Gibson Amphitheatre

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Previously the Universal Amphitheatre, the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk is now a state-of-the-art indoor venue with a great track record.

Opened in 1972 as an outdoor venue, it saw legendary open-air performances by the likes of David Bowie, Elton John and Frank Sinatra. A decade on and Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa and Rod Stewart would perform beneath its new roof in a theatre truly built for amplified sound.

It also regularly plays host to high-profile awards shows and fundraisers.

With seats for more than 6,000 people, it is a testament to the designers that all sight-lines are excellent, the acoustics are superb and no seat is further than 150 feet away from the 70 foot stage.

If you’ll be in Los Angeles on 20 April for David’s 20th show from the ‘On An Island’ tour, have a fantastic time and do let us know how your night goes.

If you’ve been to this venue before, please share your thoughts with those who may be visiting for the first time so that they know what they can expect.

One thing you should note is that, if you’ll be visiting by car, you’ll have a ten-minute walk through Citywalk to reach the Gibson Amphitheatre, so please make sure you arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to find your seats.

Have you all seen the latest photographs in the Galleries? More coming soon.

David will be talking on Sirius Satellite Radio tomorrow at 3PM ET, so now’s the time to get yourself a free three-day pass. You want Channel 18, The Spectrum.

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'.

132 thoughts on “Gibson Amphitheatre”

  1. The Gibson Amphitheater is a great place to see a show. Even if you are in the Loge or the Mezzanine, you still feel close to the action. The sound is excellent. It can get loud, but it’s not unreasonably loud. You’ll be able to hear the next day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m looking forward to seeing David play here…as well as the Kodak.

  2. To everyone attending the shows in California….

    You wont be dissappointed! The show in Chi-Town was outta this world and something I will remember forever. David and crew put on a wonderful performance that will be in my mind forever. Just like when I saw Pink Floyd in 1994 at Soldier Field. I can still remember that night like it just happened. It was so special even when it rained and it was like a gift from the heavens.

    One of the special moments I had at the show on 4-13-06 at Rosemont was when David was introducing the band members. He went through everyone then the last one he did was Rick Wright. The audience went crazy and gave Rick a standing ovation. It brought a tear to my eyes. Then The band went into the song “Smile”. Talk about a very emotional part of the show…it was great! Well im sorry if I said to much, and I wont say any more to spoil anyones time. I will just say…..Have a great time!!!!

    Thanx again David, Rick and the rest for a most enjoyable evening in Chicago.

    Bob Fasano…..Worth, Il

  3. Hi bloggers – have a great time at the show! You’re in for a treat, trust me.

    Edwina, I SWEAR you put that info up about Sirius the minute I posted it. Really. :-p

    Click on my name below for an article about David from Jam Showbiz and the Toronto Sun.

    (ps – to whoever was wondering if Guy’s married: he is! so just like David, we unfortunately can’t go chasing Guy around the blog in our underwear, dammit).

    xo
    Deborah

  4. ‘Ticket sales for the night that David invited Eminem to sing ‘Great Gig In The Sky’ were frankly disappointing…’

    [Can anyone else see faces in the seating? Three and a half sets of evil robot-like eyes. You can tell which is the leader (second from the right), because he has devil horns. (He’s also the only one with a mouth, which seems like a good reason to make him leader…) And before anyone asks, no, I haven’t been taking any drugs. – Features Editor]

  5. 3 TICKETS AVAILABLE TO OAKLAND’S SHOW AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATER APRIL 17 — SEC: ORCH, ROW: MM

    If anyone out there is interested please contact me soon as I will probably just do the ‘TicketMaster Ticket Exchange’ Sunday if no fellow DG bloggerheads need them. The cost of each ticket was $95.75 plus the TM fees.

    […]

    I’ll post again later in any case.

    I hope that I’ve just made someone’s day a little better!

    Peace,
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  6. 4-13-06 Chicago was a day to remember! My first time ever seeing Dave live!! I’m only 29, so I never had the chance to see Floyd as a whole, but this was close. Echoes, and the Comfortably Numb solo were just insane!!!! Maybe after the tour, and Water’s as well (07?) we will see the dream? For those too young to have seen the Pink Floyd as a dominant force back in the day, please come together and let us die in peace.

  7. Ed/Edwina wrote: Can anyone else see faces in the seating?

    Honey, you need some sleep. BAD. Cut yerself some slack.

    (now playing: “Hot Burrito #1” by The Mavericks, from the Gram Parsons tribute CD)

    xo
    Deborah

  8. [Can anyone else see faces in the seating? Three and a half sets of evil robot-like eyes. You can tell which is the leader (second from the right), because he has devil horns. (He’s also the only one with a mouth, which seems like a good reason to make him leader…) And before anyone asks, no, I haven’t been taking any drugs. – Features Editor]

    I knew I shouldn’t have looked; I’m too stoned to deal with it.. but ARGH I see them!

  9. The leader is REALLY scary. ๐Ÿ™

    Mean F Ed. I’m going to have nightmares.

    [Sorry, mate! – Features Editor]

  10. I checked out Sned’s Stuff and Nonsense and was wondering if it is going along the same theme here. Where do you comment there, I must be blind or something. Todd’s photos at NY were excellent, my fave is the green pyramid upside down,at the top of David’s head. That’s a keeper. Welcome aboard Sned, Im sure you’ll keep Fed in line.LOL. P.S. Any photos from Massey? It was pretty tight there to get closeup shots. Hi Roofer and everyone.

    [You don’t comment there, Frank. That’s actually for us to comment on what happens here! There will be more photos. We’ll let you know when they’ve been added. – Features Editor]

  11. Woo Hoo! 6 days and counting! I’ll be at the Gibson! I saw Pat Benatar and Styx there about 5 years ago. It is a nice venue (from what I remember). And I second the Fet ed’s comment… get there EARLY so you you can be seated and quietly ready for the show!!!! I know… it’s a rock concert. I’ve been reading some of the comments from people at the shows about loud/drunk people. I HOPE the Gibson is different. Woop it up between songs, but lets HEAR the music!!!

    Also, being the last show in the US, if you feel like extending the already 3-hour show or having a repeat of the New York special guests- I certainly wouldn’t complain!

    Have a great show and I’ll see you there!!!

    Tim

  12. I just got back home to Kansas City after flying into Chicago to see last night’s show at the Rosemont Theatre. I have been a huge Floyd fan for half my life (I’m 29) but have never experienced them live. I was particularly excited that it was David Gilmour’s show I was seeing, since to me, he IS the band. I’ll never forget hearing him sound the first few notes of “Castellorizon,” and then the spotlight is thrown on him, and bam!–there he is, dressed all in black with that black Strat, looking down and to the right like I’ve seen him do in videos so many times. I could not believe I was in the same room with him.

    Anyway, I’m sure the setlist has been posted, so I’ll spare you a repeat of that. It was such a treat for me to hear both “Wots … Uh The Deal” and “Coming Back To Life” performed–I could be (and probably am) wrong, but I think that’s the first show where both of those songs were played. They are both in my top-10 (heck, probably my top-5) Pink Floyd songs of all time, and both sounded great! For me, “Coming Back To Life” was the highlight of the whole show until the encore.

    All of the On An Island album was fantastic, of course–David really got a great sound out of that sax on “Red Sky At Night.” And “Echoes,” how cool was that? I thought it would probably be an abridged version or something, but I’m pretty sure nothing has been left out! And I loved on “Shine On” how David sang the verses accompanied only by himself on guitar; it was a great touch. The real highlight, of course, was the encore–what can I say that hasn’t already been said? Everyone sang along to “Wish You Were Here,” and there are no words to describe hearing “Comfortably Numb” being performed in front of you. I can’t imagine any show being as meaningful to me as this one was. Thank you, David, Richard, Guy, and the entire band, for giving us the thrill of our lives!

    (On an unrelated note, I think the merchandising guys missed an opportunity by not selling shirts that say, “DIDN’T THEY DO WELL?” I know I would have snatched one up!)

  13. I have a huge favor to ask of anyone who was at the Chicago Rosemont show last night — if anyone would be willing to part with their ticket stub, this huge fan would be humbly thankful. I got my Island flat signed at the hotel upon departure but had since lost my ticket. Would love to frame the set!

    What a night to remember, thanks to this site for great posts, great people, and an opportunity to share our voices.

  14. And before anyone asks, no, I haven’t been taking any drugs! – Features Editor]

    We know, but you should.

    fine job in spotting that Eddy.

    George

  15. Looking forward to the Paramount in Oakland, 2 nites. What an outstanding new album.

    TimE

  16. FEd,

    If you look again they all have mouths – from the horizontally cast light and shadow, so each block becomes a face. The first face on the left is my fave because the nose is almost sideways on…almost Division Bell imagery (without the mouth) ๐Ÿ™‚

    N

    [Yeah, good point. I still say the leader has the best mouth, though. He’s practically snarling. – Features Editor]

  17. Just checked out the pictures from RCMH and…

    My God ! what a light show. Used to design lighting for stage productions in a prior life (sadly had to decamp in favor of Corporate America) but continue to be a devoted fan of Marc Brickman’s and David Hersey’s work over the years.

