French radio

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Austria’s Radio Wien gave us a fantastic two-hour David Gilmour and Pink Floyd special last night, so tonight it’s the turn of France to entertain fans the world over.

RTL is broadcasting a three-hour show looking at Pink Floyd’s history, which started at 11pm local time. So if you’re reading this, then you could also be listening live online… right now. Just click En Direct in the Ecoutez RTL box on the right.

If nothing else, it might give those of you who like to endlessly request songs a few new ideas!

We hope nobody was fooled by our little April Fools joke on the Latest News page and that you’re having a good weekend.

Not long to wait now until the start of the North American tour…

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’.

172 thoughts on “French radio”

  1. Caption Competition:

    Steve held it together well when the Soup Dragon from the Clangers told him he wouldn’t be invited back for a second audition…

  2. rudders, you crack me up with some of your captions. i never did compliment you on your candyfloss one yesterday. a belated “hurrah!” for you. ed, i’m listening again. i don’t understand a word of what the dj is saying, but i’m listening. i know i could play any of these songs at any time (as i have all the albums in my cd collection, does that mean i’m allowed to be a demanding moron and make stupid requests for the tour?) but these songs sound so damn good on the radio. david, if you’re reading, you’re not a bad guitarist. i’m listening to ‘shine on you crazy diamond’ now. i reckon you’ll go far if you keep at it. i wish roger hadn’t sung this one though… jesus, i can’t believe that david could be reading this. man, that’s freaky. i need another beer.

  3. Hello Fe/Ed great news about the new single with the Island Jam on it! this news really made me ‘wait for it’ (here comes the groan inducing pun) SMILE :o)

    I’m so very sorry I’ll go away now

    [No need, James. I think a lot of people will think it and do it. – Features Editor]

  4. Second chance for the first tour ?

    Hello Dear F.ed,

    I’m back again and happy to know that there will be a DVD. Don’t you know if that could be possible to have on this DVD the About Face tour as one of the bonus ? Technically, is it possible ? And at last I hope we could have a live album of the “Island Tour” because of the new versions of the songs. But I’ll get back on monday with a longer chronicle about this subject (concerning live albums).

    Have a nice sunday

    [That would be a very long DVD extra! Whether it’s possible or not, this DVD will be about this tour. As David has said several times now, what’s in the past is in the past. – Features Editor]

  5. you guys are lucky i can’t open the rtl radio player as it invloves hava scrpit which does’nt work on this cursed computer i have to borrow 🙂

    [If you haven’t already, try clicking the FLASH INFO link beneath ECOUTEZ RTL. – Features Editor]

  6. Caption Competition:

    “Steve smiled nervously and wondered why the stage crew had wired his right nipple into the house PA system”

  7. hey,

    think f.ed is rudders!!!!???

    [If that were the case, psychiatrists everywhere would be rubbing their hands together! – Features Editor]

  8. oh god, who is this singing ‘hey you’?! it’s from the wall at berlin. it’s not david and it’s not right.

    [I think it’s Paul Carrack. I never saw this show, myself. – Features Editor]

  9. Caption – April Fools gag on the new boy:

    Phil: “You ring the bell by nutting it with your forehead”
    Steve: “Get away!”
    Guy: “That’s how Nick used to do it”
    Steve: “Really?”
    David: “You can trust us”
    Steve: “Well, okay…”

  10. [If you haven’t already, try clicking the FLASH INFO link beneath ECOUTEZ RTL. – Features Editor]

    ah thanks though i think the live show is over now . maybe they have a listen again feature . the problem is as my normal computer is up the spout i am using a very old one loaed to me by a freind . i accidentally blocked the java programme with my anti virus programme and as the computer runs in the french language i don;t know how to unblock it !

    [I think it’s Paul Carrack. I never saw this show, myself. – Features Editor]

    i checked my video of the wall live in berlin and i can confrim you are right .

    i am off to watch red dwarf now .

    peace
    Linda

    [No problem. The radio show is still on, but there’s not much of it left. – Features Editor]

  11. Damn ! Too late for me – i miss the broacast on RTL..

    En plus RTL n’a pas passé “Cymbaline” 🙁

    Cheers,
    BruNo.

  12. Nice one features ed, I did clock the news page being an april fool as it`s Natalie`s(Her in the pant`s) 30th Birthday!

    So the fool is definatley ME!(I love her really)

    Any how a request was put to the D.J at her Russell Harty(party)on my behalf for some Pink Floyd, He only played another brick in the wall pt2. I`m not complaining as he was one of these chaps who played the video`s to the songs, and I had never seen the video to another brick in the wall. Very good!

    Sorry for being boring
    Adrian

    [Hi Adrian. Happy birthday to Natalie! – Features Editor]

  13. Hello everyone!

    Just brimming with excitement for the NYC shows in just a few days. I can’t wait!

    Welcome again to the New World, David. Not sure if you’re taking requests, but please play ‘Wots… Uh The Deal’, ‘Dominoes’, ‘Fat Old Sun’ and, as a twist, ‘Green is the Colour’ in NYC. Heck, it really doesn’t matter- I just can’t wait! 🙂

  14. Dear Feat. Ed.

    Thanks for the fantastic work — keep it up… there’s always something interesting for everyone here. Lots of humor (Ontario contingent is the best!), musical commentary, English grammar (which us Americans never learnt) — some origin of life, religion, science, even some lunacy thanks to Montreal. All (except the latter) great stuff showing that David’s fans are an enlightened group. I particularly like the “important stuff” — the serious ones — Ukveronica and Gabrielle on nature and the planet (well said!) and Clemens on religion (a great one, thanks for passing it on!).

    Here’s my addition to Gabrielle’s and Clemens’s … In this high-tech world, humanity has lost out. One can insult someone thousands of miles away, with hundreds of people listening in, and go back to the blog as if nothing happened. One can go to McDonald’s (or any grocery store anywhere) and buy these non-descript blobs in plastic packages without a thought for the suffering of animals in factory farms, not to mention the energy inefficiency in that kind of diet. One can turn on a light switch without even thinking of the burnt coal that spews out CO2, sulfates, heavy metals, and causes how many cases of asthma in kids downwind, not to mention global warming. Countless modern conveniences allow one to enjoy all the comforts without thought or guilt. And few established religions go very deep either… Although most tell you to be respectful (though e-mail may be overlooked!), they generally don’t tell you to be a vegetarian, conserve resources, use renewable energy and solar power, etc. Obviously we need a different kind of spirituality for these modern times — the Earth depends on it.

    Thanks for posting my “important stuff” messages — you can see I’m a fanatic for David’s music and for some other things as well.

    Rob

  15. Hi Fed,

    Having a great weekend here. The day I’ve been waiting for will soon be here, and I have this Blog (and, of course, Deborah and Laurie) to thank for it!

    I was around RCMH with my family today and took some more pictures. Manny’s on 48th has a little David Gilmour shrine thanks to his mention of the store in Guitar World. The Virgin Megastore has “On an Island” ranked at number 5 based on their sales.

    My name has a link if anyone wants to see those pictures. In the meantime, I’m off to practice “Where We Start”….

    [Hi Angelo. Thanks for the photos and the parking tip. Fight the power! – Features Editor]

  16. The April Fools was great. I think Antoine has a great idea, at least a re-release of the about face tour on dvd would be nice. After all people on Ebay have been making loads of money off this sort of thing for years. If you want to stick these people making profits off of Pink Floyd and David on ebay, why not get them where it hurts in the Bootlegging industry? DSOT is also another great example. I know everyone gets sick of listening to DVD requests, but you guys have also made it clear you want to stop Davids fans from getting ripped off. Just some food for thought. Anyways I cant wait to See David this coming week in New York. I have a great fear of flying but I hope my anticipation of the concert will get me through that. The site and blog looks great, Keep up the good work =p

  17. Just want to ake a moment to thank David for continuing his journey. It has been a pleasure to ride the coat tails of the greatest guitarist, in my opinion, that has ever played. I have followed him intently since April 1974 when I first heard DSOTM and watched rain drops on the windshield. I hope to follow his music until I pass on to the next realm.

  18. Wish I had a chance to edit my last post, but I just wanted to add if David is thinking about releasing a Single in the US I would reccomend Take a breath. I think it might get the album back in the top 10. It should be there now! Stupid American crap culture =x

  19. On friday 31st march, in France, on RTL2, you could hear the “Pink Floyd history”, thanks to Francis Zegut. I think it was a 2 hours show, where Francis told us about the beginning of the Floyd, until Pulse, ending with David Gilmour’s last album, “On an Island”. You could hear some great songs that we don’t use to hear on radio today. It was great !

  20. [No problem. The radio show is still on, but there’s not much of it left. – Features Editor

    sorry i missed it . i always get confused about the time differences . i think mainland europe is an hour ahead of us here in ireland ( and the uk for that matter !) i have a good friend in madrid and i should be able to remember !

    i would imagine though i have most of the songs on cd’s anyway . i would love to have heard it though i must go and see do they have a listen again feature .

    have a listen to this (click my name).

    it is a show called my wizzard , it is about the history of prog rock. it was originally on bbc radio 4 yesterday . i have only listened to the first 9 minutes of it so far so i am not sure what kind of a mention they give to pink floyd but if you are a total prog rock nut you should enjoy it 🙂 ( i am not a huge prog fan , other then pink floyd and early marillion but it has comments by a siger i like called fish . )

    peace
    Linda

    [Thanks for that, Linda. I’ll have a listen. – Features Editor]

  21. just to let you know there is a short interview with david gilmour on my wizzrd . he is talking about wheather he thought the floyd were a prgressive rock band .

    peace
    Linda

    [Click Linda’s name and find “My Wizard – Investigating the phenomenon known as Prog Rock”. – Features Editor]

  22. Very good April Fool editor, almost believed it until I got to the second paragraph, lol!

  23. Hi all,

    I’ve been away for a few days…it’s good to come back and catch up on all the news…I seem to have missed a lot of radio goodies though 🙁

    I’m so glad Smile’s being released as a single. I’ve loved that song since I heard it on the Meltdown DVD, I’m sure there’s plenty of other people who feel the same. Hope it does well…

    Loved the Aprils Fool’s…

    Hope everyone’s having a good weekend.

    Kxx

  24. hahahahahhahah. that’s very funny. you’re a trig cove ed. no, really, we do love you. pranks and hijinx should almost be expected with this kaliber of site. anywho. one week left. on to zee massey hall. thanks.

  25. Well unfortunately I missed the 3-hour Floyd radio show; time difference got in the way.

    Just to let everyone know – I’m leaving for New York dark and early Monday morning and will be computerless until I get back Thursday night, so don’t think I died and immediately start picking my pockets or removing any gold fillings, Ed/Edwina and all the rest of you lot! I’ll miss you all. Perhaps Angelo will be nice enough to post a review of the show in the meantime.

