Night 14: Toronto

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Guy seemed to think that last night at Massey Hall was the band’s best performance to date, so you must be feeling full of excitement if you’re going along for Toronto’s second live helping of the platinum-selling – yes, that’s right – ‘On An Island’ this evening.

Sales of David’s new album in Canada have been extraordinary. Congratulations to David, and thank you to all the fans who made this feat possible.

As always, we want to hear from you. Your thoughts and opinions make this blog what it is, so don’t be shy. If you’re going to be at tonight’s concert, let us know.

As always, the setlist will be revealed amongst all your comments, so if you don’t want to know what was played, please don’t read on.

Have a great night, everyone.

Author: FEd

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

300 thoughts on “Night 14: Toronto”

  1. Fed,

    I am going to see David in San Fran and I was wondering what I should do if I’m surrounded by these drunken idiots, which seems to be quite a problem. As I musician, and flying from Denver to see him, I hope I will be able to enjoy the show without distractions. I was thinking about maybe bringing a mini squirt gun, and taking down anyone who talked during the show.

    [Just a mini squirt gun? – Features Editor]

  2. Hi

    Just winding down tonight from living and working in NYC. We (my son and friend) were fortunate to get tickets to Radio City for the April 4th show. Before the show we were asked to leave Sbarros under RCMH because of our theological and economic discussions that included the importance of Christ mysticism. That is the experience of not being alone in our thoughts. The stuffed pizza was very good. The concert was wonderful. The band sounded beautiful. Thanks to Crosby and Nash for singing for us. Phil went to a very happy new sound in Domino.

    Thank you all very much,
    Steve, Bob and Jeff

  3. Hello everyone…I’m headed out of Georgia tonight for the road trip of my life to Chicago for the April 12th show! Reading through the blogs just makes me more excited and I can’t wait to be present when Echos and High Hopes is performed!…so…please keep them on the set list! As soon as I return I will be more than happy to give you guys a review which I’m sure will be excellent! Hopefully the Chicago audiences will behave themselves so that everyone can have a great experience. I wish everyone safe journeys as the tour moves on. Thank-you!

  4. For those going to the show tonight, have a great time! I truly hope it’s as enjoyable for you as it was for me last night. You’ve got a great night in store for you.

  5. ALL THIS “”states”‘ Razamatazz reminds me of 1977

    Sitting on the 10 yard line of Soldier Field next to this large rope attached to a giant pink pig and David comes out and sound checks his gear.

    A generally half crocked fellow yells out “boogie”. David smiles wryly and breaks into the up tempo end part of Free Four which is basicly boogie-ish and the guy yells yeah!! and falls over.

    I thought to myself oh lord is this the end of the innocence? No more will we be able to quietly enjoy Floyd playing Set the controls to the heart of the sun, Cymbaline or Echoes without some moron yelling ” Money!! come on you owe us!! then barfing himself. Sounds like some of the posts ive read in the past few days..LOL!!!

    Oh well I guess knucleheads will be knuckleheads.

    Thank you for OAI, doing thses dates and returning to your roots for us old floyd people!!!!

    I just refitted my red Strat with the DG20 Pick ups it sounds beautiful now, no more buzz.. Early on was thinking of bringing my old pick guard for Dave to sign on the 12th and set it next to my signed drum head of Jerry Allison, Buddy Hollys drummer, but after the New york Madness and all the Ebay crap.. Im just goona leave it home. I think the True fans will just apreciate the great music and seeing Echoes again!! See you guys Tuesday, Quite excited!!!!

  6. “Fed, I am going to see David in San Fran and I was wondering what I should do if I’m surrounded by these drunken idiots, which seems to be quite a problem. As I musician, and flying from Denver to see him, I hope I will be able to enjoy the show without distractions. I was thinking about maybe bringing a mini squirt gun, and taking down anyone who talked during the show.”

    Shouldn’t be a problem seeing the show’s in Oakland.

    Ok. I’ll get my coat.

  7. well F’ed and everyone here in blogville . .

    this time tomorrow I will be in my car – heading west to Chicago (wow . . . I’m gonna need sunglasses . . ). . . . for my turn at the altar.

    I’ve been to ‘the church’ . . . 8 times in the past 30 years (holy crap . . . that makes me kind of old . . . ay . .?) . . . but this time . . . this time I’ll be sitting in the front ‘pew’.

    I too excited to even know what else to say . . . . . . so . . hell with it . . . I’m going to get packed !

    see you on the other side . . . .

  8. Some musings from the Sunday night show…

    Sound Quality

    I was sitting RSF row K just under the balcony and this location unfortunately made for a lot of bass and drum bottom end. Great for a reggae concert, not good for David’s. It was tough at times to get some of the nuances of the music.

    Yobbos

    Luckily there was only one slightly bad one on my side of the floor. Overall I was really surprised how quiet the audience was during most of the show. Even during the encores there was no surge to the stage as there usually is at the end of rock concerts. As Wish You Were Here started everyone sat back down!!! Gotta love us polite and reserved Canadians ;-)))

    The Concert

    I was really only interested in hearing two songs in particular before I walked into MH. They were Wot’s Uh the Deal and Echoes. Now I can hear the hue and cry already…why don’t you want to hear blah blah blah or so and so?? Well here is my take on song choice. I do love all the big Floyd heavies, the usual suspects I call them like WYWH and SOYCD. But admit it folks they have been played to death live. I wanted to hear something a little different from David this time and while Echoes has been played live a few times it has nowhere near hit the saturation point with me.

    Both songs were very good. In fact when he played Wot’s I almost got teary. I was very afraid that with all the set list tinkering going on I was not going to get lucky to hear it…but I was. In Echoes, the last few minutes were the best with David and Rick playing off of each other just like the old days…you could almost see the years peeling away.

    Most pleasant surprise was Fat Old Sun. I was never a fan of Atom Heart Mother but this version of the song caught me off guard for its sumptuousness…very very nice indeed.

    The first half of the concert…hummm well to be polite there were a few ok bits but I would have to agree with Rudders that things in places could have been tighter. I thought there were a few miscues, blips and slight delays here and there right through the concert.

    During the first half, I began to lose interest and this is by no means due to the softer nature of the music. In fact a lot of PF music is mellow and quiet and many of these songs are my fav’s. I just think that it dragged and I don’t think I was alone in this regard.

    The second half was far better helped immeasurably by those 3 songs that I mention above.

    Let’s face it most of us were there to hear the second set and not the first and this will always be a conundrum for David. I was no exception to this. Floyd member’s solo work will almost always pale to group work at its peak. They are not as good individually as when they work together as a solid group.

    I think perhaps David realizes this…I maybe wrong. The overwhelming feeling I got Sunday night was one of goodbyes in both directions…Unlike the Rolling Stones, he realizes that there is a time to quit while you are ahead…

    Cheers, Howard

  9. Greetings! I cannot wait for the shows in Los Angeles that I’m attending. Just a quick question. I’ve seen pictures around the net of various shows (particularly in Europe). Were cameras allowed at these shows but are not being allowed at the American stops?

    Just a few more days!

    -K

    [Well, they weren’t – and still aren’t – allowed at any venue… – Features Editor]

  10. Rudders,

    Sorry I missed you Sunday night. I sent you an e-mail today (Monday) to you but looks like you took the day off. We got to the HRC late and there was a line up to get in so I hoped to hook up at MH..Guess what we didn’t :-(((

    Cheers, Howard

  11. Have fun tonight all of you going to the show! One week until my stay ‘On an Island’ in Oakland. The excitement is killing me.

    I just want to thank David and who ever else decides the venues for the tour. To making 2 stops in California is fantastic. I’m glad all of his Northern California fans were remember with a 2 night stop in Oakland.

    Look for me about 6 rows back, I’ll be wearing a shirt so that all will know I’m a blogger. I’m planning on getting there extra early, in hopes of getting an autograph, or taking it upon myself to be security and poke some ‘out of hand’ fans with my pokey stick. I’m crossing my fingers that all will be calm and I can get an autograph or photo.

    ~Erin

    PS – Deborah, you are a fantastic artist!

  12. Fed,

    Do you have any idea who David’s children like musically? I am wondering if they frequently subject David and Polly to boy bands, Britney Spears, or Lord help us, Mariah Carey in the home.

    Tara

    [I have no idea, Tara. You’ve got me worried now, though! – Features Editor]

  13. Good Morning (well it is here anyway – Australia). Just a quick post to see if you are planning on touring Australia in the future? I am sure there is quite a population “down under” awaiting the dates.

    Love the CD – constantly on.

    Cheers and thank you

  14. Congrats on platinum David! See we do love your music here in Canada! Just so you know, I’m personally responsible for about 20 or so sales of your record (seeming how I can’t seem to shut up about it! Also I’ve played it everyday at least once through since it came out March 7th). Hopefully we’ll see you in Western Canada again…someday! Thankfully I just found out the Red Hot Chili Peppers are going to visit this summer, so I’ll have at least one other show to fall back to in the meantime.

    Cheers David, Scott (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) ps – I so wish I could be in T.O. at Massey Hall tonight!

  15. Massey Hall, Toronto Sunday Night- what I call a three hour private party held by David with 3000 of his best Canadian friends. This was a Gilmour audience like I did not expect with a standing ovation to welcome David back to Toronto that could have lasted a half an hour. It was clear David and the band was into it as much as the crowd. David put on a guitar clinic that surpassed anything I could have imagined or hoped for. On An Island which plays on my Ipod perpetually was delivered brilliantly and would have satisfied me if he had stopped there. But no, David had a special evening in store for his Canadian fans and performed his favorites and mine encompassing a wonderful cross section of the 30+ year repertoire of Pink Floyd. David BRAVO! and nice sax work! Great to see Richard Wright where he belongs alongside David. Hope you had the DVD cameras running at Massey Hall Sunday night.

  16. Fed,

    Perhaps you can help me. Though still young (23), I consider myself a late-bloomer as a Pink Floyd fan having listening to DSOTM as a freshman in college – and being blown away by its delicate brilliance and David’s transcendental style. His mastery is ever-so-evident throughout OAI. As always, his solos are laid out with beautiful precision and the music is wholesome and lasting.

    Try as I may, I have been unable to locate a ticket for either of the Chicago shows. I play along with David on “The Blue” and “On an Island” every night, hell I sing along to OBC and TDB to and from work, but like anyone else would much rather see him perform the real thing.

    Oh, wise and fair Fed, can you help me?

    (Really not trying to come across as selfish, just that passionate about the music – best wishes to all attending the remaining shows!!)

    Cheers,
    John in MadTown

    [I wish I could, John. The Ticketmaster people are the only ones who can help – unless you’re willing to pay a broker a crazy sum, that is. But there is hope, because several people have snapped up returned tickets. Keep trying and don’t give up until the concert has started. Good luck. I hope you’ll be lucky. – Features Editor]

  17. I don’t mean to start anything here, but it says on the front page that the Canadians didn’t get gold in curling, well thats not true at all, the Canadian team team took the gold in Torino. Not that iam that into curling anyway, but as a Canadian I wouldn’t want anyone to take their glory away.

    I wish I could have gotten tickets to see Gilmour in Toronto, But by the time I got through they were all gone, Hope he has plans to tour Canada again. Hope everone has a good time.

    [My apologies, Mark. I didn’t write it, but I will pass the message on. – Features Editor]

  18. I would think that OAI would be multi-platinum by the end of the year. Can anyone answer me this? What drives the R.I.A’s figures when it comes to gold or platinum status? It never seems to be an accurate estimate according to other figures.

    [Well, to achieve platinum sales in Canada, you need to shift 100,000 units. For platinum status in the US, you need to shift 1,000,000 units. Canada has about 5% of the USA’s population, of course. – Features Editor]

  19. I just saw that OAI went platinum in Canada on the home page. I just wanted to correct that platinum mean 1,000,000 albums were sold, not 100,000 albums. Diamond means 10,000,000 albums were sold. Pink Floyd has 2 diamond albums, the Wall (double diamond) and Dark Side ofcourse.

    [It’s 1,000,000 in the US, but 100,000 in Canada. Canada has a much smaller population than the US. – Features Editor]

  20. Nice pic of David. I tried to come up with a caption but couldn’t think of one. I like that he’s taken up the sax. Think of it. The guitar and the saxaphone were probably the most maligned and belittled instruments in past history. It’s nice to live at a time where they have such an elevated status and artists like David bring out the best in both.

    Hey PJ! Why not a tazer? (just kidding). You don’t need a permit to have one. (or maybe a mini blow dart or sling shot) Seriously, though. It seems like every time I go to a concert or a movie there is some tweeker there to make the evening miserable. After going to many concerts and shows I’ve realized that this is no strange coincidence. There’s one (or many) in ever crowd.

    I usually try to attend at least one concert or show a year. I would have loved to see Dave Gilmour but could not. Hopefully the plans for the DVD will materialize.

    I’m going to the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie to see Steve Howe tomorrow. I really hope that there are no unappreciative mooks there to spoil the evening.

  21. Caption Contest (Just for you Madcap Two Fat Ladies)

    The wreck of the Nautilus had been found and the remote controlled underwater camera panned along the hull of the submarine when suddenly the camera operator gasped at his discovery…

  22. PJ, If one were to encounter a “drunken idiot” its best to ignore them. Don’t take the chance of missing any of the show.

    Yes @ RCMH many were back and forth getting drinks or whatever. And certainly to many whoops and hollers at the wrong time. Still it was a great show and one I will always remember.

    Thanks Dave, Richard, Guy, Phil, Jon, Steve & Dick. You guys are the best!

  23. again the myth of the drunken idiots at Massey Hall.

    It wasn’t that bad. Rudder was behind a woman who danced because she remembered being sexy twenty years ago and that must have been annoying for him. I could see her from my seats on the floor and I wondered why someone didn’t push her off the gallery. There was some shouting, but nothing out of the absolute ordinary. And as I said in my last post, the shouting at the concert was less irritating than the stupid caption contest postings here.

    It was a fantastic concert last night, and if you don’t buy that, re-read Guy’s post.

  24. Druken idiots! I fear the crowd in Chicago may have its fair share of drunks.

    David, please bear in mind most of us will be polite and respectful.

    In 99 Roger had to tell the idiots to shut up and listen at one point in the very same venue.

    Neil Young on his last show at the Rosemont said phuck you to an idiot who would not shut up.

    TWO DAYS UNTIL THE OAI TOUR ARRIVES IN Chicago! THANKS!!

  25. i was at the show last night. it was the best show i’ve ever been to. the band was very tight, and everything sounded and looked amazing. we were very close and had an excellent time. thank you so much. a full review coming soon. but the echoes, and fat old sun, wow. everything was amazing. and the band really seemed to be having a great time. the crowd was very into it, and uh…yeah wow. wow.

  26. My comment is How can there only be 2 comments at 11:25 pm est????

    [Because I have to get some sleep, Rick. – Features Editor]

  27. All the shows so far have sounded spectacular, and I am praying and hoping I will still be able to go to Chicago THursday. My friend who is going with me may not be able to go now, her husband has been ill and hospitalized for the past few weeks. He is home now but she’s not sure about leaving him alone as we are in St. Louis, and Chicago is a few hours drive, so we’ll see. Of course I still want to go, but as much as I love David, her husband’s health comes first, so I’m in limbo now. Keep your fingers crossed for me please, as seeing this show means so much to me!!!!!

    Hopefully seeing you Thursday,

    Love,
    Elizabeth

    [Mine are crossed for you, Elizabeth. – Features Editor]

  28. Unbelievable… I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to studio albums the same anymore. As such, I’m not sure if tonight being the greatest night of my life is a good thing or not =). The man made me cry, and I don’t remember the last time I’ve done that. To top it off, the seats in front and beside me were vacant (RCF RS S36)!

    I wish I could have seen him after the show, not to ask for an autograph (those don’t really have any meaning to me), but to shake his hand and say, ‘I really enjoyed myself tonight sir, thank you’.

    Setlist

    First Half: Castellorizon; On An Island; The Blue; Red Sky At Night; This Heaven; Then I Close My Eyes; Take a Breath; Smile; A Pocketful of Stones; Where We Start

    Second Half: Shine On You Crazy Diamond; Wearing The Inside Out; Coming Back To Life; Dominoes; Breathe/Time/Breathe Reprise; High Hopes; Echoes

    Encore: Wish You Were Here; Comfortably Numb

  29. I hope everybody in Toronto is enjoying the show tonight.

    Not to take the focus off of our friends to the north, I wanted to pass on some info regarding the next destination of the tour: Chicago

    Reading previous blog comments there are folks across the US and other nations coming in for the shows. So for those folks and for the Gilmour family, Wright family, rest of the band/crew and their families, and yes even you features editor I’ve put together some sites, places, “things to do” while in Chicago.

