XM Radio

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As you know, David and Phil Manzanera recorded a session for XM Satellite Radio while they were in New York.

We can now announce that it will be broadcast on Monday 5 June.

A low-key acoustic performance with some chat, it’s not unlike the session recorded for Jonathan Ross and BBC Radio 2 back in early March.

Before a small audience, they answered questions and performed acoustic renditions of two songs – ‘Smile’ and ‘Where We Start’.

You can get a free three-day trial and listen online if you’re not already a subscriber. We’ll remind you a little closer to the time of the broadcast.

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'.

63 thoughts on “XM Radio”

  1. This is very cool. I cannot wait to hear the XM chat/performance with Phil and David.

    It is great that David is getting such good publicity. It is sad that, in the USA at least, the album is no longer on the Billboard top 100 charts. Why do rap stars remain on the charts for ages, while David slips fast? Americans are not ready for music like OAI. It is too mellow for us, with our need for constant stimulation.

  2. Caption Competition

    Psst… David… Psst….David… sorry… but have you got 50p for the meter?

  3. Hey Dave and the gang,

    Well, it has been a long time coming but I figured I should finally drop in a line. I have been following the site since its beginning and have been reading the blog – thanks guys for keeping it interesting.

    I just wanted to say, first of all – Mr. Gilmour, sorry for not making it to one of your concerts but I have just made a purchase of a very cool guitar (I hope you understand). That’s really why I am writing, I always read about people asking you for things, well you changed my life so here’s something for you. I know you have been running EMG pickups (in the past) to drop interference; now there’s this company called lightwave systems making optical pickups. There is no magnetics, they use light to interpret the sound. I haven’t recieved one yet, so I am not entirely certain how they sound(sorry but I bought the first – you own 1. strat so I guess that sort of makes us even:) – maybe not:) 🙂 ) Anyways, really I just want to say thanks.

    I know there are about a hundred thousand people out there who write the same sort of thing; however, I am trying to go a step further. My goal is to start something new, and keep the music alive. A few thousand dollars shorter, and a few months away I am going to capital to drop my first album – it’s just cool to me that I can be part of music.

    Thanks for sharing – your friend from far away

  4. Please come back to the USA! We love you and your music! The Oakland show was a highlight of my life and one I would like to have again. Wish I could make the RAH shows, but I can’t afford it right now.

    Thanks for the memories!

    Shawn

  5. This is not really a comment on XM though I am a subscriber, and I gave it to my brother to use while while I am on a work asignment in Spain.
    I hail from Canada and have posted a few times before. My main question concerns RAH seating.
    I have been waiting for the right time to post this and now seems as good as any.

    I was lucky enough to get four tickets for my whole family on the 31st, on a bunch of released tickets. My question concerns the seating , it is in the choir section behind the band. This will be our first time to RAH and London. I was wondering if some seasoned veterns of RAH that have had this type of seating can give me their perspective from this angle. You know sound, sights and lights as such. Also where would be a great place to eat and to meet other fans before the concert as we are staying in the Earls Courts area.

    Dont get me wrong I know it will sound great no matter were we sit I was just wondering what to expect. I have been a fan of DG and PF since Ummagumma. Also have seen PF live four times, I cant tell you how excited I am to be able to see this concert,,,, and it has been a long wait!

    Thanks Eh

  6. – Oh, Fed, why so many broadcasts in the US and none in Europe, I become envious ! David, don’t forget your old continent !

    – Ikkar, je pense que le sens ou la portée du mot “esthétisme” dépend de l’état d’esprit de la personne qui l’utilise, et de l’instant “T” où elle le fait, et c’est dans ce sens que j’ai pensé à ce mot pour décrire David qui est capable d’apporter à chacun, et à n’importe quel moment de sa vie, le sens du “beau”, que ce soit d’ailleurs dans l’espoir ou le désespoir, j’aurais d’ailleurs pu utiliser le mot “transcendant” pour qualifier son oeuvre (pas clair, n’est-ce pas, désolée, I’m not myself a great “[song]writer”, as he could have said!)

    I went on your site, Ikkar, and I found your artwork not only very expressive but also “aesthetic”…

    Yes, I have seen the PF exhibition in Paris with a great pleasure, but I have been disappointed when I learnt David and the others didn’t feel involved in it at all (true or not true ? I don’t know).

    – To Jan ([Michèle, you make me wish I could speak and read french]), that’s very kind of you, but you know, english language is an universal one, you can be proud, everywhere we go in the world, there are people who speak english, and not french !

    – Fed, excuse me, I was not able to tell Ikkar all I wanted to say in english, and I think I’m not following your rules to-day: I know this blog is not a forum, it’s the last time, sure .

    – yes, Fed, you’re right, “humble” is a very suitable word to describe David, well done!

    Continuez, je vous prie. Merci.
    Michèle.

    [Merci. Vous n’inquiétez pas, mon ami. Je vous pardonnent. Vous enseignez-moi chaque jour (et Ikkar aussi). Vous êtes une grande aide. Mais j’espère vous enseignez-moi quelques expressions drôles et intelligentes – expressions que vous ne trouvez pas dans un livre d’expressions français. Pouvez-vous faire cela pour moi, s’il vous plaît? Je voudrais cela beaucoup. Mes amis ne parlent français – ils ne parlent un petit pas – et ils pensez que mon français est fantastique. C’est très drôle. (Pardonnez mes amis, s’il vous plaît. Il est très facile pour moi les duper. Il est très facile pour toute personne dans la monde avec un accent français faux les duper!) Je dois pas visiter la France avec ces personnes ou nous avons passer toutes les jour dans la poste ou supermarche! Nous pouvons acheter beaucoup de timbres et manger ‘Croque Monsieur’ pour chaque repas (avec la bière ou vin, naturellement). – Features Editor]

  7. great news..its never enough to say that this site is very very good, it was difficult to find news from mr.gilmour before,we had to run around a lot of sites to get all the stuff..now this site is enough for it,and the oficial one…so thats it..nothing is missing anymore..thank you and congratulations! keep up with the great work

    [Thank you very much, Paulo. There is more to come, I assure you. – Features Editor]

  8. “Why do rap stars remain on the charts for ages, while David slips fast?”

