When: Mon., April 4, 8 p.m. and Fri., April 8, 8 p.m. 2016
Unless you’re talking about the great recent work of Neil Young or the late David Bowie, pretty much every classic-rock superstar is currently cranking out disappointments. On 2015’s Rattle That Lock (Columbia), legendary Pink Floyd coleader—and one of the planet’s finest guitar players—David Gilmour proves that he has what it takes to age more than gracefully. Across Rattle’s ten tracks, Gilmour revisits the sounds that made Floyd so great in the 70s: the droning organ and mournful guitar of “Beauty” is straight from “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” and “A Boat Lies Waiting” lifts the creepy spoken samples and somber piano from Dark Side’s “The Great Gig in the Sky.” The album leans heavily on Gilmour’s guitar work, as his playing is dominated by the same crystal-clear, sweeping Stratocaster sustain of the classic solos in “Time” and “Echoes,” which feature some of the most beautiful guitar sounds ever put to tape. If there has to be a bummer about Rattle That Lock, it’s the lame, sorta-funky blues-rock title track—but as bad as it is, maybe the blow is somehow softened by remembering that “Money,” with its ham-fisted boogie, is one of Pink Floyd’s most popular tracks ever. Tonight’s show is the last of a three-gig stint in Chicago that includes a stop on Wed 4/6 at the Auditorium Theatre, a stage Gilmour hasn’t graced since Floyd played there in 1972.
Price: sold out