Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gilmour Rattles and Roars Again; POP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gilmour Rattles and Roars Again; POP

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Byline: JOHN AIZLEWOOD

DAVID GILMOUR Albert Hall, SW7 A TORTOISE in a world of hares, David Gilmour is not a man to be rushed. Since Pink Floyd stopped being a going concern in 1994, their guitarist/co-singer has managed just two albums and two tours. Gilmour celebrates his 70th birthday in March and it's hard to imagine him recording another album or gallivanting around the world again after the global Rattle That Lock tour concludes next June.

Last night, Gilmour began his Albert Hall stopover with a two-part set which for almost three hours, took us from Pink Floyd's 1967 psychedelic tsunami Astronomy Domine to most of the Rattle That Lock album. Not one for movement or chat, Gilmour cut an unassuming figure, but when his guitar spoke, it roared.

Indeed, much as Gilmour appears to glide through life and career like an aristocratic aircraft-carrier, cages as well as locks were rattled. Not everything worked: The Girl in the Yellow Dress, a lame excursion into cocktail jazz, was more toe-curler than toe-tapper and even in 1973, Pink Floyd's Money sounded a bit, well, rich. …

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