Night Seven: Amsterdam

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David and his band will perform their second gig in Amsterdam tonight.

Will you be there, too? If so, do let us know how excited you’re feeling as the minutes… tick… slowly… by. We want to know what you’re hoping to hear and, of course, we want to know if you had a good time.

As always, if you don’t want to know the setlist, don’t read on.

Today’s photo is of David during the soundcheck in Dortmund.

Many more of Polly’s photographs to come, not only here, but also at the fantastic Gallery. Be sure to have a look at them, if you haven’t already done so.

Have a great time tonight, everyone.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

235 thoughts on “Night Seven: Amsterdam”

  1. Caption Competition:

    PS to DG… David I’ve ironed your black t’shirt for you

    DG… Sorry luv… bit busy at the moment…

  2. If anyone is wondering, why David is bending down to his monitor speakers quite often, it is not because of a technical problem, but rather caused by a lyrical black-out. He has placed a folder with all the songlyrics down there (with a little lamp) funny isn’t it? By the way, calling Richard just another member of David’s Tourband, then he can only mean the financial contract. But Richard is a legend and a totally underrated driver of the legendary Pink Floyd sound. His original voice on ‘Time’ and Echoes is a MUST!!! Not speaking of his playing.

    [David’s not the only one with such a folder, Alec. Richard has one, too. Nothing wrong with that. – Features Editor]

  3. Fedmeister…

    Now that the tour is underway and the first concerts are done and successful is there a sense of “calm” within the team? Or is it like a Swan on the river… gliding majestically along with furious pedalling underneath?

    And I’m not suggesting Swans ride bicycles before I get exactly the type of comment I would make… Anyway the bicycle clips would be too big for them….

    [There’s always something to worry about, but I think everyone is delighted that the album has done so well and that the concerts have been a success. You still have to pedal, though. – Features Editor]

  4. I am a big fan of David Gilmour and PF.

    I will be in NYC on April 4th and 6th and also in Los Angeles on April 20th to enjoy David Gilmour concert. I really hope to have a great time there because I spent not just money, I also lost my marriage.

  5. Mr. Gilmour,

    First and foremost please let me thank you for the decades of incredible hits and mind blowing guitar riffs. I just want you to know that I was introduced to Pink Floyd when I was 8 years old by my older Cousin who is more like my brother, and I have been hooked ever since. I live in southern California grew up listening to your music, wishing I could have experienced your guitar riffs in person. I haven’t exactly had an easy life (I’m not going to bore you with details) but I want you to know that through the roughest most desperate times I give a lot of credit for my staying sane came from Pink Floyd. I just saw this as an opportunity to thank you for (unknowingly) helping through the tough times.

    Sincerely,
    Travis Hartman

  6. Dear all!

    Last night was good, again! Going back tonight…this is lovely!

    I’m sorry to say that this will be the last Gilmour concert for me for a while. but after the Paris shows and these two nights in Amsterdam I will probably float above ground till the London gigs in May!

    Thanks to Mr. Gilmour for putting on so good shows and thanks to Mr. Wright for going on this tour (your vocals is better than ever and it’s fun to hear you sing on Comfortably Numb)!

    Best regards from

    JT

  7. Capt competition: “Oh cripes me braces”.

    Yippee…Hallelujah…Albert Hall..Chior..Gloat Gloat..Cant stop Smiling..

  8. the reviews from last night’s amsterdam show make me wish that i was able to see tonight’s show more than any of the others that have gone before. if you’re going tonight, have a great time. i’m as jealous as hell! please tell us all about it.

  9. There seem to be a lot of posts from people attending multiple concerts… not really fair on the fans who couldn’t get tickets!

    Although I must admit if I was in the UK I would love to be at the final concert at the RAH so I guess I would have gone twice… BUT I still have enough airmiles for a round trip if needed 🙂

  10. Caption Competition

    David found it very easy to play his guitar and constantly monitor the video screen to ensure his guitar hid the results of Richard’s botched botox injection…

  11. Caption…

    “How’s my colour Guy.I think I’m coming down with that nasty bug.”

  12. Hi Ed ,

    I have put the new cd onto my ipod but cant get the album artwork to come up. Do I have to buy from ITunes for this to occur?

    Rgds Geoff

    [Pass. Anyone? – Features Editor]

  13. F Ed.

    Just wondered, will you be submitting you CV for the post of Features Ed. for Rog’s Blog site, as & when one starts up.?!

    [Gosh, how do I answer that? Um… No. This is more than enough for me, thank you! – Features Editor]

  14. I think the FLOYD would have been amazed at the Which One’s Pink show in Long Beach,CA. They played ANIMALS in its entirety. The crowd went wild & they made a mark for themselves.

  15. Quote

    “If anyone is wondering why David is bending down to his monitor speakers quite often, it is not because of a technical problem, but rather caused by a lyrical black-out”

    Let’s hope Simon Cowell isn’t in any of the audiences as I’m sure he would have something to say about this… :-@

  16. Got to say, it’s great that David & co. are mixing the tunes up a bit for each gig – makes each one a bit different, a bit (more) special.

    Having said that, I’ll be gutted if Echoes isn’t still in the set-list on 31st May!

    Kxx

  17. Howdy

    Although somewhat irrelevant, my computer has been very retarded lately and not updating websites like my devinat art and crap. I noticed that the main page of the website ,on my computer, hasn’t been updated since thursday. Is this correct or is it my warped hard drive?

    [Er, this is correct. – Features Editor]

  18. [There seem to be a lot of posts from people attending multiple concerts… not really fair on the fans who couldn’t get tickets!]

    I wasn’t able to get tickets, and I felt the same way, Rudders – especially when I read posts that said it wasn’t great but I’m going back tomorrow!

    But heck, although I’d like to think I’d not do the same, maybe I’d have bought for more than one concert if I’d been able to get my hands on any!

    Its the resellers that I hate with a passion – I’d rather see a true fan go multiple times and have a great time than know people are obscenely profiting from a fan’s love of great music and desire to listen to a great musician.

    There was talk of pitchforks, angry mobs etc etc earlier – I’m far too old and unfit to do the mobbing thing, but turn em lose on the profiteers and I’ll come along to make the sarnies and serve the tea while they do their thing!

    Helen

    [Make them prawn mayonnaise sarnies, Helen, and we’ll really show them what’s for! – Features Editor]

  19. Caption Comp: Evidence that David really is Mr Pink!!!

    Have a great night you lucky ………….. people!!

  20. David, put your black shirt back on, know one will recognize you. If Polly did not pack enough shirts for you, I think maybe I could spare one for you, ha.ha.ha. see you in Toronto. And by the way, are there anymore set list changes, please no. STOP THERE.

    To the question about the LSF section at Massey Hall, I have been there for several different shows, and I can not say there is relly a bad one accept if the tickets say obsrtucted view.

    The sound gets a little base to the side stage but still sounds great.

    Be happy you have tickets.

  21. Hello David,

    It’s us again all Montreal Fans, yep Montreal still on the map we’re alive yoohooooo! mdrrr We are all waiting for a Venue Announcement so far….What Should we do to have a On An Island show in town here! Let us know and we will do our best to make it happend….ANYTHINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

    Tchiao! David…(what kind of effects (Pro-Tools one’s or what…)are you using to have this amazing guitar sound jaysssssss Man that’s nut very spherical hey! Allrights…

  22. SAM BROWN DOING “GREAT GIG IN THE SKY” !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please David bring her to Radio City Music Hall on April, 5th. PPPPPPleeeeease!

    If ya don’t I’ll be so “Blue” 🙂

    Thanks for this tour and so much more,

    Your fan,
    Matt

  23. The show is well underway right now and I cannot believe I am not there.

    I fully intended to be there even though I had no ticket yet, but after the incredible experience I had last night I knew I could not let the chance go by to see the show one more time.

    But this afternoon I ended up spending hours in hospital with my brother (in law). He kept telling me to go home and leave him there, but off course there was no way I would do that. Luckily he was finally allowed to go back home, but by the time we got back to his house it was already 6 pm. If I had any chance of still purchasing a cancelled ticket I should have been at the Music Hall the moment the doors openend and there was no way I was still going to make that. I was also so exhausted I knew I would never have been able to drive back home afterwards. So instead I drove back to my own house in the opposite direction.

    Last night’s show was so incredible I had tears running down my face more than once. What is it about David’s and Pink Floyd’s music that touches us so deeply? After the afternoon I had today I could really have used the emotional relief. But with every other highway I had to change to, my heart bled, realising I was getting further and further away from where I most wanted to be.

    I do hope the band and everyone attending is having a wonderful show tonight though. I guess all that is left for me to do is play Echoes on my stereo, imagine I am there, and just let those tears flow.

    hugs
    Bianca

  24. I received an email from one of the many promoters I get email from, telling me to check out http://www.davidgilmour.com on a day back in Dec.for an opportunity to buy tickets for David’s upcoming North American tour. On that day I could have purchased tickets to any of the North American shows through this website on Ticketmaster. They were available. I bought two tickets (floor seats) to both Oakland shows and told my closest friends. None of them bought any tickets. The next morning tickets were still availabe to all of the venues except NYC. I told my friends again. None of them still bought any tickets. I didn’t buy any more because I’m not a scalper and I couldn’t attend any of the other shows due to my job. Now my friends are bitching at me because I didn’t get them in on tickets. What can you do? I had my tickets in hand before they went on sale to the public. The early bird catches the worm! I tried to let my best buds in on it. Now they think I’m being greedy because I won’t give up a pair. NO WAY JOSE! I’m a nice guy and I share what I have but no way! Am I out of line?

    [Not at all, Ken. Many people dithered and they missed out. You’re right about the early bird and that’s why you’ve got tickets and they haven’t. I hope you have a great time, mate. – Features Editor]

  25. caption:

    “Oh by the way, which one’s Pink?” 🙂

    (or the less subtle version: David impresses the Amsterdam crowd by turning pink in the middle of ‘Comfortably Numb’)

    N

  26. Hey Fed. ED Person, Thanks for keeping all of us so well informed about everything happening on the tour. Could you please print some of the newspaper reviews of the show? I love reading what these so called “experts” have to say about David and his touring band. Hope that is not too big of a request. Thank you, Dave in Ft. Wayne In

    [Keep checking the Press page at http://www.davidgilmour.com, Dave. We’re adding things all the time. – Features Editor]

  27. I was just watching David’s Meltdown DVD and got to thinking how cool it would be if David added Wright’s ‘Breakthrough’ to the setlist. It is a beautiful song and would fit in nicly with the current setlist

  28. Caption…

    Any band member to David…”I said you need to readjust your tie.It’s hanging over your left shoulder.