    There is a ton to do in Chicago but here’s a few key places that you may want to see…

    -Millennium Park, brand new park downtown on the lakefront. It is fantastic. “The bean” and the interactive fountain is right out of a Storm T. album cover.
    -Museums/Art, on the lakefront there is a museum campus that is great, but I would suggest the museum of science and industry. Its the lone structure remaining from the Columbian exposition of 1893. Interesting for kids and adults. They have a Di Vinci exibit starting, the only fully intact U-boat from WWII, “the body” exibit, etc…Chicago’s art museum downtown is very good.
    -Navy pier, a lot of fun stuff for the family. There are boat tours from the pier to see our gorgeous skyline. There are also architecture boat tours along the Chicago river.
    -Regarding music, if you get in a day before the shows, there are a lot of options but Chicago is known for the blues. Buddy Guy’s place is cool. Kingston Mines or the Checkerboard club is great as well. If blues is not your thing, there are many, many other places to hit.
    -Clubs/bars, far to many to list. Chicago has many different neighborhood bars/clubs, and each has its own feel or vibe.
    -Food. Chicago may be the most ethnically diverse city in the US. We have many excellent resturants for each ethnicity. If your staying downtown, some places to hit is Gibsons (mentioned earlier), Harry Carey’s, Frontera grill/Topolobampo, Ditka’s (da coach!) and dont forget Chicago style pizza. Uno’s or Due’s is the place to go.

    Last and not least, you cannot forget the wives. The Magnificant Mile is the ultimate in shopping (Michigan Ave). A bit like Champs Elysees except…clean.

    I hope everyone has a great time this week. See you on the 13th.

    Jeff in Chicago

    [Thanks for that, Jeff. – Features Editor]

  30. What a wonderful two nights….last night we were front row left balcony 3 seats from the wall/stage…a great view of the fingers on the fretboards of Phil, Guy and David.

    Tonight we had 5th row floors but off to the right side beside a pillar…we were able to exchange them on the street with a “Broker” straight up for a pair of front row center balcony…because of the different seating locations, the two shows could not have been more different…last night it was about guitar playing, finger work, facial expressions…tonight it was the the full on Gilmour assault. Marc Brickman’s light show just continued to build as the night went on, I still can’t believe how he enhances the ECHOES experience…the sound was as close to perfect as you can get.

    The standard set list was played with Fat Old Sun and Wot’s The Deal dropped for Coming Back to Life and Dominoes.

    The band seemed more relaxed tonight but not quite as ON as last night…ALmost like an invited guest, on the first night they are on their best behaviour and trying to impress but by the second night they are more comfortable and helping themselves to the fridge…David appeared to surpress a couple of coughs. Don’t get me wrong, on a scale of 1 – 10 tonights show was an 11 with last nights a 12.

    Again the crowd was well behaved (slightly less WOO HOO’s than last night). After David introduced the Band he also thanked Marc and the sound mixer (did not catch the name, but he did an “AWESOME” job). He also thanked Polly for all of her support.

    Looks like I will have to wait for the DVD to get my next Gilmour fix.

    David, here’s hoping the creative juices are running strong and you will be back with more material in the near future. It would be sad to think that this might be the last time that we will see each other again.

    Larry

  31. Just got in from the second Toronto show. As expected the audience was thrilled from the first note to the final bow. Highlights for me were Take a Breath in the first half and Echoes in the Second. Watch Richard during Echoes, you will see a man playing with all the passion of a bygone era. For the briefest moments it felt like being at the UFO club in the late 60’s. (of course from my view point on the balcony, the audeince’s long hair from the 60’s was replaced by alot of gleaming bald spots).

    Anyways, thank you for the memories David and band, and please remember you are always welcome in Toronto.

  32. I also will bring the squirter PJ!! My girlfriend, my son, a close friend, and myself will be attending Monday’s Paramount show. We also will fly from Denver…

    My son has no idea that we are taking him to the concert, his first concert. At 17, he has listened to David Gilmour/Pink Floyd since day one (no doubt in the womb as well!) No harm there! There isn’t a drug in the world that could touch the emotional “high” I will feel with my son by my side at the show! I can’t wait to see and feel the kid’s emotions during the performance from the one great man who we both admire…

    David Gilmour, Thank you for being a part of my life !!!

    JAK – Colorado

  33. Back from the second night … I am now comfortably numb for the rest of my life! it was a great performance … thanks David and the band … hope to see you soon again in TO or anywhere else!

  34. Date: 4/11/06 at 12:07am

    Dear feature editors and fans as well as Mr. Gilmour and entourage, it is i the one of i am sure many who could not obtain a ticket for the toronto show at Massey Hall this past 2 days. What makes it heart breaking for me is that i was at work ( 3-11pm) on both evenings and just miles away from Massey Hall knowing all along that the most wonderful musicians and music was being played live and i was at work. Oh i tried to talk myself out of feeling so many different emotions. The typical cliches, ” Everything happens for a reason” and so on and nothing seemed to work, I could not deny it anymore..I am and did miss my chances at seeing Mr. Gilmour at Radio City Music Hall and now Massey hall in toronto,canada. Of course being the ‘optimist’ that i am and trying to believe that my ‘luck’ can not be this bad i am talking myself into maybe if i pray harder or if i do this or do that maybe just maybe i can see the concert in Chicago and San Francisco or LA…Then reality again slams me in the face. If i was unsucessful at getting tickets to two venues that are close to me in proximity then how the hell am i going to see Mr. Gilmour in another city…In my head and in my heart i am there and watching no doubt a wonderful show with my absolute favorite performer, guitarist and singer ( David Gilmour) along with Richard Wright, Dick Parry and Guy Pratt and not to mention the other artists on this tour.. I am missing any chances at seeing Mr & Mrs Gilmour. I get into my car at approx. 11:30pm and my throat closes a little bit and my eyes well up with tears. I look up at the sky and think, What does it take to just go see a person that i admire in concert and why not now especially? What did i do so wrong? Why spend the monies i have on charities instead of myself and my wants? Why is it there are people at airports that bombard the Gilmour family in New York City and the greeting he must have received in Toronto knew where he was at? I would not have a clue. Not a one. I believe Polly put it perfect in her novel and that is the one short story called “Lucky” that i have quoted throughout my entries….I just am NOT a LUCKY person…Anything and everything i have i have to work for and make decisions daily some are life and death and others well not so intense….Mr. Gilmour and family may be turned in for tonight if they are still in Toronto because it is 12:24am and then I am sure he will be off to Chicago…God speed Mr. & Mrs. Gilmour and the whole team…I am not there in presence but I am there in my heart and in my mind. You have no idea. What i would not give to see Mr. Gilmour live.!

    To those of you who are going and have been going please keep writing in and let me live my “dreams” through your realities…Thank You feature editors for allowing me to express my thoughts and feelings and I love the new site and the new important stuff and the not so important stuff…Great format and beautiful on the eyes. Mr. Gilmour you are the best of the best but i think you must know this by now and you sure the heck don’t need me telling you that.Afterall i am of no celebrity or famous status in life. Not compared by no means through all of your accomplishments and that of Polly’s….Polly you were dealt a lucky hand —-keep it up I think you also are the best.

    A sincere admirer of David Gilmour and Polly Samson and to the feature editors of davidgilmour.com —-A big heart felt thank you.!!

    Linda P.
    Williamsville, NY

    [Don’t give up, Linda. People are returning their tickets and you could be lucky enough to get one. – Features Editor]

  35. Just got back to Newmarket after the show. A few thoughts then I have to hit the hay. First of all, yesterday, I said the audience was like anxious puppies, well tonight, in High Hopes just before the final solo (I call it spanish guitar), the audience was getting ready to whoop it up, David did a classic, short, sharp hand motion, similar to “down puppy” and darned if it didn’t work, the audience stopped dead and listened. I thought it was really funny. Now David needs to through puppy treats out as a positive re-inforcement of the behaviour (this strategy may need some refinement).

    The concert was beyond marvelous. I now have empathy for Phil Manzanera listening to Davids bits and pieces and trying to convince him that he should record it. Tonight was David on the edge, David colouring outside the lines, David going beyond the form into the essence. It is only with the top notch support of genius musicians that David could allow himself this freedom. Everyone on that stage honoured music tonight. Steve Di Stanislao, was a stand out on Echoes, Guy was bopping his way through everthing, Phil was quietly, in the corner, laying the solid foundation needed for every good improv. Dick Parry, get out of town, (I know you are, that’s a compliment). Dick gave a master class in sax tonight. David, you think you can play sax with the big boys? not yet in Dick’s league. By the way Dick does have the bigger…sax. And there was quietly, classy Rick, in the corner doing his thing, softly, efficiently adding the touch. I noticed tonight that Rick did a segment in wish you were here, I hadn’t noticed it before, it stood out tonight as a particularly lovely bit of show.

    But tonight it was David’s game. Virtuousity abounded. David please consider recording more work. I am not asking this in a greedy, can’t get enough spirit, but in the true spirit of feeling there just isn’t that much truth and beauty shown in this world, you create a soundscape of tenderness, beauty and love, it is precious, consider sharing, within safe boundaries of course.

    Love to the band.

  36. Thanks to David and his band for coming to Toronto for the ‘On An Island Tour.’

    These past two nights have been two of the most special musical experiences that I have ever had the pleasure to witness.

    I need to go to bed for I have to get up for work in less than four hours, if I have an opportunity I will write more words tomorrow to describe these past two gigs at Massey Hall.

    But if I had sum these two nights in one word, that word would be, brilliant.

  37. Just to confirm tonight’s setlist (don’t you dare ask for it later, as it’s clearly written here more than once!):

    First half: Castellorizon, On An Island, The Blue, Red Sky At Night, This Heaven, Then I Close My Eyes, Take A Breath, Smile, Pocketful Of Stones, Where We Start.

    Second half: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wearing The Inside Out, Dominoes, Coming Back To Life, Breathe/Time/Breathe (Reprise), High Hopes, Echoes.

    Encores: Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb.

  38. It’s early in the comments cycle… I was hoping to have an opportunity like this to pass a few of my most favorite David Gilmour moments in music:

    -“The Narrow Way” from Ummagumma — The best part of the album, aside from the live set.
    -Bluesy guitar solo in the “Mother Fore” segment of “Atom Heart Mother”.
    -“One of These Days” — Studio performance “Meddle” and live work from “Live in Pomeii”.
    -The third (bluesy riff) solo in Meddle’s “Echoes” — just before the whale song segment.
    -Almost the entirety of “Obscured by Clouds”–Whenever I’m asked, I name this as my favorite PF album…and usually get befuddled looks.
    -DSOTM: “Breathe”, “Time”, “Money”, “Us and Them”, and “Any Colour You Like”.
    -The entirety of David Gilmour’s first solo album. Its too bad David is not playing any songs from his first solo release.
    -Live performance of “Mother” [that guitar solo always brings a tear to my eye] and some of the opening guitar play in “Run Like Hell” during The Wall concert.
    -“Out of the Blue” and “Near the End” [what a moving transition from acoustic to electric guitar] from About Face.
    -“One Slip”, “Yet Another Movie”, “Round and Around”, and “Terminal Frost” from Momentary Lapse of Reason.
    -“Keep Talking”, “What Do You Want From Me”, “A Great Day For Freedom”, and “Take It Back” from the Division Bell
    -And finally, “The Blue” and “Smile” from David’s latest.

    What an absolutely marvelous body work.

    I’m excited to be seeing David Gilmour on April 19th.

  39. Platinum! Our population is less than south of GB. That calls for a bonus doesnt it?

    Vancouver needs you David. See you in summer?

  40. Just arrived home from the show at Massey HAll (1hr drive)and have one word to say “SPECTACULAR” (since AWESOME isn’t allowed)

    Having followed the setlist since the start of the tour there were no great suprises, only a confirmation of how truly wonderful the show is.

    I was able to leave my hockey stick under the seat because there was not a “pillock” to be found. The crowd was extremley appreciative with only the odd shout out’s that wern’t terribly distracting.

    It was nice to see the band seemed to be truly enjoing playing together and not just putting in another show, which I believe was the whole concept of this tour. David seemed to have the largest smile on his face just playing along and singing harmonies on Wearing The Inside Out.

    Thanks again for the visit and hope too see you again soon.

    Just curious, when you are in the audience Polly do you find yourself singing the backing vocals to Smile like I do?

  41. The shows sound like they are going great, and I’m enjoying everyone’s reviews! Thanks, keep them coming…and hey, the site is looking great FEd!

    I’ll be at the Gibson on the 20th, and I was wondering about getting autographs. I know I just have to be in the right place at the right time, but what is the ettiquette? I don’t want to be pushy, but I sure would love to get a scribble from David, Richard, Guy, Jon, or any of the guys… Sticking an album in someone’s face or yelling out seems so rude, any suggestions on a proper and respectful ways to acquire some signatures if I get the chance?

    Autographs or not, I’m counting down the minutes until the LA show!!

    [I suppose eye contact, a shy smile and polite request would be most appreciated, but whether you get that chance is another thing with people jostling for position, pushing and shoving. Good luck anyway, Patrick. – Features Editor]

  42. I am still in shock ! I was gonna cry at least for 10 times. it was great, NO WORD to describe.

    and I also feel so so so so sad cause the moment is gone and I have a really bad feeling deep inside which is keep telling me: you may never be able to see him (+ rick = them) again.

    it was extra ordinary.

    I went to the first show, after on an island david started with this : good evening, its been a while and then ppl got crazy. CRAZY ! he was ssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sweet and nice, we wanted to drink something and ppl started screaming and he turned and smiled at us, some guy said something and david talked to him. we love you david TAHNK YOU for this music just thank you. and you mr richard wright, you are as wonderfull as david, Im so happy that you also came. on an island is amazing. At some point hen they changed the order of songs I thought maybe they have removed TAKE A BREATH but at the end they played it.

    the playlist was exatly as promissed. ECHOS was ther. O my god. rick got so so so exited and he was kinda dancing while playing. when david introduced rick, ool got EXTREMLY CRAZY and rick was not even expecting it. if they say it was the wormest welcome EVER in the history, they;ve not exaggerated. ppl were not being able to stop screamming. I was with my mom and my sister and it was our first time seeing david. im just 24 and you can imagine how BIG this thing was for me.

    Massay hall is amazing but its has some really bad seats at some parts.like mine. it was in gallery , was pretty close to the stage but a bad view (still I cant complain)

    at the beggining of the show there was a problem with the voice I guess, it was not perfectly tunned but they fixed it really fast, it was not even noticable.

    Echos, OMG, they played amost all of it it was amazing. wish you were here, was it david or david + audiences ?
    comfortably numb, cant say anything, it was as BIG as delicate’s version.

    David at the end you said: HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN, you said the same thing at the end of pulse, I hope too. PLZ come back again, do this again. PLEASE david PLEASEEEEeeeeeeeeeeee. I have the strongest feeling in here that I WILL see a pink floyd show in couple of years but I dont care if I see another david gilmour + rick wright + that amazing band who plays on an island and shine on you crazy diamond.

    After the show in like 15 minutes after the end there was a limo in front of the massay hall and security guard was protecting ppl to get in it ( I saw it from far) I kinda felt that its david but I couldnt see anything cause the glasses were dark. but I sent a huge, hope it has reached its destination.

    I will right lots of details for you as soon as I come out of shock. seriously im so in shock. and it was not fair, I didnt take my camera cause it was said that its not allowed but everyone took their camera and ppl were even reconrding it and all I got was some bad pics with my cell phone 🙁

    dear FED, any idea about the DVD ? i cant wait

    Kasra

    [Nothing yet, Kasra. Glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself. – Features Editor]

  43. John in MadTown,

    Don’t give up, guy. I know tickets will pop up, FEd’s right. Get there early enough and you’ll probably get in. I just missed out the first RCMH night by 15 to 20 minutes!

    Good Morning, FEd by the way. Early morning for you, late night for me…..

    [It was a late night for me as well. I must have had three hours. It’s straight back to bed after this! – Features Editor]

  44. Hey Fed,

    I, for one, think that Polly’s lyrics are great, but I think David needs to have a song about cheese. If you think about it, David doesn’t have a single lyric pertaining to cheese in any of his songs. Am I wrong? I think this needs to be rectified immediately. I’m not saying he and Polly should write an entire concept album about cheese (although I can’t see the harm in doing so), just a song or two. Either cheese or pancakes. I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

    Hopefully you will pass this on to the appropriate people.