    Advertising.

  9. I hope the interviewer does not start going on about monkey`s and things? v.poor Mr. woss!

  10. Caption; TWANG! “OH Bugger me braces”

    Fed; and all you lucky people out ther who have tickets for RAH..I bet your starting to feel it!.Our party have just booked accomodation in Earls court; 3*** hotel 4 adults £30 quid each, not bad Eh.

    Nice question by troy about the CHIOR[gloat] section. But to be honestI dont think you will be disapointed were you sit or stand; I think were in for a real treat.

    Ps to add to the list of essentials to take on the journey to the Albert; Blu Tack,Christmas island sunglasses,Air freshener,ipad,pointy stick,tickets,Etc.I add a Woodbine.

    Pps if you have never been to london before and you get lost the RAH is big and round. “so I have been told”..

  11. My feeling why rap and hip hop stays in the charts and great music like David Gilmour’s On An Island does not, is the huge numbers of teens who (as mentioned) are the target audience. We don’t spend the huge amounts on MP3 and IPOD and downloading. Which backs up my request that more of us get out there and buy OAI and give it also as gifts. I keep calling our radio station to get it played and feel it is falling on deaf ears. Very frustrating. Is anyone else requesting it in the U.S?

    (Dear Features Editor—-once again I am in your debt. A million thanks.)

    [No problem, Jan. – Features Editor]

  12. Thanks for sharing the news, I’m looking forward to listening to the broadcast.

    Also looking forward to seeing David next week in the theatre.

    I’m still feeling the shows here in SoCal, what a great two nights. Thanks David and friends for leaving such a lasting impression.

  13. Caption…

    (Chord never heard before as shown by David)

    Fret= Q
    Index= 1
    Middle=0
    Pinky= 7

    Thanks for the inside info regarding the XM session.Yet another thing to get excited about and look forward to.Lifes little pleasures never seem to end here!

  14. caption:

    David was so engrossed with the solo that he didn’t notice the snake rearing up for a closer view… 🙂

    N

    [Good one! – Features Editor]

  15. oh, yay – something else to look forward to! i quite agree with Paulo, FEd – you are doing us quite a service, and we thank you bunches.

    i’d like to add that blogfriends like Michèle and Ikkar are also teaching me a lot more French – a language i love. i studied it for three and a half years, but never get to use it because English is so darned universal. my loss. FEd, i hope you allow our French friends to lapse into their native language now and then.

    dear Lucia’s use of English is improving all the time! fortunately that has not affected her wonderful sense of humor. Lucia, i too am reading “Out of the Picture”, and loving it – though it is taking me awhile to finish it, as my father is ill with cancer and i am visiting him a lot. it is a wonderful book. i identify with Lizzie very much! if i hurry up and finish it, may i join the Samson Book Circle?

    erm… a tad bit off-topic, FEd, but still in the family, n’est-ce pas?

    – laurie

    [En effet. Mes meilleurs voeux à votre père. – Features Editor]

  16. Rodney Dangerfield: “I was telling my son about the birds and the bees, he told me about my wife and the butcher”. No respect. One week for Liverpool and Arsenal.

    [The hours go by so slowly when you’re waiting for something, don’t they? – Features Editor]

  17. Nobody will remember those American Idol singers in 100 years. There contrived songs, most not even written by them, will be lost in the haze of history. People will buy more American Idol Cds than On an Island, but OAI will endure the test of time as well as DSOTM. The music that is prsented for mass consumption and lacking signifigant substance and meaning will not be listened to in the future. 100 years or even 500 years from now, they WILL be listing to David.

    Cory

  18. “Why do rap stars remain on the charts for ages, while David slips fast?”

    Rap is essentially an attitude put to sparse music, and many use it as a soundtrack to their lives, in a similar way when rock was fashionable (popular) to identify one’s lifestyle or identity. Rap is popular, accessible, and seems to display more sentiment in lyrics versus a thinking, melodic structure that creates a musical tension and builds upon instrumental musical moments.

    Of course, this comes from someone who doesn’t buy into the whole rap identity and “cause”. I get more feeling from the blues and the sentiments shared therein… plus, the music is a whooooole lot more appealing to me.

    Rap sells. Sadly, Mr Gilmour doesn’t nearly as much. Thats ok though, I don’t need to see Dave’s latest release shift many units to know what he means to me.

    just my half centavo….
    Darren

  19. I just got the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and it dawned on me that Pink Floyd has never made the cover. Can anyone tell me Wots..Uh The Deal with that?

  20. Caption: David accidently “rocks” himself asleep during the “Echoes” solo.

    Good news. I’ll have to get the 3 day trial subscription to XM.

  21. Hey!! David and Polly,

    Glad to finally get to email this site, Ive been waiting for months. I have been keeping up on a friends computer,shes been a member for a while now she keep me informed on all the latest news, Me, her and her husband which is my exhusband went to new york to see david and it was great just what i expected everything was pefect the music was great as usual I have been listening to Pink Floyd and David sense 1973 that i can remember I was 5 then and Ive loved them evey sence I saw pink floyd in concert in 1994 in Death Vally S.C. it was great then but my seats were not so great so i really couldnt see the band I like seeing faces to see the feeling they show but in New York we were close not as close as i would have liked but by far better than my last seats and i almosed cryed the whole time

    i couldnt believe i was there see im from North Carolina an i never would have thought david would have toured agian well because of the last show i went to in 94 said last tour but when this solo tour came out me and my friend knew we had to go and if it wasnt for her i probably wouldnt have got to go and to her i am eternaly greatfull New York is a long way from here and we had fun every step of the way.

