Flashback: Hamburg

The band on stage in HamburgIt’s hard to believe, but two years have passed since the show at Hamburg’s Congress Centrum.

If you were there, what do you remember most of all?

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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’.

30 thoughts on “Flashback: Hamburg”

  1. Hello FED!

    2 years ago we (my husband and I) were in Hamburg. It was a Saturday, very cold and much snow.

    In the morning we drove by car from Berlin to Hamburg (300km). During the day we visited the port, the centre of the city and had a lunch and a small dinner before the concert.

    I was very excited, because for me it was the 1st live concert with David. We had quite good tickets in row 9.

    The concert began with Castellorizon. The stage was dark, with fog and only one spotlight. And then he came from the darkness and began with his solo. For me it was a super beginning.

    The time during the concert flew by much too fast. The audience sang Happy Birthday David hesitantly and later on WYWH much louder.

    After 3 hours and 15 minutes (with a short break) the dream was past. The sound was perfect. We were so happy to be there, that we decided to go there a second time. It should be in Venice that summer.

    With best withes from Berlin

    [Thank you for those thoughts, Ina. (See? That’s what I mean about going back to 2006 and inviting people to share what they remember from the tour. Who can read the above and not feel nostalgic, happy, proud? Some of these memories make you tingle. It’s all very well racing back after the gig to be the first to announce the setlist, or even struggling to describe what you’ve just witnessed, finding it understandably difficult to get beyond just how overwhelming an experience it may have been. Reflection is a wonderful thing, and “Awesome!” quickly loses its meaning, which is why I thought it would be nice to find out what really stuck in your mind; and, Ina, that was perfect – thank you.) – FEd]

  2. It is an interesting thing, reflecting back on memories of milestones and highlights in life. I wasn’t at the show in Hamburg, but I remember anxiously awaiting the release of the setlist, as I did after every gig!

    Although some chose to avoid the release of the setlists, I was eager to see what songs were played and read each persons’ exuberant recollections of the event — everything from the level of anticipation from the crowd, comments on the venue, what the weather was like, and, of course, how the evening’s musical delights affected them deep down in their souls!

    Off topic, Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last night. After a few comments, he recited the lyrics to Tower of Song and then Damien Rice performed Hallelujah … it was beautiful!

    During the ceremony’s Memorial, I learned the sad news of Buddy Miles’ passing on February 26. Rest in peace, Buddy.

    Peace and love to you all!

  3. Having seen David and his band the night before in Dortmund we made our way to Hamburg which was covered in 40 centimeters of snow that day. Met some fans from Italy before the gig. Thomas, Arne and me had tickets for the second row – you could see veins on Davids hands as he stood there alone in the spotlight playing Castellorizon. Someone yelled “Wish You Were Here”, David replied: “Well, we are!”

    The show was again mindblowing – even though there were a few minor mistakes here and there. When it was time for the slide solo in Wot’s…Uh The Deal, David forgot to turn on his lap steel guitar and had to walk back to the volume pedal while the rest of the band played on. But everyone was laughing, as David counted them back in for that beautiful solo on the slideguitar.

    During encore every one was on his feet and rushed to front of the stage – David looked at his watch and said “We got time for one more – any requests? …this is Comfortably Numb”

  4. I was not able to go to any of David’s shows in 2006, which is one of the laments of my recent life. I was in an intensive teacher’s education program at the time, so I had neither the time nor the money.

    But now I am a full-fledged teacher. If and when David tours again, provided that he comes anywhere near New York City, I will have the money and time to catch the show.

    My hope for the future (not to be misconstrued as a demand) is that David will cut another album of original music, that he’ll tour the USA, and that I’ll get a pair of tickets to the show.

    This is an incredibly selfish kind of hope, I know, but it is hope nonetheless.

  5. Total change of subject, but I’ve pretty much been drunk since Wales won the Triple Crown on Saturday!

    The words: Happy Days spring to mind!

    Simon J

  6. [Reflection is a wonderful thing]

    Oooh I almost feel embarrassed. This story of Ina makes my comment of the first night look like…

    But I do have the flu right now, so I’m not really in the mood of writing.