    Can’t wait to enjoy this more fully on the DVD. There’s probably enough material on there to keep me gasping in wonder for some time !!!

    Thanks DG and co. as always for the music, and so much more.

    Nisha

  18. So, as is typical every now and then with concerts/events, a friend of mine can’t make the (4/19) WEDNESDAY night 8pm show at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA.

    So, I’m looking to sell a mere one (1) ticket for that show, which will be the seat next to mine. 2nd Mezzanine, Row A.

    I’m merely looking to recover the ticket cost plus TM fees. Cash only please.

    Email me at thisisevan@hotmail.com if you’re interested.

  19. [And nice to see that he’s not just the ‘Voice and Guitar of Pink Floyd’ but the ‘Soul’ as well! – Features Editor]

    Come on, Features Dude…we already knew that!

    Hi, Lucia! Be sure to read Polly’s book of short stories, Lying in Bed. The story Lucky is especially intriguing.

    I second Deborah’s motion for David to come to Atlanta. We southern gals can be right charming and hospitable. And, as she pointed out, we aren’t prone to bad concert behavior: all that hooting and bellowing or getting obnoxiously drunk. Not usually, anyhow.

  20. [David will be talking on Sirius Satellite Radio tomorrow at 3pm ET, so now’s the time to get yourself a free three-day pass. You want Channel 18, The Spectrum.]

    hey fet ed . i will go and sign up for this right now but can you tell me the time difference between 3pm Et and irish time . i always get my underwaer in a knot trying to work this out .

    i like the look of the gibson ampitheatre and wish everyone going there an enjoyable gig .

    by the way thumbs up to whoever put the instrumental version of this heaven on the sites main page it sounds cool .

    i hope this is’nt too late to make theese comments . i was reading the interiview and gig review form the toronto sun dated 9th and 10th of april . if i might make a comment what annoys me slightly is the following part of a paragraph from the gig review : “Gilmour is 60 years old now, and when he first walked onto the stage he looked like any unidentified labourer who could be raking leaves in your backyard. Balding, with a slight paunch” . i have not seen him on this tour so i can;t really comment on what he looks like and even if i could being a large person myself i would’nt be so rude . the way david looks or what age he is surely has no bearing on what his music is like . as i understand the idea of a review it is to say the concert was good or bad beacuse of whatever musical reason , however it was a good review of his music which is good . i just don;t like it it when reviews make personal comments . what ever david looks like he is still the guitar god to me and many more like me ๐Ÿ™‚ read the interview from the 9th of april as well as i agree with him about the comments he makes about chart music .

    now before i get into trouble with fet ed again i am off to look at the tour gallery and sign up for the satalite radio i promised myself i would’nt make any more bitchy posts and look what i did . i think i am in bad humour due to a certain football result ๐Ÿ™‚

    night fet ed !

    peace
    Linda

    [I don’t blame you! What a terrible result… Look, now you’ve got me being bitchy! Anyway, moving swiftly on, I think there’s a five hour time difference, so it will be on at 8pm in the UK and Ireland. I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong. As for the articles you mentioned, then what can I say? These ‘journalists’ are just idle, jealous nobodies. They need to write x number of words to fill a page, and they don’t have anything interesting or intelligent to say, so they focus on the trivial. The joke’s on them, because we read their work for free. – Features Editor]

  21. Hi Gabrielle. I emailed you regarding the tickets for the 17th. hope it reaches you in time. Ill be attending no matter what but I would love to upgrade my tickets.

    Larry

  22. In response to…..

    David will be talking on Sirius Satellite Radio tomorrow at 3pm ET, so now’s the time to get yourself a free three-day pass. You want Channel 18, The Spectrum.

    Here is how to get the the free three day pass:

    1. go to http://www.sirius.com
    2. Click on “Get Sirius”
    3. Then click on “Plans”
    4. And finally on “Free Online Trial”. You have to then sign up in the guest section for a trial password which is emailed to you before you can listen.

    Hope this helps anyone wanting to listen to DG on US satellite radio tomorrow.

    Cheers

  23. Iโ€™ve been to many shows at the Universal/Gibson amphitheatre including a few by someone who also likes to play Pink Floyd tunes. You probably know who Iโ€™m talking about! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Itโ€™s VERY important to remind folks it takes awhile to park get thru the Citywalk and get thru security and to your seat. I strongly recommend folks get there early! Not to mention the traffic in LA on a week night! Mr. Gilmour has been starting his show very close to the published start time. My ticket says 8:15 but Iโ€™ll be there far earlier! I also know how us folks in California think it is stylish to arrive late but this is not the show to do that!

    I canโ€™t wait to see this show; I heard a review from a fan on XM radio after the Chicago show and he really raved about itโ€ฆabout as much as the fans on this site!

    See you there Iโ€™ll be the big guy in the front row orchestra wearing a Pink Floyd shirtโ€ฆIf you see me say hi!

  24. Wow im suprised how few know. Guy Pratt is married to Rick Wrights daughter Gala. They married shortly after The Division bell tour. So Guy gets to enjoy touring with his Step Father!! Im not positive on the exact date, but I think it was October of 96 at the Shepherds Bush? Correct me if im wrong! That would make a 10 year Anniversary this coming October. Congrats Guy! Also forgive me if I know to much and seem pathetic. Carry on.

  25. [Can anyone else see faces in the seating? Three and a half sets of evil robot-like eyes. You can tell which is the leader (second from the right), because he has devil horns. (He’s also the only one with a mouth, which seems like a good reason to make him leader…) And before anyone asks, no, I haven’t been taking any drugs. – Features Editor]

    There must be something wrong with me, because I can see exactly what you are talking about.

    How much you want to bet a wider angled picture would show that there’s one of these evil monsters for every band member. They look hungry too, so Leno’s show might be the last time we see David and his merry band before they wind up in their bellies.

  26. My Fiancรฉ and I are flying to Los Angeles from Albuquerque, NM thursday morning to catch Mr. Gilmour’s show. I think the album is brilliant and I cannot wait for the show!!! I know that he and his band are going to dilver a superb performance! I’ve been waiting to see Gilmour for a long time, and I am thankful that he chose to come to the US. However, I do have an organic chemistry exam the day I come back from the concert, but I will study on the plane ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. I have tickets for the Gibson Ampitheatre show. Mine say Obstructed view. I’m in Loge 10, row V. I can’t figure how that’s an obstructed view.? Any help from venue veterans.

    P.S. I’ll trade my silk concert jacket from the Wall tour (Nassau) for Orchestra seats!

    Really, anyone who can give me a heads up on what the obstructed view is?

    Pink

  28. [Can anyone else see faces in the seating? Three and a half sets of evil robot-like eyes. You can tell which is the leader (second from the right), because he has devil horns. (He’s also the only one with a mouth, which seems like a good reason to make him leader…) And before anyone asks, no, I haven’t been taking any drugs. – Features Ed]

    That is really wierd, because I did see that, before I read what you wrote….However…I do hope it dosn’t look like that to the band, I want them to be comfortable. I’ll project some peaceful vibes just incase there are any bad ones drifting around..LOL

  29. I was waiting for this post…. 6 more days, I can’t wait! We’ll definitely be there early; who else is going?

  30. Fed Ed,

    Hey me and mt mom both saw it and I haven’t used drugs for a while now HAHA! It looks evil but cool.

    So anyone going to the Gibson that is from out of town. It is the best place to see the show. No bad seat in the house. The sound is incredible. I have seen show at both the Kodak and the Gibson and I must say the Gibson is much more initmate.

    Also Citywalk is a site in itself. Give yourself time to soak it all in.

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca USA

  31. Excited as ever for the show in Oakland. I have heard some great things from everyone about the performances so far and I can only say I know I will get to hear David and his guitar!!! I love that there are variences to live performances which will make the one I see unique.

    Thank you, David for creating such wonderful music and sharing it with us across the globe.

    I promise to do my part to keep our environment and our Mother Earth in a healthy functioning state. After all…she will take it back some day…

    Slater
    Bay Area, California

  32. Dave, Rick, it will be a pleasure to see you once again! By some miracle I got a ticket to the Oakland show Sunday. If you’re open to suggestions The Narrow Way and Drop In From the Top would be a treat to hear. So would Echoes (of course).

    If you come back again, consider playing the South Bay at Flint Center De Anza College, Cupertino (near Apple Computer). Excellent sound, small venue, safe, close to home.

    Shine On
    John…….San Jose

  33. I saw the show in Chicago on April 12th. I am 32 and I am a die-hard Pink Floyd and specially David Gilmour fan since I was in high school (I hardly listen to anything else!!)

    I grew up in Iran so I never had a chance to see any live performace from Floyd or David. It was my first time. And a dream come true.

    I went to the show with high expectations. What I got was BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS. It was the greatest experience of my life. I probably annoyed couple of people because I could not stand still on my chair and keep quit!!!:)
    To those who are going to Okland and L.A. shows: I envy you!:) I wish I could follow the band for the rest of the tour. You guys are going to have A GREAT TIME!!! It is a great show.

