David Gilmour Discusses Relationship With & Covers Syd Barrett
David Gilmour shared video from his wife Polly Samson’s A Theatre For Dreamers livestream. In it, David discusses his relationship with Pink Floyd founding guitarist and frontman Syd Barrett and performs a couple of Syd’s songs.
After chatting about the unprecedented situation the world finds itself in, David talked about how he and Barrett met. Naturally, the memories are a little foggy but David said he met Barrett “on a recreation around Cambridge.” Then, after some prompting from Polly, David remembered that he, Syd and Roger Waters took art classes together when he was “under 11” although he didn’t know the others at the time. Gilmour goes on to talk about some of his earliest memories of Syd, the overlapping period in which the two guitarists were in Pink Floyd together, co-producing Barrett’s 1970 solo debut, The Madcap Laughs, and more.
David then played “Octopus” from Madcap as well as “Dominoes” from Syd’s follow up record, Barrett, also co-produced by Gilmour. Watch the entire discussion and performance below: