IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: SOME GLASGOW TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
We’ve just been informed that there are some tickets left for the Glasgow show. If you received an e-mail offering you the chance to purchase advance tickets, and if you haven’t yet responded to it, then be quick. As you know, we operate on a first come, first served basis. Your tickets will be offered to someone else if you don’t snap them up quickly.
This is what happened with the third London show, where fans who thought they’d missed out were surprised with the offer of tickets.
So, if you’re one of the lucky ones to have been offered a pair of priority tickets to Clyde Auditorium, then get a move on before you miss out.
It’s been three weeks since the ‘Five favourites’ blog was added, and we have been overwhelmed, flattered and, yes, often pretty flummoxed by the response. After tallying up your suggestions – which took forever, I must say – the 20 most popular tracks as chosen by you are currently, in numerical order (add your own drum roll here):
001. Comfortably Numb
002. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
005. High Hopes
007. Fat Old Sun
008. On The Turning Away
009. Murder *
009. There’s No Way Out Of Here *
011. Wish You Were Here
013. Childhood’s End
014. Cymbaline *
014. Fearless *
016. Coming Back To Life
017. Near The End
019. The Narrow Way *
019. Wot’s… Uh The Deal *
* Equal number of votes polled. Alphabetical order, not preference, dictates a song’s order in the chart.
So, what do you think of that, then? ‘Fat Old Sun’ is an interesting choice because, had David not performed it in 2001/2, then I wonder just how many of you would have thought to mention it in 2005/6. I’m sure that many of the real aficionados would have done so, but perhaps not in such high numbers to have given it such a high position in the chart.
The success of David’s recent semi-acoustic shows has undoubtedly played a big part in fan selection. This has been the case with Richard Thompson’s ‘Dimming of the Day’, Bizet’s ‘Je Crois Entendre Encore’ and Syd Barrett’s ‘Terrapin’ – all of which have been suggested by you in considerable numbers. (They actually received more mentions than some so-called Floyd favourites.)
Which also, of course, gives hope to some of the less well-known songs that many people perhaps wouldn’t even think of including in such a list, possibly expecting them to be swamped by repeat calls for The Hits. If David decides to give one of those tracks a dusting down, then who is to say that fans won’t think of that when next asked to list their favourites?
With the range of talented musicians who could possibly be touring with David, anything’s possible. (We will reveal in due course who these musicians will be, but think of those you know to have contributed to ‘On An Island’, as some of them may also be joining David on tour.)
Who knows what rare gems David might chose to unearth? Who expected Syd Barrett’s ‘Dominoes’ or ‘Hushabye Mountain’ from the cult children’s film, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’? Both of these were mentioned, which is a credit to David’s versatility and imagination, not to mention your passion for good music played well and deep respect for David’s bravery and judgement.
In spite of being best known, naturally, for his part in Pink Floyd, the general consensus is that fans would like to hear David’s solo material – both the new material that we await with baited breath and that from his previous solo albums, 1978’s ‘David Gilmour’ and 1984’s ‘About Face’. For David’s songs to feature so highly in a list of what is, in essence, a ‘Top Pink Floyd Songs… Ever!’ list, is very pleasing indeed.
There is, undoubtedly, an impressive back catalogue at David’s disposal should he wish to consider it. You have suggested a staggering 107 songs in total, and that doesn’t include any cover versions or album medleys, music from soundtracks (such as ‘La Carrera Panamericana’), instrumental pieces that David has performed live (such as ‘Song For My Sara’, which he performed on Saturday Night Live back in 1987) or unreleased recordings (such as ‘Rain in the Country’, one of the widely-bootlegged ‘Zabriskie Point’ rejects). That only includes recognised tracks from solo, and Pink Floyd, albums.
Of course, let’s not forget that – most importantly of all – by the time David kicks off his tour in Dortmund, an album of new tracks will be yearning to be performed live.
David is especially pleased to read of your tremendous excitement at the prospect of hearing his new material in concert, and that many of you anticipate ‘On An Island’ far more than hearing new renditions of Pink Floyd’s most well-known classics. This is very important. As David has explained several times, his stripped-down shows have given him the freedom to be himself and to try new things that interest him. Indeed, they lessen the burden of expectation that he has as part of a hugely successful rock band, and this allows him greater scope to experiment.
But, before you jump the gun, that doesn’t necessarily mean that David won’t play some Floyd tunes. You’re going to have to wait until the time is right before we let you know what’s on the agenda, I’m afraid.
Let us know if you’d like a full run-down of all the songs you have suggested. We could compile the data into all sorts of fascinating, geeky lists, if you care for that sort of thing.
Please note that if you posted your favourites in a blog other than ‘Five favourites’, they didn’t count here. We have moved many comments to the correct blogs, but with so many needing to be moved, it hasn’t been possible to move them all yet. Please try to make sure that your comments go where you want them so that people can respond to them, etc. Thank you.
Thanks again for all your suggestions, and our congratulations to all who got tickets for Manchester and Glasgow.
One of Polly’s photographs will be here tomorrow, honest. We know you’ve missed them.
No prizes for noticing that today’s snap is another of Nick Mason’s… and a fine one it is, too.