    (PS – Guy and David: if you don’t see me 7th row, middle in my ECHOES PLEASE shirt Wednesday night you’ll know I actually DID die, either from excitement or from falling in front of a taxi.)

    xo
    Deborah

  26. Hi, everyone

    Nice to see many radio specials. Next Friday, the 7 April at 7.00 pm (GMT), the Italian Radio Capital will broadcast a special on David Gilmour: the concert (I suppose the show in Milan) and an interview. It is available on the web.

    Have a nice time

    Ciao
    Roberto

    [Thanks, Roberto. There will be a blog entry to remind everyone on that day. – Features Editor]

  27. [I think it’s Paul Carrack. I never saw this show, myself. – Features Editor]

    Features Ed – you are dear to us all, but you should remember that you are in the Company of people who consume all things Floyd.

    We’re all nice to Roger these days and this is the only thing on general release that gives those of us unable to “be there” an idea of what the Wall show looked like.

    And excepting the odd dodgy performance (a tone deaf Van Morison for example) the music ain’t bad either.

    Go get a copy while we wait for the DVD of this tour …

    [Tim, Tim, Tim! I’m sure it’s great. How do you know I didn’t see one of the original ‘Wall’ shows? – Features Editor]

  28. Hi David, Features Ed, et al

    Well – the new album chart is out here in Australia, and David has climbed 6 places to #23. Publicity is trickling out slowly!

    Meanwhile the local Brisbane street press has included an interview with David in the latest issue, which is nice. I suspect it’s a rewrite of the press kit, but you can check it out anyway here (click my name).

    cheers, Ben.

    [Thanks for that, Ben. It’s always good to read press from around the world. – Features Editor]

  29. Captione competition:
    “I can-not-believe I am-in-Gilmour’s-Band!?”

    Read the announcement about the recent radio show again. Here is a line taken out of context regarding Pink Floyd’s history:

    “looking at Pink Floyd’s history, which started at 11pm local time.” ha ha ha… anyone?

  30. Caption…

    (thinking)

    “Betcha they’re impressed with the bling I’m wearing.”

  31. Wow! F.E.Just read your french response to Ikkar regarding her drawings in a previous forum.Which leads me to the conclusion of the question of your identidy.You are Brigitte Bardot aren’t you?

    [That’s incorrect. Good guess, although I imagine her French is a bit better than mine… – Features Editor]

  32. Me again, I know I’ve posted this a number of times already, but it has to be said:

    Mr David Gilmour, Please perform ‘On The Turning Away’ at the London shows, PLEASE! If this could happen I would be the happiest of young Pink Floyd / Gilmour fans in the world 🙂

    p.s. PLEASE!!!

  33. Maybe when the US/Canada shows start the US sales will go up.

    I’ve tried all I can do.

    Seems nobody in this lousy country (music-wise anyway) cares about really really good music. Country-crap music, pop, rap-crap is all that’s imporatnt here. No one wants to “think” about their music.

    Again, thanks to David and all the rest of the band for a beautiful, haunting, soaring experience.

  34. Re: The Wall/Berlin. Yick. I rented that DVD (mostly to see Joni Mitchell) and couldn’t get through it.

    Like Deborah, I’ll be leaving for New York tomorrow (Monday) and will be out of touch computer-wise unless my hotel has one I can use. (Time to buy a laptop, innit? PC or Mac? I think I’ll go with a Mac this time….)

    I’ll try to check in and see what’s doing on the blog and hopefully post some mad ravings about being in the same town, then the same (albeit large) ROOM as my hero.

    A thousands thanks to David and Polly and our esteemed Features Editor and everyone involved for making the “run-up” to the concert such a pleasure. I’ve never had a blog experience like this one!

    Becky

    PS–And, to copy Deborah ONCE AGAIN: For those going to the Tuesday show, I’ll be wearing the pink REPENT GILMOUR IDOLATORS t-shirt (assuming that no one else made a shirt like that). Come say hello!

  35. Thanks for coming to Florida, Dave. Oh, wait a minute; you aren’t.

    [No, but he is spending seven hours on a plane, with his young family in tow, to give the US more shows than any other country. So do me a favour and grow up. – Features Editor]

  36. Rudders,

    Ok, thank you for your explanations !

    maybe I’m not stupid, but, sure, you find me very naïve…

    but I forgive you !!!

    I hope you had a cool weekend

    Michèle.

  37. Hi Fed

    I have a question about the newsletter section of this sight. The sign up page mentions something about regular mailouts? and givaways? I signed up along time ago, and all I have seen were an invetation to a contest with preordering the cd, or maybe something from the record company sight. Was there supposed to be more?

    *only another 18 days for the final US show. :)~

    [Not that I’m aware of, sorry. – Features Editor]

  38. Hello Fed,

    Ummm, AOL no longer has the On An Island listening party. Just thought you’d like to know.

  39. Hello,

    Linda did post a message about “The Wizard” a radioshow about Progressive Music.

    It’s featured with interviews of: Ian Anderson, Rick Wakeman, dear Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn) and her love Fish, aka William Derek Dick and Keith Emmerson (maybe I missed one).

    Yes indeed; David Gilmour 😉 speaking about Pink Floyd and if they were progressive or psychedelic?

    Thanks Linda!

    “Smile” as single? Fun & great! Nice that the “Island-jam” will be added. What I understood will it be an extract of the album version. Was “On An Island” planned to be as a single? It’s a wonderful song but no “single-a-long” verse, that stuck in you mind.

    “Take A Breath” would be a single worthed to mine humple opion.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend too,
    Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.

    [‘On An Island’ was chosen as the first single, Nick. – Features Editor]

  40. Features Ed, Hope you did see the real Floyd version of the Wall and not the Cindy Lauper, Van Morrison,Paul Carrick imposter one. For all of us lucky enough to be at one of those shows the absolute highlight was when David was on top of the wall with his black stratocaster blazing out the solo on Comfortably Numb. He had a spotlight reflecting off of his guitar and into everones blown away eyes. Can remember it like it was yesterday! Going crazy till April 12th in Chicago! Dave in Ft. Wayne,IN

  41. Good post Rob, it a funny old world really. People complained about channel 4 showing Mr Oliver killing a lamb but are still quite happy to go the local supermarket and buy stuff without a thought of where it may have come from.

    I suppose it’s a sign of the times, we live in a pre packed world now.

    And of course that very pre packaging is not helping matters either….

  42. Hello i fell the Pink Floyd music into the deep of my soul !!!!!I would like too much a tour in South America

    Pablo from URUGUAY

  43. F. Ed,

    [Tim, Tim, Tim! I’m sure it’s great. How do you know I didn’t see one of the original ‘Wall’ shows? – Features Editor]

    I’ve been a regular visitor and occasional contributer to the site – and I like your style.

    I’m now getting drawn into the “who’s Ed” debate with that comment – but I’m not enough of an insider to be any the wiser.

    By the way I was rewatching the “in concert” DVD this pm (must have made me fiesty) and it occurs to me that I was priviledged enough to be in person at RFH for the first Meltdown show with no great difficulty getting tickets. This time around I was far too slow getting out of the blocks (i.e. about half an hour !!) The torch continues to burn bright doesn’t it. I think Live 8’s impact is going to be a real force and I believe it evidences what an inspired act that was to get PF involved.

  44. i met a person today who has a connection with the making of on an island . alasdair molloy who played glass harmonica on a couple of tracks on the album was mc at a kids concert in the national conert hall here with the RTE concert orchestra . my friend shaun plays in that orchestra as lead trumpet and he told me to go . i was glad i did . i was able to talk to alasdair for a few minutes about the idea of the glass harmonica and what it was like to record on an island . the up shot of which was bascially the astoria is a beautiful place to record , aladair has not had time to see or hear the album yet ( i told him to come here as i think the glass harmonica was mentioned in the EPK ) and that david gilmour is a top bloke ! the latter though we knew already 🙂

    peace
    Linda

  45. Quoting Features editor:

    [That would be a very long DVD extra! Whether it’s possible or not, this DVD will be about this tour. As David has said several times now, what’s in the past is in the past. – Features Editor]

    What’s this – have I missed something here? “this DVD will be about this tour”

    Is the making of a DVD about this tour confirmed?

    [Oh, you lot! Forever putting words in my mouth… I’m not even answering that. – Features Editor]

  46. Well of course we will join you on stage for the Surprise Second Encore of Brain Damage/Eclipse being we are together here in Long Island.Didn’t think we would be able to pull it off with all the paparazzi swarming town.Nick said The Big Apple crowd will Love it!!!Don’t forget to drop over to visit Laurie,India & I before Tuesday’s rehersals.My son is out of the States right now so he will miss it.Take care & talk soon. Rog

  47. [Here’s my addition to Gabrielle’s and Clemens’s … In this high-tech world, humanity has lost out. One can insult someone thousands of miles away, with hundreds of people listening in, and go back to the blog as if nothing happened. One can go to McDonald’s (or any grocery store anywhere) and buy these non-descript blobs in plastic packages without a thought for the suffering of animals in factory farms, not to mention the energy inefficiency in that kind of diet. One can turn on a light switch without even thinking of the burnt coal that spews out CO2, sulfates, heavy metals, and causes how many cases of asthma in kids downwind, not to mention global warming. Countless modern conveniences allow one to enjoy all the comforts without thought or guilt. And few established religions go very deep either… Although most tell you to be respectful (though e-mail may be overlooked!), they generally don’t tell you to be a vegetarian, conserve resources, use renewable energy and solar power, etc. Obviously we need a different kind of spirituality for these modern times — the Earth depends on it.]

    Interesting post. I think I agree with you. Its difficult to see, but I think that process is going on in western nations (meaning secularisation). Very slowly people step away from religion. But I feel those people are searching for something else. After all, human beings need meaning, and not all know science or the character of nature and religion very well.

    I hope that ethics will be a strong element of this ‘new religion’.

    There is discussion about this in churches across our country (dont know about the rest of the western world). Science and technology is replacing God. But will that work out for the good? I think it is too early to say…

    Best,

    Clemens

  48. once again . . . . well put F’ed.

    I’m ‘amazed’ at the selfishness of some people . . . . I can certainly understand being disappointed not being able to catch one of these precious shows . . . but wow . . . what a spoiled sport you are John (and others like him).

    on a happier note . . . 10 (count em) . . 10 more days til it is my turn . . . . my heart beats a little faster when I imagine how close I will be . . . hearing and seeing these familiar and treasured songs in person . . . and sharing the emotions with about 4,000 of my ‘closest’ friends . . .

    front row heeeeeeeere I come . . . .

    xxoo F’ed

    by the way . . . . . are you Camilla Parker-Bowles???

    [Ouch! That hurts! – Features Editor]

  49. that was purely for your amusement F’ed . . . . a little mindless levity . .

    I’ll just call you “Queenie” . . .

    sorry . . . I know I’m bad, bad, bad . . .

    I’d have to say I see you as MUCH closer to the Prince William type . . . better???

    xxoo

    [A little better, but not much. It’s not like they work! – Features Editor]

  50. by the way . . . . . are you Camilla Parker-Bowles???

    bloody hell i hope not . if that was so would we have to call you your royal highness 🙂

    peace
    Linda

  51. well said, ed. seven hours on a plane for a bunch of ungrateful little brats. i’m made up for the many north american fans who are clearly thrilled to bits about seeing one of david’s shows (not to mention travelling a long way to be able to see one) but when we’re still getting childish comments like john’s and claude’s, it really gets up my nose. seven hours on a plane is no fun, especially for david’s family. they are spending more time travelling than you would have had to, john. why couldn’t you make the effort to travel from florida? how long would that have taken you? people are flying from australia and new zealand to get to london to see one of the may shows. if david lived in the us or canada, it would be one thing. but how anyone can demand that he spend an entire day on a plane travelling across the world just to make your life more convenient is really taking the p*ss.

  52. I can’t believe this week is finally here!!!! I’ll be in the 10th row at Radio City on Wednesday night!!!! I’m sooooo excited!!!

  53. wow . . . . . jinx Linda . . . !!!

    clearly you & I are on the same wavelength today . . . . .

    the Fedmeister is putting us under his/her spell . . . . hmmmmmm

  54. (by the way . . . . . are you Camilla Parker-Bowles???

    bloody hell i hope not . if that was so would we have to call you your royal highness 🙂

    peace
    Linda”

    more like “your royal horseness” . . .

    mean american . . . . . . mean . . .

  55. Well said Fed. Mr. John…I have nothing to say directly to you…but see my post to Claude…same to you buddy.

    …I’m still waiting for an answer Fed, and I was on my knee. Well…I was in my easy chair.

    -Chris McKay

    [So you have an easy chair? That sounds good… – Features Editor]

  56. Features Editor,

    I like the way you bring it right back to all the whiners out there. Good Stuff!

  57. [Quote: ‘On An Island’ was chosen as the first single, Nick. – Features Editor / End Quote]

    Hello dear Features Editor,

    But it wasn’t released as single wasn’t? Why came that? It is a great song. I’ve troubles with learning the words, because the lines are “snap shots” and the verse isn’t a sing-a-long. I think that is that a enquirement for a single success nowadays ;-(

    All the people in the States & Canada; enjoy the upcoming shows, search for a better way & Smile…

    Nick from the lovely South of the Netherlands.

    [Pardon me, Nick. It has already been released as a single in the UK, at least. – Features Editor]

  58. “Thanks for coming to Florida, Dave. Oh, wait a minute; you aren’t.

    [No, but he is spending seven hours on a plane, with his young family in tow, to give the US more shows than any other country. So do me a favour and grow up. – Features Editor]”

    Why bother airing comments as petulant as this?

    [Some people seem to think that we edit posts heavily and only publish the sweet stuff. In actual fact, the vast majority of posts are published and I want to keep it that way. If that means posting the odd comment such as this unreasonable one, then so be it. If nothing else, it shows how hard some people are to please and, therefore, exactly what we’re up against. It shows David how unappreciative some fans are. At the same time, people are perfectly entitled to their opinion and it would be wrong of me to deny John the chance to express his just because I think it’s irrational. After all, I can give a sardonic and somewhat rude answer when the mood takes me, and that gives me a cheap thrill. – Features Editor]

  59. [Une nouvelle page! Oui, je vois et j’aime beaucoup! Merci beaucoup. Vous avez un grand talent, Ikkar. C’est David dans le vent de Pompeii, non? Avec les cheveux dans son visage, pendant ‘Echoes’. Ou Christ, peut-être? (Ha!) Et Syd, le Diamant beau. Les yeux de Syd sont… étonnants. Ils sont profonds et tragiques comme l’océan. Enfin, Mick Hucknall de Simply Red. On peut recognise il immédiatement. Tous sont merveilleux. Je suis désolé que je n’ai pas beaucoup des mots français pour vous. Fantastique, beau, intelligent, trés puissant… (Est-ce que c’est le bon mot? Je voudrais dire: beaucoup d’émotion et avec l’esprit.) Je souhaite que je pourrais dessiner. Je n’ai aucun talent avec un crayon! C’est une grand talent à voir la beauté dans quelque chose et faire l’art. Comme faire la musique, peut-être? Merci beaucoup pour la page, mon ami intelligent. Je suis très impressionné avec vous et je pense que beaucoup de gens ici sont d’accord avec moi. Je suis sûr. Merci encore. – Features Editor]

    Dear Fed,
    Soyez remercié(e?) pour vos si gracieux et gentils commentaires . Ils me troublent plus que je ne puis le dire… So, thank you very much… and your french is really good, indeed. I wish my english…

    To Clemens:
    you said “Science and technology is replacing God”. OK. But, in fact, don’t you think the only thing which might replace religions is ART?!!! aaargh…. even for art, men would fight!!! (forgive my poor english)

    Ikkar, with love

    [Si mon français simple est un petit pas meilleurs chaque jour, alors il est seulement parce que à vous – et merci à vous – et les autres orateurs de français ici, aussi. Merci, mon ami. Votre anglais est encore meilleur, honête! J’ai beaucoup de travail à faire avant je visit la France encore! – Features Editor]

  60. hey f.ed,

    of course i know you’re not rudders ore david, polly ore camilla parker-bowles!!!but at least i’ve got an reaction. no it’s better you just be anonymous f.ed., because when i’ve got the idea i was really talking to david gilmour i would be shaking all over i guess.so greetings to david, polly and the band and wish them a good time in america (wish my english was a bit better)

  61. I will be flying in from Las Vegas for both New York shows, I have tickets for the first night, hope to find a pair for the second show.

    Also going to see David at the Kodak April 19th, Heads up by the way Van Morrison plays at the Hollywood Bowl on April 21st.

    What a great week that will be.

    See some of you soon in New York, I will be the guy with the big smile on his face…. : )

  62. rudders,

    when you’re going to see the show?? are you nervous yet and will you give a full report??

  63. [‘On An Island’ was chosen as the first single, Nick. – Features Editor]

    We have had the album chart details, but did anyone catch how the single did in the charts? Unless I missed it on an earlier post!

    As for the “who is FEd?” questions, my guess is you are a minion from the One Fifteen office who happens to know how to work the laptop!! (unless you are Neil, Paul or Andy! – OK I’m just fishing now and I’ve read the “Thanks To” bit on OAI!).

    Caption Contest: Steve grins at the audiences reaction to their first glimpse of his huge shiny bell-e. . . .err!! actually I’ll not continue!

    [Best to leave it there, mate. But that’s the best guess we’ve had to date. I’m also a poet, as you can see… Go on, someone guess Dylan Thomas from beyond the grave. – Features Editor]

  64. Yeah ….only seven more sleeps to David’s first Toronto show and I’ll be there if all goes well. Am flying the 4000+ kilometres from the Yukon just to be at that show. So to those few w*nkers out there whining that David isn’t coming to their town….well… where there’s a true will, there are many ways to make those dreams come true.

    Last saw David live in 1975 during the PF tour of that year, seems almost like yesterday in some respects. We’ve all mellowed a wee bit since then (I think) and I find the OAI album a most excellent fit for this phase of my life.

    My wife and kids bought me a lovely red electric guitar a couple of years ago for Christmas as I’ve always told them how I would like to learn to play guitar some day. Until last month is pretty well sat unused. With the release of OAI, plus scoring a ticket to the Toronto show I am finally, as a fifty something, learning to play and David has been the inspiration.

    Thanks for all the years of great guitar playing, song writing and continued inspiration. Your band for this tour is fabulous. Most of the pre DSOTM songs are some of my faves, so will be more than happy to hear any of them (especially Echos…wink, wink, nudge nudge.)

    See you in a week…..hugh

  65. Hey Feature Ed. Sorry about asking another question, but I just talked to A French concert goer who told me they didn’t have any tour jackets as was mentioned in one of the news links.I also have seen any on the AntHill merchandising site. Could you clarify if there will be any on the site in the future or at the U.S.shows as I am leaving Tuesday for both N.Y. shows. Thx in advance. Keep up the Great work.

    [I’m afraid I can’t tell you for sure whether or not there will be some on sale in New York, as the people with all the answers are now in New York and probably wouldn’t appreciate a phonecall. But if they’re not for sale at Radio City Music Hall, then they’ll certainly be available to buy online soon. – Features Editor]

  66. Nice replies from Clemens, UKveronica, Thanks.

    The questions I was asking: “Do you know where your “x” comes from?” (“x” = food, clothing, household stuff, electricity, water, gasoline) were popular in the sixties and seventies…

    We can’t put the Genie back in the bottle, but we can try to conjure up a friendlier Genie — not one that will ultimately kill off humanity.

    Many of our current group of political, business, and religious leaders grew up during the sixties. Were any of them paying attention then (we know OUR president wasn’t)? Many of us grew up then … where are we now? Are we still asking those questions?

    I think the ethical leadership is with the non-profits — such as those listed on David’s website, for example, Crisis, Amnesty, EIA, PETA … another good one based in the US is Earthjustice. That’s why they need our support … not just our time and our money, but our daily actions that impact the world. They are leading the fight for all those living — humans, animals, the Earth itself — that our political and corporate system have neglected or have declared outright war on. The heroes are now people like David with Crisis, Paul McCartney (good work in Canada by the way — Victor, your girlfriend is right) and Ingrid Newkirk for PETA…. (also from the UK by the way) … those on the Important Stuff pages … who draw attention to the injustices that don’t even register to most people in our high-tech world. Keep up the great work and great music, David!

  67. To John and other disatisfied fans, (for not playing close enough nor with an abundance of dates)

    Why don’t you keep your ears open to the music going on in or near your own area and support it?

    Or are you too stuck in your ways that you cannot tolerate the unfamiliar? As it has been quoted many times, David is not in a position that he must tour or record. What he is doing now is for the love of his music (which anyone can enjoy if they listen to the radio or buy the album.)

    If he wanted to, I suppose he could choose to be a long distance husband and father, and we could walk out of the shows with our t-shirts that commemorate it (2006-2008 World Tour!!) in a multi-date per multi-city, but that is not his priority. His family, and health is. (Though he looks great, I am sure a tour like that is taxing enough on someone half his age.) The sarcastic remark you made is from the notion that any public figure is owned by the audience, and have no right to a private life. They are a product to be consumed. Some celebrities buy into it also, and sell their life out to keep up an image that is really beyond their means or health.

    It is wise example that David paired his personal belongings down, so it does not require having to work long hours indefinately, and separate himself from those who intimately love and care for him..his family and friends.

    Why don’t you look in your newspaper for some local bands, and check them out. You may be supporting a future legend that you can tell others about 20 years from now, “I saw them in this little dingy club, this close to me, and they ROCKED!”

