Blotto (#18)


Blotto cards at the ready (unless you’re too grumpy to play along, that is).

The third song to be revealed is ‘High Hopes’, which will be the 18th track on the concert DVD.

Please mark the ’18’ space on your Blotto cards accordingly. If you guessed that ‘High Hopes’ would be the 18th song on the concert DVD, then you are correct. Anything else is incorrect.

Remember that the aim of the game is to complete a line, horizontally or vertically, with correct guesses. If you manage it, let us know by letting out an excited squeal of "Blotto!" on the blog and you will be entered into a prize draw.

There are 23 songs on the concert DVD of David’s forthcoming double-disc set, ‘Remember That Night’, which you will be able to enjoy in September. These songs are from the Royal Albert Hall.

Thanks for playing along and good luck to all.

The chatroom is open, if you’re wondering, and will be until 1PM (UK) today. Feel free to drop in and discuss the latest on the DVD, share your ‘On An Island’ tour memories one year on, or just bemoan the price of chocolate eggs – whichever tickles your fancy.

You can let us know what you think of the DVD cover – now available in all its resplendent glory over on the Latest News page – with just a few clicks by voting on (or in) our current poll.

The next chat session is on Tuesday between 4PM and 6PM (UK).

We’ll have another Blotto announcement for you on Tuesday and some more from Stevie, too.

Until then, Happy Easter to all.

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’.

99 thoughts on “Blotto (#18)”

  1. Happy Easter to you all!

    I have this one!!! now’s starting my Blotto! yeah yeah yeah


  2. Squeaky! Yay, 1 for 4, and one of my favoritest songs ever (yes, I’m making up words).

    And I /love/ this photo of El Magnifico. The blues and purples just rock, IMHO.

    ‘Nix the uncaffeinated.

  3. Blot…..oooh, no. it’s just one!!! Well, I got it!! that’s my personal satisfaction…hehehehe


  4. Now that we can see the full picture of the DVD cover on the homepage (many thanks for that), I’d like to add my thoughts about it.

    I think the concept is very good, but I have two concerns about the background picture of the Albert Hall.

    Firstly, as I think somebody has previously mentioned, the top two tiers of seating appear to be empty (not true, as the place was actually filled to the rafters!).

    Secondly, one side of the picture is merely a mirror image of the other side! Therefore, on this second point, I believe the photo gives the impression that it has been modified to pretend there were more people in the lower tiers.

    So, IMHO, I think the background picture is insulting to David Gilmour.

  5. Dear Blotto Victims, consider following before you Easter is spoiled:

    If you are really good in “getting it wrong all the time” (like me), then you will have accomplished three wrong blotto numbers now. Congratulations.

    But in a sense we are better served than those who are getting it right. Look, having three numbers wrong means that we can make six crosses on the card. And staring at my card in disbelief, it means that we have – on my card anyway – two out of ten chances left. No more tension, we know where we stand in life.

    There that should make you feel better.

    Happy Easter everybody.

  6. Sigh, another mistake for my blotto card, but this is one of the most moving PF songs for me!

    Off topic

    to all many people interested to the safeguard of the earth and to the ecology, do you know the “trash people” ? They are the 1000 sculptures made in human shape by garbages.The artist is Has Schult. Here there is an interesting link with the photos of the places where they have been exposed till now and where they will be exposed, just to reflect about the matter.

    Bye/ciao Elisabetta

  7. I have the right song!!!This is my first one! WOW! Joyeuses Paques!

    Fed; don t get sick by eating too much chocolate,dear…

    sylvie de montréal

  8. Ah, the challenge of pleasing the fickle public!

    First off, David announces a world tour, then the fans say it’s not big enough…not enough stops in enough countries.

    Secondly, David says the tour will be documented as a 2 DVD set, but the fans say it won’t have enough of the “right” concert footage (“right” meaning the concert THEY were at).

    Thirdly, members of his touring band actually take part in a VERY interactive blog, and the fans say it’s not enough!

    Fourth, the release date of the DVD is officially made public and the fan grouse about why it’s taking so long.

    Now, a cover design of the DVD is released early to the fans who regularly visit this website, and the fans say it’s not the right picture, or the digitally-manipulated background is improper.

    Good Grief!

    I bought OAI on the day it came out, saw David’s show in Chicago on April 12th of last year, watched the Live 8 Pink Floyd reunion (and bought the DVD), watched all of the OAI videos as they were posted on this site and read all of the articles connected to the very busy couple of years that David has had.

    That’s a lot of activity for an artist who really doesn’t have to do anything musically if he doesn’t want to. I embraced it all with an open mind and wasn’t disappointed.

