In 2002, following a concert for Robert Wyatt’s Meltdown Festival, three semi acoustic concerts were performed by David Gilmour and friends at London’s Royal Festival Hall, with one critic remarking that a ‘reinvented rock god shines on as 21st century folk hero’.
In 2003, David donated the £3.6 million proceeds of the sale of his London house to Crisis, the charity for the homeless of which he is a vice-president.
Acclaim for David Gilmour as a guitarist came with his headline billing at the 2004 London Wembley concert celebrating 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. He was also voted ‘Best Fender Guitar Player Ever’ in a poll in Guitarist magazine, beating such greats as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
In July 2005, Pink Floyd reunited with Roger Waters for a one-off performance at Live 8 in London’s Hyde Park, which was regarded by many as the highlight of an astonishing show.
On 6th March 2006, David released his third solo album, On An Island, which entered the UK Charts at Number One, subsequently hitting the top position in the pan-European Charts, as well as hitting multi-Platinum around the world, including countries as diverse as Canada and Poland.
On An Island was accompanied by tour dates in the US and Europe, performed by a stellar list of musicians including Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, and regular Floyd musicians Dick Parry, Guy Pratt, and Jon Carin.
Summer concerts in Europe included a one-off performance in front of 50,000 in Gdańsk’s historic dockyards, as a celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the Solidarity movement, which was founded there. For one time only, the performance featured a 40-piece orchestra conducted by noted Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, who had written the orchestrations for the On An Island album. The concert was also filmed by director Gavin Elder.
The live show at London’s Royal Albert Hall was filmed in High Definition by award-winning director David Mallet for DVD release. Entitled Remember That Night – Live At The Royal Albert Hall, it was released in Europe on Monday 17th September 2007 and the following day in North America, immediately hitting the No. 1 spot in many countries around the globe.
Remember That Night was released in the high-definition Blu-ray format in November 2007.
In May 2008, David was awarded an ‘Ivor’ for Lifetime Achievement by the British Association of Composers and Songwriters.
In September 2008, Fender Guitars made available their David Gilmour Signature Black Strat model, in two versions. The ‘Relic’ model Fender Stratocaster™ replicates the wear on David’s own 30-year old, much-customised guitar, while the ‘New Old Stock’ model includes all the same custom parts but without the wear.
September also saw the release of Live In Gdańsk, David’s live album from the outdoor show with orchestra in the Gdańsk shipyards. Available as a 2-CD audio package, other formats include a DVD of nearly two hours of concert footage plus a documentary of the Gdańsk experience.