    Matt

  45. Just got back from the show. Even better then last nights. David even dedicated “Coming back to life” to his “girlfriend”. I;ll write something in depth tomorrow but all I can say is it’s the best show I’ve ever seen, Guy Pratt is the coolest fellow alive and I got his pick and a drum stick! Perfect ending for a perfect night. Thanks so much Guy!

  46. If Guy and I thought last night was the best show yet, I was there last night (5th row center floors) and tonight (9th row center floors), the second show was far most enjoyable, and at its finest for sound and everthing.

    Buddy must of met Claude somewhere in Montreal, because there was no “WOO WOO Floyd F**king rules Dude. The crowd was great and very into it.

    Saw Polly and the kids sitting there, wanted to thank her and ask her to thank David, but when I turned, she was gone, sorry I missed you.

    I think she went to meet David’s girl friend.

    “FED you will have to ask David about this one”.

    We managed to set the fire alarm off again, “thats funny”.

    Thank you so much guys, it has been an incredible 2 nights.

    By for now.

  47. The show tonight was AMAZING. David Gilmour is a truly inspiring musician. His band was top-shelf, as well. It was great to have Rick Wright play and sing throughout the show, as well as Dick Parry contribute his awesome chops on the sax.

    The set list couldn’t have been better; the first half, “On An Island” straight through, and it was FANTASTIC. The songs sound even better live, I was thoroughly impressed. The second half, classic Floyd material. I couldn’t believe my ears. “Echoes” was a welcome suprise, and was definately the most mind-boggling live musical experience I have ever witnessed.

    Massey Hall was such a great venue for this show, very intimate. Shame about the louts who felt they had to hoot and holler throughout the show as if they were at the hockey game, though.

    The evening left me in a state of total relaxation and musical bliss. I was very lucky to have been able to see the show, and my expectations were exceeded in every way. My compliments to the musicians and crew.

  48. I was at the Sunday night show and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I was astounded. And I thought the venue and crowd was amazing. Those complaining about hooting and hollaring… you can’t possibly be that stuffy. It is a concert. Get a grip. I was there, and I know that the vast majority of hoots, hollars and shout-outs were between songs, or at points where everyone was applauding. Even the very very few who yelled out compliments and comments were very light-hearted and loving. And those who yelled “Echoes” probably knew it was coming and were just really excited. Have you ever been to a modern rock show in a bigger venue? That’s where you’d get a real idea of what hooting and hollaring is really like. Massey Hall’s crowd was tame, loving and respectful, and I applaud everyone in the house for it. Thank you David and co. and thanks to everyone who helped make it one of the most special times in my life.

  49. they did ‘coming back to life’! i love that song. thanks again, ed. i really appreciate being able to see the setlist before i leave for work, even though that’s pretty sad. you must be knackered with all these late nights and early starts. thanks to everyone for the reviews. i wish i’d been there and that may wasn’t so far away… i wonder if i’ll get to hear ‘coming back to life’ at the rah. that song is so lush. anyway, have a good day/night everyone. shine on.

  50. CAPTION: These restricted view seats aint all that bad I must say.

    CAPTION: David’s appearence on Playschool rocked.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

    [“What’s going on behind the round window today?” Good one, Geoff. That takes me back. – Features Editor]

  51. Hi Fed

    I’ve just seen a video (click my name) that I think was shot outside Marc Brickman’s house last December. Can you confirm this?

    [It has to be Marc’s house! I wouldn’t fancy paying his electricity bill! – Features Editor]

  52. I just got back from what was probably the best show I’ll ever see. It was great!!! Everyone performed flawlessly. I was a little disappointed with my seating though. I could clearly see David, Phil, Steve and ofcourse Guy dancing all over the place. Guy busted out with some of the moves I remember seeing on what I think was the Pulse vhs, maybe DSOT. I could barely see Richard though. I stretched my neck a bit so I could see him during Wearing the Inside Out. I couldn’t see Jon at all, until I stood up during Comfortably Numb so I could get a view of the whole stage. I know I said earlier how much I hate when people stand, but I had to get the whole view for at least one song.

    I was glad that there were not too many rowdy, stupid people. There was a bar open downstairs and I had 2 Jack&Coke’s before the show. There wasn’t enough time from admission to have more than 2 or 3 drinks…good planning on Massey’s part. There were camera phones everywhere. Several people in the rows in front of me kept raising their fat arms into my field of view so they could take pictures. I have to admit I was slightly annoyed.

    Echoes was awesome!! The lasers were a nice touch. I could go on about how awesome the rest of the songs were, but I am tired from the journey back to Buffalo from Toronto. I’m going to bed now.

    Thanks for the great show guys.

    PS: You guys should really consider taking the recordings of your shows and making them available for download off the site for a reasonable fee. Metallica does that for their tours now… It shouldn’t be too difficult. It would make alot of fans very happy.

  53. To David, his band/family, FED and all who post on this site, I wish you all a very Happy Easter. I appreciate that for some this will be irrlevant and that you may not be celebrating but that doesnt stop me sending you all best wishes. This site is great because of you and I am convinced FED is made up of a committee. Surely no one person can do everything and its already acknowledged the team working in writing material for this site. Reading all the reviews is fantastic and I am soooooooooo looking forward to Glasgow.

    It is going to be my first Easter without my wife as she died in May last year after 30 years of marriage. Reading David’s interview in MOJO was good therapy for me as in the darker moments of bereavement it was easy to think I am the only one who is suffering. Of course logic tells me that all of us have losses which we mourn and I am no different to anyone else. So thanks David for being candid about your friends and family members that have died over the past few years. I can emphasise. You appear to have moved on well but hey, what do I know, I cant even write an obituary for my wife yet.

    Two thoughts I wish to share as I am writing this as therapy( Polly have you written anything about bereavement?). Before we were married my soon to be wife said to me, “If you really love me, you will destroy all your Pink Floyd records and stop being obsessed with them”. Of course I replied, saying that, ” No, if you really loved me, you’d allow me to listen to them all the time”! That was the start of the best 30 years of my life. Occassionally when I was alone whislt my wife was out, I would think, great, now I can play a Floyd album, but the funny thing is I never did preferring silence. This sound is the hardest to follow, easiest to download and you dont need an ipod.

    The irony is that if my wife was alive today I would probably not be going to the Glasgow concert, certianly would not have gone to Mermaid as I would not have been aware of this site. Should be promoted more in CDs and concerts.

    Keep up the good work all of you and David thanks for not only being best guitarist around today but also so human. “The Blue” lyrics really help me, hope you read this Polly.

    Apologies for self indulgence but feel a little better now.

    Ian Pearson

    [Bless you, mate. The same wishes to you. There really is just one FEd though, with excellent organisational awareness and unbelievable multi-tasking skills, but we do now have a SNEd as well. – Features Editor]

  54. Longtime friend, Shawn, and I have been talking of seeing David together for 14 years now. The portal shall soon open for us in Oakland. TWO NIGHTS! We are both going out of our minds with anticipation! David, thanks for taking such great care of yourself, so we who were born at the time you began with Pink Floyd, can now hear, see, feel your presence, and experience your artistic brilliance. Each night my sleep lessens as the hour grows nigh. soon, we too, shall join you on an island!

    RL

  55. Big news to all you Americans down south of the border.

    David Gilmour has decided to stay in Canada and tour every city and local community hall he can book. He says he likes it here so much he might emigrate into Canada permanently. “Folks are so friendly here and nobody wants my autograph”…he said with a grin….nawwwww just kidding.

    I WISH!

    Bob Mitchell, Victoria, BC, Canada.

  56. just recieved tickets for royal albert hall,may 30th starting to get excited now.

    A question for anyone who has already been to his concert roughly how long is it as we need to inform our limo driver.

  57. Just got back from the show. Guy, yesterday you said it was the best show, you are absolutely wrong. Monday’s show was SPECTACULAR. You guys were tight and bang on. Some very minor glitches, I’ll not elaborate. On the floor right side and sixteen rows back. My wife and I walked in and I was agog. So close. We met up with Andy again along with Devon at the HRC. Thanks again both of you. Same 1st half, excellent OAI version with highlights galore. The Blue was better and improved, it must be difficult to play live with all the technicality with the peddles and picking to boot. Take a Breath rocked. Red Sky both nights, perfect sax solos David. Then I Close, with Guy on Blonde strat and Dick filling in on the cornet solo. More on him too. Smile, Pocketful and Where We Start, absolutely great guitar and singing. Break. Second set. Shine On, is this show being recorded? WOW again. The moment here was as someone suggested previously where Dick Parry plays the baritone sax and midway switches to alto sax, that moment with the white lasers surrounding him is priceless to see. Please record that point in the next DVD. The set switched from yesterday to Dominoes, Phil gets to solo here. The other song I forget, I’m really tired now, it’ll come to me. High Hopes was special too when David ends the song with the slide and continues with an accoustic solo that is so serene and beautiful. The audience applauds and hushes again until the very end. Remember this Chicago, he’ll do this more than once the entire show, just listen, appreciate the moment and applaud afterwards. On Time I notced that Guy plays the background with the drums, high end of the bass and muting 2 middle strings for the beat. Is this new or has it been around awhile? Very clever indeed. Echoes, what can I say, the classic of the night in my mind. Wish and CN were perfect again. My wife loved the the show and the audience again were well beyond behaved. The occasional Woohoos, but expected, no incidents, the Weed Security was right on top of the situation to abstain any smoking of any kind. Truly amazing for a rock concert. On the way outside the front doors, to my bewilderment were two lads. One with a backpack with a DVD playing Roger’s interpretation of Money from The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon. Fed, you are correct about the other side of the Roger fanatics you have to deal with. I saw it firsthand myself. Morons don’t get it I guess. Would have loved to stick around for David and the gang for a peek, but had to drive back so that me wife can go to work. I’ve taken this week off WWWWOOOOOHHHHOOOOO. LOL. More tomorrow, thanks for allowing this long post. Now I’ll Close my eyes.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ….

  58. Another great night, we love you Toronto, except…WHY DO PEOPLE TAKE FLASH PHOTOS???? THEY DON’T WORK AND ARE REALLY ANNOYING AND DISTRACTING!!!!! All you good people who are coming to the next shows please get vigilante and let people know how much we hate it…

    For those of you who have been at these last couple of shows, is Rick on fire or what???

    God this band rocks,and I should know, I’m in it…

    Love to you all
    xx
    Guy

  59. this is completely random, i’m sorry

    i was checking out the shirts in the online store…the guys have much nicer designs! why don’t they have the same designs for us women?

  60. Hey, I keep leaving requests for David to play ‘On The Turning Away’ in the UK. But how likely is it that he will?

    [I’ve no idea, mate. – Features Editor]

  61. “The Story of Howard & Linda”…

    First “Howard”…

    [I was really only interested in hearing two songs in particular… The first half of the concert…hummm well to be polite there were a few ok bits … During the first half, I began to lose interest …I just think that it dragged and I don’t think I was alone in this regard…Let’s face it most of us were there to hear the second set and not the first …I think perhaps David realizes this…I maybe wrong. The overwhelming feeling I got Sunday night was one of goodbyes … he realizes that there is a time to quit while you are ahead… Cheers, Howard]

    Posted by: Howard Bayliss at April 11, 2006 01:09 AM

    …now “Linda”

    [Dear feature editors and fans as well as Mr. Gilmour and entourage, it is i the one of i am sure many who could not obtain a ticket for the toronto show at Massey Hall this past 2 days. What makes it heart breaking for me is that i was at work ( 3-11pm) on both evenings and just miles away from Massey Hall knowing all along that the most wonderful musicians and music was being played live and i was at work. Oh i tried to talk myself out of feeling so many different emotions. The typical cliches, ” Everything happens for a reason” and so on and nothing seemed to work, I could not deny it anymore… maybe if i pray harder or if i do this or do that maybe just maybe i can see the concert in Chicago and San Francisco or LA…Then reality again slams me in the face. … I am missing any chances at seeing Mr & Mrs Gilmour. I get into my car at approx. 11:30pm and my throat closes a little bit and my eyes well up with tears. … What did i do so wrong? Why spend the monies i have on charities instead of myself and my wants? ….I just am NOT a LUCKY person…Anything and everything i have i have to work for and make decisions daily some are life and death and others well not so intense….]

    Posted by: Linda Penner at April 11, 2006 05:29 AM”

    What? Wait! Who died? Must make sense of this!!

    I think I get it now! Howard is VERY SAD here, clearly!! and, in full knowledge of Linda’s predicament, and is somehow projecting….hmmmm…. his sadness for her…hmmmmm… in the form of his “concert lament”!?!?

    …at a David Gilmour show, his first solo tour in 22 years?!?! What in the “wild world of sports” is going on here?! (read: If Guy is fiercely proud of the band’s playing in Toronto, then?!?!?)

    …If I HAD (!) to choose, give me a FEW (it’s inevitable you know, come on) people who hoot and hollar a little bit (thereby showing a little genuine enthusiam) versus these 2 “Doom and Gloomers”. There’s got to be some real beautiful truth here beyond these skewed experiences!?

    David has his heart on his sleeve and is blowing us all away, with a brilliant new album, at 60 years of age, with his best live performances ever!!! I’m so proud of each and every band member!!! Pheeeeeeeww!!! Had to get that out.

    & Yes I promise I’ll behave in L.A.!!

  62. Congrats on the Platinum David! You are always welcome in Toronto Eh!

    Attended the 2nd show (Monday) Incredibly Intimate venue for this type of material (Front row center, 2nd Balcony – stunning!)

    Last saw Pink Floyd (at the now non-existent C.N.E Grandstand Stadium) back in Sept of ’87, 2 of the 3 sold-out Quadraphonic shows – What a difference in the two venues

    To be honest, I was prepared for a ‘relaxed’ show. While the 1st set is a bit lighter in fare – It does allow the band to warm up and get going (They seemed very comfortable tonight – Seemed Dave added some length to certain sections tonight – Not wanting to finish – Even though the few impatient (but appreciative) fans would begin their applause a Lil’ early)

    Aware of the importance of David’s solo material he really does soar with his Floyd stuff. IMO He is the, if not – in the top 2/3 Emotionally fluent Guitarists in the world.

    Thank you for including ‘Time’ Dave

    I was not expecting the Laser show (My first hint was the signs posted ‘WARNING – Heavy water based Fog and Laser show tonight’ YYYEEESSSSSS!

    The Light Design/Show (for a smaller venue) had all of the makings of what Floyd would use for a stadium show (but in a relative way) Awesome!

    – Richard was strutting his stuff during ‘Echoes’
    – I liked the Semi-(Unplugged) ‘Shine OYCD’
    – ‘Comfortably Numb’ Solo sections make the hair on the back of my neck stand on end, Wicked!
    – 1 very minor tech glitch w/ Guy’s stand-up bass (No problem Eh!)

    Kurt from Post#9: It really depends on the specific venue about recording devices – lots of cell phone/cameras about, my mini DV captured the show as my little treat, Can’t wait for the actual DVD?

    Fed – 1) Have or Are any concert’s from this tour being taped for a possible DVD?

    2)Is Steve using the same Bell that percussionist Gary Wallis used in ‘High Hopes’?

    Thanks again guys for an enjoyable night!

    [It looks like the same bell to me, and yes, several shows have been recorded. – Features Editor]

  63. Hi Fed,

    Is there a chance that (maybe?) Polly took a picture of David getting presented with the Plaque and if so, can you post it on the Blog?

    Great album, by the way David, and I’m looking forward to going to the Glasgow concert – Roll On 27th May! 😉

    [If we get one, we’ll share it with you, Johnny. – Features Editor]

  64. Many congratulations to David on achieving platinum in Canada ! It’s just a shame that can’t be repeated in the UK……….unless all you bloggers out there, want to go out and buy a second/third or fourth copy for your collections (I’ve got 2)!! Cheers all !

  65. Hello everybody!

    This is my top ten Pink Floyd and solo members chart, as Bruce have suggested.

    It was so hard! At the end…I choose to insert not necessary my “favourtites” but the songs that I think are more brilliant. The songs which I think trasmit the Pink Floyd’ mark. One of my favourites is, for example, “Wish you were here”….but maybe “One of these days” is more floydians….do you think it is a logical tought?

    1. Shine on you crazy diamond
    2. Echoes
    3. Atom Heart Mother Suite
    4. One Of These Days
    5. Dogs
    6. Comfortably Numb
    7. Speak To Me/Breathe
    8. Run Like Hell
    9. One Of The Few/The Hero’s Return (I think is correct put them togheter…isn’t it?)
    10. High hopes

    But I can’t forget: Wish you were here, Pigs, A Narrow Way Pt. 1 (great guitar!), Raise My Rent, On The Turning Away, Mother, Hey You, The Show Must Go On…

    Have a great day!

