Photo of the month

Rachael outside the Paramount Theatre, Oakland, April 2006This is the one I picked as my favourite for July.

Possibly one of the youngest fans to attend an ‘On an Island’ concert anywhere – with mum, Rachael.

Thanks for sharing one of your snaps from the Paramount gig with us, Rachael.

Our Flashback series continues this weekend, as we’ll be looking back to the concert at Klam.

If you were fortunate enough to have tickets for that, or any of the summer shows, please have your stand-out memories at the ready, because we’d love to reminisce with you.

As usual, there will be a post for each gig, and you can still leave your comments for the ones we’ve already covered; just use the Archives drop-down menu on the right to locate the month you need, or select ‘Tour’ under Categories and scroll ’til you need scroll no more.

If you missed today’s chat, the chatroom will re-open on Monday at 12:00 (UK).

Until then, have a good weekend.

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'.

54 thoughts on “Photo of the month”

  1. So far everything is o.k. for weekend. This weekend is Altstadtfest in Wertheim in lower franconia/Germany, a small town between Würzburg and Aschaffenburg on river Main. However I wish like enjoy once more a live gig with DG. But my travel plans around the globe follow.

    August 30th go to Asia. Celebrate on Aug 11th the 4th birthday with my daughter in Jakarta/Indonesia. Stay there till end of August beginning Sept. Later on Sept 20th I follow always a ship AIDAvita. Sign on in Heraklion/Greece. And go from East Med –> Trans Med to Palma de Mallorca and from PMI the Trans Atlantic to Caribbean. La Romana/dom. Republic. Our turn over port for AIDAvita winter season 2008/9 till next crossing.

    My thoughts, is a nice platform to stay in contact with DG. Thanks so far in advanced Phil.

    Begining Nov (for end of October) 2009 the Wall 30th birthday. Pls ask DG is somethin special planed?? Hi,hi, hi –> last time when I saw DG solo it was in Ffm Alte Oper, April 16th 1984, About Face Tour.

    What was also very nice was 2nd day, Ffm 1989, Pink Floyd Tour, when Dave played the slide guitar on One of These Days and the pig can not slip out of stage over DG when he enjoyed to play stand guitar. Even this is already 20 years behind –> or near by. Time goes by –> now I enjoy the fest.

    Bye, Bye for now.

    [Enjoy your travels, Tim. – FEd]

  2. SWEAR WORD ME!!!! What is that on the front page????

    It’s amazing! David, more of that please.

    I confess to usually having the sound on the computer turned off, dreadful tinny sound comes out of it and usually there’s music playing elsewhere in the house.

    Today however, I have been searching the net to listen to some of the music you have all posted in the Random Nonsense topic, wearing headphones. I came for a visit to David’s site still wearing them.

    Oh good God, what have I been missing?

    I had to call my daughter to come and listen to this and she said, “Someone has introduced him to Faithless and Tool then.” She liked it too.

    I expect this is something else I’m going to have to go find out about.

    ash X

  3. Well, thanks for the new music on the main page!

    I seriously thought something was wrong with my speakers for a sec. 🙂

  4. Rachael simply has to be a good mother, given her willingness to accompany her little one to a David Gilmour concert. If she would endure that kind of music for three hours for the sake of the child, them she must really be a devoted parent. That child is lucky to have a parent who goes to such lengths!

    Don’t worry, I’m joking. I said these things about a friend of mine who took her daughter to see Hannah Montana last month. THAT truly IS devotion to your child!

    Seriously, that IS one lucky baby, getting to hear the soothing sounds of David Gilmour so early in life. That will certainly set the stage for a well-adjusted lifetime ahead.

    That is a great picture, by the way. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. Nice photo, but – sorry, if I’m sounding negative here – as a father myself it came to my mind immediately if it could be dangerous for those little ears to be exposed to such high volumes at a concert.

    I hope Rachael brought along a good ear protection for her baby, if she actually took it to the concert …

  6. I have a dream..

    News on Pink Floyd site: Pink Floyd in the studio (picture with 4 guys).

    This would stop the world… or more.

    [And I thought you were going to say something important and profound for a moment, something about your children living in a nation where they are judged by the content of their character, not by the colour of their skin, or about rough places being made plain and crooked places being made straight. How disappointing. – FEd]

  7. I sure hope David plans on touring again. I really love the fact that he played so many Syd tunes on the last tour. I have kicked myself everyday for not seeing him in Chicago. Hell, I’ve seen Roger three times in the last 8 years, but in my defense, I haven’t had as many chances to catch David live. I also hope he keeps Rick as part of his touring group.