    [Great post, Jeanne. Thanks for that. – Features Editor]

  68. Dave

    You were right about the wall show, in the middle of all it’s madness, There was Dave on top of the wall, screaming that guitar. It was deffinately the highlight of that tour…but in my mind I allways thought David was playing some kind of mirror covered guitar…the light beaming back off of it was so bright and going all over the stadium.

    Does anyone remember the blinding light from that huge mirror ball thing from the 1977 tour. I think it was used for “Shine On”…what another great moment that was.

  69. Hello All!

    Angelo, Thank you for the pictures of what’s going on in NYC pre-concert. Have a great time on the 4th and 5th. I look forward to your comments on the concert and the blogger group photo! Wish I were there.

    Only 10 days ’til Chicago!

    Best,
    Brian H. (Iowa)

  70. I like the idea of David doing John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Imagine we all just get along, respect each other for the content of our character rather than the color of our skin, the clothes we wear, the God we worship (or choose not to worship), or the nation we call home. Because we are human, we would find something else to fight about. You’d hate me for my blue eyes because, y’know, blue eyes just ain’t right. You’d hate me because of the neighborhood I live in or the wife I married. If you want to hate me, you’ll find a basis on which to do it.

    I look not to a book or a creed or a religion to giude me. I look to the need that is out there and the skills I have which enable me to address the need. Now, this does not mean that all people can do the same. What I mean to say is that it is possible to do your own thing but still address the needs that you can address. For me, it is educating those on the fringes of society, such as certain homeless people and the incarcerated. I work to help these people learn the skills that will help them pass the GED, which makes them employable and can therefore lead to a life they find more productive. I teach job readiness skills as well, so that they can hold down a job when they get one. It’s empowerment, pure and simple. I only work with people who want to be in my classes(and there are many, many of them out there). It helps me, too: it is paying my way through school, where I’m learning to be a schoolteacher. Then, I can help teach children the skills that may enable them to avoid becoming incarcerated or homeless in the first place.

    In the USA, there are many fat cats calling themselves Christians and quoting bible verses to prop themselves up. Our current government is full of them. These are people who hate homosexuals, the poor, the sick, and the incarcerated. Oh, they claim to love these groups, but they support legislation that outlaws homosexuality, that makes it harder to support one’s self, that prevents people from bettering their own lives, that makes us sick by polluting our environment, that decreases our access to health care, that further penalizes those who are incarcerated. Now, I don’t think this is what Christ had in mind. But there are so many people calling themselves Christian and mucking things up in these ways that it’s hard to separate them from people who actually follow Christ’s lead. I know some people who are so turned off by this phenomena, they’ve turned away from religion of any kind. Many of them are in the trenches with me, working to make this world a better place even as those who profess God are working to destroy it.

    When David Gilmour says he is an atheist, I take that to mean that he’s a free thinker who does things on his own terms. He is not guided by a book, a creed or a religion. He is giuded by his own desire to do things.

    Imagine if we all did that.

    [Hats off to you for that, Dan. – Features Editor]

  71. Does anyone know when the single for smile will be released in the U.K, I think it is a beautiful song! and to hear island jam (I found the web site too late too hear it)would be fantastic!

    [No date is set as yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we have one for you. – Features Editor]

  72. Caption:

    Steve encounters some ‘Spinal Tap’-like dimension problems before a cover version of AC/DC’s ‘Hell’s Bells’ !

  73. I’ve read most of the comments about the shows but haven’t heard much about whether any of the old PF song-accompanying films were shown behind the band. I’m not expecting David to be touring with the old round screen that was a mainstay of Floyd concerts, but I’m hoping for some backdrop other than the standard (great) lighting. Can anyone who’s been to a show comment? Thanks.

    [There aren’t any Pink Floyd films on this tour, Eddie. – Features Editor]

  74. Hey people!!! Just played OAI for a buddy who does not like “mellow” music (actually I played a burned copy with Island Jam first then the rest of OAI so I wouldn’t have to mess with the single cd). He likes Floyd a lot but has given me crap before for “mellow” music. He heard Island Jam and was immediately into it. In the middle of OAI he commented that “this is a pretty good album”. We were splitting carrying duties of camping gear as we are leaving tomorrow for a hike in the Grand Canyon. When I got ready to leave I said I wanted to get my OAI cd so I can bring it on the trip. He said “definitely!!!”, so I think we have another fan! I’ll push him to go buy a copy!

    Anyway, I will be gone til April 9th and won’t be able to keep up with the blog (will have a lot of reading to do when I get back!). So for now, you all have a great week… especially those of you who will be at the first US shows- have a great time!!! I wanna hear all about it when I get back!

    Tim

    [Good work, Comrade. Enjoy your hike. – Features Editor]

  75. God John, talk about making us U.S fans look bad. David did not have to put his life on hold and tour, or even tour the U.S for that matter. IF he wasnt coming close to you find a way to get there like the rest of us. We all know people from florida are spoiled but Geesh, I guess the weather isnt enough for you.

    [Don’t worry, mate. We know how grateful you are. – Features Editor]

  76. Hi All of the lucky wons to see David in the US I am in Chicago April 12th.I have read of a few people on line that do not have a ticket for Chicago.I am not a scalper I have one extra seat that is avaiable,hOpe someone will see this and get to go!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yeah I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo Ready

    FLORIDA STEVE

  77. Good for you Fed. David and company can’t be everywhere at the same time, only on a DVD I guess. I’m so glad that David is intimate with our thoughts and feelings, he chose these venues. If he and all were to travel and see everyone, it would take another 3 years to finish this tour. Without a break.

    Thanks

  78. Shocked tonight.

    At the end of The Sopranos (those of you not in the states, The Sopranos is a highly popular show on HBO-cable tv. Its about mafia in New Jersey), “One of These Days” was played during the end credits.

    To my knowledge that is a first. I dont believe Floyd has allowed any music for movies, TV, adds, etc for a long long time.

    Features editor, why the change of position? It would be great if you could find out.

    Jeff in Chicago

    [Beats me, but I noticed that here has been more Floyd on TV over the last couple of years. – Features Editor]

  79. I can’t wait for the first Toronto show! I’m also so excited to be visiting the City, as I’ve heard great thing about it. Does anyone out there know if the Hard Rock on Yonge St & Massey Hall are within walking distance form Eaton Center, as we’re staying at the Marriott there?

    Any suggestions for good restaurants is appreciated also!

    Hugh, I’m impressed as to how far you are traveling!

  80. HBO`s SOPRANOS…EPISODE 4

    Closing credits were accompanied by none other than “One of These Days”. How bout that!!!!

    Jersey Dave

  81. The new album is just fantastic. Only problem is…it’s not been released here in Brazil. Yes, I confess, I had to download it to be able to listen to it, sorry. Why is that? And it’s not that the release is delayed or anything, there are no news or information about it being released down here ever. I’ve contacted EMI Brazil and got nothing. Any idea what’s going on?

    The shows look and sound fantastic. I wish I could go to one someday. One thing is funny though. I’ve been reading some “fans” complaining that this is not really a Gilmour solo tour, but a “Pink Floyd in disguise” one. Funny, when Pink Floyd was on the road the same people complained that it wasn’t really Pink Floyd, but Gilmour. What’s wrong with these people? “You’re so hard to please”…indeed.

    Regards.

  82. A friend and I leave in the morning for NYC and both shows at Radio City Music Hall. The reviews of prior shows have been excellent. And, I cannot stop playing “On an Island.” Needless to say, we are really looking forward to two great shows.

    Thanks to all those who have made this tour possible.

  83. Just thought I’d pass on this note of more American radio exposure of David’s fantastic new album.

    Program 613C of Echoes, broadcast on Public Radio International, featured “Then I Closed My Eyes”.

    Great post Dan, I feel pretty much the same way about “fat cats” in our current administration. 🙁

  84. At the time of this post, it is past the witching hour in NYC Monday, April 3rd. It’s a weird feeling I have: excited yet oddly calm…as if I’m heightening my senses with both feet on the ground to take in this whole RCMH experience….

    Brian, I promise to post both days in as much detail I can process without getting boring!

    Deborah, see ya’ in a few….

    I’m not sure if anyone outside the US gets The Sopranos T.V. series (about an Italian mob family in New Jersey). At the end of every episode they fade to credits with with some kind of music. Today they ended with “One of These Days”….very approriate for the program, and a nice surprise this close to RCMH…

    My hats off to Dan, too, on his post. I’m imagining…and can see it….

    (…y Deborah, estoy praticando la canción “Where We Start”! Te prometo una versión grabada muy pronto!!!)

    …anyone catch that?…..

    😉

  85. Any Sopranos fans?

    One of these days was sychronized with the Sopranos credits tonight! The last scene has Tony breathing in fresh air with a new respect for life when it fades to black then you hear the wonderful bass from One of These Days! Bravo!

  86. OMG I’am watching “The Sopranos” and the song over the end credits is “One of these days”!!

    Just a few more days and we will see Mr. Gilmour live..Can’t wait!!!!

  87. JW

    “when you’re going to see the show?? are you nervous yet and will you give a full report??”

    April 9th plus I may go back and stand outside on the 10th with $50 in my hand and watch a scalper (I think that’s the correct North American term) crumble in front of me if he/she has a ticket left over when the concert starts…

    Nervous? nah… I’ve been to Toronto many times so I’ll be ok… and if I can remember it all I will give a full report on the show and all the pre and post show shenanigans (another good word there Fedmeister… I put that in the same bucket as “Malarkey”)

    [Indeed. I trust there’s room in your bucket for “tomfoolery” as well? – Features Editor]

  88. Steven Plunkett –

    Wow! All the way from Sydney to Oakland! Do stay in touch; several of us will be arranging to get together for dinner or drinks, and we’d love to meet you. You’ll certainly win the “from farthest away” award…

    Best,
    Dave

  89. hello,

    To those who missed the broadcast on RTL, here is what RTL told us and what they played.

    Le nouveau single: “smile”, very nice song for us, David’s and PF’s fans, mais je pense que les radios qui n’ont pas passé le single “on an island” ne passeront pas non plus “smile” car les radios actuellement (au moins en France) passent des titres beaucoup plus rapides, beaucoup plus rythmés pour “accrocher” les jeunes et peut-être “take a breath” aurait eu plus de chance d’être diffusé, c’esr d’ailleurs l’un de mes titres préférés de l’album.

    Avez-vous passé un bon weekend, notre ami Fed ?

    Michèle.

    [Oui, merci. Il était bon. Il était tranquille et mon équipe favori du football était victorieuse (ou victorieux… je ne sais pas jamais ceci… c’est ce qui faire le français difficile pour moi!) – comme tous les bons weekends! Mais it était trop court, en tant que toujours. Et vous? – Features Editor]

  90. John wrote: [Thanks for coming to Florida, Dave. Oh, wait a minute; you aren’t.]

    Well I’ve read some stuff here and disagreed with it, but quite honestly that is just pathetic.

    Obviously another one who thinks the world revolves around him, grrrr!

