Oakland Paramount

Oakland’s elegant Paramount Theater was originally constructed in 1931, designed by architect Timothy Pflueger. With its 80-plus feet high tile mosaic façade, it is considered to be the finest example of art deco architecture on the West Coast, and has been designated a California and US National Historic Landmark since its restoration in 1973.

Home to both the Oakland Ballet and the Oakland East Bay Symphony, it regularly plays host to jazz, rock and classical music as well as ballets, plays, stand-up comedy and re-runs of classical movies from Hollywood’s Golden Era.

If you’re lucky enough to be one of the 3,000-odd ticket holders and will be attending either, or both, of the shows here on 16 and 17 April, then we hope you will have a splendid time.

Naturally, I want to hear from you before the concert, so feel free to share your thoughts. Have you been to the Oakland Paramount before? If so, what’s it like? Is it easy to park? How did you find the acoustics, the seating, the view of the stage? Throw information at me, I love it.

Whilst you’re thinking of things to throw, why not tune in to Radio Wien tonight at 10PM local time for a two-hour David Gilmour and Pink Floyd special? You can, of course, listen online. Simply click the “Radio Wien” live im Internet link at the foot of the page, then click Radio Wien live hören on the second page.

Enjoy!

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’.

153 thoughts on “Oakland Paramount”

  1. THERE IT IS!!!

    The Paramount! You’ve got me excited now. This means we’re in the batter’s box, to use a ridiculous sports euphamism. I hate sports euphamisms, but I digress.

    What a beautiful looking theater. It’s not quite Montreal, but………(my cheap Claude dig. I actually love Montreal)

    In the lower left hand of that photo is where my glutious grandus will be planted for Sunday’s show. Bring it on!

    F’Ed, sorry about the performance at OT last Wednesday. We were handled by MancaBay Bucs at the Trafford Bowl.

    Looking forward to hearing about the Radio City shows.

    Have a great night all who will be attending.

    Regards,
    peter

  2. I was just at the Paramount for the Donald Fagen show on Monday (which was excellent), and am thrilled to be attending both of David’s shows there. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house, but the acoustics can be a little bit muddy. The inside of the theatre itself is beautiful as the picture suggests, and I can’t wait to see the lights during “Echoes” there. The easiest way to get there is to take BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit. You could drive to Oakland and pay to park downtown, but why bother? The Oakland 19th Street station is right underneath the theatre! Here’s hoping that between both shows, we get to hear all the rarities that David’s been playing in Europe, like “What’s…Uh The Deal,” “Fat Old Sun,” and “Dominoes.” 🙂

    [Thanks for that, mate. Hope you have a brilliant time. – Features Editor]

  3. that looks lovely. have a great time to all who’ll be there. i can’t wait until may…

  4. Hi Fed.

    I just saw that you wrote yesterday – that you are also waiting for your RAH Tickets? I was sure that you will get good Tickets from your Boss!!??

    As im from austria it was nice to see that you already noticed the Radio Wien “Floyd/Gilmour” Special!! A few days ago there was a TV-ad for the “On An Island” Album on austrian TV Programm! It was nice – a short animation clip!! Davids Album was at Nr. 2 in the austrian Album Charts!

    Then i wanted to ask you something:

    The second half of the first Milano show was filmed! I watched Damon Iddins as he put a quite big kamera behind him at the mixing desk!! Do you know what will happen with this footage? Maybe we get a little bit of it to watch on this lovley website?

    Also interesting: a friend saw the Band “Simple Minds” in the audience during the first milano show.

    And one more: Damon Iddins looked like the man from the “Momenary Lapse” Album cover and the videos … but i think it was his brother .. and he his also working at the Astoria Studio. Do you know his name? Maybe im completley wrong …

    I thought that maybe …. thats you?

    Bye from austria, and thanx for all your work!!

    Werner

    [Hi Werner. A lot of the shows are being filmed, but for David’s private collection only. I don’t know if Damon has a brother or not, which rules out the possibility of that man being me. Sorry! Enjoy the radio show tonight. I listened to Radio Wien for a couple of hours last night and they played some good songs. – Features Editor]

  5. Caption:

    “Suddenly, Claude’s joy turns to horror when realizes his newly found ticket is for the 2:00 matinee show”

    ..sorry, I couldn’t resist one more..

  6. For what it’s worth, Dark Side of the Moon was named the #1 Classic Rock Album of all time (well duh…) by a local Philadelphia “Classic Rock” radio station, and they’ll be playing the whole album tonight. They’re not giving the exact time, but it’ll be between 7 PM and 10 PM EST. The link’s in my name, and you can listen online. Good timing too, the weekend before the concerts in New York.

    David should consider calling into that station to promote OAI. A lot of their listeners would love that album, but it’s not getting enough airplay.

    [Thanks for letting us know, Michael. – Features Editor]

  7. Hi

    I’ve been away, have i missed anything?

    [Nothing that two hours of reading won’t fix! – Features Editor]

  8. Caption Competition:

    The staff were exhausted but pleased with their efforts to clean up the mess the Candy Floss machine explosion had caused…

  9. In the series of what the fans want from David Gilmour….

    To play the complete Floyd catalogue every night + both his previous albums in addition to On An Island.
    Add shows to the tour in all cities in the world.
    To have Mason, Waters and Barrett as guests on stage every night (in addition to Wright of course)
    To play at small intimate venues which still houses 200.000 people.
    A DVD release of the tour, with 45 hours of extra material.
    Live CD’s from every night of the tour (also on vinyl of course)
    + sign every damn copy
    Release an official live record of the 1977 tour (well, there’s a thought)

    So my question is, why hasn’t Mr. Gilmour booked 4 nights in my kitchen with a setlist containing Alan’s Psycadelic Breakfast?

    Have a nice weekend!

    Best regards

    JT

    [It’s not too much to ask, surely! – Features Editor]

  10. On XM Satellite Radio, on Deep Tracks Station 40 they’ve been playing all the album cuts, not just OAI.

    (Fed, my apologies if “satellite” is not spelled correctly, I don’t want Rudders or yourself breaking out in hives.)

  11. I’m so glad you finally featured the Paramount. I’ll be at the show on Monday the 17th!! I have never been there, but am really looking forward to it. Thanks for the advice about taking BART =) Anyone going to the Paramount shows want to get together? I’m interested =)

    Glad David and the band are now on this side of the pond, hope you had a great trip.

    ~Erin
    Sacramento, CA

  12. Fedmeister and Fellow Blogargleblasters…!

    “[Rudders, are you going to tell me that I’ve got the rule wrong? Do you write “ten” as a real word, then resort to digits thereafter? etc etc”

    Why don’t we rsrt 2 usin txt lngwg….

    CU l8r Fdmstr…

    Sh*t… the Angry Mob are here now!

    [You deserve all you get for that! – Features Editor]

  13. “So my question is, why hasn’t Mr. Gilmour booked 4 nights in my kitchen with a setlist containing Alan’s Psycadelic Breakfast?”

    He’ll do it, but only if Rudders is invited say the lines, “Marmalade…I like Marmalade.” throughout the performance.

  14. The Paramount is a fantastic venue for a show. I saw Bruce Springsteen there solo last May, and I saw David Gray there just a couple weeks ago. (Solid show, but I still couldn’t keep my mind from wandering forward a month when I’d be seeing the OTHER David G. that I like, ripping some sweet solos.)

    It’s easy to get to from BART (local subway system) — that’s how I always go. Can’t tell you anything about parking.

    There are a few bars selling beer and wine in the venue, but the lines can get very long. To smoke, you must leave the venue entirely, which can be a pain (I missed “Racing In The Street” at the Springsteen show!)

    Should be two fantastic nights at a fantastic venue…

  15. What a beautiful place, I must add it the places that I must visit in my life. Any other suggestions to add to my list I need help, being an nieve 15 year old girl with no taste, except for in music.

    Not long to go now until I get to see the man himself! He he!

    Happy weekend kids,

  16. Oh… here’s another one

    Caption Competition

    Spoken by the slightly portly owner of the Burnley Gaumont Theatre to his slightly effeminate son just out of picture…. (work with me here)

    “Aye lad… one day all this will be yours…. this Saturday afternoon we ‘ave a Tom Mix film, the there’s a beat combo on who are Diamond Dave and his band the exRoxettes and then headlining we ‘ave Arthur Atkinson and Chester Drawers introduced by Tommy Cockles…”

    Which was nice…

    [Where’s me washboard? ‘Ave you seen it? – Features Editor]

  17. Fedmeister

    Many sleep ago you mentioned you liked anagrams…so here is “Features Editor”…

    – Do fuse, I retreat (It’s that Angry Mob again)
    – Iterate! Used for? (OCD reference?)
    – Fetid eraser? out! (The mind boggles)

  18. Hi everybody; I’ve been reading these blogs pretty regularly, but this is my first post. Sorry for the long one, but I’ve been saving up…

    On the topic of the OAI CD: My favorite tracks are Castellorizon and On An Island, and also the bonus Island Jam.

    In the CD ‘book’ lyric pages for Take A Breath and Red Sky At Night, there is some mysterious (to me) faint writing at the bottom of the page. Looks to me like 2 words: “Gnothis Seauton” Can anyone shed some light?