    After seeing some of the frivolous complaints on this blog over the last year and a half, I could certainly understand why he wouldn’t want to do any music anymore.

    C’mon folks, let’s be happy with all that we have received from our favorite guitar man and look forward to what’s still to come!

  9. Ronny…your glass is obviously half full, thank you for the uplifting comment, I don’t feel as bad now.

    Sometimes I feel I have the reverse Midas touch…everything I touch turns to sh…!

    Anyway, I consider myself to be a realist…the glass is neither half full nor half empty…to me the glass is just too big.

  10. Yea I am finally complete…….I got One!!!

    Okay now I can enjoy my weekend. Blotto fatigue eek!!

    Have a nice weekend Fed. Happy Easter to all!!!

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca USA

  11. Thanks, Fed, for the great news on the official release date of the DVD, I’m looking forward to it with great anticipation!

    As far as the cover is concerned, I fear I have to voice a different – albeit very subjective – opinion than most other people here on the blog.

    Honestly said, somehow its design doesn’t grow on me. I think the artwork on “On an Island” really was superb, but may I dare to say that – for me – the montage on this cover looks a little bit cheap and the background and foreground somehow don’t fit together. But maybe I have to wait for the real thing in it’s original size to make a final judgement on the whole package.

    Please forgive me this blunt and harsh statement, Fed, but I tried to be honest here, and after all, again, this is my very subjective opinion.

    Happy Easter to you all out there!

    [I appreciate your honesty, Georg. Please don’t apologise for it. – Features Editor]

  12. Hooray! Finally I have this one right.

    FEd, you might make many of us happy today with Blotto # 18! Thanks.

    My heartfelt Easter Greeting to David Gilmour and Family, all the staff members of and each and every one of you!

  13. So near, yet so far.

    Thats three out of three; all wrong! Has anybody got all three right?

    High Hopes, one of my favourites but very inapproprite words for my poor attempt at Blotto.

    Will there be a booby prize for a person who gets them all wrong?

  14. The DVD cover looks great!

    And though I respect your opinion, IMcKI, I don’t see how the background could be insulting to Mr. Gilmour. In fact, when I see that image of David on the shelves at my local record store, I’m going to let out a big “wawa wee wa!” and snatch a copy!

    Happy Easter Everyone!

    With love,

  15. Wow! I’m amazed at how critical people can be of what seems so silly to me.

    Yes, I like the cover. But even if I didn’t… it’s a COVER! The most important thing to me is the DVD inside… that it is quality work, that its plays without problems, that the sound quality is good (I have another DVD by an un-named artist… u2 might have it on your shelf- but the sound quality is absolutely aweful). And then immediately after the DVD itself, I care most about having a booklet inside to look at/read as I listen/watch.

    The cover is the least important thing to me. So… there’s my soapbox.

    And by the way… that’s two correct blotto answers for me. Not the same row so kinda useless at this point, but I’ll take it and see what developes.

    Have a great weekend all!

  16. Fed,

    I have a cracking idea. Now we have seen the front of the DVD cover you may aswell show us the back. What do you think?

    [Nice try. – Features Editor]

  17. Okay, to those who complain, complain, complain… David is releasing a live DVD. That’s all the good news I need. The cover foreground, the cover background, the cover PERIOD, just seems like a silly thing to complain about.

    Let’s just take a moment to consider that David has done a lot in the last few years,and he remains very active at a time when he don’t gotta do anything at all.

    For the love of all that is good, why would anybody complain about that?

  18. Thanks, ronny. Maybe my stance in life is failure. 😉

    Another one bites the dust. I’m getting beat up by a gameboard.

  19. David, if you’re listening or should I say reading, then Fat Old Sun please!

    Wednesday, 31 May, 2006 will never be the same again!

  20. David & Family & FEd,

    Have a very Happy Easter weekend.

    I hope you feel better FEd.


  21. Sorry if I was one of the ones who complained that the picture of David wasn’t to my liking. But I would remind those who were offended by the criticism that there was a poll question regarding our thoughts about the cover. Or did you miss that?

    I did love the hall, but just think that David’s pic should be a better one of him from Polly’s gallery.

    Have a wonderful weekend all.

  22. [unless you’re too grumpy to play along, that is.]

    Grumpy?…hmmm, nope…definitely not grumpy, we’re good to go. I still have 3 different ways I can win, and I am really not sure how the order of the songs were chosen.

    Frustration, and defeat are a possibility in any game, but they will never make me grumpy……DAMN IT!!!…did I spell frustration right?

  23. I wish people would keep their negative comments about the dvd to themselves, I think its a beautiful piece of art and if people are starting to whine and complain about “ohh it looks empty, ohh its a mirror image” it makes me wonder what kind of ungrateful comments will come when the dvd is released. Smarten Up!

    -Cemet Nosce

  24. Alright, this game is offically lame. Words of a loser? You betcha! Just one off, curses!

    Caption: Phil took the line ‘Color us blue’ to a whole new level.

    Since my jaw has been wired (this time) I have really watched the way people eat. Most people just eat, without really thinking about it, without graditude or appreciation (myself included, much of the time). I hope this Easter, no matter if you are religious or not, that we can be thankful for all that we have, even the smallest of things. Let me tell you, I will be extremely grateful come Monday, when I eat my much anticipated enchilidas w/ beans and rice. *stepping off soapbox*


  25. Caption:: “That was a good ale, cause I think I can see a mirrorized audience”

    sorry I couldn’t resist,
    -Cemet Nosce

  26. Interesting opinions, yet, the DVD is coming available with Echoes. That to me is worth the wait. Seen it done a few times and will cherish this version always.

  27. Glad I accessed this cool web page. It’s been a while, tho’ I check it now more often.

    I want to tell you, great job – with all of this – and with the music especially.

    Sorry I missed the bloggers meeting on the concert day in Oakland 2006. I was only vaguely aware of it at the time, otherwise, yes, I’d be there. The concert itself? Beyond any expectations I could have had! I’m still trying to put it into words for myself. (I was overwhelmed)

    Nice cover for the DVD. I agree with the colors: the orange has turned into purple. Yes, that’s it!

    I’d love to meet David some time, and also Rick and everyone.


  28. I’m getting a bit upset about the DVD setlist. If I’m not wrong, David played 26 songs on the Royal Albert Hall gigs, but only 23 will be on the DVD.

    If I’m thinking it right, there are “positions” in the dvd running order, in which there will be two of the following songs: 1) Wots… Uh The Deal; 2) Wearing The Inside Out; 3) Coming Back To Life; 4) Fat Old Sun; 5) The Great Gig In The Sky; and 6) Dominoes.

    My absolute favorite ones to feature on the DVD are Wots The Deal & Wearing The Inside Out, since those two have never featured anywhere else, while the others are everywhere…

    Yet I have not much hope that those two will make it… That’s a shame…

  29. Well… there we go 😀 first one right! 😀

    Happy Easter to everyone!

    Shine on!

  30. I have a question. Is “Breathe (Reprise)” counted as an individual song, or just part of Time?

    [Only time will tell… pardon the pun. – Features Editor]

  31. I don’t think most people are complaining. Some people are giving some honest opinions, but I don’t think they’re “attacking”. I think we have more complaining about the complaining. (I’m merely complaining about the complaining about complaining) 🙂

  32. CAPTION:

    “Ok Steve , I stand corrected you do indeed own the largest drumsticks in the world”

    Phil glances and succumbs to the fact Steve’s brag was right on the money.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  33. Great DVD cover! I can understand the wait for content and production reasons, but I’ll probably be chiming in with most people in wishing it was here (pun intended!) sooner than later.

    Can’t wait! T minus 165 days and counting!

    tic tic tic….

    All the best,

  34. Only one number in three at moment, so not much chance of winning.

    Happy Easter to everybody, have a nice holiday.


  35. Ronny you are so right. Another wrong Blotto number for me too.

    The cover image looks great imho. I really like it.

    Release date is also ok, just in time before boring winter time. Can hardly wait for it but in the meantime lets have a HAPPY EASTER.

  36. […C’mon folks, let’s be happy with all that we have received from our favorite guitar man and look forward to what’s still to come!]

    We are really happy to have something so pleasant to wait for! And if someone says his opinion about DVD cover or places to visit with gigs, it’s because it seems Mr.Gilmour and the staff are pleased to know what fans think.

    I don’t mind about the cover, only it seems too similar to David Gilmour in Concert – different colours and background perhaps but the idea is the same.

    Anyhow we will all be very happy to have it and we are looking forward to Sept 17th!

    Happy Easter

  37. Bob Dylan, “Times They Are-A Changing” 1964

    “With God on our Side”

    Oh my name it is nothin’
    My age it means less
    The country I come from
    Is called the Midwest
    I’s taught and brought up there
    The laws to abide
    And that land that I live in
    Has God on its side.

    Oh the history books tell it
    They tell it so well
    The cavalries charged
    The Indians fell
    The cavalries charged
    The Indians died
    Oh the country was young
    With God on its side.

    Oh the Spanish-American
    War had its day
    And the Civil War too
    Was soon laid away
    And the names of the heroes
    I’s made to memorize
    With guns in their hands
    And God on their side.

    Oh the First World War, boys
    It closed out its fate
    The reason for fighting
    I never got straight
    But I learned to accept it
    Accept it with pride
    For you don’t count the dead
    When God’s on your side.

