North America

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David and his band are now in the US ready for the first North American concert, which is tomorrow at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, closely followed by two more sell-out shows in Toronto.

There have been some grumbles about how many shows are being performed in North America, but we all know that the majority of North American fans are just glad to have the opportunity to see David on tour and appreciate the visit.

So let’s hear what you have to say to welcome David, his family and the band to North America in preparation for this exciting leg of the tour.

Author: FEd

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

237 thoughts on “North America”

  1. Caption Competition

    Guy’s flatulence was becoming more and more apparent as the tour progressed…

  2. Hey,

    My wife and I consider ourselves very fortunate to have scored a couple of tickets to the April 9th show in Toronto. Just got them by fluke during the presale. We are both very eagerly anticipating the performance. By the way she would absolutely crumble should David and the band play Dimming of the Day … any chance?

    Regards,
    Stephen

  3. To David and the band good luck in North America! Still impressed by the Live experience in Amsterdam.

  4. Welcome to le grande pomme! (from an englishman in new york) David, Polly & Family. Also welcome to Rick, Phil, Guy, Steve, Dick and Jon

    Really excited to see the first show at Radio City tomorrow night, Will be the first time Ive been in your company since Earls Court In 1994.

    Its just a shame that you missed some truly wonderful sunshine over the weekend!

    Actually Fed wasnt Jon born in NYC?

    [He sure was. – Features Editor]

  5. Hey Again,

    If by any chance David did play Dimming of the Day on April 9th could he possibly send it out to Sheila Ouellette?

    We’ll be up in the balcony to the right of the stage.

    Regards,
    Stephen

  6. Fed! What happened to the other picture!? I had a great caption! Arrgghh…ok…well sir, the marriage is off. I take back the proposal and will sit comfortably numb in my easy chair.

    By the way…I saw my roomate dancing to “Where We Start” today…

    Chris

    [It will be here tomorrow, with the correct date this time, so don’t forget it. You know that we’re all expecting something really special from you now, don’t you? I think it’s probably for the best that we reconsider getting married. The more I think about it, the more I think I’m probably not the marrying sort. – Features Editor]

  7. Welcome to NY, David, as well as your family & the band!! Can’t wait for the show tomorrow night! What a great way for my husband, Marc & I to spend our 3rd wedding anniversary!! We so excited to have the opportunity to see you perform & wish you all the very best with your entire North American tour!! 🙂

  8. The anticipation is killing me! Managed to score 8 tickets to Toronto, April 9. Reading all the rave reviews isn’t helping my eagerness. I couldn’t resist spoiling myself with the setlist; and once again David doesn’t disappoint!

    Bringing the friends and family as a Christmas present to see one of the greatest musicians of all time. Rock on David!

  9. Welcome to North America!

    From us in Canada we are very pleased you came for a visit and performance. I am very much looking foward to travelling from Ottawa to Toronto and do so with no quam. I am sure the love and appreciation of your visit will come through loud and clear with roars of applause with all the excitement this tour generates and with latest solo effort which is great!.

    Welcome to all the band, family, and welcome to our shores and our families too!

    All the best, Brent Ingalls

  10. Welcome to New York! Can’t wait until Wenesday Night to you you at Radio City- I spent the afternoon doing laundry and listening to and watching “David Gilmour in Concert” this afternoon! My husband last saw you at MSG on the PF Animals tour- I however, have never had the pleasure – Until now! We are coming into the city from “The Island” – I hope you enjoy your stay here in NYC and I hope the weather improves for you!

  11. this is not really a ‘welcome to north america’ post, but a ‘good luck in north america’ one instead. all the best for the shows and hurry back to the uk when you’re done because some of us are getting reeeeeeeeally excited.

  12. Michel

    It gives me a headache just trying to think down to your level. After reading your blog I’m very depressed…

    I think I’ll go and talk to the vending machine…

  13. Welcome back to the U.S. fellas. I was just wondering if “Smile” will also be released as a single for radio play in America? I think it is a song that could be enjoyed by a variety of listeners, and radio stations. Dan

    P.S. Who was responsible for the April fools gag? That was brilliant.

    [You can thank, or blame, Andy for that. – Features Editor]

  14. Take a Jumbo, cross the water
    My god, we are already in America ?
    Time flies, time flies…!

    Dear F.ed. Don’t you believe Mr Gilmour will change his plans and will also give us live CD ?

    PS : By the way, you ‘re probably right, with the About Face tour, it would be a very long DVD but what a show ?

    [I thought the ‘About Face’ tour was excellent, myself. – Features Editor]

  15. Fedmeister

    We’re into the fifth month of the Blog! how does it feel… high points? low points? Even though you seem to be omni-present will you be working later to cope with the reviews after the shows?

    The excitement is growing! Massey Hall on the 9th… 🙂

    Welcome DG and gang… you must pay a visit to Tim Hortons when you’re in Canada… it’s an institution!

    [The time is going so fast, it’s quite scary. Seeing April listed on the blog’s main page… Sorry to state the bleedin’ obvious, but soon we’ll have May on there as well and then the tour will be over! How on earth will we cope? We’ll all have to get through it together and wean ourselves off the addiction slowly. That will be my role after the final show. It’s funny how time flies when you’re having fun, though. I think where we’re at now is a high point. In the beginning, we had to keep constantly going over the rules, which was rather dull for me as well as you lot. Now I think certain people have gone away and many more great characters have joined to make this a really nice place. The fact that people post daily is wonderful, if not remarkable. I‘m really grateful for that and know that both David and Polly enjoy reading all the comments. That’s quite special, isn‘t it? Then there‘s the flattery. It used to be that only my dentist and parrot fed me so many compliments, and now look! My head‘s the size of a small Greek island. – Features Editor]

  16. [Michel

    It gives me a headache just trying to think down to your level. After reading your blog I’m very depressed…

    I think I’ll go and talk to the vending machine…]

    Ed, I seem to remember that you said something like “there are some characters around here aren’t there?”. You are most certainly right! LOL!!

    Do you remember the sighing sound from the doors in “the heart of gold”? We need that when clicking on the “fan fare” link…. 🙂

  17. Welcome David and co.

    I made the long trip to London a few years ago to see you, and now you’ve returned the favor. 🙂

    I am so happy to be seeing you tomorrow. The setlist so far has been superb and if it is the same or similar, I know I will be lost for words.

    I hope the crowds here are mature and respectful. The demand for tickets is much greater than the supply so everyone seeing you should feel honored and behave appropriately.

    Thanks for stopping here on your tour, come back anytime, mate.
    –Tim

  18. Looking forward to the Radio City show!!!

    Note to Phil Taylor: Be careful, we have different voltage requirements in the U.S.!

    First time at Radio City since DSotM in ’73? My old guitar teacher was at that show and said that either walkway was lined w/huge JBLs, making for a 360 degree sound system.

    David: Please play Fat Old Sun AND Wot’s Uh The Deal…yum yum.

  19. Welcome from Buffalo!! Just one week to go from today and I’ll be driving to Toronto for the show. I am quite excited.

  20. Thank you Mr.Gilmour for sharing the great talent God gave you. Because of you I can not stop playing my guitar at night. Looking forward to seeing you in Norway..

  21. errrrrrrrrrrrrrr Dave Lee Roth,Dave Coverdale,Dave Jones ………..

    Fed Any idea when we might get some pictures of the Amsterdam concerts or any of the dates for that matter?

    Keep up the good work and have a good time over there and a safe journey back to the UK to David Family and all.

    [Soon, I hope. – Features Editor]

  22. Good luck to all on the US leg . Look after the big man ye all , us on the other side of the pond need him in fine form for the RAH.

    It’s getting close………….
    Rgds Geoff Duffy

  23. I LOVE today’s sound snippet! The reverby keys and voices are just so beautifully haunting, but with a loose country undertone. Quirky intro too – fab stuff.

    These snippets are just too short dear FEd! Please sir, can we have some more? (like, umm, an album of David’s experiments/soundscapes)

    Also the string man animation is great. I loved it static but it’s incredible in motion. Looking forward to the merchandising – stickers would be fab 🙂

    N

  24. Michel-
    *sigh.

    Fed-

    Alright…can we still be friends? And what are we awaiting? Let me think: Solar eclipse already happened. David is in the midst of the greatest tour known to mankind. Umm…he already had his birthday. Mine was in January. …Ideas fail me.

    -Chris

    [You know it never works, but we’ll try. – Features Editor]

  25. Oh, upon further reading and utilizing my keen intellect…I realized you were referring to my caption. Wow…that took a while.

    -Chris

  26. The fact that people post daily is wonderful, if not remarkable. – Features Editor

    you mean there is a possibility that my posting 10 million messages a day here does’nt agrivate you ? thats good to know 🙂 that reminds me if united beat arsenal at the weekend i must not gloat too much as david might not like me for that ( notice i say if !) 🙂

    peace
    linda

  27. Hope they have a blast in America.

    Wait I don’t know if blast was the kind of word I should of used.

    Anyway, have a jolly good time.

  28. i forgot to say good luck in the usa and canada david and all your band as well . i hope all goes well . if you are a fan going to any of the gigs enjoy it for me 🙂

    i was in radio city music all about 12 years ago now . my mother and i went for a week in december to visit my uncle and he took us both to see a christmas spectacular . it is a lovely venue as i recall .

  29. Hello FEd,

    To David and the rest of the band and crew, welcome back to America.

    Clemens, sorry I haven’t been able to respond for several days, but here goes.

    Consider these very much so over simplified scenarios about faith and belief in God:

    A man believes in God and Christ as his savior, he dies and finds it was not true (not that he would find anything because he is gone). He is gone, all is lost.

    A man believes in God and Christ as his savior, dies and finds it was true. He spends eternity with his creator. He is not gone, all is given to him.

    A man does not believe in God or Christ as his savior, he dies and finds it true. He is gone, all is lost.

    A man does not believe in God or Christ as his savior. He dies and finds out he was wrong. He is not gone, all is lost, eternity is spent in separation from God and he is left in torment.

    It really is similar to a math equation if you think about it.

    Cheers to all!

  30. Ooh, a man with a bassguitar.. now isn’t that just the sexiest thing?

    Although Rudders ‘flatulence’ caption kind of ruined the moment for me.. but then I did get to roll on the floor laughing instead.. *grin*

    hugs
    Bianca

  31. Hate to grumble, as you say, for the few North American shows, but…

    I’d have gladly driven the 5 or so hours to Chicago to see David, had he played there over a weekend. But this midweek stuff just can’t happen that far away. I was crushed when he released the tour dates. Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to live vicariously through others’ experiences!

