David Gilmour grants a behind-the-scenes glimpse of his 2015/2016 tour in a clip for “Today,” the second single from his first solo album in nine years, Rattle That Lock. The video, directed by Aubrey Powell, shows the Pink Floyd veteran rehearsing with his live band before a recent concert in Brighton, UK. Interspersed throughout are shots of eager fans buying merch and the road crew prepping the stage.
“Today” finds Gilmour singing about “clinging tight in the wreckage of love” as his band alternates between funky verses and spacey choruses. As he explained in a recent “making of” video, the track was a collaboration with Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, who co-produced Rattle That Lock.
“‘Today’ was one of the ones that Phil put together of two or three pieces of music of mine that I had sort of ignored,” Gilmour said. “He’s very good at finding them and saying ‘That’s great, you should use it. How about using it with that piece and that piece?’ So he mocked that one up. It’s a gift.”
The song, like the album’s strutting title track, features backup vocalists Mica Paris and Louise Marshall. “Something I’ve always really liked, the idea of the backing singer,” Gimour added. “We have used, as Pink Floyd and myself, backing singers going back to Dark Side of the Moon, where they were liberally plastered over a lot of it. And it’s something I’ve really enjoyed.”
Gilmour performs Friday, September 25th at London’s Royal Albert Hall – the third performance in a three-night run – followed by additional British dates in October and his first-ever South American run in December. The trek will resume March 24th, 2016 at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, kicking off a brief stretch of North American shows.