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David Gilmour Returns To Pompeii With The Source Audio Programmable EQ

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

David Gilmour at Pompeii

David Gilmour during soundcheck at Pompeii.

A few months ago I received a midmorning phone call from the great land of the United Kingdom and found myself speaking with none other than Phil Taylor, the longtime guitar technician of Sir David Gilmour. Yeah… that was a very exciting morning. Like a lot of guitar players, I discovered the amazing recording catalog of Pink Floyd sometime in high school and never, ever looked back. For many young musicians (myself included), Floyd are one of those gateway bands – one day you hear them and all of a sudden you realized that (a.) Pink Floyd is a GREAT band and (b.) that rock and roll has the potential to go far deeper both musically AND intellectually than you had ever imagined. Records like Meddle, Wish You Were Here, Ummagumma, Dark Side, Animals, and The Wall are special and timeless collections that will never drift very far from my turntable/CD player/Spotify History.  Year after year, decade after decade, the music of Pink Floyd takes on greater and greater significance. And at the core of that music is the unbelievable songwriting and guitar playing of David Gilmour.

David Gilmour at Pompeii

David and Phil Taylor going over the rig.

Phil called us looking for some instruction on setting up his new Source Audio Programmable EQ. Gilmour had been looking for a MIDI controllable EQ pedal for some time, and our compact and powerful stompbox fit the bill. In the end David and Phil decided to add three of our Equalizer pedals to his live rig.  The Programmable EQ is an 8-band equalizer with the capability to store up to four presets accessible with or without MIDI control. Each preset also comes equipped with a substantial clean boost of up to 12dB. The Programmable EQ has proven an unbeatable tool for a long list of professional players including Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, John Rzeznik and Brad Fernquist of the Goo Goo Dolls, and Dan Hochhalter and Brian Layson of the Dierks Bentley Band.

David Gilmour's pedalboard

David Gilmour's pedalboard

Some sweet close up shots of David's pedals - count 'em, that's three Programmable EQs.

David Gilmour is currently performing a limited number of special engagement shows across the globe in support of his amazing new solo release, Rattle That Lock.  We highly recommend checking out this killer record – it’s all there: the unmistakable voice, the brilliant songwriting, and of course, the iconic lead guitar playing. If you had a chance to see David when he came through the US earlier this summer, you are very lucky.  With stops in only LA, Chicago, and NYC, it was an incredibly hard to acquire ticket.  Of course, it really doesn’t get any cooler than Gilmour and his band’s show at Pompeii. Floyd fans will know that this show was a bit of return for the veteran musician. Pompeii was the setting for Floyd’s awe inspiring 1972 documentary film, Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.  We really couldn’t be more thrilled to know that our gear played a small role in this epic event. 


Wow, that is a beautiful photo.

If you are a Gilmour fan, you need to check out photographer, Sarah Lee's way cool photo essay published last month in The Guardian (all the photos in this report were taken from Sarah's essay). It includes a whole lot of great images covering Gilmour's return to Pompeii. We couldn't all be there, but we can enjoy this fantastic photo documentation of the event. Enjoy!

Let's give a listen to "Rattle That Lock" - the first single off of the record of the same name.

And while we're here, let's check out some vintage Pink Floyd - it's a smoking version of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene."

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