Pink Floyd's David Gilmour will play live in Pompeii for first time in 45 years
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour will return to Pompeii for his first live performance there in 45 years, Italy's Culture Minister announced Wednesday (March 16).
The last time the guitarist and singer played live in the ancient city, it was to record Pink Floyd's 'Live at Pompeii' album in October 1971. But that performance was recorded before an empty amphitheater. The newly announced shows will take place before an actual paying audience.
Italy's culture minister Dario Franceschini tweeted "Agreement reached. After 45 years, David Gilmour will play again at Pompeii on 7 and 8 July."
Gilmour's shows wil be staged at the nearby Roman Amphitheatre and not where the Pink Floyd album was recorded. The upcoming dates will be in support of Gilmour's latest solo album 'Rattle That Lock'.
Gilmour is scheduled to play at the Arena of Verona, another Roman theatre, in the north of Italy, on 10 and 11 July.
The amphitheater where Pink Floyd performed had formerly been buried under ash for nearly 1,600 years after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Pink Floyd's 'Live at Pompeii' is also one of the most popular concert films in rock history.