    Believe it or not, actually I was quite ill two years ago (during the first concert) as well. I was there together with my brother. He had to drive the car back home. A sad story.

    We travelled again to London for the DVD premiere at the Ritzy with more success.

    Ernest 🙂

    [Don’t feel embarrassed, Ernest, but do get well soon. – FEd]

  7. I was there and it was an unbelievable experience for me. I’ve never seen David and Rick before.

    The venue was rather small which gave a special, intimate feel. The inclusion of Wot’s The Deal and Wearing The Inside Out was quite a surprise. But I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Rick playing the opening part of Echoes. Pure magic!

    Btw, I later saw the Gdansk gig, which was a totally different but also a wonderful experience.

  8. I know just how you feel fed. My experience I had in brixton was more than words can explain. But when it comes time for that show i’ll sure tell you how awesome it was.

  9. Wow, it’s been 2 years already? Time flies.

    Me and my dad and some great friends of mine drove to Hamburg from Sweden. Had a very nice time in the car and an even nicer time at the show.

    There were many highlights for me, with the biggest one being the performance of Echoes. It was amazing. And the great version of High Hopes, with the extended and very beautiful ending. And of course, Comfortably Numb. Always a highlight.

    It truly is a great thing to get together with your loved ones and share such an incredible event. Me and some of the friends went to London together a couple of months later and saw the the last show at the Royal Albert Hall, which was even more amazing.

    So a big thank you to David & Co for everything. And to my dad and friends for sharing it with me. And always a big thank you to you, FEd, for all your effort.



    [Cheers, Stefan. You are absolutely right about sharing such moments with friends and loved ones; they make a good thing a great thing. – FEd]

  10. Hi David,

    I’m from Brazil and I’m 16 years old. I think that Pink Floyd was the best band in the world, and you are the best guitarist.

    Congratulations for your work!

    Hugo Duarte

  11. Talking about Nostalgic, after reading Ina’s writeup on her experience of the concert, the next 30 flashbacks are going to drive me crazy.

    Being off topic: Oh hi FED, the show I saw 33 years ago in Vancouver opened with One of these days and the encore was Echoes. I was glorified with shivers up my spine.

  12. Hi FEd!

    Well done, The Reds! Congrats on their effort in the Champions League!

    Tonight I’ll have a look at PSV if they manage to take a next step in the UEFA-challenge, against the Spurs.

    BTW I love the walk down memory lane, back to the concerts in 2006. Probably like most fellow concert attendees and Bloggers I cherish the memories of the two concerts I was lucky to attend. Great to read the stories!

  13. Fed

    Living in Australia tends to limit the concerts you get to see and I’ll always regret not seeing any of the On an Island shows, but I will never forget Wembley in 1988 for the Momentary Lapse show. It was unbelievable and without a doubt the best concert I’ve ever seen. I think the ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ album came from this concert so I tend to play it quite a bit.

    Fed, I’m pleased David pays you so we can use this blog to relive some of those special moments.

    All the best

    [Thank you. I’m pleased that he pays me, too. – FEd]

  14. CAPTION: “22 identical sealed boxes, no questions just one, Deal or No Deal? ”

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

    [Don’t you just love the way they all chant (“Blue! Blue! Blue! Blue!”), as though they can actually alter the colour of a piece of paper inside a sealed box? I like a tryer as much as the next person, but that’s just silly. – FEd]

  15. well 2 years ago i was reading the blog getting very jealous of all those who were close to going to see the man. i still had to wait ages for the manchester concert and the RAH gig. we built up a real community didnt we?

    good result 4 the pool, my friend, last night. you have a great keeper in pepe dont you? his save was brill.

    [Can’t argue with that. – FEd]

  16. I’m afraid I can’t add anything at present as I didn’t get to see any of the shows. But, although I’m quiet, I would like all in Gilmourland to know that I’m enjoying sharing your treasured memories.

    Many thanks my friends, please keep the anecdotes coming.

    Thanks FEd, great idea.


  17. Simon Cowell was on form last night with his constructive and acerbic feedback…

    “You sounded like Dolly Parton on helium”

  18. Fed…

    Is it me or is the blog suffering occassional technical difficulties causing it to become unavailable?

