Night 25: London

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David brings his triumphant three-night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall to a climactic close tonight.

If you’ll be there, cheering the band on (at all the right moments, of course: not until ‘High Hopes’ has fully ended being just one example), let us know.

There have been some surprises throughout the tour and who knows what’s in store tonight?

As always, the songs performed will be revealed below. If you don’t want to know which songs were performed, please don’t read on.

Judging by the comments made, and general reaction by, some fans during the shows, it seems that many people are genuinely surprised to hear certain tracks. Naturally, we don’t wish to spoil the surprise for anyone who might be clueless as to the possible set.

Here’s a surprise that we are happy to spoil…

Tonight’s concert is being professionally filmed for a DVD, which is hopefully due out later this year, so we would be very grateful if you could leave your cameras, PDAs and mobile phones at home.

People putting their arms in the air and bathing white light everywhere has been a constant topic of discussion since the tour began in Germany on 10 March. The consensus appears to be that it’s selfish, rude and disrespectful to wave something that emits a bright light at eye-level and above, thereby blocking the view of the person or persons sitting behind you.

RAH staff will confiscate your equipment if you repeatedly annoy audience members, so please show some common courtesy for the people seated around you and let them enjoy the concert without bothersome distraction.

If you are being irritated by such actions, please let it be known by discretely requesting the assistance of a member of staff. Other fans will no doubt thank you for it.

The blog’s meeting place of choice is still the Queen’s Arms pub, located at 30 Queens Gate Mews, so drop in at around 7PM and see who’s there if you have time before the concert.

Have a wonderful night and don’t forget that tonight’s show starts an hour later – at 8:30PM.

Please note that no comments will be published until tomorrow afternoon.

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'.

333 thoughts on “Night 25: London”

  1. To Bianca & Stephen Radovanovich,

    Enjoy your Third night at the RAH, you lucky people and have safe journey’s back to Holland & New York.

    Get yourselves a Limited Edition poster(only 1000 printed), if you haven’t already.

    It’ll help you savour the memories in the weeks, months(I won’t say years), before the OAI DVD hits the shops…

  2. BabelFish Translation Services – this is what is actually being said… 🙂

    Night 25: London

    There have been some surprises throughout the tour and who knows what’s in store tonight? NO seriously… who knows? because we don’t, the band don’t and DG promised that he would ring Geldof but he forgot so WHO IS IT???

    It’s costing us a stack of money to film this concert so if anyone… yes anyone messes it up they will be taken out the back and introduced to Carmine and his colleagues who will “smarten” the perp up!

    And finally… The Fedmeister has shares in the Queen’s Arms so if you drink anywhere else Carmine and the boys will be around to see you…

    (Within 30 seconds of this blog being posted 20 PF Fan sites will be saying that Geldof is the guest!!!) 🙂

    [Oh, the fansites say a lot of things. – Features Editor]

  3. Hi all,

    Ridiculously excited about tonight…

    The guest appearances so far have been pretty special, no?! Not that just seeing DG & co. wouldn’t be enough…

    Been having a hellish house-moving experience over the last few days, so the excitement has been a bit slow in building. Catching up with all the comments on the blog from the last few nights has solved that problem!!

    Hope everyone has a great time tonight, especially you FEd – see you there!

    Kxx

  4. As the concert is starting a hour later will it be the same length as the other previous nights?

    [Yep. – Features Editor]

  5. To FEd, Bloggers, David, Polly & The Rest Of The Band,

    Two brilliant shows so far and I am very excited for tonight’s show!

    This trip has been amazing so far with the DG concerts, London sites and more DG concerts!

    Also took in Guy’s show in Salisbury, fantastic! Guy keep the jokes coming.

    Have met many fellow bloggers and I am having loads of fun with Bianca.

    What a trip, each day gets better and I will fill everyone in upon my return to NY.

    Best Regards,
    Stephen (Rado, as Bianca notes)
    NY, USA

  6. Fedmeister

    It’s just struck me!

    What if I did correctly guess “Bob” as the guest? I’m sure you’ll either delete or amend the blog…

    But then if you do delete or amend it I’ll know it’s “Bob” and if you don’t then I know it isn’t him at all…

    Unless of course you are double bluffing…or you may not know…. AAGggghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

    [Welcome to my world, my friend. You just can’t beat a bit of over-analysis several times a week. – Features Editor]

  7. Hey all, 29th was amazing. Echoes was out of this world, were 6 rows from the front and the lasers were fantastic although they seemed to fail for comfortably numb :’-( Just white lights for that.

    Im not a big bowie fan but his voice was perfect for arnold layne, really brought it to life.

    Crosby and Nash were were great, at one point, after wish you were here i think they did one of their songs with david, whole thing was one big vocal harmony, was beautiful. Well done guys.

    Mike

  8. Whos that Guy..?

    Me again, they recorded the concert, probably make a dvd out of all the bits from the 3 nights. Really funny thing happened, the way you do me and my mate were standing around trying to find someone from the trucks outside to talk to about the recording so were asking just about everyone. Well on the spur of the moment my mate asked this ‘guy’ with a pass if he was with the recording crew and i was like err no thats guy pratt. was very funny, my mate is so embarrassed and will probably kill me for posting this, he he. Anyway if you read this guy, you were wicked as usual, is really nice for the audience to see someone who enjoys playing as much as you do. Bring on some bass solos!

    Mike

    [Mike, a friend of mine thought that legendary promoter Harvey Goldsmith was a bar man. She almost gave him her glass. I could have died. She probably won’t thank me for revealing that, but at least your friend can take comfort in knowing that he is most certainly not alone. – Features Editor]

  9. i would be so jealous, but i’m not the type. have fun everyone, especially the band. i’m sure it will be a blast. tour of the century right here. really mang. thanks for everything. please come back and visit us someday. please, don’t ever stop making music, any of you. thanks. do it for syd!!

  10. Just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying all the comments, stories, and reviews! They bring back the magic and memories from LA. Have fun, everyone!

  11. I would like to wish everyone a splendid time at the RAH show tonight. I saw David on April 13 at the Rosemont in Chicago. Incredible. Wish I was there to swill back a few pints before the show at the pub with you. Enjoy!

    Cory

  12. Good Luck to everyone going to night, have fun & enjoy, im still on a high from monday night & now i understand why some want to see more than one night,i wish i was going again.

    Just watched the BBC concert again (from the Mermaid) has David lost weight since then , & as a fella should i be noticing such things?

    Thanks again David & the Band for a wonderfull night

  13. i went to paris and manchester and i still feel jealous of everyone going tonight…got a feeling tonight cuold be the best yet you know…you lucky lucky people

  14. What a fabulus night we had on May 30th. For me the highlights were definitely a 26 minute rendition of Echoes (3 minutes more than Glasgow), Arnold Layne , Fat Old Sun and the jamming session at the end. Mr Parry’s art of “swinging his saxes” was great, what a pro.

    Disappointments? Thought Ms Paris could have “kept to the script” a little more, but there’s no disguising her dulcet tones. The bell on High Hopes was a different key…only a little point, but it made a difference!!

    Humourous bits: Mr Wyatt crying oh F**K when he missed his note, a small cry of “Hi Daddy” from the side of the stage and laughing at Mr Pratt’s rubbery face expressions.

    Frustrations: When Stevie D smiled at me , threw me his drumstick, and a huge male intercepted, he was bigger than me…don’t suppose Fed Meister could help out there??

    So many superlatives come to mind, all summing up a memorable night. Have a great time tonight….

    [Describe him to me and we’ll send the boys ’round to have a quiet word. – Features Editor]

  15. (Please note that no comments will be published until tomorrow afternoon.)

    And what time would that be Fed? Some of us cant wait too long for your report of the concert! I will expect a blow by blow account!!!!!!!! HA HA HA HA

    Ian Pearson

  16. I think it might help if the person doing the announcment from the stage said that flashes will have no impact on the quality of your picture as the effective range is mostly likely less than five metres. They could also suggest that if you don’t know how to turn your flash off ask the person sitting next to you.

    Then again these people are viewing a concert via a phone or camera screen which is absolute madness. They are basically saying to themseleves: I must remember how good this was by not enjoying it to the full at the time.

  17. HI due to the lovely london transport being late as always i did not get a chance to by a couple of t-shirts be fore or after the show as i had to rush back and get my train back to bournemouth is there any way that i get buy them from the website.

    Signed a very big david gilmour fan

    P.S i did manage to buy a programme

    [You can. Please see the Stuff & Nonsense page of http://www.davidgilmour.com. – Features Editor]

  18. I agree with the waving of cell phones. Very cheesy. I think people should be able to bring hedge clippers and clip off the arms of anyone partaking in this downright silly activity. Unfortunately it’s been explained to me that chopping other peoples limbs off is “illegal”. Damn laws….

    [Some of these so-called laws are just plain ridiculous, aren’t they? – Features Editor]

  19. I’m sure that tonight will be amazing for all those attending and I hope that you enjoy it. I wish I was there but that would be greedy and I may pass out.

    Enjoy.

  20. Hey there, do you know whether any posters of David will be available in the merchandise bit anytime soon. I didn’t see any on sale at the gig and I begrudge buying them from unworthy and cheap quality places.

    Thanking you.

    [That’s a good question. I shall see if I can get you an answer. – Features Editor]

  21. Like an eight year old in the backseat of the car on a long trip, inflicting madness on his parents, peter starts to say to himself in the most annoying fashion imaginable, “are we there yet, when’s the dvd due, when’s the dvd due, when’s the……..”

    Bugger. A whole day until reviews of night 3 and Guy’s news. Fair enough. Hope the show ranks as the best in show for the tour. Have a wonderful time y’all. I know it’s going to be special.

    Peace,
    peter

  22. Hope you’re having an amazing time, F.Ed. All of us who have been appreciating the blog know how well you’ve earned a couple nights of this incredible experience. Thanks for your continued efforts!

    [Bless you. Thanks, mate. – Features Editor]

  23. Caption:

    So I throw the windows wide
    and call to you across the sky

    Have fun tonight, Fed.

    [How nice are you lot, eh? Thank you. – Features Editor]

  24. wow ,wot a night,absoluteley fantastic ,brill start with the old floyd songs then into the new album ,stunning sound ,great laser show ,still buzzing now ,cant be topped ,seen a lot of concerts in my time but this wont be beaten very easily ,unless i see him again (hope too ,anyway)loved every minute of it ,well done to all involved .

  25. rumour has it its kate bush tonight….you lucky so and so,s if it is…cant see it though

  26. I was listening to the radio here in Phoenix, and this DJ is saying that “David Gilmour said the Rolling Stones should quit touring, they are to old, it isn’t working anymore, and they should just hang it up”. Then the DJ says “funny thing for a guy that just had a concert last night, to say”. HMMM…well, when I heard Davids name my ears perked up, I thought great they are going to play a song….then I heard that.

    First off, there is a major difference between David and the Stones, not just the music, the way it is presented. I don’t recall David flapping his arms around, chest hanging out of his shirt, and wearing tight pants to show off his bulge. If David had been into that, I’m sure he would have become more discreet as he got older and put his bulge away years ago.

    Fact of the matter is, I don’t even know what David realy said.

    [Well, you can have a look at the Press page of http://www.davidgilmour.com for the Telegraph article of Sunday 28 May. Of course, you can’t believe half of what you read in the papers, but that’s where you need to start. Never has a truer word been said about Oasis, either. – Features Editor]

  27. Hi FEd!!!

    Hello David, Polly, Guy, Richard, Steve, Jon, Phil and Dick.

    Hi to the bloggers; Rudders, that last one was hilarious. Ian, you are a real clown!!! Luv you guys…

    Thanks to all of you for all that you do and how you do such a great job of making people happy.

    But we should all remember that sometimes people make things happen from behind the scenes that surprise others and they go unnoticed. Not that they wanted to be noticed much anyway, but lets all not forget those who make things work from behind the scenes, sometimes with big surprises to deal with.

    Cheers to all, especially to you MR/MS/MRS FEd…

    [Thank you very much. That means a lot to us. – Features Editor]

  28. 9:35 in the UK…

    In the midst of the show… lucky, lucky people! I get shivers just thinking about it… who the guest/s is/are…the songs being played…

    Roll on Thursday when the Fedmeister’s paracetamols kick-in, vision isn’t so blurred and fingers start hitting the keyboard…

    And if I said “Backlog” would that be a pertinent word at the moment as it relates to the Blog Fedmeister? 😎

    [Paracetamol indeed! That just won’t do. You need ibuprofen, silly. – Features Editor]

  29. David Bowie? Great Gig in the Sky?

    ……. *speechless*…….

    You lucky, lucky people…

    REALLY looking forward to the DVD now.

  30. I hope Mica Paris has or will be filmed for the dvd.
    Why don’t I live in London…?

    Fed now we want Fan Fare meetings elsewhere too, so you put yourself at work and set up something for this summer…

    [If you name the meeting place, we’ll plug it. – Features Editor]

  31. Went to the tuesday night show and david rocked. No other word for it, to be honest i didnt think you could turn arnold layne into an up-beat rock tune, but he did this with the latter and fat old sun easily and extremely well.

    To add my comment about what people have being saying re the flash cameras were such that there was almost a fight at the end of our row as one woman complained to a gentleman and asked him to stop as it was getting in her view. His reply wasnt the best, but failed to realise this woman had extremely large boyfriend with her, and he wanted to punch this fella!!. It got diffused sharply by some quick RAH staff (nice one!)

    If there was a scrap would that have made the DVD extras?….. 🙂

    Cracking show, i wish i bought tickets for all days.

    [I don’t know, but I’d have paid to see it! – Features Editor]

  32. (My time 3:30pm and I’m at work…..damn it!)

    London time….11:30pm Wednesday the 31st of May.

    Royal Albert Hall….David Gilmour winds down Comfortably Numb solo to insane and massive applause…..and where am I???

    In Canada…..nowhere near The RAH

    !#@%#! &^*&^%$ 3!@#$% (*&!#%$ splutter splutter

    Bob Mitchell, Victoria, B.C. Canada :-

  33. We are just back from London had a great time there . We really enjoyed the concert outstanding preformance what a great band They do well!!!

    What a suprice David Bowie !!! Thanks David !

    Lucky me will see you and the fantastic band at least 3 times around Europe I hope you will be able to fit in some difrent songs solo or Floyd.

    I would really like songs as On the turning away or anything from that album I love that one !!

    Never use flash it will ruin your picture the only thing on the photo is the person infront of you it’s stupid and annoying if you want to take some pictures please be considerate!

    THANKS AND CHEERS .
    BAS!