    Sorry about what happend at the airport in New York some people,the Jay Leno show was good not long enough hahaha. I have waited a long time to let david and polly know how much there music is loved keep on dreaming an writing songs we love you please think about more US tours if it was up to me i would go live in london or around there and i would be closer to your tours there but i cant do that at this time plus flying is a isue for me to well took up enough time really hope to hear back from the both of you

    Thank You

  22. The news about XM radio is great. I heard about it first here but it was quickly confirmed by listening to XM and the “DJ” announced they were recording an “Artist Confidential” with Mr. Gilmour. “Artist Confidential” is a show they do with mostly interview and a few songs, many artists have done this including Sir Paul, they are always quite good and tasteful. I’ve been looking forward to it ever since I heard the news.

    XM plays a lot of Mr. Gilmour and Pink Floyd. One of XM’s features is to be able to program an artist and any time that artist is playing on any other station on the XM dial the system will “beep” and tell you what artist, song, and station your selected artist is playing. Press the big XM button and you’re there! If I’m listening to XM I’ll never miss a Gilmour song! (Sorry not trying to be an ad for XM.)

    Mr. Gilmour was great at all three shows I saw, The Kodak, The Tonight Show (thanks again FEd!) and the The Gibson.

    I still CANNOT believe I got one of Mr. Gilmour’s Picks!

  23. this is a bit random, but there is a new feature in a well known search engine (clue – oooooo) that tracks the trends on who is searching for what over the past 3 years. The most poplular country and city to search for “David Gilmour” and “pink floyd” are listed below for the craic:

    Argentina – Country most searched for “pink floyd”
    Buenos Aires Argentina – City most searched for “pink floyd”

    Norway – Country most searched for “david gilmour”
    Italy, Rome – City most searched for “david gilmour”

    Explains why we keep getting so many S Americans begging for a concert eh??

    Thought David and Co. might find this info useful!!

    p.s. My tickets arrived yesterday…i’m still high!! 18 days to the big one…can’t wait

    [That is very interesting. Glad you’ve got your tickets, mate. – Features Editor]

  24. Hi smarts!

    uhm…I might be wrong, but I think to remember that this picture was already used some month ago….are you recycling pics, FEd? Remind that David’s fans pay always a lot of attention!

    Jokes a part, FEEEEEEEEEEEEEED! Yesterday I read a lot of pages and….I don’t still like Tony…but I can understand a lot of things…and now I like more Lizzie…at least, I can understand her now….wow! This book become better every new page!

    But….shhhhh…hush now (baby, baby don’t you cry…)…hush now. Bianca don’t have to know….!

    BIANCA! I talked about august just because I used to travel in august…so I usually go in London in august…not every years, of course…but 2 times in last 3 years…so I asked you if you will be in London in august…too much august in this last 4 lines! We could have met us at the Battersea Power Station bridge…or in front of the Abbey Road or Britannia Row Studio…I would be very romantic!

    HAVE A GREAT DAY!

    Love

    L!

    [It’s been used before? That will not do! You have a better memory than I have, Lucia! – Features Editor]

  25. Wait FEd! I’m not sure that pic has been used before! I think is only very similar as some others you put before…you’re always so precise that I doubt you can do something wrong in this site!

    LAURIE: I’m really sorry for your dad’s illness. I’m happy you’re reading Polly’s book. I think that, when Bianca will finish it too, could be very interesting if you, FEd, Bianca and me speak about it sometimes! FEd, could we do that? I have almost finish it…I’m very curious to read what is going to happen in the last 40 pages…

    Hugs

    L!

    [Fine with me. As for the photos, then the above shot is from the Mermaid show and several are very similar. We just got some great ones from the West Coast courtesy of Polly, so expect those soon. – Features Editor]

  26. Waiting For David – Day 2

    For those of you who didn’t read Day 1 and have no idea what’s going on I’ll just quickly re-cap. My original plan was to regale you all with a day-by-day Blog of my wait to see Mr. Gilmour in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on the 31st of May on a daily basis beginning 14 days before the big event. Unfortunately I can’t wait that long so I’m starting now with 21 whole days to go. Actually I started this series yesterday with 21 days to go so now it’s only 20 days to go.

    [Stands up at desk, punches the air, wiggles his hips and says “Yeah baby! 20 Days to go. Get in there!” – It’s at this point that I realise that my colleagues in the office are staring intently at me and wondering just exactly when the paper I was writing on “Re-directing Unscheduled Care into Primary Care Work Streams” suddenly got so exciting? I quickly sit down.]

    For those that have already read Day 1 and still have no idea what’s going on then please just hang in there. We’re on a journey folks …

    Today’s instalment is all about how I got into David’s music in the first place.

    My exposure really came through my parents’ vinyl record collection. They weren’t really “in to” any particular band but just seemed to have a couple of Deep Purple albums and then a couple of Floyd, a couple of ELO, some Neil Diamond and a bit of Rod Stewart. Just a general sort of mix. I’ve no idea why a child likes one thing and not another but that’s just what happens. I never really picked up on the Rod Stewart thing, although funnily enough even now when I hear “First Cut Is The Deepest” or “Maggie May” on the radio I find myself singing along and somehow mystically knowing all of the words.