  91. reading all the commands i realize this site is so much more than just a david gilmour fan site. it’s a site fore us to share thoughts and feelings and the way we look on and stand in life today. it’s amazing that infact david gilmour makes all those thoughts come out not only through his music but also just being the person david gilmour, and that we all want to share those thoughts on his site

    and as dan said al those people who hates other people for just being themselves, i think those people have’nt accept themselves,cause when you can’t accept your selve fore who ore what you are you also cant accept another fore what he is…

    i’m getting way to serious on a monday morning

  92. so the review from rudders will then be a series of captions from a chronologically sequenced series of stills from Massey Hall (where I humbly emoted in an out of body fashion w/ The Pink Floyd Experience on 1/23/04)

    …that should be a hoot!!

  93. Well happy Monday,

    Some wonderful answers to the 1st’s. So it’s only fair that I better plays Rudders games:

    I guess my most prized memorabilia is a Pink Floyd tour programme from 1969. The man the journey tour. My brother gave it to me.

    Famous meetings: I went to see Peter Green at Ronnie Scotts in Birmingham. On the next table sat Tony Iommi and Brian May.

    Rudders: Bent Wind – Canadian band. Are you aware of them?. Brought out an exellent album towards the end of 60’s.

    Also to Rudders: Pineapple Thief, ’10 stories down’ album. Give it a listen.

    All the best
    Pete – Coventry

  94. Fed, Great news that ‘Island Jam’ is to be officially released. Any idea of date?

    Also, I have a couple of cassette tapes of Pink Floyd live in concert on Radio 1 from 1970 and 1971 ish. The advent of the CD has seen loads of Radio 1 ‘in concerts’ released. Would you know if any of the Pink Floyd ‘in concerts’ will ever get official releases?

    Thanks Pete – Coventry

    [No date as yet. As soon as we know, we’ll let you know both here and on the Latest News page. As for the Radio 1 stuff, then presumably it would be up to the BBC whether they release it or not. Sorry! – Features Editor]

  95. F Ed,

    having read (I have yet to hear it) that David did “hushaby mountain” from chitty chitty bang bang after one of his children kept playing it, I too suffered a similar fate with my daughter but I would not inflict my singing on anyone. I can imagine with Davids voice it would sound great.

    well… as a bit of fun only

    David could make a CD of Childrens favourites with each of his children choosing their fave Childrens song With David & Polly adding thiers too.

    any suggestions fellow blogger’s as to what could be on this CD?

    are you sitting comftably……

    [You could be onto something there, Graham! ‘Hushabye Mountain’ is included on the ‘David Gilmour In Concert’ DVD. It’s great. ‘Je Crois Entendre Encore’ is another surprise that works so well. Who’d have thought that a couple of songs from a children’s film and opera would prove so popular? When we did the Five Favourites poll of songs we’d most like to hear on this tour, there were plenty of requests for both ‘Hushabye Mountain’ and ‘Je Crois Entendre Encore’. In fact, they received more requests than many Pink Floyd songs! – Features Editor]

  96. Good Monday everyone!

    Yesterday was 1 week I saw David’s concert…I wish it would still happen! Waiting for it was so exciting! And the show was fantastic! I wish I could see him again and again! I hope he’s going to come back in Italy soon!

    The spring arrived! It’s fantastic! Yesterday I went to my little town where my family live in…I went out for a walk: the sun shone, the birds sung, the air smelt. Wonderful!

    Have a great spring’s day!

    L!

    P.S. Good 1° april joke, FEd! I think it was true! How can you play with our feeling?!!!! I visited “the word of the day”. Martinet. I wonder which the italian translation is…not important! I can use it to improve my english!

  97. As much as I like ‘Smile’ I don’t think it was the best choice for a single (but what do I know?) I think ‘Take A Breath’ would’ve been better.

    In my opinion I think the single should’ve been this:

    1. Take A Breath (Edit)
    2. Island Jam
    3. Take A Breath (Live)

    Yeah, like Pink Floyd did with the 1994 singles, ‘High Hopes/Keep Talking’, ‘Take It Back’. (Perhaps a special edition single like the ‘High Hopes’ / ‘Keep Talking’ single?

  98. Wow, Dan, great post

    And can I say that Stevie D. looks particularly cute in that photo?

    Damn that must be great to work with, a technically and artistically superiour drummer that is easy on the eyes too..
    *picks bassguitar back up and dreams on*

    😉

  99. So, is it a coincidence, do you think, that the ‘fall’ of organised religion in the ‘western world’ has been accompanied by the cult of the Superstar, the hero-worship of sportspersons, TV ‘personalities’ and musicians?

  100. ”Thanks for coming to Florida, Dave. Oh, wait a minute; you aren’t”.

    [No, but he is spending seven hours on a plane, with his young family in tow, to give the US more shows than any other country. So do me a favour and grow up. – Features Editor]

    He said Dave. And we assumed it was our David who is not a Dave. He may have actually meant to post it on the website of Dave Brock, Dave Mason, Dave Clark 5, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Titch, Dave Edmunds, Dave Berry, Sam and Dave

    come on, help me, more Dave’s please

    Pete – Coventry

    [Good point, Pete. How about Dave from Chas & Dave? – Features Editor]

  101. Sorry. Just venting a bit, didn’t mean to get anyone so upset. I could have worded it better, I agree. I think that personally attacking me is uncalled for, though. I realize people are flying from all over to see a show, but not all of us can afford to pay a ton of money to see an idol play and it gets a bit frustrating. Anyway, just my two cents. I seriously didn’t expect to upset so many of you and I commend the FE for posting my comment. But, I also didn’t expect the attacks, so I don’t think I’ll post anything else here. BTW, I love the new record.

    [It’s an issue that’s been covered several times since the tour dates were announced. People are getting tired of it now and, the more they read interviews where David discusses his family, the more they appreciate that spending months on the road isn’t realistic. But you’re more than welcome to post and it goes without saying that anyone who cares for David’s music fully understands your disappointment. There are a lot of fans the world over who have posted similar comments. Unfortunately for you, you posted at a time when lots of people – myself included, I’m sorry to say – were ready to snap at the next person who made such a remark. I do apologise for biting your head off. – Features Editor]

  102. Well John, I know New York, Illinois, and California don’t have Jeb Bush and all, but they are all wonderful places to visit. And you can do more than just go see David Gilmour in these states. Why, there’s museums, various forms of live entertainment, unique shops, parks, national landmarks. They even have real restaurants! You know, ones that aren’t a part of a national chain. When I go up to New York tomorrow I plan to go to such a restaurant before the show, and heck I might even do some shopping or check out what’s going on in Times Square or take a stroll in Central Park. I might even get out and meet some people. Yes, there’s much to be said about getting out and exploring the world every once and a while.

  103. Ed I think ive worked out who you are the great man Eric Cantona?

    Ps Sorry to hear about your Gooner affliction David and good luck at the weekend NOT 😉

    Rooooooooooooooooooooooney

    [No, I’d never kick a fan kung-fu style. – Features Editor]

  104. “RTL is broadcasting a three-hour show looking at Pink Floyd’s history, which started at 11pm local time.”

    Imagine life without a comma, surely Pink Floyd have been going since the 1960’s way way before 11pm!!!!!!

    Ian Pearson

  105. ATTENTION US PEOPLE!! We’re behind you on The Sopranos over here in the UK here, so please please don’t drop any spoilers in posts 🙂

    But seeing as we’re on the subject of ‘On Of These Days’, when we were at Earls Court in 94, when Guy kicked off OOTD you could feel his bass in your chest (nay, even teeth rattle!). I think that was my first proper introduction to Guy’s bass, and I’ve been sold ever since…

    N

  106. Dear Rudders,

    you are a strange, nice person! I confess that, a lot of times, I can’t understand your messages…but…I’m sure they were very funny!!!! But when I understood, I like them!

    I hope you’re going to enjoy very much at the concert! As you can image, David and the band will be fantastic!

    Let we know about it!

    Bye bye!

    L!

  107. Fedmeister

    This is an excerpt from an eMail sent out from Toronto’s Q107 Radio Station…

    “It truly is the hottest ticket in town – David Gilmour, live at Massey Hall, for two shows next Sunday and Monday. Classic Rock Q107 and Derringer in the Morning have your chance to score tickets somewhere in the first five rows all this week! Just be listening to Derringer every morning all week and you could be up close for one of the biggest shows of the year. And starting Friday afternoon at 3 on the Kim Mitchell Show, we’re going to get you primed for the show with the Q107 “Pink Floyd/David Gilmour” Classic Rock Weekend. I’m totally psyched for this show!!!!”

    [Thanks for that, mate. – Features Editor]

  108. “John wrote: [Thanks for coming to Florida, Dave. Oh, wait a minute; you aren’t.]

    Well if Florida ever needs and enema I think we now know where the point of entry will be…

  109. John,

    I don’t think there is a person here who hasn’t said or written something they have later regretted at some point in their lives. I would not want you to stop posting here because of one mistake, your timing was wrong that’s all, we are all human after all. 🙂

    Blimey, we’ll be having a group hug next!

  110. “come on, help me, more Dave’s please”

    Dave Brubeck, Dave Gorman, Dave thingy from the hairy bikers.

  111. It’s me again. You’re all probably thinking that I must have better things do to, well, I don’t.

    If this single is being released in May to coincide with the UK tour, when will it be out? Beginning of May, end of May? When? Will it be available to buy at the Royal Albert Hall gigs?

    p.s. Please play ‘On The Turning Away’ in London.

    [As soon as the date is announced, it will be here. – Features Editor]

  112. “Well John, I know New York, Illinois, and California don’t have Jeb Bush and all, but they are all wonderful places to visit. And you can do more than just go see David Gilmour in these states. Why, there’s museums, various forms of live entertainment, unique shops, parks, national landmarks. They even have real restaurants! You know, ones that aren’t a part of a national chain. When I go up to New York tomorrow I plan to go to such a restaurant before the show, and heck I might even do some shopping or check out what’s going on in Times Square or take a stroll in Central Park. I might even get out and meet some people. Yes, there’s much to be said about getting out and exploring the world every once and a while.”

    I guess you didn’t bother to read my reply, did you. If you had, you’d see my point about not being able to afford to travel. Hell, I’ve probably been to Chicago more times (dozens) than you as I was born near there (and I’ve been to New York, Tokyo, etc…. so it’s not like I’m some rube who’s never been anywhere). And just because a person lives in Florida, don’t assume it’s okay to go and lump us all in as Jeb supporters.

    “Well if Florida ever needs and enema I think we now know where the point of entry will be…”

    See, this is what I meant by a personal attack.

    FE, I appreciate your reply and I understand your point. But as you can see by what I quoted above, it has become a bit nasty.

    [There will be no more of it, John. These comments were posted before your reply had been published. The matter is over and done with now, so we’ll have no more nonsense. Everyone’s made their point and John was good enough to apologise. Let’s get back to discussing the album and tour, please. – Features Editor]

  113. [Good point, Pete. How about Dave from Chas & Dave? – Features Editor]

    John,

    From me anyway – no problem. To fully accept your apology though I want a Dave from you that makes me laugh as the one above.