  66. Caption Comp: Plans where well under way for the underwater spectacular as David tried alternative ways of getting extra air into Guys diving helmet!

    A MASSIVE MASSIVE THANKS FEd to all at this wonderful site, my tickets arrived today for RAH 29 and I can’t believe it!!!! ROW 10 in the Arena – WOW – thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! I saw the Aussie Floyd there last year and was back in row 30ish and I thought that was amazing, but row 10 (wahoooo) – this really will be a dream come true for me!!!!

  67. Caption:

    Why the hell did I have to try this deep sea divers helmet on and get it stuck on my head just before seeing David!

    I can’t hear a bloody thing! EXCUSE ME WILL SOMEONE HELP ME OPEN MY WINDOW? oh S**t they can’t hear me can they!

    Sometimes it’s wierd being me

    Have good day Mr Fe/ed David & Band everybody ect

  68. Dear Features ED

    Today just get’s better !!!

    The boys first set of bunk beds arrive from Norway.

    Followed by 2 tickets for the RAH ..Row 10 Stalls section 0

    VERRRY HAPPY NOW !!!!

    Thankyou David, Features Ed, Trinity Street & Onefifteen.

  69. Hello,

    Another suggestion for our bloggers and friends:

    Where and when did you attend in the past a Pink Floyd show or a David Gilmour show ?

    for me:

    -Pink Floyd :
    -Château de Chantilly (Paris) 1994, July, 30 or 31 (I don’t remember, but David had just married Polly the day before)

    -David :
    – Palais des Congrès (Paris) 2002, january, 23 and 24
    – Grand Rex and the Olympia (Paris) 2006, March, 15 and 16.

    Et notre ami(e) Fed. est obligé(e) de répondre lui(elle) aussi , n’est-ce pas?

    Comme cela doit être dur de lire tous ces commentaires sans avoir encore assisté à un concert de David ! Mais çà viendra …et vous nous raconterez à votr tour…

    Michèle.

  70. The man with the strat has gone Plat ( with a little help from Guy Pratt)

    Congrats trully deserves it’s high standing, and amazingly Irish radio has jumped on board and is playing the single quite often ( q102,today fm and 2fm) so with a bit of luck it should start the ball rolling over here . It could be turned into a monster if we all pull together as a team!!

    Ed ref my CAPTION are you big ED or Little Ed???

    Sorry I’ll pick a window.
    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin)

    [I always liked Jemima, myself. They don’t make programmes like that anymore. – Features Editor]

  71. I Dont Believe It !!

    My wedding / honeymoon video’s have returned safe from the dvd transfer man !!!!

    I’m going home now

  72. So great to hear how well the shows are going… and FEd – you are doing a great job getting all the comments posted so promptly.

    For those in the UK, just a head’s up – keep an ear out for your friendly postman, as the RAH tickets have started to be sent out. Around 10 minutes ago, I had the very nice surprise of a pristine pair for May 30th arriving!

  73. This is for:

    PATRICK
    JAK
    KURT
    P.McCONNELL
    DEBORAH

    or any other individuals attending the WEST COAST SHOWS. Please contact this Gilmour fan in regard to attending these shows. I was fortunate enough to attend the N.Y. shows & would like to correspond with you. E-Mail me at mikede@ptd.net

    Thx again Fed Ed for the many posts of mine.

  74. [Just got back to Newmarket after the show]

    I was wondering how you managed to get back so quickly then realised you didn’t mean Newmarket in Suffolk!

  75. [My comment is How can there only be 2 comments at 11:25 pm est????]

    Different time zones? because F.ed is not a robot?

    [Because I have to get some sleep, Features Editor]

    You’re doing a brilliant job, take care of yourself and don’t over do it mate, please give me shout if you need a hand anytime.

    [Thanks, mate. I appreciate that. I’m getting up at 5:30am for the benefit of our North American readers, for God’s sake! I never get to bed before 1am and, quite frankly, I’m knackered! – Features Editor]

  76. Hi Fed, David & All, I have been really busy this last week havn’t had a chance to post or read any comments,I have finally read some tonight though it’s going to take me a while to catch up but may be you can atleast tell me has anyone guest who you are FED,If they hav’nt I still say your one of David’s children,Also I’m with BC Will David ever tour Australia & yes there are millions of fans here down under. Well thats all 4 now as I have a lot of reading to do. I LUV YOU DAVID X

    [No, the never-ending guessing game goes on. I’ve already denied being one of David’s children. – Features Editor]

  77. Help!

    I would like to say that “gold” and “platinium” don’t have the same meaning in all the countries.

    For example, in France, “gold” means 100 000 copies sold and “platinium” means 300 000 copies sold !!!

    Michèle

  78. Well after much panic trying to get my ticket reinstated. I was able to attend the second show at Massey Hall.

    Mr. Gilmour, Family and Bandmates THANK YOU for stopping in TORONTO I hope to see you again. As always never dissapointment

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    As for the show STUNNING,VISUAL,SONIC,VIRTUOSO,JUST PLAIN F*CKING OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!

    CANADA THANKS YOU
    I THANK YOU

  79. Dear Fe/Ed I was moved by the post by Mr Pearson who had sadly lost his wife last May I wanted to send my best wishes to him.

    I am not sure if David knows quite how much his music means to many of his fans (not a criticism).

    Like all the very best music David’s abilities as a musician manage to communicate and express emotions that are hard to put into words.

    His music has helped me through some very dark times throughout my life, his guitar playing has helped me to cry when I needed to as well as given me absolute joy ‘two sides of the same coin’.

    Above all he has the ability to show his humanity through his playing, whether intentionally or not this ability marks him out as one of the greatest ever communicators of emotion through music.

    Have a wonderful time at the RAH Mr Pearson :o)

  80. Hi Fed,David & All,Eclipse here again I forgot to mention that I really liked stuff & nonsense,that is new, as I mentioned in my earlier post been really busy and did not see that until 2 nite keep up the great ad ons to this site as I am really hooked on this site as I am hooked on david can’t get enough of David,also have I missed out on any of Claude’s idiotic remarks.(God he’s a DICK WIT) Sorry just had to get that in.

  81. Matt, If you want a song about cheese, try some Frank Zappa (say, the Duke of Prunes)…

    Bob Mitchell, you inner harbour devil, it is April the 11th, not the 1st… 😉

    Cheers!

  82. congratulations to the success that OAI is getting all over the world…and i can see that the tour is going pretty well to…unfortunately i wasnt and i wont be able to see any of the shows because i live in portugal…and of course its out of the list…

    as a portuguese i would like to know what is the favorite team of mr david gilmour..and what he thinks about jose mourinho…just for fun

    [David likes Arsenal, Paulo. – Features Editor]

  83. Hey Chicago fans, anyone know the alcohol policy at the Rosemont? I am very wary of drunken fans ruining the experience. Do they serve booze out in the lobby and let fans drink inside the theatre? How about security? Do they check through everyones items for any contraband or do they have metal wands they use. Love to drink like everyone else but this is a once in a lifetime event and I do not want to have a Rudder’s experience! Thanks for the answers.

    Dave in Ft. Wayne

  84. Guy,

    …I….can’t…help…………..it….

    YOUGUYSF*CKIN’ROCK!YEAH!F*CKIN-A!!!WOOOHOOOOO!!!!

    damn. can’t seem to shake that new-york-screaming thing…. 😉

    Seriously, you guys really are tight-on! As a keyboardist who always had a special place in his heart for Richard Wright, (and was floored the first time I heard his “come back” on “Inside Out”), I’m really happy for him!

  85. Is there anybody who knows when the vinyl version of the On An Island album will be available? I have ordered a copy and the first release would be the 4th of April wich wasn’t the case. Now the date is the 17th of April… Can anyone confirm this date or the correct release date? And why are they always delaying releases (P.U.L.S.E.?)

    [We’re not talking about the ‘PULSE’ DVD here, as that’s a Pink Floyd issue, but I wouldn’t expect to have the record before mid-May, I’m afraid. We’ll keep you informed on the Latest News page. – Features Editor]

  86. “For those of you who have been at these last couple of shows, is Rick on fire or what???

    God this band rocks,and I should know, I’m in it…”

    DROOL

    I hope theres gonna be some footage of that concert in the DVD if it comes out, it sounded so sweet. you lucky lot!

  87. Well after attending concerts for 30 years last night at Massey Hall was indeed the best concert

    I have ever seen. David and the band were incredible throughout the entire show. David’s improvisations on almost every lead solo on every song were greatly appreciated and left me thinking what else could he possibly do to improve on each song. Every song was absolutley amazing and the best live performances I have ever seen.

    JP

  88. I see that ‘coming back to life’ was played on the second night of Toronto. Maybe, just maybe, they will play it the second night of Chicago!!??

    Anyway, at any “normal” concert I would definetly drink heavy and have a good time.. At this concert I will be sober, in my seat, soaking every note and lyric in.

    If people from Chicago are rude and loud I will be so angry and dissapointed. David please don’t give us a bad show because of some idiots!

  89. Saw the show Sunday night, and this is the first time I’ve had a chance to post.

    David & Crew: Bravo is all I can say. Echoes alone was worth the 300 mile drive & the ticket price. Hope you meant it when you said “we’ll see you again”

    We just so thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Personally, I didn’t think the crowd was too bad, except the fellow behind me that kept yelling “you are God!” (okay, that’s a new one to live up too!)

    Peter: Don’t forget to email me the link we we’re discussing!

  90. Hey Mark I was at that Neil Young show where Neil finally finally told the dude to shut the @#*&^! up. I was like 4 seats from the guy. He was with a young lady and she was very embarassed. In fact shortly there after security came and took the guy out. About 15 minutes later he was back but he knocked off the crap. It was an unplugged concert and we were in like the 3rd row. I thought it was great that Neil singled the guy out. Rosemont theater is a great place for a show like this.

    I have had my ticket for Thursday since they went on presale and I am happy to say I just scored a ticket close to the stage for Wednesday!

  91. F’ed: If someone guesses who you are will you tell us if they are correct, or just keep saying no?!

    [I don’t know why it’s so important to people, Angela. I’m just a fan, like everybody else here. – Features Editor]

  92. ok, i dived home at lunch and found a card from the postie saying that my ‘special delivery’ requiring a signature was waiting for me at the post office, so i dived in my car and sped down trembling with excitement, hand over the card and there they are in my hands, two tickets for the 29th may.

    i was feeling like charlie bucket after he found the golden ticket.

    only a slight bummer to discover that my tickets are for row 14 which is a bit further back than i would have liked as there is no slope on the floor and my view might be a bit restricted if there are any tall dudes sitting in front of me.

    one (or a couple of) other thing(s), i notice that the ticket has no counterfoil section, so do we get to keep the ticket or do we have to give the whole thing up.

    Also the name jmiles appears at the bottom of the ticket and as this is not my name, i hope that it’s not a way for the venue security to ensure that i am the ticket holder.

    [I’m sure you can keep the ticket, Kev. You’ll have no other problems with it, either. – Features Editor]

  93. To David and the whole band THANK YOU SO MUCH!As I have previously said this is the Concert of 2006 for Me in Toronto.

    David your guitar sounds so sweet and intoxicating I had closed my eyes at one point and felt every chord WOW. Richard your keyboards etc were like yester years Enlightning.

    God I did not want this night to end, however it did and will be bottled in my memory 4-ever.

    Cheers
    Debbie Marcotte

    Love ya Q107

    Mississauga ontario Canada

  94. To Ian Pearson :

    Happy Easter to you too mate. My deepest condolences on you loss. I’ve suffered a similar tragedy in my life also, and I know it’s a cliche, but time really does (minimize if not totally..)heal all wounds.

    Having seen the show here in Toronto I am 100% sure you will have an amazing time in Glasgow. They were brilliant! This DVD will something else; can’t wait.

    Anyway Ian, thanks for the opportunity to read you post. My thoughts are with you; as I’m sure all of David’s fans are (..and there are a lot of us aren’t there?).

    yours truly,
    Tom Connolly 🙂

  95. My wife and I were fortunate enough be part of the experience Sunday night, sitting in row I at Massey Hall.

    We’ve collectively been to a few concerts, including the Division Bell tour in 94 and the last 4 U2 tours with great seats, but the Massey Hall show stands out alone as “the experience”, not just a concert.

    There was indeed something special in the air Sunday night and am glad that Guy felt the vibe and hopeful that David and rest of the band felt it as well.

    The seemingly endless standing ovation between Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb almost levitated the Hall!

    Many thanks to David, Richard, Guy, Jon, Phil, Dick, and Stve for a marvelous experience for a lifetime. A special thanks should go to Guy and Jon who should get bigger props as the unsung sidemen who have been there at David’s side for about 20 years now.

  96. Hi all, well I am catching up slowly but I had to post to say that BOB YOUR A W*NKER

    [We don’t want personal attacks of this sort. There are nicer ways of showing your disagreement with someone, so please, let’s cut this kind of thing out or posts will be deleted. Thank you. – Features Editor]

  97. I do apologise Mr Pearson after reading my post to you earlier I said have a wonderful time at the RAH!!

    You are of course going to Glasgow and it is me who is going to the RAH lol

    I feel like a dumbass now :o)

    [You and me both, James. I didn’t pick up on that, either! – Features Editor]

  98. To Ian Pearson: I kinda want to reply but dont really know what to say except ‘chin up’. Memories never fade.

    All the best
    Pete – Coventry

  99. [I don’t know why it’s so important to people, Angela. I’m just a fan, like everybody else here. – Features Editor]

    It’s because you are the great ‘unknown’ in this blog LOL! People love a bit of mystery.

    Anyway, I don’t really think your true identity would mean anything to me since you are probably an employee of the organisation that David has hired to promote his album. Perhaps you got this job because you are a fan, and know your Floyd/David Gilmour?

    To me, you are Ed, and I think you are a nice guy doing a great job keeping the loonies satisfied.

    Thats enough for me. Keep up the good work!

    Best,
    Clemens

    [Thanks, Clemens. If we had an award for ‘Fan Farer Who Speaks The Most Sense’, you’d win it. – Features Editor]

  100. Quote Was Hendrix even this good on Guitar?
    Posted by: P. Catanzaro at April 11, 2006 02:41 PM

    Who is this Hendrix person you speak of? did he play guitar as well??

    I seem to recall Mr Gilmour saying he wasn’t all that bad in an inteview once.

    I am of course only kidding ;o) sorry about that I don’t get out that much.

  101. Guy,

    I really appreciate your posts, it’s great to hear the bands perspective on how the tour is going.

    Thanks for the great album and please keep posting.

    All the best.

  102. Hi F’Ed

    Thanks for your reply about the RAH tickets the other day – just to let you know they arrived today!! (Well, they arrived in Scotland today and are on their way south as I type!). Nice seats as well, in the stalls, stage right.

    Still seems a long way off but I’m sure the time will fly…

    Laterzzz

  103. The Sunday show was so good! In my opinion, the band was very tight, and the setlist was excellent.

    My personal highlights were Echoes, High Hopes, and The Blue.

    I couldn’t believe the solo in Comfortably Numb!! It kept going and going. I thought my son Mike was going to have a seizure!! He had his eyes closed with bliss. Have to love a 20 year old with good musical taste.

    Thank you David and all of the band, for a memorable evening. A big thanks to the fans on the left floor. Yes, I heard a few idiots in the hall, but our area was great. Very nice people, and not a fool to be found.

    Angela, it was a lovely surprise to meet you and your husband Sunday morning! Great to meet a fellow blogger! I enjoyed our conversation, and I’m so pleased to hear that you had a good visit to my hometown!!

    I haven’t forgotten you – that email with the link will be on its way today!

    I’d like to rename Wish You Were Here, to Glad I Was There!!!

    Toronto Sun – 5 out of 5 stars!! (I’d give it a 6)

  104. Good morning, F.Ed,

    In bed after 1AM and up at 5:30AM? That’s dedication there. Are you on straight coffee grounds? Thanks for working so hard.

    Guy wrote “God this band rocks, and I should know, I’m in it… ”

    You just now figured that out? and I thought I was slow…

    The reviews have been great to read, sounds like the shows have been a real joy to watch as well as perform. (as a side note, it’s really quite interesting how people can watch the same show in the same place and have totally different experiences. It really makes you think about how much expectation and attitude play in one’s concert-going experience).

    Anyways, good day all. Thanks to my fellow bloggers for making this such an interesting place to be.

    Mike

  105. Hello Guy

    Just want to let you know that a young lady seated directly in front of me had her camera taken away from her by an usher and had to leave for a bit.And what an inopportune time it was as it was during Echoes.So let this be a fair warning to future concertgoers.You could really miss out big time if you bring your cameras with you.So just don’t.