    I want to thank David for making my dream come true. I fill I can die now and rest in peace!:)

    I would like to thank Richard Wright, Guy, Phill and the rest of the band for such a great performace. You guys were amazing and played from your heart.

    And finally many thanks to Features Editor for tireless effort. This is great blog and you are doing a good job to keep everyone pumped up!:P

    So whoever you are, thank you! I enjoy reading this.

    Roozbeh
    from Minneapolis, Minnesota

  34. [Can anyone else see faces in the seating?}

    Good one Fed!!! It may make for a fun sound check before the show!!!

    To all you West Coasters….Enjoy!!!!

  35. Not sure what Weetabix and Horlicks are but I hope I’m not one of ’em.

    [Weetabix is a wheat-based breakfast cereal in the form of big biscuits. It’s really tasty with banana and milk (obviously). I wouldn’t drink Horlicks if you paid me. It’s this malty stuff you mix with hot milk… Just writing about it makes me feel sick. Thinking about the manufacturer makes me sick too, but that’s for another time. – Features Editor]

  36. Hi all,

    Just wanting to say yes I can also see faces & same goes here I’m not on drugs or any thing else but yes your right there are faces.

    Got to go I’ll post more Later.
    Luv 2 all, from Eclipse

  37. Okay wow! All I can say about the 4-13 Rosemont show is “spectacular!” Great theater, too. David, if I could I would wrap my arms around you and tell you “thank you!” for playing Echoes, and wow did you ever! The drums and bass reverbated through my feet all the way to my head…just incredible. And Rick Wright just seemed to be ethereal. I loved every minute of it, truly I did. THANK YOU!

    Love,
    Elizabeth

  38. HEY BLOGGERS WHO LIVE IN CHICAGO…

    HOW IN HELL CAN YOU STAND THE TRAFFIC? We got on 55 south at 3:30, and after an hour had barely gone 2 miles. Horrific traffic. Had fun though, just can’t stand gridlock traffic.

    Elizabeth, whose 4 hour drive home turned into an 11 hour one.We couldn’t take another minute on 55 south, and instead took some back roads and ended up 1-1/2 hours away in the wrong direction! grrr

    David the ticket price was worth every penny.

    Love,
    Elizabeth

  39. Ed/edwina, I do see the faces in the picture of the Gibson. Had to look for them, though. Don’t think you’re off the hook, though. I still think you were imbibing on something when you first saw those faces.

    And now I’m writing to David, because he is said to read this blog. Your music, David, has always been special for me. For my 11th birthday, someone gave me “Animals” as a gift (this person went into a record store and asked “What’s new?” Animals had just been released that very day, so that’s how he picked that particular record to give me). I’ve been a fan of your music ever since.

    I am a writer and not a musician. Your music has always had something to say to me. No, I’m not talking about the lyrics, although they are generally great. There is something about the way you play guitar, the way you make it sing, that speaks to some part of me that nothing else has ever reached. Your solos make me understand that someone else has experienced the same emotions that I have had, that someone else has struggled with the same things and been to the same emotional places. And, at times when I’ve found myself down, your playing has been just like a reassurance from a long lost friend: “I understand, I’ve been there, I survived and so will you.” I don’t know how to explain it, except to say that one or two notes from your guitar have more to say to me than all the many words of any lyricist.

    Anyway, David, I just wanted to thank you for 29 years (since the day I first heard “Animals”) of truly touching performances. Thank you for speaking so clearly through your guitar. And, thank you for speaking out for causes that you care about.

  40. [Can anyone else see faces in the seating? Three and a half sets of evil robot-like eyes. You can tell which is the leader (second from the right), because he has devil horns. (He’s also the only one with a mouth, which seems like a good reason to make him leader…) And before anyone asks, no, I haven’t been taking any drugs. – Features Editor]

    morning fet ed . i was looking at the picture last night about 01-00 thinking what the heck is he seeing . i must have been too tired to see the robots . i am about 2 hours out of bed so i have not had time to booze or dope and i can see what you mean now .

    it is reassuring that i am not the only one seeing strange things in that picture ๐Ÿ™‚

    peace
    Linda

  41. Hello,

    Is anyone able to tell me what time 3pm ET will be in the uk? thanks.

    [I think 8pm, but you’d better check online. – Features Editor]

  42. Damn! Only one roof ๐Ÿ™‚

    And please take a moment to remember all the Football fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough Disaster 17 years ago today… RIP… ๐Ÿ™

    [Indeed. 96 needless deaths. – Features Editor]

  43. Hello, Saturday bloggers! Looking forward to the Sirius interview today. FEd, thanks for the tip about getting a three-day pass. At first I was depressed that I was going to have to miss it.

    Also, I can’t wait to see David on Jay Leno. Normally, I can’t stay up that late but will have to make an exception to see Pink Floyd’s heart, soul, guitar, voice, conscience, and all-round beautiful human being, David Gilmour.

    (How goofy that someone as inane and ridiculous as Tom Green is the other guest.)

    And so, adieu…until my next post which may happen in a short while seeing as it’s Saturday and I’m at home alone, unencumbered and unsupervised, with a computer and a big cup of coffee and liberal talk radio going (Gilmour/PF listening to come later) and no real plans for the day. Ahhhhh…..

  44. [Can anyone else see faces in the seating? Three and a half sets of evil robot-like eyes. You can tell which is the leader (second from the right), because he has devil horns. (He’s also the only one with a mouth, which seems like a good reason to make him leader…) And before anyone asks, no, I haven’t been taking any drugs. – Features Editor]

    Welcome to the machine Fedmeister… you are now a Jedi… ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. GOOD MORNING ALL BLOGGERS OUT THERE AND GOOD MORNING TO YOU F ED, THANKS TO ANDY FOR AGREEING TO MEET UP AT ALBERT HALL AS I WOULD BE BILLY NO MATES, WELL I WAS JUST READING YET ANOTHER BLOG WITH SOMEONE ASKING FOR THE FULL FLOYD TO TOUR SO HE CAN HAVE A CHANCE OF SEEING THEM , I SYMPATHISE I REALLY DO YES BEFORE ANY ONE ASKS I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE THEM, BUT YOU HAVE GOT TO ASK YOURSELF WHERE DOES IT ALL END EVERY GENERATION IS GOING TO WANT THE SAME THING ( TO SEE THE FLOYD), I THINK WE HAVE TO ALL ACCEPT THAT FOR DAVID GILMOUR THAT IS THE PAST, I MEAN HOW BLESSED ARE WE THAT HE IS ON THE ROAD NOW AND NOT JUST A NOSTALGA TRIP (SEE HYDE PARK LONDON)HE ACTUALLY HAS NEW MATERIAL AND THE BEST OF IT IS HIS NEW ALBUM STANDS UP THERE WITH ANY PAST FLOYD ALBUMS, WE HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS NEW MATERIAL AND A FEW CLASSICS, AS MR GILMOUR HAS SAID HE MISSED CHANCES WITH HIS FIRST CHILDREN I THINK HE HAS EARNT THE CHANCE TO SEE HIS NEW CHILDREN GROW UP, LETS ALL UNDERSTAND HE HAS MOVED ON AND APPRECIATE WHAT HE HAS GIVEN US IN THIS TOUR, OR WOULD FLOYD FANS OUT THERE REALLY WANT FLOYD TO BECOME LIKE THE ROLLING STONES JUST CHURNING OUT THE OLD STUFF AS HE SAID HE HAS NEVER ROAD THAT PARTICULAR GRAVY TRAIN AND I FOR ONE AM GRATEFUL FOR THAT FLOYD ARE A BAND THAT KEPT EVOLVING IT WOULD BE SO SAD IF THEY STOOD STILL NOW AFTER ALL WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE VOICE AND GUITAR OF PINK FLOYD, SORRY FOR THE RANT F ED BUT I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS WE ARE SO BLESSED TO STILL BE GETTING QUALITY LIKE ON AN ISLAND, IF IT DID HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE THEN GREAT BUT IF IT DOES’NT THEN GREAT TO , THE MAN IS 60 AND OWES US NOTHING, SEE YA ALL AND SORRY TO ANY I HAVE OFFENDED WITH THIS.

  46. Quick question for anyone out there……..was Coming Back To Life played on the 12th of April in Chicago? It appears it was played the following night along with Fat Old Sunn and Wot’s….uh the deal. The night (12th) was truly a dream come true.

    [No, it wasn’t played on 12 April. You were there, you should be telling me! – Features Editor]

  47. Hi To all David Gilmour & Pink Floyd fans,

    I have been listoning to Floyd for the last 20 years. Not a day goes by I don’t liston to them. When I saw Dave in Chicago on April 13th, it was like meeting the almighty!!! I just couldn’t believe that it was happening for real. When I first saw at the center stage kicking off the On an Island song, tears were in my eyes, the time had stopped ticking, I wanted to freeze the moment for ever. To me he is one of the most important person in my life after Sachiyo (my fiance). I just couldn’t believe when he played the Echoes, I would have never thought that I will see David & Rick playing Echoes live ever…it felt like winning a lottery….. Long live David Gilmour, god bless him…I hope he lives for 100+ years and entertain his die hard fans for many many many more years to come. I will never ever ever forget the night of April 13th, I will re-live that night for the rest of my life……….thanks David for making the day one of the most precious day of my life……Neil

  48. evil robot-like eyes? devil horns? leader? Sometimes I have really great difficult to understand you! Strange people! But I love you as you were normal! You know I’m joking! I don’t love you! LOL!!!!! I’m joking again! I really love but I don’t think you are not normal! Or maybe…yeah, you are crazy…but in a good way! ok! I lost myself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks everyone for giving me tips for buying Polly’s Book. Look forward reading them!