    When the Second World War
    Came to an end
    We forgave the Germans
    And we were friends
    Though they murdered six million
    In the ovens they fried
    The Germans now too
    Have God on their side.

    I’ve learned to hate Russians
    All through my whole life
    If another war starts
    It’s them we must fight
    To hate them and fear them
    To run and to hide
    And accept it all bravely
    With God on my side.

    But now we got weapons
    Of the chemical dust
    If fire them we’re forced to
    Then fire them we must
    One push of the button
    And a shot the world wide
    And you never ask questions
    When God’s on your side.

    In a many dark hour
    I’ve been thinkin’ about this
    That Jesus Christ
    Was betrayed by a kiss
    But I can’t think for you
    You’ll have to decide
    Whether Judas Iscariot
    Had God on his side.

    So now as I’m leavin’
    I’m weary as Hell
    The confusion I’m feelin’
    Ain’t no tongue can tell
    The words fill my head
    And fall to the floor
    If God’s on our side
    He’ll stop the next war.

    I wanted to share these lyrics with my friends here on the blog. I know we are all disgusted by world events, and Dylan can express it far better than I could ever dare to. This song is more than 40 years old and millions have since died.

    I just don’t understand, you know.


  38. Can we get a free Blotto space if we guess what song David is playing on the cover?

    I’d guess Comfortably Numb, with the color of the lights… They look similar to the ones from PULSE.

  39. [‘Let us know what you think of it….’ The Blog, 5 April]

    [‘Ah, the challenge of pleasing the fickle public!…….’ Walt, 6 April]

    If this was just a simple, one-way DG news page then there would never be any comments, good or bad, to read about the sleeve artwork.

    But as it is a Blog, and we have been specifically asked for our thoughts and feedback on the cover design, then it would be wrong for the team/Fed to then turn round and say, stop moaning about the sleeve or similar. We are letting you know what we think of it, as requested. I know I’d soon get bored of reading: It’s great……, It’s brilliant……., It’s fantastic….., etc etc

    The audio & picture quality is paramount but the sleeve is a valuable asset to any release, as all those glorious 70’s gatefold sleeves will testify. What would Animals be like without the dark & brooding artwork? Same music but different feel. The sleeve is important.

    Remember That Night artwork looks bootleg-like, or perhaps an unauthorised release. The placing of a nice photo over a manipulated, flawed background isn’t a fully satisfying piece of artwork. It’s a falsity. The ‘critical review’ DVDs that have pervaded the market have cornered the market in misrepresentative cover photos. Leave this to them.

    All this said, if it came in a black bin-liner, sealed with Prittstick, I’d still buy it !

    ‘T’was ever thus’


    [For the record, we haven’t said “Stop moaning about the sleeve”. Say whatever you like. Just realise that, in doing so, certain comments do make David’s fans look like an ungrateful bunch. Some fans might not be too happy with that and they are entitled to say so. – Features Editor]

  40. I agree with Walt [Posted by: Walt at April 6, 2007 03:08 PM] – Well said Walt!

    I think the cover is great, David’s face has a typical and very characteristic expression of him concentrating on his art and the picture shows him in great proportion to the size of Royal Albert Hall. I think he tore up the room when he played Massey Hall and I expect it was no different in London.

    By the way, first Blotto answer right for me as well. I love High Hopes, I love the new ending bit of it and I love this blog.

    Happy Easter, Passover and/or any other event anyone wishes to celebrate.

  41. Me too, Michele. A most captivating bit of music. I love love love it.

    We had a bit of snow in Atlanta yesterday and Easter will be colder than Christmas was. In case anyone was curious.


    PS–Hope you’re feeling better, FEd.

  42. hi!!

    I’m from Chile… I hope soon will come david gilmour to this country to give us a concert

    I know a lot of chileans are dying for seeing him =)

    [We know it, too. – Features Editor]

  43. Happy Easter and good cheers, to all you unique, David Gilmour colored, good eggs sprinkled out there…

    May Love, Peace and Happiness surround every one of you always B^)

  44. Great news. Even though we all want the DVD yesterday, I appreciate the professionalism of Mr. Gilmour not stringing us along. I feel like this date was given as a safe bet to make sure everything is finished and we won’t have to face a lot of disappointing delays later.

    When I first saw the cover I didn’t like it or dislike it. But looking at it enlarged a day later I think it’s very good.

    For some reason, the cover of a DVD never seemed as important as the cover of an album (CD).

    With Red Sky at Night as track 8 this has to be a different setlist order than any on the tour. Very interesting to see how this all comes out. Whatever the setlist, it can’t help but be something we’ll all enjoy for years to come.