    Also, at the very end of Castellorizon’s wonderful guitar solo – on the very last note – there is a sound that seems very out of place to me. At first I thought it was a defect in the CD or the recording, but I examined it in an audio editor, and it is a background drum going “da-da dum” right as David hits that last note. It jolts me out of the serenity of the guitar playing every time! It is then immediately followed by some ‘noise’ that I can’t really describe other than it sounds like a very brief oar-rowing sound just before it fades into On An Island. You’ll either think I’m being wacky for bringing this up or just ignore me altogether, but I wanted to raise this to see if anyone else noticed it. It bugs me 😉

    On the topic of DVD vs. CD of the tour, I would much prefer to see a DVD. As has been pointed out, DVD audio can be ripped onto CD, so you end up getting both (already had done it with the In Concert DVD), and I would love to be able to see the visuals of what the concerts were like. The only issue that I’m sure David is thinking about is to make sure that the Pink Floyd songs are unique from the In Concert and Pulse DVDs. No point in putting out the same songs again. He even has that issue with Smile. But of course his fans will happily devour anything and everything he puts out!

    It seems to me that with all the people inspired to learn guitar due to Mr. Gilmour, that there ought to be a web site dedicated to his technique, tabs to his songs, technical info about equipment etc. Does such a thing exist anywhere? I know one can find tabs (with varying degrees of quality!) on the various guitar sites, but having a dedicated Gilmour guitar site seems like a no-brainer. And David could contribute an occasional article. (HA ha- dream on!) Hmmm, maybe I should start one…. I often wonder if any of his kids dared to take up guitar and if they are blessed with any of David’s gift. Can you imagine, having daily access to the master??!

    Finally – Features editor you have my great admiration for keeping this blog going. From someone that sits in front of a computer most of the day, I know how bleary-eyed it can be to read these posts day-in and day-out. 🙂

  19. “In the series of what the fans want from David Gilmour….

    To play the complete Floyd catalogue every night + both his previous albums in addition to On An Island.
    Add shows to the tour in all cities in the world.
    To have Mason, Waters and Barrett as guests on stage every night (in addition to Wright of course)
    To play at small intimate venues which still houses 200.000 people.
    A DVD release of the tour, with 45 hours of extra material.
    Live CD’s from every night of the tour (also on vinyl of course)
    + sign every damn copy
    Release an official live record of the 1977 tour (well, there’s a thought)

    So my question is, why hasn’t Mr. Gilmour booked 4 nights in my kitchen with a setlist containing Alan’s Psycadelic Breakfast?”

    Tee hee! Very funny, JT!

    “A lot of the shows are being filmed, but for David’s private collection only.”

    Interesting.

  20. Good Day FEd, David and all!

    So there it is looking much like it’s namesake in Seattle, the same era and architectural style. Considering when some of the European theaters were built and the history they hold these in the States are so young by comparison. I’m lucky enough to go to two shows as well, one being in this beautiful older theater and then down to Los Angeles to enjoy the newer splendor of the Kodak Theater.

    Now I can picture myself in just a couple of weeks — I’ll be third row balcony (center) and smiling from ear to ear I’m sure. At the Kodak it will be 2nd mezzanine but I’m confident that the view and sound will be most satisfying as well.

    Yesterday, someone suggested that some of us regulars discuss our earliest memories and purchases of music in general, Pink Floyd in particular, which gave me the opportunity to do one of my favorite things — go back in time to remember and feel the first musical experiences in my life. You know, that kind of journey back where you can transport yourself completely to the very moment in time when you first heard those sounds that would affect you deeply for your entire life.

    Earliest very distinct musical moments would be a mix of early Harry Belefonte, a song by Ketty Lester called “Love Letters (Straight From My Heart)”, Sam Cooke, and the album of the musical “West Side Story.”

    First albums I purchased with my own funds would be “Introducing The Beatles”, one or both of Bob Dylan’s first two albums, “The Music of Bulgaria” on Non-Such Records, and early Joan Baez on Vanguard Records.

    First Pink Floyd album was “A Saucerful of Secrets”. In fact was of my very favorite Rick Wright songs is “Remember A Day” off this album.

    And the rest, as they say, is history …

    Best to you all! FEd, have a mellow weekend — you earned it having to bite your lip so as not to fall prey to Claude’s foul vibe!! Just like a screaming, spoiled baby, he managed to get quite a bit of attention. Maybe that will satiate him for a while. To all of you attending the Radio City Music Hall gigs, have a fabulous time and welcome the band with open arms for all of us!

    Peace always,
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  21. RUDDERS NOOOOOO!

    I have students e-mailing me in txt language, and worse still, some of them use it in their submitted coursework! I WL NT SCCMB TO THR STPID CLTRE!

    There’s one thing using text for speed on a handheld device (and even then there’s t9 predictive input) and another when using it out of sheer laziness when sat at a 101-key keyboard.

    Anyhow…good ole Oaktown….my old stomping grounds. I lived in Oakland/Berkeley/East Bay for a couple of years and have fond memories of the place. Unfortunately I never saw anyone at the Paramount (me, mostly Colliseum, Warfield, Civic Centre) but I know David and the gang will receive an great welcome from the East Bay. It wouldn’t surprise me if a certain C and N of CSN joined the boys on stage for OAI 😉

    Enjoy the show everyone, and get back to us with the setlist (that’s SETLIST, not S3TL15T :))

    N

  22. Hi FED,

    a kiss from Rome.

    Something enjoyable from Internet…have you never read anything like his? It’s a very interesting diary!!

    Have a good night!
    diana

    [Unfortunately the link doesn’t work, but I believe I have seen it. Very funny! – Features Editor]

  23. Rudders,

    maybe I’m a stupid french girl, but I don’t understand what you mean with “Babelfish” and I like to think that our Fed tries and succeeds in speaking in french (better than I do in english !) vous êtes un “plaisantin”!

    Jesse, I bought two teeshirts and a tour program in Paris and they are wonderful !

    Our Fed, congratulations for all.Keep talking !..

    Michèle.

    [Vous n’êtes pas stupide et mon français n’est pas aussi bon que votre anglais, mon ami (vous êtes trop aimable, je répète) mais je practice. Gimme a break, Rudders! (Je ne sais pas comment vous dites en français, désolé!) Babelfish est trop compliqué pour moi. Les phrases sont folles. J’ai besoin des phrases pour être simple et petit. Je dois comprendre chaque mot (avec mon vocabulaire limité). Peut-être j’emploie les mots dans l’endroit faux, mais… Je practice! (Et je dis “Désolé!” pour les gens qui parle français toujours aussi!) Je vois les mots beaucoup de fois et je rappelle. Il est bon pour moi. C’est un changement plaisant de “Où est le nouveau DVD?” et “Je voudrais une, deux, trois…” C’est “Pour moi, pour moi!” toute l’heure. J’aime la… déviation (je ne sais pas si c’est le bon mot). Nous avons les leçons en l’allemand la semaine prochaine, oui? L’allemand est plus facile pour moi. – Features Editor]

  24. Thanks for featuring the Paramount today. I’ve been to the Paramount several times as well, starting with Miles Davis in the 80s. Taking BART is an excellent idea! But for those that feel a need to drive, there’s parking adjacent to the theater.

  25. Werner wrote: “Also interesting: a friend saw the Band “Simple Minds” in the audience during the first milano show.”

    Any other famous sightings?

  26. I hope you’re all listening to Radio Wien’s fantastic David Gilmour and Pink Floyd special tonight. We’ve had ‘On An Island’, ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part Two)’, ‘Astronomy Domine’ – and they’re playing ‘Time’ right now. Not a bad guitar solo, eh?

  27. Oooh, to be back in The Bay Area when DG and his merry men are there… now THAT would be x-mas.. (never gonna happen though.. )

  28. Oakland shows only a couple of weeks away! Getting more excited every day…. Seeing Jeff Beck Tuesday night will only whet my appetite. Beck is a gifted guitarist and truly amazing to witness, but I can’t help thinking of him as more a technician and David as more an artist. Jeff Beck has never made me cry.

    Erin, EchoesBob, and others, yes, of course, let’s get together before or after either or both shows! Name the time and place and email me […]

    Regarding religion and atheism, after a lifetime of searching I have finally found true enlightenment at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, linked to my name below.

    FSM loves you, too.

    Dave

  29. There’s one thing using text for speed on a handheld device (and even then there’s t9 predictive input) and another when using it out of sheer laziness when sat at a 101-key keyboard.

    well in my own case i am dyslexic and i find it easier to shorten certain words then cock up the spelling and make a charlie of myself 🙂

    i hope everyone enjoys the amrerican gigs . you lucky people that are going to see them 🙂

    night fet ed . take care !

    peace
    Linda

    [Have a good night, Linda. Your boys are going to drop some points this weekend against Bolton, right? Sharing is caring and all that. – Features Editor]

  30. ……Hmmmmm lets see… only 4 nights in the kitchen ….only if SEAMUS ( that’s the dog) gets to stay inside ..for a listen!!!

    (just so you all know… that comment was dedicated to my/our Irish Setter Riley who by the way seems to …find a “high” note or two on Castellorizon …moving with his own howling)much like Seamus- that’s the dog)

    …..now was that Roger’s…..songggg…. (god forbid) nahhhhhhhhh…….I think I remeber more than one or two names on that one……

    How selfish we have become….

    DG..and all..welcome to the States, keep doing what you are doing…cause itis working!!!!!

