45 years on from Pink Floyd’s fabled concert film, David Gilmour returned to the Amphitheatre of Pompeii for the first of two historic gigs last night (7th July).
Before the concert kicked off, yesterday afternoon David was made an honorary citizen of Pompeii by Mayor Ferdinando Uliano in honour of his connection to the ancient city.
Later, after fans queued for hours to secure the best vantage point, David took to the stage at around 8pm and kicked off his performance with traditional set opener ‘5.AM’.
With his lavish stage production perfectly complimenting the stunning 2100-year-old setting with Mount Vesuvius looming in the background, David played a perfect 23-song that consisted of 14 Pink Floyd tracks and 9 solo efforts.
After recently getting its first performance in two decades in Poland, 'Meddle' opener ‘One of These Days’ featured in the setlist once again together with the first outing of ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’ in more than 10 years.
He will play a second sold-out show at the amphitheatre tonight.
Speaking ahead of the show yesterday, David told reporters: "Tonight will be the first time since 79 A.D. that there's been an audience watching something here! And there were gladiators, I guess, but the history of it all is something that has crossed our minds."
Asked what it was like returning to Pompeii by Rolling Stone, David responded: “It's a magical place. I was slightly overwhelmed yesterday when we came here for the first time.
“We came back here about 10 years ago, with our kids, to show them around the arena. And they were rocking around in there. But coming back yesterday and seeing the stage and everything, it was quite overwhelming really. It's a place of ghosts … in a friendly way.”
David’s setlist in Pompeii was as follows:
Rattle That Lock
Faces of Stone
What Do You Want From Me
The Great Gig in the Sky
A Boat Lies Waiting
Wish You Were Here
In Any Tongue
One of These Days
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
Fat Old Sun
Coming Back to Life
On an Island
The Girl in the Yellow Dress
Run Like Hell