By Lorraine Kay
While everyone else in town was busy standing in line to see David Gilmour at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in North Hollywood, CA, a few lucky people scored passes to the Jay Leno, Tonight Show in Burbank, Thursday, April 20, to watch Gilmour in a private mini concert up close and personal.
At the bottom of the hour, Leno introduced Gilmour as that week’s installment of the summer concerts. Gilmour performed one song before the cameras and the rest of the country and then a subsequent number for the studio audience only.
To introduce his new album, Gilmour performed “On an Island”, the title track from the new CD. The big surprise of the show was Gilmour was joined on stage by David Crosby and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash fame on background vocals. The song seemed to be an instant hit with the studio audience as they swayed on cue given by the stage manager to the music. Regardless, the audience seemed mesmerized to see an old friend perform again.
The 60-year-old rocker showed no signs of slowing down and surpassed all expectations. Gilmour’s performance was top-notch and every-bit as much the star. The band, which has accompanied him throughout this tour was great with Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright on drums and Roxy Music great, Phil Manzanera on guitar and, how could Gilmour lose. And for the fans, the chance to see Manzanera and Gilmour — two of the finest guitarists in rock history — share the stage was almost too good to be true.
Gilmours soothing vocals on “On An Island” were only enhanced by the incredible harmonies and background vocals of the two CSN members. And Gilmour’s guitar work, which was brilliant, to say the least, showed no signs of showing Gilmour’s age.
Once the cameras were off it was just one more Pink Floyd tune, “Wish You Were Here”. This song had the audience grooving along with the band that never skipped a beat as it traveled down memory lane with the fans. Just as powerful as it’s first time around on tour with Pink Floyd, this song delivered all any PF fan could wish for and more.