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Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will be headlining a secret, “hidden” gig, plus Dave's 'Dark Side' Guitar Rig

Published: Tue May 12, 2009  News Feed

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Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will be headlining a secret, “hidden” gig in London this month to raise money for charity.

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is going to be performing as a special guest of Amadou & Mariam, a well known duo from Mali, at a one-off show at a secret venue somewhere in central London.  It will take place on Monday 25th May 2009. All proceeds from the performance will go to the homeless charity Crisis.

Secret Venue?

The Venue will be revealed to ticket holders (and NPF Newsletter subscribers) by text of email the day before the show.  The venue location is being kept secret to “draw attention to the uncertain reality of the UK’s hidden homeless” according to the blog on David Gilmour’s website.

The Crisis Website went on to say “By withholding details of the venues until the day before, Crisis wants people to understand the precarious nature of hidden homelessness – often moving from place to place, and often not knowing where you may end up each night. “.

Get Your Ticket!

Tickets are currently on sale online from See Tickets or by telephoning +44 (0)871 2200260. Tickets are priced at £25 (plus a booking/delivery fee of £2.75).

The first two rows are designated ‘VIP Seats’. These will also go on sale tomorrow, priced at £75 per ticket (plus the relevant fees). There are just 10 seats in each row, so that’s 20 tickets in total. If you want one, you’ll have to be quick.

VIP tickets come with a goody bag, the contents of which are still being decided, but should include a commemorative Crisis T-shirt, a copy of the four-disc version of ‘Live in Gdańsk’, as well as Amadou & Mariam’s latest CD, ‘Welcome to Mali’.

Have a listen to their “Afro-pop blues” at MySpace.

David Gilmour said: “I met Amadou and Mariam at the Mojo Awards, where we expressed mutual respect for each others’ music, so it was a wonderful surprise when they called recently, inviting me to collaborate with them on this special one-off occasion for Crisis. I’m looking forward to breaking down a few musical boundaries in the cause of helping the homeless.”

More of Crisis’ ‘hidden’ gigs will take place across London until 17 June.

“It was a wonderful surprise when they [Amadou and Mariam] called recently, inviting me to collaborate with them on this special one-off occasion for Crisis,” Gilmour said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to breaking down a few musical boundaries in the cause of helping the homeless.”

Over the years, Gilmour has sold numerous personal items to help benefit the charity, including his London home in 2003, and has also donated land to be used for the building of apartments designed for the homeless.

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Lets take a look at Dave’s classic guitar rig for ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

Album recording sessions

Guitars

Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
- 1969 black alder body with a white pickguard, ‘63 rosewood neck, stock Fender pickups and an additional Gibson humbucker. Read more…
Fender 1000 twin neck pedal steel
- Breathe and Great Gig in the Sky recording sessions with an open G chord tuning (D G D G B E). Read more
Bill Lewis custom guitar
- 1970 mahogany body with custom humbuckers and a 24-frets ebony neck. David used the guitar on the Money recording sessions but he might also have used it on Us & Them, Brain Damage and Eclipse although this is not documented. Read more

Amps and speakers

Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
- with Mullard 4xEL34’s power tubes and 4xECC83’s pre-amp tubes.
Fender Twin Reverb silverface 100W
- 4×6L6, 2×12AT7 and 3×12AX7 tubes.
Maestro Rover rotating speaker
WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
- with 4×12” Fane Crescendo speakers with metal dust caps.

Guitars

- David pictured at Abbey Road playing the Bill Lewis custom guitar that he bought from Bill in Vancouver Canada in 1970. It has 24 frets and was used on the third solo on Money for the high notes. Read more here.

Live 1972 (pre album release, Eclipse tour)
Guitars

Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
- 1969 all stock with a black alder body, white pickguard and a maple neck with a large headstock. The guitar was fitted with a 1963 rosewood neck in June 1972. Read more…
Fender Stratocaster
- 1971 model with black alder body, white pickguard, maple neck with a large headstock (bullet truss rod) and stock Fender pickups.
Custom double-neck Stratocaster
- This was a guitar David made from a mahogany piece and the necks from The Black Strat (maple) and the ‘63 sunburst Strat (rosewood) to be able to play both normal guitar and slide on the same instrument. The lower neck had higher action on the strings for slides. The guitar was used during the spring US tour in 1972 but later abandoned (Detroit, USA, April. 4. 1972).
Fender Stratocaster
- Sunburst 1959 body with a white pickguard and Fender pickups with the maple neck from The Black Strat after swapping it with the rosewood neck in June 1972. The guitar had an open Em tuning (E B E G B E) for One of These Days throughout the summer/autumn 1972 tour.

Amps and speakers

Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
- with Mullard 4xEL34’s power tubes and 4xECC83’s pre-amp tubes (one was a spare).
WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
- with 4×12” Fane Crescendo speakers with metal dust caps.
Leslie 147 rotating speaker cabinet
2 Fender Twin Reverb 80W (blackface) amplifiers
- Brighton, UK, June 28.-29. 1972.

Guitars

- A picture from Rainbow Theatre, London UK, Feburay 1972, showing the Leslie 147 cabinet between Gilmour and Mason. This was used on most Dark Side songs and on Any Colour You Like where David would 8in addition to the guitar) feed his vocals through the leslie and sing along (just like on Wish You Were Here).

Guitars

- David pictured at the Rainbow Theatre, London UK, Febuary 1972, with “the Black Strat” here with the original maple neck. The neck was replaced with a 1963 rosewood neck in June ‘72.

