By Tim Staskiewicz
How do you play a show in a city obliterated by molten lava and fiery ash just under 2,000 years ago?
If you’re David Gilmour, you ring the ancient amphitheater with pyrotechnics and light it up.
Gilmour kicked off a two night tour stop in the ancient Roman city Pompeii on Thursday night (July 7th), 1,937 years after it was destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption, and some 45 years after Pink Floyd used the same backdrop for their 1972 concert documentary film, Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.
While Live at Pompeii had no audience in the amphitheater four decades ago, the first show of Gilmour’s two-night stop was packed with spectators, making history as the first rock concert to be held in front of a crowd there.
“Tonight will be the first time since 79 A.D. that there’s been an audience watching something here,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone in an interview before the show.
“There were gladiators, I guess, but the history of it all is something that has crossed our minds.”
Gilmour plays the Roman amphitheater again tonight, (July 8th) before heading on to Germany, France, and Belgium. He’ll finish his tour in late September at Royal Albert Hall in London.
David Gilmour’s Pompeii Set List – July 7th
Rattle That Lock
Faces of Stone
What Do You Want from Me
he Great Gig in the Sky
A Boat Lies Waiting
Wish You Were Here
In Any Tongue
One of These Days
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Fat Old Sun
Coming Back to Life
On an Island
The Girl in the Yellow Dress
Run Like Hell