  29. evening feat ed . i think there might be another sale of on an island here in dublin . bet i have had the oddest way of publicising the album too . i was out at work today as i normally am . i drive for a living delivering home brew round dublin . i was stopped at some traffic lights in the tallaght area of my city playing on an island on my car cd player . now i must admit i do turn my music up when i am in the car on my own ( shame on me i know !) i put down my window to wipe the rain off my mirror whereupon the person in the car on my right put down theirs . i thought i would be in for a gob full of the 3rd degree about how loud i was playing my music but i heard a shout of what that music you are listening to . so i managed to hit the stop button on my cd player hold up the cd box of on an island and shout the title of it at them and not only that i told them where to buy it all before the lights changed . the song they heard was this heaven . i think they liked it . 2 blokes were in the car beside me were probably in ther mid 20’s or so . hopefully i have done my bit to make someone else buy on an island you never know 🙂

    [Excellent! More enjoyable than walking around in a sandwich board, no doubt! – Features Editor]

  30. Was wondering: any chance of David perhaps working in a tune at some point from one of his prior solo albums? It’s great that we’re seeing some Floyd nuggets resurrected, but I can’t help but think how awesome it would be if David just ripped into “Raise My Rent” one evening. 🙂

    Also, I saw over on Amazon that David’s first solo album is scheduled for a US re-release on May 2. It says that this album has been remastered. Is this true?

    [Amazon’s announcing things again? Surely not. – Features Editor]

  31. Here’s the setlist:

    On an island, completely

    pause

    Shine on
    wotz uhm the deal
    fat old sun
    coming back to life
    time+breathe reprise(no normal breathe)
    high hopes
    echoes

    encore

    wish you were here
    comfortably numb

    It was great 🙂

  32. Another brilliant night. The band once again struts its stuff. David really let RIP the electric solo at the end of Fat Old Sun. Coming Back to life swapped for Wearing the Inside Out was a nice variation to the songs played so far. And again, David’s playing was just brilliant. This evening the band left Breathe off the setlist, even though they didn’t add another song. It’s a shame, because the Breathe>Time>Breathe Reprise medley was so powerful, and it really was spinetingling to ear the speak to me intro precede the languid beauty of David’s slide guitar at the beginning of Breathe. Echoes was once again a power-house closer. Nice to hear the band becoming collectively more assertive.

    Anyway, to those complaining about not getting tickets, did you bother to show up the night of ths show? There were extras for face value outside of the venue both nights. Scalpers were even leaving with extra tickets. Sometimes you gotta work it people! 🙂

    Shine on and thanks for the wonderful show!

    Set I: On an Island
    Set II: Shine On, Wot’s Uh The Deal, Fat Old Sun, Coming Back to Life, Time>Breathe Reprise, High Hopes, Echoes
    E: Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb

    Done well again!

  33. I was there tonight…

    David is the maestro, I loved every second.

    Language is a clumsy tool to capture emotions. Enough said.

    Best,
    Clemens

  34. There is a piece of equipment that I see David using all the time, and I am wondering if you can tell me what it is. It is a small rectangular box with a circle that seams to light up, and four nobs under the circle. It is always right by him. Is that some sort of monitor? Please help! I am losing a lot of sleep over this. Dan

  35. AMSTERDAM, 19-03

    what did i see yesterday? i still can`t put my finger on it…an amazing show from an amazing band, it was really high-class preformance (I saw CSN and Dylan last year, but this was something else!)

    Always loved PF and DG and after yestarday the love will never grow old, I`m sure!

    Shivers when shine on, time, comfortably numb and high hopes were played but what realy struck me was Echoes..i mean it lasted about 20 minutes or so!…never thaught i would hear that great piece of music again..

    Thanks everybody!

    ps maybe maybe maybe next time the entire momentary lapse of reason album as an encore??? haha

  36. Caption Competition: “No, I feel fine. Do I LOOK like I have a fever?”

    Now that the NYC shows are getting closer I’m having a huge change of heart: I can’t believe I sold my ticket to the April 4th show just so I could pay the rent. What was I thinking? Did I really believe only one night with David would be enough when I could’ve had two?

    Okay, who has tickets for April 4th they wanna unload? I’m losing sleep. No one wants to see me sitting on the curb in front of Radio City crying and cursing, do they? ‘Cause I think that’s the way it’s gonna go down if I’m not at opening night in NYC.

    xo
    Deborah

  37. Oh just a little something here…

    Richard Wright is absolutely underrated! Without him there can be no pink floyd i think..

    and it was very odd but beautiful to hear him take the Comfortably Numb lyrics!

    Just had to say that!

  38. Yet another setlist tweak for the 3/20 show…see if you can spot the addition. 🙂

    FIRST HALF: The complete ON AN ISLAND album. Then, a fifteen minute break.

    SECOND HALF: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wot’s… Uh The Deal, Coming Back To Life, Breathe/Time/Breathe Reprise, Fat Old Sun, High Hopes, Echoes. ENCORE: Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb.

  39. Caption…

    “Polly, the kids caught me napping and used the magic markers on me again!”

  40. I will be at the April 4th show in NYC. Your new album moves the hair on the back of my neck. truly a great album!! and happy birthday brother!

  41. Hello,

    This was my second evening in Amsterdam with Mr. David Gilmour and his friends. And what an evening it was!! Yesterday I wrote that the concert was the best I ever had seen.

    But today… I will have to say it again; this evening was far far farmost the best concert I really have seen. The band played better than yesterday. The sound was better. I really loved it.

    Set List of the seventh night:

    I: On an Island
    II: Shine On, Fat Old Sun, Coming back To Life, Time>Breathe Reprise, High Hopes, Echoes
    E: Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb

    Something special happend tonight. During the break I was waiting for the second half and guess who was walking to me? Polly Samson!! I did not dare to ask her for an autograph.

    Later during the encores a few fans came to the stage and there I saw Polly again, she was taking pictures of David and the band.

    Did she also take one (or more) pictures of the people in front of the stage? I was there too. And if she have taken any picture of the people will this pictures also be published on http://www.davidgilmour.com?

    If the pictures are not published can you mail me the pictures?

    Thank for the two wonderful evenings. I was there with my father (age: 75!) and he also loved the shows.

    The 29th of May I will be in London with my wife and I am looking to it. Still waiting 2 months, but Time Is Ticking Away.

    Thank you for so much joy and happiness.

    See you in London.

    Carlos

    [There’s a good chance that they’ll be on the site, Carlos. Glad you enjoyed! – Features Editor]

  42. Are you going to be posting any more concert hall information for upcoming shows??? Or is that all done for now???

    I was looking for an inside shot of Massey Hall so I can see where the man (David) is going to be standing!

    [There are a few more theatres left to feature, Matthew. Finding good shots of the inside of Massey Hall isn’t proving to be easy, though! Jesse kindly added a link to one yesterday. If you click your name below, you’ll see it. Thanks again for that, Jesse! – Features Editor]

  43. Just back from the show.

    here’s the setlist:
    On an island (complete album, played in different order)

    after the break:
    Shine on..,
    wots uh… the deal,
    fat old sun (unfortunately no dominoes)
    coming back to life
    time + breath reprise (no breath :-()
    high hopes
    echoes

    encore:
    Wish you were here
    Comfortably numb

    hm maybe the order is slightly different (can’t remember)

  44. I was there too! Absolutely amaaaazing show!

    Best Regards,

    Floris,

    Just got back home… in zwolle! 😉

  45. Okay, Ed/Edwina – are you trying to gaslight me? I saw a questionable post (I didn’t do it!) on the blog for all of about 2 minutes and then whoosh! it was gone. One-liner? Something about David. Ring a bell?

    Take it from me – you can’t really drink a lot and do this job properly. 😉

    xo
    Deborah

    [The ‘Publish’ and ‘Junk’ buttons are too close, I tell you. – Features Editor]

  46. I am sorry to read about Guy being struck down with a stomach bug. I remember before christmas suffering from the same whilst changing a 12 way 3 phase fuse board, the stress of having to get the electric back on whilst suffering like that was unbeliveable, I can`t imagine what it would be like feeling like that and then having to perform to a sell out crowd! Hat`s off to you Guy!

    And I hope everyone is well on the tour!

    Thanks,
    Adrian

  47. excuse the swearing ed, but f*cking hell! ‘coming back to life’ is one of my all-time favourites. i love that song. i had a feeling tonight’s show would be special. how many more surprises has david got in store for us, i wonder? the man’s such a big tease. i really am having trouble waiting until may for the band to reach london. this blog is winding me up but in a good way. i had to stay up to see the setlist. how sad is that? damn, i wish i’d been in amsterdam tonight.

  48. “……There is a piece of equipment that I see David using all the time, and I am wondering if you can tell me what it is. It is a small rectangular box with a circle that seams to light up…..”

    Sounds like an electronic guitar tuner

  49. IT’S IN THE SET ” coming back to life” Excellent , I was looking forward to the post that said it had been included into what is an already blinding setlist. My good lady has asked me to beg David & co to include it one night at RAH . She heard it live at the stratpack and nearly lost her mind. Sorry that did sound a bit wanting !!!!. On a Different note we need more Linda’s in Dublin to advertise this new album .

    I have still yet to hear it on national radio . This will not do to coin a phase from the other lad ????????.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  50. coming back to life and fat old sun… Great songs, wish David played it yesterday…

    Isn’t it true that Comfortably numb was actually a demo for davids first solo album?

    Does David still got his Ferrari F40? The story about him and nick pickin up the cars in maranello is great!

    [It was a demo from the time David was making his first solo album in France. A very nice one, too. – Features Editor]

  51. Dan,

    The box you refer to by David is a Strobe tuner which is an old device compared to modern day digital guitar tuners. Yet the strobe tuner if far, far more accurate.

  52. [It was a demo from the time David was making his first solo album in France. A very nice one, too. – Features Editor]

    There aren’t any raw recordings of this demo are there?

    [David played a snippet on BBC radio several years ago. I think it was 1992 or thereabouts. It was the same time he shared his reggae version of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. No doubt it’s well-bootlegged. – Features Editor]

  53. What is the caption competition? I`ve been blogging on this site for months, and assumed it was something Rudders had made up.

    [I think Rudders did make it up! It’s not a real competition, just an excuse to make up funny captions for all the photos. Shame on me, but I’m still chuckling about the robot one from yesterday. – Features Editor]

  54. To second Victor… **cking Hell!

    Coming back to life is a superb song which fits perfectly into this set… it’s a must…please.

    And… a semi-acoustic version of Brain Damage and Eclipse would be pant-wettingly brilliant!

  55. well, just waiting for 31 May, hoping that Sam Brown show herself that day to sing Great Gig. “Wearing the inside out” is a must(good live version) and still hope that Breakthrough can be played. Echoes should remain in the setlist either, are you reading??!!!(to use Guy Pratt’s way of writing).

    One question… since There’s David, Rick and even Phill Manzanera, 3 very creative musicians, is it possible that , while jaming before the shows , create new songs for solo albums or group efforts? do you know(features ed.) if they did something since the beginning of the tour?

    [No idea, sorry. – Features Editor]

  56. Fedmeister

    [I think Rudders did make it up! It’s not a real competition, just an excuse to make up funny captions for all the photos. Shame on me, but I’m still chuckling about the robot one from yesterday. – Features Editor]

    Rimmer has his alter ego Ace Rimmer so maybe I’m your alter ego… now there’s a thought that will wake you up in cold sweats for a while!!! Agghhhh……

  57. The CN ‘demo’ can be found on the brilliant RoIO…

    [Whoa! There’s no chance of me posting that, sorry. – Features Editor]

    That raises a question, can we mention RoIo’s in here? I mean, whats done is done, right? They are well documented.