    As far as the concert goes,what can I say that hasn’t been said already.Absolutely stunning.It all seems so surreal now.Thank you David and Friends!

  106. For Ian and Tom ~

    I am very sorry to hear of your losses. I wanted to send this chapter along in hopes of it helping a bit.

    It is from my favorite book and author and its message of continuance has inspired me in times of loss.

    I hope in can comfort you as much as it has comforted me.

    Shine On ~
    Matt

    GREAT GRANDMA

    SHE WAS A WOMAN WITH A BROOM OR DUST PAN OR A WASHRAG OR A MIXING SPOON IN HER HAND. YOU SAW HER CUTTING PIECRUST IN THE MORNING, HUMMING TO IT, OR YOU SAW HER SETTING OUT THE BAKED PIES AT NOON OR TAKING THEM IN, COOL, AT DUSK. SHE RANG PORCELAIN CUPS LIKE A SWISS BELL RINGER, TO THEIR PLACE. SHE GLIDED THROUGH HALLS AS STEADILY AS A VACUUM MACHINE, SEEKING, FINDING AND SETTING TO RIGHTS.

    SHE MADE MIRRORS OUT OF EVERY WINDOW, TO CATCH THE SUN. SHE STROLLED BUT TWICE THROUGH ANY GARDEN, TROWEL IN HAND, AND THE FLOWERS RAISED THEIR QUIVERING FIRES UPON THE WARM AIR OF HER WAKE. SHE SLEPT QUIETLY AND TURNED NO MORE THAN THREE TIMES IN A NIGHT, AS RELAXED AS A WHITE GLOVE TO WHICH, AT DAWN, A BRISK HAND WILL RETURN. WAKING, SHE TOUCHED PEOPLE LIKE PICTURES, TO SET THEIR FRAMES STRAIGHT.

    BUT , NOW…?

    “GRANDMA,” SAID EVERYONE. “GREAT-GRANDMA”.

    NOW IT WAS AS IF A HUGE SUM IN ARITHMETIC WERE FINALLY DRAWING TO AN END. SHE HAD STUFFED TURKEYS, CHICKENS, SQUABS, GENTLEMEN AND BOYS. SHE HAD WASHED CEILINGS, WALLS, INVALIDS, AND CHILDREN. SHE HAD LAID LINOLEUM, REPAIRED BICYCLES, WOUND CLOCKS, STOKED FURNACES, SWABBED IODINE

    ON TEN THOUSAND GRIEVOUS WOUNDS. HER HANDS HAD FLOWN ALL AROUND ABOUT AND DOWN, GENTLING THIS, HOLDING THAT, THROWING BASEBALLS, SWINGING BRIGHT CROQUET MALLETS, SEEDING BLACK EARTH, OR FIXING COVERS OVER DUMPLINGS, RAGOUTS, AND CHILDREN WILDLY STREWN BY SLUMBER. SHE HAD PULLED DOWN SHADES, PINCHED OUT CANDLES, TURNED SWITCHES, AND – GROWN OLD. LOOKING BACK ON THIRTY BILLIONS OF THINGS STARTED, CARRIED, FINISHED AND DONE, IT ALL SUMMED UP, TOTALED OUT; THE LAST DECIMAL WAS PLACED, THE FINAL ZERO SWUNG SLOWLY INTO LINE A SILENT HOUR BEFORE REACHING FOR THE ERASER.

    “LET ME SEE NOW” SAID GREAT-GRANDMA. “LET ME SEE……..”

    WITH NO FUSS OR FURTHER ADO, SHE TRAVELED THE HOUSE IN AN EVER-CIRCLING INVENTORY, REACHED THE STAIRS AT LAST, AND, MAKING NO SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT, SHE TOOK HERSELF UP THE THREE FLIGHTS TO HER ROOM WHERE, SILENTLY, SHE LAID HERSELF OUT LIKE A FOSSIL IMPRINT UNDER THE SNOWING COOL SHEETS OF HER BED AND BEGAN TO DIE.

    AGAIN THE VOICES:

    “GRANDMA! GREAT-GRANDMA!”

    THE RUMOR OF WHAT SHE WAS DOING DROPPED DOWN THE STAIRWELL, HIT, AND SPREAD RIPPLES THROUGH THE ROOMS, OUT THE DOORS AND WINDOWS AND ALONG THE STREET OF ELMS TO THE EDGE OF THE GREEN RAVINE.

    “HERE NOW HERE!”

    THE FAMILY SURROUNDED HER BED.

    “JUST LET ME LIE,” SHE WHISPERED.

    HER AILMENT COULD NOT BE SEEN IN ANY MICROSCOPE; IT WAS A MILD BUT EVER-DEEPENING TIREDNESS, A DIM WEIGHTING OF HER SPARROW BODY; SLEEPY; SLEEPIER; SLEEPIEST.

    AS FOR HER CHILDREN AND HER CHILDREN’S CHILDREN-IT SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE THAT WITH SUCH A SIMPLE ACT, THE MOST LEISURELY ACT IN THE WORLD, SHE COULD CAUSE SUCH APPREHENSION.

    “GREAT-GRANDMA, NOW LISTEN- WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS NO BETTER

    THAN BREAKING A LEASE. THIS HOUSE WILL FALL DOWN WITHOUT YOU. YOU MUST GIVE US AT LEAST A YEAR’S NOTICE!”

    GREAT-GRANDMA OPENED ONE EYE. NINETY YEARS GAZED CALMLY OUT AT HER PHYSICIANS LIKE A DUST-GHOST FROM A HIGH CUPOLA WINDOW IN A FAST EMPTYING HOUSE. “TOM…?”

    THE BOY WAS SENT, ALONE, TO HER WHISPERING BED.

    “TOM,” SHE SAID, FAINTLY, FAR AWAY, “IN THE SOUTHERN SEAS THERE’S A DAY IN EACH MAN’S LIFE WHEN HE KNOWS IT’S TIME TO SAY GOOD-BY AND SAIL AWAY, AND HE DOES, AND IT’S NATURAL-IT’S JUST HIS TIME. THAT’S HOW IT IS TODAY. I’M SO LIKE YOU SOMETIMES, SITTING THROUGH SATURDAY MATINEES UNTIL NINE AT NIGHT WHEN WE SEND YOUR DAD TO BRING YOU HOME. TOM, WHEN THE TIME COMES THAT THE SAME COWBOYS ARE SHOOTING THE SAME INDIANS ON THE SAME MOUNTAINTOP, THEN IT’S BEST TO FOLD BACK THE SEAT AND HEAD FOR THE DOOR, WITH NO REGRETS AND NO WALKING BACKWARD UP THE AISLE. SO, I’M LEAVING WHILE I’M HAPPY AND STILL ENTERTAINED”.

    DOUGLAS WAS SUMMONED NEXT TO HER SIDE.

    “GRANDMA, WHO’LL SHINGLE THE ROOF NEXT SPRING?”

    EVERY APRIL FOR AS FAR BACK AS THERE WERE CALENDERS, YOU THOUGHT YOU HEARD WOODPECKERS TAPPING THE HOUSETOP. BUT NO, IT WAS GREAT-GRANDMA SOMEHOW TRANSPORTED, SINGING, POUNDING NAILS, REPLACING SHINGLES, HIGH IN THE SKY!

    “DOUGLAS,” SHE WHISPERED, “DON’T EVER LET ANYONE DO THE SHINGLES UNLESS IT’S FUN FOR THEM.”

    “YES’M”

    “LOOK AROUND COME APRIL, AND SAY, “WHO’D LIKE TO FIX THE ROOF?’ AND WHICHEVER FACE LIGHTS UP IS THE FACE YOU WANT,DOUGLAS. BECAUSE UP THERE ON THAT ROOF YOU CAN SEE THE WHOLE TOWN GOING TOWARD THE COUNTRY AND THE COUNTRY GOING TOWARD THE EDGE OF THE EARTH AND THE RIVER SHINING, AND THE MORNING LAKE, AND BIRDS ON THE TREES DOWN UNDER YOU, AND THE BEST OF THE WIND ALL AROUND ABOVE.

    ANY ONE OF THOSE SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO MAKE A PERSON CLIMB A WEATHER VANE SOME SPRING SUNRISE. IT’S A POWERFUL HOUR, IF YOU GIVE IT HALF A CHANCE……….

    HER VOICE SANK TO A FLUTTER.

    DOUGLAS WAS CRYING.

    SHE ROUSED HERSELF AGAIN. “NOW, WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?”

    “BECAUSE,” HE SAID, “YOU WON’T BE HERE TOMORROW.”

    SHE TURNED A SMALL HAND MIRROR FROM HERSELF TO THE BOY. HE LOOKED AT HER FACE AND HIMSELF IN THE MIRROR AND THEN AT HER FACE AGAIN AS SHE SAID, “TOMMORROW MORNING I’LL GET UP AT SEVEN AND WASH BEHIND MY EARS; I”LL RUN TO CHURCH WITH CHARLIE WOODMAN; I’LL PICNIC AT ELECTRIC PARK; I’LL SWIM, RUN BAREFOOT, FALL OUT OF TREES, CHEW SPEARMINT GUM…..DOUGLAS,

    DOUGLAS, FOR SHAME! YOU CUT FINGERNAILS, DON’T YOU?”

    “YES’M”

    “AND YOU DON’T YELL WHEN YOUR BODY MAKES ITSELF OVER EVERY SEVEN YEARS OR SO, OLD CELLS DEAD AND NEW ONES ADDED TO YOUR FINGERS AND YOUR HEART. YOU DON’T MIND THAT, DO YOU?”

    “NO’M”

    “WELL, CONSIDER THEN, BOY. ANY MAN SAVES FINGERNAIL CLIPPINGS IS A FOOL. YOU EVER SEE A SNAKE BOTHER TO KEEP HIS PEELED SKIN? THAT’S ABOUT ALL YOU GOT HERE TODAY IN THIS BED IS FINGERNAILS AND SNAKE SKIN. ONE GOOD BREATH WOULD SEND ME UP IN FLAKES. IMPORTANT THING IS NOT THE ME THAT’S LYING HERE, BUT THE ME THAT’S SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE BED LOOKING BACK AT ME, AND THE ME THAT’S DOWNSTAIRS COOKING SUPPER, OR OUT IN THE GARAGE UNDER THE CAR, OR IN THE LIBRARY READING. ALL THE NEW PARTS, THEY COUNT. I’M NOT REALLY DYING TODAY. NO PERSON EVER DIED THAT HAD A FAMILY. I’LL BE AROUND A LONG TIME. A THOUSAND YEARS FROM NOW A WHOLE TOWNSHIP OF MY OFFSPRING WILL BE BITING SOUR APPLES IN THE GUMWOOD SHADE. THAT’S MY ANSWER TO ANYONE ASKS BIG QUESTIONS! QUICK NOW, SEND IN THE REST!

    AT LAST THE ENTIRE FAMILY STOOD, LIKE PEOPLE SEEING SOMEONE OFF AT A RAIL STATION, WAITING IN THE ROOM.

    “WELL,” SAID GREAT-GRANDMA, “THERE I AM. I’M NOT HUMBLE, SO IT’S NICE SEEING YOU STANDING AROUND MY BED. NOW NEXT WEEK THERE’S LATE GARDENING AND CLOSET-CLEANING AND CLOTHES BUYING FOR CHILDREN TO DO. AND SINCE THE PART OF ME WHICH IS CALLED, FOR CONVENIENCE, GREAT-GRANDMA, WON’T BE HERE TO STEP IT ALONG, THOSE OTHER PARTS OF ME CALLED UNCLE BERT AND LEO AND TOM AND DOUGLAS, AND ALL THE OTHER NAMES, WILL HAVE TO TAKE OVER, EACH TO HIS OWN”.

    “YES, GRANDMA.”

    “I DON’T WANT ANY HALLOWEEN PARTIES HERE TOMORROW. DON’T WANT ANYONE SAYING ANYTHING SWEET ABOUT ME; I SAID IT ALL IN MY TIME AND MY PRIDE. I’VE TASTED EVERY VICTUAL AND DANCED EVERY DANCE; NOW THERE’S ONE TUNE I HAVEN’T WHISTLED. BUT I’M NOT AFRAID. I’M TRULY CURIOUS. DEATH WON’T GET A CRUMB BY MY MOUTH I WON’T KEEP AND SAVOR. SO DON’T WORRY OVER ME. NOW, ALL OF YOU GO, AND LET ME FIND MY SLEEP….”

    SOMEWHERE A DOOR CLOSED QUIETLY.

    “THAT’S BETTER.” ALONE, SHE SNUGGLED LUXURIOUSLY DOWN THROUGH THE WARM SNOWBANK OF LINEN AND WOOL, SHEET AND COVER, AND THE COLORS OF THE PATCHWORK QUILT WERE BRIGHT AS THE CIRCUS BANNERS OF OLD TIME. LYING THERE, SHE FELT AS SMALL AND SECRET AS ON THOSE MORNINGS EIGHTY-SOME-ODD

    YEARS AGO WHEN, WAKENING, SHE COMFORTED HER TENDER BONES IN BED.

    A LONG TIME BACK, SHE THOUGHT, I DREAMED A DREAM, AND THAT WAS THE DAY I WAS BORN. AND NOW? NOW , LET ME SEE………..

    SHE CAST HER MIND BACK. WHERE WAS I? SHE THOUGHT.

    NINETY YEARS……..HOW TO TAKE UP THE THREAD AND THE PATTERN OF THAT LOST DREAM AGAIN? SHE PUT OUT A SMALL HAND.

    THERE………YES, THAT WAS IT. SHE SMILED. DEEPER IN THE WARM SNOW HILL SHE TURNED HER HEAD UPON HER PILLOW. THAT WAS BETTER. NOW, YES, NOW SHE SAW IT SHAPING IN HER MIND QUIETLY, AND WITH A SERENITY LIKE A SEA MOVING ALONG AN ENDLESS AND SELF-REFRESHING SHORE. NOW SHE LET THE OLD DREAM TOUCH AND LIFT HER FROM THE SNOW AND DRIFT HER ABOVE THE SCARCE-REMEMBERED BED.

    DOWNSTAIRS, SHE THOUGHT, THEY ARE POLISHING THE SILVER, AND RUMMAGING THE CELLAR, AND DUSTING IN THE HALLS. SHE COULD HEAR THEM LIVING ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE.

    “IT’S ALL RIGHT,” WHISPERED GREAT-GRANDMA, AS THE DREAM FLOATED HER. “LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN THIS LIFE, IT’S FITTING.”

    AND THE SEA MOVED HER BACK DOWN THE SHORE.

    RAY BRADBURY
    DANDELION WINE

  107. FELLOW BLOGGERS AND DAVID GILMOUR FANS…..LETS MAKE THE APRIL 20 JAY LENO SHOW THE MOST WATCHED LENO EVER…BECAUSE OF DAVID. TELL ALL YOUR FREINDS NEIGHBORS…EVERYONE AND ANYONE WHO WANTS TO HEAR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VOICE OF OUR TIME…NO I’M NOT FORGETTING THE MOST FABULOUS AND MELODIC GUITAR EVER…THAT’S A GIVEN.

    TO FEATURES EDITOR….COULD YOU BE NICK MASON? IF NOT, WHOEVER YOU ARE I LOVE YOUR TACT AND WIT. AND I HOPE PEOPLE KEEP POURING OUT THE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THEY ENJOYED THE CONCERTS AND COMPLIMENTS FOR DAVID GILMOUR AND BAND. LET’S KEEP THE NEGATIVE TO A MINIMUM. THE CONCERT OF MY LIFE WILL BE ON APRIL 13 AT THE ROSEMONT. NEVER HAVING SEEN DAVID BEFORE, BUT ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIM AND HIS MUSIC. I LISTEN TO MY CD’S EVERY DAY AT WORK AND HAVE THEM IN THE CAR. ON AN ISLAND IS BEAUTIFUL. SOMEDAY I HOPE HE RECORDS ‘DIMMING OF THE DAY’ SO BEAUTIFUL ON THE DVD. BUT THEN ANYTHING HE DOES IS BEAUTIFUL.. AND HE HAS A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. THANKS FOR ALL OF THIS SHARING F’ED…MOST ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE. I HAVE TO CHECK IN AND GO BLIND READING EVERY DAY.

    [Thank you, Jan. By the way, I’m not Nick Mason, nor am I one of David’s children. – Features Editor]

  108. No songs about cheese? are you sure?

    -What about Brie-the?
    -Brie- member a Day?
    -Out of the Blue Stilton?
    -Burning Brie-dges?
    -Another ‘Brick’ in the Wall? (Brick a cheese from Wisconsin)
    -Postel War Dream?

