David Gilmour Will Not Sing 70s Pink Floyd Songs

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Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is gearing up for his first solo tour in years. This exciting news comes alongside the announcement of his upcoming album, Luck and Strange, his first solo record in nearly a decade. But for fans hoping to relive Pink Floyd’s glory days on tour, there might be a surprise in store.

In a recent interview, Gilmour hinted at an “unwillingness to revisit the Pink Floyd of the 70s.” This era, dominated by the creative vision of his former bandmate Roger Waters, was a period of both immense success with albums like Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, and internal friction for Pink Floyd.

This raises the question: why the aversion to the 70s material? Some speculate it stems from the ongoing feud with Waters. Perhaps Gilmour is unwilling to perform music so heavily associated with a period of creative tension.

Alternatively, he might be focusing on showcasing his solo work and the new album alongside a selection of Pink Floyd material from other eras, giving fans a fresh perspective on his musical journey.

David Gilmour Curates Setlist for Upcoming Tour

While Gilmour expressed a fondness for Pink Floyd’s earlier, Syd Barrett-led era, fans of the band’s 70s output might be disappointed. Gilmour has hinted at a reluctance to revisit this period, which included iconic tracks like “Money”, “Wish You Were Here”, and the iconic Gilmour signature song “Comfortably Numb.”

Looking beyond the 70s, Gilmour suggests a more diverse setlist. “Other decades might be better represented,” he shared with Uncut magazine. He specifically mentioned including at least one song from the 1960s, possibly the energetic “Astronomy Domine” from 1967.

For the post-Waters era, songs from A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994) are also on the table. In fact, Gilmour considers “High Hopes” from the latter album to be “as good as anything we ever did at any time.”

Waters and Gilmour Feud Reignites

David Gilmour’s relationship with former bandmate Roger Waters hit a new low last year. The long-simmering feud exploded back into public view when Polly Samson, Gilmour’s wife and collaborator, launched a scathing attack on Waters via X.

Samson’s tweet accused Waters of a multitude of offenses, calling him “antisemitic to your rotten core” and listing further criticisms of his political views and personal conduct. She concluded with a forceful “Enough of your nonsense.”

David Gilmour publicly sided with his wife, retweeting her message and adding his own statement. He declared “every word” of the tweet to be “demonstrably true,” further fueling the flames of the public feud.

Waters Responds and Legal Action Looms

Waters did not take the criticism lying down. During a concert in London following the tweet, he took a jab at Polly Samson, stating: “All I have to say about Polly Samson is, imagine waking up to that every morning. Come on! You can do better than that.” This dismissive comment did little to ease tensions.

The situation escalated further when Waters reportedly sought legal counsel regarding the accusations. Whether legal action will be pursued remains unclear.

Meanwhile, Gilmour focuses on his music. Luck and Strange is set for release on September 6th, marking his first new music since 2015’s Rattle That Lock. Fans eager to see him perform live will have a rare opportunity, as Gilmour has only toured twice as a solo artist since Pink Floyd disbanded in 1994 (2006 and 2015).