    One last Floyd tour, not holding my breath for an all-out reunion, but, one last tour would be nice. Floyd could pull it off too! Floyd always was about the lyrics and music, not the image. It’s sad to see some old, worn-down, fluke like Mic Jagger out there trying to look like he’s a ladies’ man; not that he ever was. LOL! But Floyd could pull it off. They still connect with fans and always delivered what we expected.

    I also think that if Nick, Rick, and David would tour as The Floyd again, they wouldn’t be so egotistical as to charge $350 like Paul McCartney, The Eagles, or whoever else.

  8. Is there any possibility that David and Andy Latimer have a concert together?

    [Although I’m sure that almost anything is possible, I wouldn’t expect one. – FEd]

  9. Fed,

    Any news on the History of the Guitar programme?

    Thanks
    Paul

    [Sorry, still waiting. Maybe some will be forthcoming, now that the world can see that you’re interested. – FEd]

  10. Off-topic: What a weird remix the new loop is… Not my taste, I must confess.

    Regards,

    Taki
    Bavaria

  11. I’ve thrown my daughter out Fed. I got her to play some Faithless for me. It was awful. I never even bothered about the other one.

    I could have sworn I did everything right to bring her up properly.

    ash X

  12. [SWEAR WORD ME!!!! What is that on the front page???? It’s amazing! David, more of that please. – Ash]

    No offence, but I think it’s the worst yet. Sorry David!

  13. Oh, some good memories. I flew from Australia to see David play at the Paramount Theatre on both nights. It was definitely worth the trip and was a highlight of 2006 for me.

    I hope David has at least one more tour left in him.

  14. [I hope Rachael brought along a good ear protection for her baby, if she actually took it to the concert… – Georg Kunz]

    also note that pink floyd and david gilmour is hardly ‘babies’ music is it?

    some people (mostly women) really don’t know a thing about music do they?

    [That’s a bit controversial. – FEd]

  15. [Sorry, still waiting. Maybe some will be forthcoming, now that the world can see that you’re interested. – FEd]

    Thanks for that update.

    Cheers
    Paul

  16. [some people (mostly women) really don’t know a thing about music do they? – david]

    [That’s a bit controversial. – FEd]

    It IS! I’m offended. I know a lot about music, thank you very much!

  17. [some people (mostly women) really don’t know a thing about music do they? – david]

    Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Sam Brown, Annie Lennox, Christine McVie and a certain Mrs Gilmour may disagree.

  18. Fran, don’t take his bait. 🙂

    The only reason people like him have time to pore like scrooge over “his” subject, in this case music, is because there is usually a woman in the background doing all the cooking, cleaning, shopping, washing etc for him.

    He’s probably totally stupid in all other respects, especially in how to talk about women.

    david !! shame on you, consider yourself chastised and the future target of hen pecking. We have hearts and ears.

    Ben, I must have been missing some really good stuff if this one is poor. I thought the guitar work was dark, brooding, powerful, exciting like Take A Breath is. I don’t recognise the piece, is it something new Fed ?

    ash X

    [Yes, it’s new. – FEd]

  19. [some people (mostly women) really don’t know a thing about music do they? – David]

    The ones I know don’t know a thing about music, LOL!

    David, that was asking for trouble.

  20. [David, that was asking for trouble. – Ben]

    yes i know, but it’s fun to cause up a stir (sometimes).

    but seriously most girls would rather listen to something like robbie williams than say, AC/DC.

    [You have to admit, it’s a fair point. How else do you explain James Blunt’s success, for example? (It is fun to stir things up a bit sometimes, isn’t it?) – FEd]

  21. oh and by the way…

    ash, i do plenty of work at home (like looking after animals), thank you very much!

  22. Thanks for posting our photo! My little one didn’t make it into the concert but she got a wave from Guy Pratt by the stage door.

    We both love DG’s music! She just got her first real guitar yesterday (she’s 2 1/2 now), actually a ukulele. She had been asking for one and loves it! I have been showing her DG videos so she can see how it’s done. 🙂

  23. [some people (mostly women) really don’t know a thing about music do they? – david]

    And some men just don’t know a thing about women and should know when they really should keep their mouth shut.

    Talk about an insult to all the Gilmourettes on this blog. David should take cover.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  24. Also, I beg to differ that Pink Floyd and DG is not baby friendly music. My baby likes it.

