In July, former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour announced that he would be releasing his first album in nine years, Rattle That Lock. The news was followed shortly by an announcement of a tour that would see him head to the US for a string of shows, as well as the release of the album’s lead and title single. In anticipation of the album and tour, Gilmour staged a rehearsal gig in Brighton, where much of the recording for Rattle That Lock was done, over the weekend.
The extensive set list included the live debut of a number of the album’s tracks (5 A.M, Rattle That Lock, Faces of Stone, The Girl in the Yellow Dress), along with a bunch of Pink Floyd tracks (Wish You Were Here, Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Comfortable Numb). Included in the Pink Floyd selection was a rendition of Us and Them, which Gilmour’s first live performance of the song.
He also recently shared a video on YouTube covering the making of the album’s second single, Today. In the video, Gilmour discusses how the song came about and his preference of using backing singers throughout most of his music, including Pink Floyd material. Today is said to have been pieced together by Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera from music that Gilmour himself had previously discarded.