David Gilmour returns to Pompeii; reworks Pink Floyd classics

"It's a magical place," he says

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From his home at the top of the Pennines

David Gilmour performed two shows at the Pompeii Amphitheatre in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, marking the first time he has played there in 45 years.

Gilmour, who had previously played at the amphitheatre for the 1971 film Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii, played songs from his current album, Rattle That Lock, as well as a number of Pink Floyd classics.

Among them were “One Of These Days“, the only song that was also performed at the 1971 show, “The Great Gig In The Sky” – sung in three-part harmony by backing vocalists Louise Marshall, Lucy Jules and Bryan Chambers – and “Wish You Were Here“, whose new arrangment featured a honky-tonk solo from keyboardist Chuck Leavell.


Gilmour – who has been made an honorary citizen of Pompeii – said of the shows “It’s a magical place and coming back and seeing the stage and the arena was quite overwhelming. It’s a place of ghosts… in a friendly way.”

David Gilmour Live In Pompeii setlist

1st Set
Rattle That Lock
Faces Of Stone
What Do You Want From Me
The Blue
Great Gig In The Sky
A Boat Lies Waiting
Wish You Were Here
In Any Tongue
High Hopes

2nd Set

One Of These Days
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Fat Old Sun
Coming Back To Life
On An Island
The Girl In The Yellow Dress
Run Like Hell

Time / Breathe (reprise)
Comfortably Numb

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