    It seems to be going down more often than a New York Hooker… ba dum tish! 🙂

    (The Governor of New York has just resigned due to his alleged lavish spending on hookers…)

    [I haven’t noticed any. Has anyone else? – FEd]

  19. [Some of these memories make you tingle.]

    Dear FED and all,

    Couldn’t agree more. The flames are still alive. I really feel everyone when they reminisce how mesmerising that experience was (and still is).

    I don’t believe the purpose of this topic is to keep people busy because nothing really important is going on. Keeping this website alive is, in itself, a very important thing.

    I’ll have to wait until end of July to write about Vienne.

    Shine on people!

  20. [I haven’t noticed any. Has anyone else? – FEd]

    Nope, Blog has been fine. Yahoo mail has been a bitch for the last 2 days but seems to be OK again today.

  21. [“You sounded like Dolly Parton on helium” – Rudders]

    I saw that too Rudders.I don’t thing I ever laughed so hard in my life…gotta luv him!(although I did sincerely feel sorry for the contestant and cringed a bit after my outburst)

  22. I enjoy reading the “Flashback” posts and also the chance of reading the old posts from 2006 once again. To me, it’s like reading a book on David Gilmour’s tour along with a gallery of pictures by Polly.

    I wish I was there though ….

  23. Easter eggs, Easter eggs, where are you hiding? Had to get that in Fed.

    Lots of time anyway.

    [Yes, lots of time, and certain comments make me want to keep you waiting. – FEd]

  24. [I haven’t noticed any. Has anyone else? – FEd]

    no, i haven’t noticed any hookers either

  25. Hamburg was my first David tour date, so it was unique. The snow, the city, the blue color of the intro of the show.

    Listening to all the album live was very moving.

    When I listened to the first of Richard’s Echoes notes…my goodness!

    And I had tickets for other three shows (Rome, London and Venice)!

  26. F’Ed, I’m picking up the theme of Rudders’ post. Like Rudders, I’ve also encountered some difficulties with the Blog either being momentarily unavailable (so I have to return at a later point to post) or else losing posts altogether.

    For example, I posted a witty caption for the Dortmond photo, but have yet to see the post there. The post was lost somewhere (or perhaps the “witty caption” was too vulgur and tacky for this Blog). And now I have no idea what I had written!

    [I didn’t think it suitable, sorry. – FEd]

  27. to andrea fillo: i enjoyed reading your post. 🙂

    i can really imagine hamburg that night. “the snow, the city, the blue color of the intro of the show.”

    i can’t remember every detail of the rah show i went to, but i think this topic was for us to share what we remembered most clearly from the night (remember that night!) two years ago, and don’t forget that the concert was just a part of that night. the weather, the company, the travel, the seats, the food, the lights, the songs… all this made it special.

    for me it’s good to hear what stuck in your minds.

    i’m glad that most people are “feeling” it, fed.

    p.s. no technical problems here!

  28. Hi all,

    I’d like to dedicate this day to my good friend Rolf E.

    Best regards,


  29. Like NewYork Dan who posted on 11 March, incredibly, I have never had the pleasure of seeing David perform live. This is more incredible given my two decade stint as an arts writer for several New Hampshire newspapers and mags.

    I heard his music of course, since an early age, but for whatever strange reason, I never had the opportunity to see David or Pink Floyd.

    Then last year on a Boston PBS-TV station, there he was in the Pulse video and my jaw just dropped.

    Since that time, I’ve purchsed all the CDs and most recently, the On An Island CD and DVD.

    At 52, I pray that David goes on tour in the US again, because like NewYork Dan, this person waits breath abated for this singular life experience. Reading fan remarks makes me believe I’ll have a religious experience.

    Lola from Maine

  30. Another GREAT remembering NIGHT for me. We drove from his first gig in Dortmund to my hometown which we found in big snow. Later that day we travel to HAMBURG. That day we had GREAT TICKETS – ROW 1B (second row) – just in front of Phil Manzanera, maybe 5 meters from David.

    This show I WILL NEVER FORGET! BRILLIANT SOUND and so near by my hero… UNBELIEVABLE!

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