    I’m bored now! 🙂

    [I’ve spent the last ten minutes thinking of another, but no. Good one, Tony. – Features Editor]

  109. Ummm…. wow.

    Thank you to David and the band for the 2 most extraordinary concerts I’ve ever witnessed. There was truly something special in the air. We had tickets for the 9th and after that we HAD to go to the second show.

    The energy was electric and I truly felt honoured to be where I was. Everything from the sound to the lasers was absolutely perfect. It was great to hear the classics and the modern masterpieces. On an Island put me in a trance and the second half absolutely exploded Massey Hall.

    Thank you David, I’ll never forget it, you brought me back in time. Playing a small venue was the best decision you made! So intimate and personal.

    jv

  110. Yes, Guy, Rick was definately on fire at Radio City, both musically and vocally. His performance in Echoes in particular gave me chills. Let’s hope this same band can stay together when he goes on a tour for his next solo album (heck, I’d even love a belated Broken China tour).

    And you were pretty damn hot yourself (with your bass playing… don’t read into that any further), especially on Time which is a nice challenging song from start to finish for any bass player, so give yourself a pat on the back too.

  111. I only had two tickets for Monday’s show so I thought I would walk by Massey on Sunday to see if I could see David or anybody else walking in and when I turned the corner all I could see is a shower of equipment being unloaded off of two semi trucks. So I have to give a shout out to all the boys who have to unload it and reload it because there was a lot of work to pack it, unpack it and keeping track of it all. So I took a few pictures and stood on the corner outside of the box office waiting and watching, and a guy walks out of the box office with a big old grin, I asked him why the smile and he said that they released 100 single seats and there are a few left so I ran in and had maybe 3 or 4 guys in front of me and somebody said they were going for 150 bucks per seat. Wow a small price to pay to see the once in a life time concert, two guys left right away and then there was one guy left and I over heard that there was one seat left and that there was a small railing blocking the view on the left side of the balcony. He thought about it for the longest time and he finally passed on it and walked out, I didn’t even think for a second I had my Credit Card out and was smiling. Paid and walked out and every body passing by saw my smile and asked if they were selling any more and I told them nope I got the last one, I ran back to my hotel afraid of getting followed (even though Toronto was a good clean city, I didn’t want to take any chances) because of the value and how lucky I had been. Also the ticket was only 88 CAN!!! WHAT A STEAL!!!!!!!

    Sunday: The seats were perfect the only thing the rail blocked was David’s knee caps, I can’t help but thank the box office guy for saying what he did or the guy in front of me would have gotten the last ticket. Sunday’s show was the best, I can’t even find the words and the goose bumps came almost every song because I couldn’t believe I was here. I really did not like that people were taking flash (turn them off on most digital cameras there is an option to turn it off, so turn it off my pictures came out fine with out the flash!!) And the other thing is don’t start clapping and cheering until the song is completely down playing, it gets frustrating at the end of high hopes after the lap steel guitar solo that I can’t hear him go back to his acoustic so if you go to future concerts don’t clap until the song is 100 % done, I know David will appreciate it. I really like the solo for Fat Old Sun, who ever controls the sound for the concert I tip my hat to you, Fat Old Sun was a nice flowing song until the solo and then it was cranked up and it sounded awesome. Nice and loud, I’ve never heard FOS played live but I truly love it now because of Sunday’s performance.

    Monday: I agree with Guy, Saturday’s concert was better comparing to Sundays. But it was nice to see Coming Back to Life played; I would have dropped Dominoes for Fat Old Sun but I’m not complaining it was nice to see and hear different songs. Richard does really get into when he is playing, it looks like him and Guy feed off of each other. Again don’t clap and cheer until the song is done I think David had enough of that because at the end of High Hopes when he went from his Lap steel solo back to the acoustic just before he started playing he held his arm up and silenced the crowd to hear the last part which was finally nice to hear, and funny when he silenced the crowd. (Totally agreed with him for doing that, so I hope people read this and learn from what happened) Again why don’t people turn off you flash on their cameras?????!!!!!

    I saw a oops by the support people on the stage helping David and the crew changing guitars. Somebody put the lap steel guitar out for high hopes, but forgot to put the silver thing out for playing the frets so he ran it over and gave it to David and David quickly grabbed it and missed the first note but picked right up by the time he got it in his hand and I was impressed, it didn’t sound like anything was off.

    I wish I had money so I could go to the Chicago show to see it, I would be in money problems but you can’t but a price tag on his shows.

    Hope to see David and the crew back in North America in the future if not I’ll have one hell of a story to tell my kids, and my grandkids when I have them.

    P.S. Also when you record the DVD, please, please could you put Fat Old Sun on it!!!

  112. Date: April 5, 2006

    To: David G., Richard W., Phil M., Steve S., Guy P., Dick P., Jon C., David C., and Graham N.
    CC: All the family, friends and support crew on the tour

    From: Radio City Music Hall
    Section 509 Center-First Mezzanine
    First 10 Rows (I can’t speak for those beyond my immediate perimeter)

    About Us:
    -No/Few Cameras and Cell Phones
    -Limited Talking/Cheering/Screaming during Songs
    -Overall, we were a great, well-behaved bunch of folks.

    Notes:
    1. Thank you-the show was fabulous
    2. We miss you
    3. Come back someday
    4. While the NY crowds are “exciting”, a little known fact that may serve you well in the future is that the State of CT is close by, with small venues, parks and many relaxing towns to visit. They also boast a strong airport security for dignitaries
    5. We hope to see many of you again!

    Other Thoughts:

    David-You look great and sound even better than ever. As the years go on, I hope you contemplate occasional US shows (even one-off’s)when you feel so compelled or even when you are traveling with just an acoustic. After all, I get to see BB King every year!!

    Richard-Superb! How about a follow-on to Broken China! Also, how do you manage to deal with that “ever perky” Guy fellow?

    Polly-Beautiful lyrics and thanks for keeping the old man happy! We hope he hasn’t been to much trouble over the years, helps around the house a bit and spends quality time with the kids. If he doesn’t, feel free to share this with him as a reminder!

    Dick-The sax switch went on without a hitch! Now that’s a video clip they should post here!

    Jon-Looking forward to the Richard Butler album and the support on that other tour this fall..hoping to hear you handle “Dogs” again

    David C. & Graham N.-I Haven’t seen you live since ’00. Wonderful!

    Not to lump the rest of you (but I don’t want to drone on) but to Steve, Guy, Phil (and anyone I may have missed)..Great job!

    Best regards!

  113. Thank’s Matt,

    great news about the tickets . I can finally go back to proper food. I’m gone right off Fingernail stew so I am. ” Mr postman bring me a dream,make the coolest Ive ever seen……”

    Rgding your promptnessess what coffee do you use??????????????. ” Go on tell me I’ll send you a crackerjack pencil”

    Rgds Geoff Duffy (Dublin)

    [I don’t touch the horrible stuff, Geoff. – Features Editor]

  114. Is there, by any chances, that Montréal (Qc) could get One Night with Mister Gilmour in the very next future?

    Please let me know if so!

    Thx

    Nicolas

  115. Went to the concert last night. Still cannot believe it. My wife and I were in third row centre. Wow! Fan- F-ing- tastic! (pardon my language). Division Bell in ’94 was the first concert that we went to see together and no other concert since has been the equal of it until last night. Just amazing. Of course, Echoes was the highlight, but hearing the new album live (and without the orchestral instruments) was amazing too. Am I the only one who tears up when they hear the solos in Comfortably Numb? They are just exquisite!

    There was only one yob yelling “Yeah, Davey”, “Yeah, Ricky” that sort of thing, showing off his (lack of) knowledge of the PF member’s names. He didn’t do it enough to be really annoying. As far as I could hear, the rest of the audience was very respectful. I noticed a lot of people just staring at David with these looks of pure rapture. Guy was really rocking! And I was so proud of the standing ovation that everyone gave Richard. His response to it was great. No wonder he was on fire! And someone has to tell Phil that he doesn’t need to wear loud shirts to be noticed (loved the leather pants, though).

    I am curious to know how Dick Parry felt, being bathed in those vertical lines of white light. (almost looked like a jail). My guess is that he probably doesn’t notice it and will be quite surprised when he sees himself on the DVD (please, please), lit up like a rock star.

    Thanks to David, Polly and everyone in the band for touring, and thanks to everyone in the crew (especially the cute, young one who may have been David’s son, the world’s youngest roadie, helping them break down the set) for making it possible.

  116. No songs about cheese? are you sure?

    [I’ve spent the last ten minutes thinking of another, but no. Good one, Tony. – Features Editor]

    What about ?

    Out of the Bleu ?
    Goudabye Bleu Sky ?

    😉

    Matt

    [I love it. – Features Editor]

  117. [To me, you are Ed, and I think you are a nice guy doing a great job keeping the loonies satisfied.]

    And as probably the biggest loony on this blogsite I agree.

    Pete – Coventry

    [Cheers, Pete. – Features Editor]

  118. God can kill me after the 2nd show in rosemont…there will be a smile on my face and no regrets.

    PS: new to Chicago…is there pre-concert hangout place being recomended.

  119. [I don’t know why it’s so important to people, Angela. I’m just a fan, like everybody else here. – Features Editor]

    Stop ruining our fun and tell us what school you and David both went to.

  120. [I’ve spent the last ten minutes thinking of another, but no. Good one, Tony. – Features Editor]

    Not a song but how bout Phil Mozzarrella…ouch

    [I’ll resist the urge to say that was cheesy, John. ‘Doh! – Features Editor]

  121. Dear Fed Ed.,

    I was thrilled to have my question answered from last week regaring any late night show appearences that David will be making, via the website’s news section. In my humble opinion that’s really a smart move playing one of the late night shows, especially since he’s going to be in the city where they tape the shows.

    I’ll be watching The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 20.

    Now I’ve got to get ready to wrap stuff up here at work before driving to catch my flight to Chicago from my home state of Virginia. I’ll be seeing both of David’s shows at the Rosemount.

    I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mark Sachs from Virginia

  122. Based on my notes, this was the first time the band strung together Wearing The Inside Out, Coming Back To Life, Dominoes… and only the 3rd CBTL all together…

    5 days until Oakland! WOOOHOOO!

    BigAl

  123. i haven’t got my tix yet. hope they come soon. trinity street have been crap imo. they didn’t answer my mate’s e-mails and he wrote to them four times. speak as you find i suppose. great post, craig. glad to see you’re still awake, ed.

  124. Hey folks, this blog has been great. Glad we steered it back on course.

    I am holding an extra pair of good seats for Monday Night Oakland show. I only want these tickets to go to David Gilmour fans. I’d prefer they go to someone active in this blog and it has been a nice group (for the most part), and kept the excitement up and building. If they were to go to a father taking their son, that would be a bonus. Face value of course w/ all charges.

    If you meet this criteria, and can prove to me you either live in Bay Area or proof you will be here for Monday’s show, send me an email. If you can include a tidbit about my ‘alter-ego’ or explain why/how ‘I go both ways’, that would prove to me you have been paying attention to the blog, as this has come up a few times. I will do this carefully to be sure the ‘right’ people attend. I will be 2 rows directly behind you, so I am going, but friends backed out for some INSANE REASON.

    David Gilmour
    Paramount Theatre-Oakland, Oakland, CA
    Monday April 17, 2006 8:00 pmÂ
    section ORCH, row GG, seats 127-125
    Total Charge: $216.60 (US)

    If you dont know the Paramount, this row 7 of 2nd orch section, along middle aisle. Good Seats.

    email me at bigalkeller@hotmail.com and we can make arrangements if you are the lucky one.

    Good Luck
    Big Al

  125. [I don’t know why it’s so important to people, Angela. I’m just a fan, like everybody else here. – Features Editor]

    I suppose it’s become sort of a game for us bloggers, and apparently you want to keep playing! I’m sure many of us feel like we have gotten to “know” you through this, so that is why we are compelled to guess! It looks like your identity will go down as another of the world’s great mysteries, like Marilyn Monroes death or something..:)

  126. I was at the first show in Toronto. I won’t go into any detail, we all know how fantastic the show was… I want to bring up something though. I was watching Jon Carin closely… during CN, “Ok. Just a little pinprick. There’ll be no more …Aaaaaahhhhh!”.. and he gently taps the PING note on his keyboard as Rick says pinprick. I thought that was awesome! The way he did was great. With such enjoyment. I love seeing that stuff!! Yeah, Rick was on vocals for CN with David doing the chorus. AWESOME!

    Anyone spot David and the guys around Toronto at any restaurants? or shops?

  127. I’ve been attending this site for several months, made a few posts etc. (I haven’t become quite the blog-addict that Rudders is!!!).

    I’ve had a nagging thought in the back of my mind while reading this…especially since learning that the ‘man of the moment’ actually casts his eye over what we write.

    That thought is: I hope in all sincerity that David now realises how much his music is loved by so many people…and that this album / tour is not the last we get to see of him. It seems like he’s started something new…and one can’t help but hope that he has found a new passion as well.

  128. Coming Back To Life, now I remember. Just before this was played, there was a pause and David collaborated with Richard, and Richard seemed bewildered. Last moments notice perhaps? Richard,you were rockin on Echoes, you should have seen Jon, his expression was priceless. How come he’s havin all the fun. LOL. Congrats on Platinum ,gang, see you on Jay Leno and play Echoes, that’ll freak him out. Just kidding. RAH should be incredible, I’m sure that the orchestra, special guests, including Fed and Sned, Polly on stage? Recorded ,after this practice tour. Thank You and Shine On you Great Diamonds.

  129. Brie , Brie in the air…………. or from the Wall ” put you through a Cheddar on a saturday night oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh babe.

    And if thats not enough Atom Heart has it’s own LAUGHING COW.
    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin)

  130. I have recieved my 29th RAH tickets but not a pair! I have one in row 5 and one in row 6 (block O). Contacted RAH and following received:

    “Thank you for your email….these are two single seats. I hope that you have an excellent evening nevertheless.”

    I have e-mailed Trinity St but the earlier post suggests a reply not guaranteed. I know I am lucky to get tickets but I bought a ‘pair’ and was rather hoping to enjoy the show with my wife! Surely two adjacent seats isn’t too much to expect at these prices.

    [It certainly isn’t too much to expect, Pete. Leave it with me. – Features Editor]

  131. *cheese songs continued*

    Swiss You Were Here

    Ok I’m spent…

    ~Matt

    [That’s the one. Bravo! – Features Editor]

  132. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people in the US to even be able to see David Gilmour live. I have never seen Pink Floyd and had no desire to see Roger Waters. The most common reaction when I tell people I am driving 7 hours to Chicago to see David Gilmour is, “Who?”

    Unfortunately, my generation is musically retarded and have wasted their ears on this over-produced crap the industry wants us to think is rock and roll. At least I know better. I can’t wait. I don’t care what he plays. Old Floyd, newer Floyd, all songs I have never heard or everything off OAI. I know I won’t be disappointed. Can’t wait.

    Erin

  133. Holy Cow! MY show is a week from Thursday! Can’t believe it’s almost here! Getting even more excited… if that is somehow possible!

    It was really great listening to OAI at the Grand Canyon while hiking… had the cd player on repeat and listened over and over during the 10 mile hike. What a great setting for this cd! Someone said above that most of us are really going to the show for the second half. I’m in the minority I guess… I can’t wait to hear OAI live!!! Yes I also am WAY stoked to hear Echos live… and I will enjoy the old Floyd stuff hugely- but I’m there for OAI… want to see how it translates to the live setting (I’ve heard most of the old Floyd catalogue live at some point- cd mind you- I’ve only seen them once for TDB tour).

    See you all soon at the Gibson! Don’t forget to wear a button/name badge saying “Zaphod Beeblebrox For President” if you want to be recognized as a fellow blogger!

    Tim

  134. F Ed, you wrote above that you are neither Nick Mason or one of David’s children. Perhaps you are one of Nick Mason’s children?

    I know the truth. You are Bill Clinton. He’s a fan of the sax, y’know, and when he found out that David plays that instrument he had to apply for this F Ed job. Come on, fess up, you’re Bill Clinton. Right?

    (Okay, so you’re Monica Lewinsky. So sue me.)

    [No, all wrong. Sorry, Dan. – Features Editor]

  135. Caption:

    As the Astoria sinks to the murky bottom of the Thames, Cap’n Gilmour blasts out a rendition of ‘I’m forever blowing Bubbles’ (the Wacko Jacko theme tune!)