    Pete – Coventry

  114. There are a few Pink Floyd references in earlier series of the Sopranos – Tony puts on Dark Side of the Moon when he buys a new stereo and sings Another Brick in the Wall in the shower !

  115. Hi!

    Well, something weird is happening! The albun haven’t been released in Brazil yet. It have already been in Argentina and other South American countries but not here in Barzil!? What’s the deal? We are anxious!

  116. Excerpt from the article in the April 2006 issue of Total Production International magazine:

    In Amsterdam, Brickman was being pressured to make final decisions about upgrading the rig for May’s Royal Albert Hall dates which will be filmed for a forthcoming DVD release. “When we get back from the American leg, we’re hoping to set up at the Rehearsal Arena at LiteStructures [supplier of the stage risers] to prepare for the Albert Hall, and I can imagine we’ll add a few extras while we’re there. Maybe lasers. We’ll see.”

    Has there been any temptation to inject a few visual references from past tours into the Floyd section of the show? “No,” insisted Brickman. “This was never going to be like a scaled-down Pink Floyd show and we definitely weren’t going to use the old, round back screen – I wanted to create something fresh and a new look for David, and it’s been fun.”

    Curious then, that the classic, back-lit silhouette of Gilmour during his ‘Comfortably Numb’ solo – an effect straight from the Wall tour – was very much in evidence!

    There was a gleeful irony about Rick Wright taking Roger Waters’ vocal part in ‘Comfortably Numb’, particularly as Wright had been fired from the band at Waters’ behest during the recording of The Wall in 1979. Maybe this was a further sign of the healing process that began at Live 8?

    Whatever the intention, the faultless delivery of this Floyd gem as the finale in Amsterdam reignited my passion for the greatest rock guitar solo of all time – it was the crescendo of a rare evening spent submerged in aural pleasure.

    [Interesting, isn’t it? Ask no questions because there aren’t going to be any answers. – Features Editor]

  117. Angela: ” can’t wait for the first Toronto show! I’m also so excited to be visiting the City, as I’ve heard great thing about it. Does anyone out there know if the Hard Rock on Yonge St & Massey Hall are within walking distance form Eaton Center, as we’re staying at the Marriott there?

    Any suggestions for good restaurants is appreciated also!”

    Yes, the Hard Rock and Massey Hall are walking distance from each other. Just down the street actually. The Eaton Centre is directly across the street from HRC.

    Baton Rouge is across the street from HRC on Yonge St. Excellent food! Great ribs!

    Hi All, I’m looking forward to sitting Row 9 at Massey Hall on the 9th. I love the setlist and hope it doesn’t change too much. Echoes will be an experience of a lifetime.

    Nick from Toronto

  118. Well the time has come. Time to travel to New York. The heart is ticking faster as we speak. Can’t wait. The 7 hour drive is going to be a long one, but it will be well worth it. See all you fans tomorrow at the show.

  119. Angela,

    You were inquiring about the location for the Eaton Centre, Hard Rock, and Massey Hall in Toronto.

    You will be pleased to know that they are all within a couple of minutes walk.

    I’m going to be at the Delta Chelsea – quite convenient, but not as close as you’ll be!

    You’ll have a great time! Massey Hall is a lovely old concert hall. It was supposed to be torn down years ago, when a new hall (Roy Thompson Hall) was built. There was such an outcry that Massey Hall was spared.

    The only down side to Massey Hall is that the stage is tough to see from some of the gallery seats. I remember sitting way up in the side gallery for Lou Reed, and having to lean quite a bit to see the whole stage.

  120. Caption: Steve just hears from David he’ll be replaced by Phil Collins (le batteur extraordinaire de Genesis) for the whole USA-leg of the tour, only to realize an agonizing 20 seconds of jaw-dropping later that it’s April Fools day …

    Thanks for giving me a lot to read every day, although the French discussions are too advanced for me.

    Piet

  121. Rudders wrote “Well if Florida ever needs and enema I think we now know where the point of entry will be…”

    Classic line from Jack Nicholson as the joker.. “this city needs an enema.. and I’m your number one!”

    Yes, Rudders, I’ve listening to Q107 also. This weekend will be Pink Floyd/David Gilmour classic rock weekend. Definitely will be exciting from here on in. Down the stretch we come. PING.. PING..

    Nick

  122. If David and his son both play sax, why don’t they duet “Red Sky” at one show just for fun? Of course, that’s up to them!…

    THREE (Days to Radio City) 🙂

    Also, if anyone in the band and/or others on the tour are sightseeing in NYC at all and want to escape, a decent (though a bit touristy) restaurant in Times Square called Foley’s..it’s in the Rennaissance Hotel (click my name).

    Also, the rotating bar at the marriott marquis is nice.

    (P.S. for the record-I’m neither staying at these places, going there, an employee of, or in any other way affiliated with them ..I just think they are nice places to hide from and watch the crowds in the area)…for anyone traveling in not wanting the crowds, the upper east and west sides are much calmer.

  123. Hi FEd, David, and everyone!

    The only subject I felt the need to address this morning is what seems to me to be an over-the-top attack on poor John’s character — maybe a delayed reaction to a certain Claude who may have been a little more deserving of a dressing-down.

    As you, FEd, responded, people get fed up with certain on-going subjects and then vent with maybe a little too much ferocity, sometimes on those who aren’t the day-in, day-out complainers. John’s complaint was a little jabbing — maybe having a really lousy day? — but I think that a few responses have been just a bit too personal and insulting.

    I know I’ve been guilty of venting a little myself, I’m not trying to do any grandstanding here! But these days, when there is so much intolerance and anger around us everyday, maybe there would be a better way for someone to express their ‘disagreement’ with another’s post without getting so personal. That’s all.

    Well, David & family & extended musical family must be getting settled in and ready for the next two nights’ gigs. Welcome to all of you, I hope that you enjoy your travels and have the best time! Same goes to all of you folk out there who are also traveling to the concerts!

    Peace!

    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  124. ”Good 1° april joke, FEd! I think it was true! How can you play with our feeling?!!!!”

    What!! you mean that David and John Otway will not share the same stage. Tell me this is not true.

    Pete – Coventry

  125. Good Morning, F.Ed,

    Looks like another good discussion day. Being a Christian, I would like to day that Dan makes some very good points. I agree 100% with the point that there are many people doing things in Christ’s name that are against what He tought. I get infuriated and embarassed almost to the point of being ashamed when a nincompoop like Pat Robertson opens his mouth and says that a leader of a sovereign nation should be assassinated, or when Dr. James Dobson spouts off about Spongebob Squarepants, of all things, is promoting homosexuality. Where the problem lies is that too many Christians start to exhalt themselves above the Christ they claim to follow. ( I could go on a tangent about how Christ’s entire ministry went against the system, exposed all of the hypocracy and politics of the Powers that Be, but I’ll hold off for now.)

    Dan, it looks like you have a heart to help people make something of themselves. That’s good. unfortunately, what doesn’t get as much attention is when people and churches are doing what you are doing. One example is Kids Hope USA, where Christian volunteers spend time with at-risk kids as a mentor, making a positive difference (Before anyone has a heart attack, there is no evangelizing going on, they are trained by professionals, and within the Church- State guidelines.) There are also many many outreach programs that all go under the radar, as it probably should be. It’s not about drawng attention, it’s about loving others. Christian recording artists have held Katrina bnefit concerts, raised considerable donations, but it hardly got any attention. This is the way doing things for Christ should be.

    On the remark of us being guided by our own desire to do things, I feel that people doing that is one of the problems in society. People are so self- indulgent and self- centered, for the most part, that there is no sense of comunity, or people helping each other out, or working together. It’s gotta be “all about ME”. There aren’t very many people, it seems, that have a heart to help others or reach out (unless there is something in it for them)

    It doesn’t matter what organization it is, whether it’s PETA, NOW, Greenpeace, NAACP, there are always the extremists in each group, and they seem to get the most attention. It goes the same for Christianity. It’s real easy to judge a group or community on the behaviors of a few loud, boisterous extremists who take themselves way too seriously. It is not right to judge Christianity by some of the extremists who claim to profess (or more like posess) it. We like to say that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but people tend to be quick to judge the Bible by a radical few people that are self- proclaimed experts on it. Reading the Bible is alot like listening to certain Pink Floyd albums. You can try to take parts of it out of the whole, (which people do all of the time and twist it to fit their agenda), but The Bible is something that needs to be read in whole to see the big picture and really make sense. It takes some digging with an open mind.

    Being free thinking and a Christian should go hand in hand. Jesus picked disciples who were free thinkers, people who were the most unlikely by the standards of their day to be spiritual leaders. In order for them to stand up for what they did, get stoned to death or exiled or other forms of persecution, they had to be string willed free thinking people who weren’t swayed by what others thought.

    Unfortunately, as a whole, Christ’s church has become so many things that he tought against. There is so much infighting, politics, hypocracy, you name it, that more and more people want nothing to do with it. That is way too sad. On a brighter note, I am confident that the next genetarion of Christians will get bring the Christ back into it and get rid of the religious and denominational garbage that has clogged everyone’s view of His church.

    The bottom line for me is that I am a Cristian, I beleive in what He taught, not what corporate religion has turned it in to. I once thought exactly like Clemens and Dan, but I found that accepting Jesus, not what false teachers and manipulators made him to be, but His teachings of love, forgiveness, peace, and righteousness (not to be confused with self-righteousness), and to do all things for God’s glory and not mine. Since I have done that, my life has been better for it.

    Have a good day, all,

    Mike

    [Thanks for that, Mike. – Features Editor]

  126. to john: fair play for apologising like that. people here can get wound up so easily. i’ve had a few rants myself and have probably offended someone. i accept your apology and apologise on behalf of those who snapped at you. fair play to you too, ed. good of you to say sorry as well as posting stuff to show that it’s not all positive all the time. i can’t afford to go further than london. even manchester is a bit of a trek, time consuming, would need to stay over night, take a day off work etc. a show in wales would have been nice… the tickets are expensive so i know what you mean.

  127. hows it going fet ed . well here is my 2c worth for today :

    reading some of todays posts i just want to say snide commets don;t help even if you are defending davids touring schedule . argue within the point , throwing insults only weakens your psotition and makes you look like the person you are arguing with .

    rudders commet about where the enema should be insterted in florida was a little bit on the kildare side in my not so humble opinion if i might be so bold as to remark .

    in the unlikely event john reads this , i am not able to see any of theese upcoming concerts either as i don;t have the money to travel as i have a few trips comming up to the uk later in the year and need to save up for them . whats the point in getting angry . i can understand dissapointment as i feel it myself but why anger ?

    can i ask you will the single smile be avialible here in ireland . i have a horrible sinking feeling we are going to be left out . i don;t base this feeling on any facts at all just that i don;t want to be deprived of the island jam and i feel for some reason i might 🙂 by the way where is on an island in the irish album charts ? i notice you did’nt mention them on the news page with all the european chart positions .

    i have moved this up from the last topic should anyone be interested :

    First record bought: now thats what i call music 4 (actually on tape since my dad won a tape player at a golf comeptition !)