    Thanks FEd…and btw, I dont know who you are, but it did take me longer than most to even figure out that FEd was the features editor!

    BigAl

    [Of course you can’t mention bootlegs here! This is David’s official website, for goodness sake! – Features Editor]

  58. “OH..My..God!!!”…”Coming Back to Life”???”Are you serious?!!!..How much better can this get???!!!

  59. Oh yeah, one more comment on the show…

    People, stop bringing your cameras!!! When I attended the show this really was a turn off, there were people holding telephones al over the place. These iluminated screens are realy irritating!

    So people just go to the show, sit down and relax. When your too much concerned about taking photographs you can not enjoy the music and thats what it is all about isn’t it?

    [Well, it should be. – Features Editor]

  60. [David played a snippet on BBC radio several years ago. I think it was 1992 or thereabouts. It was the same time he shared his reggae version of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. No doubt it’s well-bootlegged. – Features Editor]

    Ermmm…. it’s very well bootlegged… so I hear… apparently… 8->

  61. ‘Pant Wettingly Brilliant’ to describe an acoustic BD/Eclipse…nice Rudders.

    I too, vote for Coming Back To Life, to stay in setlist. beautiful vox on that onw Richard, way to go!

    Guy – Feel better…

    Peace, BigAl

    how long will it take someone to determine my alter-ego? It’s all in the CaPiTaLizaTion.

  62. Anyone else think Eclipse would be an amazing song to end the show with (hint hint for Massey Hall night one)?

  63. What’s this?…Rudders making set request changes? Maybe you are just one of us after all.Just kidding Rudd.I’m freaking out as much as you are after reading these blogs.Too bad for me that I won’t be able to meet you as my show at M.H. is on the 10th.Rock on my friend!!!Luv ya!(Sorry about the Luv ya part, being a guy and all…beer is starting to kick in.You know how it is.

  64. Mr. Features Editor.

    I haven’t found the link of FAQ’s e-mail on site, cause ask here.

    Have you any plans to release a live album of ’84 tour? I’m sure you know that people listens aka “New Game” bootlegs of it.

    And second question about re-issuing ’84 tour on DVD. I have a video cassette only. I so wait a digital stuff. I understand your whole team has much work with new 5.1 On an Island album and future DVD 2006 tour, but nevertheless?

    Thank you.
    Max from Russia.

    [There’s no address or form on the FAQs page because we don’t want more questions at this time. Please send your question in when such a facility returns. However, the 1984 tour is old news now. David is far more interested in what’s happening at the present time, so I think you’ll be disappointed with the answer. – Features Editor]

  65. Ahem

    [I think Rudders did make it up! It’s not a real competition, just an excuse to make up funny captions for all the photos. Shame on me, but I’m still chuckling about the robot one from yesterday. – Features Editor]

    Memory lapse Fedmeister?… Feb 19th Blog…

    [Maybe we need a caption contest for these pictures, Clemens. He could be doing a Stan Laurel impersonation… Bit of a Fred Karno reference for you there. – Features Editor]

    No…no…it’s ok… no apology necessary…

    [There I was, giving you the credit for a great idea… – Features Editor]

  66. Greetings from Connecticut,

    I have been reading the feedback about the tour with a big old grin every day – Watching the magic grow and it’s life take form.

    Lastly a big HUGE AND LASTING thanks to David, Polly, Phil T., Rick, Dick, Guy, Jon, and all the others who made this magnificant album, given us photos with feelings and share their magic with a long desired tour.

    I only wish I knew about the tour before last week so I could have bought tickets!!

    Ben H.

  67. well i got a couple more weeks till im there at radio music hall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. Glad to hear “Coming Back to Life” made a set. I’m kind of hoping it’ll make the April 4th NYC show, not for my sake so much, but because that was the song that first got my cousin interested in David/PF (at my recommendation of course) and she’ll be attending the concert with me. I know she really would love to hear it live. She also likes Breathe (esp. live), and it looks like that one will most likely get played too. She’ll be a happy camper.

    But what I like CBTL for mostly is that it proves David is a much better lyricist than he gives himself credit for. Many of my favorites of his are songs with his own lyrics (CBTL, Sorrow, Childhood’s End, Where We Start, Murder, Fat Old Sun, The Narrow Way). Maybe it does take him longer than most to write them, but to me at least it’s worth it.

  69. Caption Competition:

    David seems “amused to death” over yet another request for a DVD of some sort not to mention the requests for “something from Animals, please!”

  70. There are obviously a lot of people that like to start rumors since there are at least 3 different setlists posted.

  71. Coming Back To Life. – BRILLIANT !! it’s my favorite on The Division Bell, & helped me through a tough time. Hope to hear it in Oakland 4/17. Congrats.on a sensational album,& successful tour! Also,I happened to see PF @ Earl’s Court in ’94 just walking up as the show started. They had extra seats available! So don’t give up! Cheers All, Stevie G.

  72. Since someone has whined about people attending multiable concerts, is there anyone out there that is seeing more than 3 shows? I’ll be attending both Rosemont Shows, and all 3 shows at the Albert Hall this May in London. I’m hoping Roger will plan something in London around this time as well, but it doesn’t look like it. 🙂 🙂

  73. I like the idea about changing the set list but David just play the extra songs it will make everybody so happy!

  74. I was going to stay away but someone saying they find my voice sexy…Well….

    Great show tonight, really mixed up the set. We never really rehearsed Coming Back To Life but playing it was like putting on an old favourite coat, special mention to the amazing Mr DiStanislao who copped the pocket on it from beat 1. (Sorry, muso term…)

    Can I just say, as it seems I am the blog moaner, that all of you who take flash photos are not only distracting and annoying us but wasting your own time and photos. There is absolutely no point in throwing light at light,and with Mr Brickman at the helm, light is one thing we do have. (A fair bit of sound as well, obviously…)

    By the way, we’re loving these shows as much as you.(Well I am…) I could happily get up every morning and play the space jam bit from Echoes all day every day for the rest of my life

    xx
    Guy.

  75. Hi all

    Well, when we go to see the show at Massey Hall in Toronto (10th row floors!), my wife will be three weeks from her due date for our second child. Now, I know the baby already loves all of David’s/Floyd’s music, but will he/she want to make an early appearance to see the show? Has David ever delivered a baby? How about in the middle of a concert? Now THAT would be memorable!

    (Yesterday’s photo: David reaching down to cut the umbilical…)

    For all those concerned about seating in Massey Hall, it truly is a fantastic, intimate place to see a concert. Mr. Gilmour played there for his About Face tour.

    If you would like to see a detailed, seat-by-seat PDF map of the seating at the hall, click on my name. The black dots on the map represent support posts for the balconies/galleries – the only real obstructions. That said, they really don’t obscure that much (insert “clouds” joke here). Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of the page for the appropriate PDF file.

    Take care.

    Jim (who saw no warning on the ticket that the music or lights would induce labour) Wilson

  76. I’ll give $50 to David’s favorite charity if the Features-Ed bans those lame captions in these comments pages.

    [Wouldn’t it make more sense to give it to me? I am open to bribery. – Features Editor]

  77. Hi FEd, David and all,

    I’ve gotta say I’m in agreement with Victor, Geoff, & Rudders — “Coming Back To Life” is a must…please … pretty please with sugar on it! That and “Fat Old Sun” would be so sweet.

    After the first, second & third round of 5 favorites you’d like to be performed I’ve been very good about not making special requests for songs, but tonight I’m letting it out. I’ve been wanting to ask (beg) for these two songs all along, but only had the ‘balls’ (strange since I’m a 54 year old woman) tonight to make the request since the ever-popular and always amusing Rudders did!

    When the date arrives I’m quite certain that whatever happens musically will be magical and I would never think of complaining … but I still would really love “Coming Back To Life.”

    Best to everyone and enjoy the shows.

    Peace,
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  78. Keep on changin` that Setlist…especially in the Back half of the show.

    I am “ripping” my Floyd/Gilmour stuff and burning them to Discs in preparation for your arrival at NYC.

    Wouldn`t it be great if Mr Gilmour totally changed the Setlist for the USA tour. I would not mind this in the least. IT`S ALL GOOD !!!!!!

  79. Dear All!

    Back in the hotel after day two in Amsterdam (and a few hours on pubs!), and I must say tonight was a really good one! Much better than yesterday and yesterday was great, so it was extremely good today!

    Love that the setlist changes as I’m one of those people that are going to several shows. I am sorry for those who did not get tickets, but I must say that I did not do anything special to get them, I was on the internet like the rest of you when the sales started and managed to get the tickets. As none of the shows are in my own country this means that I have to travel a lot. This is costing a bit so there will be no sugar in my tea for a couple of years……but it’s worth it!!!!

    I did end up with a spare ticket to the L’Olympia show in Paris and gave that away to a French fan that couldn’t afford to go. This was someone I met outside Mr. Gilmour’s hotel in Paris. It was his presence there that made me stay and get autographs from both Mr. Gilmour and Mr. Wright, so I thought he deserved the ticket. The expression on his face when he finally realized that I wasn’t joking and that he actually was going to the show was priceless. He enjoyed the show and I enjoyed giving him the ticket.

    Well as I said earlier now it’s no more shows till London. If I had the time and means I could have gone to all the shows but there is a limit……

    I hope all of you that are going will enjoy the shows and soon it’s time for the US and Canada to get a visit. I can ensure you it was worth the wait!!

    Best regards from

    JT (a nutcase from Norway)

  80. GREAT SETLIST – Loved the dominoes change to Fat Old Sun. Sorry to hear that Breathe was sacrificed. I don’t think i’m alone for saying we want to hear DOGS. I’d hear it instead of coming back to life, but that’s my preferance. Rock on, David!

  81. …well I think “any colour you like” / “fearless” / “there’s no way out of here” / “I can’t breathe anymore” would also be pant-wettingly brilliant!

    But alas it’s up to Mr. G what he fancies on the night. As it should be.

    I’ll be happy to hear him come out April 9th and just sing Christmas carols if he wants to!

    🙂 Tom

    [Now stand back and wait for those who are severely lacking in the sense of humour department to say “Well, I wouldn’t be happy if he sang Christmas carols all night!” – Features Editor]

  82. Being a true fan and waiting throughout the 35 years patiently for all tours. I graciously have purchased tickets for DG and PF shows to attend twice or three as a treat for myself and my friends. Just to hear the changes in the setlist and to hear David mix it up a notch on the soaring guitar leads. This makes him unique. I cannot see any other band twice, it’s not the same for myself. I’ve been fortunate, since it is even extremely difficult to attend 1 show. This tour with Richard will be special. Thank You.