    Fed–any insight on the one or two high note ..twist, for Riley… on OAI….he really does want to know, woof, woof????

    [Don’t say it too loudly, but I think the band are auditioning for a dog to join the American leg of the tour. They’re going to drop ‘Echoes’ and do a 20-minute ‘Seamus’ instead. Wouldn’t that be great? – Features Editor]

  31. Hot Toddy…

    The answer is to Google it dear warm beverage…

    gnothi seauton (Greek): Know thyself. (A precept inscribed in gold letters over the portico of the temple at Delphi. Its authorship has been ascribed to Pythagoras, to several of the wise men of Greece, and to Phemonoe, a mythical Greek poetess. According to Juvenal, this precept descended from heaven.)

    It was inscribed in golden letters at the lintel of the entrance to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. (Two doors down from IBM.. boom boom!)

  32. Tepid mixture of Honey, Lemon, Tea and Brandy…

    You wrote about the noise at the very end of Castellorizon’s wonderful guitar solo – on the very last note…

    I had noticed it and it’s a storm with thunder and just before the track OAI starts you can hear rain falling…

  33. ‘on the turning away’ is a good tune. btw, that’s what radio vienna is playing now. i haven’t gone mad and started saying random things! maybe the band could do it in toronto as a protest against the clubbing of seals. sorry ed, my girlfriend just suggested that and now she’s going off on one about how cruel it is.

    [Indeed it is. – Features Editor]

  34. Hey Erin and the rest of the Oakland crew on the 16th. A friend of mine and I will be at the show and would be interested in meeting up with some fellow fans for a drink or two. Anybody know if there’s a bar/restaurant near the theater. I went to school in the south Bay Area and lived there for several years (moved to Seattle a few years ago) , but my knowledge of Oakland bars and locations is pretty limited …

    Also, if anybody is looking to kill time in Oakland that afternoon, the A’s are playing just down the road from the theater at 1 p.m. If it’s sunny, might be a nice way to start the day.

    Hope everybody enjoys the tour.

  35. I am also sitting here listening to the Pink Floyd special on the Austrian radio station and what a treat it is! Hard to believe a band that has been broken up for 22 years can still garner so much attetion and adulation. How can anyone really argue that they are not the greatest band that ever existed! Yes, BETTER than the Beatles, Yes BETTER than the Stones, Yes better than {should I say it} even Zeppelin! Well they are- and I am old enough to have seen all of them! I can not wait for David on April 12th in Chicago! Anyone care to disagree? Dave in Ft. Wayne

    [Not me, Dave. I agree completely. Glad you also enjoyed the radio show. – Features Editor]

  36. Fed,

    On the dog audition….I talked to Riley ( he was in the kitchen..) he says he wants in……on the action….and says he is up for it….(just as long as Simon Cowell..stays on your side of the Pond..that’s a sign of the state of affairs in USA right now..sad I know) woof, woof.

    Now Seamus for Echoes…….Nahhhhh.. i don’t think so…. however, the 2 songs do flowwwwwwwwww nicely…a little piano..then a a few pings…

    truthfully sends chills even as i write…

    That’s a good thing

  37. [Have a good night, Linda. Your boys are going to drop some points this weekend against Bolton, right? Sharing is caring and all that. – Features Editor]

    in your dreams man ( or woman depending on you gender fet ed , judging by the fact you talk about football i would say you are male . i am one in a million a female footie freak )

    we should be able to get at least one point at bolton if not the full 3 . though make no mistake they are’nt an easy team to beat . 7th in the leauge is not a push over .

    i see pool are away to west brom . now if you loose that i would suffer from a major case of being gobsmacked and you would suffer from a serious case of embaracement at 17-00 tomrrow . i may not like your team but they are’nt that bad as to loose that match 🙂

    i will be listening to the match on the radio as dad just told me i have an hour’s drive to do with a home brew delivery amd i have to reach my destination for midday tomrrow . just depends if i can be back before the match starts . at least i have my mobile phone configured to tell me when united score !

    back on topic . i enjoyed the dutch show a lot . i wish i could speak dutch though it would have been great to understand what the presenter was on about 🙂 nice pictures of david gilmour on radio wiens web site . i love the one of him sitting in what looks like a boat house . is it on this site btw ?

    at rhe risk of stating the obvious it is saturday tomrrow . i hope all my fellow bloggers will have themselves a good weekend and the same to you fet ed despite who you support 🙂

    peace
    Linda

    p.s fet ed just thought this might cheer you up 🙂

    2: Manchester United 31 21 6 4 +33 69
    3: Liverpool 32 19 7 6 +23 64

    5 points ahead and a match in hand 🙂

    i apologise to all of you who don;t speak football . normal service will be resumed in the morning . though you might have to put up with a little more tomrrow evening especailly if the pool loose 🙂 ( that is not a likely event much as i hate to say it 🙂 )

    [Oh well, we now wait until next weekend. We’ve got Bolton, you’ve got… Arsenal. By the way, that photo is not in the Gallery but it is featured in quite a few of the articles in the Press section. – Features Editor]

  38. Hey French Girl Michele. What are the chances of you e-mailing me a pic of the tee-shirts you got in Paris? Also this message is for anyone else who could do the same.Can’t wait for New York. 6th row. WoooHooo. E-mail me at mikede@ptd.net ty

  39. Bring the dog and do Seamus, but I vote for Echoes as well, just make the concert last a wee bit longer! Trust me no one will complain!

    Where are people meeting prior to the show? Anywhere really close to the hall that teen-agers are welcome as well?

    Change is inevitable – Except for at vending machines,
    Nance

  40. Hot gossip-Tomorrow/today ( April 1st) David appears by video conference on well known Scottish satellite TV Station, Radio Garlic. Apparently he is talking about his next single off OAI!

    Ian Pearson

    PS That “remember me” button doesnt work for me here as it keep forgetting who I am, do you know FED???

    [No idea, mate. – Features Editor]

  41. On the subject of numbering messages to make it easy to scroll down in sections, I agree that it can be difficult to pick up where one left off so I use the time when each message was posted as a guide to see where I get to before being interrupted. It would be nice to be able to search for particluar name or subject though.

    Ian Pearson

  42. “Hey Erin and the rest of the Oakland crew on the 16th. A friend of mine and I will be at the show and would be interested in meeting up with some fellow fans for a drink or two. Anybody know if there’s a bar/restaurant near the theater. I went to school in the south Bay Area and lived there for several years (moved to Seattle a few years ago) , but my knowledge of Oakland bars and locations is pretty limited …”

    Luka’s Taproom is about a half a block away from the Paramount. They’re good for a pint or 2.

  43. The Paramount. Lovely venue; saw Elvis Costello there last year. I was very near the stage (row E, I think), and found the acoustics to be fine. Certainly some mild echo/reverb, which would be expected in any older building of its size, and nothing that I felt affected the music or the quality of its presentation. Besides, it’s a Dave Gilmour show; is a little echo really a bad thing? 🙂

    Look forward to hearing the “On an Island” tunes, which ought to sound spectacular in there.

    Easter cannot come soon enough…

  44. Hey gang!

    I am really looking forward to the Paramount show! My best friend of 37 years (I’m only 43) got tickets for me. The amazing thing is that throughout the years of our friendship we have always purchased similar gifts for each other for Christmas.

    Our Christmas this past year was INCREDIBLE. We both gave each other Gilmour tickets. I gave him tickets to the Gibson show in LA where I live and he got me tickets to the Paramont in Oakland as he lives in Sacramento. If that were not conicidence enough, tickets for BOTH shows were 12th row and on the right hand side of the stage! Unbelievable. Some amazing things have happend to us throughout the years, but this tops them all! We were floored.

    I will be flying up to see the show on the 17th and he’ll be down here for the show on the 20th. (I’m sneaking in another show with my wife on the 19th! – my wife has breast cancer and she will be there bald head and all!).

    Cannot wait and I too am looking forward to hearing Echoes, Wots Uh The Deal and Fat Old Sun!

    We love you Dave and look forward to seeing you again.

    Best,
    Rich

  45. Another important comment regarding this theater is that once you wait in LOONG lines for drinks, you cannot have them in your seats! It is also the only venue in the Bay Area where the standard ‘puff puff pass’ can get you in trouble.

    So, prepare yourself, drink early, and ppp discreetly.

    I work around the corner from The Theater, and there are only a handful of places open within walking distance for pre-show adult beverages. “Luca’s” on Broadway at 21st is somewhat new, with great selections of Belgian and other draft beers, and good food. A group of us will be there for sure on both evenings.

    If you’re looking for more choices nearby, keep looking.

    Shine on!
    BigAl

  46. Caption:

    On tearing down the Wall, Roger gets an ever so slight inkling that the audience weren’t overly receptive to that night’s performance…

  47. [Don’t say it too loudly, but I think the band are auditioning for a dog to join the American leg of the tour. They’re going to drop ‘Echoes’ and do a 20-minute ‘Seamus’ instead. Wouldn’t that be great? – Features Editor]

    That’s not even funny Fed, you made my heart stop there for a second.

    I would love to hook up for some drinks!! I don’t know Oakland well though, does anyone live there or use to live there that can give us some ideas? If not I’ll do some searching. Unfortunatly, I’m only going to the Monday show. If anyone wants to get rid of some tickets for the Sunday show, let me know (yeah, right)

    ~Erin

  48. i hope everyone enjoys the amrerican gigs . you lucky people that are going to see them 🙂

    night fet ed . take care !

    peace
    Linda

    Almost all are in America..not quite..

