David Gilmour was serious when he said his return to Pompeii would become a movie. "David Gilmour live at Pompeii" the inevitable title chosen, will be out in worldwide cinemas on September 13. The launch strategy involves the presence of the rockumentary in cinemas for one day only, before the release of the DVD and the Blue-ray in November.
The film is about an hour long, shot in 4K, and directed by Gavin Elder, a South African filmmaker who has already directed a docufilm on Duran Duran. "The show includes songs that cover all of David's career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics, including “One of these days”, the only song that was played in the 1971 concert, too" says the production’s press release, which mentions the footage of the 4th and 7th of October of 1971. However, they were certainly not real concerts: the group was alone with the crew among the excavations, except for a few lucky viewers. "The concert also included the performance of “The Great Gig in the Sky” taken from the album The Dark Side of the Moon, which David Gilmour rarely performed in his solo career".
The superintendence of Pompeii, which at the time - as usual - denied the request to have a rock concert inside the ruins will have royalties on the sales. The DVD will, of course, have a different duration and will include a few extras including interviews. A television broadcast seems likely at least in England on the BBC.
Two thousand and six hundred people were standing where gladiators fought in the first century BC. The "Rattle that lock tour" did not make prisoners, with much nostalgia, just like the location. The history that was inscribed amongst the stones is the history of humanity, accompanied by the most revolutionary soundtrack of the twentieth century. This is sure to be an instant classic. Lasers, pyrotechnic fireworks, the big circular screen, psychedelic solos, and then the long-awaited playing of "One of these days," the only song in common with the 1971 film lineup. We look forward to seeing this concert in the cinemas on September 13th.
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