    Besides, there was someone who speak about the same bell in Fat Old Sun and High Hopes….I like thinking is not just a coincidence! But it is, and maybe it will remain a mystery! Anyway, they sound in a magnificent way! Sure that, if David, FEd, Polly or who you want give us some explanation…we will be very thankful!

    HAVE A GREAT DAY! HAVE A GREAT EASTER! Do you eat chocolate eggs in easter too? I love chocolate!!!

    Peace and love

    L!

    Roberto: Happy listening to an italian friends! So…when I can’t understand something…you could translate it for me!!! GREAT! Jokes apart! really happy listening to you! Ti saluterรฒ Roma con molto piacere! Are you from Rome? Where do you live now? A presto!

  49. hi fet ed . this message comes to you because i went to get my mobile phone which was lying on my bed prior to my afternoon perambulation along the coast near where i live and stopped at my computer in my office . i should be out walking now ! o well give me a few more minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

    rudders spoke thusly : And please take a moment to remember all the Football fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough Disaster 17 years ago today… RIP… ๐Ÿ™

    as a soccer fan may i just say that those who died in hillsborough will not be forgotten . i hope what ever team you support you will take a minute to remember that god awful day and those affected by it .

    i will be set up to listen to david at 8pm fet ed . thanks for the help . thanks also to movado for telling me what station to click onto . i have listened to a bit of sirus this morning and boy does it beat the usual crap music radio stations we have in dublin .

    randy ekstrom spoke thusly : Wow im suprised how few know. Guy Pratt is married to Rick Wrights daughter Gala. They married shortly after The Division bell tour. So Guy gets to enjoy touring with his Step Father!!

    i was going to post that fact last night but i thought it might be looked on as prying into guy’s private life too much . i read it in a Q magazine article on the division bell tour in 1994 so it is in the public domain . if i might be so rude as to put my pedantic hat on , rick is actually guy’s father in law not step father ๐Ÿ™‚ pedantic hat is now taken off . must be wierd though to play on stage with the father of your wife ๐Ÿ™‚

    fet ed spoke thusly – As for the articles you mentioned, then what can I say? These ‘journalists’ are just idle, jealous nobodies. They need to write x number of words to fill a page, and they don’t have anything interesting or intelligent to say, so they focus on the trivial. The joke’s on them, because we read their work for free.

    could’nt agree more . i read an book by the late great freddie mercury’s personal assistant peter freestone who said that freddie mercury thought all music crtics were failed muscians and could only view the works they were asked to review from thier own jealous perceptions and that an artist themselves should always give of thier best and usually k knows when he /she /they have performed well or badly . i largely agree with this . the review i quoted form was a good one musically and at least that guy listened to the music . i have read marillion reviews where you got the impression the reviewer could’nt be bothered to listen to what he was meant to be reviewing ( usually as marillion are not deemed fashionable enough ) and just reviewed the music from an out of date image of the band . i’ll shut up now as critics are another thing to agrivate me ๐Ÿ™‚

    i found an interesting live album a friend gave me ages ago . david gilmour live 84 . i am not sure if it is an offcial relase however when i come back form my walk i am going to give it serious ear time !

    i’m off for a nice walk by the sea now .until later fet ed . have a good day as the american people say ๐Ÿ™‚

    peace
    Linda

  50. simons emery spoke thusly : SORRY TO ANY I HAVE OFFENDED WITH THIS

    you have’nt offened me thats for sure . i agree with you . i never got to see the floyd live and i don’t expect to . i salute david fully for not trying to make millions out of the floyd by doing a nostaligia tour with or without roger waters . surely that shows the intergrity of the man also i think he has the right to be with his family . a band can;t stay in the same place or else it stagnates .

    to those who have seen david this on tour : i hope you enjoy what you have seen and heard or are going to see and hear .

    anyway i am off for my walk now properly .

    peace
    Linda

  51. Hey FEd!

    I saved Gibson’s picture in my mac and then I made larger. Then I gazed it for half hour! First, I didn’t see anything…but now I can see everything you want! I’m so hypnotized and tired to gaze that I can see your devil and your robot too! I go out for a walk! It’s better! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Bye bye!

    L!

  52. Fed,

    I saw the faces right away…and heard the voices…Satan and his dudes mocking me….”WHOOAAA AH HA HA HA!!! DON’T ‘YOU WISH YOU WERE HERE?!!!'”

    (pause for groans)

    No ticket yet….I don’t think it is gonna happen.

    I hope Gilmour and band get a decent block of time on Leno…looking forward to it.

  53. [Can anyone else see faces in the seating?]

    Hey, that’s great! Maybe they’ll gobble anyone who gets out of line during the show. Mmmmm Mmmmm good!

    [That’s just wishful thinking on our part, Joseph. – Features Editor]

  54. Sorry, can’t see any faces. Whats everyone going on about? I feel left out. Explaination please. Is it anything to do with Rod Stewart? When he was in the Faces!

    Ian Pearson

    [Look right into the centre of the picture. Now look up, and ever-so-slightly, to the right. Do you see what appear to be two horns sticking out at the top (with a ball of fiery light in between, possibly just hovering there ready to be fired at someone)? Once you see them, look down. Two eyes? A nose? A snarling mouth? That’s the evil leader. There’s another to his left and two to his right (well, two and a half, because the picture chops one of them in half). That said, upon closer inspection, I noticed that you can see extra faces in between the ones we have already discovered. So if you take the leader’s left eye and the right eye of the robot-thing that’s to the leader’s left, you get a whole new one! After that, I just stopped looking, because you don’t know where one stops and another starts. – Features Editor]

  55. FED: “Have you all seen the latest photographs in the Tour Galleries?”

    thanks, Fed. those are some of the best concert photos I have ever seen. I hope Polly took some at Massey Hall so I won’t have to regret the “no-camera” rule for preventing me from taking my own shots (which could never in a million years measure up to hers). For those who ever doubted her art and for those who insist on belittling her work with the “caption competition,” take Fed’s advice and check out those shots. Amazing. congrats, Polly. I’m now a fan of yours too.

  56. Can’t wait for the Gibson show. Being that it is the last show of the North American tour, I wonder if anything out of the ordinary is planned. Certainly I wouldn’t be disappointed should the show be just like what I’ve read (which I’m expecting of course) I just hope that there isn’t a reoccurance of what happened in NY.

  57. Landed in the bay area last night and the crappy weather is following me around.

    hey F’Ed how come youre featuring Gibson when Paramount is up next? Or is the Paramount nothing to write home about? Well, its going to be special on Sunday and Monday anyways ๐Ÿ˜€

    I have a question for the folks who’ve already attented the concert — are they disallowing cell phones with built in cameras inside the hall?

    And one for any bay area locals : Is the traffic and parking in Oakland downtown particularly bad on monday evenings? Im wondering if I shud drive or take the BART(BART isnt terribly convenient from where Im staying)

    [Because the Paramount has already been covered. See the 31 March entry. – Features Editor]

  58. >>”I saved Gibson’s picture in my mac and then I made larger. Then I gazed it for half hour! ”

    You probably want to do the opposite to see it more easily. Either step back from the screen or make the image smaller.

  59. I love Todd Kaplan’s RCMH photos. Thank you for helping me remember that splendid night….

    Were any of you bloggers outside Radio City on April 4th? While I was standing there transfixed, just staring at David, instead of saying “Hi, David…it’s Becky from the blog!!!”, someone asked him what kind of speakers he uses at home. Does anyone remember what he said? Does anyone have photos from that wonderful little interlude?

  60. Hi Fed…by the way thnks for answering me to the football preferences of mr gilmour..it got nothing to do with this blog so you were very nice not to send me to get the hell out..

    Two things…i havent seen any picture of mr gilmour using his red strat..i guess he isnt and he wont right?…and i dont know if that has happened but it would be great if mr gilmour played money on the next gigs…it can sound great also in small venues..as it did in the about face tour…

  61. FEd!!! kingzorghh!!!! I see them! Fantastic! I gazed the picture for long time and I start to be disappointed and angry….suddenly…I see everything! I’m so happy! I fear I lost all my imagination! But I take too time…I need to practice my imagination more and more!

    Thank you, mates! Very funny!

    Have a great evening!

    L!

  62. Dan,

    I have an extra ticket from the Thursday show. I thought I had lost the original and ticketmaster had another at the will call for me so I have 2 from that night. Would be happy to send you one. Email me at […]

    Question. Where are the pictures from the Chicago shows? I can’t seem to find them.