    Cheers, Howard

  49. I’m very excited to see the picture of the Oakland Paramount; I’ve got 3rd row center tickets the first night, and I’m currently coaxing my husband into letting me keep our 34th row tickets for the second night. (As if I’d let them go! Hahaha).

    David, I’ve been listening to the ROIOs of your shows with much joy and anticipation, and I’m so looking forward to hearing Fat Old Sun with an extraordinarily long guitar solo and Wot’s the Deal as well. (Pretty Please?) 🙂

    On an Island is a beautiful piece of work, and I have that on great authority; my six-year-old son Shane greatly approves. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us this year.

    Cher

  50. Hello guys,

    i have a question for Fed. that i’m really thinking about for some time. This (On An Island) is the first studio album(solo or Floyd) in 26 years that David does(and i’m excluding Final Cut ‘cos david really didn’t write or produce the album) not produced by Bob Ezrin. what happened? doesn’t david believe anymore on Bob’s skills of producing? Wasn’t he available? And please don’t tell me that David wanted to try different things, cos bringing Manzanera and Chris Thomas, along with Rick, Jon,Guy, Dick(those on tour) isn’t exactly exprementing new “things”. i was even expecting at least a new song by David and Bob!

    [Hi Tiago. I’m afraid I can’t answer that, just like I can’t answer many of the questions that are for David. But I will pick out one thing: I always thought that David did help produce ‘The Final Cut’, but agreed to come off the production credits for the sake of a quiet life. – Features Editor]

  51. First record (45) I bought: I Want to Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There

    First album: A Hard Day’s Night

    First concert: Led Zeppelin in 1970. I was 14 freakin’ years old. How my mother agreed to that I’ll never know.

    First Pink Floyd album: Ummagumma (oddly enough)

    Greatest overall album experience: Dark Side of the Moon (on drugs or off, doesn’t matter)
    1st runner up: Electric Ladyland

    Brush with greatness: saw Bob Dylan wandering around Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in 1974 or thereabouts. He was closed off to everyone and pretended not to see us. I still love him, though.

    No autographs from anybody, no photos with famous persons–just a bunch of concert ticket stubs and great memories. Never saw Pink Floyd…a failing that I bitterly regret. But I’m seeing David Gilmour on Tuesday and it feels like some culmination of intensely resonant music and visual experience and physical presence that I’ve never felt before.

    Good night, all.

  52. Hi Linda,

    I hope my comments didn’t offend – they certainly weren’t meant to…was merely bemoaning the prevalence of text stuff. I’ve done a fair amount of research into HCI and dyslexia in the past, and there are some really nice and easy things that you can do to make your computing life much easier (specifically coloured overlays, or changing the background colour). I think it’s quite well known now, but will happily fill you in if you want – just mail me at the address below.

    Best,

    N

  53. Dear all,

    Does anyone else here use Audioscrobbler? Can’t remember if I’ve asked this in the past, so apologies if I have and didn’t catch the replies .

    I’d really love to know what you lot listen to, and Audioscrobbler is amazing for that. It’s also really useful if you want to check out who is listening to which DG tracks, or even which OAI tracks. It’s basically a plugin for your media player that sends what you’re listening to to a central database…which then you can search by similar artists, and a million other stats. It’s the best way to discover new music, imho.

    Either mail me your usernames below, or just check me out/add me as a friend – i’m Quasimojo 🙂

    N

  54. Caption”

    This years “Claude the angry Quebecer fanclub” had an “as expected” turn out.

  55. Ed/Edwina wrote: “L’allemand est plus facile pour moi.”

    Marvin mein Übersetzer kann Sie hören! Er ist nicht Babelfish, aber er ist geschickt…erm, sort of. Pour moi, ni l’un ni l’autre n’est facile. J’ai besoin d’aide. Ya’ll.

    étreinte de baiser
    Deborah

    [Guten abend, Marvin (und Deborah, natürlich). Wie geht’s? Deutsch an der Schule war einfacher für mich, aber das war einer langen zeit und ich bin sicher daß mein Deutsch diese tagen hat viele dumme fehler. So kein Deutsch für mich! Babelfish geht verrückt mit Deutsch, ich denke. Es ist keine hilfe. Ich muß ein Marvin finden… Eine sehr große “Entschuldigung Sie, bitte!” zum alle die Deutsche sprechern hier. – Features Editor]

  56. Hi Everyone,

    this is a famous website! Dear FedEd can you tell me something about the “Island Jam”, is it a official release and how long is it? Sure, I want to buy an official copy of it, may be on a next Maxi-Single release of OAI and also a 5.1 mix of OAI on SACD or DVD-A. Another question is: It’s possible to ask David, can he say yes to a future release of the “David Gilmour Live in Hammersmith Odeon London 28.-30.4.1984” on DVD? I think, its a great historical document in a good quality, I hope.

    Best regards, Bodo

    [Hi there. ‘Island Jam’ is indeed an official release. I think it lasts for about seven minutes. It’s available as an extra on the Best Buy version of ‘On An Island’ (in the US only), but it will also be available on the ‘Smile’ single. I don’t think David is thinking about the 1984 concert – as he is far more interested in the present than the past – but he does read the blog, so I’m sure he’ll see your message. – Features Editor]

  57. I don’t have Oakland tickets (unfortunately… I flew to see Radiohead 3 years ago but I can’t spare the $$ this time ’round, I’d rather have Kodak Theatre tickets), but I’d like to say that’s a brilliantly executed April Fools’ joke on the main page.

    19 days till Gibson! Woohoo! 🙂

    -Amanda

  58. Caption: David borrows Bono’s camera goggles for the sound check.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy

  59. I just realized why I like “Take a breath” so much. It reminds me of “Dogs of War” !!!

    THREE DAYS TILL RC !!!!!!!!!

    In response to the other Dave`s post….All time greatest band? It is hard to put anyone ahead of the Zep….but I won`t argue either way.

  60. hello, Ok, well seen and funny the 1st april fish on the home-page, I didn’t know that axisted in England ?

    Last night, there was a “pop-rock story” Pink Floyd on RTL2 radio in France (2 hours) and this one, there is another one “special Pink Floyd” (3 hours) on RTL radio (not an april fish!).

    Michèle.

  61. I take my hat off to you, absolute genius with the april fool. Oh how I laughed! Was it your doing or someone elses? Whoever it was should be very proud! He he

    [Nothing to do with me. Andy is the prankster around here. – Features Editor]

  62. Great.

    After a theoretical congress, me and my mates went to the pub. Had a good laugh and a good drink and went home.

    Woke up made some coffee, turned on pc to check email and read blog.

    Get laughed by some chaps for forgetting what day it was…

    Better get some coffee fast now…

  63. I read the announcement on the main page about David’s virtual band and the upconing release of two blank DVDs on which David would play sax… I’m reading it and saying to myself, “That doesn’t make sense and it doesn’t seem like anything David would do… DEVO, maybe, but not David.” So I laughed hysterically on realizing the date.

    Been gone for a few days. My flu has flown, which is a great thing. Now I can catch up on all the homework I missed while I was sick. Therefore, I have not been able to read most of what went on while I was gone.

    So, this question may already ahve been asked and answered in these pages. I noticed, on the list of how the album is charting around the world, that there is no listing for the USA. Does that mean OAI is no longer charting here?

    I knew that OAI was #6 in the USA the week it was released. Do you have any information about how it has done since then?

    [I’m afraid I don’t. Hey, you’re in the US, you should tell me! – Features Editor]

  64. Hi,Fed,David and all another question for you is this site going to stay open after David’s tour I’m really hoping it does as it’s a really cool site you’s have done a wonderful job so keep it up

    Bye 4 now LUV Eclipse X

    P.S There are some interesting posts what other fans write (I sometimes lose track of where I’m up to as I read them all. bye MWA

  65. The Great Simulacrum! May I be a member of the group? I can’t play guitar or sing….that might be quite handy in such a group. As a matter of fact, a few friends and I already have a non-band called Cadmium Yellow. None of us play, we never get together and don’t produce anything. So far it’s working nicely but lately we have taken to arguing about credits and such.

    (Never noticed the nice little OAI icon in the URL…is that new?)

    [Must be. I didn’t notice it, myself! Er, I don’t even see it now… – Features Editor]

  66. Caption…

    Daddy wasn’t amused at Guy Pratt’s April Fools joke on him at the opening night of his tour…

  67. Fedmeister

    Good one… I’m so glad it wasn’t a false PF rumour or similar which would have really been horrible…

    Tell the truth…. did the conversation at the “Latest News” content meeting go something like…

    First Pixie: Why don’t we put up a false headline saying that Roger and Nick are making a guest appearance at the last night in the RAH!

    Fedmeister: If you do that you’ll get an angry mob with pointy sticks and rotten vegetables kicking down your door…

    Second Pixie: Angry Mob?…Pointy Sticks?…what the…

    Fedmeister: Not to mention a torrent of typographical requests if there’s a hint of a grammar misdemeanour from OCD boy…

    First Pixie: **ck me Fedmeister you need a break from this… take some time off

    Fedmeister: NOOOOOO….they’re all mine…mine I tell you…. no-one else must have them….Ihave to get back to my keyboard!!!!……

    [Were you there?! – Features Editor]

  68. Michèle

    I’m sure you’re not stupid… Babelfish is a translation service offered on the AltaVista website.

