Behind The Scenes Story of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii with Perfect Photos

Performing two extraordinary concerts at the amphitheatre in Pompeii, Gilmour reprised the legendary Pink Floyd 1971 film – and Sarah Lee was given exclusive access to photograph the unique event


It is 45 years since Pink Floyd recorded their seminal live film at the desolate Pompeii amphitheatre for a live performance of their album Meddle. David Gilmour returned to perform a one-off concert to a select crowd of about 3,000 people, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.



A lone poster for the gig on a tree looking across to Mount Vesuvius.


A bit of slide guitar in the afternoon sunlight.

Sound Check


Gilmour performing a signature string bend on his ’55 Fender Esquire – nicknamed The Workmate – one of the best-loved and most prized guitars in his collection. It is the first time since the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 that there has been an event with an audience in the venue.



Polly Samson is an author and lyricist who has written many lyrics for Pink Floyd albums. She is also a photographer and, try as she might, she could not persuade her husband to take off his shirt to revisit the 1971 look of the first Pompeii movie.


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