    Best of wishes to the band in the US!

  32. David should get together with the remaining orginal members of “Camel”, for those of you who dont know Camel, buy there Album “Mirage” I asure you it will be one of your best purchases ever. and David should get together with the guitarist Grahame White, from the band “Fuzzy Duck” he’s my second favorite guitarist, David Gilmour my first of course, but this guy was amazing, and I cant find anything about him, he was in fuzzy duck, and thats it,so i think david should team up with them all, i wish Peter Bardens was still alive.

  33. Welcome back David, your family & the band – going to the show at RCMH tomorrow (Tues, 4/4) with Hairy Scott and 2 of his business associates who are flying in from Mexico City just to see the show! Now those are some dedicated fans.

    It’d be great if you could give a shout out to Charlie (Carlos) and Teddy from Mexico City – bienvenidos!

  34. Welcome to the US David, family and superb band. Looking forward to the 16th in Oakland. Coming in from Dallas, Texas.

    On a personal note, David, you’r music has gotten me through some very bad times in my life, as well as through some wonderful ones. You are the reason I still strive to play guitar, although I am still quite the amateur. I saw you and PF in Dallas for the Division Bell and both legs of the Momentary Lapse tour, and cannot wait to see you in two weeks.

    Have a wonderful time in the US.

    A Hearfelt Thank You from your biggest fan in Texas.

  35. Very glad that you made it over safe & sound David and Friends. We’re thrilled beyond reason to have you here.I’ll be seeing you one week from today at Massey Hall.The anticipation is almost unbearable.

    Know what you mean F.E. about this adventure progressing along so quickly and the next thing we’ll know it’ll be all over.However,to keep things going, perhaps yourself and Rudders can do a standup tour together.Standing room only predicted.

    Caption…

    “Is that your base Guy, or are you just very,very happy to see us?”

    [Cheeky! Maybe we should give it a go, eh Rudders? We could do our act in the little area between train carriages. The toilet would be right there and there’d also be a window in case anyone got over-excited and needed some air. It would be practical and no one could complain about where we perform because, really, we’d be performing in an awful lot of places. – Features Editor]

  36. Welcome to North America David and the band! I really can’t wait for Wed night! Just two more days!

    And as I mentioned before, please do not change the setlist, especially Echoes!

  37. I want to thank David for writing the song “Where We Start” it brought back so many memories of the good times with my wife (she passed away 4 years ago).

    It’s such a powerful song that reminds me that we should cherish those that we love every day.

    See you on the 10th at Massey Hall David!

  38. [The time is going so fast, it’s quite scary. Seeing April listed on the blog’s main page… Sorry to state the bleedin’ obvious, but soon we’ll have May on there as well and then the tour will be over! How on earth will we cope? We’ll all have to get through it together and wean ourselves off the addiction slowly. That will be my role after the final show. It’s funny how time flies when you’re having fun, though. I think where we’re at now is a high point. In the beginning, we had to keep constantly going over the rules, which was rather dull for me as well as you lot. Now I think certain people have gone away and many more great characters have joined to make this a really nice place. The fact that people post daily is wonderful, if not remarkable. I‘m really grateful for that and know that both David and Polly enjoy reading all the comments. That’s quite special, isn‘t it? Then there‘s the flattery. It used to be that only my dentist and parrot fed me so many compliments, and now look! My head‘s the size of a small Greek island. – Features Editor]

    Well, somehow I feel like I’m going to miss this. So far it was the greatest blog experience ever. Its almost like going on holiday with people you dont know, but have a wonderful time with. Like all good things, holidays end…

    Its not time for thank yous and goodbyes yet (its not over until the fat lady sings!) but this got me sentimental for a sec (jeez, it must be gettin late).

    You guys are great, I love you all.

    (hey Histeron, there is some good stuff in your carbon shithole isnt there? Heheh!!).

  39. I feel incredible anticipation knowing that the concert is only a week away in Chicago. I keep worrying that something will happen to spoil it! Stay healthy David and Polly and all you guys in the band. A great big WELCOME from all of us wild and crazy fans here in the U.S.A. Play all night if you want to, we would love it!

    Dave in Ft. Wayne, In.

  40. Welcome! Words cannot not express how elated I am to see David Gilmour back on these shores! Been a long time since The Division Bell tour… I’m hopping the Amtrak first thing in the AM, and I’ll be planted in my seat at Radio City tomorrow evening, swept away by the sounds of David and his stellar band.

  41. David, Polly, family & band,

    Welcome back to the States! Thanks so much for coming over here to play! My wife and I will be at both NYC shows and will be traveling from the lovely Virginia countryside. It’s a long trip- but I’ve seen you before and knew I couldn’t miss it. Thanks again- enjoy your stay and know that you’ve made two fans VERY VERY HAPPY!!!!

    Best wishes,
    Chris & Maura

  42. Welcome Gilmour Family, Band & Crew! Hope you enjoy your stay, and THANK YOU for coming! April 9…I don’t have to wait much longer!

  43. I just posted and forgot the important part…

    Fellow Fans!!

    My local classic rock station (Washington, DC USA) is holding a contest to win DG tickets to RAH in May. Check it out (click my name).

  44. David and crew welcome once again to the US, we are all very glad to have the opportunity to see and hear once again.

    We in the Bay area are quite ready!
    c u then !

  45. Im so excited. Im flying in wednesday (to New York) and although I could only afford to stay and see David one night im betting it will be the best day of my life since 1994! Thank you so much for Coming this way David. Your American fans have been dying to see you, and taking yourself and family to us just shows how giving you really are. You deserve much better sales in the US then your getting, but that is not your fualt or the albums. The culture here has gone to hell, and I would gladly move the family to the UK if I could afford it. Heres a idea, if you pay for the move, i will clean the toilet on the astoria. Haha….See you wedensday night, and consider playing Marooned for us. Its such a wonderful song that is rarely played. Welcome to the states!

  46. quote…

    “how come montreal quebec is not in the tour”

    one word….. Claude

  47. David,

    Thanks for sharing your talents with the world. You express things we all feel, in such a beautiful way, that can envoke so much emotion. Your the reason I starting learning guitar.

    Shine On
    ~Erin

  48. I can’t wait to take my son to see you tomorrow. What a treat this will be for both of us. We are both huge fans.

    Thanks for all the past and present music. We hope that you keep going.

  49. David – welcome and hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip – hope you get to take the family sightseeing! The last time I saw you I couldn’t see you (Rose bowl 1994, and it was because of distance). But I can’t wait, me and my wife enjoy your new album immensely, and we’ll be holding hands through the first set definitely. We’ll be seeing you at the Paramount in Oakland (great choice), and just seing you and Rick together doing Echoes – that alone is another major life achievement for me! Thank you, sir, for the many years of musical happiness!!!! Cheers.

    Dan Kershner

  50. David, Rick, Steve, Guy, hope you are all well and have a safe and enjoyable time on this leg of your tour. Myself and my wife Diane will be seeing you on 4/19 and 4/20, we’re counting the days!! Fed, thanks again for this site. It’s a great read. I never miss a day. Maybe we’ll get to see you on 4/20? Well, I’m off for now . Time to put OAI on the stereo again!!!!!!

  51. Southern California is aflame with Gilmouritis — a strange but wonderful disease that is timed to strike April 19 and, of course, 4/20. And we’ll be joining you there!

  52. welcome back to the David and crew. I cant wait to see you in New York on wednesday. I have been looking forward to this day for 5 months now and it is finally here.. Thank You for your great music and for coming over here to preform in front of you loyal fans.

  53. a very welcome to you david, polly and children. hope you enjoy your staying in n.y. you are getting close to me and i am wild about (raffoler en français) this feeling. in one week at this time i will be in toronto for your fantatic performance. until you come to canada take care and don t work too much…

    f.é. l heure a laquelle nous envoyons nos posts est toujours la meme… monsieur ,vous seriez donc a londres et non en amérique…,j en connais de plus en plus sur vous …, intéressant…

    sylvie de montréal

  54. David and the Band welcome to North America. I am looking forward to your April 10 show in Toronto at Massey Hall.

    CM

  55. If I may say.. I think that Take A Breath & This Heaven Single would prevail over the other OAI tracks in the US. I see the nature of the album penetrating diverse listeners anywhere in the world and David’s genius in doing so. From what is happening in the US (which was stated on the offical site), I could see the above formentioned tracks doing better here. I guess we just have to blame MTV & VH1 for the utter disgrace of what music shouldn’t be. I would have to say the timing of this album released in the United States is probably the best time it could have been done. I await a lifetime of ambition to see David in Concert, nonetheless, the best spot off all–Shy Town.

  56. Welcome back to North America David! Hope you enjoy your time here. See you in Chicago, the home of the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox!!!

  57. If I remember right, from my day`s with UB40 there was a gadget in a huge flightcase that the road crew used to call the PIG or something like that, and it was this piece of equipment that supplied all the backline and front of house with the correct voltage, I do hope I`m right it was a few years ago when I worked for those guys!

    Thanks for your e-mail features ed, I feel a lot better now.

    All the best
    Adrian.

    [No problem, mate. – Features Editor]

  58. Hello David and company! David… I have been to many concerts in my day and I feel very fortunate. However, I have never looked forward to an event like the upcoming concert in Oakland.Your new disc is awsome and a stroke of genious. It blows my mind to read what some of your so called fans write. How you should have done this or that…it is a masterpiece and congratulations on a great piece of work and the success of the European leg of your tour. I’m flying my daughter from Anchorage, Ak to go with me to see your show. I’m jacked and totally looking forward to your show! Keep SHINING ON

    -Bob-

  59. Fedmeister

    “That’s quite special, isn‘t it?”

    Amazing to think the man reads what we’ve written… we’ve all spent so many years reading what he’s said and now he gets a chance to sit back and have a chuckle at our lunacy and ramblings…Fantastic!