    I will say again I think Coming Back to Life should be played every night. I will say again Take a Breath is a classic Live Song. I would guess On an Island title track will be played on Leno but if there is anyway to pull it off Take a Breath would blow people away.

    You people in California are in for a treat. Enjoy. I will say it again because I can’t say it enough, THANK YOU for CHICAGO!!!!!!!!

    [Give us a chance to develop the bloody photos first! They’ll be here soon enough. – Features Editor]

  63. The robot on the far right has a lazy eye and the one on the left next to the leader is singing ‘Ave Maria’.

    This is why I don’t really NEED to take drugs.

    ps – David Gilmour, this link below is for you (The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, hint hint)

    xo
    Deborah

  64. oh my bad on the pictures. I thought they were digital and already posted. No problem I can wait. Thanks!

    [No problem, mate. – Features Editor]

  65. Hey! I just bought Polly’s book, “Lying in Bed” and “Out of the Picture” by Amazon! I hope she wrote them with an easy english! Last english book I read was “the Gormenghast” trilogy: 950 pages!!! TOO MUCH! At the end, I was so tired!!! So I bought the Bbc movie, to discover what I couldn’t understand with english words! But the Bbc movie is not all the trilogy but just ’till Steerpike died. So, at the end, did Titus go back in Gormenghast or not?!!! Someone could say me?

    I’m sure Polly’s novels will be as good as Gormenghast! Or better too! And I promise I read very carefully!

    Ok! I now I leave the blog and, for today, I won’t came back! But I know I won’t able to resist!

    Bye bye!

    L!

    [I hope you enjoy them. Start with ‘Lying In Bed’ because that is a collection of short stories. – Features Editor]

  66. kingzorghh,

    The BART is the easiest way because it stops right at the Theatre. However there is parking as well. Bay Area traffic sucks, an that’s an understatement! However if you get there at 5 to meet us all at Luka’s that will help =) If not, just give yourself PLENTY of time. If your staying in or around the city give yourself a minimum of a hour.

    See y’all Monday. I hope it will be the best yet!

    ~Erin

  67. I’ve seen at the Gibson, among other bands, The Violent Femmes, Styx, Pat Benetar, B52s, Steel Pulse and Doyle Bramhall III sitting in with Snowy White et al. In the “I’d rather be lucky than good” department, one of my friends is a writer on the Leno show — so I’ve got those tickets lined up. Another friend of mine works for the House of Blues — so I’ve got really excellent seats (still had to pay the frieght, but worth every penny). City Walk parking is a drag — one possible alternative is to take the Red Line and walk up the hill to the show! Amazing how many folks posting here have “MySpace” profiles!

  68. HOPE ALL THE FLOYD/GILMOUR FANS ENJOYED THERE TIME WITH MR GILMOUR AND BAND BUT I AM COUNTING THE DAYS UNTILL THE ALBERT HALL STILL MORE THAN A MONTH TO GO TIME IS SURE DRAGGING, ARE THERE ANY FANS COMING OVER TO THE UK TO SEE THE SHOWS IF SO LET ME KNOW I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO FANS FROM THE US OF A WHO ARE COMING OVER AND ALSO GET THE INFO FROM FANS WHO HAVE ALREADY SEEN HIM OVER THE POND,HOPE TO HERE FROM YOU THANKS A MILLION FOR THE HOTEL ADVICE F ED BOOKED A NIGHT SO ONCE AGAIN YOUR ADVICE IS INVALUABLE, WHEN IS THE NEWS LETTER STARTING LOVE TO ALL FANS , MR GILMOUR AND F ED KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK , TIME SURE DRAGS WHEN YOUR WAITING

    [I don’t think there’ll be anything sent out until after the tour, Simon. – Features Editor]

  69. I HAVE TO VERY GOOD TICKETS FOR ALBERT HALL IN VERY VERY GOOD SEATS IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SWAP THEM FOR MANCHESTER TICKETS FOR THE SIMPLE REASON LONDON IS 4 HOURS AWAY AND MANCHESTER IS LESS THAN AN HOUR AWAY, IF YOUR INTERESTED GET IN TOUCH ON […], QUALITY SEATS I PROMISE, HOPE F ED DOES NOT MIND ME USING BLOG FOR THIS I AM NOT TRUING TO PROFIT JUST A STRAIGHT SWAP SEE YA

  70. Just got back from Chicago after seeing the show on the 13th! Man, what a night! We got lost going to the venue, but made it just in time. Then I find out that parking is $15, and none of us had any cash! OH NO!!!! Luckily, I keep a blank check, and begged the attendant to let me write a check, which she did! Thank God for that, otherwise we would have been really late looking around for an ATM and the traffic around the venue was BAD.

    Anyway, we get into the venue, and I realize…I FORGOT MY GLASSES AT THE HOTEL!!!!!! &*(^&^$^%$&%*&Y*(&)(&

    I couldn’t believe it!!! My vision isn’t that bad, but I couldn’t see the facial expressions of any of the musicians. Half the fun is watching Dave make those faces while he is soloing. Oh well… on to the show.

    The venue was filled with fog as soon as we entered, the stage was not visible due to the thick fog (until the light show started). Then the opening soundscape to Castellorizon started, I felt some tears coming on. But, I played it off as to not embarrass myself. Dave came out and played a wonderful solo. The rest of the album was good, not great. And not because I don’t like the album, I love it and have every part of it memorized. David seemed to have missed a few of the chord changes in some of his solos for the album, but made up for it in the second set. If you didn’t have the album memorized, you probably wouldn’t have noticed this.

    The sound in the venue was LOUD. I thought it was a little too loud in that I couldn’t make out the individual instruments. Guy’s bass and Steve’s bass drum drowned out the keyboards totally.

    I have to say though, I enjoyed Take a Breath live much more than I ever have on the album. I think that, Red Sky at Night, and A Pocketful of Stones were awesome live and the highlights of the first set.

    During the intermission, the guy in front of me, probably around my age, around 25, was loosing it. He was completely in tears with his head in his lap. I talked to him and told him to hold it together because the next set is going to be even better! We talked about what songs he’s been playing and how long we have been fans for. I think it was the first time I met someone who felt the same way about Floyd as I did. I kept telling him I knew exactly how he felt!

    Then came the next set…the G minor chord on Shine On…instantly recognizable. This next set was WOW….all the minor complaints I had about the sound and the minor goofs in the first set totally disappeard. The sound instantly became amazing, and Daves solos, each and every one was spot on. I guess that makes sense since Dave has been playing songs in the second set ALL HIS LIFE. I wish they had played Wearing the Inside Out instead of Coming Back to Life, but the crowd really got into that song. Lots of people were on their feet and dancing. Wots…was a very special treat. Rick was great in his solo for this one. I felt like the band was warming up for the second set during the first one, and man, were they on fire with it.

    Echoes was EXTREMELY cool. David cut the opening solo kind of short, as they have done with the album edits on the compilations. The funky part was awesome, as was the interaction between David and Rick. Rick was making that hammond growl like he was poking a lion with a stick. The part after the noise section was amazing with Rick playing his old farf organ. Sounded just like the album. Steve really played the hell out of his kit during this time. And then the lasers kicked in, all over the place…you just have to see it to believe how cool it was. This better come out on DVD.

    Comfortably numb was great, and it seemed like Rick really copied Roger’s parts well. I hate it when people sing Roger’s parts and miss what made them great, like when Roger sings “I do believe itโ€™s working. Gooooooooood”. Rick sang it perfectly. The solo at the end of comfortably numb was one of the best I have heard, and I was totally expecting it to be. Dave improvised a little here and it was very nice. The guy in front of me who was emotional during the intermission, just totally lost it and ran out of the auditorium overcome with emotion…he just could not take it!! It was that awesome. I was hoping to talk to him after the show because he took some great pictures (without a flash) and I wanted him to email them to me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find him.

    Over all, the experience was worth the $450 I spent to make it there, probably more. I am really hoping for a DVD since I wasn’t able to see the musicians as clearly as I wanted.

  71. Wow! Now the extra tickets are flying around everywhere!!!

    In my possession are two tickets. One each to both shows in LA. This is now an embarassment of riches…in January I was feeling sorry for myself for not having any tickets and now this?

    I’m excited…but I don’t want to gloat either. I didn’t even want to post this here feeling bad for those of you who never got tickets, but I just want to say the tickets are definitely out there!

    If anyone is tenacious enough (and can dig deep enough in your pockets for the travel expense), you will find the tickets. I should mention that I got them at the regular price, too. This is one helluva year…

    A big fat thanks to my wife for not just allowing me to pursue these ticktes but to spend the cash to travel to California for the first time to see Gilmour again!!!!

    Now that my plans are solid, I really want to hook up with people before those shows. I’m from NYC and know nothing about LA except what I see on TV and read in the newspapers. I’m going to rely on you fans out there to guide me…

    California, here I come…..

  72. Hello! I thought I would be moving from the bay area & didn’t buy a ticket for either of the Oakland shows. Turns out, I didn’t move & am worried that I’ll miss the show.