    The two Floyd albums we had were “Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” and “Dark Side Of The Moon”. I didn’t really get “Piper” although having a song about a gnome called “Grimble Grumble” seemed pretty cool. To be fair it was the mid seventies and I guess my parents had moved on from their “Piper” days and it didn’t get played much. “Dark Side” however got lots of play and I just got fascinated by that album. It just seemed like one long song and there were all sorts of cool secret bits with voices and sound effects to learn. It was amazing. I used to listen to it in the back room with these enormous headphones on singing along. This was in the days when headphones were enormous because they had to be rather than today’s “trendy” enormous headphones. I was on the train the other day and everyone had their iPods on the go with little “in ear” phones. Everyone except this one guy who had on a huge pair of Sennhauser “notice me” type headphones. He seemed happy enough though and was undoubtedly revelling in the improved top end and superior rounded bottom end bass compared to the rest of us mere mortals. I was sorely tempted to tap him on the shoulder and just say “Respect”. In an age of portability and convenience here was a guy who was bucking the trend. Even if he looked like and idiot and had four tons of cans hanging off of his head.

    Anyhow – back to me in the backroom in the seventies. One of the happy little anomalies of our particular family copy of “Dark Side” was that at some point it had obviously been left on the window ledge and been warped by the sun. Fortunately the album didn’t jump (especially if you put a three-penny bit on the record player arm!) but if you looked at it edge on whilst it was on the turntable there was a very definite ripple in the disc. It was cool though because it looked like the heart trace from the album as it went around. Of such small things childhood memories are made.

    When “Wish You Were Here” came out in ’75 my parents went all hi-tech on me and bought the cassette tape so that we had Pink Floyd in the car for the first time. I clearly remember the “Machine Song” which was really cool and singing the phrase “Shine on you crazy diamond …” out loud whenever it got to that bit of the song. It was then that a strange thing happened. I suddenly became aware of my own identity and like so many kids before me realised that my musical tastes were perhaps the first indication of a divergence between myself and my parents. For some reason they felt that “Wish You Were Here” just wasn’t as good as “Dark Side” and the cassette fell into disuse. In fact it became my first official music that belonged to me as I asked if I could have it and was delighted to be told “yes”. Actually, although it would be extremely cool to say that “Wish You Were Here” was the bedrock of my musical collection I should confess that the first real record I had was “Little Arrows” by Leapy Lee which I apparently danced to a lot when I was 3 years old to entertain the whole family. My Grandparents thoughtfully bought the seven inch single for me. I still have it and to be fair I’m at an age now when it’s pretty cool in a nostalgic kind of way. That wasn’t necessarily the case back in the seventies and that particular piece of vinyl spent a long period of its life tucked into the gatefold sleeve of Deep Purple’s “Machine Head” album.

    By the time “Animals” arrived I was well into my teens and had completely ditched my parents. I could buy my own music now and listen to what I wanted and do what I wanted and come home when I wanted. Looking back I was awful but hey … we all go through it. Still, I had a little part-time job at weekends on the golf course as a caddy (pound-a-round I got paid – big bucks back then!) and a paper round so I had independent spending power and so “Animals” became my first legitimate Floyd purchase. What was weird was that I only played side two for years. Literally years. Then one boring, rainy day I stuck side one on because I was sick of my entire record collection and wanted to find something new. As I’d basically skipped side one for so long that I could barely remember what it sounded like I thought I’d give it a go and I discovered that awesome slow doubled guitar phrase at the heart of dogs and ended up ditching side two for the far better side one. Such are the vagaries of youth.

    It was at this time too that I also discovered gigs and so got to see Pink Floyd actually in the flesh (did you see what I did there?). More on that later …

    So, you can see how I began my Floyd journey and it wasn’t long before I was searching out the back catalogue and digging out the old albums and really having a great old time. As for following David? Well, that just seemed a natural progression. When his first album came out I bought it and gave it a go because he was the guitarist from my favourite band. It was a pretty good album I thought although I didn’t like all of the instrumentals. By the time of “About Face” I was pretty hardcore Floyd so I just bought that album on that basis. Again, I didn’t get the feel of a coherent album but more a collection of songs. Some I liked, some I didn’t. I did go to see the tour though and saw David at what was then the Hammersmith Odeon. I can remember sitting next to Fish from Marillion who were pretty big at the time. I was completely intimidated and didn’t say a word to him. Then when David did Comfortably Numb Fish turned to me and said “I love this track” and I nodded and said “Yeah, me too.” In that instant he changed from “Fish the megastar” to “ordinary Pink Floyd fan guy” and we shared a real moment together. It was kind of cool.

    Now we have “On An Island” and I’m just loving it. I guess I’ve changed a lot through the years and so my maturity perhaps leads to me hearing the music differently. Maybe it’s just a damn good album. Who knows? All I do know is that I’m really enjoying it and I can’t wait to hear it live. Just 20 days to go now!! Cheers!

    Today’s concerning thought: Kamikaze pilots with crash helmets on – what’s that all about?

    Today’s most obscure track request likely to be called out all night by the drunken idiot allocated seats next to mine: “Play Biding My Time! Whoo-hooo!”

    Today’s concert worry: I’m sitting in the choir stalls so will I be looking at the back of David’s head all night?

    Today’s comment from the wife: Yeah, well, I’m sure even David Gilmour helps his wife with the washing-up every now and then.

  27. Hi Fed

    Just wondered if there is an area that could be suggested for us bloggers to meet for the RAH shows?

    Im trying not to count down the days…..but it gets more & more difficult, 6 days untill Paris!! he he he.

    after that, the real countdown begins to the 29th!!

    Graham

    [The only area we’ve got is this one (think of it as the school playground with lots of little unrelated things going on all the time, I do). Feel free to throw suggestions around as you wish. I could do a blog entry in a couple of days just for the topic of fans meeting up in London, but few people would keep referring back to it after a few new entries push it out of sight. Most people would simply post their thoughts in the current entry instead. So you’re more than welcome to discuss it in whichever entry is most convenient. I think you’ll get more of a response that way, especially if someone can volunteer to collect all the details and keep reminding everyone else of the latest plans each time there’s a new blog entry. – Features Editor]

  28. – Suis de tout coeur avec vous, Laurie, je pense bien à vous et votre père. Je suis heureuse que vous appréciez le français, cependant: [Fed, I hope you allow our french friends to lapse into their native language now and then – Laurie], hummm…maybe english language is an universal one, but do any other language need a permission to appear here ?, just a reaction, no problem with you, Laurie, of course !