    And I must admit I’m smiling at the thought of a very English Englishman in New York… there’s almost something of Alastair Cooke about it…

    And chaps… be prepared for the incorrect use of the word “awesome”… to say it’s annoying would be an understatement and normally my response to use of that particular vernacular is “No! the Grand Canyon is awesome… tasting a bagel with red pepper flavoured cream cheese and saying it’s awesome is not quite the same… old chep!” You can substitute any run of the mill, normal occurrence in that sentence…

    And if you think I’m being unduly harsh on the use of the language over in North America bear in mind that when President George Bush was told that during a recent conflict a Brazilian soldier had been killed he replied “A Brazilian! how many is that?”

    [The scary thing is, I imagine that was one of the more intelligent things he said that day… By the way, I’m in total agreement with you on the use of the word “awesome”. – Features Editor]

  60. just one more night but it seems I still have far to go….there’ll be no sleeping here tonight.

  61. Caption:

    A sheepish Guy ponders:

    ‘Note to self – maybe the milder curry wouldn’t have been a bad idea after all’

    A personal plea to Rudders and the Toronto Troupe – I don’t suppose you could ask the good folk at Massey Hall whether there’s any programmes left from Rush’s 3-night residency between 11-13 June ’76 LOL (released as the rocktastic ‘All the World’s a Stage’ live opus).

    Speaking of the Mighty Canuck Trio, don’t forget to add Alex Lifeson’s ‘Orbit Room’ to the Toronto watering-hole list!

  62. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome David, his family, band and crew to the United States. We are eternally grateful to have an opportunity to see, hear and enjoy the U.S. leg of the tour.

    I look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles on both evenings.

    Cheers!

    -Matt

  63. Oi Levesque! As much as we respect democracy and free-speech and the French Canadians desire of attaining sovereignty for Quebec. And the fact that sovereigntists propose that Quebecers exercise their right to self-determination in order to democratically give themselves their first independent constitutional state of law.

    And with a sovereign state, Quebec sovereigntists believe that the people of Quebec will be better equipped to foster their own economic, social, and cultural development. Quebec sovereigntists are generally not in opposition to federalism as a concept, but are opposed to the present federal system of Canada and do not believe it can be reformed in a way that could answer what they see as the legitimate wish of Quebecers to govern themselves freely.

    As soon as you come around here demanding that Gilmour plays in the second largest Canadian City and largest in the Province of Quebec I have to say to you “Oi Levesque…NO!”

  64. After 12 years it will be great to hear Dave bend some strings. The new album is great and the live solos should be better than ever. He is the Master of the Stratocaster! Welcome back to the U.S. Can’t wait for Wednesday in NYC.

  65. Hi. I have lived in america for almost 3 years now and I am sure my best night here would be april 19 in kodak theater. I am persian and in Iran most of the people know pink floyd, but I have grown with david and pink floyd. all my dreams, all my memories, all my joys have david’s footprints in them and I am so glad that I am seeing him for the first time. I never forget the nights when me and my friends were sitting by the fire “comfortably numb” and listening to pink floyd’s music. David, thank you so much for giving me and the people like me the opportunity to see their hero. wish you and your sweet wife the best days in america. enjoy your trip and know that your voice makes this world a more beautiful place to live in.

    Sincerly Hamid.

  66. Welcome my Friend…Welcome to the Machine.

    Can’t believe he is here, well not quite here in Toronto… well you know what I mean.

    Following this blog, it sounds like there are no plans to release a live cd of the concerts. Fed do you know if David’s crew have been recording the shows directly off the sound board. I know a couple of artist have done so lately. Two that come to mind are Pearl Jam and Peter Gabriel. Basically you could go on to their repective web sites and for about ten dollars canadian download the show of your choice and then burn it on a cd or whatever. Both Gabriel and Pearl Jam referred to these as legal bootlegs. I totally understand if David does not have such plans, I just thought I would throw this one out there for what it is worth, after all as brillant as David and the rest of the musicians are on record, they are even better live from what I have seen and heard over the years from live shows and dvds and the fan reviews of this OAI Tour.

    Fedster, I must admit that I never thought I would be involved with a blog. My hat is off to you who ever hell you are. Between David’s music and your blog, you really have made the world a better place. See you at Massey Hall on the 9th. and Rudders and Howard we will track you down for a pre show pint and hopefully one after. Thanks again Everybody.

    George.

    [Very kind of you to say so, George. I honestly don’t know what’s being recorded or how, sorry. Perhaps someone ‘in the know’ will see this and will comment. Enjoy the show and do tell all when you get home. – Features Editor]

  67. SO EXCITED FOR WEDNESDAY. I am from southenr PA but will be Radio city wed. I saw david and floyd at there last show in the US in 94. It was amazing and can’t wait to hear the new album live and whatever else he chooses to delight us with.

  68. Me and my gal are heading to Universal City for your show in Gibson Ampitheater…All the way from New York…There’s no better way to spend a holiday!! d

  69. I’m getting very excited now. 2 friends and I are flying from Vancouver to see him in Toronto. I’m so glad that I have the opportunity to “the man” play live again (last time for me was June 26, 1994 in Vancouver).

    6 Days and counting!
    – Mike

  70. Welcome back to the USA and Canada. Hope your time here in North America is an enjoyable one.

    In a few days I’ll put together a list of things to do in Chicago for the family, the band, the crew and the rest of the entourage.

    Maybe only people from Edinburgh speak of their town more highly than people from Chicago.

    10 days till the Chicago shows!

    Jeff in chicago

  71. Hi and welcome to David, the band and your families, major anticipation here for the April 9th Toronto show, we are flying up from Newfoundland, way out on the east coast for the show and would surely fly to the ends of the earth for the pleasure of seeing you live.

    GOOD LUCK ALL !!

  72. It’s been well worth the wait. Your music has comforted and rocked and inspired and awed us every day. Seeing you play at Radio City will be a lifelong memory for all of us.

    I only hope our applause tomorrow night is enough to show you how much we appreciate your coming to the states. And I hope we can savor it fully. Don’t be nervous, just play with your heart.

    Chad

  73. [I thought the ‘About Face’ tour was excellent, myself. – Features Editor]

    I’m with you there. It was brilliant. I think I saw about 6 or 7 shows, and while the set list didn’t vary much, each show was very different. By the end of that tour his band were free wheeling with their improvisations. My favorite versions of Money were on that tour with Mick Ralphs and David going walkabout with long stretches of trading licks. Oh aye, those were gallus, gallus days.

    I cannae wait until the 16th.

    Peter

  74. WOW! So my fave musician of all time is in the same country as me, and next week will be in the same building as me. Just so unbelievable. I cannot wait for this concert! David, I love your music so much!!!! Thank you for crossing the pond.

    see you in Chicago baby!

    Elizabeth

    Hey Fea. Ed. – Have you beaten that cold yet?

    [Yes, thank you. I haven’t yet had the chance to beat the brat who gave it to me, though. – Features Editor]

  75. Welcome to North America!! I too was lucky as hell to get 2 tickets to the April 13 Chicago show. The Rosemont Theatre is an awesome place to play – great acoustics! I hope you put “Wots..” back on the setlist, as I certainly never hoped to see an Obscured by Clouds tune. But Echoes!!! That is going to be AWESOME!! BTW, there’s one thing I always wanted to see. The world’s greatest female divas trying to outdo each other on the Great Gig in the Sky. I mean how cool would that be.. okay, that was the 2nd to last thing. I’m curious.. has David ever heard of the relatively unknown Master of the Telecaster, Danny Gatton?? I saw him live once, and it was like watching God play the guitar. He took his own life in 94, so I was again very lucky as I got to see him live..

  76. Welcome to America Mr. Gilmour! I am a 20 year old Texan, and I Just thought I would let you and Polly know that my future wife, Hayley, and I, are planning on using your music in our Wedding in June! We’ve already gotten the programme made up which states that the Prelude will consist of selections from “On An Island” by David Gilmour. We hope to begin with “Where We Start”, then “Smile”, and when the Groom’s party arrives, finish off with “The Blue” which consists of the most beautiful guitar solo ever performed. We can think of no better music to fill the Church with than with this stunning piece of work. The music Pink Floyd and yourself have made is timeless and means an awful lot to us, both as listeners and as musicians. We will see you next Wednesday in Rosemont Illinois! And come on to the Wedding too if you like! God Bless! See ya next week!

  77. Welcome to the US. Can’t wait to see the band in Chicago next week. My wife and I are taking a road trip from San Antonio, Texas for the Thursday show next week in Chicago. I am so happy that I was able to get tickets. I hope you, your family, and the band & crew have a wonderful time. Take care!

  78. I really wish I were able to attend a Radio City show. I live within 150 miles of New York City, so could get there easily if money and time (not to mention tickets) were no barrier.

    Read Nick Mason’s book for his description (on page 185)of how Floyd used the features of Radio City to the fullest when they played “Dark Side” there in January 1973. The stage has risers that lift up twenty feet and can fly out over the front rows of the audience; the audience entered to find the stage shielded by smoke, and as the band began to play, the smoke cleared and up they rose. Mason writes, “THAT was how it should be done!”

    Any chance David will do the same thing tomorrow night?

    [No idea, Dan. We’ll have to wait and… read. – Features Editor]

  79. I would like to welcome David and family to the United States. It will be great honor to see your Chicago gig, for which I will be attending on April 13th. I haven’t been up to Chicago in many years, I am from downstate Illinois. I am very glad to obtain tickets. Hopefully your guitar tech can deal with the Midwest: My intonation on my guitar goes out almost daily, between the humidity and the constant Barometric pressure differences. I personally would set it 2 hours prior to the gig around here. Have a great time in the U.S! See you at the Rosemont. Cory

  80. Unbelievable. Had these tickets in my hands for more than a month now. 4th row center. Been reading these blogs since Germany. Like a kid waiting for Christmas. WELCOME BACK. Last time I saw DG was at Giant Stadium. Such a big place but still fabulous. Taking my wife to her first Gilmour concert she has no idea how great it will be. Great Album classic Gilmour.

    See you Wednesday

  81. This is just AWESOME!!!

    It feels like Christmas in April!! Compared to the Pink Floyd Division Bell tour of 1994, it feels like we’re throwing a little private party where David’s gonna show up with his guitar, musical pals, and family in tow, and …maybe we’ll have a pot luck dinner…

    O.K. I’ll bring the fondue tray & maybe spring for pizza. “Fire ring” and singalong at the beach after the show on 4/19?!

    Both intimate and epic all at once!! This is so very special!!! This is one for the ages!!

