Coming as it did in March 1984, David Gilmour‘s second solo album About Face  marked a distinct period of spectacular worldwide success with Pink Floyd capped off by The Wall  , only to be followed by the inglorious thud of the aptly titled The Final Cut  , Pink Floyd’s last with Roger Waters and described to me by Gilmour as “pure torture” to make.

Mercifully, the band disintegrated, but as Waters and Gilmour were soon to find, years of deliberate marketing of Pink Floyd as an image without a recognizable front man would soon make solo careers surprisingly daunting. So whatever David Gilmour did next, it needed to be considered, and he probably should call his “A” list friends to help, which is why About Face  has contributions from Pete Townshend ( lyrics on “All Lovers are Deranged” and “Love on the Air” ), Deep Purple organist the late Jon Lord, Toto drummer the late Jeff Porcaro, keyboardist Steve Winwood, orchestration the late Michael Kamen, and produced by The Wall‘s Bob Ezrin.

Since his first foray apart from Pink Floyd in 1978, Rattle That Lock   was only Gilmour’s fourth solo studio venture and his first since 2006’s On an Island,  the latest studio one containing the catchy “Rattle That Lock“, Gilmour getting his groove on “Today“, the Grammy contender for instrumental of the year 2015 “And Then…“, and the poignant tome on the human toll of a world weary of war,”In Any Tongue“. And  in theaters across America we were invited to be amongst the first in North America to see and hear David Gilmour’s spectacular return to the stage Live at Pompeii,  a location immortalized by him and Pink Floyd  fifty years ago in one of rock’s first feature films.

Throughout his long illustrious career David Gilmour has often sung the thoughts and lyrical observations of others, whether interpreting  Roger Waters’ second-person ruminations from over forty years ago on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here,  or singing a verse which lyricist wife Polly Samson wrote last night. “It takes thought and it takes concentration,” David admits. “With most of Roger’s (Waters) brilliant lyrics and with Polly’s lyrics too, I find that I can do that. I hope that I do it justice. But it is something you often think about. But, ya know, you’re forced to be that person who is using those words as if they were your own. I’m only borrowing them. I mean I’ve written enough songs with words of my own to know how it’s done.”

” I think there is still an enormous amount of prejudice against  all  sorts of people: women, people of different sexual orientation, religions”, David points out. ” The world is rife with prejudice still, and  we’re deluded if we think it’s gone away… I think it will take centuries for a lot of the prejudice at the core of people’s being to go away.  I think we’ll get there in the end, but I think the mind moves way ahead of the instinct, or what one might call the instinct. I think I’d call the instinct  probably the result of years of being indoctrinated in one way or another. And  what we think is our instinct is more prejudice. Harmless, and very light in most people in most ways. But it’s still there.” –Redbeard