    – for the fun, Fed: Non, non, ne venez pas en France pour manger un “croque-monsieur” (sic) et boire de la “bibine” (ie?), mais “tapez vous la cloche” (ie?) en France avec un “bon gueuleton” (ie?), “arrosé d’un grand crû” (ie?)-translation, please ?

    – More seriously, could someone explain to me the meaning and the interest of “a carbon neutral status”, I looked for an explanation on the “latest news” page, but didn’t understand …, too technical words …, sorry.

    A +, Michèle.

    [Toutes les langues sont bienvenue ici et la permission n’est pas nécessaire. Je peux seulement réspondre en français et allemand, naturellement, mais que ne signifie pas que d’autres langues sont ne pas bienvenue. “Carbon neutral”… Il signifie que vous plantez des arbres pour excentrer (?) le carbone que vous créez quand vous faire un CD, voyage par avion… J’ai regarde et “faire un bon gueuleton” = “to have a good blow-out” en anglais! Merci! – Features Editor]

  29. [BIANCA! I talked about august just because I used to travel in august…so I usually go in London in august…not every years, of course…but 2 times in last 3 years…so I asked you if you will be in London in august…too much august in this last 4 lines! We could have met us at the Battersea Power Station bridge…or in front of the Abbey Road or Britannia Row Studio…I would be very romantic!]

    Lucia!! Romantic huh..? Hmm.. I am still free the first half of august.. 😉

    Maybe FEd and our new Samson Book Circle member Laurie can join us as well? I would fly back to London for that.. 🙂

    (Oh and off course Polly would be most welcome as well ;-)))) )

    Hugs Bianca

  30. Dan B, Pink Floyd did grace the coveer of RS in Nov. of 1987 right after the Momentary Lapse of Reason LP came out. Rollingstone always believed larger than life bands like PF and Led Zep were not intelligent enough for Jan Wiener’s snobish, Bruce Sprinsteen’s loving fans. Man was he wrong on all accounts. But they did make it once!

    Dave in Fort Wayne

  31. I too thought the photo was familar but not sure if it has been used before. There are some that are very similar. Must be hard to come up with so many different versions of same subject. Maybe we should be asked to vote on what type of photos we want. I still favour David letting rip on the glass harmionica, I heard he had a smashing time!

    Ian Pearson

  32. “A low-key acoustic performance with some chat, it’s not unlike the session recorded for Jonathan Ross and BBC Radio 2 back in early March.”

    That’s really strange. Only yesterday did I listen to that session, I recorded it on my MP3 player and decided to hear it again. I have it on my PC now aswell.

  33. Felice Anno Nuovo
    Joyeaux Jeudi
    Happy Thursday,

    For my education…….

    I have a CD by Porcupine Tree titled XM radio. Is this the same station that David played his session at.

    Thanks Pete – Coventry

    [I would imagine so, Peter. – Features Editor]

  34. Clarice Hickman,

    This caption is just for you…..

    Caption Competition:

    “Hello, hello, heeelloooo, Clarice. After this solo, I’d like to invite you to a dinner of liver and fava beans with a nice chianti. *slurp-slurp-slurp*”

    ….uh, sorry….

    …check, PLEASE!

  35. WELL COME BACK, FEd! During your absence I was thinking: “Uhm, in Rome was raining a lot this morning. Maybe in London too and FEd was going out to pick up mushrooms or snails!”. 😉 Please Fed, forgive my irony, but I’m working and…my job is better with your company! And when you don’t update the blog…YOU MISS ME!!! Without this blog my daily job would be so boring! But trust me when I say I’m very happy this night you are going to have mushrooms and snails for dinner! bon appetit!

    L!

    [You make me laugh. You make my job more fun, too. Tonight I was going to have… pasta! – Features Editor]

  36. SORRY FEd! I’m becoming too much barefaced! If I found out your identity is David Gilmour, I would be really embarrassed for all the silly words I have written!

    L!

    P.S. You know I would have never plucked you canary! Do I look like sweeter girl, now?

    [We all know that you are very sweet. Your taste in music could be better, but… You know I’m only joking. – Features Editor]

  37. RE: graham knight

    Well myself, my good mate and his uncle (lucky ******* seen the floyd twice back in the day) and frank par are going to be in the Queens arms for a drinkie or two – it’s the closest pub to the RAH, so I’m guessing that most concert goers with a bit of spare time on their hands will be in there….

    oh that is on the 29th May by the way….

    Hope it has a beer garden, and I hope the weather is something along the lines of what we have been getting the last couple of days in the UK!!!

    Any chance of getting a RAH sized can opener on the go if that fat old sun in the sky keeps shining down on us? I’m sure David and Co will bring the roof (singular) down anyways!

    Cheers,
    Ripper

  38. Fed ,a blog entry re a meeting place would be a great idea.

    i meant an area in the Royal Albert Hall where we could congregate before the show, a sort of bloggers corner (in a circular building!!!), i have never been there so have no idea if there is an appropriate place or even if the staff at RAH would tolerate us clogging up fire escapes etc.

    Rick Strang, i await with interest your next installment, very entertaining as allways.

    [I’m sorry I misunderstood you, Graham. It seems that the RAH has 13 bars, so… I’m sure they won’t mind fans clogging up any part of the building, just as long as you all spend lots of money. Please see also Ripper’s post directly above if you haven’t already. – Features Editor]

  39. Dan…

    Pink Floyd have made the cover of Rolling Stone.