    Awaiting the delicate sounds of wonder …

    Welcome to North America David!!

  82. Welcome to the U. S. Gilmour family and crew:

    Try not to work so hard while your here, enjoy your stay.

  83. Hey David (and Richard,Guy,Phil,and Jon and anyone else I’m forgetting), welcome to the states and thanks for making the trip. I am really looking forward to seeing you all next Wed.(the 12th) I’ll be way in the back up in the balcony on stage right. Give me a wave if you fell like it…I’ll be the guy way in the back with the pretty blonde on his arm…anyway. If you’d all like to go for drinks afterward I’ll buy. I mean that. -Justin

  84. Welcome to the US David. I never never dreamed of getting a chance to see you live, but I am lucky enough to have tix to your show in Chicago on April 13th. Looking forward to it!!

  85. The San Jose Mercury has a story on the use of OOTD in the Sopranos today:

    “But the show ended before the song got to its only lyric, leaving a haunting premonition for Floyd fans who knew what was left out: “One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces…””

    Brilliant – Floydians clued in ahead of everyone else, just the way we like it 🙂

    N

  86. Been waiting for this show my entire life….god I can’t wait. A resounding welcome to NYC & the US David & friends!!!

  87. Welcome conquerors!

    So amped for tomorow’s show, I can’t sleep. Have high hopes for Wot’s Oh the Deal!

    Hope Dave and family enjoy our lovely city, and if any fine dining advice is needed…well email me and I can suggest a place to have a pint.

  88. David, welcome to my home town! I hope you guys enjoy your stay!!! I’m not sure if you or your family has checked out the new “Rose Center for Earth and Space”, but my daughter likes it (the Hayden Planetarium was revamped…I wonder if they brought back Laser Floyd there…hmmm?) I hear the Sony Wonder Technology Lab is fun for kids, though I haven’t been there yet myself. Well, I’m sure you don’t need these tips from me anyway….

    Hey, man, I’m really pumped for the concert on Wednesday…and I’m excited to be hanging around RCMH with fellow fans tomorrow and Wednesday afternoons!!! This whole OAI experience that last few months has reinvigorated me to get back to playing music again which is an outlet I’ve neglected for too long.

    I bought my binoculars today…I’ll be the guy in the balcony glowing from contentment in case you’re wondering!!! My wife will be there, too, not just because she digs your music, but also because she knows how much this means to me……

    Okay, okay, all mushiness aside….

    Now, da’ rest of you’se guys here: my digital camera is charging for our little get together under the telstrater across from RCMH and I’ve got cash for the bar at Heartland Brewery. I’ll be wearing my Darkside shirt tomorrow and will be there at 4:45pm. For those of you not in NYC, I’ll put the pictures up right away on my link each day so you can what some of us DG bloggers actually look like in a Gilmour frenzy…

    ….t-minus 20 hours and 3 minutes…..

  89. My friends and I have been FLOYD fans since high school. After hearing about the Pulse Tour and of course watching it on VHS, we all vowed to see them if they ever performed again. That time has finally come, but saddly, they don’t want to go, because tickets are going to be $200 a seat. I think I might be able to convince them to go if they knew what songs played or at least how many PF songs were played. The show is in 2 weeks, so whatever info you have would be sweet. Thanx and “shine on all you crazy diamonds”

    [The second set will consist of Pink Floyd songs. If you skim through the blog entries for each of the European shows, the setlist for each is revealed, so you can get an idea of which songs have been played so far. – Features Editor]

  90. How about some of us try to meet up somwhere near the venue for pre-show stories and cocktails? Any ideas where would be a good location? Thought it would be nice to meet a few fellow fans and share our experiences.

  91. Welcome David! I’ll be flying up to NYC from Atlanta tomorrow to see the show! It’s a bundle of money for me but I think it’s well worth it for this opportunity (especially with a 3rd row center ticket)!

  92. Where were you guys? We waited outside Manny’s for you! 😉

    So happy to see you using your influence to promote other important issues like the effects of Global Warming, etc.

    Looking forward to April 4th at Radio City… It would be so good to hear stuff from all three solo albums (hint, hint)

  93. Welcome to North America guys! Im broke as ever, and I mean that but I will be attending both Toronto shows (First row on the 10th!). I just hope you guys are having the best of times touring. And I apologize before I actually start stalking you once youre in Toronto hehe. In all honesty, is there any chance of getting a picture with David, maybe the band too? I would really treasure it in my brokedness!

    FEd, are you trying to say the Fan Fare days will be over after the tour? Can you actually forget about us and go back to the dentist and parrot?

    I think we can hang around and discuss David, cooking, football and global warming, cmon you just cant leave like that!

    [Hi Paul. Fan Fare will go on after the tour, so don’t worry about that. As for the possibility of getting a photograph taken with the band, then this really is down to chance. Time isn’t specifically set aside to meet fans, so it really does depend on whether or not you’re in the right place at the right time. Which is the right place, I have no idea. Enjoy the shows and please tell us all about them when you get a chance to. – Features Editor]

  94. The last couple of times, there was the Smile intro with an electric guitar with loads of flanger type sound. It’s great, hope we get to hear more of that one soon. I also remember David’s solo on Comfortably at Nassau County. The brilliant white spotlight on him 35ft. atop the wall is a great memory for me also with it splaying beams across the arena from his Strat. Thanks.To all of you, a line regarding life in general. “We are all enlightened pretending not to be.”

  95. To David, and his family and crew, welcome (or welcome back as it may be) to these united states. I’ve spent some down time during the past week listening to “David Gilmour”, “About Face”, “Island”, and a lot of pre-DSOM Floyd. I will be there in Chicago for the Wednesday show. Based on what I have read regarding the European leg of the tour, there is no doubt in my mind that these guys could stand on that stage and play bad renditions of “Let there be Light”, “Cry from the Street”, “Murder” and “Blue Light”, and I will be more than pleased to have been there. For all of those who have been listing set-list requests, maybe we can come up with a way for you and the rest of us to create a “One Last Final Encore” slush fund for DG’s favourite (sic) charity. Let us say there are 4,000 people in the theater, and everyone kicks in $5 to hear something from let’s say “Animals”, specifically, let’s say “Dogs”. C’mon Dave, we here in America don’t know what “turf-out time is” (do we have “turf-out time” in America?) and you’ve got Carin up there with you (who did a pretty kick ass job with “Dogs” back in 99-00 with Roger). So we get to hear “Dogs” (or the song of the assembled masses choice) any one of David’s worthy charities gets $20,000!

    [That sounds like blackmail to me! – Features Editor]

  96. Rudders! Give Guy a break! This picture was probably taken that day the stomach virus was going around.

    So yeah, the doors open in exactly 17 hours 27 minutes and 6 seconds. The only thing I’m going to ask David and his band at this time is to give the best performances of their lives.

  97. Caption

    “Terrible photo-who spilt the three drops of Tippex on the left”

    Good luck in USA David and all. Just do what you feel good about doing and dont listen to all the demands, must put a great deal of pressure on you which you dont need. Enjoy enjoy enjoy.

    Yes, this site is great and all thanks to those that post so generously. It will continue after the tour because we will make it happen.

    Ian Pearson

  98. Duh!!! I’ve not been on-line for a few days (due to a migraine) and MISSED reading the April Fool’s spoof on the actual day. I am a huge fan of John Otway’s and have beeen for almost as long a I’ve been a PF fan and actually love the idea of a supergroup with him and David. But Otway would have to play the Theremin which we fans bought for him as a birthday present few years back.

    Once the tour’s finished, maybe David could bring his sax along to the Grey Horse in Kingston and they could do a duo gig one night, following the recent collaboration there between Otway and Max Splodge of Splodgenessabounds.

    Otway’s about to embark on his own world tour – he’s hired an Airbus 340 and is filling it with his UK fans and playing gigs such places as Carnegie Hall in New York and Sydney Opera House – well in the foyers at least. Deborah Bonham (the late John’s sister) will be the support act. Wonder if David could be persuaded to tag along too? :-))

  99. Meant to say what a lovely photo on here today….

    Very mean and moody! Presumably another one of Polly’s.

    [It sure is. – Features Editor]

  100. [I‘m really grateful for that and know that both David and Polly enjoy reading all the comments. That’s quite special, isn‘t it?]

    Ah but to be fully fledged members then they have to give us their 1st’s or some Dave’s or have a go at Rudders games.

    Dave Sinclair, Dave Jaxon, Dave Allen (the comedian not Gong stalwart)

    Happy Tuesday, Pete – Coventry

  101. Caption Competition:

    Guy momentarily forgets himself and bursts into song: “all the ducks are swimming in the water”.

    That’s for those who know their Lemon Jelly.

    Have a good day, FEd.

  102. Welcome to New York David, family and crew, enjoy the city like we are going to enjoy your shows, please play ECHOES on wednesday.

  103. Not a welcome, but a good luck to you all so far away!

    I immensely enjoyed the show in Amsterdam; I still have it in my head and before my eyes!!

    For all the people in the US and Canada who are going to attend: Enjoy! It is truly a remarklable event.

  104. On an Island has done well outside the United States but it has TANKED in North America(debuted at #6 and has fallen rapidly ever since). The reasons being that rap, hip hop, country, teen pop and American Idol trash have heisted the music scene to the point where you don’t have to sound good to sell records anymore. Another note, has Columbia Records’ David Gilmour contest picked a winner yet and what is the status on his two solo albums that were to be re-released are they now cancelled?

    [Pass. – Features Editor]

  105. Caption:

    No matter how many times the juggernaut driver honked his horn Guy refused to move an inch.

    p.s. make sure you U.S. fans bring our heros back in one piece! (especially the rather fetching one who does lead guitar and vocals)

  106. Caption:

    “David thought Araldite on Guy’s Precision was a great way of quietening down the bass solos.”

    P.S. Any of you guys see pics of the eclipse from Castellorizon last week in the papers? Or were David, Polly & family there. Looking at the tour scheduling & all that…

    Good luck over the pond, stay away from that bad food.
    Jon

  107. To David and family, band and entourage,…Welcome to North America.

    I hope you all have a fun and interesting trek through both countries. I look forward to greeting you in person on the 9th at Massey Hall (way up and directly to your right); I’ll be the one blissfully applauding the Christmas carols!

    …and if you get a caffeine/pastry craving, Rudders was right, you must duck into a Tim Hortons. Iconically Canadian, and there’s one on every corner.