    There is no reason to think kids can only enjoy “kid music”. I think it’s important to expose kids to all kinds of music…

  25. [I think it’s important to expose kids to all kinds of music … – Rachael]

    my point has been proven.

    ok then, let’s let children listen to rap music and see what they’re like when they get to about 13.

    and what about the lyrics on pink floyd songs like ‘dogs’ and ‘not now john’? yeah sure, really kiddy lyrics aren’t they?

    like i said before…

    [You’re a wind-up merchant, we know. – FEd]

  26. i used to listen to cliff richard when i was little, perhaps that explains everything?

    jesus, i cant believe i admitted that. 😉

  27. [You have to admit, it’s a fair point. How else do you explain James Blunt’s success, for example? (It is fun to stir things up a bit sometimes, isn’t it?) – FEd]

    The one answer is: probably male oldsters, who like high pitch singers. 😉

    The other one: there is good, bad and none taste and each one needs to be satisfied. I found that good and bad taste are rather seldom, but having no taste at all and consuming what the marketing staff promotes the most, is most common, because it takes no effort to make a choice. IMHO this explains phenomena as Blunt and others, but I might also be completely wrong.

    Taki
    Bavaria

    (Whose daughter gets pimples when some actual “major” acts are performing through the media. After all media consumption is a big part of breeding nowadays. 😀 )

  28. As David is clearly a wind-up merchant it’s probably best to ignore him… but what the heck…

    Generalisations of this kind are just stupid. Celebrate it if you like but I didn’t laugh.

    AC/DC – now I’m a man and I like AC/DC, but frankly I don’t think it’s any kind of advert for male supremacy, emotional, intellectual, knowledgeable etc … I mean, play “the jack”, why don’t you.

    The point about exposing “kids” to all sorts of music is clearly a valid one. A little common sense about “parental advisory” lyrics will suffice …

    Rap music is not my favourite thing but it’s just plain pig-ignorant and insulting to assume that 13 year olds who like it (probably because you don’t, and all power to them) are going to turn out bad.

    Grouch over.

  29. [I agree, david, women should stay in the kitchen… – Michèle]

    …baking cakes with Comfortably Numb cranked up to full volume – bliss!

  30. […baking cakes with Comfortably Numb cranked up to full volume – bliss! – lorraine]

    try actually sitting down and LISTENING to the music rather then just using it for background noise, girls!

  31. [I agree, david, women should stay in the kitchen… – Michèle]

    In that case Michèle, you break the bread and I’ll pour the wine…

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  32. [Fran, don’t take his bait. – Ash]

    Don’t worry, I won’t! Tim is right.

    [Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Sam Brown, Annie Lennox, Christine McVie and a certain Mrs Gilmour may disagree. – Paul Sexton]

    Don’t forget Kate Bush!

    [Or Joni Mitchell… – FEd]

  33. That’s great Rachael!

    I’ve known Rachael for over 10 years and I recall she had been kind enough to make a lovely drive to the Bay Area with her daughter so my brother David could get into the show that day.

    To their dismay they were SOLD OUT!!! 8^( They did meet Guy Pratt briefly and they would have been thrilled to have known about the blog and about his pub visit earlier. They had all been in the same pub for a pint that day but must have missed the encounter. 8^( I had been to the show the night before and I had a great time! 8^)

    I found a pic I had taken during a trip to Storm Studios in 1998. You see, there was this flying pool table that had appeared from out of the blue. I had to quickly take a shot, for who would believe me? Click my name so you can see it for yourself. Amazing…

    [Whatever next? – FEd]

  34. I think you also need to add, Carly Simon, Alanis Morrissette, Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Tina Turner, Linda Ronstadt. Who else??

    And how about Miley Cyrus???? LOL

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  35. [try actually sitting down and LISTENING to the music rather then just using it for background noise, girls! – david]

    Hey david, you’re real funny…

    Taki
    Bavaria

  36. Welcome to my kingdom, the kitchen, Andrew! (…where I’m still waiting for someone to teach me how to listen to -good- music… any help?)

    Michèle

  37. [try actually sitting down and LISTENING to the music rather then just using it for background noise, girls! – david]

    I presume he means while knitting…or darning socks.

  38. …I can hoover and listen to ‘Run Like Hell’ at the same time too.

    Laydeeez can multitask – we’re terribly clever that way.

  39. [some people (mostly women) really don’t know a thing about music do they? – david]

    [try actually sitting down and LISTENING to the music rather then just using it for background noise, girls! – david]

    First, I DO sit and listen and often with earphones because I am intent on hearing the nuances and shadings of the instruments. (Plus, I need to hear David’s voice and guitar without outside interference. So beautiful.)