  34. Hello Fedster our friend, now that you have had a chance to go to the show, we are all looking forward to your review of the concert, please forgive me if you already have written one, I read a short version of one of yours, it was good but sort of like the scaled down version of Echoes on the Echoes CD.

    Hopefully you will treat us to your thoughts of DG in concert, but please only when you have some time. We all know how busy this blog must keep you, and we sincerely appreciate your effort and skills in managing it.

    Like everything David does, it becomes a monster. I mean pulling David Bowie out of New York to sing a couple of classics shows the respect the man has earned. Fed keep up the good work man.

    [Cheers, George. – Features Editor]

  35. Wish I was there to see the shows at RAH.

    Any chance of some pics being uploaded to the website?

    Thanks

    [Soon. – Features Editor]

  36. set list anyone??

    [Yes, it’s coming soon. Keep scrolling down the page and you’ll find it. – Features Editor]

  37. talk about surprises…today was by far the best and the biggest. Nick Mason. Incredible stuff. And I was thinking it couldnt have gotten better than last night 😀

    The atomosphere at the RAH was really something else. The crowd was terrific and in good voice. But everyone listened to the last lingering notes of the acoustic solo on High Hopes. And the lighting…man, great stuff, really. They really did a bang up job on the RAH shows.

    And hehe, funny incident. David was walking all over the stage during Echoes while playing the instrumental parts. Right before he has to go ‘Strangers passing in the street….’, he was over looking at Steve on the drums. And he turns around right in the nick of time to sing and finds….hehe, that he isnt 2 inches from them mic like he had thought, but more like 2 feet. The smile on his face turned to a moment of horror….he was like ‘errrr, there used to be a mic here’. Then he dived headfirst into the mic and I dont think he missed the cue by more than a quarter note in the end.

    These performances really have been something else. Lots of stories to tell. But for now, Im winding down this super London trip. More when I get back to Seattle.

  38. Dear all,

    That was INCREDIBLE! David was just on fire – his playing had that something extra tonight, as did everyone’s. He seemed much more relaxed and confident tonight and really shone through – what an amazing performance. That was without doubt the best show I have ever seen, and I’ve seen some good’uns. Just when I thought Monday night was about as amazing as it can get, tonight it went stratospheric.

    Before the show I went to the pub and took a little laminated A4 sign that said “Smile if you’re a Gilmour blogger :)” so as to break some ice – and it worked brilliantly – met plenty of bloggers from all over the place. Can’t remember all the names, but hi Steve and Bianca! You were sitting just in front of us – we were front row stalls to your right and I tried waving frantically to get your attention, failing dismally (but doing a great impression of a nutter!).

    Back to the show…highlights for me were (in addition to previous nights to save space):

    – Nick Mason on WYWH and CN!

    – Mica Paris on Great Gig – tonight she really shone – I loved the tone of her voice during the raunchier parts. She’s got amazing range and tone…sexy, soft, raunchy….I loved it…

    – Dominoes and Arnold Layne back-to-back – lovely to have a Syd section. Again, I really preferred tonight’s version with Richard’s vocals (as oppose d to Mr Bowie’s) – both really well done, but especially Richard’s keyboard work. Sounded fantastic.

    – On An Island – I’ve loved every single night, but tonight’s OAI was absolutely nailed imho. Some fantastic ad libs/jams and the whole album really fit together perfectly as a live peformance.

    – Echoes – I just loved the Guy variations – some subtle little touches but wow, they really worked. A wicked job Mr Pratt… you did SOOOO well 🙂

    – David mentioning ‘Blogging, that’s Guy’s thing’… YEEEHAH! We got a mention! 🙂 David’s little talk before “Smile” was lovely – he really did seem just so relaxed and enjoying the occasion.

    A few downers, but nothing major:

    – Someone GOT UP FROM THEIR FRONT ROW SEATS TO LEAVE during Echoes (or maybe WYWH). Medical emergency notwithstanding, if you’re lucky to have front row seats at least have the common decency to wait until the end of the piece (let alone being out of your mind to leave). That blew my mind – some people don’t deserve tickets

    – Too many people shouting. Why?? I loved the kid shout ‘Hello Daddy’ last night, but that was cute and endearing – not some drugged/drunken fool shouting something totally incomprehensible. Likewise the morons shouting MID SONG. Why??

    Finally, I want to thank David, Richard, Guy, Steve, Phil, Jon, Dick, Robert, the two Grahams, Mica, David B and Nick (I think that’s everyone) for the most incredible 3 nights of music. I hope you all know how much pleasure you give people when you play – money can’t buy that kind of happiness (well, 3 nights at the RAH can :)).

    Thank you SO much from the bottom of my heart.

    N
    x

    [Beautifully put, Nick. – Features Editor]

  39. Nick, thank you!! What a great drumming behind David’s solo on Comfortably Numb! Wow!!

  40. Just got back, brilliant show!

    Nick Mason playing WYWH and Comfortably Numb! Great.

  41. Twiddling my thumbs, trying to wait patiently for the reports on the concert (AND the surprises… WOO-HOO!) from the last night at the RAH.

    (whistling) (humming) (baking a pie) (trimming the cat’s claws) (drinking all the gin in the house)

    For crying out loud…how much longer before we hear the news???

    Becky

    PS–You’re a real topper, Guy Pratt!

  42. Caption: David, performing, works into a crescendo and finally reaches critical mass and begins eminating gamma rays!!! The star-struck audience raise their hands to shield themselves for they can barely fathom his magnificence. O, the rapture!

    First David Crosby and Graham Nash and now Nick Mason?!! I can barely stand it!! This DVD is going to be worth its weight in GOLD!! PLATINUM!! EMERALDS!!! (I’ve never heard of Mica Paris. I’m sure she’s really good. She has a cool name too). Sweeeeeet.

  43. y’mean we have to wait until official tomorrow June 1st to hear about this???

    Bollocks!

    [this from an american, yet]

  44. Show ended at approx. 11.50pm and I’ve just got home now at 1.25am and wanted to get a few random thoughts down on (virtual) paper before trying to get some sleep.

    Another excellent night, fantastic seats in Row 7 level with David with a perfect view of everyone on stage. Even Guy! After going on Monday (29th) I was pleased that tonight I got Fat Old Sun, Dominoes & TGGITS with Mica Paris in this set, finishing off with someone called Nick Mason joining them to bang a few sticks on WYWH & Comfy Numb.

    A more considered verdict will follow much later but don’t be concerned chums, it will only be good.

    I feel quite sad it’s all over now.

    Nite nite

    CJD

  45. Okay, I have been patient and tried not to blog. Can’t quite figure out when I might offend the mighty rules. So I’ll briefly say:

    1. I have seen Clapton in concert and although he is good, he plays with his head. His study of Robert Johnson is commendable but academic. David’s magic is that not only is he very intelligent but his musicality is heads and shoulders above. No comparison in my opinion. I never had the opportunity to see Hendrix live.

    2. You lucky, lucky, lucky people in London. I can’t imagine what Guy will blog, I hope he turned up at the pub. But I will not be greedy, my two shows in Toronto were stunning. (I couldn’t listen to music for a week afterwards, hoping to keep the sound memory in my head)

    3. I would attend Europe this summer if I could, but I can’t so I will enjoy the summer that is possible. Anyone who can go should go.

    UkVeronica, I am so sorry you were unable to attend a concert. I hope there is an opportunity in the future for you.

    Lucia-your messages are also delightful-do you have the results of your exam yet?

    Love to all from Kim – from the other Newmarket (Canada)

    [The “mighty rules”, as you put them, are pretty straight-forward and self-explanatory. I’m sorry that you have a problem with them. – Features Editor]

  46. AWWWW, MAN!! You who were there to see Nick Mason with Robert Wyatt, Crosby and Nash and Mica Paris are the luckiest people on the planet. THAT must have been one heck of a great show! I have to say I’m insanely, irrationally jealous of those who were there. People on this blog complained for months that America got the best of this tour; now we know that David saved his best stuff for his hometown.

    The DVD is going to be one incredible disc. I will have to get it, soon as it comes out. I will simply have to get it.

  47. 1.50am

    Wow! Dad and I just arrived home in Salisbury after a long drive from the Albert Hall.

    What a great show! Nick being there to reunite the ‘1994 Floyd’ was the icing on the cake.

    Similar sets to the previous nights- I thought Echoes and Arnold Layne were particular highlights- and a fantastic atmosphere.

    To Dave and the band: many thanks, and don’t leave it too long until next time!

    Elliot

  48. Oh Yeah!!

    FEd, what a great gig in the sky, indeed!!! Nick on drums — now I REALLY can hardly wait for the DVD!

    To everyone who went to the big show, I know you had the best time ever … FANTASTIC!

    My best to all of you my fellow ‘irregulars’, to the Mighty FEd, and to David & Co. Anxiously awaiting the posts … that means you, too, Guy!!

    Peace and Harmony!
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  49. I am so happy to learn that Nick Mason joined the band, incredible. I am now CHOMPING at my bit for the DVD.

    Congrats London Concert goers, just wonderful for all!

    Peace
    John

  50. I am so happy to learn that Nick Mason joined the band, incredible. I am now CHOMPING at my bit for the DVD.

    Congrats London Concert goers, just wonderful for all!

    Peace
    John

  51. Oh…my…god…!!! That was the single most amazing experience of my life! What a concert!

    Nick Mason played the encores!! Nick Mason! I nearly fainted when David introduced him!

    Set list:

    1st Half – Breathe/Time/Breathe Reprise, the whole OAI album with C+N joining in on OAI and The Blue, and Robert Wyatt on Then I Close My Eyes.

    2nd Half – Shine On(C+N), Fat Old Sun, Dominoes, Arnold Layne, Coming Back To Life, High Hopes, The Great Gig In The Sky (Mica Paris), Echoes.

    Encore – WYWH (with Nick Mason!), Find The Cost Of Freedom (C+N), Comfortably Numb (with Nick Mason!)

    I seriously cannot believe what I have just witnessed. Everything about it was just…awesome. I was up in the circle, section T, but the sound and view were still tremendous. I’ve never been To the RAH before, and as soon as I entered the arena I was in pure awe, it’s such an amazing venue.

    The new album sounded amazing live, Take A Breath is such a rocking tune!

    Highlights of the second half were Fat Old Sun (what an ending!), and of course Echoes. I have seen Echoes live! My life is complete! The ‘pings’, the beautiful harmonies between David and Richard, the eerie seagull noises from David’s guitar, the lasers on the build up, everything about it was unbelievable.

    When David introduced Nick for the encores I totally freaked out! What a treat! His playing was fantastic. He should have played the whole second set! The whole time I really could not believe I was seeing three quarters of Pink Floyd performing these classic songs right in front of my very eyes! In fact, everybody’s playing was perfect and I can’t remember one single mistake in the whole concert.

    The lighting was amazing throughout the concert (nice job Mark!), and the crowd were brilliant. There were only a few mobile phone lights that I could see, and there were a few out of place shouts, but you gotta expect that.

    This was an amazing experience and I will NEVER forget it. Thank you David and co…thank you so much.

    Peace, David.

    (looking forward to your review FEd!)

  52. Hey all, this sucks sitting here in the states reading all these cool post about the shows!!!

    I had the pleasure of seeing David on the Momentary Lapse Of Reason And The Division Bell tours and they were second to none!!! All I can ask is there any chance David will do a full North American tour ? And if he does sign me up,

    here is to one of the greatest guitar players of all time, HALE HALE TO DAVID GILMOUR !!!!!!

  53. I knew there was gonna be another David surprise. Way to go Nick. Thank You. Always the cool one.

  54. First time blogger here…yet a long time reader.

    I’m sure everyone had a wonderful time watching and hearing the most soulful rock n roll guitarist of our time. David truly works magic with the guitar and it was a pleasure to see both LA shows last month.

    Here’s a little David Gilmour karma – I frequent a restaurant in Orange County about every two weeks. During the past three visits, I heard songs from both Pink Floyd and David’s latest album playing as background music. Several weeks ago it was “On The Turning Away”, two weeks ago it was “This Heaven” and tonight it was “On An Island” (although it was the shortened version, similiar to what was played on Jay Leno). People thought I was crazy getting all excited about songs that were played as background music, but I didn’t care. I just wonder what song will await the next time I have dinner there.

    Rock on David!! I hope to see a return trip to Southern California.

    Raymond in Orange County CA.

  55. MY DEAR FELLOW BLOGGERS

    Tonight was the last night of the tour. Tuesday was so good I must admit I thought we wouldn’t be so hot tonight, as Graham Nash said, “That show was so hot everything else is gravy!”

    Luckily I was wrong. Tonight was a stormer,and I can’t say what a privilege it has been to play with our guests on top of the privilege that is playing with this band.

    But most importantly…

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE BLOG, TONIGHT I PRESENTED THE FEDMEISTER WITH YOUR TOKENS OF APPRECIATION.

    The beautiful Wireman sculpture, The No 05 Liverpool “Fedmeister” shirt, The Features Ed Survival Kit, and of course, the cheque to David and Polly for Crisis from the surplus contributions.

    Having been party to the planning of this for some time, actually handing over the physical manifestations of your appreciation for the Fed’s tireless work on all our behalfs made me realise what a wonderful and tangible community has been created through this site. You’re not bitching fans or judgemental know alls. As Polly said to me today, “How come David’s bloggers are so nice?”

    You’ve all played your part in this tour, we’ve talked about you and thought about what you’ve said every day. You’ve made us laugh, think, get annoyed, but most of all, been a direct line from artist to audience.

    We’ve loved this tour on every level, artistic, personal, emotional, and like you we’ve been one big messy happy family. It’s been wonderful having you lot globally connecting, so that every gig felt like part of a whole rather than an isolated event.

    I’m sure I speak for us all when I say thank you thank you thank you, personally I’ve always felt like a passenger, and I hope you do too..

    xxxx
    Much love
    Guy

    [You rode it well, Guy. I’m sure I speak for fans of fine music everywhere in saying that we’re extremely glad that you didn’t slip off the tour bus at any point. Now speaking to the fans who concocted this little plan… You little b*stards! Scheming and conspiring behind the FEd’s back. For shame. I don’t know what to say… Thanks very much, everyone. I was going to save it for a big gush-fest tomorrow, but I’m really, truly, worryingly touched by your kindness (and well-impressed by your sneakiness, if that’s even a real word). Thank you very, very much for all of the wonderful goodies. They’re just beautiful. It has been a fabulous ride, the blog wouldn’t exist if not for your comments, and I cannot personally thank you enough for your thoughtfulness and generosity. You are far too kind and I’m very grateful for that. Bless the lot of you. – Features Editor]

  56. Not to get on the “Dontcha hate it when” bandwagon, but the most mind-boggling thing of all when it comes to cell phones at concerts…

    People who call their friends, and hold up the phone in the air so the person at the other end can hear the music.

