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Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 04 June 2008

Two items in the media relating to David Gilmour have seemed to cause much excitement and a flood of emails to our inbox over the last few days. Nothing should be read into either story, with one of them actually having David playing down the chances of another reunion, and the other, relating to the Glastonbury Festival, that should be taken with a pinch of salt! We're making mention of both here to hopefully put things into a little perspective...

Despite the screaming headlines giving reunion hopes to many, David's comments at the Ivor Novello Awards, where he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement prize, were clearly trying to manage people's expectations of the future.

"Who knows the future? I haven't absolutely said no to the possibility but I think that in reality any sort of long-term thing together is not going to happen. We did the one-off thing and that was probably enough for me but we shall see. At my incredibly advanced age - having achieved this - I've earned the right to sit on my ass for a little while and consider what to do next."

Some more sensationalist parts of the media have taken this as a sign that there is a possibility of a reunion. Now, the various band members have each said similar things since 2005's Live8 reunion, playing down any chances of a repeat of that momentous day. None of them are Nostradamus, or to our knowledge own a crystal ball, so cannot accurately see into the future and definitively say whether or not a particularly special circumstance would happen that could lead to another reunion performance. As Roger recently said, in a similar vein to David, "Never say never", but on the same token, people's hopes and expectations are running a little too high, not helped by some of the recent headlines.

The other story originated in the UK tabloid newspaper, The Sun, and told of David's apparent offer to play at Michael Eavis's annual Glastonbury Festival. Their un-named 'source' made a very curious comment: "[David's] got a window in his touring plans and thought he’d contact Michael about performing. And while Michael was grateful for the offer he turned it down."

On the basis that David's last concert was in 2006, and there are no concerts on the horizon, that's a pretty big window in his touring plans!

Michael Eavis yesterday was quoted as saying about David's offer: "I got a call three or four weeks ago from Gilmour's people. It was obviously very flattering that he had shown an interest in playing here, but by that time all the bands were already in place for this year. We've got a wonderful line-up and I couldn't bump one of the artists off, even for him. Hopefully we'll be able to arrange it for another year."

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