    Second, just a few names to consider…Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Carol King, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Louise Ferrena, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Angelica Catalani, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Julie Andrews, Janis Ian, Loreena McKennitt.

    Perhaps it is David whose interest in music may not be very deep or varied. (P.S. I prefer listening to AC/DC to James Blunt, but hey, what do I know, I’m only a woman.)

    Thanks for stirring the pot, David. Gets us thinking.

    Jan

  40. Like Tim I was just going to ignore what david had said about Pink Floyd being kiddy music and rap but I’d just like to throw my 50 cents in for a minute.

    I presume you’re saying that kids and teenagers shouldn’t listen to Pink Floyd because they aren’t suitable for those of an impressionable age. Well, as someone that has grown up listening to Pink Floyd whilst some of his friends listen to rap music, I can clearly state, that the different music has had very little effect.

    I own neither a football team nor a lear jet. I don’t smoke cigars, I haven’t fallen on a pig or dogs neck with a scream. I haven’t had a dirty woman, wanted to commit suicide. And yes I have used the f-word on occasion but I didn’t learn it from ‘Not Now John.’ Oh, and my dogs name is Ellie, not Seamus.

    See, Pink Floyd lyrics haven’t had the kind of effect on me that you seem to suggest could occur…

  41. … As for my friends who listen to rap music, well, they haven’t shot anyone, or smacked their women or whatever it is that you think rap music is all about. You ask what a child who listens to rap music would be in 13 years time. The only thing that you can know for certain is that they will be 13 years older and will have listened to rap music.

    You probably are also one of these people that thinks that Grand Theft Auto games should be banned. Well I have owned several of these games, as have many of my friends and none of us have ever killed anyone.

    You can’t make these sweeping generalisations. They never hold up. Rap music, Pink Floyd lyrics and GTA don’t cause bad behaviour. People will do bad things if that’s what they want to do. They might then try to use other things as an excuse, or the media might blame other things (such as rap) for it, but ultimately if someone wants to kill someone they don’t need music or games to encourage them to do it.

    I’ve finished now.

    [Great rant, Thomas. I enjoyed that. – FEd]

  42. I own neither a football team nor a lear jet. I don’t smoke cigars, I haven’t fallen on a pig or dogs neck with a scream. I haven’t had a dirty woman, wanted to commit suicide. And yes I have used the f-word on occasion but I didn’t learn it from ‘Not Now John.’ – Thomas Robinson]

    I haven’t had a dirty woman. What are you waiting for?

  43. [I haven’t had a dirty woman. What are you waiting for? – Paul Sexton]

    [My 18th birthday party, Paul. 🙂 – Thomas Robinson]

    Me too!

  44. what i’m saying is is that certain things are unsuitable for children. look there’s reason why every rap cd has a ”parental advisory explicit content” sticker on them and no, i’m not the type that thinks that GTA should be banned, but yet again there’s a reason why every GTA game has an 18 age rating because these things just aren’t suitable for kids.

    and people wonder why today’s youth is so f*cked up? i blame the parents.

  45. [Welcome to my kingdom, the kitchen, Andrew! (…where I’m still waiting for someone to teach me how to listen to -good- music… any help?) … – Michèle]

    Deal. The issue is that you are over there and I’m over here.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  46. Let’s give David a break. He must be listening to others tell him how dangerous the music is.

    When I was a very young girl, Elvis and Rock & Roll came on the scene and everyone said this would be the end of music and would ruin children. Next, Janis Joplin, then the 70s. It will always be something.

    David, if parents instil good values, children will usually make good choices. It is all about responsibility and accountability.

    In our country, lawyers like to use outside influence as being the ’cause’ for why someone committed a crime. Rather than the fact that it was a choice that was made. A famous case was ‘the Wilding in Central Park’. Their defense was that they were raised with examples of leadership like Dick Nixon. A lot of us would like to blame things on him, but it is still about choice. You choose to do either the right thing or the wrong thing.

    Music does not compel you do anything you have not already chosen to do. Except maybe to dance badly.

    Jan

  47. Hi! My name is Raíza, I’m writing from Brasil and I would like to know if, by any chance, David Gilmour is planning on having a concert here in Latin America since there are many many fans here who would be extremely happy if he comes…

    If not, I’m going to London in December and I wanna know as well if he’s having a concert then…

    I’m sorry for my English but I bet that any of you can speak Portuguese at all right?!

    Bye!!!

    [Raíza, your English is better than that of many English-only speakers. Thank you for writing. I wish I had good news for you, but I’m sorry, there are no plans for any shows anywhere. If that changes, the details will be here. Have a lovely time in London. – FEd]

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