About Face is the second solo studio album by the Pink Floyd singer and musician David Gilmour. It was released in 5 March 1984 by Harvest in the UK and Columbia in the United States, a day before Gilmour’s 38th birthday.
The album was followed with a supporting tour, which lasted from 31 March – 16 July 1984, covering Europe and North America.
A VHS was released in September 1984 entitled “David Gilmour Live 1984”. The film is mainly a concert performance from The Hammersmith Odeon in London in April 1984. It also features promotional clips. Lastly, a documentary called After The Floyd which followed Gilmour on the 1984 solo tour and includes interviews with David on tour buses (the bus driver referred to David as ex-guitarist of Pink Floyd) and in hotel rooms. Also included is more live footage of concerts and soundchecks in Europe. It is now out of production.
The VHS was not released in Europe, apparently due to “lack of commercial interest”. This concert footage is now to be found on DVD, released by Crime Crow Productions.The DVD, however, does not contain the extra footage that could be found on the VHS.
Similarly, Sony Music has shown little interest in releasing the title on DVD in the US, possibly due to the age of the concert as well as Gilmour’s own dislike of About Face as an album.
We have recently been in contact with Michael Beers a Former Freelance writer with JAM Magazine and keen photographer enthusiast who has shared his personal collection from the tour for the first time online.
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David Gilmour at the Kabuki Theater in SF on June 29, 1984.
David Gilmour at Cal Expo amphitheater in Sacramento on June 28, 1984
Our thanks go to Michael for his contributions.