  83. Well, I had to wait 40 years to hear the songs again played live in a hall with excellent acoustics.

    I remember Richard in 1966 (De Doelen in Rotterdam) with a kind of joystick on top of his instruments used for quadraphonic sounds. No joystick last night. 🙂

    The band was just great, excellent musicians. David played superb. Richard touched me with his part in ‘Numb’. Had to wipe off a little tear hearing the intro.

    I will remember this show and store it with all the memories I have of all other shows I’ve seen from Pink Floyd.

    Promise me one thing, don’t let me wait another 40 years because David will then be 100 and I 96.

    Thank you all for this wonderful evening and for all the music over the last 40 years.

  84. I tried for 30 years to get a ticket for Pink Floyd. So today 21-3 I have seen David Gilmour and it was GREAT !!!

    I told my wife when we came out it was better then sex and now I have to sleep with the cd-player. GREAT SHOW !!!!!

    Thanks

  85. Fed, not much happening on “Latest News”, you OK? Cant have you slacking what would we do without you? No mention of David now at No 4 in UK Charts what about an update from around the World. We were all keen to hear how well David was doing on the way up but surely the true measure of support is maintaining interest no matter what.

    Audience behaviour reports helpful. If anyone is reading this site that will be at Glasgow, please dont shout out stupid requests or yell in quiet pieces. At Mermaid, some plonker shouted for “Bike”. Oh wow thats really cool!!!???

    Ian Pearson

    [I’m not responsible for that, so don’t blame me! Everyone has been busy with other things, but there will be more to report soon. – Features Editor]

  86. Hi Dan,

    Quote:
    “There is a piece of equipment that I see David using all the time, and I am wondering if you can tell me what it is. It is a small rectangular box with a circle that seams to light up, and four nobs under the circle. It is always right by him. Is that some sort of monitor? Please help! I am losing a lot of sleep over this. Dan”

    That is an old Peterson Strobe Tuner. David has used this one since the seventies.

    Regards,
    Tom

  87. Coming back to life instead of Wearing the inside out??? :-((( I hope this is NOT happening saturday night in Milan! That would be a nightmare for me! PLEASE bring back WTIO, David!!!

    [And wear a black T-shirt. You’re not allowed to wear a blue one. Please wear black. Sorry, but you have to admit, this is getting slightly out of hand. You can’t decide the setlist. – Features Editor]

  88. Quote from earlier post:

    “There is a piece of equipment that I see David using all the time, and I am wondering if you can tell me what it is. It is a small rectangular box with a circle that seams to light up, and four nobs under the circle. It is always right by him. Is that some sort of monitor? Please help! I am losing a lot of sleep over this.”

    The same thing shows up with Roger Waters also. I am wondering for years what that is!

    What is it, please?

  89. Ferrari GTO – I have the demo 🙂 muhahaha. Its just david playing the guitar for his bit of comfy numb and going da da de do de da da da dum, quality stuff 🙂

  90. Feat Ed please help ! The download caption links and click ‘here’ links on the On An Island page work OK from my desktop PC at work, and yet the caption links are not available (not displayed) from my laptop at home (click ‘here’ links available). I realise it’s probably a set-up problem on my lap-top, but can’t seem to pinpoint the problem. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers !

    [Hi Jon. Sorry to hear about your problem. I had a word with Peter, the very nice man who makes our website look so darn good, and he seems to think that it is indeed a set-up problem. We’re pretty clueless, I’m afraid. Are there any experts reading who may have a suggestion for Jon? If so, please let us know. – Features Editor]

  91. Hi F’Ed and fellow bloggers!

    Great to see that the tour is going so well and that people are enjoying it.

    I have just been having a giggle after reading Ross Halfin’s diary on his website. There seems to be a little story about Guy that has surfaced after Ross went to Paris to photograph one of the concerts. I was wondering if Guy cared to elaborate……..I’m bet him a beer he won’t! 😉

    Chris

  92. Yesterday was amazing!! For me it was the first time I saw David and Richard perform live!! I am still wondering if it was a dream or actually will be part of me for the rest of my live!!

    In june, I will see Roger and hopefully Nick perform at the Arrow Rock Festival. At least I have seen them perform seperately, because the chances of ever seeing them perform together again live will probably be indeed nothing but a dream!

    David, thank you so much for this amazing evening in Amsterdam!! It will be part of me forever!!!!!!!

  93. It’s fantastic…Translation from Italian newspaper” OAI is the king since 10 of march..Sanremo festival ?..it’s nothing!
    Waiting for 26 of march…I’ll write and translate for you the comments from italian press.

    ksss diana

  94. A great live performacne yesterday in the HMH.

    David thansk for the great show, it was fantastic specialy the song echoes.

    I see forward to the dvd of the tour…

  95. Oh, please keep Wearing The Inside Out in the set. Comming Back To Life is also a great song, but we have all heard it live numerous times.

    Adding somngs is ok, but don’t remove any 🙂

  96. Caption comp:

    “I’ve got odd socks on? Well I’m not looking down ‘cos they’ll think I’m looking for the words!”

  97. We made some nice pictures during the first numbers of the gig. You can check one out on our site. Click my name.

  98. About rudders comment on some people attending more than one concert, being unfair to others without tickets. I myself are, I’m sorry to say, not going to attend any of the concerts. But if I had a type of job that I could take time off from whenever I wanted to, I would attend every single Gilmour concert there was. And I would rather see the same die-hard fans night after night filling up the venues, then some plonker thinking that “another brick in the wall part two” is the only thing PF and Mr.Gilmour has produced.

    And of course big thanks to Mr.Gilmour for a brilliant new album 🙂

  99. Pour Antoine, Ikkar, and so on,

    [sill four days from the Olympia show, Time flies…]
    Just to say I totally agree with you ( still five days…)

    C’est terrible d’ avoir maintenant ce sentiment d’impuissance, c’était génial, aucun superlatif n’est suffisant mais sur le moment, on est transporté, on savoure, mais on ne se rend absolument pas compte que le lendemain ou le surlendemain et peut-être pour toujours (NON !!!)c’est fini ! J’ai beaucoup de mal avec ça depuis jeudi, et c’est d’autant plus difficile que l’on continue à imaginer les gens qui , eux, assistent actuellement aux concerts de David !

    Ceci dit, on a eu beaucoup de chance d’assister aux concerts de Paris, je le sais…

    Ohhh, and I ‘m very proud of the audience in Paris, the crowd was quiet, very respectful during the songs, nobody shouted, nobody asked for “Pink Floyd”, no too much cameras , a “total respect”,and then standing ovations…

    I’ll never forget these nights…….

    Michèle.

  100. Don’t you think that Guy (Pratt) has great moves while he’s playing the bass??!!

    Normally the bass-player is the one that doesn’t move during the entire show. In this case it’s the bass-player who is humping around while the others hardly move!!

    Keep moving around like this Guy, you are a fantastic bass-player!!

  101. I was there on the 20th at the HMH show!

    It was a fantastic, very relaxed (and on the slower new songs also relaxing) show.

    Sound was perfect!

    Pity all the camera`s were flashing like stroboscopes, and a few idiots who were recording the show on their mobile phones, i gets to you at times, but again it was a fantastic night.

    David had a little crackle in his voice during a Division Bell track (but hey, singing with that high voice and over all the loud music, i think it`s allowed, and no problem at all).

    I also hope that David releases a live dvd of this tour, i think it`ll sell well.

    David (and the band), you`ve still got it, so don`t lose it!

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ALL!!!

    PS: Echoes was one of the high points of the show, WOW!
    I can go on for days about this show, but i won`t, you all get the idea, i think.

  102. Guy (with that other sexy voice) wrote: “I could happily get up every morning and play the space jam bit from Echoes all day every day for the rest of my life”

    And I could happily listen to it. That works out well, doesn’t it? I go to bed at night listening to Echoes. Well, I cheat and program A Pillow of Winds on “repeat” for 30 minutes first and THEN it’s Echoes time.

    xo
    Deborah

  103. A question of identity

    Being in a rock band is certainly a great adventure. You have many commun points. Each member put his touch to the collective work. Then you reach the succes or not. But sometimes, you need to have a bit a fresh air with the solos albums.

    Because in the end, it’s like being locked in a space capsule Soyuz with two guys you just can’t bear. You repeat again and again. So you need to open the door before stuffing

    So you decide to work in solo. Few singers who came from a band succed because they had their band behind themselves. I can see Phil Collins, Sting, Peter Gabriel (I probably forget some others) and now David Gilmour. But all of theses singers have one point in commun : outside of there own band, they always made something different on their solo albums than on their group albums which is not the case for some other singers.

    In my view, About Face was the introduction of On an Island (some of the arrangements on Let’s get metaphysical). And even if there are some typical floydian pieces, On an Island really reflects David Gilmour musical identity. And maybe his own identity. (See the lyrics). In fact you have to listen carefully the songs. You’re invitated to see a little bit of his Island. An invitation to a journey.

    Hello Dear F.Ed, another short article. May you appreciate it. I wish it would have been longer.

  104. Yesterday was great. Great show, great setlist.

    Because of the changes in the setlist, I was afraid Echoes would not be played.

    When I read the review of the first concert and they said Echoes was played, I got goosebumbs. When I continued reading and read a second review (of the same concert) I got goosebumbs again. Seeing and hearing echoes live yesterday was the best, really the best.

    But what the h*ll is wrong with people going to concerts? A concert nowadays is quite expensive, so I would assume you take the best out of it. Why is it so important to make pictures with your cellular phones all the time? You do not get involved with the music or light show, you only get involved with making pictures of very bad quality. But at least you can show your friends that you’ve been there. What a shame. But ‘nough said ..

    Heineken Music Hall is not really a “theater” and this concert was awsome. So I am really looking forward to may, when I will be visiting the Royal Albert Hall. Echoes once again? Hope so ..

    (oops .. getting the goosebumbs again ..)

  105. Hi Dick,

    [I remember Richard in 1966 (De Doelen in Rotterdam) with a kind of joystick on top of his instruments used for quadraphonic sounds. No joystick last night]

    That’s indeed for the quadraphonic sound. It’s called the Azimuth Coordinator.

  106. well…..still speechless after the stunning show yesterday evening!!!! being on the second row was an absolute pleasure, although mr.Gilmour didnt toss me a guitar pick, hahaha!

    Still, the highlight of the show was him playing “coming back to life”, as this song is very dear and special to me. Ofcourse ive read the posts concerning the setlist and advises on what to play and what not to play, my only comment is: count your blessings to be able to watch such a breathtaking show!!!! He cant please everybody!!

    Thank you again, David, for memory thatll last a lifetime…….you made some beautiful memories!!!

    emiel

  107. None contributery of Coventry here. Dont think I have much to say at the moment while all our european friends send in their set lists and thoughts. However, I did notice that Steven Wilson of the Porcupine Tree is currently listening to On An Island. Also, nobody seems to mention the music that David wrote for La Carrera Panamericana. Brilliant stuff on that film. Anybody else agree.

