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WATCH: Three of the Best David Gilmour Solos in Recent History

By: Maura O'Malley

March 6, 2018

David Gilmour was born on this day in 1946, and you could say he’s accomplished a thing or two since then, from solo albums to producing—and that’s all in addition to his Pink Floyd legacy.

After joining—and ultimately replacing—Syd Barrett as the co-lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist in the late ‘60s, the ever-evolving band took on a new sound.

And, man, did his Black Fender Stratocaster add something fierce to that sound. Legendary. In fact, Rolling Stone ranked him among the top 15 greatest guitarists of all time.

When Gilmour plays, it’s often not particularly fast, but a slow groove you can feel, both emotionally and physically (goosebumps, anyone?). Time stands still when Gilmour plays, and that’s especially true when The Black Strat gets a solo.

Below, we’ve got three of our favorite David Gilmour solos from recent history. We’d elaborate on each of them, but honestly, the crowds’ reactions at the end of each song says it all.

 

3. “Time” Live at the Royal Albert Hall | 2:51

 

2. “Comfortably Numb” Live in Gdansk | 4:30

 

1. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” Live at Royal Festival Hall 2002 | 0:00