    It’s named after a creature that appeared in Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish…

    So as a result there are many translation services now employing the name Babel Fish…

    Hope this explains it…

  69. Good one on the home page, ya had me going for a second! I wanted to comment also that I am REALLY hoping that there is a DVD of this tour…seeming how with my lack of funds, that I will be more than likely missing it. Over the last decade or more, I have seen alot of shows including McCartney and the Stones…but I always regretted not being able to see the Division Bell tour. – Scott (ps – if there is a DVD…put “Wots…Uh The Deal” and “Coming Back To Life” on it please! “Childhood’s End” would be cool too! Later!)

  70. OK here goes

    First record given: several 87rpm 7″ EPs on psychadelic multi-coloured vinyl by my dad. Don’t know who by, but the only song I can recall was a Robin Hood thing “he steals from the rich, and gives to the poor, Robin Hood, Robin Hood, wooo-ooo”

    First bought: (cringe) an LP by The New Seekers (remember ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’?). I’m sorry but I didn’t know any better! I soon made up for it though – my 2nd and 3rd albums, purchased together on the proceeds from the sale of a painting, were Thick As A Brick (Jethro Tull) and Led Zeppelin 4.

    First exposure to Pink Floyd: hearing a friend’s copy of Meddle

    First PF purchase: not sure – most likely Meddle, possibly Ummagumma, or even perhaps Relics

  71. Cute April Fools….but I suspected as much when I saw the “news” today!!!!

    LOL!!!!

    By the way, I received my tour t-shirt last night when I got home. It looks fabulous!!! The XL runs a little small, but it will be on this portly New Yorkka April 4th and 5th!!!

    …I think we Americans are too fat to fit into the world’s XL’s…..

    🙁

  72. A few years ago while on a trip to Greece, I came across a coffee table book called Greek Style.

    In it there is a description and photos of David’s summer house on Rhodes. I have no idea if he still owns it as the book was originally published in 1988. My edition was published in 2001. Maybe the FeEd can confirm if he still owns it?

    It’s a fascinating glimpse inside and out of one of his homes and does, in light of the new album’s Greek theme, offer hints of his love for that land. It is something we both share as I have been travelling extensively and often to Greece for over 30 years. I will be in Greece this year in June…so David if you are there maybe we could meet for a drink?

    Cheers, Howard

    [I’m afraid I couldn’t say, Howard. – Features Editor]

  73. The Great Simulacrum was spotted not having a peppermint mocha at the local Starbucks in Santee, California this morning!!! Rabid fans quickly made the discovery and the Starbucks was inundated by a large crowd. The crowd was not to be dissapointed and in full U2 bombastic style an impromptu concert was held in the parking lot. The band performed it’s entire “air suite” to promote its new double DVD. Strangely, a young man known only as “Claude” was grabbed mid-show by the mob and forcefully given a Caramel Mochachino enema (of which the health benefits are unknown). “Claude” escaped and ran from the scene followed by a trail of dripping whipped cream and coffee from a now dubious origin. Completely unlike “The Wizard of Oz”, nobody tried to follow the “frothy yellow blop road”.

    Happy April Fools’ Day Fet Ed
    Tim

  74. I was fooled for a second! Happy april’s fools! Pink floyd reuinon news would’ve been really evil. You got me guys, at least for a little while!

  75. Nice “Latest News” today – for any april fool… 😉

    I like this kind of humour! Go on pulling our legs!

    Best wishes to all the guys which keep this website + blog alive

    from Annette
    (Germany)

  76. Afternoon FEd,

    It feels like i’ve been away forever and so much has been going on. But after an hour’s reading i’m all caught up now! Damn that “work” thing for getting in the way of my reading/posting time!

    So down to business:

    First album bought: Nik Kershaw “the riddle” (oh the shame!)
    First Floyd album: DSOTM
    First Concert: Until the Mermaid theatre gig, i had never seen any of them live so I have plenty of catching up to do. I’m planning to make up for it this summer

    Oh, and a pinch and a punch for the first of the month – no returns!

    Vicky

    PS. It’s 2 minutes to go, but I don’t see us dropping any points against Bolton 😉

    [When Bolton went one up, I thought it might be a very good day. Oh well. Arsenal next. – Features Editor]

  77. hey fet ed . i hope everything is ok . i noticed you have’nt updated any posts here today .not that it is a crime i was just concerned for your well being ( honest !)

    i would encourage anyone blogging here to read the important stuff section on the main part of the web site . i read about spanner films and the mc libel trial boy did it make interesting reading . saltuations to the courage of the 2 people for standing up to mc donalds as they did .

    anyway 2-1 to united away at bolton . good game. my dad who watched the match said united irish tv chanell setanta sports had the match sliced bolton into bits ( due to a cloncker of a headache i followed the match online , a small live ! )

    wel, i am going out for a meal with the family later so off to the shower i go . take care everyone you too fet ed !

    peace
    Linda

    [I’ve been slacking today. These late kick-offs are a pain, aren’t they? – Features Editor]

  78. -Just four more days until the April 5th show in NYC. Its going to be one hell of an experience and I cant wait. If I could request one song for dave and his band to play that hasnt been played yet I dont believe by looking at the setlists every other day would be “fearless”.

    I need no blessings, but Im counting mine.
    -Mike

  79. Sir David,

    What we should do to have at least a show in Montreal…let us know and we will make it happend!…Now the bones are in your hands, all the wolrd will know if you’ve have…

    Tchiao!

    Claude
    Montreal

  80. Dear FEd and fellow bloggers…

    I am now in a quandry. I was so excited to see David’s band in NY on 4-5-06 but with the announcement of the new supergroup that David will be involved with I am forced to cancel my plans for NY and wait patiently for any ‘The Great Simulacrum’ items that may come up for bid on Ebay.

    Thanks for the heads up!!!

    Steve Drebber
    Vermont, USA

  81. Nice try F Ed, but it was a bit too out-there for me to buy.

    Thanks for not teasing us with a fake ‘Floyd To Reunite For Mega-Tour’ story though.

  82. The Yokes on us !! Great pic.s – Thanks. It’s April… only 16 days now… Stevie G

  83. YES! a gig close to home. All my life I’ve lived in the Bay Area yet have never gone to the Paramount. I think it’s long overdue that I check it out and what better reason than David’s show. I’ll see if any of the Grateful Dead guys want to go too!

  84. I can’t believe I forgot it was April 1st. Thanks to the webmasters for a good laugh.

  85. hahahaha great april fools joke, you had me going and yes that would have been extremely sad to see a band not using its full potential

  86. Hi FEd !

    I´m a little bit sad to hear, that David does not give any autographs due to the fact that he don´t want to see those signatures back at Ebay. Certainly I´m not amused to the way, that people at ebay try to make some money with tickets and souvenirs, but it is also a great pitty to all those fans, who just want this “personal” piece of memory after a show and never get a chance to get one.

    Me and my husband tried to get a setlist or a backstage-pass from one of the band-members at Hamburg and Amsterdam, but -like many other fans- we have not been successful (What else could we expect ?!).
    We bought the album OAI two times, we got the original tour-booklet and a original tour-shirt, but still this little “personal” piece is missing….

    Maybe a suggestion: Why not start an auction after the tour on this homepage with all those little things, that could make a fan really happy: autographs, bachstage-passes, setlists, whatever…and the benefit goes to one of the projects that are supported by David ?!? – Just an idea…. 🙂

    Greets from Holland
    Mel & family

  87. Great to see the news that ‘Island Jam’ will be available soon in the UK on the upcoming single release of ‘Smile’ Certainly made me smile – thanks David!

  88. April Fools for sure, I was perplexed about today’s message. Once bitten, twice shy perhaps. I got around to jamming with OAI. On the first lead On An Island, David hits 10th fret, bend B string with E, midway. 1st and second strings on guitar. I love that note, so I borrowed it’s inspiration and am working out a song with that in mind. Thanks, not to worry. I’ll keep it to myself. One more weekend Toronto.

  89. Anyone who attends any of his shows I am quite jealous because I don’t think he’s coming to Ohio…His album “On An Island” is absolutely superb all…Cheerio & have a G’day all who witness him “LIVE!!!”

  90. FEd, are you getting a lot of posts like Claude’s from the other day that you aren’t putting up? I was encouraged to see the storm of backlash that enveloped Claude upon the posting of his astonishingly selfish comments. I am happy to see that David’s fans (who in all seriousness could call Claude a fan?) are on the whole very understanding of David’s decision to mount a modest tour.

    True fans, as evidenced by uncounted posts to this blog, are making the effort for David. I’ve already mentioned that, after a momentous if rather late decision, should my stepmother (bless her – she’s going to a lot of effort) be able to obtain a ticket to one of the RAH shows for me, I’ll be on a plane from NZ just as soon as I can find out where my wife has hidden my Visa card. And it seems others are making similar efforts.

    Further, if the rumours of Leonard Cohen playing shows (his first since 1993) later this year come to pass, then I’ll be doing the same for him. But in more timely fashion – I won’t wait for the shows to sell out first.

    Is there anybody else who can recount a story of the lengths they’ve gone to as a fan to get to a show by one of their heroes (not necessarily David)?