    My two cents worth. It seems like everytime someone has an honest criticism of something, like the DVD cover ,several people feel the need to jump in and defend David.

    We all love, respect, and admire the man (even those with the honest criticisms). I’m guessing he’d rather know how everybody really feels than just getting praised 100% of the time. That’s probably one of the reasons the blog (in it’s exceptionally well moderated form ) is here in the first place.

    Anyway, I like to contribute from time to time, primarily to show my support and appreciation for David, the fact that he is still putting out material, and for providing this tremendous website.

    Sounds like there are a bunch of us who will be having DVD release / birthday parties. Can’t wait.

  45. To David, his family, the band, all those working on the site, and all those on the blog: Happy Easter!

    Erin: Very exciting for Monday! Was planning out your first meal difficult? *salivate salivate* Good Luck and Congrats.

    And by the way, nice little treat seeing Bob Dylan on the Blog. Very cool, Melissa 😉


  46. Hi. Sorry can u give me a liitle bit info about what blotto is! cause i’m a newcomer to this blog (of course i’m david’s fan). i just wanna know what blotto is! thanks a lot

    [Please click your name below. – Features Editor]

  47. Nice DVD cover. It is safe and not radical or different,but there is no doubt about what the DVD is about. Thought there would be more imagination used and also does the “wireman” get a look in? Maybe inside or on back.

    Just comments and you did ask. Might not jump out at shoppers when browsing the racks so maybe impregnate cover with the smell of David!

    Right, back to eggs (all look like bottles of malt!).

    Ian Pearson

  48. EXCELLENT DVD cover!!! I like all the colors (colours for you UK folks!) But September is such a long way off…. We have a long time to anticipate the release of what I know will be an awesome DVD!

    Oh, but my Blotto card?? Let’s not talk about that…. not doing so well. LOL

    Have a wonderful Easter, everyone!


  49. Yikes, I got one right, I have High Hopes as No 18, what a pleasant Easter surprise!

    Happy Easter to you all!


    P.S: Fed, hopefully your drilling went fine, and that Liverpool won and that your cold is better, so that you can really enjoy the Easter Holidays.

    [I have, thank you. I still have all my fingers and toes intact, the Mighty Reds won (again) and my cold has almost gone. All in all, it’s been a Black Forest gateau of a weekend. – Features Editor]

  50. I know that David supports environmental issues, so hopefully it’s not out of line to post the following. (If it were out of line, I suppose the F’Ed would simply delete it.)

    Here in North America, there is something very wrong with the world. We did not have a white Christmas, but we’re having a white Easter!!

    A friend of mine who is a climate expert told me today that this pattern, with the late onset of winter and stronger winter weather when it does arrive, will become more common in the coming years as the world climate changes.

    As for those political types who are committed to making us burn as much fossil fuel as possible, I can only hope that their children like extreme weather conditions (not to mention all the rest of the problems that will be associated with climate change, such as rising oceans and drier deserts).

    I’ve been in training to become a teacher in the public schools. Once I’ve been working for a couple years and have some money to play with, I plan to invest in some solar panels and a wind turbine. This may not make economic sense for my family, but it makes good sense as a member of this planet that we’re destroying.

    If even a smal percentage of the world population did the same thing, the benefits for mother Earth would be immense.

    It’s time to stop the insanity.

    [I couldn’t agree more, Dan. We could all do so much to help the situation if only we were willing to make an effort and be less wasteful. Good for you, mate. – Features Editor]

  51. Melissa,

    Thanks for sharing Bob’s lyrics without making us listen to Bob actually singing them ! (Sorry F’ed cheap shot)

    No doubting the power of the poet.

    I remember another little phrase – Evil men will always do evil, and good men will always do good, but for good men to do evil invariably requires religion…

  52. That music playing today over at the main site I think is my favourite clip of them all. It’s very Pink Floydie and is screaming out for soaring lead guitar 8)

  53. [I wish people would keep their negative comments about the dvd to themselves, I think its a beautiful piece of art and if people are starting to whine and complain about “ohh it looks empty, ohh its a mirror image” it makes me wonder what kind of ungrateful comments will come when the dvd is released. Smarten Up! -Cemet Nosce]

    Err, I think it’s you that needs to ‘smarten up’ a bit!! I’m pleased you think the dvd cover is a ‘beautiful piece of art’…that’s your subjective opinion – just as the less positive comments about the DVD cover are also the subjective opinions of David Gilmour fans too.

    In an ideal world every single David Gilmour fan would love every single thing he has ever been involved with….unfortunately, this world doesn’t exist, but at least we’re lucky enough to have an official website that allows fans to voice their thoughts (positive or negative) about any aspect of David’s work. This is completely different to being ‘ungrateful’.

