Yes, it’s ‘Theatre of the Day’ time again, and on this occasion we’d like to introduce you to New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
This is where David will kick off the North American leg of his tour, with two shows in early April.
Built in 1932, this vast hall was originally used for movie and stage shows. These days it is used for various concerts, as well as film premieres. It is also home to the precision dance team, the Radio City Rockettes.
Radio City Music Hall is the world’s largest indoor theatre and can seat around 6,000. The length of the auditorium (from its back wall to the stage) measures just short of 49m and, as you might expect from the picture, it has an incredibly high ceiling that reaches a height of some 25m.
The stage is framed by a huge proscenium arch which measures approximately 18m high and 30m wide. The stage itself is 20m deep and an impressive 44m wide.
Radio City was completely restored in 1999, costing an estimated $70 million. With no columns or pillars to obstruct your view, you can rest assured that, if you have a ticket for this show, then you are guaranteed a good seat.
Let us know if you’ll be going to see David here and how you feel about the concert. If you’ve been to this theatre before, please share your memories with us and other fans who might be visiting for the first time. Go on, help push their excitement levels up to the ‘danger’ mark. They won’t mind.
Two quick points to finish on. We hope they will go some small way towards addressing the questions we are asked repeatedly.
First, the ‘PULSE’ DVD…
This is not a David Gilmour release, so unfortunately we are not the people to give you a definitive answer on when it will be in the shops. What we do know is that the date Amazon has on its site as a release date is not a release date at all. It’s merely a date they use when they don’t have an official date to declare, so don’t be alarmed by that.
If we knew any more, then we would tell you. (We would like to see it on DVD, too!) But we don’t know when it will be available to buy, so please could you stop asking us for information on ‘PULSE’? We don’t have any. We are focused solely on David’s new album and tour. This interests us much, much more.
We do understand your concern, but we honestly can’t help on this one.
Secondly, regarding David’s tour…
There are no more dates to be announced. The tour has been planned. If there were more dates, then we’d tell you immediately, both here and at www.davidgilmour.com. All the requests in the world (with or without using obscene language, thank you very much) will not change that fact.
You probably don’t want to hear it, but we really do understand your disappointment. We know that many fans have missed out on the chance to see David for a variety of reasons, and we know that you want to complain about it to someone. But, as we have stated elsewhere, this is not the place for it.
With the greatest respect, the locations have been chosen and, to be frank, that’s the end of the matter. David is certainly not going to spend a year of his life travelling the world with his family in tow, playing in all the cities that you’d like him to visit. It’s just not practical, and it’s not fair that some fans complain the way in which many of you have done since the last of the North American tickets were sold at the weekend.
We have taken all your criticism into consideration and we assure you, it has been discussed in depth – particularly your experience of purchasing tickets.
This message is aimed at the minority, and we apologise to those who have expressed nothing but appreciation that there is to be a new album and tour at all. It is unfortunate that it needs to be repeated so regularly, but please, have a bit more respect. David is visiting eight countries and 15 cities over a period of three months. Give him a break.