    Pete – Coventry

  108. wearing the inside out, coming back to life- both great songs! I’m glad David is mixing things up a little. There are some songs I absolutely want to hear (OAI, Echos) but other than that I was to have some sense of “unknowing”. Know what I mean? Play what you want David! I’m just anxious to see OAI (the whole album) and Echos live!

    As for those taking pictures through out the shows… PLEASE refrain from doing this, esp at the April 20th show!!! For goodness sake, they are posting photos on this site- probably better than you can take anyway! Maybe we could form small groups of devoted fans from this site to meet at the shows and then “handle” any offending people (including drunks, alien abductions not withstanding!). J/K Fed ed! But really people- these shows don’t sound like they need your input with the flash to enhance the light show!

    Tim

    [It was a joke? Oh, I thought it was a great idea. – Features Editor]

  109. à Michèle

    Non non, ce n’est pas vraiment un sentiment d’impuissance, puisqu’un concert comme celui-là nous donne une énergie…, nous rend … immortels! (enfin, presque…)

    Ikkar, with love.

  110. “Well, I cheat and program A Pillow of Winds on “repeat” for 30 minutes first and THEN it’s Echoes time.”

    hehehe…Deborah – my PF relaxation/sleep technique is to use SOYCD – the first few minutes of Rick’s keyboards always take my worries away, and by the time David’s lead guitar comes in for those four notes at 3:54 I’m off to the land of nod 🙂

    N

    p.s. Those four notes I have always considered a Floydian “call to arms”, so to speak…anyone else feel the same? They’re four of the largest notes I think I’ve ever heard played because of their context. I love ’em lots 🙂

  111. The first time I saw the Floyd at the age of 17, was in 1971, when they were doing a free concert in “Het Amsterdamse Bos” in Holland, preceded by America (who were in the Top 40 with ‘A horse with no name”) and Humble Pie. The second time was in 1994 in Rotterdam with their Pulse tour. In 2003 I saw Roger Waters twice (Antwerp, Rotterdam) en last Sunday I saw David in Amsterdam. Extremely good concert and I was pleasantly surprised to hear and see ‘Echoes’, but also “Wot’s …eh…the deal” from Obscured By Clouds, which I’ve always found a very underrated album. And the best thing about this tour is the fact that my hero RICHARD WRIGHT is there too. As it should be! David, your album is doin’ so great everywhere, congratulations! Ron Bisschop, Holland.

  112. Oh yes, and one last thing – to those of us posting concert reviews….firstly, thanks very much…but secondly, I don’t know how everyone else feels about this but I really really don’t need to hear about the bits where something didn’t go to plan. Technical mishaps are one thing, but to scrutinise the band and their individual performances with a microscope is really unfair, and to be honest, pretty cold (for any real fan).

    David has chosen to play small, high quality, intimate venues – and I applaud his taste. The downside is that this intimacy is very much a trust thing….David and all the musicians on stage are opening themselves up for you. Don’t abuse that trust by navel gazing or overanalysing. If it was a stadium gig you’d be in row 99 hearing the performance through terrible acoustics and have no chance to see or hear the things you do at a smaller gig.

    And, for someone who has just celebrated their 60th birthday, David’s voice goes from strength to strength in by book where others are getting worse. If you want perfection, listen to the CD. If you want reality and feeling, enjoy the show 🙂

    Had to get it off my chest…it’s been building for a few days now. Hope this is taken in the good faith that it is intended…

    Best,

    N

    [Well said, mate. Someone will probably have a go at you for saying it, but hey! – Features Editor]

  113. Hi Guy,

    I know you probably wont answer these questions but I have one nonetheless.

    I was at the second Amsterdam show last night (you guys were great!) and I noticed that the audience was quite calm, even reserved you might say. I though that a bit strange, but in a way quite liked it.

    So the question, how do you guys experience this? As a lack of interest? Or more as a silent appreciation of good music (which it was in my opinion)? What do you guys prefer? A silent listening audience or the ‘blind’ and loud adoration?

    Hope you have a great time on the coming nights!

    Best,

    Clemens

    [Guy is kind enough to post. Please don’t scare him away with questions! He can only answer for himself, after all. He can’t tell you what the other band members feel. It won’t make any difference, anyway! If people want to be loud, they’ll be loud. If Guy says that the entire band and crew want the noisy ones to be quiet, the noisy ones will still be loud because they want to be. – Features Editor]

  114. Guy is right about using flash photography at concerts. (Hi, Guy!) If your seat is very close to the stage [lucky bastard(s)], you don’t need the flash.

    If you’re farther back from the stage, the light from your flash won’t reach your subject. Most flashes throw light a few feet so all you’re doing is illuminating the backs of the heads of the people in front of you. Not good. Turn the flash feature off. Goofballs!

    [No, just don’t take a camera at all. You still annoy people by standing up, getting in the way of others, clicking away… Flash or no flash, we don’t want any cameras. – Features Editor]

  115. Fantastic show, really liked Coming Back to Life, as well as Fat Old Sun which were pleasant surprises for me (thinking of the setlist of the 19th). For me, Echoes was the highpoint, followed of cource by Comfortably Numb (best solo ever!) At both halfs, all time gets lost. Seems to take forever and too short at the same time.

  116. What a fantastic show! Never thought I would see this kind of music live. I’m only 20 years old and dreamed of this concert! Thank you David and Richard!

    Can anyone tell me the order of the On An Island songs of the first part? Thank you!

    Thank you again. Hope that Roger Waters in Berlin will be the same!

  117. Guy,

    It is very cool you take the time to post here. See you in NYC April 5. I have no setlist requests. Whatever the band wants to play is what I want to here. Cant wait.

    Grover

  118. Reply to Guy….

    I was going to stay away but someone saying they find my voice sexy…Well….

    Was that a girl or a bloke who said that?

    By the way, we’re loving these shows as much as you. (Well I am…) I could happily get up every morning and play the space jam bit from Echoes all day every day for the rest of my life.

    Guy, I could also listen to Echoes every day for the rest of my life.

    Regards
    Pete – Coventry

  119. I said it a month ago and i’ll say it again.

    “Coming back to life” must be played in Chicago on the 13th! It must Dave!

    time..sure….is…..moving….sloooooow. These set-lists are awesome!

  120. Hi David,

    Please…do not drop Breathe in the Breathe-Time-Breathe reprise mini suite!!

    I need to hear the Heartbeat-intro of Speak to me!!

    See you in Milano

  121. The simple answer to Clemens question is be quiet while David and the band are playing and show your appreciation at the end of each song!!

    LS

    [It would be nice, wouldn’t it? – Features Editor]

  122. Well said Nickster.

    People need to realise that concerts nowadays, in terms of things going wrong and not going to plan, run incredibly well. Just think back to some of the concerts during the 70’s. By and large you didnt give a shit. You just enjoyed the atmosphere.

    Pete – Coventry

  123. hello people and editor! i’ll be at the auditorium in rome on 26th. I was wondering if will be possible to have some beautiful pictures of the gig provided some way. I’m well aware of the copyrights so I guess it won’t be possible to take pictures on one’s own,isn’t it? but the night will be something kinda unforgettable, i’m counting hours…

    [There are people taking photographs for us (not least, Polly!) so they will be on the site soon. We would kindly ask once again that no fans take cameras to the shows because they are a source of irritation to band and audience alike. Have a great time, Luca. Please tell us all about it when you get home. – Features Editor]

  124. Pete – Coventry

    La Carrera Panamericana! Amazon it is then for the VHS tape….

    Here’s a review from Amazon…

    Slap this video on when you’re hangin’ out, mellowing. It’s a great flick for Floyd fans ’cause it shows a different side of the guys. We all know how hard it is to access some really good behind-the-scenes Floyd footage. Have a Floyd Fest — Watch as many Floyd flicks you can in one sweet afternoon. Only invite your coolest of friends. Relax. —Peace!

  125. Just seen Nickstar’s comments. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve wanted to say that for a long long time!! That was partly what I meant in my earlier email regarding “disrespectful and negative comments”!!

    LS

  126. [Guy is kind enough to post. Please don’t scare him away with questions! He can only answer for himself, after all. He can’t tell you what the other band members feel. It won’t make any difference, anyway! If people want to be loud, they’ll be loud. If Guy says that the entire band and crew want the noisy ones to be quiet, the noisy ones will still be loud because they want to be. – Features Editor]

    I did not mean to scare Guy away at all. Like I said before, I think it is really cool of him to post! Anyway it was just a question that was on my mind during the show. Whether it is quiet or loud of course depends on the public. But whether the bands opinion on that will have any effect was not the question. I was wondering how the band (or only Guy if he did not know the opinion of the others on this, which I doubt) like their audience best.

    For instance, I remember David saying in interviews that they liked their ’60/early ’70 audience because they would really listen to the music and not come for the show only.

    If you are not going to post this for the obvious reason (namely that Guy will get hundreds of questions) then I would appreciate it if you did not use the contents of my posts for a different goal.

    Anyway, I think you are doing a great job!

    Best,

    Clemens

    [I’m sorry, Clemens. Forgive me. I don’t think your question would scare Guy away and, if others send in silly questions, they can be deleted easily enough. My point, albeit a badly made one, was that regardless of Guy’s opinion, sadly we have many fans here who would not bother to consider his point of view even if he did take the time to share it with us. Judging by some of the repeat requests for just about everything under the sun, I think David could post a daily plea for certain fans to be more reasonable and it would be ignored! No hard feelings. You are quite right and I’m happy to admit that and to apologise to you profusely. – Features Editor]

  127. Caption Comp:

    When I was a child I had a fever
    My hands felt just like two balloons
    Now I’ve got that feeling once again
    I can’t explain, you would not understand
    This is not how I am
    I have become a light shade of plum

  128. It’s me again. Just posted a rather long story on Sunday’s blog about the show.

    Guy (I should really call you Mr. Pratt) : you played excellent and you obviously enjoyed playing every second of the gig. The stand-up bass (is it called that way?) adds a very distinct and beautiful sound.

    Sorry to hear you felt ill. I struggled sunday with some illness to witness a show, but to perform in top notch at such a show is incredible. Hat off to you.

    You wrote : “By the way, we’re loving these shows as much as you.(Well I am…) I could happily get up every morning and play the space jam bit from Echoes all day every day for the rest of my life”

    Well, we don’t mind 😉 We won’t even mind if you played the whole Echoes or even the whole show. Didn’t you think sunday’s audience was more polite/quiet ? I could hear every sound during echoes, even during the outro ‘we’ were in awe.

    You guys really live to rock’n’roll life judging from the time you posted : 03:18 AM. Even I had gone home and to bed 😉

    P.S. Is it true there was some afterparty monday ? We were quickly -but politely- removed from the venue (also because the stage had to be torn down and loaded into the trucks).

    Anyway, for all bandmembers : enjoy the rest of the shows. If you have a great time, I know we have too !!!