Live 1973-’75 (post album release, DSotM tour)
Guitars

Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat”
- 1969 black alder body with a white pickguard and a ‘63 rosewood neck. Original 1969 Fender pickups until June 1973 when replaced with Fender 1971 pickups. Fitted with an additional Gibson humbucker between January-June 1973 and a black pickguard in June 1974. Read more…
Fender Stratocaster
- 1971 model with black alder body, white pickguard, maple neck with a large bullet truss rod headstock (Earl’s Court May 1973).
Fender 1000 twin neck pedal steel
- Main slide guitar in June 1974 with open G tuning (D G D G B E) for Great Gig in the Sky and Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Read more
Jedson lap steel (blonde)
- Used winter 1974 and spring 1975, open G tuning (D G D G B E) for Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Standing behind Gilmour. Read more
Jedson lap steel (red)
- Used winter 1974 and spring 1975, open G tuning (D G D G B E) for Great Gig in the Sky. Standing behind Wright’s rig so that Gilmour could play hammond during the heavier parts of the song. Read more

Amps and speakers

4 Hiwatt DR103 All Purpose 100W heads
- with Mullard 4xEL34’s power tubes and 4xECC83’s pre-amp tubes. Two main heads, one spare and one powered David’s front stage monitors.
Alembic F-2B tube preamp
- Added summer ‘74, Leslie preamp.
Leslie 147 speaker cabinet
4 WEM Super Starfinder 200 cabinets
- with 4×12” Fane Crescendo speakers with metal dust caps.
2 Hiwatt SE-4123 cabinets
- with 4×12″ Fane Crescendo speakers. Radio City Music Hall, NY USA, 17 March 1973.

Note: Phil Taylor bought new Hiwatt heads and WEM speaker cabs for David during the summer ‘74 rehearsals. These were used on the remainder of the tour (winter 1974 and spring 1975). The WEM cabs now included new Fane Crescendo speakers without the metal dust caps.

Guitars

- (left) David with “the Black Strat” as it appeared in 1972. (right) While performing Any Colour You Like during the ‘72 tour, David would sing along with his playing in this additional mic fed through a Leslie.

Recording sessions – FX

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC108)
Colorsound Powerboost
Univox Uni-Vibe
Binson Echorec II
Kepex processor (tremolo, Money recording session)
EMS Synthi Hi-Fli guitar effect processor

live 1972 (pre album release)

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC108)
Vox wah wah
Colorsound Power Boost
Univox Uni-Vibe
Binson Echorec II
DeArmond volume pedal

Guitars
- Rainbow Theatre, London in Feburay 1972. Notice the Colorsound Power Boost and a Fuzz Face.

pedal board and additional gear, live 1973-75 (post album release)

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (BC108)
Vox wah wah (1973)
Cry Baby wah wah (1974-75)
Colorsound Power Boost
Univox Uni-Vibe
MXR Phase 90 (added in 1974)
MXR Dynacomp (added in 1975)
DeArmond volume pedal
- see details for this board below.

Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (for lap steel guitar, 1974-75)
DeArmond volume pedal (for lap steel guitar, 1974-75)

Binson Echorec II
Binson Echorec PE 603
EMS Synthi Hi-Fli guitar effect processor
Conn Strobo Tuners (added in 1974)
EMS Synthi A (On the Run)

Note: The Hi-Fli processor is only seen at the Earls Court shows in London UK in May 1973. It is not documented how and for what he used it.

Guitars
- David’s 1973-75 rig (here at Earl’s Court, May 1973);
1. Binson Echorec II
2. Binson Echorec PE 603
3. EMS Hi-Fli guitar processor with footpedals (only seen used at these shows)
4. Pedal board (see effects above)
5. EMS Synti A keyboard
6. 4 Hiwatt DR103 100W heads
7. EMS Sythi A (for On the Run ‘73-’75)

A deeper look into…

Pedal board 1973-’75
- David had all his pedals built into a custom pedal board just prior to the Dark Side of the Moon tour in early 1973. It had on/off switches for the effects and send/returns for the Binson echo units (see effects above). Ontop there was a volume pedal, a wah wah and a control pedal for the Uni-Vibe.
- The Vox wah wah was replaced by a Cry Baby in June 1974.
- The Uni-Vibe was taken out of the board in June 1974 and a second (new) unit was placed beside the board throughout 1974 and 1975.
- Pictures from Boston, US, June 18. 1975, shows a MXR Dynacomp lying to the left of the board.
- As Floyd played both Set the Controls and Echoes in 1973, the Vox wah wah must have had some reverse switch (or the jacks were manually switched) as David used the wah wah effect on Controls and the reverse connection “seagull” effect on Echoes.

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Pink Floyd were a psychedelic/progressive rock band formed in Cambridge, England in 1965. They are one of rock’s most successful and influential acts, having sold over 300 million albums worldwide. The band’s classic lineup was Roger Waters (vocals, bass), David Gilmour (vocals, guitar), Rick Wright (organ, keyboards, vocals) and Nick Mason (drums). Gilmour was brought into the band in 1968 to replace the band’s founder, singer, guitarist and songwriter Syd Barrett, who had become increasingly erratic and departed from the band a few months after Gilmour’s addition. more

Albums

Wish You Were Here Dark Side of the Moon The Wall The Division Bell The Dark Side Of The Moon

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