Tickets for David Gilmour’s upcoming European tour went on sale March 6, and within 24 hours all 10 shows were sold out.
In fact, the demand for tickets was so high in London for the famed Royal Albert Hall shows that they sold out within 30 minutes of becoming available, and that is with two additional shows added to the three already scheduled, reports the Belfast Telegraph.
Strict regulations are being enforced on the purchased Royal Albert Hall show tickets to stem secondary sellers from making a quick buck off of reselling them. Those who have bought tickets will have their name printed on the ticket, and must supply a photo ID in order to gain entry. Tickets that have been bought through a secondary seller will not be accepted.
David will kick the European tour off September 12 at the historic Pula Arena in Croatia, with the final show being performed on October 3 in London. The tour is in support of his up-coming release slated for this fall. This will be Gilmour’s first album and tour since On An Island, released in 2006.
Last October, Gilmour told Rolling Stone Magazine that he plans to do an “old man tour, not a 200 date sort of thing” in support of the untitled release.
The new album also follows the release of Pink Floyd’s final album titled The Endless River, a collection of predominately instrumental songs that came out of The Division Bell writing sessions, and include music from the late Rick Wright who passed away in 2008 from cancer. Rick’s keyboard work can be heard throughout the album, with a snippet of Rick playing the pipe organ of the Royal Albert Hall before their first performance there in 1968.
The Endless River became one of Amazon U.K.’s most pre-ordered album ever, and was the fastest selling vinyl release in the U.K. in 2014, and the fastest selling since 1997. It also debuted at number one in multiple countries. The album has been referred to as a means of keeping Pink Floyd viable after all these years, as reported by the Inquisitr.
What little lyrical work that can be found on the album was contributed by Gilmour’s wife, Novelist Polly Samson. Her lyrical contributions can also be heard on David’s solo album On An Island, and on Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell.
With one era ending, it’s nice to see a new one beginning on such a wonderfully positive note.
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