    First Single: i don;t buy singes very often so i don;t rememeber perhaps cover my eyes by marillion in 1991 .

    First Pink Floyd Record Heard: delicate sound of thunder

    First Pink Floyd record given: not been given any

    First Pink Floyd Record Bought: delicate sound of thunder

    First Concert Attended: bruce springsteen RDS simmonscourt show grounds ballsbridge dublin 4 ! in 1993

    First Pink Floyd Concert: have’nt seen them sadly .

    i am actually a floyd fan by fluke . i was flicking through the tv chanells some time in 1988 ( i think , it might have been 1989 i am not sure !) and came across the gig they did in venice on the mometary lapse of reason tour . i watched a bit of it and only knew one song another brick in the wall part 2 . i liked what i heard and watched the conert until the end . the light show was amazing . when i discovered the delicate sound of thunder had been relased on tape i decided to buy it as i had enjoyed the concert . i was blown away . i later got delicate soundof thunder on video and was blown away again i have never seen such a light show and music combined ! i have been a floyd nut ever since . well thats my life story 🙂

    oh janey dads calling me i have a delivery to do and had better go before a temper is lost in our house 🙂

    take care for now fet ed !

    peace
    Linda

    [Hi Linda, hope you’re having a good one. There’s no information about the next single, other than it will be ‘Smile’. As soon as the details come out, they will be shared with you all. – Features Editor]

  128. Fedmeister and Fellow Bloggeraticians… (I’ve no idea… don’t ask???)

    I don’t think I’ve seen this interview posted as yet…

    Hear excerpts from the David Gilmour interview with Legends of Classic Rock Host Jeff Woods from David’s boat the Astoria on the River Thames – February ’06.

    Check out the URL…

  129. ukveronica posted: [Blimey, we’ll be having a group hug next!]

    Ooh, count me in!! (But do you think we can wait till Guy drops by again? *grin*)

    Okay, I will stop horsing around now, or my posts will never end up on the blog 😉

    Hugs
    Bianca

  130. Oh dear…

    I’ve been reading many a book on the history of the origins of Christianity, Freemasonry, The Knights Templar, Hiram, The Dead Sea Scrolls and a suggested alternative origin of the Shroud of Turin…

    It opened my eyes to how the early church controlled the flow of information and how history was inaccurately recorded and gives a very convincing alternative view of history…

  131. Nick & Peter: Thanks so much for the info! You guys are great! I’d hate to go to a city and miss something I shouldn’t have!

    I believe our seats for Massey are up in the Gallery, but we’re either straight back or right on the turn. I’ll be glad just to be in the building!

    What time is everyone meeting at HRC? I’m very curious about the RCMH set list, I’m assuming Toronto will be the same, and wondering how much is changing for North America. Not much I hope!

  132. “Tony puts on Dark Side of the Moon when he buys a new stereo !”

    Any boomer-age PF fan will tell you that’s the way you always test any new sound system 🙂 🙂 (And that was a fun part of that episode)

    PS OAI is still the number 5 top selling album on Amazon US. Not bad for an album out for almost a month.

  133. Angela, you will be able to see just fine where you are!

    Like you, I hope that the setlist doesn’t change too much. I really want to hear Echoes and High Hopes. My son is hoping for Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb. Based on the setlists from Europe, we should both be happy!

    I have only seen David in person once, way back in 1975 in Hamilton. Funny, I remember that show like it was yesterday.

    Echoes was the encore that night. Interesting, the arrangement being played on this tour blows away the one played back then. The song has a lot more intensity now.

    You were wondering about restaurants. The Hard Rock is going to be packed before and after the shows, so I’m planning to avoid it. The benefit to it, of course, is that it is so close to the theatre.

    Actually, my son really wants to have dinner at the Keg Mansion, so that is our plan. The food is good (steaks primarily), and the atmosphere is great, as the building, at one time actually was a mansion!

    I hope you enjoy your trip to Toronto (my home town that I left many years ago).

    If you need any advice at all, I’d be pleased to assist.

  134. thanks for the link to the interview rudders . very interesting 🙂

    peace
    Linda

  135. Sorry, guys. Slight technical problem, there. I hope no one jumped on the first plane to New York thinking the show is tonight instead of tomorrow. Glad to see you’re on your toes, anyway. (So you do pay attention, after all!)

  136. [Hi Linda, hope you’re having a good one. There’s no information about the next single, other than it will be ‘Smile’. As soon as the details come out, they will be shared with you all. – Features Editor

    sorry fet ed i thought the single release had been sorted . please convince that powers that be not to forget the little island next to the UK and put the single out here 🙂

    peace
    Linda

  137. >

    I was close, believe me! Pay attention? We live for every word…especially this close to the show!

    [Hi Terry. Trying to be super-efficient, I wrote tomorrow’s blog entry in advance, which must have decided that it would be good fun to overwrite today’s entry to confuse everyone. My mistake and my apologies for any concern caused. – Features Editor]

  138. Dearest Fed,

    Since my last idea for a t-shirt might have offended some people, I’ve been trying to think of something new. The last thing I want to do is offend, especally, David, Polly and the band. I have great respect for all of them. I was just thinking of putting davidgilmour.com blogger, and was wondering if I would be opening myself up to legal problems, due to copyright laws, or God knows what. Do you know if this would be ok?

    Thanks
    ~Erin

    [I don’t, i’m afraid. On the one hand, it’s free advertising for the site. On the other… – Features Editor]

  139. “Sorry. Just venting a bit, didn’t mean to get anyone so upset. I could have worded it better, I agree. I think that personally attacking me is uncalled for, though. I realize people are flying from all over to see a show, but not all of us can afford to pay a ton of money to see an idol play and it gets a bit frustrating. Anyway, just my two cents. I seriously didn’t expect to upset so many of you and I commend the FE for posting my comment. But, I also didn’t expect the attacks, so I don’t think I’ll post anything else here. BTW, I love the new record.”

    If I may say so, your comment was worded as personal attack on David, so you shouldn’t be surprised if it ticked people off. But you apologized, and I apologize to you in return. And don’t feel you can’t post here anymore. Honesty is a good thing (I’ve certainly been at times honest to a fault in this blog myself). So as long as you are honest but do not attack you will have plenty to add to the conversation. Heck, even if you didn’t like the album you’d still have a welcome voice, so long as you could explain why you didn’t like it without turning your critique into an attack (like so many music critics do).

    The FEd has a good point too. The last person to criticize David for not visiting his hometown called David something really insulting (I can’t even bring myself to use that word in the same sentence as David’s name), and some of us are still a bit on edge over that. So again my apologies for overreacting.

  140. Not me! I missed the fact they weren’t playing tonight completely!

  141. Mike: I agree that religion and free thought SHOULD go hand in hand. I do not mean to knock anyone’s beliefs, and certainly not when a belief system makes someone’s life better. Christianity, and most other religions, offer some of the best ideas ever put forth. I highly object, though, when religion is used as a weapon. The “fat cats” I referred to in my earlier post are doing just that, as are folks like Pat Robertson. How it is possible to read the Bible, or the Torah, or the Koran, and use it to justify pure hate, I will never understand.

    Mike, keep doing what you are doing. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re wrong. You have found something that makes your life better without hurting someone else, and that’s what really matters.

    As for people who tell you to change your ways and do what THEY do… those people are not your friends.

  142. [Beats me, but I noticed that here has been more Floyd on TV over the last couple of years. – Features Editor]

    Regarding the above Rick gave Nurofen the go ahead to use a rerecorded Clare Torry and Great gig in the sky, also Heartbeat an english cop show set in the sixties????? played one of these days on the show, funny that considering its from the seventies ,researchers tut tut. RTE an irish tv station used run like hell as its late night jingle during the eighties.

    RGds Geoff Duffy

  143. Cheers to the editor for a premature blog posting correction! Haha your the best! Now on to my question….are there any plans to keep the blog going after the tour?

    [I want to say “You’ll have to wait and see”, but even I’m getting bored with that now. So, yes, we’ll keep it going beyond May and see what happens a bit further down the line. – Features Editor]

  144. “Sorry, guys. Slight technical problem, there. I hope no one jumped on the first plane to New York thinking the show is tonight instead of tomorrow. Glad to see you’re on your toes, anyway. (So you do pay attention after all!)

    Posted by: Features Editor at April 3, 2006 06:17 PM”

    I’ll admit to having a few paniced minutes double checking my show tickets, train tickets and hotel arrangements. The suspense is building to a fever pitch amongst my mates and I as we anticipate the RCMH show on 4-5. We may try to hook up at the Heartland Brewery w/Angelo et al (thanks for the heads up on a preshow scene!!)

    Seeing David Gilmour live is a lifelong dream of mine. He is one of the finest guitar players (IMHO)on the planet. I rank many of his solos in my top ten list.

    Hope to meet some of you in New York.

    Steve Drebber
    Vermont, USA

  145. [Hi Terry. Trying to be super-efficient, I wrote tomorrow’s blog entry in advance, which must have decided that it would be good fun to overwrite today’s entry to confuse everyone. My mistake and my apologies for any concern caused. – Features Editor]

    i noticed that fet ed . i wondered why there was a new post that was there on the front page of the blog and then did a disapering act . i was going mad trying to find it again . i kept refreshing the page over again . i was even thinking the blog had picked up a virus . you are a right eejit are’nt you but all of us who post like you in spite of it ( or maybe that should be beacause of it ) 🙂

    peace
    Linda

    [That’s one of the kinder words, yeah. No one has to post the not-so-kind ones, by the way. – Features Editor]

  146. [Mike, keep doing what you are doing. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re wrong. You have found something that makes your life better without hurting someone else, and that’s what really matters.]

    I second that. Mike, the CORE of Christianity, or philosophy if you like, is one of goodness and respect. I love that part. I wish all people would find it in themselves to truly live that idea.

    But we don’t. I love the idea, but I don’t think it is truth. Therein lies a personal dilemma. Anybody following the true message of Christ (I usually find that many Christians dont even know the bible themselves which I think is pretty sad or dont understand the underlying message) is following a good, humane path.

    Best,

    Clemens

  147. Hello,

    thank you very much Rudders for the link Q107.

    Here,in Italy,we don’t have many opportunities to hear authentic and interesting interviews!

    What a strange life !we all loved PF sound and now we have two bands with PF sound…What’s about DSOTM? What do you think about? I have a dream….

    Ksss
    diana

  148. I feel obligated to apologise for my posts Features Editor – I though many would identify with my views and rational intelligent discussion would ensue – I was wrong. I wouldn’t have posted them in hindsight and would turn back the clock if I could. People obviously didn’t understand what I was conveying – it frightened them and their well trained brains went on defensive mode; causing them to fixate only on my views about religion and science. I certainly wasn’t trying to convert the converted – no chance of that.

