On Thursday, David Gilmour played in Pompeii for the first time since Pink Floyd’s legendary 1972 concert film. The guitarist made his return to the Roman Amphitheatre after 45 years.
It was the first-ever rock show to take place in front of an audience at the Amphitheatre, and it was a milestone, too, for Gilmour, considering he handn’t played there since he and his Pink Floyd bandmates shot the 1972 cult-hit concert film Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii, which director Adrian Maben once described as an “anti-Woodstock” picture.
At his Pompeii show, which was recorded for a future concert film, Gilmour included a couple of rarely played early ’70s Pink Floyd songs in his set, all in honour of the occasion. It included “One of These Days,” a 1971 tune that appeared in Live in Pompeii; and the Dark Side of the Moon tune “The Great Gig in the Sky,” which he hadn’t performed live since 2006.
After a few tracks, Gilmour addressed the crowd saying, “Grazie mille (thank you so much)…It’s lovely to be back here in this beautiful place after all these years, amongst all you people and all these ghosts, ancient and recent.”
The rest of the show featured songs Gilmour has been performing regularly during his current tour, including plenty of tunes from his latest solo album, 2015’s Rattle That Lock, and a few cuts from his 2006 release, On an Island.
Filling out the set were various Pink Floyd classics and deep cuts, including “Wish You Were Here,” “Money,” “High Hopes,” “Fat Old Sun,” “Run Like Hell,” and “Comfortably Numb.”