    I don’t buy the magazine regularly cause it’s mostly crap; but I do remember that around the time of the 87 tour there was a pretty cool Floyd cover with all the symbolic images of Pink Floyd (pigs, planes, pyramids etc.)

    I’m sure they would have made the cover in the 70s.

  40. LNEd, (!)

    Nice one on the XM Steely Dan reference. Definitely appreciated in this corner 🙂

    N

  41. p.s. Ripper mentioned data mining for DG. The big G has just released a G Trends service, which allows the public to access zeitgeist stats over the past 2 years. If you put in David Gilmour, you can see a significant jump in searches for him about the time of OAI’s release (gee, another great surprise). Nice though that it annotates it with the relevant news stories likely responsible for the shift. If you G for G Trends, you’ll find it…

    Interestingly the top cities over 2 years were:

    1. Rome Italy
    2. Oslo Norway
    3. Milan Italy
    4. Montreal Canada
    5. Buenos Aires Argentina
    6. Toronto Canada
    7. Lisbon Portugal
    8. Chicago United States
    9. Manchester United Kingdom
    10. San Francisco United States

    Viva Italia! Am disappointed that London isn’t on there though.

    When viewed by region, a different story emerges:

    1. Norway
    2. Italy
    3. Argentina
    4. Canada
    5. Brazil
    6. Poland
    7. United Kingdom
    8. Chile
    9. Netherlands
    10. Portugal

    Where are the Americans??! Personally I’d take this stuff with the proverbial pinch… interesting though.

    Also, the big G does another service called G Analytics. If DG.com wanted to know where in the world fanfare bloggers came from, it’s easy to map the logs onto a global map (bit of tracking code in the pages). Might be fun to see our global coverage…

    N

    [Absolutely. – Features Editor]

  42. people….

    keep ’em short and sweet.

    If everyone wrote a novel we’d never be able to slog through this blog.

    ok, rant over….go man your post.

    [I think that’s for you, Rick Strang. Pardon me. I was enjoying your post, but it was quite long. Could you perhaps cut it into smaller pieces and post two or three times instead over the course of a day? I’m afraid I’ll have to do it otherwise. Can’t have people complaining about breaking my own rules. More people will read it if it’s broken down and it’s a good read. Thanks. – Features Editor]

  43. Not sure which bar I will be in at the RAH but plan on wearing my black velvet jacket. It only comes out on very special occasions.

    Also, I am identifiable as I have a limp. It just happened. A cup of hot coffee spilled over me. A result of chuckling at Rick Strangs note.

    Pete – Coventry

  44. BIANCA: THERE IS AN EQUIVOCAL!!!! I wrote “romantic” but…with poetic meanings! New mown grass scent is romantic, a ray of light is romanitc, a child who draw with colourful pencils is romantic…Pink Floyd’s evocative place are romantic. OUR APPOINTMENT IS NOT ROMANTIC! It is a FRIENDLY appointment! 😉

    Hey FEd! When I wrote YOU MISS ME I had to write I MISS YOU! I’m not so full of myself to think “you miss me” indeed! But the italian grammatical construction of the sentence “I miss you” is more similar to “you miss me”…so, I confused myself! At the end…I wonder how english people cook pasta! If you need some recipe, you know who you can ask to! ,,,,and now we spoke about pasta….I’M SO HUNGRY!!!

    MICHELE: I enjoy myself very much writing in english…and think mine is worse than your! If you prefer writing in french I’m agree…but I’m sorry I can’t understand you posts too! Do you like write in english, sometimes?

    HAVE A GREAT DINNER!

    L!

    [Most British people probably cook it incorrectly. I don’t add oil and I add only the tiniest amount of salt (if any). I also like pasta without sauce. I don’t know if that’s because I’m dull, lazy or still a poor student in my mind. My latest (quick and easy) favourite is tagliatelle with strips of cold wafer-thin ham, strips of Edam and strips of lettuce. Boring, but delicious. – Features Editor]

  45. Whoo hoo! My tickets arrived today! Just to clarify, we need to take ID with us to the RAH don’t we?

    Peace, David.

    [You do. Glad to hear that you have your tickets, David. Have a great time. – Features Editor]

  46. [BIANCA: THERE IS AN EQUIVOCAL!!!! I wrote “romantic” but…with poetic meanings! New mown grass scent is romantic, a ray of light is romanitc, a child who draw with colourful pencils is romantic…Pink Floyd’s evocative place are romantic. OUR APPOINTMENT IS NOT ROMANTIC! It is a FRIENDLY appointment! ;-)]

    ROFLMAO!! (google it if you don’t know what that means ;-))

    Don’t worry Lucia, I was only teasing you. I am evil that way *grin*

    (and thank you for teaching me some new words, I had to look up equivocal and evocative, hehehe)

    About the RAH meeting:

    I am in a hotel at Earls Court myself. I do think it may be better to meet outside the RAH, since that will be so full of PF fans already, it may be hard to find the bloggers. What do you think?
    We could also make this a daily thing for all three shows.

    (FEd, if you come in here and post under another name every now and then, you can join us as well and we will never know it was you ;-))

    Hugs,
    Bianca

    [I was thinking the same thing. – Features Editor]

  47. Caption Contest:

    David realized his ability to play the guitar was so mesmerizing he has begun to charm snakes…

  48. At 11am this morning something wonderful happened,

    I came to be in the posession of six David Gilmour tickets from SEE tickets.

    Oh what a happy day I can relax now

    People in Dublin can relax too they are on the way for those who booked through SEE.

    29th 30th 31st here I come…………

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin)

    [Glad to hear it, Geoff. Thanks for all the updates. – Features Editor]

  49. Excuse me Bianca…but where you come from? I’m sure you are english, or american, or brazilian….but I found “equivocal” on my dictionary, so: or it isn’t a english word or you are not english! If this second, congratulation, you have cheat me very well! And…Bianca is an italian name too…are you italian?!!! it would be very strange if I didn’t understand that you are my own country!