    For the record, when the DVD is released, your message will not deter me (or others) from voicing their opinions as to what they like or dislike about the DVD. If you’re unhappy about this, then all I can suggest is that you don’t bother reading the Blog.




    [We also know that there are many, many passionate fans in Brazil… – Features Editor]

  55. Melissa,

    There really isn’t anything to understand other than…

    “With, without…and who’ll deny it’s what the fighting’s all about..”

  56. Today I witnessed the 90th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge honouring our Canadian soldiers. It was very moving. “We Will Remember Them”.

  57. LOL… Amazon is advertising the Remember That Night DVD as a pre-order on its web site… with a release date of June 5th!!! Even when an official release date is given, these guys can’t get it right! Sad.

    Hope everyone had a great weekend. Can’t wait for tomorrows blotto number!


  58. i got one right!

    i’m with cemet nosce. i wish some people would keep their negative comments to themselves. some criticism is good, but some people are just moaners glad to have something to moan about.

    we get an official release date and it’s “too late”. we get the first look at the cover and it’s “cheap”.

    i’m not one of the ungrateful ones. i don’t care what it looks like or when it comes out because i’m sure it will be worth the wait. i have also laughed at many of your opinions, so ta very much! 😉

  59. [After seeing some of the frivolous complaints on this blog over the last year and a half, I could certainly understand why he wouldn’t want to do any music anymore.]


    If people remain respectful and polite, I don’t see where the problem to express opinions here is.

    We are not sheep, we (luckily) all have different feelings, ideas, opinions, it’s great.

    I think it can be nice, even constructive to share them, I don’t think David could feel offended. He is too open-minded.

    I personally like the DVD cover, but I also like to read other opinions and analysis.

    To have opinions doesn’t necessary mean to be moaning, complaining, or to be greedy. (just my…opinion)

    Please, excuse my English.


  60. Love the cover, love the date. Thanks for giving us the news!

    Hope everyone had a pleasant holiday.


  61. FEd wrote: certain comments do make David’s fans look like an ungrateful bunch

    I believe we were asked what we thought about the cover? I didn’t realize mindless praise would be the only tolerated opinion. If that’s the case, there’s no need asking – just slam the cover up there and say “this is what you’re getting and if you don’t like the looks of it, you are ungrateful.”

    I truly hope the stiff-necked tone set forth on this blog doesn’t reflect David’s personality. If it does, I’m extremely disenchanted with the man.

    [Grow up. If mindless praise was the only tolerated opinion, would anything remotely negative even be published? Would we ask for your thoughts on any given topic if they meant nothing to us? Would I make mountains of unnecessary work for myself if I didn’t give a damn for your viewpoint? Certain comments do appear somewhat ‘ungrateful’ (a matter of opinion) to some people. They are splattered right across the blog and have been since Day One. That’s fine. That some fans feel the need to defend any ‘criticism’ (another matter of opinion) taken by us arguably proves that they are fearful of being lumped together as “ungrateful” (which is not at all necessary, but since we are inviting all views, is only to be expected). The bottom line is that such difference of opinion makes the blog interesting. We do care for your comments and this is why we publish them, even if they often border on being ungrateful, unreasonable or, in your case, typically pointless. That’s the beauty of an open forum. If you can’t see that, it’s your problem. – Features Editor]

  62. [i wish some people would keep their negative comments to themselves. some criticism is good, but some people are just moaners glad to have something to moan about. we get an official release date and it’s “too late”. we get the first look at the cover and it’s “cheap”. i’m not one of the ungrateful ones. i don’t care what it looks like or when it comes out because i’m sure it will be worth the wait. i have also laughed at many of your opinions, so ta very much!]

    Sorry I have to reply once more to this, cause normally I don’t like the tit for tat evolving after someone throws in something controversial here either; but the fact is that we were specifically asked what we think about the cover, and therefore I voiced my honest opinion and tried to find a reasonable and – hopefully – well mannered tone that – I hoped – would not offend any one personally; sorry if I did, and my apologies for the word “cheap”, which surely wasn’t appropriate here.

    I would surely not have commented on the cover negatively if we had not been specifically asked for our opinion; I thought the reason of this offer to comment on the cover was to get some direct and honest feedback.

    Up to now I always thought I more or less managed to play by the rules according which this blog is run; under the given circumstances I think it’s a little bit unfair to condemn me simply for having a different viewpoint or subjective taste.