    Ever listen to music over ANY phone? It’s horrific, tinny, and downright awful, even if it IS David Gilmour.

  57. Great three nights topped with the encore last night. Although some of the audience didnt listen to the phone and camera advice, they did listen to the music- down to the last notes,well done.Great updates to keep us all informed – well done. Off to see Roger next week in Berlin.

    David Gilmour is the number ONE.

  58. Dear F.ed,

    As I can read on the News page, the yesterday show was probably the most triumphant of the tour. Mr Gilmour on the guitar, Mr Wright on the Keyboard and Nick Mason joining them for the encores. It’s the best way to end a show.

    I hope we are gonna have this concert on the DVD. (with special bonus of course !)

    Unfortunetly, I wasn’t at the RAH, please tell me how great was it.

    Cheers.

    [Um… On a scale of one to ten, I think it probably deserved a 12. – Features Editor]

  59. What an awesome, awesome show!

    Musical highlights for me were a blinding version of ‘On An Island’ and the awesome ‘Comfortably Numb’ – Nick Mason turning up to knock skins with a couple of sticks was a lovely surprise too!

    Fabulous stage show, amazing sound and gloriously wonderous atmosphere – the final RAH gig had it all…

    As a side point:

    Shame on those who decided to capture as much as they could on digital cameras, why not just wait for the DVD rather than spoiling it for others?!

  60. Caption-

    ‘After months of trying to contain it on tour, David’s head finally erupted with lasers on his last night at the RAH’.

  61. What can I say that hasn’t already been said, the 30th will always be with me as the night I saw the most amazing show I have ever seen. The seat was only feet away from the stage, stunning view, and sound. Everyone involved I thank you.

    A huge thank you to all the people who helped me find my hotel after the show as I had got lost, especially to the couple who despite rushing for their tube, got a map out and made sure I knew the way, thank you so much.

    To Al, it was a pleasure meeting you, and for the the beers, it was very kind of you.

    Not forgetting the RAH staff, who were very helpful and informative.

    I hope that this is not the last tour, and you do play the RAH again, what a stunning venue.

  62. …and Nick !

    Well done, David has invited those he considers to be his friends !

    Cela va faire couler beaucoup d’encre, je crains le pire…

    Not too tired, Fed ? long and wonderful night, I imagine ?

    Michèle.

    [Je suis nase (est-ce que c’est correct?), mais il était fantastique. Il était plus que fantastique. Je ne sais pas les mots en anglais… En français?! Je ne peux pas. – Features Editor]

  63. boy o boy, o nicky boy, OH BOY.

    bah I knew that was gonna happen, pesky work commitments…right thats it, you have left me no choice…

    I’m going to have to get to one of these Italian or Polish concerts now.

    every action has an equal and opposite reaction:
    I feel depressed without a DG concert to look forward to….must get something sorted.

    To the Ed:

    [Please note that no comments will be published until tomorrow afternoon.]

    Sounds like you were expecting a major hangover! lol, bet it wasn’t as bad as mine on tuesday morning! still recovering…

    Gilmour for president!

  64. Just read some more and saw this:

    “Just read about the empty wallet thingy. Went to Manchester…handed out at the door? I don’t think so. Can I have mine pleeeeeaaaase?”

    [I expected this. As soon as I read the story, I just knew that people would write to the blog to say that they missed out. It’s nothing to do with me, sorry. You’ll have to take it up with EMI. – Features Editor]

    Posted by: Ian at May 27, 2006 09:03 PM

    I have a spare one from RAH, if you are still after one I will happily post it on to you Ian.

    [That’s really kind of you, Gerry. We’re on the case now, so not to worry. Keep your spare. – Features Editor]

  65. HI FED, justt got back from London.

    WOW – i cannot actually put into words how i am feeling! Tuesday and Wednesdays show are the best shows I have ever seen.

    There was a great turn out at the Queen’s Arms and I ould like to say hi to Martin, Bianca, Steve, Nickster, Matt Johns and all the other bloggers who met up there and made the whole experience like a huge family reunion.

    I also would like to thank Trinity Street for sorting my tickets out.

    I was fortunate to meet Dave, Guy and Phill at the aftershow party on Tuesday making it a truely memorable day.

    I hope you enjoyed your surprise.

    Love
    Matty

  66. Excellent show – was totally blown away thinking all night – this is the Floyd minus Nick Mason – then low and behold Nick joins then for Comfortably Numb and Wish you Were Here. And playing Echos was fantastic…..

  67. So, now I know what that big thunder was that I heard in Italy last night: people who jumped from their seats in the RAH in London when Nick Mason appeared on stage.

    Congratulations to you all who were there, I really wish I was there too, but who doesn’t?

    Thanks David

    ciao
    Roberto

  68. What a fantastic show. The view from the choir was brilliant. I loved the first set and then it got even better. It was such a treat to hear my all-time favourites, which I never thought I would get the chance to experience live, in the second set. Echoes was just amazing.

    Thank you to everyone involved in the show and the running of this site. I’ve really enjoyed the build up to the show and I wasn’t disappointed last night.

  69. Absolutely fantastic concert. High Hopes was awesome!! Great night, thanks guys…

    Rupes – thanks for the ticket.

  70. WHY DAVID GILMOUR DON´T HAVE A LIVE DATE IN PORTUGAL?????????

    WISH YOU WERE HERE THIS YEAR

  71. Wow! The show – the lights – Mr Brickman, it’s nearly midday the next day, and everyone is still unable to blog. Thanks be to DG.

  72. I,m 54 years of age now & have been to many, many Floyd concerts – from the 60,s to the last tour.
    Last night’s Gilmour gig at RAH was prob. the best ever seen.Very emotional when Nick come on for the enchore & Crosby & Nash sang Find the cost of freedom.Echoes was the best i’ve heard it played. When the mass of lasers reflected all over the interior of RAH at the climax, my jaw just fell to the floor.Had 4 hours sleep, played all On an island on way to work, very emotional, amazing night.

    Thankyou, THANKYOU David.

  73. O man, words are not enogh here.

    Only thank you, David, for the GREATEST show i’ve ever whitnesed in my life time.

    Unbelievable!

  74. An absolutely stunning night at RAH. There’s no point in going to another concert as nothing will ever compare. It’s perhaps wrong to pick out high points because there were no low or even medium points. However, if the band had walked off after Time I would have left happy and Echoes, wow, an incredible experience. And then Nick Mason for the encore, does it get any better?

    Thanks David and all, please don’t make it the last time.

  75. I had phoned the RAH a few times looking for returns. I finally got one on Monday for the Wednesday show, and ended up in the front row of the Choir (East). This meant I was effectively backstage, just a few yards up and a few to the left.

    I watched Mr Gilmour’s tech tune up various guitars whilst he was eating what looked like a curry and I could read the set list he was working from. I saw that Mr Manzanera has a guitar strap with El Magnifico written on it. I could see Mr Gilmour’s expressions during many of the solos. I wondered if Mr Pratt was going to tie himself in a knot with his guitar cord and fall over during his wanderings.

    This was the side that most of the guests arrived from. Mr Crosby spent quite a lot of the time just watching the performance from there when he wasn’t on stage. Mr Wyatt was ‘as giddy as a schoolboy’ when he came off and on, and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely. I could see the smiles on faces as they caught each other’s eyes as they got together to wrap up some of the songs.

    Ms Samson took quite a few pictures from this side of the stage – she must have some great shots of the encore with Mr Mason. Mr Gilmour seemed a little demob happy, being quite chatty between the songs, telling various stories, one was about being banned from the RAH for life when Pink Floyd let off some cannon at a show there in the late sixties, and at one point he commented that it was Guy who was supposed to do standup.

    To sum it all up – WOW. The best forty-five quid I have ever spent.

  76. Dear Mr. Gilmour,

    I do not think that you will ever read this, but I guess it’s worth a try. First of all I just want to thank you for “On an Island”. Your music has moved me in so many ways over the years and every time I listen to your new album, everything else just fades away and the music becomes the only thing that matters at that very moment. I admire your ability to make that kind of music.

    Secondly, I want to thank you and all those involved for the Royal Albert Hall show on the 29th. The whole night was just an unforgettable experience. I feel very privileged to have been able to be there. I am also very thankful that you decided to do this tour, and I hope you and the rest of the band have enjoyed it, as I am sure all those who attended the concerts did.

    With that said, I hope you know what an impact your music has made, is making and will continue to make in the future on all of us.

    Yours faithfully,
    Nora

  77. What a night, having waited for the day to come, we were treated to a unbelievable experience. Song after song just drew you in. The sounds bounced around the hall a little for us in the circle but didn’t detract from the experience. A truly great concert, well done David and all, hearing the songs live is such a different experience, no wonder the tickets sold out so fast.

    The ipod playlist for today is the tracks from last night to relive the experience. Looking forward to the DVD.

  78. Nick Mason – I guessed it (some 2345 blogs ago)! Hope, this one will make it onto the DVD.

    Fed, will you be with us until the July/August dates, and do you already know what will happen to the blog thereafter? (even if you did, I’m sure you wouldn’t tell us right away now, but it’s worth a try)

    [Funnily enough, I suddenly feel that I’d be quite stupid not to make at least one European date. – Features Editor]

  79. Hello Gilmourites,

    As a now humbled and very privileged fan who managed to get a ticket for the show last night (31 May) I thought I’d write my own review . . .rather than the review that will be offered in the weekend papers by some jumped up music journalist who spent the whole night quaffing complimentary champagne, sitting in a Loggia box (whatever one of those is . . . sounds like something you could get in Starbucks to me) he didn’t pay for. This is a review from the stalls.

    The evening started with a plus point well before I arrived at the gig, with me sitting opposite the token lookalike effort on the tube from Paddington to South Ken. Whoever you go to see, wherever you are on the planet there is always ONE guy who was told by his mates 25 years ago . .”Y’know you look a bit like David Gilmour?” . . .and ever since has taken pains to wear the same clothes and too keep up the pace with the ever changing hairstyles and appearances over the years. I bet he even grew his hair long, sported a beard and walked around shirtless for a while having just watched ‘Live at Pompeii’.

    Having purchased an overpriced can of lager and purchased my souvenir DG tee shirt I took my seat next to Frances from Sevenoaks, and waited impatiently for the concert to start. Once the moment that every concert-goer lives and breathes for (the lights going down) had happened I was on edge until the dying drumbeats of COMFORTABLY NUMB some three and a bit hours later. The heartbeat introduction of BREATHE made the spine tingle, the hairs on the back of the neck stand up on end . . .not to mention any other cliché review writers tend to over-use. I was amazed to see the cross section of people in the house . . .an awful lot of which have been Floyd freaks for years and years, as well as people who previously only owned a copy of DARK SIDE and has been hooked since Live 8 – and yet . . .every single sole in the house knew the words and was singing along joyously to BREATHE, and TIME which soon followed.

    David’s decision to play the whole of ON AN ISLAND in the first half seemed to be met with a mixture of joy and apprehension in the stalls. I for one was overjoyed . . .if only it meant for the inevitable inclusion to the set of TAKE A BREATH. The opening guitar solo on CASTELLORIZON was completely breathtaking, with the RAH’s sensational acoustics complimenting guitar genius quite superbly. The forthcoming single, SMILE sounded superb and if the CD purchasing public can avoid taking leave of it’s senses for a second and stop buying that Gnarls Barkley rubbish we could have a big hit single for DG.

    After the interval, and an overpriced small tub of strawberry ice cream we waited in anticipation once again. David, as ever strolled out with the sense of confidence and class that only performers in his league can pull off . . .all too often we are dealt the ‘if in doubt . . .scream HELOOOO LONDON and set off a firework or two’ card when it comes to live music . . .but last night we got what really matters – a stroll on to the stage, and the opening unmistakable bars of SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND to pick up from where we left off. FAT OLD SUN was soon to follow afterwards, with a couple of Syd Barrett numbers not too far behind. Rick Wright’s vocals on ARNOLD LAYNE were a real treat.

    The only real annoyance evident amongst the crowd was one guy sat at the back of the hall who had obviously been there the night before and felt compelled to shout out what song was coming next. Not that that mattered one jot once the songs started however! I have to confess I was overjoyed to the point of emotion at COMING BACK TO LIFE being a part of the set. I have been in love with that song for as long as I can remember and spent all day hoping it would be played.

    The set went from strength to strength with the lovely Mica Paris’s awesome vocals on GREAT GIG IN THE SKY, which complimented the stunning laser display and of course, Rick’s sublime tinkling of the ivories. HIGH HOPES proved (in case we needed proof – which we didn’t) that what we were witnessing was unrivalled class in terms of sublime songwriting and musicianship. The acoustic guitar solo at the end of the song seemed to take everyone’s breath away – you could have heard a pin drop in that auditorium.

    As if that wasn’t enough, what was to follow should go down in history as one of THE great life performances of a single song. The opening echoes from er . . ECHOES sounded across the hall and everyone stood (although some sat) to attention, awaiting 20 minutes of music that has withstood the test of time on record, and would prove to be even more sensational performed live. The quality of the musicians on stage was colossal, as good as you could possibly assemble.

    As an encore we were treated firstly with the presence of Captain Mason, R.N. in his rightful place behind the drumkit (that’s not to take anything away from David’s main drummer, who rocked!) and blessed us with his contributions to firstly, WISH YOU WERE HERE, which holds some sentiment for me . . .and I for one was humbled to be a part of London’s biggest sing-a-long last night as we all bellowed the melodies in unison. It may well have sounded like nothing on earth from the stage – but it mattered not. The crowning glory too gave us another chance to further stretch the vocal chords, with Rick Wright taking the lead on COMFORTABLY NUMB.

    The concert finished at about 11:45pm and the normal conversations and idle chatter one normally hears when filing out from a concert had been replaced by the stunned silence as we all knew we’d witnessed something very special indeed.

    A wonderful moment. How you wish . . how you wish you were there.

    Thanks.
    Pete The Gilmourite!

  80. Didn’t they do well!

    Top night, great sound, beautiful lights and what an honour to see Nick Mason playing drums for the encores.

