December 12, 2005

Pink Floyd’s Gilmour gears up for solo album, tour

By Jason MacNeil and Jonathan Cohen

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Billboard) - Pink Floyd singer/guitarist
David Gilmour will begin his first solo tour in decades March
10 in Dortmund, Germany, in support of his upcoming solo album,
"On an Island." Although North American dates have yet to be
confirmed, Gilmour is expected to visit the region in April.

Due March 6 via Columbia, "On an Island" is Gilmour's first
solo release since 1984's "About Face." The set is packed with
guest appearances from David Crosby and Graham Nash on the
title cut, Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, Robert Wyatt,
Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Jools Holland.

Manzanera serves as a co-producer on the set with Gilmour
and Chris Thomas. Orchestral arrangements were provided by
composer Zbigniew Preisner.

In related news, Sony Music has bumped the release of Pink
Floyd's "Pulse" DVD to January 31. The project, which
chronicles Pink Floyd's final tour in 1994, was originally
slated to arrive last week.

Here are David Gilmour's tour dates:

March 10: Dortmund, Germany (Konzerthaus)

March 11: Hamburg (Congress Centrum)

March 15: Paris (Le Grand Rex)

March 16: Paris (L'Olympia)

March 18: Frankfurt (Alte Oper)

March 19-20: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)

March 24-25: Milan (Teatro Arcimboldi)

March 26: Rome (Auditorium Parco Della Musica)

May 29-30: London (Royal Albert Hall)