    Thank you for OAI and for coming to play it.

    All the best from a longtime fan ,
    Tom from Hamilton 🙂

  108. Hello again,

    What is the fabulous little snippet of music we’re getting today? Will it, by any chance, be one of the ‘b’ sides to Smile? Hope so!!!

    Kind regards,

    Kevan.

  109. David,

    Your decision to play at Massey Hall in Toronto was a dream come true for me (and others to be sure). I don’t have anything truly profound or original to say. I certainly don’t want to gush with sentiment and tell you how much the music you have shared with us has meant at certain times in my life. I have waited a long time to see you from less than 200 feet away! I couldn’t believe my luck! I will be the fellow on the isle stage right smiling looking a little numb…..

    Listen David, I am going to bring my camera because I would like to have some pictures to put in my home studio. If you notice those security people bothering me….well, could you let them know you said it was alright?

    Respectfully,
    Marc Savage

  110. Hi,

    I’ve said this at least 6 times and the “Features Editor” must be fed up with me.

    But could someone (associated with David) tell me the possibility of Mr. Gilmour performing ‘On The Turning Away’ in London 29-31 May?

  111. Dear all,

    Like nickster I too am anxious every day to what sound snippet we get on the main official site. I’ve saved a few from last month and there are some doublures, but as I can’t login everyday I’ve also missed quite a few and it would be great if somehow we could get to hear those snippets in the future (CD, DVD-easter egg, etc.)

    To David, his band, family, crew and FEd (yes, the April 1 joke made me realize you’re part of the entourage travelling with David) : enjoy your tour across Northern America and have a safe trip back to the UK afterwards. I only wish I could see one of those shows, as the Amsterdam shows left me mesmerized and wanting for more and I’m sure a large majority of the crowd still feels the same.

    Caption (suggestion 1): “I can do the single-handed bass solo”.

    Caption (suggestion 2): If you’d used a flash (and weren’t Polly) I’d send you back to London in a cardboard box … (sorry, fond memories of Werchter 1989 May 13th come back)

    My roommates at work start recognizing the album On an Island too. It’s been played quite a lot here 😉

    Piet

    [I don’t write the news. That had nothing to do with me. – Features Editor]

  112. ‘It was true that Guy regretted eating the vindaloo, but not half as much as the rest of the band…’

  113. For those interested in the the more technical aspects of David’s tour set-up, click my name to read an artical which will be printed in Total Production International magazine (out on April 14). It features people like Marc Brickman (lights), Roger Searle (production) and Colin Norfield (FOH engineer). The article is in the form of a PDF file so you will need Adobe Acrobat to read it.

    Hope it all goes well in US.

  114. Just watching Pompei for the first time in ages and was wondering what ever happened to the fifth canine member?

    Amsterdam was Amazing but I’d like an encore of Mademoiselle Nobs when you get to Manchester please David (My Border Terrier does a good cover verson if the original singers no longer with us 😉 )

    Failing that Alan’s psychedelic breakfast lol

    Ps You are even brilliant on the mouth organ.

    [That lovely dog was one of the passengers who slipped off the Pink Floyd tour bus… – Features Editor]

  115. Two early morning classes, then on a train from Boston to NYC! I’m 38 and feel like a 10 year old on Christmas morning, I couldn’t sleep all night =) I thought this day would never come – thanks to FE and all of you who shared your experiences on this tour; I’ll do the same when I get home tomorrow night.

    David, whatever you choose to play tonight will take our breath away! Hope you enjoy your stay in the city.

  116. Hi FEd

    I never realised that OAI had been released as a single in the UK – I thought it was just the US?

    If so, I’m sorry as that completely passed me by and if I had know I would have bought a copy. My bad. I ‘ll make up for it and buy two copies of Smile. Howzat?

    Vicky

    PS. Hello Linda – another sensible Man Utd Fan.

    A few more wins, FEd, that’s all we need and you won’t be able to catch us……

    [Yeah, yeah… We’ll see. – Features Editor]

  117. Hello my friends! Hello dearest FEd!

    I don’t want to be provocative – maybe a little! 😉 – but I read Roger Waters will be in Rome the 16th of june (2006) for a great show: he’s going to play the full “The dark side of the moon” album and others fantastic Pink Floyd’s songs. Somebody says he’ll come with Nick and Richard…
    Now: you know David is my favourite’s Pink Floyd’s member…but I think Roger is a genius too…yet, I don’t think Roger will be able to sing and play with the same energy than David…anyway…this is a great temtaption! He could be a very beautiful concert!

    but I DON’T WANT decide WHICH ONE’S PINK. I send this message just to talk and to know what do you think about:
    Should I go?

    Have a great day!

    L!

    [Yeah, you should go. It could be good, as you say. – Features Editor]

  118. I think I need some help….

    I cannot take a great day for freedom off repeat. I’ve tried like, but to no avail. Such a solo at the end, unbelievable, ooh there it goes again…

    On that note, I have had a cunning plan…..

    how about a ringtone download section on the main site? huh huh?

    I’d give my right arm (or any other body part within reason :p) depending on the quality for AGDFF ringtone or something from on an island…plus they all count towards single sales these days don’t they….

  119. FED,

    Here is the link to an interview with David in today’s NY Post. Sorry if this is the wrong place to send it… Looking forward to tonight’s show!

    [Thanks very much, mate. If anyone wants to send us any interviews, reviews and the like, then please do and we’ll consider adding them to the Press page. URLs and actual scans would be great. – Features Editor]

  120. To Brad,

    [Consider these very much so over simplified scenarios about faith and belief in God:

    A man believes in God and Christ as his savior, he dies and finds it was not true (not that he would find anything because he is gone). He is gone, all is lost.

    A man believes in God and Christ as his savior, dies and finds it was true. He spends eternity with his creator. He is not gone, all is given to him.

    A man does not believe in God or Christ as his savior, he dies and finds it true. He is gone, all is lost.

    A man does not believe in God or Christ as his savior. He dies and finds out he was wrong. He is not gone, all is lost, eternity is spent in separation from God and he is left in torment.

    It really is similar to a math equation if you think about it.]

    Well yeah, if you are saying that believing is the best thing in this scenario you are probably right. IF it is true. That is the problem.

    Do I need religion to strive for goodness? Will God ignore me after a good life?

    Since we are doing math anyway, will God ignore/condemn 70 % of the human species who happen to believe something else??

    Just a few questions…

    I’m afraid I have to conclude that such an entity can’t be God to me.

    Best,

    Clemens

  121. i’m having much difficulty sitting down. just a few days away from the show. dreams do come true, so don’t listen to your parents kids. listen to music. i wish you hadn’t mentioned the end yet Fed, i wasn’t ready to think about that, but you have work to do. we’ll be there with you in our group. pass the kleenex, have a soda, etc…thanks for all. welcome, welcome to America, mind the panhandlers, and other than that, you should be left alone i’m sure. be safe. thanks for coming. if there is anything you need to make your visit more enjoyable, just let me know. see you sunday!!!!!!

  122. Set the Controls for the Heart of AMERICA!!!

    The TOAST TEAM would like to officially welcome Dave, Rick, Jon, Dick, Guy, Steve & crew to NYC.

    p.s. see if yoou can squeeze in a show at the Grafton, NY Peace Pagoda next tour!!!!!

  123. Dear FEd,

    my english is not so good and I have not time to look up any word into the dictionary…but your words “We’ll all have to get through it together and wean ourselves off the addiction slowly” let me think that…this blog is going to close……….when? The day after the last concert?

    it is so sad…..I miss you so much! I’ve never written on a blog…and it was a so beautiful experience…that I will have to search immediatly another blog where write on!

    But the other blogs can’t be as good as this and the others Feature Editor can’t be as nice and funny as you!

    I hope that you’ll come back on this blog, sometimes! PLEASE!!!

    Thank you FEd and thank you David!

    Ok….stop crying now! We start again when you’ll say to us “this is the last day”!

    …so sad!!!

    L!

    [Don’t worry, Lucia. The blog will continue after the tour. We’ll be a support group and we’ll help one another to recover after the final show (when we’re all really sad and want to know when David’s next tour begins). – Features Editor]

  124. Enjoy the US part of the tour, everyone.

    I’m still enjoying the afterglow of ‘Night three’, Le Grand Rex, Paris

    Caption Competition
    “I do wish you would cut that solo a bit shorter, David”

    Best regards,
    Ralph

  125. Welcome to the US Dave….I’m so excited to see you perform tonight. I got 10th row seats so I can’t wait…

  126. Dear Fedmeister,

    I was wondering why Polly did not appear on-stage to join in for “Smile”, as she does on the CD.

    She appears to attend every concert, so I thought it was a bit of a shame.

    Perhaps we could all try to entice her for the RAH gigs ?

    Best regards,
    Ralph

    [I think Polly is perfectly happy being in the audience with her family, mate. – Features Editor]

  127. david. i have been a fan….well..long before i had a choice..you see when i was born the first article of clothing i was wrapped in was a darkside of the moon t-shirt. from then forth i was so glad my parents raised me around pink floyd and your music. many times i felt hopless knowing that i will never get to see you in concert., so i bought every live album i could find, you know to experience what it would be like to see it live. but now i will be at the gibson ampitheater and the hoplessness is now but a dream. high hopes would be a great song for the occasion. i am so glad that you are playing shows for the younger generation like me so we can be apart of this amazing musical experience. regards allan (age 27)

  128. Welcome!

    I’m am looking forward to tonight’s show at Radio City. I can’t wait to hear the On an Island songs and to hear Echoes performed live.

    I feel so lucky because my five favorite Pink Floyd songs are in the set list for this show:

    Echoes
    Shine On
    Wish You Were Here
    Time
    Comfortably Numb

    This will certainly be a night to remember.

    To David, band and crew: Enjoy the North American leg of your tour. Have fun tonight.

    See you at the show!
    Mike from Connecticut

  129. It’s time. I’m off to NYC to see the greatest concert in my life. Hopefully I can calm down my right foot enough to avoid a speeding ticket. Oh and speaking of tickets… can’t forget those!

  130. Wow..April 9th, Massey Hall Toronto is coming up fast. Funny I still remember being excited about the Massey Hall gig back in 1984…I was a 17-year-old pup then; and David was a lot younger too.

    So much has changed in our lives since then….but the music remains.