    If anyone has an extra ticket (I just need one) to either tomorrow night or Monday night’s shows, I would be happy to take it off your hands. Feel free to email me at: dan@thepunches.org

    If I have no luck on this message board, I’ll be the one hanging out in front of the Paramount (rain or shine) with a sign saying “I Just Need One Ticket”.

    Thanks in advance!

    Dan Punch

  73. Posted by: kingzorgh

    “Landed in the bay area last night and the crappy weather is following me around.”

    Nah. This weather has been here for 3 months and just won’t leave. 28 out of 31 days in March: rain. 14 of 15 days in April: rain. Same for February./ It just won’t leave.

    Posted by: kingzorgh:

    “And one for any bay area locals : Is the traffic and parking in Oakland downtown particularly bad on monday evenings? Im wondering if I shud drive or take the BART(BART isnt terribly convenient from where Im staying)”

    Click link in my name to see parking (and other info) around the Paramount. Beyond those lots, parking on the street isn’t that easy, and if you get too far away from the Paramount a wee bit sketchy. More problematic than parking is traffic. The highways around Oakland will be clogged solid. Basically 4 or 5 big highways converge in Oakland and the toll booths for the Bay Bridge compound that hell. BART is my suggestion.

    Hopefully this weather doesn’t put a damper (no pun, honest) on the band’s enthusiasm. For some reason, in 2006 the Bay Area has been seemingly consigned to live the life of Pacific Northwestern community, a la Seattle or Portland. Where’s our Cali sunshine gone?

    Welcome David and crew. We’re so happy to have you back. See you on Sunday.

    Cheers!
    Peter

  74. [Can anyone else see faces in the seating? Three and a half sets of evil robot-like eyes]

    You’ve been watching too much Dr Who!

    [I wish I could say that that is my excuse! I can’t blame drink or drugs. Sleep deprivation, perhaps? – Features Editor]

  75. PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!! PLEASE DAVID, PLAY IN BRAZIL !!!

  76. I just came across Rick Wright’s EPK for his Broken China album and suddenly I wondered: Was there ever any thought of doing a song from the album? I liked when the song Breakthrough was performed at David’s shows in 2001. Beautiful song I might add.

    [Well, it’s David’s show, after all. Richard does get to perform his song from ‘Division Bell’, of course. – Features Editor]

  77. quote ” if i might be so rude as to put my pedantic hat on , rick is actually guy’s father in law not step father ๐Ÿ™‚ ”

    Thanks Linda, please excuse my mishap. I need some sleep.

  78. i did’nt get a chance to hear the interview with david on sirus . does anyone know if like the bbc they have a re play service ?

    peace
    Linda

  79. Yes, Deborah is right, The FOX Theatre in Atlanta GA. would be perfect for Ya. How about 3 nights.

    Rick

  80. GUY LEFT THIS MESSAGE ON HIS SITE RECENTLY

    Thanks

    Thanks to everyone for your lovely messages over this tour. I wish I could reply to you all but I haven’t time.

    Thanks again
    xx
    Guy

    I Thought maybe some of you might like to see it on THIS SITE

    DAVE

  81. [Thanks Linda, please excuse my mishap. I need some sleep.]

    no worries i am often the same randy ๐Ÿ™‚

    peace
    Linda

  82. [Nah. This weather has been here for 3 months and just won’t leave. 28 out of 31 days in March: rain. 14 of 15 days in April: rain. Same for February./ It just won’t leave.]

    sorry but it is hard to feel sympathy when that sounds like normall weather for this time of year here in ireland ๐Ÿ™‚ nah just kidding i know that rain is an annoying thing . esepcially when you are used to better weather . i hope this won;t put you off going to see david play and that you enjoy the gig ๐Ÿ™‚

    peace
    Linda

  83. Evening F’Ed – just looking in to check that all is well in Features Editor land…..was too frightened to post in the latest blog as I’m not going to the Gibson show next week – didn’t want you holding grudges against me!

    Hopefully you can have a fairly restful Easter weekend – and some time away from the pc and us lot!!

    Happy Easter – take it easy on the choccy!

    [Thanks, Neil. The same to you. – Features Editor]

  84. “Yes indeed, I wish I was seeing David Gilmour at the Gibson Ampitheatre next week and I would be looking forward to it tremendously!”

  85. “sorry but it is hard to feel sympathy when that sounds like normall weather for this time of year here in ireland ๐Ÿ™‚ nah just kidding i know that rain is an annoying thing . esepcially when you are used to better weather . i hope this won;t put you off going to see david play and that you enjoy the gig ๐Ÿ™‚

    peace
    Linda”
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    I’m not looking for sympathy, but if I’m going to pay San Francisco’s stratopheric rental rates for sunshine, then by God…

    Actually, I don’t mind the rain at all. It’s just freakish for it to have lingered for this long. We normally get it in December and January, and then 10 mnths of sun and fog.

  86. Caption Competition:

    The Annual Symposium of Mouse Catchers had inadvertently left a large number of mouse-traps on the floor of the theatre…

  87. [I hope you enjoy them. Start with ‘Lying In Bed’ because that is a collection of short stories. – Features Editor]

    Lucia, the last story (by Polly Samson) is one of my favorites:”Lucky”.

    I enjoyed the collection. I need to pick up another copy…I lent my paperback out & doubt I am going to see it again.
    Recently, I made the pleasant discovery that Polly’s favorite living writer is Margaret Atwood…my all time fave too.

    I’ve been thinking more about that disturbing “snarling devil” image. It may be an omen. Perhaps David and band should cancel that gig and play elsewhere, at a safe distance from that cursed location like…um….Austin, TX. In fact, definately Austin. We could make accomodations for y’all on short notice.

    I previously posted emphatically in support of the limited tour. However, my motivation for suggesting this particlar change is purely, STRICTLY in the band’s best interest.

    (Fed and fans, no need to heap praise on such an altruistic idea. Having it followed through would be its own reward.)

    Jeanne
    Austin, TX

  88. BLOGGERS IN OAKLAND! DINNER OR DRINKS? LET’S MEET!

    Rich, BiGal, tp, Justin K., peter mcconnell, JAK from Denver, Richelle, Scott, Rolan, Slater, Kingsorghh…. and everyone else:

    EchoesBob, Erin from Sacramento, and I are going to meet at Luka’s Taproom in Oakland at 5:00 on Monday. PLEASE JOIN US! We’ll have some sort of small “Gilmour Bloggers!” sign on the table.

    Luka’s is at 2221 Broadway, just a couple of blocks from the Paramount. Link attached to my name down below.

    I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing stories!

    Best,
    Dave

    (F’Ed – I’ll probably post this again for each of the next couple of topics under which it’s appropriate to do so – the more the merrier! Thanks. Wish you could join us. We’ll take pictures.)

  89. David Warner,

    I hope you guys take pictures like we did in NYC. If you, or anyone else who met up in other cities, have pictures of your get together to share I would be glad to put them on the web for you.

    Assuming you weren’t planning to already. Captions and names would be helpful.

    Have fun!

  90. “I saw Pat Benatar and Styx there about 5 years ago…”

    And who were they there to see? ;)>

    As for the “Have a Cigar”request/comment…it’ll never happen…David never sang on that one..it’s a Roger tune, originally sung on the WYWH album by Roy Harper. Although David did contribute backing vocals in live versions…

    I’d like to thank the SNED/FED or whoever posted the article on David’s Sound/Lighting rig…excellent stuff! For anyone trying to get a handle on just how much work goes into these shows – givbe it a read…it’s quite educational

    Cheers…..waiting until the 31st…in fact, still waiting for my tickets! Trinity Street??? Where are youuuu???

    Terry Shea

  91. I’ve been looking forward to this show since December and I can’t believe it’s next week!!!! I’m going with my brother and two life long friends. We’ve been floyd fans since Jr high school and saw them together in 94 and also saw Waters in San Diego in 2000 toghether. This concert will make our floyd experience complete. I can’t wait to hear echoes again! Cheers to all and a big thanks to David for coming to Southern California. Tom, I’ll see you there as well my friend.

    Paul in San Diego..

  92. Fet Ed,

    I hope you have a nice, restful Easter (or Spring Equinox if you prefer). I know how you feel. I just finished a 13 hour shift after only getting about 2 hrs of sleep last night. What a LONG day! The solace is the fact I am only working 3 days next week (come on Gibson!). I’m sorry- I imagine you will be getting just Sunday off. Make good use of it!!!

    Tim

    [Sunday off? No such luck, Tim! – Features Editor]

  93. i notice someone told you to take it easy on the choccies over easter fet ed . i hope you have a good easter and don;t take it easy on the choccie . due to the fact i have to loose weight i can;t eat chcolate at all so i was hoping you would have my share ๐Ÿ™‚

    seriously though happy easter to you and yours and all my fellow bloggers .

    i hereby promise i won’t post until tuesday and give you a break fet ed . well i mean i will try not to post . this forum has become very addcitive ๐Ÿ™‚

    night fet ed !

    peace
    Linda

  94. Those faces are there, quite scary! I was working in an office block a few weeks ago doing what we call in the electrical trade as a mains changeover,whereby every fuse board in the place is changed for new. I was told a while ago that the place was haunted as two men were killed during construction in the 60`s. when we switched the power back on, we checked all the toilets,to make sure hand dryers and such like was working, and EVERY door in all 16 toilets had the waste paper bin put directly behind the doors, there was no way anyone could have put them there. REALLY SPOOKY!