    Other people have chosen to interpret elements of my views with a form of pseudo Sorieties paradox. The systems has brainwashed the masses well – no surprise at all. My core views weren’t about religion; they were about the system. The system that the working class operates within. A system that the ruling class uses to enslaves the working class – religion is but one of the tools used by them. The very system that has irreversibly damaged the environment for carbon based life forms on earth. The End.

    Hysteron proteron

  149. Michèle.

    Yes I had a good weekend…. walked barefoot along the sandy shores of Lake Ontario…:-)

  150. All this religious stuff is a bit too heavy going for me, all the same I’m interested to read these views you good folks are expressing.

  151. To Hysteron proteron:

    No offence mate, but I think I understand your views perfectly. I think we have made at least some valid points considering your theory/truth whatever. But you turn away from that, having a kind of monologue. If you think that discussion is only possible if everybody totally embraces your views there would not be much of a discussion.

    Besides that, I don’t really admire people who, beforehand, dismiss my views as ‘part of the defensive system’, or ‘brainwashed’. You can always use that argument and not go into discussion.

    But, still, you have got me interested. Tell me about this system. Who are the ruling class? When did they arise? What is their goal? What is your own story in this?

    You should know, since you seem to have loosened yourself from this system. Like I said before, show me the third dimension mate. I will go with you unprejudiced.

    I’m waiting.

    Best,

    Clemens

  152. researchers tut tut. RTE an irish tv station used run like hell as its late night jingle during the eighties.

    RGds Geoff Duffy

    thats the first i heard of that and i am irish, then again i was only in my teens in the 80’s 🙂 are you irish as well geoff ?

    Hysteron proteron i can;t speak for anyone else who posts here but i come here to have a little bit of a giggle and talk about football or david or any other light subject . if i want serious debate i feel there are other message boards or blogs to go to . if that makes me stupid in your eyes then so be it .

    i don’t wish to censor anyone but maybe religion is not a good topic of debate here as it seems this is one subject no one can agree to differ on . it is the same anywhere i have seen religion debated recently not just this board . that my 2c worth anyway .

    fet ed spoke thusly : [That’s one of the kinder words, yeah. No one has to post the not-so-kind ones, by the way. – Features Editor]

    thast why i chose eejit fet ed . i did’nt want to slag you off too seriously . would i ever post not so kind ones ? ( cue innocent look 🙂 )

    peace
    Linda

    [Good, because I have your IP address and could ban you in an instant. You’re treading thin ice by supporting Manchester United, so watch it! Only joking, mate. You know I love you really. I’m still blaming the blog, though. – Features Editor]

  153. Hey, I’m glad that this is being talked out and I really didn’t mean to offend anybody. But, posting a comment like I did, what do I expect?! I was feeling jealous when I made that comment, I guess! And, I saw a video of David(I also should have known better than to call him Dave!), doing “Whats, Uh The Deal” in Hamburg(?) and it made me sad! So, I say we all drop this negative crap!

    “[Good point, Pete. How about Dave from Chas & Dave? – Features Editor]

    John,

    From me anyway – no problem. To fully accept your apology though I want a Dave from you that makes me laugh as the one above.

    Pete – Coventry”

    I don’t get the Chas and Dave reference,but I’ll give it a try!

    Maybe I really meant Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s?

    Or maybe I really meant Dave Thomas from SCTV?

    What about “Dave’s Not Here, Man”?

    Or Dave Foley From “Kids In The Hall” fame?

    Anyhow, glad we can make Peace. It’s really too silly a thing to fuss about.

    [Glad you changed your mind about posting again, mate. Chas & Dave form this unique Cockney musical act that’s very much identified with London pub culture. It’s not terribly serious, but they do have a cult following in the UK. If you click your name below, you’ll see them. Don’t ask me which one’s Chas and which one’s Dave, though. – Features Editor]

  154. Two more days… Radio City Music Hall… David Gilmour… Yes, i am excited…. Upset that i was not able to see David during the Meltdown tour (us) but the DVD was More than welcome… Live8 was a treat… flawless … smiles … memories… hope… no longer marooned…

    Should be a memorible concert… It’s hard to say that Wots…Uh the Deal is my favorite Floyd song now that it is being played for the first time live… but it is… Only if it could be played on Wednesday… Green is the Colour would be nice as well… Look at that, i spelled Coulour right… I heard Flaming AND!!! Dogs today on XM… How bout that –

  155. I honestly believe that David does not take any offence to negative comments made.He knows where he’s at and is at peace with himself and all things around him,although there are things he would like to make better as per his fovourite charities. Just listen to, and observe him, during his rendering of Sonnet 18 included in the Meltdown DVD.Brings peace and contentment to my soul.

  156. Okay, I’ve resisted the impulse to comment as long as I can. I’ve enjoyed the various viewpoints on religious beliefs and its pros and cons and the best advice I can offer is to get as many different viewpoints as possible, read, read, read, there are many fascinating books on all varieties of religious beliefs. Look at people, if you see someone that looks at peace with themself ask them some questions and listen to their experience and viewpoint. That is how I am trying to introduce my daughter to religion, not as one path, but many roads to the goal of inner tranquility and to the virtue of good deeds for others in the world. Religion can be a comfort or a weapon, it is not inherently one or the other, it is the choice of how humanity employs the concepts.

    Now to something completely different, if the Gilmours are bringing the kids to Toronto, a trip to the zoo is a really good idea. Toronto Zoo doesn’t have many cages, it has lots and lots of property and allows the animals to roam. If the idea of a zoo isn’t a total abomination, then this is one of the best in the world. Also the Science Centre has lots of hands on stuff for kids to do right from the little ones, to more advanced things for the 12-14 year old kids. My child and our friends’children are never disappointed with these two outings.

  157. [ooh Clemens . . . . . you’re a glutton for punishment . . . .]

    Hehehe… If I will be punished by God, at least I wont be the only one… It will be a big bbq, with all those millions of Muslims and Hindus etcetera… Dont you just love barbeques? It would seem to me that the Devil will give the bigger party (considering that not even all Christians will go to heaven)…

    But before I get punished he better explain to me why. He has a lot of explaining to do if He truly exists. And I will have some good questions waiting for that moment.

    Best,

    Clemens

  158. Nice to see you back John, peace is duly made 🙂

    As for Chas and Dave, probably best you don’t know about them mate!

    But if you want to you can buy the ‘best of’ album for £5.99 (or whatever that equates to in US dollars)
    it contains such memorable (?) gems as

    Rabbit
    Gercha
    Snooker Loopy
    Margate
    My Melancholy Baby

    Bet you can’t resist eh?

  159. one more day and i cannot wait, enjoy the show those of you who are going tonite, bring on the music mr gilmour and band, i am ready

  160. thats the first i heard of that and i am irish, then again i was only in my teens in the 80’s 🙂 are you irish as well geoff ?

    Hi,

    They certainly did use ” Run like hell’s” guitar riff at night on RTE. It was when they were showing the line up for the forthcoming day.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy Dublin Ireland

  161. Finally, an honourable mention to that basin-headed behemoth, Dave Hill of (Ambrose) Slade:

    ‘Oi, Noddy – where’s me Cip-a-Soup?’

  162. Oh nooooooooooooooooooooo 7 days until Chicago.I can’t wait hard sleeping now.I have one ticket for the April 12th. show.I am not a scalper.My sister who also lives in Florida was going with me BUT SHES HAVING SOME PROBLEMS AND CAN’T MEET US.So I hoped to help someone out.I would be devistated if I didn’t get a chance to see Davd.I hope somebody sees this and gets in touch.Anyway meeting my other sister from Utah and at least 2 of three siblings make it.

    Okay so my e mail is jupplut53@yahoo.

    Florida Steve

  163. Why is OK for Mr. gilmour to try and sell T-shirts and so on as memorabilia,but someone tring to get an autograph for the same purpose is harrasing him.

    [Perhaps because David’s not hanging around in a gang, smacking your kids in the face with his tour programme as you take them to school? David’s not the one selling this merchandise. At the risk of letting the side down, I’d say that David probably doesn’t care all that much if there’s merchandise or not. It’s there because we’ve been told that fans want it. They are free to take it or leave it. It’s not being forced on you. Besides, you just admitted that the people trying to get autographs are doing it for the money! People are going to attack you now, mate. – Features Editor]

  164. you know us so well dear F’ed . . . .

    2 words Steve . . . . “piss off”.

    all I can say is . . . you must be young . . . (and perhaps sell autographs for a living . . ?)

    I’ll not say anymore as it is evident that anything further would simply be lost on you.

    geeeeeeeeeeez F’ed . . . . . I skip my morning tea just this once . . and look at me . . . I’m actually growling while I type . . .

  165. I did say “piss off” STEVE . . . didn’t I . .???

    [You did. – Features Editor]

  166. Dear David:

    I went to London to see you at Live 8. Great. Worth all my effort to get there and a kings ransom to see the show. Thanks for playing with the guy’s.

    I went to both Radio City shows. I can’t believe they are over. Please release a DVD so the memory will never fade and I can go there again and again. The shows were wonderful. To see a master at play in this beautiful building was like nothing else. I live “On An Island.” Long Beach Island, NJ. When I am home and tired, it’s good to warm my bones beside my outside fire pit and hear the waves crash against the shore and listen to your music.

    “Thank You,” for playing again live and making this record.

    All the best,
    Gregg Bartels

  167. “Imagine no religion
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunder
    a brotherhood of men”

    Oh, and by the way.. I understand Clemens’ subtle mockery of certain “paranoid” statements regarding working class vs ruling class. But must you really ask who’s the ruling class? Isn’t that so very obvious? Of course it is the very, very small group of people who own half of the money in the world. Inform yourselves!

  168. [Oh, and by the way.. I understand Clemens’ subtle mockery of certain “paranoid” statements regarding working class vs ruling class. But must you really ask who’s the ruling class? Isn’t that so very obvious? Of course it is the very, very small group of people who own half of the money in the world. Inform yourselves!]

    Hi ED, no chance of anybody reading this because its so many days ago, so I’m going to sneak in a little of this old debate back in :). You could ask me, “whats the use?” and then I say “I have no idea” but hey, sometimes things just don’t make sense LOL.

    Bart, yes I agree. There is a small group of people having much money (compaired to the rest of the world) and they also seem to make the desicions.

    But, is that a product of the ‘mindless’ capitalist system (which works with unequality and competition) or is it a class with a specific agenda? This was the thing I was mainly criticising. I don’t believe in that ‘specific agenda’ speculation. Its too much of conspiracy theory to me.

    One thing they may have in common is abuse of power and people. But that may just be a by product of a market system that does not work on socialist principles…

    Ok, break is over, back to work it is for me…

    Best,
    Clemens

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