David Gilmour ‘No Shows’ Surprise Pink Floyd Performance

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Pink Floyd icon David Gilmour discussed how he managed to put together an entire show for one of the group’s most iconic tours, which was somewhat of a reunion after having not toured in North America for most of the 1980’s, not at a major area or stadium, but by at an airplane hangar. He said he no showed a rehearsal performance to help the band learn. This revelation happened the most recent episode of the Pink Floyd podcast entitled, ‘The Lost Art of Conversation: A Pink Floyd Podcast.’ Alternative Nation transcribed Gilmour’s comments.

David Gilmour: Rick [Wright] and I, we were not exactly motionless but not exactly the most exciting onstage characters. So I put together these people and they actually started without me for a week or two. I don’t remember quite how long in Toronto because I was still finishing something on the album and then we rented a hangar on Toronto airfield for production rehearsals, IE: A whole show.

Interviewer: A plane hanger?

Gilmour: An airplane hangar. Huge, massive but you’ve got to got a massive stage in it and you’ve got to be able to run your whole show and I think an airplane hangar was probably cheaper than renting a stadium in Toronto or anywhere else to do that sort of thing. Plus, of course, security is very good. Roger Waters ‘spitting’ on a Pink Floyd fan at show was also revealed.

Interviewer: I would imagine so, yeah.

Gilmour: You would have to go through some sort of passport control to catch your rehearsals every day because you go on to a live international airfield.

Interviewer: Just going over ahead, every so often.

Gilmour: Yep. We weren’t recording anything, it didn’t matter. It wasn’t like the noise mattered, we were making enough noise ourselves. David Gilmour breaks Pink Floyd guitar at show.