    And the reference sunday ‘sorry Colin’ from David was that about not playing (and recording) Fat Old Sun but playing Dominoes instead (with a nice solo spot for Mr. El Magnifico)

    About your ‘tour’ shirt: a nice reference to the old days and you might change it to “Didn’t we do well ?” (and on the back “Yes we did!”) as far as I’m concerned. You’ve deserved it 😉

    Sincerely,
    Piet

  129. Oops, forgot a few things. First : Wasn’t it during Wot’s the deal that they sung in five-part harmony ? Sounded incredible.

    Nice to see and hear Steve singing too, while playing drums. Must have been him singing those very low parts, as only he and Jon were singing along with David.

    A question for all : HOW can anybody not only prepare for Echoes and all other beauties, but HOW do you prepare for the electric mind-splitting solo in Fat Old Sun ? This was really powerful.

    Well, I’ll stop ranting 😉

    Piet

  130. [Tim Taylor: Maybe we could form small groups of devoted fans from this site to meet at the shows and then “handle” any offending people (including drunks, alien abductions not withstanding!) ]

    I would appreciate that Tim. Yesterday I was anxious to do so, but on the other hand, if I’m going to bother with these people, I cannot experience the show myself.

    Furthermore, others can get irritated from my actions too, because the photographers will not stop making pictures without any arguments.

    But I think this is also a problem of the Heineken MH. Only in the second part the security peronnel stopped people from making fotos.

    Still looking forward to Royal AH … *dreaming away*

    [Bas : Don’t you think that Guy (Pratt) has great moves while he’s playing the bass??!!]

    He was having a good time, that’s for sure.

  131. I can’t wait anymore for David’s invasion in Italy. I will travel 2000 Kms ,(I’m coming from Greece), just to spend the most magical night of my life in Rome. I hope that he won’t change the playlist (Echoes is my favorite since I was 15 years old) and he will shine on. They say that the Italian audience is one of the most difficult one , but if they like something they turn to be very excited. I’m sure that David Knows that and he will do his best. ……

    P.S I wish the Band would have Female Backing Vocals cause I love Great Gig..

    DIMITRIS

  132. Hey Bloggers read the review from the Paris show in the press area on the home page. Sounds like this reviewer actually gets “it”! David finally getting some long overdue positive press!

    Dave from Ft. Wayne, In.

  133. Hello,

    I was standing outside of the both shows with my DSOTM themed Can you Spare a ticket sign, hoping I can get somebody who has an unwanted or complimentary (media, for example) ticket they can kick down. I’m squatting here in Amsterdam, and don’t have a work permit, so a 55 Euro ticket, let alone scalper prices, was way out of my range. But I really could not miss the chance of seeing both David and Richard play, so I decided to give it a shot.On Sunday, I left without a ticket, but on Monday, a charming local couple traded me their extra ticket for 10 Euros and I got to sit with them in the 6th row, and speculate about the setlist, but it surpassed even my wildest expectations. It was hands down one of the best shows I have ever seen, definitely worth every minute freezing outside. A day latter my head is still spinning. Enough was written about the setlist, which moved with grace from delicate beauty to crushing heaviness. Thank you folks for the gift of the ticket, and thank you David and Richard for an unforgettable show!

    Hrvoje

  134. I was at both Amsterdam shows, I managed to get a ticket for the second night at the last minute, I couldn’t resist.

    Dave is the daddy of them all! I was totally awe struck. I could go on for hours about every little detail, but the highlights were Dave’s acoustic guitar outro on High Hopes, it was like he was cradling a newborn child, the care he was taking! Also the keyboards on Echoes took me back to Pompeii, the Album version of Echoes is good, but last night’s performance of Echoes blew me away. Thank you David, Richard and the rest of the band, see you in Manchester in May (won’t ever be quite the same as seeing you in AMSTERDAM!;-) )

  135. Hey GuyP…you are dead on about the flash cameras…those things really annoy the hell out of me…especially at aquariums…people get upclose to the glass and flash away….stupid people.

    P.S. plz keep posting here…that is a cool thing…I wish the other bandmen did also.

  136. Sorry if this has been asked before, but I’m wondering why no songs from David’s first album and About Face have been included in the set lists. There’s some really great tunes on both of those.

  137. To Aaron: I believe that David does not like to be called Dave. So if you really want ‘Coming back to life’ to be on the set-list when you are at the concert, make at least sure you refer to this great musician/person using the correct name.

    But anyway, everything he and the other guys play is superb!! I know, I was there yesterday!!

  138. Fet Ed… dealing with cameras and drunks… sorta a joke, but to strong arm some idiot with a camera and a beer means I have to stop watching the show to do it… don’t think I wanna do that. Besides… dealing with them would be a big distraction to everyone else… lets just hope that the fans get it in their heads that this is unacceptable. Of course we could all hope that the Heart of Gold would swoop by and via the Improbability Drive wisk them all away to some quiet location where they can at least obtain a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (I mean if they are gonna miss the rest of the show they’ll probably need one to calm down!). Wait… I wouldn’t mind having a Pan Galactic gargle Blaster at the show!!! Will they be available at the bar???

    Tim

    [I’m sure it can be arranged. I was thinking of getting a sniper with tranquilliser darts to be positioned high behind the band, looking out at the audience. He could shoot anyone he considers rowdy. People with cameras, people videoing the show on their mobile phones, people singing too loudly, people who fidget too much… What do you think? They’d just be knocked out until the end of the show, of course. Then we can all take turns to slap their faces to bring them round. It would be good therapy. – Features Editor]

  139. Mr. Gilmour,

    I’m begging you. Please play Coming Back To Life in Toronto. I’m 20, been a HUGE fan since i was 12 years old in gradeschool…..its my favourite song, i’ll do anything!

    see you on the 9th!

    Cheers

    PS – good luck on the rest o the tour

  140. Response to Peter Coventry, La Carrera has great tunes, especially Pan Am Shuffle. I can see David swaying to and fro in my mind on that one. Thanks Guy, since you are in Italy, eat lots of garlic, that’ll get rid of that bug and tapeworm too. LOL.

  141. fair play, ed. all the nagging requests from the greedy bunch getting to you? good on you too, clemens. it’s comforting to see sensible, reasonable, intelligent people here who don’t throw their toys out of the pram when they don’t get their way. thank god, because the blog needs people like you! cheers to you both.

    [Thanks, Victor. Is it that obvious? – Features Editor]

  142. I just love this blog! It’s so fun getting to “know” other Gilmour fanatics, and I love Features Ed comments!

    So…..how many of you are doing this at work?? Count me in….

    Is anyone aware of a pub in Toronto where everyone is getting together before the April 9 show?

  143. Good day, all,

    Nickster is right on the money. I am on a stage all the time, albeit for + – 200 people, but it’s a totally different situation than in a studio or rehearsing, etc. People are human, they are not machines, and they will not be perfect. That’s the beauty of a live show, you get to see and hear the band in real time, mistakes, little miscues and all. It makes it a more human experience. I am in total agreement to stop the “navel gazing”. They are not going to be perfect, it’s foolish to expect that. Many times, out of those imperfect little stumbles is where some great things are born.

    I really enjoy reading people’s posts of the concerts, I can imagine what it would be like, even with the boobs and their cameras, to be there. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, I appreciate it.

    Caption Comp-
    DG- “These ‘X’s? They are the number of unwanted papparazzi wanna-be’s my driver has hit so far on the way out of the concert halls.”

    p.s. Guy, I also could play the space jam in Echoes all day. I use it as a warm-up piece sometimes, it’s just fun. Glad you are enjoying it so much. thanks for sharing.

    Have a good day, all.

    Mike

  144. Sorry FEd, and anyone else i offended by mentioning an RoIo on this blog, from David’s official site. It was not commentary on ‘bootlegging’ or ‘selling for profit’ or anything else illegal. Just a comment on the fact that something exists. based on the intensity of this group of fans, i am sure there are a few people who know about these things anyways…

    On a different note, in regards to rude-ass drunks at shows…be warned about the Oakland Paramount if you didn’t know already…drinking is limited to bar area only, so you cannot have a drink (legally) in your seats. The lines are usually outrageously long and waiting for a drink, and having to drink it up…can cause you to a) miss start of show or b) walk in late, disturbing others….this might be an obstacle for an anxious drunk…dont do it.

    peace
    biGal

    [No offence caused whatsoever, mate. Of course, you’re right. Most people know of them and have them in their collection. – Features Editor]

  145. Hi FetEd

    I don’t know if I can put up with anymore of this sycophantic (yes I know I can’t spell) stuff any longer. We havn’t had a good debate on here for some time. I want David to invite Nick Mason and Roger Waters onto his show as guests; I want him to play on the set list “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun”!; I want to know where the name Pink Floyd came from?!!!!; and I want David to put on a private show just for me round at my pad. Not much to ask I don’t think. 😉

    Actually, that could have been another caption to the photo you had such huge enjoyment over, something about a “robot”?

    “David, someone has just asked if you can tell them where the name Pink Floyd came from?”. Exit stage left rather smartly!

    Now I’ve stirred the pot a bit, I have to say that I am enjoying reading how everyone is enjoying the shows, makes the wait until the Albert Hall all the more enticing.

    Thanks to Guy Pratt for posting on the blog. Now there is something I did not know or appreciate. I did not appreciate that the flash on a camera at that distance has no effect, or that it is bloody annoying to the band memebers ‘cos we only see it from our perspective. Damned lucky none of the band suffers from epilepsy isn’t it. Wouldnt we feel ass****s if the main people we had come to see and revere were made ill as a result of our passion to get a picture? Tsk tsk. Nice one Guy and thanks FetEd…. I hope you realise by now that I was just being a little Devil with a hint of Advocate earlier on!

    Keep it up mate.

    Regards
    Julian

    [Little Devils are very welcome. We all need a bit of humour. – Features Editor]

  146. Dear Feat Ed,

    Tomorrow is 2 week anniversary of OAI release, can we see some sales figures? You know I am on board for the 10mm!

    PS: Join us for NY shows, drinks on me.

    Best Regards,
    Stephen
    NY, USA

    [Hi Stephen. Sales figures are the record company’s interest, so I’m afraid I can’t help. Sorry! – Features Editor]

  147. Dear Mr. Gilmour (and bandmates),

    I am looking forward to the show on Easter Sunday in Oakland. It would make me very happy if you played Coming Back to Life. I am bringing my wife to the show and it will be her first time seing you live. I enjoy OAI as much as any previous work you have done solo or with PF. My father is a musician and I appreciate all you create with your patience and heartfelt harmony. Please consider continuing as long as possible as it is truly your calling to write and play such wonderful music for the people of this earth. Thanks for all your creations and time spent entertaining us!!!

    I wish you happiness and health on tour…God Speed.

  148. I can’t believe how many posts on here are asking for set list changes, adds, or more great gig, etc.

    I never thought I’d have the chance to see David, Richard, Guy, and the rest of the crew in concert at all. I thought the chance had passed me. By some fortune, I scored tickets to April 20th!

    Of course, we all have favorites, and a dream set list, but the whining is out of control. I’m stoked that I’m going to be able to hear the FULL OAI, add to that several classics, it just doesn’t get any better. I am just super thankful that I’ll get a chance to see these legends in concert at all. Beggers can’t be choosers. So FEd, please pass this message on to the boys, play whatever you enjoy playing, and I’ll certainly enjoy watching and listening!