    Thanks for all the great tunes over the years David. It’s been fun.

  131. Welcome Dave, Rick & the rest of the MAGIC UNIT!!!!

    The Toast team is arriving in NYC at 4:20.

  132. Very excited for the Gilmour and friends show tonight. Just one quick question I think someone will be able to help me with – What is the easisest way to get to Radio City from Grand Central? I can’t figure out the transit system and it looks like I’m going to have to loop around in a foolish manner to Radio City. Anyway, can’t wait for the show tonight.

    Thanks everyone.

  133. It’s really good to hear that the blog will still be up after the tour. I was just starting to like all you guys…and gals for that matter. With all puns aside, all we need to do, is keep talking.

    -Chris McKay

  134. I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Dave, his family, the band, and crew to the US. I have been waiting in anticipation for the April 9th show in Toronto and it’s almost here! Thanks for maintaining this blog. It’s been great to read about the other shows and read everyone comments.

    And oh yeah, Claude is still a dork.

  135. I wish all our american friends a great concert this night ! you will not be disappointed !

    36 and 37 days ago, I attended David’s and fiends concert in Paris, it was marvellous, it’s in my head and in my heart as if it happened yesterday; le temps passe, mais pas les souvenirs… Merci à David et sa famille pour tous les sacrifices consentis afin de nous faire partager sa passion pour la musique!

    et merci à vous, Fed de nous permettre de continuer à vivre notre passion à travers vous.

    Long life to this blog !
    Michèle.

  136. I wish all our american friends a great concert this night ! you will not be disappointed !

    36 and 37 days ago, I attended David’s and fiends concert in Paris, it was marvellous, it’s in my head and in my heart as if it happened yesterday; le temps passe, mais pas les souvenirs… Merci à David et sa famille pour tous les sacrifices consentis afin de nous faire partager sa passion pour la musique!

    et merci à vous, Fed de nous permettre de continuer à vivre notre passion à travers vous.

    Long life to this blog !
    Michèle.

  137. about an hour away before we’re RIDING THE GRAVY TRAIN into grand central…next stop…On An Island!!

    the TOAST team can’t wait…

    see you there.

    OVER

  138. Let me try again….sorry Fed I just read the NY post interview with DG that was so kindly identified by Bill Evans,,, earlier.

    I have to tell you David’s “spark” for Polly not only as a writer ( not to mention all the great photos now and the shared lyrics for more than a few years) as a person and and as a “soulmate” came through loud and clear.. No Yoko Ono here/there…( not that it is a slam…but what was this guy thinking?)

    For me…what a great “exposed” DG moment of heart /soul..yes soul…(“imagine”..with no religious tags) at this point in time…and the reflection to OAI

    [Hi Kevin. Anyone who suggests that Polly is a Yoko Ono-type figure, keeping Pink Floyd apart, is very ignorant indeed. I don’t know if the press – or maybe even society in general – is afraid of strong, intelligent women having an influence in a field that is largely dominated by men, or if the people who dream up these questions are just desperate for something to set theirs apart from all the other unimaginative questions that bore everyone to tears on a regular basis. That this comparison has cropped up a few times now shows how narrow-minded some people are. Personally, I’ve a good mind to get the Angry Mob together and go after that reporter with a pointy stick. – Features Editor]

  139. Dear FEd,

    the blog will continue after the tour. WOW! I feel better, now!

    THANKS! And as I said in other moments, I hope David will start soon another tour! But I hope he will decide to have some rest in his wonderful country house too!

    Today there is an italian magazine that published a new interview to David. I have no time to translate, now. But I promise you that I’ll do it…even if with my english, probably I won’t able to say exactly what David said…sorry David!
    I’d like to send you the internet URL but I coudn’t find it. I think it was just on paper.

    The magazine is “Panorama”, n. 14 – 6th of april 2006.

    Meanwhile, this is the headline: “Pink Floyd are over, not the ideals”

    Enjoy

    L!

    [Thank you! I’ll see if I can find it for the benefit of other Italian-speakers. We welcome press from all around the world, so if you ever spot anything that you feel would be of interest to other fans, let us know. – Features Editor]

  140. Welcome David, family and Tour People,

    Can’t wait until 4/20 at the Gibson. Hope everyone has fun tonight. Give us the details afterward.

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca USA

  141. Bill Evans,

    Thanks for the link to the NYP article. You wrote : “Here is the link to an interview with David in today’s NY Post”

    NOW we all know why touring is such a burden sometimes : He’s already 62 now in the article and little short of a month ago he turned 60.

    Great quote : “we were just a little pop group” 😉

    Piet

    [Didn’t I tell you that time is flying by? I wasn’t exaggerating. Amateurs… – Features Editor]

  142. I enjoyed reading the interview with the new york post, not just for its content but I love reading things which make me feel like a smartarse. Didn’t anyone tell them that David isn’t 62?

    Has David taken his family to each place on the tour, dude?!

    Love you all!!!

  143. Mornin’ Mr. Gilmour ~

    I will be attending your April 5th show at RCMH with my thirteen year old son, Matthew. He respectfully requests that you perform “Dogs” and dedicate it to him. If that song is not possible then he requests “Blue Light” understanding that sometimes, when the inspiration strikes that you can get down with the best of them…

    God bless you Dave…

    Best Regards,

    Matt Parish
    The Contributor

  144. [That lovely dog was one of the passengers who slipped off the Pink Floyd tour bus… – Features Editor]

    lol Fed nice one so my Border Terrier can join David on stage in Manchester?

    ps Keep it up Fergies New Fledglings,and don’t worry about what’s behind us Linda it’s the Blues who need to start thinking about that 😉

    pps Why all the talk of God I know he exists and so will you by the time this tours finished and you’ve seen him live.

    Linda x Vicky x

    [I didn’t mean it literally (about the dog slipping off the tour bus), of course. That would be horrible. Just a little play on David’s UK Music Hall Of Fame speech. – Features Editor]

  145. Welcome to North America David!

    We’re looking forward to seeing you on April 10th in Toronto. Please see if you can bust out “On the Turning Away” or “Coming Back to Life”, I’d be very appreciative. If not, I’ll still be very appreciative. Take care and enjoy NYC.

    Peace,
    Angelo G.

  146. Can’t wait until Chicago. I haven’t listened to the album yet or read any setlists.

  147. Welcome to the US David and crew!!!! Tonight is going to be incredible and I’m so excited I can’t write anything else.

    See all you RCMH folks at the “spot”! Not sure if I’m wearing my Darkside shirt or not…That or a pink shirt. But I’ll be sure to spot you guys. My hubby will be the guy with long curly hair in a ponytail.

    Woo hoo!

  148. Hello David, Polly, and all,

    Can’t wait untill the 4/20 show !!!!!!!!

    I had the rare Pleasure of seeing You with PF on 4/20/1988 at Hughes stadium in Sacramento.

    This will be My first time at the Gibson Amp. and I’ve only heard of good things about it.

    Welcome back, and most of all, HAVE FUN !!!

  149. Hello David,

    Quite strange to see all major playing MONTREAL and not David Gilmour !….Very Very Bizzare..Even MADONNA will play twice in a roll in june (AND NOT TORONTO!)….Quite strange isn’t ?

    Claude

  150. (We’re into the fifth month of the Blog! how does it feel… high points? low points? Even though you seem to be omni-present will you be working later to cope with the reviews after the shows?)

    Rudders – more to the point, how do you feel. Your fingers must be really sore with the amount of blogs written.

    Pete – Coventry

    PS : you never gave me the low down on Bent Wind (Canadian band)

  151. I am fortunate to have good tickets for April 19th& 20th. I saw the WALL in 80 at the sports arena & Momentary 87 twice there too. But Kodak theatre & Gibson amp. are another story. I hope everything continues as planned. Michael Miller- Floydian researcher.

  152. Anyone in the band want to join me for a light snack and/or drink on the afternoon of the 5th?

    Irregardless, I’ll see you at the show and I thank you each again for making this tour happen!

  153. “one of the passengers who slipped off the Pink Floyd tour bus”

    FEd!!! You know which was the answer to David’s sentence! Are you trying to be provocative?!!! 😉

    However, the dog sung very well!

    Some years ago I had a fantastic blackbird who spoke, sung and whistle. Fantastic! I think our fab four would like it very much!

    Thinking about the past, look the pictures in the link in my name…SO FUNNY!!! TOO MUCH!

    I wonder who have choosen their clothes! Look Roger’s trousers! There was Syd Barret and David wasn’t yet the Pink Floyd’s voice and guitarist…I think David was very lucky not wear in that strange way! Fortunatly, when David joined to the group, they were wearing better!

    A wish a great evening to all my blog’s friends! And a great show to canadian fans!

    L!

    [Provocative? No, never. – Features Editor]

  154. Claude: How you can even put that female singer’s name in the same sentence as David Gilmour amazes me. By the way, when David was her age, (actually, a few years older) he did the whole DB tour, which was huge. And David has never been into exploiting himself like other artists.

    Shame on you.

  155. [Quite strange to see all major playing MONTREAL and not David Gilmour !….Very Very Bizzare..Even MADONNA will play twice in a roll in june (AND NOT TORONTO!)….Quite strange isn’t ?]

    Yeah very strange. You know why? Because these things are not connected in any way with David’s choices.

    I thought you would be able to guess the answer to your own question, but alas, you disappoint me…

  156. Ha ha!! Did y’all read in the press section the interview David did with the NY Post? They asked about Polly: “Did you fear that her involvement might be perceived as a “Yoko” factor keeping Pink Floyd apart?”

    What a joke! Way to go David putting them in their place. Who the hell did that person think they were!?

    I’m one of those people who believe in the Yoko factor, (regarding the Beatles), however putting that title on a beautiful person like Polly is ridiculous!! Sorry David, Polly and family that such a comment was even suggested.

    Apolgizing for the “American Idiot” giving the rest of us a bad name.

    ~Erin
    Sacramento, CA

  157. will be at the Gibson, 4th row! can’t wait!

    thank God for eBay! tickets sold out very quick!

  158. PS: Fed if you need a leader/voice for that angry mob, let me know . . It weird, I feel so close to the Gilmour family, band and other bloggers, since I started blogging here, that I took that very personal. It’s a good thing that David has it together so well, I probably would have flown off the handle a bit more. I guess there is no need for that, David and Polly know who they are and don’t need to worry about stupid comments from stupid people.

