David Gilmour’s Beatle wish.

I knew that David Gilmour was a fan and friend to The Beatles, but I never knew that he loved the Fab Four that much.  You would think that he would be enamored with someone more “out there.”  Sun Ra comes to mind.  Someone a little more spacey.  I guess for as psychedelic as Gilmour was in Floyd’s hey day, he’s that much a rocker at heart.

I guess this simply reinforces the ground-breaking nature of The Beatles.  You sometimes forget how many rules they broke.  How “out there” they really pushed the envelope.  How different their early rocker image was to mainstream society.  You kind of take these things for granted with hindsight.

It’s cool to hear that one of the most innovative rock guitarists wanted to be in The Beatles.  But then again, didn’t we all want to be in The Beatles at some point.

  • Check out this in-depth website detailing all of the Beatle/Pink Floyd connections.  It’s cool to see the intersections that these two giant rock groups  hav e had throughout their careers.

This is probably as close to being a Beatle as David Gilmour gets.  Playing “I Saw Her Standing There” with Paul McCartney at the Cavern Club a few years back.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Pink Floyd star David Gilmour wishes he had been a Beatle.

The legendary guitarist, who achieved global stardom in the psychedelic band, has revealed the Fab Four have always been his favourite group, and admits he would have given anything to join his 60s contemporaries.

 Speaking at the premiere of his new live DVD ‘Remember That Night – Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ in London’s Leicester Square last night (06.09.07), Gilmour said: “I really wish I had been in The Beatles. I was always a massive fan. The Beatles taught me how to play guitar, I learnt everything. The bass parts, the lead, the rhythm, everything. They were fantastic.”

Gilmour – who became Pink Floyd’s joint vocalist and lead guitarist after founder Syd Barrett was dropped from the band in 1968 – also revealed he is in awe of 60s British group The Kinks.

However, Gilmour, 61, insists he doesn’t only listen to music from the past, because his children keep him up to date with the latest sounds.

The musician explained: “For me, the perfect pop song is ‘Waterloo Sunset’ by the Kinks. I would have loved to have written that.

“One new song I really like though is Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’. Me and the band often play that in sound check. My children introduce me to new music, which is great because I can’t really keep track of it all.”

Gilmour has four grown-up children, Alice, Clare, Sara and Matthew, from his first marriage to Ginger.

He also has three children, Joe, Gabriel and Romany, from his second marriage to Polly Samson.

Gilmour has adopted Polly’s son Charlie from a previous relationship.

Source: Monsters and Critics

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7 Responses

  1. Great!

  2. I bet that is why he jumped at the chance to appear with Paul on Run Devil Run, a great underrated album, mainly because of Gilmour’s presence!

    Thanks for the post, beatleboymatt!

  3. I always thought he was the most sensible of all the Floyds. Have to agree that he helped make Macca’s Run Devil Run one of his most satisfying discs in his long and winding career. I share his sentiments of the Kinks – even for a landlocked Ohioan, Waterloo Sunset is one of those magical songs, evocative of a certain point in time. BTW, if you’ve never heard their Village Green Preservation Society disc, you are in for a real treat.

    To me, Gilmour’s greatest accomplishment was his role in discovering and facilitating Kate Bush’s development and her subsequent signing to EMI. I can never thank him enough for that alone!

  4. And, his solo on Kate Bush’s Rockets Tail is one of my FAVORITES!

  5. to me, dave gilmour is pink floyd. i know roger, rick, syd and nick formed the band in 66 and put out its 1st album in 67. gilmour joined in mid 68, they were recording about 1 third into their 2nd album, but i feel dave made floyd much stronger…roger waters treated syd like a bum…. gilmour has a heart of gold, while waters is such a negative person always crying over losing his dad in ww2…..both floyd albums after waters was gone are great….dave’s solo on an island, has floyd all over it, plus rick plays on it…….dave also played on ringo rama too…..dave is so awesome……

  6. SO RIGHT ALLAN, I SAW PINK FLOYD IN 1994, IT WAS AN AWESOME SHOW. DAVE’S NEW CD AND NEW DVD ARE AWESOME, SUCH A GREAT PERSON HE IS.

  7. hi allan. hi vero. we are together again. pink floyd did the great music of the wall, in 1980. the movie is horrible, but the music so good. guys we get together sometime, ok.

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