    [Cheers for that, Patrick. – Features Editor]

  149. Hi Fed – been reading Nickster’s comments (relating to people posting negative comments, over-analyzing etc) and your one-line endorsement.

    Speaking as someone who was not at ‘last night’s concert’, I would like to know how it went, to get some idea of what happened and how it sounded, how the band are playing, how well the voices come across, things that went well, things that went not-so-well, amusing asides etc etc. As Nickster says, there is a difference between concert and studio – a concert is a one-off event and there will be differences between each one. It’s what makes it unique. Some will come across better than others. Nothing wrong with ‘constructive criticism’ and I would be interested to read about it. Otherwise all we are left with are the ‘it was the best ever ……’ which get a bit tedious after the first few thousand! Regards ….

    PS – you don’t need tranquilizer darts for the undesirables, just put them up against the wall (and add them to In The Flesh).

    [Hi Joolz. Constructive criticism is more than welcome and I’ve found all the reviews to be fair enough, myself. I haven’t always agreed with what’s been said, but I also want the reviews to be useful. That said, some people are extremely picky to the point of almost taking the you-know-what. That said, it’s very easy to misinterpret things, isn’t it? All I want is for people to be honest, reasonable and respectful. – Features Editor]

  150. Fet ed… drunks, rowdies and tranquilizer darts… good idea! But bring them around? I’m thinking permanent markers and duct tape for a post concert “wrap-up” party would be a lot of fun!!!

    Tim

    [Sounds like a plan. – Features Editor]

  151. Hello,

    Two days after “our” show in Amsterdam and finally I’m coming back to life…

    Think the band, Polly & crew is on the road again, or in the air (?), and left our free minded country. Hope they had a good time too and have a nice break before the shows in Italy will start.

    Photographs.

    At the gigs there are professional photographers and our dear Polly. So there will be material enough, take your time and surf on the internet be amazed.

    During the encores, I was standing before David (2 -3 meters) and if I had taken my camera with me, I had the chance to take some beautiful shots, but no. It’s not my job, my job was; to have a good evening, making fun with my friends, seeing an bunch of wonderful craftsmen who did their best to enjoy us, and they succeeded, they succeeded well 😉

    A band that had the guts to play a song that wasn’t rehearsed! (Coming Back To Life). So if there is a tiny thing going wrong, look through it, remember the good things. And good things were there in large amounts, at least a minute of 160.

    So be patient have a good time, relax and enjoy, your show will be a life time experience.

    Keep talking and please Smile,

    x Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands
    & now I Close my Eyes…

  152. I’m sure it can be arranged. I was thinking of getting a sniper with tranquilliser darts to be positioned high behind the band, looking out at the audience. He could shoot anyone he considers rowdy. People with cameras, people videoing the show on their mobile phones, people singing too loudly, people who fidget too much… What do you think? They’d just be knocked out until the end of the show, of course. Then we can all take turns to slap their faces to bring them round. It would be good therapy. – Features Editor]

    I hate to say this FEd, but that might mean most of the audience is “taken out”. ; )

    I think the band might panic a little if they suddenly looked out and the whole audience was asleep! David would be shouting, “Quick, go into a fast song – we’re losing them…” or else, more than likely “B*gger it, let’s go down the pub” 🙂 LOL

  153. Angela

    There seems to be quite a few of us getting together at the Hard Rock Cafe on Yonge Street. (There are two HRCs in Toronto, one at the Skydome (It will always be the Skydome – I’ll explain) and t’other is up on Yonge Street…the longest street in the world by the way….

    If you’re the same Angela you’ll know it’s opposite the Eaton Centre from a previous posting.

    I for one will be there on the 9th wearing a black “Fender” t’shirt…

  154. Point of order!

    At the top of the blog the Fedmeister said “We want to know what you’re hoping to hear “…

    And if you don’t ask you don’t get….

    Second half – Semi-acoustic Brain Damage and Eclipse….. 🙂

  155. I didn’t think it remotely possible, but my esteem for Mr. Gilmour has been elevated once again. Elsewhere on this vast world wide web, I found an old video clip of our Mr. Gilmour (and possibly Mr. Pratt as well. It was hard to tell) playing bass live for the one, the only…..Spinal Tap. I can thik of no higher accolade than to have been asked to trade chops with the great Derek Smalls on ‘Big Bottom’.

    I learn something new every day.

    As you were. 3 weeks to Oakland.

    peter

  156. Not a complaint about the setlist changes, as I think that’s quite nice to do, particularly when 2 nights are played in the same city…but…I hate to see a song like “Wearing The Inside Out” be replaced, just because it’s Rick’s lead vocal. So to be fair, if David decides to alter the setlist one night and take out that song, he should allow Rick to do “Remember A Day” as a second encore. 😉

    [Gimme a break. How do you know it was replaced just because it’s Rick’s lead vocal? – Features Editor]

  157. To Big Al re: Oakland and drinking rules.

    THANK GOODNESS! I so look forward to being able to sit through a show, and truly listen to the music. I always loved going to Floyd shows, but by and large, at least here in the States, they were a circus. Screaming, talking, fighting, enebriation beyond comprehension….I just never understood what the point was. You pay good money for the rare privalege to see one of the truly great bands perform incredible shows, and you get so ripped that you can’t remember the event. Crazy.

    Anyway, I’ll be there with you at the Paramount. I haven’t been there in many, many years. What’s your take on the acoustics there?

    peter

  158. I’ve been meaning to ask: Are all nine parts of SOYCD being played, or just the first five?

    Dave

  159. [I’m sorry, Clemens. Forgive me. I don’t think your question would scare Guy away and, if others send in silly questions, they can be deleted easily enough. My point, albeit a badly made one, was that regardless of Guy’s opinion, sadly we have many fans here who would not bother to consider his point of view even if he did take the time to share it with us. Judging by some of the repeat requests for just about everything under the sun, I think David could post a daily plea for certain fans to be more reasonable and it would be ignored! No hard feelings. You are quite right and I’m happy to admit that and to apologise to you profusely. – Features Editor]

    No need to apologise mate, we are cool. You are of course right, many people dont see the ‘human’ point of view seen from Davids side. Fans can be quite selfish.

    I’m sure you get hundreds of unrealistic requests. I mean, I would like to have a beer with David on his Astoria and discuss the history of that houseboat (or any other topic)but I know that wont happen so I wont ask.

    I am however, interested in these guys personal experiences of this tour. I mean, the band makes the music, but the fans create a part of the atmosphere (I would assume that this plays a role in the enjoyment that the band gets from this tour. I think David really deserves a positive experience)…

    So David, lead your life the way you think is best. I would even have peace with your retirement from music, since in my opinion you would deserve it fully. I think that any true fan should realise this. However, it will not stop me from thoroughly enjoying the creativity you still wish to share. Also considering the fact you have a young family to look after. I admire that as much as I admire your wish to still tour your new music.

    And thanks to you ED, for communicating it to us!

    Best,

    Clemens

    [Bless you, my friend. – Features Editor]

  160. Angela,
    “Is anyone aware of a pub in Toronto where everyone is getting together before the April 9 show?”

    We’re going to have a few pints at the Hard Rock Cafe just up the street from Massey Hall. They will be playing tons of Floyd and DG tracks.

    It will be electric! Counting down the days.. Can you say Echoes!

    Nick.

  161. I am looking foward to it. Can you play everything you know? I,d be willing to stay for a few days..

    See you at Radio City

    Peter

  162. Someone mentioned La Carrera Panamericana. It reminds me of a film I saw years ago on fractals and Mandelbrot narrated by Arthur C. Clark, the sound track was of course by Mr. Gilmour. It was magical to see the movements of fractals while listening to the sound of David’s guitar.

  163. Well… what can i say? I attended the show last night and went there with high hopes! But they were shattered… this was no DG in top-shape…

    An utterly boring, uninspired set with lot’s of mistakes on his part, bad sound/mix where the bass was hardly audible and the guitars from DG way too loud.

    The songs were nice, as always, but the playing lacked fire or inspiration. I had really hoped for a fantastic show and don’t get me wrong, i’m still a huge fan, but this was truly a show that will not go down in the books on my part.
    Granted, Echoes was nice, and so was Fat Old Sun but the performances were extremely sloppy…

    too bad… way too bad…

  164. …for the love of God people!! This incessant whining for setlist changes/additions (any colour you like) is out of control! We should be happy that Mr.G is even touring at all (fearless). The begging and pleading (childhoods end) is really getting ridiculous. As I’ve said before, I’d be chuffed (careful with that axe Eugene) if the band came out playing only Yuletide tunes. We should all just chill-ax and thank our lucky stars that we even have tickets (the Nile song) to be in the same room as David, Richard, Phil, Guy, Jon, Dick and Steve. They will play what they want to play (the narrow way) so just deal with it!

    …I mean really (several species of small furry animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict ;)[as if]), have some respect.

    🙂 Tom

    [Damn right (Sorrow), mate. – Features Editor]

  165. Just read the comments on cameras etc. It is amazing the number of people who own cameras and take them to concerts, failing to grasp simple concepts such as: a) the flash has no effect at that distance; b) the flash is irritating to the performers; and c) the flashes and screens are irritating to fellow audience members. Not only that, but with the modern internet age upon us decent shots by people who know what they are doing are almost immediately available (thankyou FEd) and are infinitely better than anything you can take at audience distance with your point-and-shoot or camera phone.

  166. I know you probably wont answer these questions but I have one nonetheless.

    So the question, how do you guys experience this? As a lack of interest? Or more as a silent appreciation of good music (which it was in my opinion)? What do you guys prefer? A silent listening audience or the ‘blind’ and loud adoration?

    Clemens,

    Ideally we like a crowd who are as silent as the grave during songs and then combust in rapt appreciation at the end, perhaps cheering for particular standout moments, wouldn’t anyone?

    A couple of weeks ago someone asked about the box on David’s rig (his tuner) and I gave a detailed explanation, now I see the same question and incomplete answers appearing(It’s a Conn Strobotuner), so that is why I don’t answer questions as a rule, it seems to be a waste of time.

    Thanks to everyone for their sympathy re my tummy upset, I realise it could be perceived as a cheap shot for the sympathy vote….

    It’s a shame noone has responded to my complimenting of Steve DiStanislao, who is doing such a great job especially considering he’s coming into a tight knit group of people who have played together for years and got the vibe immediately.

    xx
    Guy

  167. Ive been to the 20th March concert in Amsterdam together with a collegue and we have had a hell of a time. After having seen Heather Nova in Groningen the evening before (which was breathtakin) we were wondering what to expect from Davids show in Amsterdam. We weren’t disappointed, it was great. The sound was awesome and David playd two of my favourites (Fat old sun and Echoes). I can remember an interview in a magazine in 1993/1994 that David might play Echoes on the PF tour Division Bell. Disappointed then, but now satisfied to the bone that once in my life I’ve heard it in live from the best guitarplayer of all times. David thx for this marvellous evening. I'(We’)ve enjoyed every minute of it. I hope all of you will enjoy the tour as I did.