    ~Erin

    [Well said. You can be my Number Two, Erin. We’ll show ’em. – Features Editor]

  159. The Show Must Go On! Albeit without me tonight @ RCMH. GoGoGo NewYork! I’ll have to keep myself occupied in SF @ The Warfield w/ Jeff Beck. What am I going to do for 2 weeks while I read about 6 East Coast shows, and continually read this blog keep updated with y’all freaks.

    Shine On tonight boys and girls, ladies and gentleman…David Gilmour.

    Thanks to ya FEd.

    Peace
    biGal

  160. Claude-

    1. I can’t believe you just compared Madonna and David Gilmour…speachless.

    2. Get over it. Seriously…dude…get over it.

    3. David is 60 years old. He has a family with three small children. As it turns out, David has toured the world numerous times. He’s retired. David didn’t need to put out “On An Island” nor did he have to promote it. He’s already giving the world much more than it probably deserves, and we should be thankful for what we have. I was too young to see the Division Bell concert, but when I found out that I could travel 9 hours all together by train to see him this time…I jumped at the occasion…and it was a fantastic experience.

    Claude, I don’t care if you are upset with the fact that David isn’t coming to your home town, your backyard, or your kitchen. But why not give David the respect that he has earned with over 40 years of making beautiful music? I think we as fans owe him at least that much, taking into consideration everything he has given us. Grow up man. Get over it…move on with life.

    -Chris McKay

  161. yeah… I guess those who choosed the place to play didn’t realized that Canada was a very tall country…

    Toronto is just too damn far away from me…

  162. CAPTION: Guy’s rendition of the burning man during the wish you were here encore seemed somewhat dangerous at the time until the fire brigade arrived to put him out.

    Rgds Geoff

  163. quote “JFK saw Gilmourmania at the weekend when David and his family were besieged at the airport by a horde of fans demanding autographs (how did they find out?). It has to be said that they were a little demanding, so please, if you see David out and around in the US, please: be respectful of his family; and, be polite and considerate. You know it makes sense…”

    Unreal. Thanks to all the jerks at the airport for demanding your greed. Now David is less likley to want to visit with the fans after the shows. Or ever want to come back for that matter. Please know David, that not all of us are like this, and I for one am very grateful to you and your family for coming our way. May your visit be good, and I hope you are not swarmed by more morons on future flights.

    [Well said, Randy. Personally, I’m very disappointed. That would make me want to turn around and get on the first plane home. More shows in America?! Great start, guys. David has young children, don‘t forget. Young children who probably found seven hours on a plane hard-going. Just imagine how frightening and overwhelming it must be for young children to suddenly be surrounded by noisy, pushy people who are lunging at their Daddy for autographs. Autographs! God, grow up. I really hope that more respect and consideration will be shown at the other airports and at the actual concerts, and that David and his family can get some peace and quiet whilst they are guests in your country. – Features Editor]

  164. Caption Competition:

    The surprise David Gilmour concert in the New York City Subway didn’t go well…

    By the way, we all know here that the NY Post isn’t the shining example of journalistic excellence, so I wouldn’t sweat it too much…

    … what is up with that JFK mob scene? I’m more embarassed about that….

    I was in Times Square and Rockefeller Center this past weekend…I probably walked right by them and didn’t notice (same thing happened to me in 1997 at Yankee Stadium a few hours before their gig…David and Polly walked right by me before my mind could register what I was seeing..)

    [Shocking behaviour, isn’t it? – Features Editor]

  165. Welcome to the United States Mr. & Mrs. Gilmour (Polly) and the whole crew of artists. I am happy that you arrived I hope save and sound..Let me apologize for the so called greeting that you received at the airport. Some people can not control their excitement i guess. I am glad that one of my questions have been answered and that is your beautiful wife Polly is traveling with you. I live in Western New York and i have been keeping a written list of your tour dates, venues and times…Tonight is 4/4/06 & you will be at NYC Radio City Music Hall.. I believe that you will be there tonight and tomorrow night…unfortunately i will not i will be at work but my thoughts are with you and the family & friends and all those people who are fortunate enough to have money for the tickets and to the ‘people’ who somehow get to know your every move though even if i did i would not bother you and your family and artists…I am sure the evening is going to be spectacular. Polly welcome to the United States. As i have mentioned too many times on this site I am a devoted reader and love the novels you have written and hopefully you will write another one? Or am i doing more wishful thinking here? Hey I can dream that is all I have left. NYC is 8hrs away from Williamsville by car. God speed and I am praying that you walk out of the United states with only good thoughts about us americans. A true fan to David Gilmour and to Polly Samson..I don’t have to tell you this but please ignore and try to excuse irrational fans and ignorant people we are not all like that. The concert is in my head (visualization and imagery of course) that is the only way i can prepare myself at this time to get ready for work….as opposed to being at the concerts…again WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES MR. GILMOUR AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Please be safe and sound and most of all enjoy. Your devoted fan…Linda Penner

  166. “But could someone (associated with David) tell me the possibility of Mr. Gilmour performing ‘On The Turning Away’ in London 29-31 May?”

    I dunno, but ‘bugger all’ comes to mind.

    It is not a damn request show! Bowie tried that and ended up having to sing Gnome for 4 hours!

  167. Chi-town cannot WAIT!

    And on behalf of all us, we are beyond grateful for this chance to see David play – I was broke & poor during the Division Bell tour, this is absolutely a dream come true.

  168. OOPS i forgot to mention please keep warm. As you know by now it gets quite chilly here in the New York area(s)….but i am sure that tonight you will warm the hearts of many a fans…This is one person who will have nothing but rave reviews for you and the concert despite the fact that i could not obtain a seat in NYC, Toronto, Chicago, San Fransisco or in LA. How is that for being totally on the ‘unlucky’ side….Enjoy again and keep safe and sound…May i suggest the visit to Niagara falls in ” your spare time”? Just a thought…..Linda from Williamsville,NY

  169. Hello FEd, David, Polly, Guy, Steve, Richard, Dick, Phil and the rest of the band and crew!

    It is with anxious anticipation that I await your show at the Gibson Amphitheater on April 20th. Being that it is the lat show on the North American continent, I am hoping that something “special” is thrown in. A nice surprise is always a good thing.

    With my deepest respect and humility, I urge you to enjoy your stay in America and soak up the good that this land and it’s people offer to you so that you might spread it around the rest of the world as you move on.

    For Tim Taylor, I have me Beeblebrox for Pres button. Got it in the mail yesterday. It’s a bit smaller than I thought it would be but it was cheap and should serve it’s purpose. Anyone else buying one might consider the sticker or t-shirt.

    Hello, Clemens. I really do not find a need to continue any sort of debate since that was not my intent. For each answer we might have for each other, there would always be another question.

    Part of the basis of faith is anyway, to believe in something despite having no provable evidence. Some faiths are more difficult to maintain because they go against the temporal.

    My original intent in this was topic was two fold: 1) to explore the curiosity I had found in David having publicly stated he was an Atheist and Polly publicly stating that the one book she would take to a desert island was the Bible and, 2)establish a pathway for people to simply examine themselves and try to be more open minded.

    Ultimately, what a person believes is his own business and should be respected. My belief is not one of judgement, for that is not mine. My belief is one of acceptance and love and hope for mankind.

    To answer your question, no a man is not required to believe in God for him to be “good”. There are many, many, more than many people who do “good” that do not believe in God. But do all these people really do good, just to do good? Or is it that they do good so that others know they are doing good? Is that then based out of want for self or selflessness?

    I believe that true generosity is that which is not publicly announced or acknowledged. A man who gives and does not brag or display it like a trophy is truly generous. A man who gives and then tells everyone about it, is doing so for selfish reasons.

    There is one exception I can think of to that rule. It is when someone is generous and tells others about it in a fashion that is designed to encourage others to be as giving. The generosity is multiplied.

    Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying the shows.

    BTW, everyone needs to start calling and emailing their local radio stations in the US and get them to start playing OAI. “Take a Breath” would probably go over very well in the US if played since it has some of the same licks that we are accustomed to hearing from David. The rest of the world has “gotten it” and understands what a magical collection OAI is. The US should not be left off that list…

    Caption Comp: Guy is thinking…”I have such bad gas from that New York style pizza. Oh well, Polly won’t be able to tell…Take the picture!”

  170. Flippin Eck!!

    Q104.3 In NYC just played “Murder” and “There’s no way out of here”

    Seven hours and counting!

  171. David,

    Flew to NY from LA for the two shows. Had to take out a second mortgage to see you four times, let alone across the country. I cant wait for tonight. Been a fan for a long time.

    Cheers to your first night in the US, and heres to the first of 4 shows I will be attending. See you for both show in LA.

    By the way did I mention I was a fan, and my dog’s name is Gilmour! Shine ON!

  172. A local entertainment agency announced, sometime ago, that various artists, including David, would be comming to Brazil this year, but no specific dates were given.

    I’d like to know, from the moderators of the forum or some other trustworthy source, if there is some truth in it (I hope so!!).

    Thanks …

    [I’m afraid not. It’s another cruel rumour. – Features Editor]

  173. Hi all,

    I’m so in love with the sound snippets, it’s untrue. Today’s sounds very Red Sky at Night-esque and a love the pulse/heartbeat towards the end. I really mean it when I say I’d buy/listen to David’s instrumental experiments/soundscapes/ambient jazzy stuff, and I think millions of others would too. Some food for thought for another time…

    Was sorry to read that Gilmourmania got a little too out of control in NYC. I’m not making excuses for anyone, but David’s work is held so dear by so many that this stuff must happen. We’ve been so lucky having David play here in London in recent years but others haven’t, so this must be a pent-up outpouring of love/appreciation – albeit an intense and probably scary one. Time to use the back doors, or those routes reserved for VIPs and legendary artists…

    N

    p.s. no doubt beating Juve tonight will cheer him up too…

    [Yeah, good luck to the Gunners tonight. Let’s hope they go all the way. – Features Editor]

  174. like randy and angelo, i’m so disappointed to hear that david and his family were “besieged at the airport by a horde of fans demanding autographs”. i didn’t really expect any less, mind you. i’ll bet a mob of noisy americans with cameras and items to be signed is just what you need after seven hours on a plane with young kids who are probably grizzly and keen to get to the hotel. nice one, guys. very considerate of you and not at all selfish. shame on you if you were at jfk airport looking for your slice of pie (possibly to sell on ebay, i don’t know). i feel sorry for david and his family. he gives you all this (even though it’s still not enough for you greedy people) and this is how you thank him. you make me sick. you keep whining for more even though you are getting more than anyone else and something that thousands of cities all over the world are crying out for. when you get it, you go and f*ck it up by being over-the-top as per usual. it’s a shame that some americans can’t grasp the fact that you can show your respect, appreciation and pleasure without being loud. it doesn’t mean the louder you are, the more you like david or the warmer the welcome or the happier you feel. pity so many of you can’t understand that. it isn’t the british way. brits tend to think that’s very embarrassing. what must david and his family think of you? after so many sweet messages above, it’s saddening to read of the morons at jfk. i wouldn’t want to be at any of the north american shows because i would just cringe with embarrassment at the way the audience behaves. i’ve bitched about america before and felt bad about it afterwards. not anymore. thank you, america. you proved me right.

