December 20, 2005

Pink Floyd’s Gilmour plans rare US and Canada tour

By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pink Floyd fans waiting in vain for
the band to reunite for a tour will have to make do with the
next best thing: the first solo trek in more than 20 years by
singer/guitarist David Gilmour.

A week after he announced plans to tour Europe in March,
Gilmour on Monday said he would play 10 shows in five North
American cities, beginning on April 4 with a two-night stand at
Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The trek will also take him to Toronto (April 9-10, Massey
Hall), Chicago (April 12-13, Rosemont Theater), Oakland, Calif.
(April 16-17, Paramount Theater), and Los Angeles (April 19,
Kodak Theater; April 20, Gibson Amphitheatre).

Gilmour, 59, will be touring in support of his upcoming
album, "On An Island," a follow-up to his second solo release
"About Face," which came out in 1984, the last time he toured
without Pink Floyd.

The new set is due in U.S. stores on March 7 via Columbia
Records. The title track boasts guest vocals from David Crosby
and Graham Nash. Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, Roxy Music
lead guitarist Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt and Jools Holland
also appear on the album.

Pink Floyd's reunion with estranged founder Roger Waters to
play the Live 8 charity concert in London last July raised
hopes that the band would hit the road for the first time since
1994. But Gilmour said in a statement, "I'm rather hoping that
with this tour announcement people will believe me when I say,
honestly, this is the only band I plan to tour with!"

The European trek, meanwhile, begins on March 10 in the
German city of Dortmund -- four days after he turns 60 -- and
proceeds through Hamburg, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Milan
and Rome, before ending on May 29-30 with a sold-out two-night
stand at London's Royal Albert Hall.