    [That is scary! – Features Editor]

  95. Thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts for my uncle malcolm.

    I am so sorry for ranting as it is not like me to do this!

    Thank you again(and sorry at the same time.)
    Adrian

  96. Caption…

    Leering seats warn us that flatulence and flash cameras,equal evils for all attending,will not be tolerated during the show!

  97. I live a few minutes away from the Ampitheatre, yet have never been there. However, I do look forward to visiting there quite soon.

  98. “Yes indeed, I shall be seeing David Gilmour at the Gibson Ampitheatre next week and I am looking forward to it tremendously!”

  99. Hi FEd, sorry I tried to post my last comment to the “going to Gibson” page, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me….hope I’ll still get on the surprise list ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Holiday!! Patrick Eaves

    [No worries, Patrick. I’ve got you on my list. – Features Editor]

  100. I’m wondering if Bloggers are meeting somewhere before the Universal Gibson show??

  101. Guys,

    I’ll try and make it to Luka’s at 5. Shud be fun :/

    Are y’all doing the Monday show tho, cause thats the one Im going for.

  102. Thanks Fed for explanation for seeing faces in Gibson Theatre. I shall now look more closly at ALL photos you post, there might be secret messages in any future ones.

    Incidentally trust you are resting today, it being Easter Sunday and all that. Enjoy your eggs!!

    Ian Pearson

  103. Well spotted FED, is it your fear of the Red Devils that makes you see them everywhere?

    Sorry, I couldnโ€™t resist ๐Ÿ™‚

    HAPPY EASTER!!!!

    Lucia, sono di Genova. Per lโ€™inglese anche io faccio molta fatica, specialmente quando fanno giochi di parole, etc…sono strani vero? Perรฒ ho un trucchetto, quando ho bisogno, mi aiuta mia moglie che รจ inglese. Che strano scrivere qua in italiano ๐Ÿ™‚

    ciao

    [You could be right, Roberto! I’ll be sure to ask my therapist what he thinks the next time I see him. – Features Editor]

  104. HAPPY EASTER ALL THE TOURING BAND AND ALL FLOYD GILMOUR FANS OUT THERE AND A SPECIAL HAPPY EASTER TO YOU F ED FOR HELPING ME WITH MY HOTEL ACCOMADATION IN LONDON ABOVE AND BEYOND YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION IM SURE

    [My pleasure, Simon. – Features Editor]

  105. Happy Easter to Everyone in our DG Blog Family!!! Let’s not forget a Happy Passover to those of us who are not of the “Easter” persuasion.

    Happy Birthday to Grandpa Fedmeister as well!!

    Now, time to return to my chocolate bunnies…

    ….mmmmmm…. please pass the milk…..

    [Thanks, Angelo. – Features Editor]

  106. I woke up this morning with a craving for chocolate but can’t find anything anywhere….I need one of those frothy-double-chocolate-mocha-coffee-things to drink. What is that saying about failure to plan…? Hmmmm..maybe a mochacoffee-truffle…creme tangerine…montelimat….Arrrrggg! ok…mustgotostore.

    Happy Easter Fed&gang!

  107. Susan said “I’m wondering if Bloggers are meeting somewhere before the Universal Gibson show??”

    I can’t do any pre-show stuff, but what about after the show? I heard someone mention there is a Pink Floyd cover band playing down the street after the show? Anyone know anything about that? That might be a lot of fun. Also Susan, I’m drumming up volunteers to help play with my wife a bit… I will be wearing a “Zaphod Beeblebrox For President” name tag (if you are a regular blogger you will no doubt get the reference) to help all my blog friends recognize me as “one of theirs”. My wife says I she will pretend to not know me because of this. So if you see me (short guy, graying goatee, sitting in the back 40 somewhere, with a “Zaphod…” badge- should be pretty easy to ID) you can walk up and give me a huge hug as if we are long time friends. I of course will be caught completely off guard running into you and will fumble to introduce you. My wife has a good sense of humor and in fact knows I am working “something” up. I promise there will be no fits of jealous rage- just a good laugh.

    Fet Ed… I’m sorry you don’t get Easter off. Does that mean Monday is your day off? Well I assume by UK time it is late afternoon now so your work day should be nearly done (unless you are putting in a 13hr day like mine, or unless people like me babble on endlessly so that you have a lot of reading to do). Hey when you get a moment to rest, go pick up a copy of NIrvana Lounge 2 or Buddha Bar 4 (music from around the world mixed by a dj into a continuously flowing, very relaxing mix- perfect to unwind to after reading all these posts). They are a little expensive (well they are in America as they are imports here), but worth it. A friend at work just gave me Nirvana Lounge 2 for my birthday (April 29th)- I’m listening to it now and it is fantastic!

    Guy- how kind and considerate of you to not only read this blog and occasionally post, but to respond to someones’ loss! Wow! What rock star does THAT? (yes, I believe you qualify as a rock star- at least in OUR hearts!).

    OK Fet ed- I’ll shut up. Sorry to write so much- please don’t hold it against me with regard to your “little surprise”!

    Tim

    [No worries, Tim. I’ll only have Monday off if nobody posts, and I can’t see that happening! – Features Editor]

  108. A warm and fuzzy shout out to everyone, there are many religious celebrations throughout this time period and I wish everyone well in enjoying their festival. And for the rest, enjoy the long weekend. I love this blog and features editor, I am truly grateful for your continual updating. Linda, keep posting, Angelo you are a lucky son of a gun and to all the rest of the crew…love to all

  109. Only 3.5 days to go before the LA shows. I’ve been waiting my whole life to see ECHOES live, so I’ve been vibrating with excitement for weeks now!

  110. Open letter to Sir David Gilmour

    Iโ€™m writing this letter behalf of my entire family. ( 4 generation ) Just to say THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR MUSIC.

    My 73 year old mother have to enjoy you new CD because she still lives in Hungary and my husband ,son , daughter and I Canโ€™t wait to see you in Gibson theater.

    Zsuzsanna Marjai ( Grandma) Gabor, Tunde, Zsolt, Christina Vagi

    Ps: Iโ€™m a regular reader of this web-site but this is the very first time I ever written to Any celebrity.

    Thank You for the opportunity

  111. (alternate gilmour, you need some savoy truffle. you were working up to that, weren’t you?)

    Ed/Edwina dear – I know you work very hard and that we’re a bunch of blithering loudmouths, but I’m keen to know: would you prefer us to cut back on the bullshit and post only when we actually have something of substance to relate concerning David, the tour and the album? I’m not being facetious; I really am interested in knowing if you’re getting tired of us. It’s no big deal for me to mindlessly sit here and fire off three posts a day to you, but when hundreds of other bloggers are doing the same, well, it must get insane on your end. Did you ever think it would be like this?

    ps – happy easter to you and to anyone else out there doing the bunny hop

    [now playing: “Mudmen” by Pink Floyd]

    xo
    Deborah

    [I did expect it, because when you have a community and people get to know one another, it’s only natural that a wider range of topics will be discussed and that disagreements will inevitably arise. That’s life. But it can be particularly demanding keeping it all together at times, and I haven’t had a day away from the place since the site was born. We’ve been discussing where we want to take the blog. It’s becoming something of a ‘forum’, which is something we really didn’t want in the beginning (we’d have given you a forum if we’d wanted one and if we thought that certain fans could respect it, but with every respect, we wouldn’t even go down that road after the last time). The elements that sadly ruined the official Pink Floyd forum tend to pop up here from time to time, and with so many off-topic comments, many people have criticised the sheer volume of posts because often so few appear relevant to those who only want to read about the day’s topic – which is what the blog is all about. This is a fair point. That’s not to say that we’re not happy with it, or that we’re tired of you lot, because we are all very happy with it and feel that the characters who post regularly have made it the success that we feel it is. But in its present format, it does put great demands on my time. So we have some ideas and will put them into practice shortly. – Features Editor]

  112. For Adrian:

    I haven’t been on the blog for a week or so, so I am actually catching up backwards now, which is why I only saw your post now.

    My mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia as well, but in her case if was a frontal lobe dementia, which has a much faster progression than Alzheimers and is harder to diagnose. So by the time they finally knew what was wrong, my mom had already been ill for a decade and had lived on the psychiatric ward of a hospital for six months, because they thought she was crazy.

    This may sound strange, but since you can’t stop this illness it is good that you now know what it is. By the time we knew, my mother was already so far gone, there wasn’t much of her left to still share feelings or memories with.

    So listen to all the good people in this blog and do that while you still can Adrian. Give him lots of hugs too. When the dementia begins to take over sometimes a hug is the best way to still reach someone.

    My mom died of her illness only three years after she was diagnosed. Four months later my father died of a broken heart.

    Go hug your family and tell them you love them. Do it now. All of you.