  136. Comportment – yeah thats what its about. America is lucky to experience the musical talents of David Gilmour and his band. Yet as I read this I hear of nothing but people behaving in a boorish fashion – hooting and yelling like it was a bull fight, heavy drinking and rude noises. Such nonsense.Anyone with a miniscule modicum of musical acument would realise that this performance is in its very essence a classical, theatrical performance, not some hoot-nanny or jam band fiasco. Just one listen to “On An Island” would give you clues as to how to behave at these concerts – Catellorizon is an overture for heaven’s sake.

  137. Great to read all the effusive reviews from the recent shows. And esp. great to hear Guy chime in on what’s going on at the gigs 🙂

    See you all in LA!

    Shine on

    And every day is the right day
    And as you rise above the fear-lines in his brow
    You look down hear the sound of the faces in the crowd

  138. Hello again, F.Ed,

    PF/DG songs involving cheese… now THAT’s entertainment.

    How about an album like Monterey Lapse of Reason?

    Take care, all

    Mike

    [Damn, you guys are good. – Features Editor]

  139. “Cheese Reprise”

    “When the Tigers Broke Brie”
    “On the Turning A-Whey”
    “Lost For Curds”

    [These are awful! Keep them coming! – Features Editor]

  140. [These are awful! Keep them coming! – Features Editor]

    “On The Tyning Away”

    (so sorry but you did ask!)

    Matt

  141. I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the Massey Hall Show in Toronto Monday night. All I can say is that the show was INCREDIBLE! I’ve attended close to 200 shows in my lifetime (of various artists) and this was (by far) the best show (musically) I’ve ever seen. The only complaint I had was the HORRID gallery seats (made for people 100 lbs and 4′ high). They were uncomfortable. Other than that, great show and my hats off to Mr. Gilmour for 3 hours of pure entertainment.

  142. Cheeses christ guys what would fromager waters say about all this I know for one I camembert any longer

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin)

  143. ***EXTRA TICKET***

    I have two tickets to the Oakland show on the 16th. If anyone out there can pitch in some travel expenses (from Seattle to Oakland) … the other ticket is yours. Please email me at thebadguy1978@hotmail.com

  144. Hello All,

    I have just returned to Vancouver from my weekend sojourn to Toronto to see David and the band for 2 nights at Massey Hall. I was surprised and thrilled to see Guy’s post regarding the Sunday show. The setlist at that particular show was the best one of the tour thus far. I also agree the performance was very good, particularily the 2nd set!!

    I’ve seen it mentioned a few times, but it really needs to be said again that Richard Wright is having an amazing time on stage and performing his heart out every night. Specifically during the space jam bit on Echoes. Richard, you’re a joy to watch and listen to. I was fantastic to see someone who has played so many huge shows, be so thoroughly enjoying himself.

    My only disappointment with the 1st show (4/9/06) was the “overly enthusastic audience”. Specifically during the beautifual acoustic coda of High Hopes. Also during the end of Echoes. This problem was rectified on Monday night. During High Hopes David signaled for the audience to remain quiet, and trust me it was worth it. Echoes also was allowed to complete before any cheering began.

    A big thank you again to David and the band for the time of my life. I hope I get a chance to see these musicians perform in person again.

    – Mike from Vancouver

    PS – Also hello to all the great PF and DG fans I met over the course of the weekend. You made my time in a strange city very enjoyable.

  145. Brain Damage

    [Is that a request, an admission, an observation…? – Features Editor]

  146. ok, i’m going to have a go with a photo caption of my own, even if some people think they’re naff… caption: little did david know that while he thought has was perfectly safe playing his tweenies musical bubble saxophone where no one could see him, he was secretly being videoed and his entire family were watching in the next room.

  147. i forgot to mention that uk fans can see ‘the tonight show with jay leno’ on cnbc every week night at 10. it’s on sky digital channel 505 and it’s on for an hour. i’ve never seen it before so i don’t know if we’ll get it a day or two late?

  148. I was in the Garden of Edam both Sunday and Monday at Massey. I’m alright Monteray Jack, don’t take a slice of my stack. Phil Mozzerela, love that one from blogger? Stilton Wish You Were Here. I’m getting hungry, Delicate Sound of Munster anyone?? Gotta love this Web. I’m still flying and don’t want to come down. Peace, good luck in Chicago. Please behave, as in Toronto. I was so impressed by our recognition for David and miss you all already. Would love to be at RAH for the finale. You are the lucky ones out of all this. Gotta cook dinner, wife’s exhausted probably from last night. Any suggestions for cheese anyone???? Take Care, you too Guy, keep posting.

  149. [forgot to mention that uk fans can see ‘the tonight show with jay leno’ on cnbc every week night at 10. it’s on sky digital channel 505 and it’s on for an hour. i’ve never seen it before so i don’t know if we’ll get it a day or two late?]

    Posted by: victor at April 11, 2006 09:31 PM

    Hi Victor,

    To the best of my knowledge we here in Ireland have it on free view as well as digital and it has always been a day late.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  150. The concert was a rush! The crowd roared like a lion and even though we were set upon and boxed about the head and shoulders for reminiscing about Richard Nicon’s visit to southern China, the people of Toronto were exquisite hosts. Thank you David for the highlight of our year so far. And thank you again for the music and memories which was partly captured in our cell phone. My young son broke the phone though. O well-we’ll remember the images in our minds forever!

    Bill from Walla Walla

  151. I LOVE that Guy blogs here.

    And, DAMN that I can’t see any of the shows. I read all the blogs every day, get the setlists, and have everything saved from the DG site for archiving.

    I don’t have a URL but my handle on just about everything is “cwtae”. So that tells you how much I’m into all of this, and have been for a LOOOOOOONG time. Be wild if they’d whip THAT out on a show!

    I don’t think anything but DG/PF/RW (Mr. Wright) has been played in any of my players for years. Even though I have all of the other RW’s, they don’t get played. If the FEd would maybe let Mr. Wright know that someone out here does have his stuff and enjoys it? Looking forward to the DVD of P.U.L.S.E. in September (but I know this site has nothing to do with THAT).

    It would be cool at the end of the tour to see one blog from each band member. One from David himself would be a moment to be savored.

  152. hi fet ed .here are a few comments i have made about things that were said here today and yesterday :

    “I also feel so so so so sad cause the moment is gone and I have a really bad feeling deep inside which is keep telling me: you may never be able to see him (+ rick = them) again”

    kasra please don;t get upset because the moment has gone . cherish it in your memory . i am glad you had a good experience . maybe you won;t see him again but just remember maybe you will . there is always a chance 🙂

    “And why are they always delaying releases (P.U.L.S.E.?)”

    you really need to go to the press section of this site . david himself mentions this in some of the interviews he does . i think it is something to do with the quality of the picutre as it was shot on video and not on film and it has to be brought up to dvd quality . though please don;t take my word as gospel read through the press section and you will hear about this from the horses mouth as it were .

    “And as probably the biggest loony on this blogsite I agree.”

    though i agree with you pete i am grossly insulted . i thought i was the biggest loony here 🙂 actually i think rudders might claim that title for his or her own 🙂

    why we all want to know who you are is because we don;t . you are like a ghost floating around , looking after and posting in this blog . it would be nice to be able to address my comments to a real name you see 🙂

    night fet ed . get some rest for god sake . we need youawake and topped up with enegery to sort through all the posts 🙂

    if you do get over tierd eat an apple and a banana . the fructose and potassium in them are fierce good for increasing energy 🙂

    peace
    Linda

  153. I was at the first Massey Hall show. What a great venue! My seats were in the ninth row balcony, but I still felt close to the stage. What a great performance by David and his band, think it’s cool that Guy said it was the best of the tour so far. The sound was by far the best I have ever heard at a concert. This will probably be the only time I see David, but seeing him just once means a great deal to me and I will never forget it. Thank you for a great evening.

  154. geeeeeeeeez Phillip . . . . how’s the weather waaaaaaay up there where your nose is . . . ???

    the car is packed . . . . the CD’s are loaded . . . I’m logging off and heading to the Rosemont Theatre (290 miles from my door) . . . see you all tomorrow night . . .!!!!!!! I’ll be saving a seat for ‘Sven’ at Gibson’s before the show . . . . I’ll be in the bar . . . ‘having a cigar’ . . .

    and to David and the ‘fellas’ . . . . I’ll go ahead and thank you now for the most amazing show . . . WHATEVER you decide to play . . . I for one will LOVE it all !!!!

    front row heeeeeeeeeeere I come . . . . !!!!!!!!

    WORTH EVERY SINGLE CENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  155. I’m heading out as soon as I finish this entry…to Chicago(from Bagdad Arizona) where my nuclear family and I are going to see David play his cherished musics! We’ve had to mortgage the house for this trip but I’m hoping it will bring us all that much closer. I have very fond memories of seeing the master play with Pink Floyd in 1975 at a water park in Phoenix. I had to ask my wife to lower her voice but other than that the atmosphere reminded one of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was that mystical! I hope many many more blessings fall upon everybody! Here’s to many many more wonderful shows! Can’t wait to see you all there.

    Sincerely,
    Helmut Goerben and family

  156. [Philip- comportment… America being lucky to experience David and the band… nothing but boorish behavior… how to behave at these concerts]

    Funny, I didn’t realize lack of pre-programmed behavior was unique to America, or heavy drinking, or louts yelling at inopportune moments for that matter. I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest we ALL (both sides of the pond) are quite lucky to be getting another chance to witness a virtuoso entering the twilight of his musical journey.

    Unfortunately, we don’t each have the benefit of either excluding the 3500 or so other people that are sharing the moment, or dictating what they should or shouldn’t ingest prior to the performance. Of course we all hope that we’re not caught near any of these unappreciative sorts, and if we are, we hope security can do what they are paid to do. I also believe that these people do not represent the vast majority of considerate concert-goers, in any country, Philip.

    Having seen most ‘classic rock’ bands from the early 70’s through present day, I’d say the fans have changed with age as much as the musicians themselves. We can all think back to the days when frisbees, beachballs, etc. flew through a blue haze of smoke prior to a band taking the stage…certainly not normal (thankfully) by today’s standards, yet we’re the same people that stood there 30+ years ago.

    For all those seriously inquiring about drinking procedures at the Rosemont Theatre, “are fans in Chicago rude or obnoxious”, etc., do you honestly think it’s different than anywhere else?? I will say this…courteously appreciating the music and the enviornment is not necessarily exclusive of being served…just as much as an unruly fan could be clean and sober.

    Moral of rant: (Besides the fact people should not generalize), I’m sitting fourth row center Wednesday night in Chicago…I will be drinking, among other things…I will absolutely, respectfully enjoy every moment of the show…
    I will show my appreciation at the appropriate times…and I will be able to leave under my own power…

  157. A note to Thomas Berry….

    God, I was wondering when someone would finally mention “Near the End” – That solo kills me!! and is definately in my top 10!!

  158. Feat. Ed are you still wondering why people are guessing your identity? Well, it’s simple, because its amusing just like the caption competition that somehow got started or the Pink Floyd/David Gilmour cheese connection that is rolling along right here in this topic section. Personally, I kind of like it it makes this whole deal truly unique, and the thing is there will probably be a ton more fun little games among the bloogers in the future days. Hope this clears the air for ya.

    P.S. (Who would of thought that this thing would take the turn it has, back in the early days of the blog huh?)

    Cheers Mate!

  159. Happiness is two tickets to see DG at RAH. Row 2!!!

    After a very unpleasant drive around the M25 I got home tonight to find my two tickets, and stunning seats at that.

    Do I care anymore about the traffic, or the rain? No!!!

    The oddest thing is that I find the tickets come courtesy of Harvey Goldmith and that is through whom I purchased my first ever Pink Floyd tickets, paying by postal order.

    How far we’ve all come eh?

    Anyway, I’ll not sleep too well between now and the 30th in case I misplace my treasured tickets.

    To anyone who is going to be there, I’ve been to RAH many times and in fact will be there next week seeing Aussie Floyd, and it has great bars, so some pre match relaxation will be easy. See you all there on the night.

    Peter

  160. “Brain Damage

    [Is that a request, an admission, an observation…? – Features Editor]”

    Thank you for the best laugh I’ve had today, FEd .

    Also liked ” “On the Turning A-Whey” 🙂 Perhaps we can get Guy and David to do the “Cheese Shop” sketch from Monty Python as an encore.

    Ok, I’ll stop now.Promise.

  161. Cheesy songs:

    1) A saucer full of swiss cheese
    2) Let there be more leyden
    3) Asagio Domine
    4) The Grand Vatel’s Gouda
    5) Alan’s Psychedelic Bosworth
    6) Obscured by Curds
    7) Burning Briquettes
    8) Any Colby You Like
    9) Brin Damage
    10) Wish You Were Herve
    11) Welcome to the Manchego
    12) Waiting for the Wigmore
    13) Signs of Lyonnais
    14) Yet Another Molbo
    15) Terminal Fromage
    16) A Great Day for Feta
    17) On An Isle of Mull
    18) Red Leicester at Night

  162. Can’t wait until Thursday in Chicago. I’m so pumped about this show that today at work, while making my ham and cheese sandwhich over lunch, I sqeezed out the mustard onto the bread in the pattern of the DSOTM prism and light beam. Man, I gotta get a life!

    Please play Wots Uh the Deal and Echoes Thursday night.

    Hey Fed, any thoughts about sending out an MC ahead of time asking for quiet during the songs and cheering only after they’ve finished?

    [Do you think it would make a difference? – Features Editor]

  163. Cheese songs:

    How about a whole cheese album! Dark side of the moon………….what’s the moon made out of eh? eh?

    Oh just watch Wallace and Gromit’s grand day out and you’ll get the picture.

    It’s way past my sleepy time night night

  164. David, Polly and all you merry minstrels – Sounds like you’re making lots of folks very happy all around the world – So happy for you – Love what you’re doing – Shine on – Wish I was there – So badly – NANCE

  165. ‘Looking out of his comedy diving helmet, Captain Nemo was staggered to see what the funny old bloke on the beach was doing to a squid’

  166. Mr. Duffy,

    I’m sorry to have to correct you, sir, but it’s Edam Heart Muenster.

    Regards,
    Dave

  167. Interesting that despite the fact most of the people posting here love OAI, the concert reviews really focus on the Floyd songs in the second set. Maybe it’s the element of surprise (what’s it gonna be tonight, oh god don’t drop Echoes) since OAI is always played in full, but I’m sure it’s mainly because people remember and want to hear the tracks that they’ve loved for many years.

    I was reminded of that when I went to see Robert Plant here in Brussels recently. His latest album is great, and went over well, but it was the old Led Zep songs that really brought the house down. The concert finished with an extended version of “Whole Lotta Love”, which was fantastic. Do he and the other 60 year olds touring at the moment (there’s a few) ever wonder if they can ever escape their past? On the other hand, would they want to? 🙂

    Will find it difficult to handle the month’s break until RAH. David, since I understand you read this blog, just three small requests:

    (1) PLEASE don’t get sick during the month before RAH. Wrap up well, keep out of drafts, stay away from your kids if they have bugs, etc etc.

    (2) Don’t let my flight back from Russia on May 29th be delayed. OK, I know you’re not an air traffic controller, just some good thoughts would be nice …

    (3) Play “Wearing The Inside Out” on the 30th.

    Many thanks …

  168. Hi Everyone!

    Unfortunately me and my friends cannot go and see the show I was so much looking forward to. Manchester
    26MAY06. We have a couple of premium seat tickets. Going for purchase price, but it stings as hell to have to give them up. Really want some hard-core fan to have them so I thought I post this here first. (you only have to know which kind of sticks Chris Slade used on the About Face Tour 1984) 🙂

    if intrested email me: leventee@hotmail.com

    take care and have a blast at the shows

  169. so i’m going to be at the 420 show in LA and i was curious about how the audiences have been as far as sitting/dancing. Are people standing and dancing most of the show, or only during certain songs. i personaly don’t like sitting during a performance, but if most of the crowd is sitting i will find a place to dance out of the way in order to be respectful. Also has there been much pot smoking at the shows? does that bother people? when i saw paul mccartney earlier in the year the older couple next to me were smokin a joint and proceeded to pass it down the row, which i might add is always good karma, and a younger guy behind all of us yelled at us and told us to put it out or he’ld call security, not because of the somoke but because it was pot. i was a bit taken back until the older couple said to me don’t mind him, this is phuckin paul mccartney and finished the joint.

    anyways good vibes to all

  170. Matt Parish –
    re: Tour Pins

    If they’re available in Oakland I’ll happily buy you a couple. Send me your mailing address.

    Best,
    Dave

  171. The Good and The Bad:

    The Good: TiVo’s descriptions of April 20th’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” finally says “David Gilmour performs”! It’s always good to get confirmation from a second source about these things.