    Awesome
    Thank you!
    2LF

  81. A Truely Amazing evening 5th time Ive seen Floyd Live Still As GOOD as ever. A 3 hr set was pure necta. Nice to see Gilmour ,Mason and Wright altogether a banging night, the next instalment im looking forward to is the hyde park July 1st waters,mason Dark side of the moon who knows gilmour may guest appearance

  82. Hi FEd,

    I hope you enjoyed last night.

    I’ve been so busy attending David’s gigs and then working, so haven’t had a chance to write about them. I’m sure there will be plenty of reviews of the songs of last night but thought I would try a different perspective and review last night in comparison to the other shows. Sorry if its too long.

    I was incredibly lucky enough to get good tickets to all 3 of the London shows and i think it is fair to say that last nights (31st) performance was the poorest one of the three. This is not to say it was a bad show, as it wasn’t, as usual David puts on one hell of a show – his playing still thrills me, its just that last night he made more mistakes in this one than I have seen before, which for him is quite unexpected. We are so used to “David the Guitar God” who never misses a note etc, that it’s easy to forget he is as human as the next musician and occasionally has a bad night.

    He flubbed his lines a bit and was playing a few bum notes, but then to compensate did some beautiful solos to make up for the mistakes. Plus it was easy to see the tour had taken its toll on him as his voice was completely strained throughout the first half and red raw by the second. I was in the stalls by Rick and Jon and they were sharing glances and comments when he fluffed up.

    Mica’s GGITS was as bizarre as the previous night. I agree with those who thought she didn’t do a brilliant job but then thought that perhaps David had deliberately asked her to do a new version and not to imitate Clare Torry, who knows? Either way because she wasn’t changing notes that much you could see Jon and Rick looking concerned how they were going to end the song as she didnt switch key at the end but it was a good enough performance and i think she got away with it.

    Ricks wrong key on CN was, for me, a disappointment – it sounded like he started out in the wrong key then decided to go with it, which kind of ruined the finale for me. Luckily, to compensate David pulled out a killer guitar solo which salvaged any potential murmurs from the crowd.

    The lights were outstanding (great work Marc and the boys) but one small irritation was that the smoke machine was sometimes so powerful that many times during the show poor Stevie was completely obscured and must have been drumming in a fog. Othertimes you couldnt see any of them which kind of defeated the purpose of the show. I was in the Stalls quite close to the stage and could sometimes barely see them so I’m not sure how the people above and behind me must have felt. Next time more dry ice – less smoke.

    However, it was not all bad. This tour has just proved beyond a doubt what an utter genius Jon Carin is – he was amazing, and for me was the man of the match. Every chord struck or note sang was always perfect and his face never stopped smiling. An amazing musician to watch.

    Phil and Guy were good as usual, although I would have liked to have seen more of “El magnifico” however they were happy enough to play at the back without upstaging David which is all any lead singer/guitarist can really ask for. Even’s Guys dancing about, which I have often found incredibly annoying and distracting in the past didn’t disturb me, so he must have been good!

    Stevie was really impressive and will no doubt become a David regular, he is that good. Rick was lovely to see but once again I was slightly disappointed how little used he was at times, although this may have been his choice. Obviously it is David’s show but sometimes I felt Rick was playing/singing more than a backup musician would but wasn’t doing as much as a co-star and seemed to occupy a slightly awkward place in between. Either way, it was lovely to hear him sing, bum notes and all but one thing this has definitely shown is that he can’t imitate Roger during CN – he’s far too nice and not nearly sinister enough ; ) Next time, bring on a special guest!

    As for David, well the guy can still play, there is definitely no question of that. His soaring solos and choice of music still are far and away better than anyone else around at the moment, but I got the feeling that those “fat little fingers” (as he once called them) may not be as deft as they once were and that time is starting to creep up on him. (I saw the same thing with Eric Clapton last week). It is only to be expected, after all he is 60 and no matter how much they try to hold back the years, even the greats must succumb to the ravages of time.

    The voice was going, the memory was slipping a bit, even regarding the lyrics to his own songs! Maybe he was having an off-night, or maybe he was just tired after what for him must have been a very long tour, but to his credit he still has the determination to put on a great show and always tried to pull it back when he or any of the others mucked up, and for that we still love him.

    Obviously for many the highlight of last night was Nick. The audience went wild when he came on and comparing him to Stevie D, it totally showed the lightness of touch and subtlety that Nick brings to the songs. Dont get me wrong, Stevie is an amazing drummer but Nicks drumming is and always has been, perhaps because of his age or personality, a lot quieter than most and that allows the solemnity of the songs to shine through. I forgot how good he is, and it was so nice to see him behind a drum kit again. I think even David couldnt believe how much the crowd loved him – Nick’s ovation entrance got a bigger ovation than David’s finale at the end. The crowd were so genuinely pleased to see him. It was lovely to see David and him share a smile during the song and hug at the end – and really nice when David went and played right by him. It looks like they are still friends, and there are not two camps, regardless of what the media are trying to imply.

    Of course, it was a shame there was no Roger, although in a way, I’m glad as this was David’s night plus I would have wanted him to turn up and be a part of a perfect show, and though it pains me to say this, this was not that show. I think even some others in the audience must have thought so too as there were a lot less standing ovations than on Monday and Tuesday.

    Overall, Monday was amazing and was the best show to have seen (Bowie’s appearance the icing on the cake) with a top five stars, with Tuesday on four stars and Wednesday with three. Either way, David can still be proud of what he has done with this tour.

    Let’s hope “the next one” (here’s hoping!) is even better 😉

    Obviously this is all just my own opinion and I am sure others will heartily disagree.

    Let the arguments begin.

    Vicky

    PS. One other thing I did notice was that all the musicians (even the guests) wore exactly the same outfits, on each night. Here’s hoping they washed them in between as otherwise by Wednesday the smell backstage must have been appalling! : ) LOL

    [I, for one, heartily disagree. I consider most of the above to be quite unfair, but there you go. – Features Editor]

  83. Thank you mr gilmour!!!

    I am very contented in one more time seeing Pink floyd (1987 ltda) togheter in one night, penalty that always in these two same tracks

    Sorry, but my dream would be to see roger and dave play another forgotten songs or only dave in 70´s tracks (fearless, dogs,etc)(echoes with original bass guitar)

    “murder” is another wonderfull song too…

    Sorry for the bad english…
    thanks a lot

  84. I was at RAH on Tuesday – WOW!, but sadly wasnt at the wednesday show. So please please please include the nick mason performances on the DVD.

    Thanks very much!.

    Ps, I dont think i will be the only one to request this!!.

  85. Saw the RAH gig last night, my second time. I must say that the audience seemed somewhat more subdues than on monday, not that I did not thoroughly enjoy the show.

    It was great to see Nick Mason manning the drums, gave me an even wider smile.

    I was very dissapointed with Mica Paris – her vocal range seemed to consist of two pitches – one sounding just like the noise I make when throwing up, the other a wild screaching. Nothing in the middle – just reinforces the view that the original really is sublime.

    The playing seemed very tight, no glitches noted.

    One comment made from the audience was picked up by Mr. Gilmour: “bury the hatchet with Roger!” The response was along the lines of, ” What would the future look like if I did?”

    The question of the season….

    I remain a happy boy – thanks to Mr.Gilmour and the band for another unforgettable night.

  86. Sounds like a fantastic 3 nights! I wish I could have been there, but I just could not afford it… Ah well, the DVD will be great I’m sure, and I hope all the guest performances are put on as extras too.

    Keep playing David!

  87. Dear F*ed?

    Wots… Uh the deal?

    We want to hear about last night’s grand finale show and Guy’s cryptic message in the blog yesterday.

    I saw on the website that Nick joined for the encores – fabulous. I’m hoping the DVD will include all these guest appearances, kind of like a movie with alternate endings.

    Cheers!

    Mike from Connecticut

  88. It’s been a year since Crosby, Nash & DiStanislao played in London on the same stage together. Last night’s performance made the wait well worth it.

    David Gilmour wasn’t bad, either.

  89. Just arrived back home in Dublin on an Aer Lingus flight which I should have bought one way , for what I witnessed over the last three nights has left me firmly in the clouds for some time to come. FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    night 1. As I was staying in KennsingtonI made my way down to the Queens arms at about 2pm to get my bearings . I found it was a small local bar with just me the barman and 2 local lads .
    After a quick half I headed back to my hotel and returned at about 4:30 to find fans strolling in of all ages. The astmosphere was building .

    I sat just inside the side door and remained anon and just enjoyed earwigging . I arrive at RAH at 18:30 and bought every available piece of merchandise and at 19:00 sat in my seat and waited . Bang on time it had begun and I cant stress enough how good it was . thank you thank you thank you to all involved .

    Rgds a very happy Irish fan Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  90. I had a great time last night with Echoes being the main track that blew me away. I thought i’d never get to hear it played live in my lifetime, let alone by two of the original members of the band. Its possibly my favourite piece of music ever, but certainly my favourite floyd song.

    My only gripe of the evening was the venue itself. As much as the Albert Hall is a beautiful venue, i spent some of the new album being played, having to stand in corridors because of the policy of no drinks in the venue. It really doesn’t add to the atmosphere either.

    However, it was great to see three Floyd members on stage and of course Crosby and Nash. It will be good to see them again soon along with Stills and Young, who are said to be touring all together again soon.

    Nice album David. It sounds just as good as any of the mellow Floyd stuff you wrote. I would love to hear you play the Nile Song or Cybaline sometime too!

    All the best x

  91. Dear FEd,

    There is just so much to tell about yesterday evening that I’ll need to arrange my thoughts first, so I will be brief for now.

    I did not have the occasion to tell this to the person recording comments for the DVD at the stage door after the gig, but here’s what I wanted to say : “Good music, to me, is about emotion, spinal shivers and goosebumps. David and his fellow musicians do that to me on the CD, they did it in Paris and they did it again at closing night in London. They do the trick everytime”

    Please be so kind to pass my gratitude for a splendid night in London to the entire band and crew, if you can. It was simply fabulous.

    Best regards to everyone,
    Ralph
    Back in Belgium

  92. I’ve just arrived back home in Glasgow this afternoon after Wed nights show in London RAH and to be honest I’m still on a complete high.

    You’ll obviously have heard by now the setlist and special guests but not knowing just what to expect last night made it an electric evening.

    I was fortunate enough to get tickets in the choir area and my friends and I were more or less sitting on top of the keyboard section. What a view of the band to see them interacting so well together.

    I used to play drums and after watching Steve’s superb playing, not to mention the thrill of seeing Nick Mason play live, I think I’ll sensibly stay retired and remember this evening as one of the best gigs I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. What a way to celebrate my 40th !!

    Funniest moment was watching Rick prepare for Echoes. He was pressing buttons furiously and it went pear-shaped, he tried again and the settings must have been fine as he mopped a very sweaty brow thankfully.

    The whole evening was fabulous but Echoes for me was simply sublime.

    Thanks to Dave for putting such a fantastic band together and also to the 100 or so crew who piled onto the stage afterwards to strip the vast amounts of gear down.

    Iain A.

  93. What a fantastic night! We are both still stunned at just how talented David & all the musicians are. It doesn’t take a genius to see why Pink Floyd will remain the greatest rock band ever with talent like this behind them.

    Well done – not only to the musicians but also to everyone else responsible for putting together this wonderful concert. It will live with us for many years to come – especially seeing Rick & Nick Mason on stage plus Graham Nash and David Crosby both of whom we admire as much as David Gilmour himself. Thanks to everyone.

    Please don’t leave it so long before the next concerts guys!!!

    Paul (44) & Sue (46).

  94. If as many people still smoked cigarettes as they did 20 years ago, it would have been cigarette lighters in the air… Hair-splitters are in force…

  95. Hi all! Very exciting to see how the RAH shows went down. Great set-lists. Looking forward to the DVD.

    Way cool to have Nick show up and play! NOT a Pink Floyd reunion (as I’ve read it being called)… yes it is the line-up of Pink Floyds’ last two tours, but this is still David Gimours’ show (just with impressive guests!). Oh I’ve done it now…. watching for the pointy sticks to come out.

    Anyway, I hope Steve, who has played fantastically on this tour, doesn’t feel slighted by having Nick take his seat.

    Tim

  96. It will seem so ‘light’ to say this given the show we saw, but last night was just THE most fantastic show. The band were amazing, the lights were dazzling, the set list was stunning. It was all there. SO many highlights that could have been chosen – but having Nick Mason come on at the end, rightly, just sent us and the whole Hall completely bananas! Just brilliant – what a way to end the show. 😉

    One slight criticism (although the Albert Hall comes in for this, not DG or the website). We were told time and time again here that the Albert Hall would give refunds for tickets that for whatever reason could not be used, but this did not prove the case (I managed to get four tickets for the choir in April, but due to circumstance, and four friends [unbelievably] pulling out on me on Sunday night, I had four additional standing tickets available for the last night).

    I tried earlier this week but was firmly told ‘no’ to both refunds or even just trying to give the tickets back so that the RAH could resell them. I’m fully with the stance against personal or organised touting, and given the stance on re-selling tickets through other channels taken by the DG website (i.e. – eBay), I did think others who were not able to get tickets would have jumped at the chance to get these if only the RAH had taken them back, regardless or whether a refund was available or not. But they refused point blank, even though we’d been assured that they would take them.

    I did manage to get other friends to take two tickets, but two others were refused the chance to attend as, although they would have made it, could come but only make it shortly before the gig was due to start (thereby meaning that the two who had queued for two hours would have had no chance of getting a decent place in the gallery). Again, the Albert Hall made no allowance or exception for this sort of scenario and would not allow standing ticket places to be held on the door.

    It was disappointing I guess – not only were two tickets for the best gig wasted, I still lost out financially through no fault of my own and even though I did try every thing ‘by the book’.

    But hey – I saw the latter era Pink Floyd perform two songs last night. And I can tell you I won’t stop grinning for weeks because of it…

    😉

    All the best

    PH

    [That is a shame, but, as we’ve said several times, no tickets would be refunded within the two day period before the concert. – Features Editor]

  97. OH GOOD LORD…. The Nick Mason thing on the encores… it’s a pity that Dave won’t come to South America. There’s surely a big mass of Mr. Gilmour’s fans here in VENEZUELA (i mean, if Roger Water’s concert here in 2002 was a sellout… imagine DG)

    Well, basically hoping to win the lottery or nail some important business transactions so I can cross the Atlantic -or make it to NY if it’s the case-, i fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way… hoping that DVD comes out soon.

    Blessing to you all… blogger from CARACAS, VENEZUELA (next to Colombia, bassist Cicho Machado’s country) SOUTH AMERICA WANTS GILMOUR!!!

  98. Great show on Wednesday.

    I was there for my 40th Birthday and it really couldn’t have been better.

