David Gilmour: Crony Island
The Deluxe five-disc edition of Live in Gdansk features Barrett’s “Dominoes” as a nod to Gilmour’s predecessor. For the concert, Gilmour also performed “Astronomy Domine,” a song from Floyd’s 1967 debut, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. “That’s a song from before my time,” he acknowledges, “but it’s a song I performed many, many times with Pink Floyd when I first joined them and always really enjoyed it. I felt free to dig stuff out of our catalog going back to the very first days, to throw in anything from any era of our history and make it be something—to show where it fits within what we do now.”
What Gilmour will do next is a logical question, but not one he himself appears to be considering. He’s interested in pushing Live in Gdansk and has purposely not engaged in any discussion about The Dark Side of the Moon’s 35th anniversary. “You know,” he says, “I hate to be reminded of my albums’ birthdays. I just know that record companies and other people are going to want to celebrate it by promoting it again and try to get poor, unsuspecting punters to go out and buy yet another copy.”
He does, however, have “a lot of material left over” from On an Island and is continuing to write more—some with his second wife, British writer Polly Samson, who co-wrote seven of On an Island’s 10 tracks. “I have got a lot of start points,” Gilmour says. “That usually starts to get the creative juices flowing and then you start to write new material and away you go. It’s always good to have bits of music to start with.”
But even though he doubts there will be another 22-year wait for his next solo album—which would put him at a stately 84 years old—Gilmour won’t be pinned down to any specific plans.
“I don’t make any plans far into the future,” he explains. “I just made [On an Island] and did some shows and enjoyed myself in a fairly relaxed sort of way, and I’ll get ’round to doing something again before too long, I hope.
“But I have no idea. I haven’t planned anything. I don’t have a huge ambition anymore. I’m in this selfishly lucky position of having more than enough money and having had more than enough fame. I just don’t need that stuff these days. I just want to do stuff for me. It’s entirely selfish. I want to enjoy myself and do stuff that gives me pleasure and satisfaction, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
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