  168. Hi Nickster,

    your comment;
    p.s. Those four notes I have always considered a Floydian “call to arms”, so to speak…anyone else feel the same? They’re four of the largest notes I think I’ve ever heard played because of their context. I love ’em lots 🙂

    Could not agree more, the most powerfull, elegant riff made up of just four simple notes!

  169. “Is anyone aware of a pub in Toronto where everyone is getting together before the April 9 show?”

    “We’re going to have a few pints at the Hard Rock Cafe just up the street from Massey Hall. They will be playing tons of Floyd and DG tracks.”

    Nick thanks for responding….I’ll be the cute woman in my 40’s (if that’s possible) and my husband will be the one with the ponytail..oops..just probably described half of the audience…..see you there!

  170. Hi Everybody

    I’ve also been to the HMH show on the 20th, and I had a great time. I think the choice of songs in the second part of the concert was just perfect. To hear Echoes for the first time live (in person) was a great surprise, the crowd really went wild when they heared the “ping” introducing Echoes.

    Mr. gilmour and the rest of the band. Thnx for a great night.

    cheers, Hans

  171. [Ideally we like a crowd who are as silent as the grave during songs and then combust in rapt appreciation at the end, perhaps cheering for particular standout moments, wouldn’t anyone?

    A couple of weeks ago someone asked about the box on David’s rig (his tuner) and I gave a detailed explanation, now I see the same question and incomplete answers appearing(It’s a Conn Strobotuner), so that is why I don’t answer questions as a rule, it seems to be a waste of time.

    Thanks to everyone for their sympathy re my tummy upset, I realise it could be perceived as a cheap shot for the sympathy vote….

    It’s a shame noone has responded to my complimenting of Steve DiStanislao, who is doing such a great job especially considering he’s coming into a tight knit group of people who have played together for years and got the vibe immediately.]

    Thank you Guy. I understand that it would not be practical (you have accumulated far too much fans over the years :)) at all to answer individual questions.

    On mr DiStanislao: he is playing brilliantly! You say you had never rehearsed “Coming Back to Life”? Well hats off to him then! I had the privilige of hearing that live. Since I’m paying tribute anyway I feel that I should mention Dick Parry (although I have great respect for all of you, you cant blaim me for that, Im a fan :)). Sometimes I get the impression he is one of Floyds unsung heroes…

    Best to you all!

    Clemens

  172. Quick reply to Jaco (Roger Waters)

    Next time you manage to buy a highly prized David Gilmour ticket, give it to someone else. They’ll enjoy it!

  173. Guy wrote: It’s a shame noone has responded to my complimenting of Steve DiStanislao

    Great job, Steve! Putting up with Guy especially. 😉

    Please enter into our blog web of doom. Come talk to us, she said enticingly…tell us how late in the morning David sleeps after a show and just how well you’re keeping it in the road touring with these blokes.

    xo
    Deborah

  174. Hey there Angie, the Hard Rock Cafe on Yonge street is right around the corner Massey Hall. According to Rudders that’s the spot and for once he may be right.

    George

  175. “It’s a shame noone has responded to my complimenting of Steve DiStanislao, who is doing such a great job especially considering he’s coming into a tight knit group of people who have played together for years and got the vibe immediately.

    xx
    Guy

    Posted by: Guy Pratt at March 21, 2006 08:58 PM”

    Fair enough, mate 🙂 (as a Briton might say) Personally, I’ve had way more to say about the shows than I’ve had the chance to share here. But since you sort of asked Guy, here goes:

    Steve DiStanislao’s drumming really feels integral to he music at hand. A deft, yet strong touch is needed, as is a close relationship with one’s tom-tom’s and cymbals, to get at the Floyd sound, imo. Steve really drums with flying colors. Again, Echoes is the example where all the band members shine. Steve’s drumming in Echoes is remarkable, with all the tom fills and the cymbals crashing coming through in waves. Hadn’t really thought of it from Guy’s pov, but Steve’s done a hell of a job for being “the new guy” 😉

    Regardless, his drumming is certainly not going unnoticed! The band really sounds tight, muscular, and agile when whipping through the composed, funky, and psychadelic sections of Echoes (to use it again as an illustration). You can’t do that with a weak rythm section, no matter how good your guitarist and keyboard player are! 😉

    Shine on!

  176. Evening Guy,

    It’s great that Steve has found the band’s groove, how did you describe it, “in the pocket”, I believe? I would imagine that when the drummer and bassist find that right partnership, the possibilities for the songs to evolve organically is all the easier, where conversely a drummer who doesn’t quite ‘get it’ could bring the whole enchilada tumbling down.

    I can’t comment on Steve yet because I haven’t yet heard him, or the rest of you yet, but I do think it’s great news that the ‘pulse/groove’ section of the band is so in synch this early in the tour. That bodes very well for your Stateside swing.

    A somewhat cheesy question for Guy, if he’s inclined. Essentially, “what’s on your I-Pod?” I’m always curious to know what turns musicians on, especially when they’re on tour. I can imagine wanting to listen to other music rather than what I was playing every night. Just curious.

    Regards,
    peter

  177. No matter what you say, you have to admit that the setlist is pretty sweet. DOGS would obviously push things over the top. Only problem with that is that if David started playing DOGS then I would probally sh*t my pants. Enjoy.

    CH

  178. To all those able to attend the live shows: you lucky dogs! I was able to listen to some recordings of one of the shows (I think it was via the BBC website). The sound (even though web-based) and performance was what one would expect from David and crew. I’m hoping there will be a DVD release for this tour!

  179. Aaah, the pic just proves that DG is gorgeous in any color.

    I walked around the block with my son tonight and due to my paralysis, I walk very slowly and a bit gimpy. My son told me, ‘mommy you are walking better but you still kinda walk like Frankenstein.” So I think I’ll change my sign off name to Elizabeth, aka Frankenstein.

    See you in Chicago on 4-13.

    Love,

    Elizabeth aka Frankenstein

  180. I’ve never been to a Floyd/Gilmour concert, but I’m from Stratford, Ontario and have attended many a play at the Festival there. The absolute highest compliment an audience can give a performance is silence. Silence, in its purest form is mesmerizing, there is a breathless connection between the performer and the wrapt attention of the audience. If you truly respect the music, give the silence.

  181. I saw both shows in Amsterdam, and all I can say is Roger is definately Pink. ON A ISLAND SLEEPING. I never saw so many people yawning during the first set, and replacing Breathe for Coming Back To Life the second night was horrendous. You don’t replace classic Pinik FLoyd with a Fake Floyd song.

    [Sorry you didn’t enjoy it, Chris. Perhaps some might say “Enjoy Roger’s fake ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ instead if you’re going to see him on tour this year.” Not me, obviously. I’m just guessing what they might say. – Features Editor]

  182. Well, it’s me again. Still trying to gather what I’ve witnessed. Sorry to read Jaco didn’t have a great time.

    Guy, I wish to apoligize. I was at the far end monday (you may have read my long posts about sunday and monday, or not) and took some pictures. I had to use the flash sometimes, because my camera otherwise would take too long and the image wouldn’t be still. Reading that even the distant cameras distract the band I will refrain from photographing ever again. I must say it even distracted me from fully enjoying the show. I didn’t realize that until I got home. Lesson learnt.

    I forgot to mention I enjoying seeing you jumping left and right and I did complement Steve on singing-while-drumming, but forgot to make a big complement for his drumming those nights. Esp. on echoes I enjoyed it. Powerful when needed, subtle when required. BTW is that how David found Steve ? Through Crosby & Nash, who sang on On an Island ? Being able to fit in a tight knit group only shows craftsmanship. And maybe a bit of humour (with ou, for those in the states 😉 from your side ?

    About “not answering questions as a rule”. I think we all thoroughly enjoy that you even take the time to read and post. We cannot and may not expect from you to answer all our questions, like we cannot expect David to play everything we request. I would never have imagined hearing Echoes live from David and Rick (same goes for the rapturour version of Fat Old Sun) so didn’t ask and I got more than ever imagined. Never thought Wot’s … Uh The Deal (beautifully played and sung by the whole band) would be part of a setlist. It was a pity Waering The Inside Out wasn’t played the second night (I very much enjoyed it the first HMH-day), but Coming back To Life was well played and apparently much requested in the states 😉

    The first set may have been ‘tame’ for some, but I enjoyed the flow of that set (and the “silence in the audience”) and the subtleties I hadn’t realized before. Not only in the playing, but also very much in David’s voice. It takes a lot of guts to even try to perform the whole album, but I think (and hope) you all have a blast performing it.

    One thing I really hope is that there will be a DVD of the whole concert. Seeing the visuals with On an Island helps understand the songs better. I don’t know if the flashing lights in Echoes can be properly handled by my TV though 😉

    And the ‘spanish guitar’ (that’s how it sounded to me) ending of High Hopes was brilliant and fragile.

    As said before : Enjoy the rest of the tour and keep space jamming … BTW I had a great laugh reading your own site about how you auditioned in from of David !

    Sincerely,
    Piet

  183. Well, what more to add? I attended the show on monday with the flu. In the afternoon I thought I wasn’t going to make it, but thanks to some pills and stuff I did after all. No I am in my bed, coughing, with high fever and a headache. But I am feeling great, because I saw and heard the best concert ever. Thank you David and band.

  184. Mike –

    “can imagine what it would be like, even with the boobs and their cameras, to be there”

    hehehehe…damn, no boobs at my show – I must have been sitting in the cheap seats 🙂

    N

  185. Just got back to the uk after seeing the second Amsterdam gig.I never got to see Pink floyd live as i was too young,but I can honestly say that this was the greatest concert ive ever been to : ) Great lighting,Brilliant acoustics at the heinekken,And the all time best/Legend of a guitarist that is David Gilmour.

    Thankyou David,Richard,Guy et al for playing one of the most emotional and exciting gigs ever and good luck with the rest of the tour.: )

  186. TO JACO

    I ALSO ATTENDED THE GIG AND WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY IM A BIT CONCERNED YOU MAY BE GOING DEAF AS THE ACOUSTICS WERE EXCELLENT !!!!!!!!!!!!

  187. Sorry Fed, but I couldn’t bring myself to write down what I was actually thinking in reply to Chris.

    Here’s the filtered bits that may be suitable.

    Chris, ……………………………..twice………………….no intention of enjoying….
    Waters fan…………………….no musical taste………………………..deaf…………….
    Blind……………………………..dipstick.

    Mike.

    [That’s great! Not only do you get it out of your system, which is good for your health, but we all have fun filling in the blanks and making up sentences of our own! Although that’s something to do offline, of course. We’re not getting involved in that old stuff and will not post any further comments, even if it would make a damn good competition. We’ve had our fun today, I think. Thanks to Chris for not enjoying the album or live show. – Features Editor]

  188. Is there gonna be a DVD from the show?

    [It’s something that has certainly been considered. – Features Editor]

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