    Cheers!!

  99. Dear f.é. i hope you had a wonderful evening at the RAH yesterday night. A bientot!

    sylvie de montréal

    [Merci. – Features Editor]

  100. It has now been three days since my visit to the RAH and I thought I was lucky, which of course I was. Seeing the person I had gone to see, David and the rest of the band. I felt extraordinarily lucky that I was there on the night that David Bowie made his guest appearance. But is it OK Fedmeister to feel just a little green twinge at the fact that Nick Mason joined David last night?

    Well done all you guys that saw that. But I am really happy that I got into the RAH at all and feel very priveliged to have witnessed live the show that I did.

    Ju

  101. Last nights show….the 31st was superb i loved the new stuff just as much as the old old and the new old and as for the guests….wow.. you could even tell who they all were from up in the loft….(the gallery) !

  102. Enjoyed the 1st RAH show. Just like I did in Paris and Amsterdam.

    One thing that annoyed me a bit in the RAH was the lighting in the theater. Why was the audience sitting in this blue light all the time? I think the light show didn’t look as good as it looks in the dark. Also, it makes you aware of everything that happens in your view, which distracts you from what you came for. Am I the only one going nuts from the guy with his 2 cameras that was running back and forth all the time?

  103. There’s so much we could all write about last night. But, well…it was just the most amazing night, show experience and performance. When Nick Mason come on for the encore made the whole audience go bananas – and seeing the latter era Pink Floyd perform ‘in the flesh’ (so to speak) has made me sure I will be grinning like an idiot for weeks!…

    Thanks guys. It was simply stunning.

    🙂

    All the best.

    PH

  104. Strange to see that it’s all over. Well, not quite, but that the planned end of the tour has been reached. Frankly, the wait for the gigs was unbearable at times, and yet the 3 hour-long shows I attended flew in so quickly.

    It was simply excellent to see and hear the reactions to the shows both here and at the gigs themselves. Yes, I did take a couple of sneaky photos, but it really was a couple (and tastefully done, with no flash, and no waving my camera around over my head). These are in part *my* memory of the events, and in part to annoy my father who ended up unable to attend.

    I’m glad you finally got your chance, Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Features Editor, and I’m glad you enjoyed the show. What’s it like to attend a show anonimously, and yet have a special ‘thank you’ in the show programme? 😉

    What with David clearly enjoying himself, Rick talking of a new solo album, Nick joining the band (thus presenting Pink Floyd in London on May 31st, 2006), Roger talking of new albums, David releasing a DVD of these shows, the PULSE DVD to be released, clearly us fans of Pink Floyd and its various members are spoilt for choice. And that feels pretty good to me.

  105. The confirmed setlist for the third and final London show:

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

    Second half: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Fat Old Sun, Dominoes, Arnold Layne, Coming Back To Life, High Hopes, The Great Gig In The Sky, Echoes.

    Encores: Wish You Were Here, Find The Cost Of Freedom, Comfortably Numb.

    Special guests: David Crosby, Graham Nash, Robert Wyatt, Mica Paris and Nick Mason.

  106. i KNOW it’s afternoon there now, FEd – just how legless did you get partying after the show, eh?
    REPORT, please. we await! meanwhile, two embarrassing anecdotes.

    a boyfriend’s band once opened for the Steve Miller Band in the 70s. i was backstage and asked some guy where the bathroom was. he showed me. later i found out that was Steve Miller. augh.

    then i found out that Mr Miller had a small Oriental-type rug in front of his mic stand, because he’s nearsighted and wouldn’t wear glasses onstage [back then]. the rug was how he found his mark. [he had probably memorized the way to the loo…]

    years later i was at a fundraiser concert in DC – i worked the venue, but wasn’t working that concert. i went backstage on other business, and in the darkness someone banged into me. i turned to see who it was, and gasped aloud in fright. it was Tiny Tim – pretty scary up close, in the dark. at least i had recognized him!

    laurie

    [Legless? You must be thinking of someone else. I drank water all night. – Features Editor]

  107. i wanted to say something else. steve’s drumming was amazing. i was a little worried about a newcomer joining the fold, but he did a great job. well done, steve!

    [Well said. I challenge any man, woman or child to keep his or her feet perfectly still whilst that man is drumming.- Features Editor]

  108. Hi F.Ed,

    Julian Benson posted: “If there was a scrap would that have made the DVD extras?….. :-)”

    There’s a great idea. A DVD extra of Gilmourauders Gone Wild. A mix of WWF, Springer, and Cops rolled into one…..well, maybe not such a good idea.

    On a more related note, David seems to have given RAH concertgoers quite a treat. With the long list of special guests, including Nick Mason, David has done great at surprising his fans. I hope everyone enjoyed, especially you, F.Ed.

    Also, a note of congrats to David and PF for DSOM placing 8th in a recent British Hits Singles and Albums poll.

    Have a great day, all

    Mike

  109. To all you concertgoers:

    Can’t begin to tell you all the shades of green I have been while reading your posts. I am reliving my April concert all over again. There is just nothing like seeing it live. So glad you are all having so much fun.

    That David Gilmour is just a bit of alright and no too bad on the guitar either.

    Thank heavens we have this site and the FEd so we can enjoy this over and over.

    Matt: loved the hedge clipper idea!

    And wish I could have heard the ‘hi Daddy’. How really sweet. We tend to forget these ‘idols’ have real lives.

    Thanks again to all. Keep those great reviews coming. (Sorry, FEd, don’t want to push you over the edge, but we love this. It’s addicting)

  110. Although I wasn’t there I wanted to congratulate David, Polly, Rick, Nick and the band on such a stellar evening and successful tour. Being that I was fortunate enough to see this show in April I feel that I’ve been part of something very special.

    I just wanted to once again thank David for his creative mind, talented voice and hands and more importantly his heart and his compassionate understanding of his world wide fans.

    Peace-

    ~Matt~

  111. errrr…

    can someone please post the full set list, i was there but i cant remember the order and need to gloat to my uncle!!

    cheers

    [You’ll find it above, Sean. – Features Editor]

  112. Just heard a thing. Roger was invited for David’s last night show. But he turned down. Is it true? Anyone knows it better?

    [Another good story. – Features Editor]

  113. Thank **ck for that!!!

    Fedmeister… you have no idea how many emails have been exchanged “behind your back” and how long we’ve been holding our breath waiting for this day!

    We’ll tell you all about it at a quieter time 🙂

    [I’ll look forward to it, mate. Thank you. – Features Editor]

  114. And a HUGE BIG THANKS to Guy for being our “Inside Irregular”…

  115. Guy your a freakin’ poet. FEd, you more than deserve it. A cheer to Guy, FEd, and the whole freakin’ crew:

    HIP-HIP HOORAY!
    HIP-HIP HOORAY!
    HIP-HIP HOOOOOORRAAAAAYYY!!!!!

  116. Guy let me tell you i personally have never felt like a passenger in all this – only joking(see RW hall of fame induction)

    Fed you are so so deserved of all you got you have made this tour so much more enjoyable, its down to you that we have all felt life passengers unlike Roger been a passenger on this journey has been a pleasure and without turning into a gush fest you really have made all this so much more real hopefully in some way this site will stay active, bye for now

    [Thank you, Simon. – Features Editor]

  117. So I guess the RAH staff didn’t pay enough attention to the band ?

    I remember hearing/seeing David explaining in a short interview (BBC 2 ?) that Pink Floyd got banned for life from the RAH because in ’69 the crew nailed Nick’s Drum-set into the floor to secure it 😉

    Great to read those reviews. Now it’s waiting until the DVD gets released !!!

    Piet

  118. Cheers to you FEd! Thank you so much Guy for your help. I haven’t been able to concentrate on work all day. The suspense was killing me. (FEd, go back and re-read some posts: many secret messages!)

    [I’ve noticed that there have been a few odd ones. I thought there could be a code of sorts being shared between some of you, but then again, maybe you were just speaking in tongues or cracking up. Far be it for me to act as a psychiatrist or priest! Thank you, Kevin. I’m really touched by your kindness. – Features Editor]

  119. GOTCHA FED. If we were any sneakier, we would have chipped in running shoes for both of your afoots. Can’t wait for your reactions. Guy’s sentimental blog today almost brought tears to my eyes. Oh shame. Peace, not pieces please, Fed.

  120. To everyone-

    I have to say that Guy’s message was quite touching. I think that it’s difficult for us all to express in words how we felt during this tour. The release of the new album…the fantastic opportunity to be able to see him in Hamburg, and keeping us feeling part of the world of Gilmour in this blog. This blog has brought people together, created a connection between the audience and musician. That is, it completely destroyed what Roger was writing about in the late seventies. It shows we’ve grown.

    Thanks Guy for the post. Thanks David for the album and tour. Thanks Fed for the musings…hope the updates aren’t too far and few between…looking foreward to reading all your comments…

    Chris McKay

  121. What a show! I still cannot believe that I actually got to see David playing last night, nevermind seeing the Floyd.

    The lasers during echoes were absolutely fantastic as was the lighting and sound throughout the night.

    Did anyone else notice the american guy dancing by the stairwell at arena section B? During the second half a cameraman came and secretly filmed him while he strutted his stuff. Perhaps this footage will be a hidden extra on the DVD. That guy really cracked me up… I’m glad he was enjoying himself though.

    Guy should have done some standup during the interval. 🙂

    How long was echoes last night? It felt like over 30 mins there was alot of jamming going on.

    Take care – Scumhawk

  122. Great post Guy.

    The band has been immense and seeing David live has fulfilled my life ambition, at age 20 ive never seen Floyd and dont think I will but this definately makes up for it.

    I had an amazing time in Glasgow on the 27th and again on the 29th in London.

    Cheers David, Rick, Guy, Phil, Steve, Jon and Dick.

    Kris Junner

  123. Well… I had to wait almost 12 years since Earls Court 1994 for last night. I have to say it was worth the wait and Dave and the band’s efforts exceeded my expectations (and they weren’t low!).

    Particularly enjoyed On an Island, Arnold Layne, Fat Old Sun – especially the solo at the end, Echoes of course, never heard that live before, Wish You Were Here, Take a Breath, This Heaven, Breathe/Time/Breathe Reprise, and of course Comfortably Numb. Nick joining for the encores was a nice treat. It was all great and too much to take in in one show, but I only had tickets for last night unfortunately. I had the same problem at EC in 1994 really.

    There was some out-of-it guy over on the left somewhere who shouted out something unintelligible every so often, though I only heard it between songs. I’m pretty sure he was in the seat behind me at Earls Court! 🙂

    I loved the tone on Dave’s guitar, particularly on This Heaven with a very fat, bluesy sound. I don’t recall the sound being as great during the 94 concert – maybe that’s as much down to the venue as anything else. I hope it comes out like that on the DVD recording.

    I woke up this morning from a dream about chatting to Dave in the men’s loos at the RAH!

    Thanks to everyone involved. If you do choose to tour again in the future, please let me know 😉

    Simon

  124. Yes, and now back to reality 🙂 :

    (after I had the oppurtunity to go to RAH on 29th of May, but we had to blow it off because of the RAH-control on eBay-tickets, after I read all comments here and after I listened to Comfortably Numb right now for the I-do-not-remember-how-much-th time)

    When will David tour again? This was not his last tour ever, was it??

    For next tour, please notice: BELGIUM is a country too!

    We all wish you were here, comfortably loud, with a lot of echoes afterwards…

    [We’ll let you know, don’t you worry. – Features Editor]

  125. [As for David, well the guy can still play, there is definitely no question of that. His soaring solos and choice of music still are far and away better than anyone else around at the moment, but I got the feeling that those “fat little fingers” (as he once called them) may not be as deft as they once were and that time is starting to creep up on him. (I saw the same thing with Eric Clapton last week). It is only to be expected, after all he is 60 and no matter how much they try to hold back the years, even the greats must succumb to the ravages of time. – Posted by: Vicky Custerson at June 1, 2006 01:30 PM]

    how unbelievably rude. i’d love to follow you around your place of work for three days and pick holes in whatever it is that you do, because that’s all you’ve done to david as far as i can see. he doesn’t deserve that! that’s just incredibly rude and condescending. i don’t mean to be as rude to you as you have been to david in your review, but maybe you shouldn’t have gone to all three concerts?

  126. Emotional significantly understates how I feel after seeing this performance.

    Anticipation gave way to real worry…oh god they’ve done three songs from Syd’s era; great now Mica Paris is on for Great Gig, we heard the Division Bell… oh no we’re running out of time they’re not going to play Echoes then Ping..Ping…

    Sublime must be reserved for true inspiration and this performance was just that. Right from “On an Island”, it was just edge of seat stuff.

    Peter

  127. Is it true that David invited Roger Waters but Roger declined due to being busy and tired from his upcoming tour rehearsals??

    [Now, who told you that? – Features Editor]

  128. First off…Raymond from Orange County, what’s the name of the restaurant?? I hope it isn’t down in South OC as that would be a bit far for me to go.

    The upcoming DVD keeps getting better and better everyday. Hopefully the David Bowie appearance will be some sort of extra. 2006 is turning out to be quite a year for Floyd-related media.

    Have there been any thoughts of a live CD to accompany the DVD? Sorry if this has been answered already.

    [There are no such plans, I’m afraid. We’ll let you know if that changes. – Features Editor]

  129. Vicky – Well let’s hope that Roger’s shows are perfect, then! I trust you will do an indepth study of Roger’s (and band’s) performance!

  130. What a show… David you are the master. What a band. Never thought i’d live to see Echoes done live Rick you were great. Keep making the music. Great venue. Thanks to you all.

  131. Come on Fed, give us some details!! Did you meet the band? Did you see Guy give David & Polly the check for CRISIS? Curious as to their reactions. Does your jersey fit? I take it Ian’s glass made it to you in one piece? It was a concern. This has probably been mentioned, but will the blog continue until after the summer shows are over? Will those concerts make it on the DVD?

    Sounds like you enjoyed yourself, good, you deserve it.

    ~Erin

    [Question overload! Yes to all of them, except for the last one (I’ll have to pass on that, sorry). David was very appreciative of the donation to Crisis. That was a lovely idea. More later. – Features Editor]

  132. Alas ! I wasn’t able to make it to THE EVENT OF THE YEAR. Man, I missed so much. I would’ve given anything to have witnessed history. Bowie doing ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘CN’. Crosby, Mica ! And Nick last night. OMG !!! I really am close to breaking down and have a cry. FED, Rudders and all of you ! Man, I wished I was there.