    There must be some interesting tales out there…

    [Hi Warren. As it happens, we haven’t had a single comment like Claude’s. – Features Editor]

  91. Hi DG, hi Fed, hi floydians everywhere,

    In this moment I am watching and listening to a some DVD “Pink Floyd live at Pompei” … do you know what I mean ok

    One week ago last saturday, exactly at the same time, I was sitting in Milan’s Teatro degli Arcimboldi for the David Gilmour concert!

    Well, the spectacular ECHOES was played again and I have no words, really NO WORDS to say that a lifetime of 35 years is nothing compares to the beauties od sounds and feelings that spread from that gig.

    I saw David playing and singing at the venerable age of 60 and just a click here around I see David in the innocence of 27 y.o., his is breast naked due the hot sun of the late italian summer and the sound keeps on …

    Thank you again to Rick Wright, without him maybe ECHOES could not be possible, at least in that way.

    To all american floydians that are going to see the concert, I wish a great time and hopefully I suggest to take a look at the PF at Pompei before going to, it’s worthy enough!

    E C H O E S . . . S E O H C E

  92. No need to put this one up FED – I was just intrigued by how quickly you put up my post, complete with response. What are you doing working so late on a Saturday night?

    I’m glad to hear that Claude is a loner…

    [I’m making up for doing nothing all day, mate! I can’t keep away from Fan Fare. – Features Editor]

  93. Hi,

    It is 3 nights until April 4th at Radio City. I was fortunate to get tickets for myself, my son (his first experience with your sounds) and a friend. Thanks for setting aside tickets for the disabled. I am sure the songs that you have been playing are great. I would like to request 4 more songs to be played. See Emily Play (my teenage daughter) One of those wild songs from Phil’s Primitive Guitars, The Nile Song and Obscured by Clouds. I understand if these songs are not in your set. Please improvise and get into your amazing jams like the old days. Thank you.

  94. “Sir David,

    What we should do to have at least a show in Montreal…let us know and we will make it happend!…Now the bones are in your hands, all the wolrd will know if you’ve have…

    Tchiao!

    Claude
    Montreal”

    “Sir” and not “dick” this time. Well, it’s a start. Still not quite got the message that DAVID ISN’T GOING TO ADD ANY MORE DATES TO HIS TOUR though… no matter how you ask/demand/beg.

    [This is a different Claude, mate. The response is still: THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA SHOWS. – Features Editor]

  95. Hey features editor, you asked for it, you got it. When I asked how OAI is charting in the USA, you said “Hey, you’re in the US, you should tell me!” So I looked it up for you on Billboard.com.

    OAI peaked at #6 the week it was released. It went down to #16 last week and it’s #38 now.

    Beating David on the charts are Black-Eyed Peas (at #23), Eminem (at #19), Johnny Cash (at #10), Barry Manilow (at #4) and James Blunt (at #3). It’s a sad day.

    David beats out Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey and Korn. That redeems us, somewhat.

    I’m glad to see Island Jam released in the UK so that ebay doesn’t make money for some talentless creep who can buy here and sell to fans there.

    One more thing. People have been weighing in on the fact that David is an atheist. I see nothing wrong with David caling it as he sees it. If we like his music, why does it matter to us what David’s religion is? Are some of us so insecure about our own views that we won’t rest until others agree with us?

    The way I see it, David is working for things he believes in. Crisis and other charities are places where David places his faith. There are a lot of people who go to church and say “Jesus” whenever they can, but they don’t do anything to make this world a better place. David appears to agree with my philosophy, which is really very simple: “Don’t go to church, BE the church.” It means, don’t just preach, but do something to make the world as great as you can make it.

    Dear feature ed, I hope I have not opened a can of worms here. I have total, unwavering respect for people of other faiths. I like to think that they will do the same for me.

    [Thanks very much for that, Dan. I appreciate it. I also agree with you completely on the issue of religious tolerance, so if you have opened a can of worms, I’ll help you catch them all… and we’ll make a few people eat them, too. You’d swear that David had just revealed he’s a member of some crazy sect! – Features Editor]

  96. . . . . . “frothy yellow blop road” . . . .

    HA HA HAAAAAAAAA HAAAA AAAAAAAH HAAAAAA . . . !!!

    WOW . . . do we have some talent on this little blog of ours . . and classssssssssy . . . .

  97. To Becky in Atlanta: I see it now. Thought I was losing the plot for a moment!

  98. by the way . . . .

    I didn’t fall for your little prank . . but . . you did make me Google “Rat Scabies” . . .

    you could have included Robbie Williams on vocals you know (since it was just air . . . )

    meoooow . . .

    xxoo F’ed

  99. i’m with dan on this. david could come out and say he’s part of some stark-raving mad cult and i wouldn’t think any less of him. after all, that stark-raving mad cult might mean a lot to him and many others, so who am i to knock it? david seems to care more for the world and the world’s needy than many of these religious nutters. if these fickle people stopped wasting their energy telling everyone how self-righteous they are and used their energy in a positive way instead, maybe we’d see a real change. religion bugs me. good for you for being atheist, david. if people don’t like it, they can lump it. the more i learn about you as a person, the more i like and respect you.

    [Good post, Victor. – Features Editor]

  100. Ed/Edwina wrote: Deutsch an der Schule war einfacher für mich, aber das war einer langen zeit und ich bin sicher daß mein Deutsch diese tagen hat viele dumme fehler. So kein Deutsch für mich!

    Marvin sagt, daß Sie Deutsch sehr gut schreiben. Marvin versteht Sie!

    xo
    Deborah

    [Marvin ist sehr sympatisch und freundlich. Ich liebe Marvin. – Features Editor]

  101. [I’ve been slacking today. These late kick-offs are a pain, aren’t they? – Features Editor]

    well don;t slack again you frightened the life out of me i thought you were sick or crashed or something 🙂

    just before i went to the shower i checked the score on the liverpool match on yahoo sport . it was 1-0 i think i about 7 minutes if memory serves . i thought there was going to be a slaughtering of west brom . however you only scored the same amount as united did . pity we let bolton score first but at least we scored 2 goals and now we are only 7 points behind chelsea yes !

    nickster you did’nt offend me in the least i was only making a joke myself . i hate when people over use the texting terms . i only shorten words after i sit her for ages trying to spell the long versions . it would be interesting to know about the things you mentioned to improve computer use for dyslexics . i will mail you .

    if i might be so bold i just want to correct a paragraph in my last post as it did’nt make sense . it should have read : anyway 2-1 to united away at bolton . good game. my dad who watched the match on the small irish tv sports chanell setanta sports said united sliced bolton into bits ( due to a cloncker of a headache i followed the match online on yahoo sports ! ) i hope it makes more sense now . teach me not to proof read my postings !

    i hate late kick offs . i have to make sure i am home in time form work at about 15-30 in order to have a shower then go and watch it as my family and i usually go out for a meal on a saturday and it is too late to wait until a late match is over to clean myself up 🙂 as i do my far away deliveries on a saturday it is not always that easy ! i am like my dad i love the football at 15-00 on a saturday . thats the traditional time when it should be played . sorry to sound like a table thumper . if i am out at work today fm has the football on i can listen to it in the car . i can also get bbc radio 5 but today fm is a dublin station so has better reception !

    do my eyes decive me or is vicky another female manchester united fan ? excellent i am not alone 🙂

    janey did i read that david thumbs through the blog now and again . holy mother what must he make of us all 🙂 ( especailly me . i promise i am only a part time nut case 🙂 )

    well enough of my ramblings for now . talk to you again soon fet ed . take care

    peace
    Linda

    [You’re right on both counts, Linda. We do have two (female) United fans here. If anymore appear, I might have to ban you. We can’t have more United fans here than Liverpool fans, can we? David does indeed keep up-to-date with the blog, as does Polly. As David and Guy are both Arsenal fans, you’d better be careful what you say next weekend! – Features Editor]

  102. David,Dan,Victor,

    John Lennon said it right didn’t he?

    “Imagine no religion” (one less thing to fight about)

  103. My wife and I are going to the Oakland show on the 16th!! After spending a lot of time debating spending the $ to go, the love of the music and the desire to hear it live won out! We have mid balcony seats in what looks like a no bad seat venue. Can’t wait 🙂

    [I hope you both have a wonderful time, mate. – Features Editor]

  104. Back in the day Babel fish clammed up on me so I had to resort to Marvin, who now translates for me full-time (when he’s not too depressed). He refuses to translate Dutch though. Haven’t figured out why.

    And now that I’ve had a good think about it, the first concert I saw wasn’t Leon Russell, it was a package tour thing with Herman’s Hermits, Blues Magoos and THE WHO. Crazy. How could I forget that?? The Who played “Pictures of Lily” and “My Generation” and busted up their gear. My first live rock ‘n’ roll experience at the tender age of 12. Wow.

