Watch David Gilmour Reflect on Touring South America in ‘Live at Pompeii’ Interview Clip: Exclusive Premiere
David Gilmour‘s 2016 solo tour didn’t just include a return to Pompeii — it also found the former Pink Floyd frontman marking his first tour dates in South America, an experience he later recalled during an interview filmed for his upcoming Live at Pompeii concert documentary.
“This was the first time I’d ever been to South America, and I was quite excited,” says Gilmour in the above clip from the interview. “The venues were vast — we were playing 50,000 a night.”
Of course, playing to crowds that size can be a frustrating experience for an artist, but after decades of touring arenas, Gilmour was well prepared — and he found South American fans to be utterly unique in the best possible way.
“The audiences are so fantastically enthusiastic but so polite at the same time,” he explained, quipping, “And it’s a much more even split between men and women — and they’re rather beautiful.”
Ultimately, Gilmour looked back on the experience as a lovely affirmation of things he’d long heard about South American crowds from other artists, but had been reluctant to believe. “Lots of people have said before how great the South American audiences are and how great it is to tour South America,” he noted. “I’d go ‘Yeah, yeah, sure, it’s just the same as everywhere else, really,’ but they were right. It was really a treat.”
Live at Pompeii is due in stores Sept. 29, after a one-night-only theatrical engagement scheduled at select theaters on Sept. 13. Check out Gilmour’s Pompeii performance of “Rattle That Lock,” as well as an assortment of other preview clips from the film.
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