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David Gilmour to perform in Pompeii's Roman amphitheatre

David Gilmour in concert at The Royal Albert Hall in September 2015
David Gilmour in concert at The Royal Albert Hall in September 2015 Credit: REX/REX

In the October of 1971, British rock group Pink Floyd spent four days performing in the empty Amphitheatre of Pompeii – and created one of the more unusual, enduringly popular concert films of the era, Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii.

 

Forty-five years later, the band’s singer and guitarist David Gilmour is returning to the Roman city – which was famously, hauntingly buried in ash after nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79 – for a solo concert.

This time round, however, he’ll be performing in front of an audience.

According to Rolling Stone, approximately 2000 tickets for the event, which will take place this year on July 7 and July 8 as part of Gilmour’s Rattle That Lock world tour, will be available to fans.

"Performing there in 1971 was very special and I'm looking forward to returning and hopefully creating some more memorable moments, made even more special by playing to an audience," Gilmour said,

Constructed in around 80BC, more than a century and a half before the famous Vesuvius eruption, the venue is the oldest surviving Roman amphitheatre in the world.

 

While it presumably saw its fair share of action 2000-plus years ago,  Pink Floyd – and, now David Gilmour –  are the only acts to perform there in modern times.

Italy’s minister of cultural heritage and tourism, Dario Franceschini, has expressed his enthusiasm for the "unmissable" event.

 

"David Gilmour will be back performing in a unique, fascinating, beautiful scenario. The myth of Pink Floyd will come back to life with him in Pompeii," he said ( via a post on davidgilmour.com).

Eager Pink Floyd fans may want to start saving up, however.

Tickets for the concerts, which go on sale on March 22, will cost €300 (approximately £233) each, in addition to a 15% booking fee, according to davidgilmourblog.co.uk.