    The Bad: By changing the description, it erased my programming of the episode! I originally had a season pass for Leno, but I upgraded this episode to recorded several minutes early and late (can’t be too safe) and at “Best Quality” (because this one’s a keeper). But I guess because I changed those attributes for this episode, when it found out the episode had changed it deleted it altogether. I’ll have to keep an eye on that to make sure it do it again.

  172. Don’t forget that David grew up in Camembeeridge.

    How about Brain Edamage?
    More Bleus?
    Let There Be More Lite?
    Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Cheese?
    Signs of Life (depends on how long the cheese has been in the refrigerator I guess)?

  173. Dear Fed,

    Hope thats only a joke that you fired the guy who wrote the mistake about the curling gold… I wouldn’t want anyone to get fired over a silly thing like that.

    [Did I say that?! – Features Editor]

  174. Any cheddar you like?

    I can`t think of anymore, my brain power is spent(If I`ve ever had a brain!).

  175. Hi fed, Also received my two premier tickets for RAH on 30th MAY. Like UK Pete I have one seat in Row 5 and one in row 6 block M.I must admit I am a little bit gutted about not sitting next to my Father in law who introduced me to the world of floyd over 30 years ago.Its his main wish in life to hear echoes live and he hasn’t seen any any of the setlists so far.Hope you can help and if not I am sure it will still be a great night

    Absolutely love the site
    Cheers.

    [I certainly will try, Paul. I’m waiting for mine and if they do this to me, I will not be a happy bunny. – Features Editor]

  176. Your comments about playschool features ed is spot on, my mom said to me a while ago, that she used to sit me, my brother and my late sister in front of the t.v while said show was on and it gave her 20mins or so of time to get on with her household chores. Now I`m a parent myself I can understand this, because there is no time for anything with kids and NO WHEY, the beeb will ever make a programme like this again

    [Did you ever see Teletubbies? What on earth was that all about?! – Features Editor]

  177. Several Varieties of Small Furry Goat Cheeses Aging Together in a Cave and Grooving In a Picts belly~!!!

    Longing for tomorrows show in chicago, with just a hint of foreboding of a rowdy crowd… I wish they could give a quick PSA before the show reminding folks to cheer appropriately and to be courteous to those of us who cant physically stand through the concerts entirety due to physical restraints…

  178. IM AT WORK ON NIGHTS WITH NOTHING TO DO BUT CHECK OUT THE SITE FOR THE 3RD TIME TODAY, JUST TO LET YOU KNOW ROYAL ALBERT HALL HAVE AGAIN GOT RETURN TICKETS, IM COMING TO THE SHOW ON THE 29TH IS THERE ANY GILMOUR FAN WHO COULD HELP A FELLOW FAN OUT WITH DETAILS OF ANY CHEAP CHEAP ACCOMADATION AS I LIVE IN BRADFORD WEST YORKSHIRE AND CANT GET HOME AS IT FINISHES LATE AND THERE WILL BE NO TRAINS HOME UNTILL THE MORNING

    ALSO F ED ONE QUESTION WHAT TIME DOES THE SHOW START AND FINISH SO I CAN MAKE SOME PLANS THANKS AGAIN AND PASS MY GOOD LUCK ON TO DAVIDS SON IN HIS EXAMS,HOW LUCKY ARE WE THAT THE NO 1 FENDER PLAYER IN THE WORLD IS STILL PREPARED TO SHARE HIS GIFT WITH US AND NOT JUST CHURN OUT NOSTALGA (ROLLING STONES, ROGER WATERS ETC)I READ A BLOG ON HIS NEW ALBUM AND SOMEONE WAS COMPLAINING WHAT WOULD THEY PREFER MORE FINAL CUT (DONT GET ME WRONG A GOOD ALBUM BUT NOT CLASSIC FLOYD WAS IT LETS BE HONEST AS MUCH AS I AM GRATEFUL TO ROGER FOR HIS MASSIVE PART IN FLOYD WHERE WOULD FLOYD BE NOW IF HE WAS STILL LEADING MAYBE EVEN MORE LEFT OVERS FROM THE WALL, ALTHOUGH A BRILL ALBUM THE BEST TRACKS ARE DIRTY WOMEN,RUN LIKE HELL AND COMF NUMB AND AM I CORRECT IN SAYING THEASE ARE 3 SONGS MR GILMOUR HAD INPUT INTO, OAI SITS RIGHT IN THERE WITH MEDDLE ETC , DOES DAVID READ THEASE BLOGS NOW AND THEN I HOPE SO SO HE KNOWS HOW APPRECIATIVE WE ALL ARE FOR HIS NEW STUFF AND TALENT, PLUS WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOU F ED HAVING TO PUT UP WITH PEOPLE LIKE ME GOING ON. GOOD JOB YOUR A FAN, HOW DID YOU END UP DOING A PERFECT JOB LIKE READING COMMENTS ABOUT THE MASTER SEE YA AT THE RAH CANT WAIT PS FOR ACCOMADATION DETAILS MY EMAIL IS […]

    [Hi Simon. Isn’t the time printed on the tickets? I believe the show starts at 7.30pm and will go on until about 11pm (with a break in the middle). We’ll confirm this as soon as we know for sure. – Features Editor]

  179. This is for Rolan or Anderson.

    Please contact me about the show you are attending.

    mikede@ptd.net

    Hey Fed Ed. It’s me again. When you are done with your siesta please post this. lol thx

  180. How about this:

    The Cheese Wizier’s Garden Party

    (Give me a break, I’m an American. A Philadelphian at that.)

  181. As I go Thru my old ticket stubs I found it. David Gilmour in concert 4/16/84 Mannheim West Germany. I was an GI station in Germany. I have seen Tons of show in my day but this one still stick in my head. We will be see David in Chicago 4/12/06 Looking foward to add more great memories to my head

  182. A few days ago I promised to tell my story of how I became a Pink Floyd fan, so here it is. I tell it at the risk of inciting a riot amongst the masses….

    It was 1984 I was about 15 when I met a new circle of friends in the Catskills area of New York State. My grandmother began sending me away for summers there to get me out of the city (apparently hanging out late and stealing vegetables to throw them at city buses was a bad thing).

    These new friends had very different backgrounds and sensibilities than I was used to. I was listening to pop radio at the time (thus the explanation for Madonna’s ‘True Blue’ being my first album purchase, if you caught that post the other day). These new friends were listening to bands such as Styx, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Yes, and, of course, Pink Floyd.

    I became close friends with two big Floyd fans over time. My first introduction? The Final Cut. That first listen late one night made a profound impact. Perhaps it was the angst or the subject matter that struck a chord, but I was hooked. Then there was The Wall which solidified Floyd as my official favorite band.

    I became indoctrinated through very Roger Waters-heavy albums by very Pro-Roger Waters friends. I was even given The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking….

    Thus, my deep and dark confession to you all: I was once a Pro-Waters Gilmour hater….

    My friends bashed Gilmour, and I, not knowing any better, believed Waters deserved all the credit for Pink Floyd whereas Gilmour was a lazy *sshole going along for the ride with Mason and Wright. I drank the kool-aid and relished the vitriolic Gilmour bashing like a devoted Waters acolyte.

    I know. I know….

    Then, as time passed, I devoured all things Floyd. I read and listened to everything I could find. I bought all the albums, saved all the articles, met like minded fans, I did it all.

    One winter day a city friend, who was also a Dead-head, said some unflattering things about Roger Waters’ personality, bass playing, and voice. I brushed him off as crazy at first, but then something happened.

    I noticed very distinct differences in the timber of the Floyd voices. I eventually discovered that the songs I loved were not sung by Waters but Gilmour himself. I began appreciating the virtuosity of the guitar solos (and his Floyd bass playing) as my own musicianship improved. The Floyd back catalogue began to feel different to me.

    It became increasingly clear that as Waters’ influence in the band increased the tonality and subject matter of the music followed a particular pattern. By the time 1987 and 1988 rolled around my feelings were mixed. I saw Waters on his KAOS tour and Gilmour with the revamped Floyd. It was obvious to me by 1989 how each of these guys influenced each other in the creative process, and I reformed.

    No longer anti-Gilmour, I took in everything I could about him and listened to everything with a fresh ear. I bought his solo albums and 1984 concert video. I discovered a very different David Gilmour than the one I was brainwashed into seeing. Reading stories from those around these to Floydians revealed two very different people than the ones I first came to know. Gilmour seemed much more…relaxed and open…

    I loved Amused to Death, but when I listened The Division Bell I heard what was distinctly a Pink Floyd sound in the tradition of their pre-Wall period with a 90’s pizzazz. I finally understood the errors of my ways, and I repented…

    My reformation was complete, and I became a full-fledged Gilmour fan. My problem, however, was that I knew no one else who felt as I did. I was a closet Gilmour fan…

    That was until I discovered this blog and you fans! You have no idea what a relief it is for me. This album, this tour, and the DG website/blog represents for me the ultimate “Coming Out Party”!

    Throw in the reunion at Live 8 and I am complete. Watching them last July was like witnessing two divorced parents reconcile their differences (apologies to those who do have divorced parents).

    When you see me around this blog, you will now know me and my dark story with a very happy ending!

    Thanks for reading it…..

    End Scene: Angelo salutes his fellow fans, winks, turns slowly, and walks away with his “Bob Klose is Pink Floyd” t-shirt.

  183. Just a few more thoughts on the Massey Hall concerts and then I will throw the lead over to the Chicago contingent.

    Hey hello there UKVeronica, fyi Newmarket Ontario is a small town about 60 kilometres north of Toronto. I drive fast but it would be impossible to reach the destination you mention in that timeframe! We are proud of our ancestral roots and many of our towns and villages have names you would find familiar.

    Ian P and Tom C my sincere condolences, I heartily recommend Elizabeth Kubler Ross’ book “On Death and Dying” it gives a very good perspective on the grieving process. This music has personally helped me through a very bad divorce and helped a dear, dear friend through two battles with cancer. Music may not heal what ails you, but it helps, boy does it help.

    Now to the two concerts. In my opinion, you can’t get a bad seat at one of these concerts, Sunday in the nosebleed section with a 50 percent obstructed view and Monday 8 rows from the front (wahoo!!!)
    I’m so glad I went to both shows, believe me you need the time to absorb all goodness. I’m sorry Rudders, I tut-tutted your concerns over the crowd, it came back to me, guys two rows in front of me had to be escorted out by security (after a lengthy debate right in front me, excellent view of security guy’s butt) and then my row mates to the left of me felt the need to catch up with each other, had to speak loudly though, hard to hear each other, I gave them one sentence, two sentences and after the third rather lengthy point, I said “guys come on there’s a concert here” and it worked, they stopped. Karma rules.

    Do not be discouraged dear friends and fellow bloggers, focus, concentrate on those fat little fingers and all these petty things just fall away.

    The first half, the On an Island segment was a holistic, mellow, musical treat. David was adding little bits and pieces everywhere. Just lovely. Every single musician was wonderful. I believe these fellows have found their comfort level with this material. The vocal harmonies, the meshing of the instruments was a thing of beauty. Take a breath totally rocks out. First half over, people could go home feeling they had seen the best show of their life. But that would be the end, no, you know it isn’t.

    David is not one to rest on his laurels, create a bit of brilliance, market it and put it to bed and play it the same way ever after, not bloody likely. Shine On – oh my heavens. Okay, I have been thinking all day how to describe what I heard, maybe no one else heard it this way, but it is truly how I experienced it. I could see those wonderful talented hands pluck those guitar strings and I know it sounds weird, but in the beginning of Shine On, it seemed to me like David created the effect of a blanket of music, (strummed a chord and sustained it) and then tucked perfect little single notes underneath the blanket, next strum followed by little notes placed under the sustained chord. Wow, how tender, how magic, how brilliant.

    Wearing the Inside Out -Richard Wright you are the man, this is your stand out. Richard this special event would not have been the same without your presence. Your touch on the keyboard is unmistakable and has become a hallmark of the sound. Your voice is wonderful as well. Thank you for coming to Canada, I hope your time here was as enjoyable for you as it was priceless for us, your fans.

    Dominoes gave Phil a time to strut, well done Phil, I appreciate your presence.

    Then David played “one for his girlfriend” and the crowd shouted “but what about your wife?” Yes, Canadians are that funny!

    Two other moments I must mention. The end acoustic piece of High Hopes, please friends and bloggers, do not miss it, hold the applause, it is haunting and softly powerful and exquisite. The middle slide guitar part gets changed up as well.

    Please understand, there are original variations for every piece being played. Stop thinking I want it to sound like it did when…and open your mind, ears and heart to the new experience of 2006.

    Comfortably Numb, again I am brave enough to share my experience of it, no one need to agree with me, it’s how I heard it. To me, it seems that between Guy and Phil Manzanera they lay the foundation of the sound similar to when the glitter ball opens in Pulse and then David climbs on top of that wall, that musical foundation of sound, and just whales it. Experience it for yourself, it really is beyond my capacity to describe it further.

    Guy you give your energy so generously, I know nothing about bass playing but I loved it when the floor throbbed and you got those moves baby!

    Stevie, I again observed your enthusiasm and musical talent just refresh and envigor the whole crew on stage. Jon, couldn’t see you at all Sunday night, Monday night your back was to me, so I can only add that this was not a band of divas trying to top each other but a group of professional master musicians working to create the wonderful whole.

    Dick Parry, I have previously blogged my opinion, excellent sir, just excellent.

    Oh yeah, there was a light show too. Not content with providing music beyond compare, this group thinks, there’s something missing here. Marc, from the nosebleed section, it looked fabulous, and when I was fighting with myself about spending the money for a second show and an obstructed view as well, what decided it for me, I’ll see the fabulous light show in any event (thanks to a previous blog concerning RCMH) so I purchased that decadent second show ticket. Thank you. Then the next night I got to see the light show from the quality seats, blow my mind. Yikes, it was stupendous. Sometimes this show played like a stadium show with more heart and intimacy. In conclusion, I loved it, Toronto loved it, NYC loved it. Appreciate the trip across the pond fellows thanks.

    That’s about all from me. I’m going to have to phone Visa, I don’t think I paid enough for the value of this experience.

  184. Hey there Rudders, Howard and Tom.

    Still a bit mystified by your reviews of Sunday show at Massey Hall. As for the fans they really weren’t that bad, after all it is rock and roll, certainly different than most, but still rock.

    Yeah there may have been some periodic sound blips along the way, but this band is so tight that most people probably thought they were part of the show, including the fire alarm going off, at first I thought did I miss that on the album.

    At any rate I have been to probably no less that 100 concerts since the 60’s and I have to say this, I may never go to another concert again, because none will compare to this production, unless of course it is David Gilmour. The bar has been set.

    Boys, I think I know what you guys are going through, and Howard touch on it. He thinks this may be the last time David performs live and he may very well be right, we hope not though. I think what we are all suffering from here is post concert depression. My daughter and my son and myself went to see Coldplay a couple of weeks before the Gilmour show. My Daughter was looking forward to that show since December like I have been for David’s concert. It was a fabulous concert good music, great lights, and a helluv a young guitarist. (reminded me a bit of a young David Gilmour as he can stretch a note forever also.)Anyway the point of this rambling is my daughter has been moping around the house since that concert and when I asked her what was wrong she says she is depressed because the Coldplay conert if over, my wife and my son and I laughed. Now the Gilmour concert is over and my son (who was at that show with me and two other buddies) and I are moping around the house like our dog just died, (my wife and daughter are now laughing at us ). I have checked in with my friends that were at the show and are also huge Floyd/Gilmour fans and they feel the same way.

    Guys, that’s how good this man is and we all fear we may never get to see him perform live again, especially in a venue as quaint as Massey Hall.

    Hey Fed, you must keep the blog alive to help us all through the Gilmour concert withdrawls, which you will be going through yourself after the RAH gig you are going to. Hopefully there will be a dvd, it will help in a lot of ways.

    Later everyone and still well.

    George.

  185. FEd is the Publius Enigma, born again.

    [Good God, no! – Features Editor]

  186. [quote]I have recieved my 29th RAH tickets but not a pair! I have one in row 5 and one in row 6 (block O)[/quote]

    I didn’t know they were sending them out already. I ordered my RAH tickets for 30th May from seetickets.com. Received an email from http://www.specialmail.co.uk telling me they should be delivered on the 24th of February, between 8am-6pm, and I haven’t heard a thing since. Hope nothing has gone wrong, anyone had the same happen?

    I’m 18 and only got into the Floyd two years back. Will be seeing 3 out of 4 members live this year, which still leaves me with Nick Mason to see (book signings aren’t for me) so I’m very excited. Nice site, I read it every day.

    [Have you contacted SEE Tickets about it, Rico? Please let me know. – Features Editor]

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