    FEd, something in your recipes sound me a little strange…but they sound so good…! I wish one of these days you will be able to taste italian pasta too. I don’t love anatriciana pasta very much, but the carbonara is great! Ok! I need to leave to office and run to buy some ingredients! I NEED CARBONARA!!!

    See you tomorrow!

    L!

    P.S. A lot of secret plans RAH night!

    [Forgive me for ‘butchering’ Italian cuisine, but I often make up my own slightly-mad recipes. It’s a warped form of creativity! – Features Editor]

  50. Whoo hoo! My tickets arrived today! Just to clarify, we need to take ID with us to the RAH don’t we?

    Peace, David.

    [You do. Glad to hear that you have your tickets, David. Have a great time. – Features Editor]

    Hiya F’Ed

    Now you see, this is what happens when you are unable to keep up to date on the blog. You read a random post and immediately panic sets in so….why do we need ID for the RAH?…or is it something to do with David’s tickets?

    Worried of Leatherhead

    [Just in case there are any problems at the door with your tickets. It comes back to the whole eBay thing. – Features Editor]

  51. Reasons Rap is on the charts for so long. 1) Sex and violence sells. 2) Commercialism. No wonder David and Polly limit television to their kids. Then I Close My Eyes. No confrontations please. Music stirs us ALL whether Emotionally and or Mentally. Just a thought for today. Peace.

  52. [Just in case there are any problems at the door with your tickets. It comes back to the whole eBay thing. – Features Editor]

    Ahhh right! Err….so I’ll be ok then despite (if you remember) doing a ticket swap with a mate in Glasgow?

    Love, mildly concerned of Leatherhead 🙂

    [Ah yes, I remember. I’m waiting for a statement from the RAH, but you’ll be OK. Don’t worry. I can get your details and let RAH staff know. It’s all set out in the blog, anyway. If you want to send them to me, go ahead. But wait and see what the RAH has to say first. – Features Editor]

  53. [At 11am this morning something wonderful happened, I came to be in the posession of six David Gilmour tickets from SEE tickets.
    29th 30th 31st here I come…]

    AAAARCH! *hits head against wall for calling the RAH twice today but not SEE tickets…(my pre-select carrier that gives me a cheap rate for the UK wont accept that number for some reason)*

    I am very happy for you though Geoff! 🙂

    [Excuse me Bianca…but where you come from? I’m sure you are english, or american, or brazilian….but I found “equivocal” on my dictionary, so: or it isn’t a english word or you are not english! If this second, congratulation, you have cheat me very well! And…Bianca is an italian name too…are you italian?!!! it would be very strange if I didn’t understand that you are my own country!]

    Brazilian!!??? Too blonde for that I am afraid..
    I am a Dutchy, Lucia (that means that I am from the Netherlands/Holland/Olanda/Les Pays Bas ;-)) My English is quite good (as it is with most Dutchies) but I still learn new words everyday.
    I love your English though, it is very cute! 😉

    I know my name is Italian.. it is actually an Italian WORD! I was in Italy once and these boys could not stop teasing me with the fact that my name was a color…pffft..

    Hugs,
    Bianca

  54. (RE: graham knight

    Well myself, my good mate and his uncle (lucky ******* seen the floyd twice back in the day) and frank par are going to be in the Queens arms for a drinkie or two – it’s the closest pub to the RAH, so I’m guessing that most concert goers with a bit of spare time on their hands will be in there…. oh that is on the 29th May by the way….)

    Posted by: Ripper at May 11, 2006 03:09 PM

    So then, it’s the Queens Arms for a pre-show tipple, on the 29th.

    Ripper & co. what time are you planning on getting there for?

    You can also count me in (and Simon Emery by default, being as I’ve arranged to pick him up), once we’ve made it down the M1.

    Is it a REAL ALE pub by any chance??? Us Yorkshire folk can be a bit choosy about our ale, you know…:-D

    Will Guy be dropping in to slake his thirst after the sound-check, like he did over in the USA?

    It would be nice to think so… what do you say Guy??

    Well that’s at least TEN so far:-

    GUY PRATT(If only…)
    Graham Knight
    Ripper + mate & his uncle
    Frank Par
    Pete – Coventry
    Simon Emery
    Yours truly and my buddy, John the Bruce.

    Any more, for any more…

    Hey FEd, how about slipping away from your terminal for a quick snifter.

    [I’ll have to see how busy we are that day, but thanks for the offer. – Features Editor]

  55. cher michèle,

    regarding your comment: [hummm…maybe english language is an universal one, but do any other language need a permission to appear here ?]

    i mentioned ‘permission’ to write French to FEd – only because in a previous post you had apologised for something, i didn’t understand, like you might have gotten in trouble for something you posted. i was honestly kidding when i asked FEd to allow the use of native languages.

    besides, as much – and as WELL – as FEd writes French, i knew it was not likely to be banned from the blog! i hope you took no offense. that would bother me. i love all things French – art, cooking, perfum, films especially. not the fries, so much, though – i know they aren’t French! ;o)

    – laurie

    p.s. it took me 10 minutes to figure out how to make the proper accent grave for your name… (oh dear, did i need one on ‘grave’ too? i forget!)

  56. sir Gilmour

    i’m 46, first time i see you i’ts with the other band you play, in the 70’s at the monteal olympic stadium and the 2nd time at the forum in 1987 in the same city, and last summer i buy your DVD 2002 tour,let me write it in my language now:

    Votre DVD de 2002 est sublime une révélation pour moi, quelle beau et bon spectacle ou la musique est à l’honneur la précision avec la quelle vos musicens et vous jouer est digne de mention, de la plus haute qualité, maintenant, votre nouvelle album “on an island” est mature l’ont sens que vous êtes au sommet de votre art et que votre amour pour la musique est plus grande que jamais au paravant, et nous prenons plaisir à vous écouter votre façon de jouer de votre guitare “gretsh ou Fender” enfin, merci de nous faire vibrer de votre musique mon cher, THANK YOU SO MUCH,SIR GILMOUR!

