This David Gilmour article was written by Rita Vicinanza, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.
Brace yourselves, the news that has been on everybody’s lips is now official – you can check Gilmour’s website if you still can’t believe it.
After much speculation, evidence first came when Dario Franceschini, Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, tweeted that an agreement had been reached and that as a result, Pink Floyd’s guitarist David Gilmour will play two shows in Pompeii on July 7th and July 8th.
Further confirmation was given in the form of a message on the musician’s website and validates this statement while inviting fans to ‘watch the space’ for further information. For the moment all we know is that Gilmour will perform two shows this summer, in the same amphitheatre which he already graced with his fellow bandmates 45 years ago.
It is highly probable that both gigs will sell-out in no time. In fact, these two concerts will undeniably be unlike any other. While any live performance by Gilmour is arguably likely to prove successful, seeing the musician play in the same spot where he played with the other Pink Floyd members in 1971 will definitely be a special experience for some.
Some others, however, claim these gigs are almost blasphemous as Pink Floyd’s 1971 concert, filmed and turned into a film by Adrian Maben, entered the legend and is seen as insuperable.
Whatever the case, this upcoming event is now a reality. Gilmour will feature a leg of his world tour in support of his latest record ‘Rattle That Lock‘ in Pompeii and, according to some unconfirmed reports, these two dates should also be filmed to be subsequently released as a DVD. Although these performances might be overshadowed by the weight of history, the scenario in which Gilmour will play once (twice) more is guaranteed to provide for another unforgettable experience anyway.