    Last Wednesday, as I was already packing to leave for Providence, Rhode Island,USA I was feeling a little poorly. Didn’t think anything of it. Well, only three hours before I was to leave Thursday morning, I got violently ill and developed a fever of 104 degrees ! Nauseous and all, I feared the worst, like an appendix about to burst, I didn’t know.

    By 13:30, 1:30 p.m., to the general public, I was admitted into an Intensive Care Unit at my local hospital with 106 degree fever. By 2:15, 14:15 I spiked to 107 and was immersed into an ice tub. They thought I was going to die. Trooper I am, though and with the excellent care of a fine medical staff I home now. I was released Monday evening.

    I WANTED to die. I had missed the greatest three nights of 2006.

    What happened was I had an intestinal virus from a parasite that had taken up residence in my large intestine.

    Every night since Monday I have come close to tears thinking about the majesty of these most excellent performances.

    I certainly hope to hear and see some great snippets from you guys. FED, I am SO Glad that you were able to take a break and see Our Hero in action.

    I sincerely hope that all of you that have borne witness to seeing God play and be playful and graceful had a great TIME !!! 🙁

    My cousin, Padraig took his 13 year old nephew for his birthday, this past Tuesday. He filled in for me. God, I know he got to see some great shows.

    Well, I am DEAFINITELY over my quota here and I am feeling weak now, so…

    I LOVE YOU GUYS !!! GLAD YOU ALL got see the Shows.

    I know I missed an EVENT, but as the song goes – I’m coming back to life.

    I still want to cry. Waaaaaaaaaaaaah !!!! sniff sniff

    Glad for all of you. I’ll be home for the rest of the week looking over the reviews and postings. Wishing I was There!

    Cazart !

    [Oh Raymond, you poor thing. I really feel for you. Look after yourself, mate. – Features Editor]

  133. Hello, F.Ed,

    Thank you, Guy, for your kind words. it’s touching to know that this Blog means that much to you and the others.

    F.Ed, although I was not personally involved with the tokens you received, I hope they bring you joy and good memories. To those that were involved, hats off to you for your acts of kindness. Things like that are what make this blog so much different. So I gotta ask…F.Ed, did you get your own Pointy Stick?

    As for the Blog being what it is, who will forget Rudders and his Captions, or the alter ego of Big Al? I have been a ‘regular’ here since January and I will remember for a long time the conversations and viewpoints of Clemens and Hysteron Proteron, as well as Becky and the Hotpants. I could go on about the memories, and I’m sure others could as well. The most important factor, in my opinion, is the tireless work by F.Ed to keep this place from being overrun by a bunch of know-it-all, loudmouth ‘fans’, and the Which One’s Pink garbage (this one strikes a nerve with me anyways. I mean, this is such an frivolous argument to begin with, but that’s for another discussion…).

    Polly asked “How come David’s bloggers are so nice?” I feel one reason is because David is so nice. David and the crew at DG dot com have gone out of their way for so many of the bloggers here. I have lost count of the times that fans here have been helped with ticket issues, plus with the contests that were held with a stipulation that fans to the site since it’s infancy were given first priority on contest prizes. This is not to mention the joint efforts with RAH staff to curb ticket touting. Actions like these give this place a personal touch that many similar places don’t have. One other thing that stands out to me is the lack of marketing blitz on this site. There is the web store, but one is not bombarded with constant adverts and shameless propaganda. This site, much like David, has genuine class.

    Again, thanks, F.Ed, Guy, David and everyone. It sure has been great to be a part of this Blog.

    Mike

    [I got shivers reading that. Thanks, Mike. – Features Editor]

  134. Well I’ll be.

    A hearty thanks to those blogateers who fashioned the plan to honor our Fet’Ed. He surely deserves our gratitude, and I think it’s fantastic that you lot took the initiative to tangibly express yourselves. I don’t think this blog would ever have taken off as it has if the F’Ed weren’t manning the controls as diligently and as tirelessly as he has. For a very long time he put in long, long hours, managing submissions on a global time frame. It was literally the blog that never slept.

    It’s also so gratifying to know that this blog has been a true medium between the band and the community at large. It really has made the whole experience more enrichening.

    An example: When David introduced the band at the Paramount shows, you could tell where the pockets of bloggers were in the audience when Guy was introduced. Guy deservedly receives a hearty ovation, but certain pockets of people were definitely more enthusiastic. I just knew they had to be bloggers.

    Speaking of whom; a very special thanks to Guy for taking the time to chat, and for giving us little glimpses of what the backstage vibe is. To piggyback on Guy’s wall reference, these last few months on the site with you all and with Guy did in fact make me feel like I was part of a community that included the artists as well as the aficionados. This sense was particularly manifested for me at the concerts themselves. To have some understanding, minimal as it may have been , of what the band’s take on the tour was, added to the whole experience.

    Funny little tool this internet thingy.

    Anyway, congrats to you F’Ed. You made all of this happen, or expedited it all at any rate. Congrats to Guy and the band for giving us music performed honestly and at such a high level. And congrats to David, well, for having led the life he’s led. We’ve all come off better for it.

    As long as there’s room on the supporter’s bus, count me onboard.

    Cheers,
    Peter

    ps: Is the tour considered officially over, or is there a merely to be a hiatus before a distinct tour begins? Will David’s summer band be the same as the current one? From Guy’s post, it sounded like he was saying goodbye.

    [Well, there’s not long to go before the very same band that’s wowed thousands over the last three months get to Austria for five more European shows, so think of this as a well-deserved break. – Features Editor]

  135. FEd,

    I’m sorry you thought my comments were unfair. I didn’t mean them to be. Perhaps i didn’t express myself very well.

    In no way did i mean to take away from what was an incredible night, and it WAS incredible. David’s concerts are still head and shoulders above all of the other acts out there.

    What i was trying to say albeit badly was that I felt Monday and Tuesday’s concert were slightly better, Monday especially as it just felt perfect and looked as if everything seemed to gel together. I guess I just noticed a few errors in last night’s performance – but this was an incredibly minor part of the show.

    Overall, it was an absolutely thrilling and stunning concert. The band were on fire. David and the team should be incredibly proud and happy with what they achieved as it was an amazing show which we all loved.

    I’m sorry if that didn’t come across in the review – I obviously didn’t express it very well. I didn’t mean to cause any offence.

    Vicky

    [Don’t be silly. There are no hard feelings on my part. We want honest opinions and a bit of debate is healthy. It gets boring otherwise. – Features Editor]

  136. Hello Fellow Bloggers,

    First I want to say I agree with Guy and the forum here is polite and I think it has to do with the man himself, David. He exudes kindness and humanity and I think that is reflected in the bloggers on this site. I believe we are all here for a common purpose and that is to share our experiences in regards to life with David and the band.

    It has been great to be able to read about the shows in-depth and we owe a huge shout of gratitude to you F ED. I was not at the London shows and was not in on the gifts you were presented but am glad because you mananged to bring us all together. It seems through YOUR work, we were able to keep David and the band members inspired and that means a lot to me personally.

    I look forward to the DVD as I got to see the show in its early productions in New York City.

    Thank you all fellow bloggers, you have made me feel like I have been part of each in every show- even though I was not there in body, I was there in mind and spirit and it is because of everyone’s vigilance to share. This is truly a great site. Keep up the great work!

    Thank you and Shine on!!!
    Matt in Maine

  137. For those interested. Mr. Waters wasn’t invited to play at the RAH. The truth is I invited him to drive up from the Hamptons and play in my backyard/garden. And it’s not that he declined, he just didn’t reply yet. I hope this clarifies the story.

  138. Looks like there’s been a bit of a conspiracy going on behind the scenes against you FEd.

    But for all the right reasons. :o)

    It was really great to read Guy’s “MY DEAR FELLOW BLOGGERS” post about the surprise presentation of the tokens of appreciation.

    Guy, you’re quite right in your comments.

    We’ve ALL been passengers on a “globally connecting” adventure.

    It’s been an AMAZING trip, so far. Long may it continue…

  139. Oh My God ! This Heaven opened up and spilled David Gilmour across the firmament. And we mapped the stars for awhile.

    God, you people were so lucky ! Nick, Bowie, Wyatt’s moment ( would’ve loved to see those precious moments that prove we are not infallible. Even Mr. Gilmour shows he is still a humble man. Who just happens to milk every note from every guitar HE touches ) Guy, you are one of the class acts in this world. Polly, thank you for taking Dave into your heart. And write some pretty darn good lyrics too !! Crosby, Nash.

    It must’ve been PURE magic these past three nights. I wished I could’ve met so many of you fellow bloggers at The Queen’s.

    Mr. Gilmour, Please, if there is going to be consideration of touring the Sotheastern U.S., implore to your touring management of doing a Miami / Fort Lauderdale show. We have quite a few good theaters you could choose from here.

    To everyone who saw the shows…you all have been blessed with a religious experience of sorts that will stay with you for the rest of your natural lives.

    So glad you could too, FED, looking forward to your reviews.

    Waaaaah ! 🙁 Wished I was There ! Can’t wait for the DVD !

    Love to all. I am out for the day. I ‘m really knackered. Need to lie down…

    Cazart !

  140. Hi FEd,

    Thought you’d like the shirt mate 😉 (the 05 can signify the year the blog started and Istanbul, the number of superb UK shows and lest we forget – We’ve won it 5 times…)

    Take care pal,
    Ali

    PS what’s with all this spending spree at Woodison?

    [Ali, I love it (the shirt, not the Evertonians strengthening their squad, of course). Seeing the Reds win that beautiful trophy last year was one of the highlights of my life (if I’ve watched the DVD a hundred times since then, it never loses any of the drama or euphoria), and sitting there on Wednesday with so many wonderful people and so many wonderful presents was another very special night. Thank you all so much. – Features Editor]

  141. Well deserved FEd,

    Where and when did Guy stitch you up? Was David and the rest of the band also present??? Doh…, they must have been(presentation of cheque for Crisis).

    Explains the inactivity on the site this morning & afternoon, me thinks. (…after a night on the tiles, yes??)

    Looks like Guy’n’Rudders have been major players/conspirators, no surprises there, then…
    (Is there a pun in there? …Cloakroom time again)

    Pointy stick time again!!!

    [The pointy sticks can rest for a while, I think. This all happened on Wednesday at the RAH. It was a lovely surprise. – Features Editor]

  142. Those guitars sang pure magic last night.

    Fat Old Sun was pure power, Echoes transcendental bliss, and CN a trip to the outer edge of the solar system.

    Thanks for the privilege

  143. Message to Gerry who wrote

    [I have a spare one from RAH, if you are still after one I will happily post it on to you Ian.]

    Thanks mate that really is kind of you but now we have the Fedmeister on it, it will soon be sorted! Aren’t DG fans nice people.

    Glad to see the RAH gigs went so well and, like everyone else, can’t wait for the DVD. Would there be any chance of releasing the gig as a CD as well as the DVD..like an extra.

    P.S. What will you be up to now FEd? After the cracking way you’ve run this blog I reckon you should run the country and declare the month of May as ‘Gilmour Appreciation Month’ so we can worship the Fat Old Sun and reflect in deafening surround sound the glory that is Echoes. For ever and ever Amen……

    [I’d love to. I’d hate to hastily undo so much of President Blair’s fine work, though… – Features Editor]

  144. hiya, me my partner and 14 year old daughter were at rah on wednesday night, fantastic show great to see Nick Mason on drums, really enjoyed it.

    At the end of the night we went round to the stage door hoping to get an autograph of the great man. Mr Mason came out and was a gentleman signing my daughters book, all i can say is its a pity Mr Gilmour wasn’t as generous, we waited outside until 2.30 in the morning with my 14yrs old daughter in tears because we got told he had left from another exit which to be honest is a little bit poor.

    Wonderful show but poorly treated fans wanting a quick glimpse of the legend.

    regards john lockwood

    [I’m sorry to hear that your daughter was upset, John. With the greatest respect, Nick did just three songs. He hasn’t spent the last three months touring, getting everything together, leading a great band from the front. His neck isn’t on the block, so to speak. David doesn’t often give autographs, as has been said here many times. We have tried to discourage fans from hanging around until the early hours for this very reason. David isn’t full of a sense of self-importance, as are so many others, so he generally tries to shun the celebrity worship and avoid the autograph hunters. I really can’t blame him for not being willing prey to pens, posters and photographs and like to think that many others would agree. Wednesday’s show marked the end of a successful, but stressful, tour and 2am is a time for winding down with family and friends, not fans. – Features Editor]

  145. Have I just had an “out of body experience”???

    I’m sure I saw Guy’s “Things are afoot” response post, but no… It’s gone AWOL, or is it just me…

    [No, you’re not losing your mind. It is there. I just had to temporarily take down a few posts, including that one. They’re all back now. – Features Editor]

  146. Aww man! Nick Mason!? I wish I could’ve been there *sighs in disappointment*

    Thank you for all your comments; they help me visualize what the concert must’ve been like.

    Dammit! I’m actually feeling a bit envious of you lot… Better go back to Zen-meditation.

  147. The OFFICIAL DATE has finally been set for PULSE DVD release….

    July 10th – UK/Europe
    July 11th – USA/Canada/Elsewhere

    OAI DVD in time for Crimbo please…

  148. Steven Said:

    “Yes, I did take a couple of sneaky photos, but it really was a couple (and tastefully done, with no flash, and no waving my camera around over my head). These are in part *my* memory of the events, and in part to annoy my father who ended up unable to attend.”

    Yes but lots of people took the odd couple too and it became a real nuisance (even though there wasn’t always flash the LCD was very distracting) – it just wasn’t necessary was it and I bet the quality of the image is rubbish unless you were using a SLR

    Did you see Guy angrily stare at the chap who kept taking photos with flash?

  149. Raymond,

    I’m glad to hear you’re okay though – sounds like you had one hell of time. Your intestine had a momentary lapse of reason…

    For what it’s worth there were video cameras covering EVERY angle on all 3 nights. I’d never seen automated cameras before (or at least they appeared to be cambots!) but there were a few on stage tracking all the action. You can be sure to get every ounce of goodness from the shows into the DVD – I know it’s not the same as being there, but you can bet your large intestine that it’ll be the next best thing you can get…actually, maybe even better because even from my good seats I couldn’t see all that I wanted to. There was one right on Richard for all of his solos and I bet the footage will be incredible – better than anyone there will have seen (barring Richard, and maybe Jon!).

    All the best,

    N

  150. From Joe near LA who asked – [First off…Raymond from Orange County, what’s the name of the restaurant?? I hope it isn’t down in South OC as that would be a bit far for me to go.]