    Ed/Edwina – what was the first concert you saw?

    xo
    Deborah

    [You’ll notice that I’ve remained silent on this topic. It’s for the best, I feel. – Features Editor]

  105. [You’re right on both counts, Linda. We do have two (female) United fans here. If anymore appear, I might have to ban you. We can’t have more United fans here than Liverpool fans, can we? David does indeed keep up-to-date with the blog, as does Polly. As David and Guy are both Arsenal fans, you’d better be careful what you say next weekend! – Features Editor

    please don;t ban me fet ed i would end up suffering from blog post withdrawl symtoms 🙂 for the record i don;t mind arsenal so much . the last time they won the premier league my then fella was an arsenal fan .

    i am having a look at our run in . it will be interesting to see how we do against arsenal . chelsea seem to be a bit either complacent or jittery . i can;t belive they only drew with birmingham today . i would have expected a slaughtering of birmingham there too . so we could stand a chance to take points from them on the last day . although stamford bridge is not an easy place to get points at .

    john i think if there was no religion humans would still find things to fight about .poltics or land or oil or something like that , sadly thats the way we seem to be .

    peace
    Linda

  106. (john i think if there was no religion humans would still find things to fight about .poltics or land or oil or something like that , sadly thats the way we seem to be)

    Agreed Linda..however,I believe Mr.Lennon’s “Imagine” covers all those other issues.Religion is just one less thing to bicker about.

    Actually,now that I think about it, wouldn’t that song be perfect for David to cover.Seems to contain all the values that he believes in.On second thought, maybe not…just one of those treasures that should be left alone.

  107. Hi, Features Poobah. If I haven’t said it lately: YOU ROCK!

    Regarding the URL icon thing: I couldn’t see either! But then I realized it is on the homepage URL but not this, the Fan Fare, one.

    And regarding atheism: a recent poll here in the US showed that atheists are viewed as America’s most distrusted minority. That plus the state of music in the US are enough to make a person take to the fainting couch with a glass of absinthe.

    [It’s a crazy world, isn’t it? – Features Editor]

  108. I am very excited to see this show, I will be driving from the state of Oregon and am expecting to have an excellent time. Most of my friends up here think Im crazy for driving 500 miles to see a show. OH WELL! I am adicted to listening to the Floyd and am not going to miss the show. I think the Echoes version from Pompeii might be the best song in the world next to Saucerfull of Secrets. And I say this because it sounds so cool. There are some special underlying things behind the scenes. These songs, really make a long drugout day into a peacfull trickling meadow in mid spring. I can’t wait to see what the band is gonna throw out on the platter.

  109. Justin Kreutzman said “YES! a gig close to home. All my life I’ve lived in the Bay Area yet have never gone to the Paramount. I think it’s long overdue that I check it out and what better reason than David’s show. I’ll see if any of the Grateful Dead guys want to go too!”

    Justin,

    I thought your old man played there all the time. Didn’t the Dead play there through the ’70’s as well as at the Greek?

    peter

  110. India Waters, indeed!!! Who caught that?

    Bueno, si todo el mundo quiere escribir en otra idioma, yo voy a hacer lo mismo! Quien sabe español aquí? Si nó, busque el Babel Fish….

    😉

    [Now I really need Marvin… – Features Editor]

  111. tickets to toronto; the local rock station in montréal (CHOM_FM),gives you the chance to win tickets for Massey hall, transportation, hotel etc… take your chance. (may be claude you should at least try………..)

    good luck!
    sylvie de montréal

  112. Favorite poster from the 60’s:
    WHAT IF THEY GAVE A WAR AND NOBODY CAME!”
    My problem with set religions:
    EACH DENOMINATION/CHURCH/SECT/ THINKS THEY ARE THE ONLY RIGHT ONE…. AND ALL THE OTHERS ARE WRONG….AND YOU WONDER WHY WE HAVE WARS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS!?

    Play on David and you Merry Minstrals!

    Enjoy your moment,
    Nance

  113. [Back in the day Babel fish clammed up on me so I had to resort to Marvin, who now translates for me full-time (when he’s not too depressed). He refuses to translate Dutch though. Haven’t figured out why.]

    Brain the size of a planet and no Dutch? Unbelievable…

  114. it would be a very good song for david to cover john . i think he would have a good vioce for it .

  115. Pah football! a load of overpaid prima donnas chasing a bit of plastic around.

    Rugby, now that’s a proper game, well done Harlequins, back in the premier league.

  116. Angelo wrote: Quien sabe español aquí?

    Marvin knows Spanish – would you like to borrow him, Ed? He also caught the India Waters post but didn’t believe it.

    Clemons, Marvin is simply being a tw*t for not wanting to translate Dutch; that’s all I can put it down to. And yes, that stands for TWIT. 😉 What did you think I meant?

    (¡No oigo “Where We Start” todavía, Angelo!)

    xo
    Deborah
    (now I’m REALLY outta here!)

    [I’m not biting off more than I can chew, but thanks anyway. – Features Editor]

  117. My problem with set religions: EACH DENOMINATION/CHURCH/SECT/ THINKS THEY ARE THE ONLY RIGHT ONE…. AND ALL THE OTHERS ARE WRONG….AND YOU WONDER WHY WE HAVE WARS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS

    Hello??? People??? What causes wars and dissentions are the noisy few from each group! And you all sound like you have the pointy sticks ready to go… just the like the witch hunts of old. The religion I follow says to care for widows and orphans. It says to love your neighbor as yourself. It says in humility to consider others better than yourself. It says God wants mercy, not sacrifice. It says do not judge others. It says if a man takes your cloak, give him your coat too. It says if you have something against your neighbor to go to him and make it right before the sun goes down. Maybe if people practiced such things the world would be a better place. Don’t judge God based on the people who CLAIM to believe in him! My religion is not meant to control people, but to free them. Sure, there are people who abuse religion. Does that mean it isn’t real or that it doesn’t do good??? No! That just means humans (all of us) fail to be perfect. Oh, and my religion also says anyone who claims to be perfect deceives themselves.

    Think about it…
    Tim

  118. Rugby, now that’s a proper game, well done Harlequins, back in the premier league

    no offence uk veronica but give me football anyday 🙂

    peace
    Linda

  119. Regarding where OAI is on the charts in the US, who cares!?

    I think David knows in his heart how great his music is, and all of us know how good it is. If he really cared that much about the charts he would go back and do something w/ PF.

    As an American, I feel I can say that the state of this country is a “little” off at this point anyways. Now who’s opening a can of worms?

    ~Erin
    Sacramento, CA

  120. becky’s point is so sad . just shows you what a hold the religious right seem to have on american lives right now . though it can depoend on who was asked . if you were asking a group of anerican liberals you might get a different answer then if you were asking someone linving in the bible belt .

    people should be free to belive in a god or not as they so wish . it is when we start separating ourselves into little groups and thinking that group is worse then we are as they don;t belive in god , do belive in god or belive in god a different way then we do that trouble starts . ( i hope i have’nt repeated nance’s point which i 100% agree with )

    as to the music industy don’t get me started . the only good thing in the charts at the moment is on an island . i like musucians like david and bands like marillion who carefully craft there music to make it meaningful and the best it can be not some mass produced pop pap that you won;t remember 5 minutes after you hear it .

    keep up the good work david . in this world of computerised musical crap we need people like you to show us how good music can be .

    would there be room on the sofa and a glass of absinthe for me too becky 🙂

    peace
    linda

  121. Bueno, si todo el mundo quiere escribir en otra idioma, yo voy a hacer lo mismo! Quien sabe español aquí? Si nó, busque el Babel Fish….

    well as all the world wants to write in another launguage i am going to do the same . who knows spanish here ( i do , well a little bit !) yes ? no ? *look in babel fish .

    hope that helps fet ed !

    peace
    Linda

    * i think busque means look but i am not sure .

    [I will need Babelfish or a Marvin of my own if anyone posts in Spanish! – Features Editor]

  122. [Clemons, Marvin is simply being a tw*t for not wanting to translate Dutch; that’s all I can put it down to. And yes, that stands for TWIT. 😉 What did you think I meant?]

    I’ll have a little chat with him. That is really not acceptable…

  123. I’m flying out from Sydney to see David on both nights. I promised myself that if he or the full band ever toured again, that I would travel anywhere in the world to see them, so here I am. 🙂

    That being said, the whole bay area is a beautiful place of the world, and I cannot wait to be there again.

  124. [I will need Babelfish or a Marvin of my own if anyone posts in Spanish! – Features Editor]

    i am far form fluent at spanish but will do my best to help if needs be 🙂

    peace
    Linda

    p.s happy 36th wedding annivesary to my parents tomorrow

  125. From Ian: PS That “remember me” button doesnt work for me here as it keep forgetting who I am, do you know FED???

    The same thing happens to me. Every time I post it tells me that first time posts have to be aproved, it’ll be added later. It never remembers I’ve posted before. I was going to ask about it but Ian beat me to it. Just an FYI….

  126. In response to Warren asking about the lengths to which fans are prepared to go to catch their ‘heroes’. On the forthcoming 26th of May, I will be travelling down the M62 (or East Lancs Road, depending on roadworks) from the ‘Pool of Life’ Liverpool to the dark, satanic mills of mancunia to catch DG and da boyzz 🙂

    Whilst this may only constitute around 30 miles each way, believe me it’s like travelling to another planet (and a not particularly welcoming one at that!)

    [The price we pay, eh? – Features Editor]

  127. Looking forward to seeing David & Co. in 2 weeks :o) I hope David & crew have brought their umbrellas! The Bay Area seem to be having their winter now :o[ … brrr, cold & wet! Also be warned about the Bay Area traffic & crazy drivers (not a myth).

    See you on the cable cars in San Fran, FEd. I’ll save you a seat! :^D

    Cheers & best,
    JsI

  128. Linda wrote: [no offence uk veronica but give me football anyday :-)]

    Yeah well it would be boring if we all liked the same things 🙂
    Whatever floats yer boat and all that.