    [Some people – not all – can be so very selfish, can’t they? Let’s hope that David and his family leave New York with a more pleasant view of the city than the one they met on their arrival. – Features Editor]

  175. quote: [Well said, Randy. Personally, I’m very disappointed. That would make me want to turn around and get on the first plane home. More shows in America?! Great start, guys. David has young children, don‘t forget. Young children who probably found seven hours on a plane hard-going. Just imagine how frightening and overwhelming it must be for young children to suddenly be surrounded by noisy, pushy people who are lunging at their Daddy for autographs. Autographs! God, grow up. I really hope that more respect and consideration will be shown at the other airports and at the actual concerts, and that David and his family can get some peace and quiet whilst they are guests in your country. – Features Editor]

    Yes that is the first thing I thought of was Davids kids. I would never do anything like this, and it really gets me upset that people are so greedy and thoughtless to do such a thing. David has expressed his distaste for doing any further touring after this and these people just went and made it worse. This is a major blow to any further future tours from David and I am very upset over it. David and Family, I apologise on behalf of the fans that would never do such a thing, and are truly grateful for you coming here. I have waited 12 or so years to have you come back to the states and to have you mobbed by mindless, greedy, noisy, pushy people is a disgrace. Davids family deserves much better treatment then this and I have never been so upset in recent years then right now. Thanks for making us look like fools, Cleaning the toilet on the Astoria looks better everyday.

    [I’m sure David knows that there are more people in North America with your respectful views than there are mindless idiots like those who swamped him and his family at JFK, Randy. Don’t feel bad, mate. – Features Editor]

  176. Hi Fed Lucia and all,

    Yes Lucia you should go to see Roger in Rome ,I’m going to see the same show in Arnhem and can’t wait it promises to be a lightshow extravaganza and I can’t see D.S.O.T.M being played in full again.Although on the poster for Arnhem it says Roger is doing an extended version not heard before and that it will be in quadrophonic sound.

    Sorry David I know this is your site wish you’d be there.See you in Manchester

  177. [To answer your question, no a man is not required to believe in God for him to be “good”. There are many, many, more than many people who do “good” that do not believe in God. But do all these people really do good, just to do good? Or is it that they do good so that others know they are doing good? Is that then based out of want for self or selflessness?]

    How do you fit millions from other faiths in this picture? And how will believing take this selfishness away? Many join the church out of fear of dying and judgment (in this light it is interesting to see how the church was visited before and after WO II)…

    But you are right. We wont solve this. There will always be questions, that is my belief.

    I just like the discussion, if done well it creates understanding. But if the other is not looking for it I won’t continue.

    I respect all of your views. I wish you all the best mate!

    To all US bloggers, have a great time! I wish I could go again!

    Clemens

  178. Welcome Back Mr. Gilmour,

    As of right now I’m right down the street from you!

  179. I just hope that everyone is on their best behavior during the band’s performance. Out on the street is one thing, but when you have fools screaming out in the middle of a song it really drives me mad! It is SO rude & immature and embarrassing for us!

    So fellow bloggers, it is our job if we are sitting by any pillocks to quietly say something to them!

    [Sort them out, Angela! – Features Editor]

  180. geez Claude, I wasn’t going to bother as I figured you wouldn’t be back on the blog,

    but as you persist I just felt that I had to tell you that I am seeing FIVE, yes count them FIVE DG shows, two in Toronto (no, that is not in MONTREAL) and all three in London (no that is not MONTREAL either)

    All of the tickets are prime seats and I got all of them online at face value by paying attention to the websites and blogs about David’s activities and getting in on the presales where possible, well before the general ticket releases.

    I will be thinking of you at each show Claude, and at how easy it was to make travel arrangements to see the shows, because I don’t actually live in Toronto (which is not MONTREAL), nor London, (which is also not MONTREAL) and I don’t live in MONTREAL either!

    But I am still going to all these shows, imagine, who would have thought this travel thingy was possible, …

  181. [I’ve a good mind to get the Angry Mob together and go after that reporter with a pointy stick. – Features Editor]

    I’m up for it, prawn mayo sarnies and large pots of tea at the ready! Polly’s lyrics are downright beautiful and evocative, her photographs are superb, she’s a talented woman in her own right.

    That reporter is nothing more than a slubberdegullion…so there! (that one’s for you F’ed, it is my personal all time most favourite word that I use to no effect whatsoever normally because no-one knows what it means, they just think I’m a bit barmy. I am, but that’s beside the point)

    And as for stopping this blog thing after the tour is over…noooo, I only just figured out what a blog is and I’m finally doing it, you can’t stop now, I’ll go into a decline and start acting my age…I’ll have to learn to knit and crochet and learn ball room dancing..oh the horror of it all!

    Helen

    [Looks like we’ve got to deal with him and all the people who pestered David’s family at JFK airport, Helen. It’s a hard life, isn’t it? Still, it has to be done. Put the kettle on, will you? – Features Editor]

  182. My niece was born on July 02nd 2005. When everyone asks me when was she born, I always reply, “July 02nd.. the day Pink Floyd reunited for Live 8”. I will always remember that day for as long as I live. My niece will probably have 100 b-days and on that day we will always remember David, Roger, Nick and Rick on that stage. What a thrill that was for a young lad like myself who was not able to experience Floyd. I will be at Massey Hall on the 09th and it will be an amazing feeling!

    Thanks for including Toronto, David!

    PS – Jon Carin is awesome!!

    Nick for Toronto

  183. Fedmeister

    “Maybe we should give it a go, eh Rudders? We could do our act in the little area between train carriages”

    Let’s be honest to ourselves and admit this really wouldn’t work…. we’d argue over who’s name goes first… who gets the window seat…who sleeps nearest the radiator in the gents toilet…. who bought the last coffee… then when there’s nothing else to argue about one of us will bring up the “roofs” debate…

    It just wouldn’t work… I know it’s hard for you to hear but I think we can both get over this and move on…

    I still want us to be friends of course but nothing more…(sorry… I have to go I have something in my eye… it’s a bit of grit…’onest)

    [But we can still reminisce about our favourite long-forgotten words from time to time, can’t we? I don’t even drink coffee. I can let the “rooves” debate go. I’m sure I c… I… I’m sure I… c… ca…. – Features Editor]

  184. [Some people – not all – can be so very selfish, can’t they? Let’s hope that David and his family leave New York with a more pleasant view of the city than the one they met on their arrival. – Features Editor]

    Pff lets hope that indeed. Some people are really strange in the head. I hope it did not have too much impact on the Gilmours.

    I just had something custom made: a pointy stick with a label : “Pillock Silencer”.

    I’m thinking of exporting it. Anybody interested? 🙂

    [I’ll take two dozen. Do they come in blue? – Features Editor]

  185. Someone asked how to get from Grand Cetnral Station to RCMH. Here are the directions:

    BY FOOT: Exit Grand Central on 42nd Street, go West for three long blocks until you get to Avenue of the Americas (which New Yorkers call 6th Avenue), and proceed North. It’s about eight short blocks ahead.

    BY SUBWAY: Take the #6 train one stop North (towards The Bronx)to 53rd Street and transfer for the “V” train (going towards downtown and Brooklyn). Go 2 stops to the Rockefeller Center stop. You’ll be on 6th Avenue, within two blocks of RCMH.

    To follow the religious strands a little further: I think that whatever happens after death, happens. I don’t think there’s a special place for those who believe in a Christian God. I don’t believe that any God would “punish” you for not worshiping. I think you should believe in something because it’s the right thing to believe, and not because someone said that God is gonna get you otherwise. That’s blackmail, and it doesn’t bode well for an eternity in his good graces. Think about it: if you got into heaven by winning his little prayer game, what favors would you have to grant him in order to have a good eternity there?

  186. Hi,

    Very annoyed at the airport thing, What next? a post gig message that says half the crowd kept shouting ” PLAY MONEY, PLAY MONEY ” all through the gig. Sorry for ranting but hey It’s got to be said.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy

  187. qoute: [I’m sure David knows that there are more people in North America with your respectful views than there are mindless idiots like those who swamped him and his family at JFK, Randy. Don’t feel bad, mate. – Features Editor]

    I cant help but feel bad. I been following David for the most part of my life, and although it sounds silly, it almost feels like a part of my family was treated with such disrespect. I have two kids under 6 myself, and I know if in that situation, I would go nutts. Cheers to David for handling the situation he always does with patience and humadility. I leave for New York myself tommrow morning, I had such a buzz when I awoke today and this brought me back down to reality. However, i just put On an Island in the disc player and im slowly returning to a happier state. All will be better tommrow night when the lights dim and I see David and company walk on stage.

    [You enjoy tomorrow’s show. Take a pointy stick with you. If anyone gets out of hand and starts making unreasonable demands, just jab them a few times with it. It’ll make you feel better. Clemens is manufacturing them now. Tell him that I recommended him to you and I’m sure he’ll give you a discount. – Features Editor]

  188. I’m on my way downtown to meet our blog friends by RCMH, Blue Pillock Silencer in tow. I’ve also got one of those internet phones so I can geek-out and post “live” as it were….

    Right now I can gaurantee you I’m the only Dominican in Washington Heights with a DSotM shirt on….

    …oh, and did I get 1997 Floyd at Yankee Stadium wrong? Its all becoming a blur…. I might have to start knitting with Helen…

    [1994. I didn’t notice either. Sorry, Angelo! – Features Editor]

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