    May I dare to assume that it is not an artists primary aim to assemble a community of “grateful” followers or believers around him or sort out the “ungrateful” ones? If an artist has the great generosity to present his art to us and even wants to enter into a dialogue with us, I think it is not “gratefulness” that is demanded from our side in return, but respectfulness – a small, but very important difference; and how could you enter into a mature and honest dialogue with someone who – specifically if asked for his opinion – is always only responding with the words “Yes, that’s great”? Would you think this person really takes you seriously?

    Sorry for this long rant, but I really felt misunderstood here by some people … from now on always thinking twice or threefold before posting (provided you allow me to post again, Fed) …

    [Anytime, Georg. Please don’t stop sharing your thoughts with us. Just please understand that someone, somewhere, will almost always disagree with whatever you say (no matter how you say it). Sometimes you just have to ‘agree to disagree’ for the sake of a quiet life. – Features Editor]

  63. In my opinion, it is good to hear comments about the new cover whether people are negative or positive. It’s free to express one’s views. Apples or Oranges, Chocolate or Vanilla?

    The music is what sells and I will appreciate it more when Sept. 18th rolls around. To me, that’s the most important thing really.

  64. Is the music playing still from bits of O.A.I i cant figure out from which track, i like it where ever it is from.

    I got the blotto track correct.

    I hope every body had a great Easter. Cracking weather in my neck of the woods i must say.

    [The music isn’t necessarily from ‘On An Island’, but it is always David’s music. – Features Editor]

  65. I really love the music snippet today. I take it as a positive sign of things to come. Even if this exact bit is not on any upcoming album, the sheer fact that David is making new music is great. I just know it: someday there will be a announcement on this site that David is about to release an album. THAT will be a beautiful day.

  66. [for some reason, the cover of a DVD never seemed as important as the cover of an album (CD).]

    in the good old days of vinyl (erhhmm) we never got a preview of how a cover was going to look we just accepted what it was & that was that.

    I remember looking at the cover of Ummagumma & looking at ALL that equipment on the back & the van that had to carry it all, how times have changed!

    who remembers trying to understand YES’s close to the edge lyrics that were printed on the bright green inner sleeve then looking up & the whole world had gone pink!

    those were the days

    a grumpy old man (not really)

  67. Ciao,

    Why do “fans” exist!?!? A fan is someone happy even if his/her artist would be…..dunno, a killer?

    Complaining for someone has plain and fair comments to the cover of his/her beloved artist’s DVD (or whatever else) is so childish…typical of “fans”.

    I would like to remind everybody that DG makes a dvd to get money (we will pay for it, do you know?). If not he would give us for free…. could we stop for a moment all this fair-of-good-feelings once?! I say this with all due respect for DG. No one ever complains here for another “I love you DG”..but as soon as someone with a brain writes an opinion some moron..oops, I meant “fan”, defend his/her myth.

    And the man can’t compete with the myth, so stop having myths!!!

    To these people, these rabid “fans”, I would say: “get a life!” (you are forgiven if you are around 15)


  68. Hi all. Just wanted to say I’m with Ian… I hope there is a picture of the Glassman somewhere on the DVD. I’d like to see his work and think it would be a great addition tying irregulars, Fed and DG all together (even the irregulars that weren’t able to help make it happen, many at least know the significance of the Glassman).

    I also wanted to say- album covers… they used to be hugely important to me… as important as the music inside, because they were a part of the overall experience (think Yes Yessongs with the multiple gatefold cover, or Led Zeppelin III with the rotating disk that changed the pictures visible in the little windows). But I guess with the shrinking of album art to fit a CD and even a DVD, I’ve lost that interest.

    I still love album art, but its definitely not as important as it used to be (I still buy vinyl now and then, sometimes BECAUSE of the art more than the music). Now with the size of CD’s I’m more interested that the lyrics are there, and with DVD’s, that a booklet is there. Ah you take what you get… but I do miss the art of vinyl packages.

    Anyone want to sell their old records???

    Have a great day all!

  69. I think different opinions are right, good and free here. I also think too many people forget the good manners here. But above all I wonder where people find every day all these energies and wish to be so angry and polemic ones against the others!

    I don’t want to enter in any discussion, because those really started annoying me. I want just to say you, FEd, God bless you! Some day I understand better why you lost your patience…hey! This doesn’t mean I justify you to start being rude! The power is in the reasons you expose, not in the amount of anger and loud voice you use…

    So, take a deep breath and good luck mate! You really need a lot of patience!


    [Bless you for that, mate. – Features Editor]

  70. my life changed since I listen to pink floyd. that make me see things another way and opens my mind when I listen to any of gilmour’s solos. he is a genius and I hope that someday he comes to visit his fans in Argentina.

  71. [I still love album art, but its definitely not as important as it used to be]


    Take it one step further with digital downloads. Now you can easily just buy one track off a specific album/release. Years ago you were at the mercy of what the record company may want to release as a single. Now if you just want to get Pocketful of Stones off of OAI, you can.