    Peace to you too 🙂

  129. [From Ian: PS That “remember me” button doesnt work for me here as it keep forgetting who I am, do you know FED???

    The same thing happens to me. Every time I post it tells me that first time posts have to be aproved, it’ll be added later. It never remembers I’ve posted before. I was going to ask about it but Ian beat me to it. Just an FYI….]

    All the ‘remember me’ button does is make sure your name and emailadress are already filled in in the right boxes the next time you post. If it is not working for you, you may have your ‘cookies’ turned off (look under ‘options’ in your browser)

    The fact that you keep getting the ‘first time posts need to get approved’ message probably just means that at some point Fed decided it was better to check ALL posts before they get into the board instead of just your first.. am I right Fed?

    (btw: I wouldn’t really want thát job, so hats off for you doing it for us Fed!)

    Hugs,
    Bianca

    [Hi Bianca. I read everything before it’s published, so nothing appears on the website until I’ve approved it. Whenever I post anything, I get the following message: “Thank You for Commenting. Your comment has been received. To protect against malicious comments, I have enabled a feature that allows your comments to be held for approval the first time you post a comment. I’ll approve your comment when convenient; there is no need to re-post your comment.” We should really change that, shouldn’t we? – Features Editor]

  130. Ali

    At least you’ll still have wheels on your car when David’s finished to drive back to Merseydive 🙂

    [You asked for that, Ali. I was waiting for the inevitable ‘thieving Scousers’ remark. – Features Editor]

  131. All I have to say is 2nd Seat in from the middle isle

    I will be Comfortably numb before, during and after the show. I think its called

    Let’s roll another one…..or is it candy in a current bun?

    Both will work I guess.

    I am traveling from Florida to see the show. I have never seen Mr. Gilmour live and am looking forward to it.

    I am a big Floyd Japanese LP collector and along with bootlegs. I can’t wait to be mesmerized.

    Too bad he is not going to do a cover of “while my guitar gently weeps”, because this will be one of the last times he is in the states.

    See you on the 16th Mr. Gilmour. Just for me, could you announce echoes as, “Looking through the knotholes of granny’s wooden leg”?

    For thoes of you that don’t know, thats what echoes used to be called.

    Matt Buehler

  132. To Angela: There is a great restaurant called “Bumpkins” at Yonge and Isabella Sts. in Toronto. North of College St. We’re going there for late dinner on Monday, I’m hoping it’s open. Enjoy your stay.

    [Hey Rudders, how’s that for a word? Bumpkins! – Features Editor]

  133. Fedmeister…Fedmeister….tut tut

    “[You asked for that, Ali. I was waiting for the inevitable ‘thieving Scousers’ remark. – Features Editor]”

    Mickey Mousers were on the insulted list weeks ago… a reference to “hub-caps” I think… 🙂

  134. I am so excited to see David in Toronto next week and can’t stand the suspense concerning the set list. Please help me out…whats the basic list so far on the tour.

    [If you go back and read the entries for the European shows, you’ll find a setlist for each. – Features Editor]

  135. religion has nothing to do with God and the personal relationship individuals want(or don’t want)to have with Him. There is nothing more crashingly boring than a bunch of American ass kissers who use words like ‘indeed’ and phrases like ‘across the pond’. Thank God for the Valley Forge boys who got us safely away from kings and queens and titles and the right accents. The one thing more useless than religion is a monarchy. Let the royal family prove themselves in a reality tv show in a semi-detached somewhere. And let David Gilmour write the music.

    [That could be interesting… – Features Editor]

  136. David an athiest?

    Oh well, there goes my hopes of seeing the guitar god rise from a mock cave onstage to the notes of Castellorizon, Easter Sunday in Oakland…

    To each his own…rock on David and Co.

  137. Well tepid,

    “The one thing more useless than religion is a monarchy. Let the royal family prove themselves in a reality tv show in a semi-detached somewhere. And let David Gilmour write the music.”

    Our monarchy is interesting (at least partially for me) and the Floyd have already written music for them. Just yesterday I saw footage from a german braodcast in the 70’s and during the organ part you suddenly see the church marriage ceremony of our queen and her (now late) husband. Caught me by surprise 😉

    Now back to the gigs and our daily Rudders-Bianca-Clemens-FEd remarks …

    Piet

  138. The Paramount is a grand venue.

    I must be honest though, the surrounding area is less than desirable, especially after dark. Best bet is to park at the adjacent lot and go right to the theatre and back to the car post concert.

    If others are coming to the show from outside the area and want to see some sites in Oakland, look into Jack London Square at the other end of town. Much nicer place to stroll and enjoy on the water.

    Don’t want to frighten my fellow fans, just laying it out there as it is!

    mm

  139. I’m pumped. My wife just surprised me with tickets to the show in Oakland. I’m in New Orleans and lost my house to Katrina. I can’t think of a better getaway from this hell than to see this show.

  140. It is grate what you are doing, but please come to Latin America, many of us fans can’t afford to fly all the way to the status, lots of people that never saw you live, but worship your music

  141. David you are a very expressive guitarist, possibly the most in Classic Rck, as well as vocalist and writer. I never tire of your style and it is there on you recent CD. I read a recent article in a magazine. I think, MOJO, I am 50 now and forget for sure, but I was struck with the comment that you said about Mortality and how it is frightening. I have been there also but I just want to encourage you. I have found peace in my heart and I know that you can also. Prayer and an unpopular answer: a relationship with Jesus. He Love us and forgives us if we only ask and I know that I have needed that. Knock and the door shall be opened. Knock until it is unless you have already!

    [Er, David is actually an atheist, Sam. – Features Editor]

  142. David thank you for coming to Oakland, Ca. I was lucky enough to see you with Pink Floyd there in 1987 and in 1994. I grew up about 20 miles from Oakland, and now live about 3 hours north in Chico, Ca. I feel so blessed to have gotten an e-mail that got me in on the pre-sale. I have never seen a show at The Paramount Theater, and I can’t think of a better artist to start with. You are one of my favorite musicians of all time, and I got into your music as a teenager, and still enjoy it today as a 43 year old. I really enjoy the new album, and treasure all the music you have made in the past. See you Monday in Oakland, congratulations on your beautiful family, you are a great man, love Bruce Weber!

  143. My honey and I are traveling almost 600 miles to see Gilmour for our first “babymoon”. Our unborn child is going to be so blessed to hear the beautiful, melodic music from the womb. Hopefully my water doesn’t break during the show! We are so excited to hear the new, and the old. We listen to Floyd all the time. If you see us, don’t forget to rub my belly and wish us good luck. Any hints on baby names? Don’t know yet if boy or girl. Greatly appreciated! ENJOY THE SHOW EVERYONE!!!

    [‘Dylan’ is good. You can’t beat ‘David’, though. ‘Victoria’ if it’s a girl? Could shorten to ‘Vicky’. – Features Editor]

  144. Does anyone know if there’s an opening act for these shows, and what time David will hit the stage? I’m planning to be there at 8, but if he’s not coming on until 9 or 9:30, I’d rather be elsewhere — depending on who’s opening the show.

    Thanks for any assistance…

    [There’s no support. What time does it say on your ticket? – Features Editor]

  145. I’m eagerly awaiting Sunday and Monday’s shows in Oakland. I had the great fortune of catching the ’94 Division Bell Tour. There were so many times I wondered if I would ever be lucky enough to see David Gilmour perform live again. I’m so happy the answer turned out to be yes!

    I wonder if there’s any chance of hearing the Shakespeare Sonnet 18 from the David Gilmour Live DVD during these live performances. Probably an unusual request, but I am moved by the simplistic yet powerful arrangement and beautiful filming of the video. Just wondering. I know I will enjoy the shows no matter what is played.

    Thank you, Mr. Gilmour, for continuing to make music and also for making a positive difference in the world. You are an inspiration to many.

    Cheers,
    Mark

  146. 9:10 PM I’m a block away from the Paramount, up high but only in elevation, 14 th floor of a skyskraper writing a damn report on Sunday night, yet for a spell I’m looking down at all you bast*#ds who aren’t writing reports and who are wealthy enough to afford the rock show tickets. Piss off all ready! Did they play Embryo or Point Me At The Sky?

    Jim A

  147. Just got back from the first night at The Paramount in Oakland. I am grinning from ear to ear. Never thought I would see Wot’s . . .Uh The Deal and Echoes in the same show! It blew my mind right sideways it did.

    Here’s the setlist to the best of my memory:

    1st Set:
    Breathe>
    Time>
    Breathe Reprise
    OAI (entire album, I think one song was out of order)

    2nd Set:
    Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Pts 1-4?)
    Wot’s . . .Uh The Deal
    Dominoes
    Coming Back To Life
    High Hopes
    Echoes

    Encores:
    Wish You Were Here
    Comfortably Numb

    I’m also going tomorrow and will provide a longer review. I saw Dave at the Greek Theater in Berkeley in 1984 and though that was a great show. . .Dave’s charisma was absolutely shining tonight. I couldn’t have hoped for a better performance from everyone.

    The acoustics (and audio reproduction system)were the best I’ve heard of the fifteen or so times I’ve been in the Paramount. The light show was also fantastic.

    If I could maybe have one small modicum of a wish, it would be that Dave actually plays one song from either of his first two solo albums, oh, and Fearless, I’d like to hear Fearless.

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