    I HOPE TO SEE YOU IN MONTREAL WHEN YOU CAN!

    P.S. WISH YOU WERE HERE IN MONTREAL FROM ONE OF YOUR MILLIONS FANZ, SEE YOU!!!!

  57. Dear Fed,

    Thanks a lot to allow us to use our native language. Because j’ai beau avoir un dictionnaire d’anglais, it’s not easy sometimes…

    Sometimes? no! allways!

    And, if we improve our english by reading your posts (difficult sometimes, you know, “mais on n’a rien sans rien”), it’s kind of you, dear Fed, and Laurie, to tell us we (Michèle and me) help you (un peu) in french…

    To Michèle:
    [ Ikkar, je pense que le sens ou la portée du mot “esthétisme” dépend de l’état d’esprit de la personne qui l’utilise, et de l’instant “T” où elle le fait, et c’est dans ce sens que j’ai pensé à ce mot pour décrire David qui est capable d’apporter à chacun, et à n’importe quel moment de sa vie, le sens du “beau”, que ce soit d’ailleurs dans l’espoir ou le désespoir, j’aurais d’ailleurs pu utiliser le mot “transcendant” pour qualifier son oeuvre (pas clair, n’est-ce pas, désolée, I’m not myself a great “[song]writer”, as he could have said!)]

    “Transcendant” me va parfaitement. Dans tous les sens du terme.

    [I went on your site, Ikkar, and I found your artwork not only very expressive but also “aesthetic”…]

    Thanks very much. I understand, now, what you mean when you say “esthétisme”, and it’s kind of you…

    To Laurie:
    My thoughts are with you and your father.

    Et à nouveau, my thoughts also for David, our blog friend, who lost his son. Qu’il sache que nous pensons toujours à lui.

    Ikkar, with love

    [La vérité est que, oui, l’anglais est la langue du monde aujourd’hui. Mais il pourrait être différent. Peut-être français ou allemand ou espagnol… Je pense à l’histoire britannique et je suis ne pas toujours fier. Il y a un raison pourquoi l’anglais est si commun, naturellement. Je ne suis pas fier de la manière beaucoup des gens dans la monde appris l’anglais. Je ne peux pas dire “l’anglais seulement” ici. Mais… Ayez un bon weekend, mon ami, et chantez pour Liverpool pour moi demain, s’il vous plaît. Allez les Rouges! – Features Editor]

  58. [Ah yes, I remember. I’m waiting for a statement from the RAH, but you’ll be OK. Don’t worry. I can get your details and let RAH staff know. It’s all set out in the blog, anyway. If you want to send them to me, go ahead. But wait and see what the RAH has to say first. – Features Editor]

    Sorry I’m being a pain again aren’t I! Thanks for that – I’ll wait. as you say, and see what they say. Obviously if needed i can give you both mine and Pete’s (in Glasgow) details so they can tie things up….

    Thanks again 😉

    [I completely understand your concern. I’d be feeling exactly the same. You’ll be fine, really. We won’t let our regulars down. Your situation is an easy one to clarify. Have a good weekend, mate. Don’t worry. I mean that. – Features Editor]

  59. Never been to the RAH but I will certainly try to get to the Queens Arms.

    Dont know if you saw previous post but we have Soft Machine Legacy and Richard Sinclair in Coventry at round about lunchtimeish. (I couldnt have wished for a better script on the 29th). And I have tickets for that also.

    But all being well will get to London in good time.

    Pete – Coventry

  60. To Laurie:

    No problem, Laurie, it’s just I don’t feel comfortable at all with the english language, I know I make many mistakes (ex: when I said “do any other language need…”, I think I should have said “does any other language need…”), I often feel ridiculous and when someone feels uncomfortable, he can become a bit aggressive ! Excuse me for my reaction.It’s kind of you to say you love all things french, and don’t forget fashion (?=mode), but forget us to be bad-tempered (? Fed, help me…it’s not the right word?)

    Have a nice week-end, Laurie, BTW, we all love David….and Fed of course!

    Michèle (thank you for the”accent grave”…)

    [“Bad-tempered” is correct, but I don’t agree that French people are generally bad-tempered. – Features Editor]

  61. Hey FEd,

    Another ‘concerned about tickets’ question.

    I have two tickets for the 29th, but the friend I wanted to bring can’t make it. So I made an arrangement with Stephen Radovanovich from this blog that I will take him on my extra ticket and he would take me on the extra ticket he had for the 31st. Great solution right? This way we both get to see both shows and not be alone.

    However, I now found out that Stephen’s extra ticket comes from a friend of his that can’t go, but it was the friend that payed for it. So these tickets may not be together. (His friend still needs to send it to him)

    Could I get denied access? No money will exchange hands here but I am a little scared now.

    Hope you can tell us what we need to do to make sure I can go to the show. (Do we need to bring a copy of something? Like this friends ticket confirmation or his ID?)

    Hugs,
    Bianca (the neurotic Dutchy…)

    (ps: I asked Stephen if it was okay to put this on the blog)

    [I have to say that my head is spinning with all these ticket questions! Let me think about that, OK? I can take your details, and Stephen’s (such as name, address, ticket numbers and whatever else is necessary), and inform RAH staff. That seems like the best solution. – Features Editor]

  62. Any chance that the London show at the mermaid might be put on a live album?

    [You’ll have to ask the BBC. They recorded it. – Features Editor]

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