a new tour, and in2006, Gilmour told reporters that Pink Floyd was not likely to record or performagain, saying"I have had a wonderful time, but it's over. Forme, it's much less complicated to work alone." Gilmour performed a criticallylaudedseries of acoustic shows in London in 2002, and in 2006he released a new solo album, On an Island. The album was followed withamajor concert tour; Gilmour's London concert was videotaped fora 2007 DVD release, Remember That Night: Live at the RoyalAlbert Hall,while a show at the Gdansk shipyards with a full orchestra appearedon the 2008 album Live in Gdansk. In 2010,Gilmour teamed up withacclaimed ambient electronic act the Orb for a collaborative album,Metallic Spheres. When not busy withmusic, he devotes much of histime to charitable causes, and when he put his London home on themarket in 2003, he donated the3.6 million pounds realized from the saleto Crisis, a group benefiting the homeless. « hide
Similar Bands: Roger Waters, Pink Floyd, Richard Wright, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason
Contributors: adr, SteveP, Tunaboy45, Ocean of Noise, rockandmetaljunkie, Voivod, JesusV4, Nagrarok, Ponton, fazrul666, pulseczar, Kingofdudes, rockandmetaljunkie, Nagrarok, Skyler,