Published 3 months ago on July 4, 2023

By Jonathan Graham

Dave Kilminster talks to Guitar Interactive's Jonathan Graham during the UK leg of Roger Waters' 'This Is Not a Drill' tour at London's O2 Arena. Billed as the Roger Waters' farewell tour, Dave takes us through his live setup for these massive stadium shows—showcasing his selection of electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers and effects pedals and gives us some unique insight into his impressive career in music to date.

Dave Kilminster Bio.

Guitar Virtuoso Dave Kilminster's radical techniques and mesmerizing sounds captivate fans and fellow musicians alike. Dave won the 'Guitarist of the Year' competition in 1991, run by 'Guitarist' Magazine.

That recognition propelled him on a super-charged career as a multi-faceted guitarist, vocalist, engineer, producer, writer and instructor. Dave is a familiar figure worldwide to fans of progressive rock, having played with the likes of John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, UK), Carl Palmer (ELP) and Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep). He later toured with one of his musical heroes Keith Emerson, and Keith credited Dave for inspiring him to go on the road again.

In 2006 Dave was asked to join Roger Waters (ex Pink Floyd) band as lead guitarist and vocalist on the extraordinary global staging of 'Dark Side of the Moon - Live' and the subsequent (and even more successful) 'The Wall - Live' tour. In fact 'The Wall - Live' is the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist, and the third highest grossing tour OF ALL TIME!!!

In amongst these tours Dave still found time to collaborate with John Wetton and Geoff Downes on their 'ICon' Project (resulting in an album 'Icon 3' and a short tour), and remix/re-master his solo album 'Scarlet - The Director's Cut'. Not to mention perform at the special 12-12-12 concert for Sandy Relief, an event that was broadcast to over two billion people!!!

Around this time Dave also began a unique collaboration with vocalist Murray Hockridge, whose soulful voice has been compared to Prince, Sting, and Stevie Wonder and spans over three octaves. Their unique blend of vocals & acoustic guitars has been dubbed "Acoustic Soul" but is truly indescribable. The pair recorded a special album of covers together entitled 'Closer to Earth', and have completed several successful tours in Europe.

After 'The Wall' tour Dave went straight back into the studio.... the result is a brand new solo album for 2014 entitled '...and THE TRUTH will set you free...'

Fans and critics agree that Dave's work is in a class by itself, encompassing technical mastery and enormous power. A favourite because of his likeable enthusiasm and unmatched on stage energy, Dave wins rave reviews from fellow musicians. Dave's unusual and unexpected techniques add new dimensions to their work. Kilminster is one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge from the UK, and is sought after as a collaborator, band member and solo performer. "He is the best guitarist since Hendrix," enthuses Qango member John Young, adding that Kilminster's technical proficiency seems effortless.

For more information on Dave Kilminster, visit www.davekilminster.com


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