Earlier this month, David Gilmour’s 80s solo album About Face turned 30 years old. While some people look at the album as merely a side project to Pink Floyd, I very much disagree. The early 80s were full of turmoil for the Floyd camp. In 1980, The Wall was fresh out in the stores, and the band embarked on their legendary tour for the album. Between 1981 and 1983, the band were not communicating well with each other. Keyboardist Rick Wright had been fired by Roger Waters’ heavy hand. The Wall movie was released in 1982. The Final Cut followed in 1983 as almost a solo project by Roger Waters to explore more of his demons. By 1984 Roger took off to do a solo album called The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. But while that was up in the air, David Gilmour took some time to record his own solo album. About Face really is a missing link between The Wall and A Momentary Lapse of Reason. He also embarked on his first solo tour. And luckily the tour was recorded and released on VHS. Probably due to the aging factor of the video, it has never been released officially on DVD. On this tour Gilmour played a fair amount of About Face, some songs from his 1978 self-titled solo album, and three Floyd favorites… “Money”, “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell”. The version of “Comfortably Numb” specifically is the step between The Wall’s live version and how it sounds on Delicate Sound of Thunder. One of my personal favorites on the album and concert is the song “Murder”, written about the murder of John Lennon. The whole project has a very 80s feel, but that’s half the fun of it.
So to celebrate a great but overlooked album, here is the video originally known as David Gilmour in Concert, performed live at the Hammersmith Odeon, April 30, 1984 (coincidentally the same day Roger’s Pros and Cons came out, and also my seventh birthday!)
also on that VHS was a documentary:
and videos too!
“All Lovers are Deranged”: