In St. Mark’s Square, Venice, David Gilmour invites a busker to perform with him on the glass harp.

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David Gilmour’s Musical Journey and a Unique Encounter in Venice

David Gilmour, a pivotal member of Pink Floyd, stepped in as Syd Barrett’s presence in the band began to wane. Gilmour, a friend of Barrett’s from school, initially joined as a second guitarist but eventually took on a more prominent role as Barrett’s mental health and reliability deteriorated due to his drug use. By 1968, Barrett had effectively parted ways with Pink Floyd. The band paid homage to their former member with the nine-part track “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” from their 1975 album “Wish You Were Here,” which features a unique wine glass sequence.

Fast forward to 2006 in Venice, a day before Gilmour’s final concert in St Mark’s Square, he and his wife, Polly Samson, stumbled upon a street performer, Igor Sklyarov, playing a glass harp. This encounter is captured in a brief video clip from the same tour, showcasing Gilmour’s ongoing musical exploration and connection to unique sounds.

Watch the video below to see David Gilmour’s encounter with the glass harp player in Venice.

 

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