    I know I’m answering this for other people in the LA-So Cal area, not just Joe. The restaurant is Karl Strauss Brewery and Restaurant in Costa Mesa. I also ate at the Universal City Walk location before David’s concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Best microbrews around in my opinion.

    I’m sure the background music is probably a progresive rock station on satellite radio or Muzak….still great to hear none the less.

    I didn’t expect anyone to respond to my posting, rather surprising. Glad you asked Joe.

    Raymond in Orange County, CA

  151. What’s Guys news? Have I missd it?

    [Scroll up the page, Mike. It was left at 5:37am on Thursday 1 June. – Features Editor]

  152. While some people are daring to be honest- and our intrepid FEd does say that all opinions are welcome- one thing I would say, is that I think that much of the raving about Rick singing so much on this tour has been as much out of fan loyalty to the man as it has to any real vocal ability he has- regardless of what he’s sung on record in the long distant past, many of his vocal performances now can at best be described as ‘weak’, and that’s being charitable. Go discuss!

  153. Dear Fed,

    Well, well, well…

    Je n’ai pas assisté aux concerts que vous avez vus, et il se peut bien que celui de l’Olympia soit le dernier que je verrai de David… But, I’m so happy you could see them, dear Fed! You’ll NEVER forget them. C’est aussi de cette façon qu’un Homme se construit, avec ces infimes particules d’émotions, ces éclairs soudains de conscience, ces larmes irrépressibles, et cette infinitude d’amour et de désespoir…, enfin, avec des instants comme ceux-là, qui, dans mille ans, seront encore dans votre coeur…

    Ikkar, with love.

    [J’espère. Il était magique. – Features Editor]

  154. And the rumor I’VE heard is that Roger WAS there but as a spectator only…

    Who knows which rumors to believe? It’s fun to speculate, but it’s not worth taking too seriously.

    But I will say this: If he was there, I do hope he was allowed to enjoy David’s music by the rest of the crowd. And should David choose to be a spectator at one of Roger’s gigs, I hope his fellow spectators will refrain from pressuring him to jump on stage and allow him to enjoy himself as well.

  155. just a message for Vicky C , all’s you’ve done is slate the band big style,mistakes happen in live music you know,that’s what make live music so special,if you wanna hear perfection ,put the albums on your cd player , wasn’t so long ago you were on here,absolutly begging for tickets to the mermaid theatre!remember that do ya ??

  156. To the Features Editor:

    It would be nice to gain some insight at some point into all that is involved with producing a high quality DVD. I realize the Pulse DVD has been delayed a number of times for technical reasons and it would be interesting to know more about those various technical details that go into producing a quality DVD product. Maybe they could include a “Making the DVD” section on the DVD made to be made from the Royal Albert Hall Concerts. I am sure many would find it very interesting

    Also, to the people who insist on writing long, nit-picky, critical reviews, that is obviously a function of your personality and you likely annoy the hell out of people who have the misfortune of working with you, or even worse, being related to you.

  157. DIDN’T THEY DO WELL???? (Steve? didn’t they? ;-))

    I am back home.. totally physically and emotionally exhausted (but still happy) so time to crash (literally)

    I will do reports tomorrow hopefully.. Also on meeting all the fantastic bloggers (I haven’t read all the messages on the blog for the last few days, but I am already blushing on how often I saw my name come by during the quick scroll and scan. ;-))

    For now all I have to say is..

    Dick Parry RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! *grin*

    Hugs, Bianca

  158. 3 gigs in 3 nights but unfortunately not all at the RAH this week for me.

    I posted earlier this afternoon when I got home after last nights show in London…..still gobsmacked basically.

    Couldn’t relax sharing a bottle of red with my wife this evening as one of my friends (or by now ex friend) bought tickets for George Thorogood and the Destroyers in Glasgow and I said I’d go.

    Nothing against the band but the sweaty guys with b.o. and tops off in the seats beside me made me realise I was being punished for having such a good time in London!

    I felt like telling them, don’t you realise Dave Gilmour graced this very same stage only five nights ago?

    The same so called friend purchased tickets to see Journey in Edinburgh tomorrow night which I’m praying will be better. Is this my worst nightmare?

    Can’t Dave & Co just appear instead…..please!!!!!!

    I just want to relive Wed night forever……no gig will ever be the same.

  159. I plan on purchasing the DVD since I live the USA.

    Maybe the managment could consider adding some video of Guys standup as bonus footage, or at least outtakes of the mad humor during the tour.

  160. so you lucky lot saw the modern day PF perform, something I have never seen or ever will! now I am depressed!!!

  161. FEd,

    very impressed by your sleight-of-keyboard. can we have Guy’s message back later? if we’re good? we promise, no camera-phones, screeching, hooting, jumping up from our seats, and NO begging for autographs.

    but don’t take away our *snif* Guy!! not for long!

    you know we love you anyway, right?

    the ever Irregular
    laurie XOXO

    [You certainly can. It’s back now. – Features Editor]

  162. Raymond

    Really sorry to hear what you have been through and what you had to miss but remember you are still here to miss it!

    Good thing you didn’t get on that plane and try to soldier your way through it. After all, they don’t have an ice bath on an international flight and an unchecked high degree fever like that could have easily cooked your brain.

    Get healthy….. and look forward to many more years enjoying (and crying over) the DVD.

    Peace
    John

  163. Raymond

    Really sorry to hear what you have been through and what you had to miss but remember you are still here to miss it!

    Good thing you didn’t get on that plane and try to soldier your way through it. After all, they don’t have an ice bath on an international flight and an unchecked high degree fever like that could have easily cooked your brain.

    Get healthy….. and look forward to many more years enjoying (and crying over) the DVD.

    Peace
    John

  164. Yeah Whatever Vicky, you obviously need to get a LIFE!!! It sounds like you said all that stuff just to anger others and get amused by what they write because of it. You said some really distasteful stuff and personally it angers me that you got to see them as many times as you did.

    I’ve seen the Floyd a couple times, and some of their solo acts including David at Massey Hall on April 9th, and I’ve gotta tell you, I wish I could have seen even 1 more show than I was able to.

    You see, I love these guys and their music very much and I would see them on their worst nights no matter how many mistakes they made. Then you wrote back and said you didn’t want to express yourself that way, but you did. It was very disrespectful to Mr.Gilmour, who let me remind you, does this for the fans and friends and not for the money.

    Most of us can tell that you’re just one of those negative people who have to find fault with everyone and everything, and loves to stir up crap. Even though I know it’s what you want, I’m pretty annoyed with you and think you should rethink your life!! Most of the rest of us will continue to admire and love the material put out by David, Roger, Richard, Nick and all accompanying musicians and hope that we haven’t seen the last of them.

    For everyone who’ve had to put up with Vicky’s posts, why not put in one of your favorite Pink Floyd or Solo cd’s and have a laugh at her misery. I myself am currently listening to my ON AN ISLAND cd and am smiling.

    Good day to all.

    Amedeo

  165. Dear FeD,

    Love on the Air…., just had to say last night’s show was more awesome than ever expected. I became a Floyd fan at Manchester FTH concert in ’72 – love at first sight, when I was also dating the Girl of my dreams. She is now my Gorgeous wife and mother to our Girls.With her sat next to me, bathing in that sight and sound that I’ve loved for so long, almost on the point of choking on tears of joy or grinning in shear delight – oh what a night to remember, because of you we’ere no longer ( nor ever were ) two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl.

    Thank you ,David

  166. FED HOPE WE HAVE NOT CAUSED YOU ANY PROBLEMS BY DOING WhAT WE DID IT WAS PURELY A WAY FOR US TO SAY THANKYOU AND THAT WE HAVE THE UPMOST RESPECT FOR YOU , SO ONCE AGAIN THANKYOU MATE YOU HAVE BEEN JUST AWESOME

    [Cheers, mate. No problem at all, it was really kind of you. – Features Editor]

  167. F’Ed,

    don’t suppose you you know if the footage filmed during the tour was done in High Definition?

    That would look stunning.

    Cheers

    T

    [I don’t, but I can find out. – Features Editor]

  168. Good Morning F’Ed and other people.

    I just wanted to make a couple of points if I may.

    Firstly, I realised that the comments I made about the show on the 30th turned into a bit of a rant about cameras and I just wanted to underline the fact that the show was amazing and was in no way ruined due to a few selfish people. I do tend to get the bit between my teeth on these things but I don’t want it to detract from a brilliant show, so thanks to David and the band for a blinding night.

    Secondly, I would just like to add my thanks to you F’Ed for the great work that you have done over the past half a year(!) and you thoroughly deserve the recognition that was mentioned in Guy’s post. The blogs have been a handful at best and a nightmare at worst and yet you have chosen your words (or lack of them) with great care. The result has been entertaining, informative, thought-provoking, passionate, annoying and brilliant all rolled into one and so I thank you for your efforts and also the people who have posted and made this the first page I have looked at everyday for nigh on 6 months. Well done!

    Finally, I know that this has already been asked and will no doubt be asked again, but I was wondering about the future of the website? I would like to think that it will not sit still after the tour has finished but will go forward for a long time to come. Although I’m certain that David and family will be having a well earned rest I hope that the website can be used effectively.

    My personal wish would be to see the links found in ‘The Important Stuff’ and charities on the ‘Links’ pages promoted more. I’m sure that a lot of interest has been raised already and it would be a shame not to use the popularity of this webby to continue the good work. This is my own opinion of course, and who knows what David’s intentions will be? I’m sure that a lot of thought has already been put into it.

    It’s a bit sad that the tour is almost over, it’s like nearing the end of a great holiday. I guess I’ll just have to start planning another one…

    Have a good weekend everyone. I’m off to see a band in Brighton so I’m looking forward to sitting on the beach in the sun for the first time this year….bliss.

    Chris

    [Thanks for that, Chris. Please don’t apologise for being irritated by the selfish people who clicked, beeped and flashed their way through the shows. They were bloody annoying! Even though we’ve repeatedly asked, the fans have asked (in tones ranging from polite to angry), Guy has asked (on behalf of the band) and even the promoter got on stage and asked before the London shows… These people still took their photos and got on everyone’s nerves. On Wednesday, there were three people in the bloody front row snapping away. When Polly was taking photos – which we all get to see on the site, don’t forget – one guy jumped up and crouched next to her so that he could take a few. Then, when he sat back down, he took one of Polly! Unbelievable. Most of the people reading agree with you, Chris. It’s a testament to the band that, because they put on such an absorbing and enthralling show, they simply didn’t give our dazzled minds enough time to dwell on the morons. – Features Editor]

  169. Hi FEd,

    Not really a blog entry, but just to let you know the Belgian newspaper Le Soir had a very nice review of the London shows in its issue of yesterday. Might be interesting to include in the Press section of the site.

    Thanks for the good work with the blog 🙂

    Vincent from Brussels

    [Thank you, Vincent. We always welcome more press. – Features Editor]

  170. Vicky, I mean how rude can you be?

    You went to three shows with obiously good seats and found fault with all of them. Let me guess, you are a Roger fanatic rather than David? Fine but why on earth go to each and pick holes in them. I mean talk about being a cynic! Ordinarily you may have made me rather mad but I am still on a high from when I went to see him so how could I be.

    Some people would have given their right arm to be at those gigs and you come across as rather ungrateful to be frank.

  171. I’m running on very expensive internet at the YHA so I’ll keep this very brief! I made it to all 3 concerts, they were all fantastic beyond belief, and it was worth every cent spent in getting to London. Thanks to David and all the band for 3 wonderful evenings.

    And thankyou FEd, and to the whole community of David/Floyd freaks out there. I realise I’m not alone…

    [I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, mate. – Features Editor]

  172. Dear Fed and you all

    Thank you for these days together by “our blog-chain” that’s love for music and David Gilmour.

    Thank you David,the young boy I met near Camden in a far June 1972,thank you for your style,music,brain,soul,life in these 38 years.

    Thank you all for this daily love.

    God bless you
    diana from Rome

  173. Hi chaps / chapettes

    How about this for a plan, get David to release the 135 odd ideas he has left over on his minidisc and let the blog take a vote on the top 10. Then in early 2007 release a new album.

    Yes that is a great idea!!

    loved the story about the american dancing to take a breath at the back of the arena section, I did the same myself at the back of the circle section on monday night. It simply is not possible to stand still when take a breath is playing. I’d almost go whole whack and say it was better than echoes…but anyway howabout a top 3 live tunes poll now things are gonna quieten down…mine are:

    Echoes
    Take a breath

    uh, oh… third is either wots, shine on or then i close my eyes…I can’t decide…

    Mr Wyatt – you really really ROCKED my world monday night, I loved that sound soooo much.

    Mr DiStanislao – I totally agree with F’ed, you shone like the sun. The more I think about it the less pissed I am that I missed Mason.

    frantically trying to raise the funds up to get to venice this summer, just incase the ’07 album doesn’t happen :p

    quick suggestion – there are word count scripts all over the net, it would be nice to see how many words are in your post when hitting preview, coz I think this one might be a bit long.

    btw a tee totaller?!?! near fell of my seat reading that Ed!

    [Well, I didn’t say that… Everyone, please save your thoughts on your favourite three live songs for now. We’ll use that for sure this weekend. – Features Editor]

  174. I have no way to know whether Vicky’s review of the show was on target or not, but I for one, appreciate the honest reviews of someone who DOESN’T gush endlessly about a performance.

    Those are a dime a dozen, especially on a blog dedicated to the performer. How many times can one read “THE SHOW WAS GREAEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAATTT” before one pukes?

    At least Vicky was able to substantiate her opinions with thought and substance, and that’s what makes her opinions valid.

    And Vicky, you shouldn’t backpedal at all. You gave your honest review, there’s no reason to sugarcoat it because certain asshats can’t handle a well-written criticism of their hero.

    All that being said, I hope you’re completely wrong, but I suppose only the DVD will be able to bear that out at this point. 🙂

  175. Ah good! glad the ‘handover’ went well, we’ve been watching Ian’s beautiful sculpture progress over the weeks. F.ed you wouldn’t believe how many emails we’ve all been been getting while all this stuff was going on and not a pointy stick in sight.

    We’ve all cyber bonded so well we don’t want to lose touch now, so thanks f.ed for inadvertantly making more wonderful cyber friends for me.

    Veronica

    [Aww, bless you. – Features Editor]

  176. [‘Fedmeister… you have no idea how many emails have been exchanged “behind your back” and how long we’ve been holding our breath waiting for this day!’]