    Adrian, I wish you a lot of strength

    Many many hugs,
    Bianca

  113. Attention fellow Bloggers:

    No posts for Monday 4-17-06!!! Not a single one! Lets give our beloved Features Editor a day off… especially since he/she is bound to get inundated on Tuesday!!!

    I’ll do my part…
    Tim

    [We’ll see, Tim. But thanks for that. – Features Editor]

  114. I am hugely looking forward to the Gibson show! David is by far my favorite guitarist, and his music has just touched me in so many ways. Glad to see the Gibson Amphitheatre is a good venue. Can’t wait!

  115. To Joe near L.A,

    Joe, I just purchased the 2001 Gilmour DVD and was also blown away by Breakthrough by Rick Wright. The guitar solo at the end mirrors some of the best work Gilmour has out there. Is the original from CD as profound??????

    Enjoy your night, I, albeit repeating myself am still coming down from Toronto’s show. Ping…

    Regards
    Jeb

  116. uh, wots the deal how about Childhood’s End to transport me to a show back in Chicago at the Amphitheatre during a DSOM tour back in 1973 the fog was rolling out for that song and how appropriate to be obscured by clouds my most listened to album. Everyday I go to work I drive up a spiral listening to David’s angelic voice

    You are you and who am I say we know the reason why, some men born and some die, beneath one infinite sky but even if I can’t hear that one

    I also remember a concert that same tour in Cayhuga Falls Ohio, Pink Floyd came on stage during the sunset and there were four clouds in the sky and two were red and two were pink David wailed what seemed like the whole time but especially during One of these days, which was the encore, but alas my favorite Pink Floyd concert was my first in 72 during the Echoes Tour I went the first morning they were on sale at the evergreen park mall ticketmaster outlet and scored two 3rd row tickets at Chicago’s Auditorium theatre no less, I must be Irish, the seats were right in front of Dave and he took me on a trip which still astounds me to this day

    Echoes was Estactic and it Echoed and Echoed and as DG would go deeper into his realm, just when you thought he reached the edge, he would go further and further into a stratospheric extravanganza, the way he pulled those strings, higher and higher was so beautiful, he can cut into a guitar with so much precision like no other living human being alive, his playing is so melodic and so psychedelic

    I can’t believe that I am going to hear Echoes again and I can,t wait until the Gibson Gig I hope David and Rick go to war during Echoes and may no notes be left floating !!! Echoes is Coming back to Life !!!

  117. I just had to add one more past concert before commenting on the anticipation of On An Island, the most haunting Guitar I ever heard was Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour from the 3rd row playing Careful with that Ax, Eugene> Talk about mind numbing my goodness that jam that nite could possibly never be topped by anyone. Pink Floyd was so great because of the interaction and greatness of Dave, Roger, and Rick, of course Nick was a great percussionist. okay a couple of blasts from the pasts. The fourth and last time I saw Pink Floyd live was in Phoenix during the publicised Last time DSOM tour which was the 2nd set, standing out however was the opening of the concert with Shine On you Crazy Diamond What a tribute to Syd. I think we all must thank Syd, because I think Pink Floyd never would have got off the ground without him to get the venture started into space, and of course David would have never been asked to step in. I always liked Davids Guitar work, and then came OBC, before that it was a nice pair which was nice but at that time Pink FLoyd was searching in space and the universe is so Big, during OBC I thought Mr. Gilmour is growing leaps and bounds, and then along came Echoes, and his talent exploded exponentially, by the time of DSOM, Sir David was pure magic and refined by time, he was and is the favourite guitarist of mine and always will be. He had such courage to continue the band after Roger split and I admire him so much for keeping Rick’s spirit up during the break up. I always thought that Rick was such an integral element of PF and am so happy that Dave and Rick keep colloborating. There is somehting so magical when the Lead Guitar and the keyboards integrate, accentuate, and intertwine with each other. I have seen all the Great bands Live and Belive me no one has done it better than Dave and Rick !!!

    Go ahead and name them who were better, not Yes, ELP, LZ, Who, actually of all the bands Hawkwind came the closest, but none of them were in the same galaxy as PINK FLOYD, due to Dave and Rick, the only one who you could say was better was JIMI, but alas no keyboardist could really keep up with him, so it still leaves Dave and Rick as the Greatest Combo alive, not only alive but in the past and probably forever and their touring now, what, with new super mellow material, I can’t wait to hear On An Island, Children again, on rusty playgrounds getting Higher !!! on the CD at the end of the song Dave and Rick get into a jam and then the song fades away, I look forward to the Live Jam of OAI taking me higher and higher and on and on. I am having trouble sleeping at nite in anticpation of this tour, I really Love the lyrics of OAI especially the title song and I just want to Thank Dave and Polly and the rest of the Band In this life their are only a few days that are perfect. Here is a toast to Dave, Polly, Rick and the Band for gracing us with the On An Island tour and perfection. Please pull out all the stops on the 20th at the Gibson, how Ironic the Strat most of the night and the Gibson for the Gibson during the encore, to all DG and FLoyd fans while I’m Comfortably Numb, I’ll be thinking, Wish you were Here, well maybe One of these Days!? Truly Yours, Binson Echo Recorder (Binechorec)

  118. Jeb, throwing in my two cents here.

    Breakthrough on Wright’s album s nowhere near as profound in my opinion. All due respect to Sinead O’Connor (who sung the lyrics on the album version), the live version was how the album version should have sounded…in my opinion..

  119. Just read Deborah’s post and your response. Good points all around. Set the boundaries and we’ll respect that. Maybe we should send you on a holiday somewhere…?

    ..damn, now I’m off topic….

  120. [many people have criticised the sheer volume of posts because often so few appear relevant to those who only want to read about the day’s topic – which is what the blog is all about]

    Hi F.ed, I read your post and felt a bit rubbish to be honest. I don’t like the thought of you being stuck in front of your PC all the time, especially during holiday time ๐Ÿ™

    When I set up my website I got a free message board with it, if you like I can put an extra section on there for the ‘nice’ people here to use.

    There are ways and means of getting rid of rabid floyd fans before they course to much bother. For example it is possible to make certain sections by approval only, maybe that might help.

    I take it you can see my email address, if you want me to look into doing this for you please just ask, I really don’t mind at all.

    The offer is there if you want it but don’t feel obliged at all, just a suggestion to try and make life a little easier for you.

    [That’s OK, Veronica. It’s always a pleasure to do this, so please don’t take offence, but changes will need to be made soon. Several ideas have been thrown around, so we’ll see what we decide to do in the next week or so. – Features Editor]

  121. Throwin it out there, hopefully to not be thrown out!

    I don’t mean to be a downer here but with the recent passing of my mother at the early age of 53 my sister and myself have fielded some bizarre takes on what should be etched on her tombstone. I should add that my mom was a Pink Floyd purist start to finish. None of the nonsense mattered it was the music, always the music. It was her influence that shaped my musical identity. The problem is this, many that knew her also knew her favourite song to be Shine on…. Her own life albeit gifted was marred with extreme personal pain. Is it the cheesiest thing to even consider engraving Shine on… my mom’s grave. My sister and I are very much interested in the opinions of outsiders on this matter. I shouldn’t say outsiders because everybody here with few exceptions seem to be very opened minded. Any opinion would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards
    Jeb

    Angelo,

    Thanks for the two cents on that, by co-incidence a buddy has all of Wright’s solo stuff for me to here. Much appreciated

  122. [That’s OK, Veronica. It’s always a pleasure to do this, so please don’t take offence]

    Don’t be daft, no offence taken at all ๐Ÿ™‚ it was just an idea if you are ever stuck.

    Cheers
    V

  123. Thanks f.ed ๐Ÿ™‚ treat yourself to a day off soon yes?

    Mum and dad are taking me out for lunch soon, 21 today (I wish)

    [Happy birthday, mate. Have a good one. – Features Editor]

  124. I was delighted to hear that David played ‘Time’ at some of the US venues on the current tour.

    Let’s hope that this song gets included in the UK sets at the Royal Albert Hall; London’s own village hall.

    For me, ‘Time’ has always been the Best of the Best of Pink Floyd and the lines of the vocals; “Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way” and “No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.”; are still as fresh today as when they were written.

    Not only that, but the chiming clocks at the beginnging of ‘Time’ have always been the ultimate sound chec for me when choosing a pair of headphones.

    I’m sooooooooooo looking forward to the London dates!

  125. I would like to have all the lyrics of the new album On An Isalnd.Is it possible to receive this by e-mail?
    The album is really a master piece.

    My regards
    Juanjo

    [No. They come included with the album! – Features Editor]

  126. Hi, David. Iยดm 15 and playing guitar , not a great fan of you either P.F., but my father bought a book of notes of P.F.and make me to play solos on Comfortably thumb( I must do it becouse he bought me all my guitars and give me weekends pockets money). Of couse I like to complain about everything and in your solos it is about bending notes 1 and 1/2 tone in some places, I ยดm afraid that strings may brake, so can you explain me how do you do it and tell me about some exersises to practice, if I learn how to do this bending maybe I have some more money.

    Have a good time , Eemeli.

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