Former Pink Floyd star David Gilmour made history over the weekend when he became the first rock artist to play for an audience at the legendary Pompeii Amphitheatre.

The ancient venue, which lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, was built in 90 BC and entombed in ash when the volcano erupted in AD 79. The amphitheatre was uncovered in the late 1940s.

Gilmour last performed there in 1971 when Pink Floyd recorded their concert film Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii without an audience, but this time, 2,600 fans turned out to see the guitarist, who was thrilled to be back.

“It’s a magical place and coming back and seeing the stage and the arena was quite overwhelming,” the rocker said. “It’s a place of ghosts… in a friendly way.”

Prior to his performances, Gilmour was named a citizen of Pompeii by local Mayor Ferdinando Uliano. 

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