    You had better believe it!! My mailbox floweth over…LOL

    Cheers, Howard

    PS FeEd…You da man/woman

    [You’re all mad… – Features Editor]

  177. Well I was lucky enough to be at the show on the 30th and it was fantastic. I suppose Echoes has to be the highlight of the night but all the songs were played with class. I got a lump in my throat when David played the final solo on On An Island and Take A Breath was just savage. No other way to describe it. Amazing stuff..

    The two comic moments for me were firstly when Harvey Goldsmith asked for no cameras or phones to be used during the gig people actually took pictures of him saying it!! Quite incredible (shakes head)..

    Secondly Robert Wyatt saying “Oh f**k” after a wimper of a note when he must have not taken in enough air during his cornet playing on When I Close My Eyes. I think everybody near the front heard it and it went down very well, very Monty Python in timing (This must be included on the DVD guys!).

    The only annoyances for me were the assorted lunatics with mobile phones and flashing cameras,especially one chap sat next to me that was taking at least 10 pictures for every song and all were of David! (How many pictures do you really need?) and also I had to get up from my seat about 10 times during the show to let people past. Why do they do it during a song?

    I must add I saw Clapton at the same venue a week earlier and the sound was 1000% better for David’s shows, full credit to the engineers and crew.

    Anyway thanks to the band, David, Polly and our resident F.Ed for making the past week so enjoyable. Lets hope we can all do it again sometime.

  178. Hi Guys and Gals,

    I know this late coming but I just wanted to express my thanks to David and team for such a truely awe-inspiring performance on Tuesday at the RAh. I have been a Floyd fan for about 8 years now after my Parents made me ‘see the light’ as it were. Just a reminder that this music really appeals to the younger generation I am now 22, so most of my teenage years were spent listening to the likes of Echoes, DSOTM, The Wall etc.

    I envied anyone in the generation before me because i felt had missed out on so much and they were so lucky, however, David Gilmour changed all this for me this week! And i am forever grateful!

    The concert was fantastic, I love the new album and it was great to hear the Floyd classics.

    Highlights for me were definately Echoes – absolutely mind blowing! Arnold Layne – never thought i’d see that played live! Of course the classics from DSOTM and Wish You Were Here were superb but the clincher for me, although it may seem stereotypical, was Comfortably Numb.

    That song strikes a chord with me that no other song can. It stirs my emotions whenever i listen to it but to see it played LIVE, to feel it, to witness and absorb THAT solo put tears in my eyes. This was truely a defining moment in my life and I am the happiest man on earth now that I finally got to experience it ‘in the flesh!’

    So, thank you David, Rick, Guy, Phil, Dick, Steve, Robert, Mica, John, Crosby and Nash and all the crew and team behind the scenes for putting on the greatest concert i’lll ever go to. You guys rock!

    Cheers,
    Chris B

  179. (Mike from Michigan at June 1, 2006 08:38 PM)

    Well said, Mike.

    I “Echo” your words entirely…

  180. [While some people are daring to be honest- and our intrepid FEd does say that all opinions are welcome- one thing I would say, is that I think that much of the raving about Rick singing so much on this tour has been as much out of fan loyalty to the man as it has to any real vocal ability he has- regardless of what he’s sung on record in the long distant past, many of his vocal performances now can at best be described as ‘weak’, and that’s being charitable. Go discuss!]

    i’ll have a go. i went to monday’s show and thought rick sang well (unlike the mermaid theatre), but i made a similar sort of point about how fans go wild when rick is introduced to the crowd. it seems so fickle. he is a great musician and i’m sure he is also a great guy, but my point was that fans make a fuss of him because he’s a part of pink floyd.

    i said that people are nostalgic for pink floyd and that this seems an insult to david, who is doing this as a solo artist. it’s also an inslut to rick if people cheer for who he is and what he’s done in the past, not what he just did.

    i mean, david’s album is the reason for the tour. his voice and guitar is the reason people love pink floyd imo. i don’t think rick contributes any more on stage than guy, jon, phil, or steve. i’m not having a go at rick now, and i wasn’t having a go at him then, but they’re a team and no one should get special treatment imo. it seems like it was the same when nick came on stage on wednesday night. also dick parry to a lesser extent. it must be a bit annoying for the others who have put in a hell of a lot more over the course of the tour.

    i didn’t jump to my feet when bowie came out either. i’m glad that he’s looking so well and thought he did a great ‘arnold layne’, but my standing ovation was reserved for the regular band and particularly david.

    i realise why i was there and why everyone else was there as well.

    david introduces everyone in turn and none of the applause is directed just at him.

  181. Wonderful post from Guy, and wonderful that you, FEd, have had the recognition you deserve. Like you, I was unaware of the plotting that went on, and missed out on contributing something suitable… Will add my own bit to what has already been donated to Crisis in commemoration of your sterling work, and as a thank you to David, Richard, Guy, Phil, Jon, Steve, Dick and their guest performers for what has been a fabulous few months.

    And after all, despite the fun and frolics of three magical days in London, the tour is not over yet (hooray!). I’ll sadly not be at any of the shows in July/August, but will keenly be following what transpires… the band really work SO well together, and those who are going to any of these shows are in for a real treat!

    [Thank you, Matt. – Features Editor]

  182. Back in chilly Bergen, Norway from a nice trip to equally chilly (but not as rainy) London.

    London was very nice. Did a lot of sightseeing and so unfortunately couldn’t make it to the pub. Did make it to the concerts though – had a ticket for Wednesday, called the RAH when I arrived in London on Monday and got a ticket for that night as well.

  183. Hello again FEd, fellow bloggers,

    As I reported earlier, closing night was simply fabulous.

    Met Nickster, Martin, Bianca, JT, Steve and quite a few others at the Queen’s Arms. Quite nice to get to meet the fellow bloggers and have a chat and a drink.

    What really struck me was how apparently much more relaxed David and his band were, compared to night three in Paris.

    From my G-stall, row 2, number 7 seat it felt like I was getting a private performance. So close. I could see the smiles and the expressions on the band’s faces and clearly they were having a good time.

    David being talkative, telling the audience about how Richard had played the now-covered-up organ of the RAH, “almost slipped into Cops & Robbers”, “it’s Guy who is supposed to do the stand-up” and responding “What would the future look like if I did?” to the person in the arena shouting “Gilmour is God”.

    Saw Guy making funny faces at the camera that was next to Phil and him.

    During, I believe, SOYCD I noticed Guy reflecting a beam of light off a tuning peg of his bass guitar into row three. I could not see exactly where it went but from the stern look on his face, I believe Guy had spotted someone filming and was trying to reflect the light directly into that person’s camera.

    All of that while they were playing the roof off the RAH.

    I cannot express the feeling of privilege that I have, being able to have attended closing night.
    And that is solely thanks to your tireless efforts for this community, Feature Editor. Keeping up with our comments and questions over and over again and reporting about the recent RAH ticket availability. A great big “thank you very much”.

    If ever you or any of the band members decide to visit my home city of Antwerp, it would be my honour and pleasure to buy you a couple of drinks and show you around in gratitude of what you have given us.

    My best regards,
    Ralph
    Belgium

    [That’s very kind of you, Ralph. Thank you. – Features Editor]

  184. Absolutely fantastic! Great seats (fourth row centre)…seeing how much fun the band were having up on stage…looking around during Wish You Were Here and seeing every single person singing – gives me goosebumps even now!…the outro to High Hopes – beautiful…Crosby & Nash guesting on On An Island, among many others…and of course, the return of the mighty Nick Mason! Not to mention hearing Arnold Layne, Fat Old Sun and Echoes played live, something I never thought I’d see in a million years.

    I know there have been a few doubters who questioned the decision to play On An Island in full in the first half of the show, but it worked perfectly. The more laid-back feel to the album was a perfect set-up for some of the tougher stuff in the second half, and did the new material full justice. IMHO, it translates even better live than on the disc…

    Everything combined to make it a truly unforgettable night. I think that will be hard to beat…

    Thank you so much David and co…

    Kxx

  185. What a lovely idea to surprise the FEd! Good on yer mate, you deserve it!

    Nice one Rudders, Guy et al…

    Kxx

  186. FEd.

    I’m curious to learn of the contents of “The Features Ed Survival Kit”…

    Can you oblige…?

    [It’s a real box of goodies. Things to eat, drink, burn, smell, squeeze… A lovely cup and saucer (which, apparently, I am allowed to throw against a wall should the need arise), a little stress ball (that my dog will try to claim, no doubt), my very own Fedmeister mask, eye drops, handkerchiefs… It’s fantastic. – Features Editor]

  187. Interested to see comments glad it was a good show, could not get tickets this time, perhaps because so many people felt the need to go more than once! what is all that about!

  188. [Like you, I was unaware of the plotting that went on, and missed out on contributing something suitable… Will add my own bit to what has already been donated to Crisis in commemoration of your sterling work, and as a thank you to David, Richard, Guy, Phil, Jon, Steve, Dick and their guest performers for what has been a fabulous few months.]

    Good idea Matt, I’ll join you in that…

    [Bless you. – Features Editor]

  189. GLASSMAN FROM WIREMAN.

    Been waiting a while to post this.

    For those that don’t know I made a glass interpretation of the sculpture “wireman” re Guy’s post 1st June 5.37am. Irregulars have seen it and a photo of it will appear in the July issue of the Journal of the British Society of Scientific Glassblowers,( how cool is that). Copies available from all good bookshops!

    Glad you liked it Fed, ( as if you wouldn’t! ), you deserve something special so that’s what you got. Credit to Rudders for spurring me on but also to David MaCilwaine who created original concept. All I did was heat up the glass and shape it accordingly with a few alterations. Sure I burnt and cut myself a few times but hey it was fun.

    Actually it was “hairy”. One of the worse moment is when I lost power to my workshop towards the end of heating a part. I had very limited time before the whole piece would shatter but with the help of the Scottish Electricity Board and a few part time electricians the glass survived and I am pleased to see survived the journey South.

    So thanks Guy and whoever took it down. It was fun meeting with you and others at Glasgow, you needn’t have been so worried about transporting it down need you? Hope the “emergency ciggies are safe!

    After safely handing the glass over to Guy, I left the Clyde Auditorium to a few cries from “fans” who asked me if I had got any autographs. I replied, ” No, why should I, they never asked me for mine”. With a shocked look on their faces I continued, ” remember there are more musicians in the World than glassblowers!”. Moving rather rapidly on as these autograph hunters can get aggressive, my passing comment was, that we are all heroes in the end, each and every one of us. Its been “fun” to be part of something that I would never think would have helped me cope seven months ago.

    Technically speaking the design is very challenging. If one compares what is on the website, the moving one, that which is on the hard copy publicity and the pin badge, they all appear slightly different. I used a version “captured” from the web to aid me. Interestingly if the guitar is removed from the body the groin seems to drop to knee height. hmmm. The glassware lends itself to attracting light so Fed if you wantt an exciting image (for DVD!) put one end of it in a flame and you will see the whole guitar light up proving that David indeed is a flaming great guitarist!!!!

    Ian Pearson

    [Ian, I could hug you. It’s absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much. I don’t know what to say. You’re a glass-blowing genius and I take my hat off to you. – Features Editor]

  190. I knew it would be a great surprise! Here’s to the master mind and perennial favourite blogger, Rudders, and to his two lieutenants, Ian and Neil! Here’s to Guy for playng such a critical and so willing role in this plot!

    Why? I suppose Guy alluded to some of the reasons in his post. This album and tour has been an unusual experience all around. As one who was fortunate enough to see David and the band a few times, I am not surprised by the superlative descriptions of the performances this last week. Guy is right, this band is feeding off some intangible energy that we help perpetuate and builds on itself (okay, he didn’t put it quite like that….)

    It also kills me to know I wasn’t there at Queen’s arms. My experience was heightned immesurably by meeting fellow bloggers, and I knew the temptation to go to London would be to great to bare. I missed you all as well as what I knew would be a climatic performance, but I assure you I’ll get to London next time….and I’m sure there will be a next time…

    David and Polly, you realise this all started with you. You have set the tone with your music, your lyrics, and your obvious care and appreciation for us fans. Those of us who banded together outside of this space to conspire with Rudders, Neil, & Ian did so because words aren’t enough…

    Because this experience has been so fullfillng,
    Because this blog community is such a wonderful medium for sharing and has been so well maintained,
    Because you, FEd, have been crucial to its maintenance with you electronic “green thumb”…

    Cheers all around! I may not have posted much recently, but I’m always here and I’m always amazed at how long this buzz keeps lasting….

  191. Just thought that I’d comment on something that was said earlier:

    “One comment made from the audience was picked up by Mr. Gilmour: “bury the hatchet with Roger!” The response was along the lines of, ” What would the future look like if I did?”

    I think the actual heckle was “David Gilmour is God” to which David responded, “What would the future look like if was?” There was a further retort from the heckler and David told him polietly to be quiet.

    ..Having said that I was up in the top of the Circle with a restricted view of the stage- Rick Wright, Jon Carin and Dick Parry were all hidden from view unless I stood up. So I do stand corrected if I misheard….

  192. Hi all,

    Wish I’d known about the secret FEd package – would have definitely contributed something to the bundle of fun. Next time 🙂

    Thanks so much to Guy for posting here and bringing us bloggers into the fold (and of course FEd). I definitely feel a connection to the band and part of a lovely community here, all with a common passion. When you think about it, it’s actually an incredible feat to have a feeling of such a small community within such an enormous global fan base spanning decades. Pretty cool…

    Even though it was only 3 days, last night at 5.30pm I felt like I should have been leaving to goto the RAH… to park the bike in my regular spot, to meet new friends, sit in the sun outside the UK’s most beautiful venue, to hear David’s music. I’m still buzzing from Wednesday night – I’ve got little soundbytes and lyrics buzzing around my head. I think my musical head has been spoiled rotten this week (or rather the bar has been set just SO high for all others) and I may even have a form of music-induced institutionalisation (is that even a word??!) 🙂

    The best news of all is we’re about a week away from the World Cup, and then it’ll be time for the Amphithéâtre de Vienne show in France. Life is gooooood!

    N

    p.s. Forgot to mention that the Friends of the Earth are running a campaign called The Big Ask, supported by Thom Yorke. There’s a link from the DG.com main site under ‘The Important Stuff’ – if you’re a UK person you can e-mail your local MP through the site to encourage them to sign carbon reduction bills. We all made the effort to mail the Radio 2 DJs asking for Smile to be played, so let’s also use that community influence for an important environmental issue. It takes literally 2 minutes to do and will mean SO much – plus there’s lots of footage of Thom speaking his mind.

    Do it now before you forget…

    [Absolutely. Click below for that. – Features Editor]

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