    Problem is that with the compression of music into digital formats you do loose certain aspects of the music. For example, there is a huge difference between listening to a recording on your home stereo versus listening to it on your iPod. Sure if you enhance your iPod with a nice set of headphones it improves. But I still find that you loose a lot of the nuances of music when digitally compressed. Some will still swear that the best fidelity is achieved through good old fashion records.

    To a certain degree I agree. I’m sure there will be some technical bloggers who may chime in on this.



  72. Evolution of art criticism:

    1960s: Wow man that’s heavy! Peace!
    1970s: Definitely hip and groovy, right on!
    1980s: Radical.
    1990s: Homie, it is the bomb.

    2000s: Eloquent dissertations on the feelings evoked by the cover of a DVD that cannot be summarized in one phrase other than, “I love it” or “I hate it.” Then argued to hell with clearly no definitive point other than to get pissed at one another. But makes for some interesting and entertaining reading on the David Gilmour Blog.



  73. Andrew- that is so true. I never buy downloads.

    I admit I went thru a phase sometime ago of burning cds- copying disks from friends etc (yes I know- shame on me) but I stopped and I don’t even listen to the ones I burned. Even though the art isn’t what it used to be I like to have the cover in my hand where I can read song titles, credits etc. So I have a whole lot of shiny coasters! I’ve found a local shop that selss vinyl that I enjoy going to now and even found a reputable guy on line with whom I found some rather hard to find vinyl in great shape… ah the good ol days (though I admit I love the portability of cds!).


  74. [Anyone want to sell their old records???]

    When I started to buy CD’s it was with the intention that I would replace my LP’s.

    But I just cant do it !!!!

    Pete – Coventry

  75. I’m glad I had one correctly and probably I can count on 2-3 more at the end of the disk. For sure GGITS is moved, if it will be included at all, maybe after Time/Breathe Reprise


  76. “C’mon folks, let’s be happy with all that we have received from our favorite guitar man and look forward to what’s still to come!” – Posted by Walt on April

    Walt..I think it is safe to say that the criticisms about the dvd cover do not reflect how we feel about David Gilmour and his music.

    All my best,

  77. georg kunz: i’m sorry. i wasn’t getting at you personally for using the word “cheap”. it was just a word that summed up the comments from many people who don’t like the cover because they think it looks like a bootleg. i wasn’t even thinking of anyone when i wrote it.

    i’ve enjoyed reading what other people think of the cover. i like to read different opinions and sometimes they make me laugh, sometimes they make me change my mind. i like the cover but it’s cool that some people don’t.

    like fed says, i appreciate your honesty. nobody should ever apologise for that.

    i hope you have a brilliant weekend, georg. 🙂

  78. [As for those political types who are committed to making us burn as much fossil fuel as possible, I can only hope that their children like extreme weather conditions (not to mention all the rest of the problems that will be associated with climate change, such as rising oceans and drier deserts). – Posted by: Dan]

    Remember folks, we DO NOT NEED to buy what their selling!!! If you want to be stricken buy their consumption like disease, thats a choice. We DO NOT NEED to buy energy from monopolized government vendors…


    There are solar hot water heaters for your homes. Solar energy panels for your electrical needs. You can support a local hauling business and allow them to pick up your trash and/or recyclables. Work close to home or at home. Buy energy efficient zero emission vehicles. These vehicles might not look as cool as your Hummer or Jaguar, but it will certainly make you look cool to yours and our children. Please do not choose to be a slave to their ignor-ance anymore?

    It’s not those who die with the most toys who are the winners in life, but those who die with the least to regret that truly win…

  79. “The bankers own the Earth, Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough money to buy it back again.

    However, take it away from them the power to create money, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in.

    But, if you wish to remain the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money.”

  80. “Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”

    [Stone me, but I never thought that Josef Stalin would leave us a message. Wow. David, you’ve got young fans and old fans and now, it seems, even long-dead dictator fans. – Features Editor]

  81. “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

    [We get the point, Bean. Thanks. – Features Editor]

  82. Hmm… we see many, many more solar hot water heaters and solar energy panels here, than Hummers or Jaguars …


  83. Thanks, Victor, for your very kind words, I appreciate that very much. So good to see that we can talk with each other although we sometimes have different opinions. I have no personal bad feelings against you, either!

    Have a nice day!

    (Hope you detect this entry although it’s already an old blog.)

  84. to georg: cheers. 🙂

    to michele: there aren’t many hummers or jaguars near me either. the fact is that the usa is doing the most damage to the world and americans need to wake up and start doing more to make up for it right now.

    no offence to my american friends, but that’s fact.

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