Flashback: Florence

David on stage in Florence, 2 August 2006

Well, here we are: August already, and suddenly ‘Live in Gdańsk’ doesn’t seem quite so far away.

Anyway, we’re remembering the Florence concert today, which took place exactly two years ago (further proof, as if it were needed, that time is simply flying by).

If you were there, we’d love to hear from you.

What do you remember most? Which was your favourite moment, if you can choose one, and which songs stand out in your mind as being particularly memorable?

There was a pretty good version of ‘Coming Back To Life’, judging by its inclusion on the Gdańsk album…

The bonus live tracks, you probably don’t need reminding, but just in case, are only available if you buy the three or four-disc version (in which case, you’re able to download them), or the five-disc ‘deluxe’ set (which includes all 12 on CD, with the further option to download them, if you so wish).

Please note that the standard double CD does not include any tour extras, just the full concert from Gdańsk, and the vinyl only has ‘On The Turning Away’, from Venice.

A further breakdown of what’s included across the five sets, here.

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’.

18 thoughts on “Flashback: Florence”

  1. In the picture, looks like David got the eyeballs from “PULSE” and used them as stage props. What I can’t figure out is, why does David have his head between the two eyeballs? Seems like a good way to get hurt.

  2. Great photo!

    Even a on a picture like this, David is still recognizable! Pure Classic Gilmour Guitar Pose.

    Can’t wait for the ‘Live in Gdańsk’ CD / DVD deluxe box.

    Have a nice weekend,

    [One of Polly’s best, I reckon. – FEd]

  3. what an amazing package from an amazing event. MNN will certainly cover the release.



  4. Welcome back Fed. I hope you had a good trip.

    Can’t wait to hear the memories of Florence. Michele’s from Vienna were so touching, it was like I was there reading it.

    Thanks again Michele, you are a special lady.

    [Thanks, Tracy. I did have a good trip, thank you. – FEd]

  5. Thank you David to come to my city, did you like Florence?

    And thank you for giving one of the best concerts that I’ve ever seen.

    In the next week I come to London for a holiday.

    Bye bye.

  6. I was at the gig, two years ago (aaarghh! time flies!).

    My moments are: guitar solo from Fat Old Sun and lights problem during the first half of Echoes – great!

    Cheers from Italy

  7. Fed,

    I think it is very interesting how everyone is caught up in this DG Strat thing, myself included. I don’t believe I am a customer but will go to the music store and wail on one until they pry it from my cold dead hands. Maybe I am a customer.

    Anyway, no one has ever mentioned from what I have read the DG Signature Hiwatt amps. He uses these, guys and gals. They come in 2×12 combos that are 50 and 100 watts. He played through these combos with his 4×12 wems underneath at his 60th b’day party unleashing ‘On an Island’. These are more important than a guitar as far as his tone. You would still have to cut his hands off and attach them to yours to get his sound but it is a step in the right direction.

    Just thought I’d remind people that they exist! I am obsessed with getting one.

    Blake in Nashville

  8. Dave, here in Brazil we are waiting for the On an Island show.

    Please, come back to Brazil quickly!!!!!

    Thanks a lot.

    Kindest regards,

  9. Dear David,

    I do not want–I very much need the music I see and hear on my DVD. Your tones, your lyrics, your voice, and the strains of the backup uplift my heart and make me smile. I do not know French, nor much about music, but seeing you “glass bottle-slide” tunes makes me feel like I can make another day.

    I am not very environmentally conscious, but I wish I had understood what it was all about when one day in my Humanities class a student insisted we listen to Pink Floyd. It was his Dad’s favorite. We did. I still didn’t know, but somehow grasped your music–remembered it, embraced it, and stowed it away with the others I have loved–Stills, Taylor, Midler, G Miller, A Lennox.

    When my brother was very sick, I gave him a CD player and Pink Floyd. It gave him comfort to sway to the tunes in his bed.

    Please. Can you really deny us a CD of your music on the DVD? Ask Polly.

    I don’t know French, again. I love the music you make, the backups, the cello…all of it.

  10. Can I ask you to clear something up for me?

    Is there any chance we will be able to get ‘Wot’s uh.. the Deal’ on iTunes or am I consigned to having to buy a record player?

    [That’s something else that Management has gone very quiet about, funnily enough. They do read The Blog every day, though… – FEd]

  11. Great evening, it’s difficult to choose a favourite moment.

    The heartbeat…no, the ‘Shine On’ intro with Chianti…no, the lights off in ‘Echoes’ and the band playing a great piece of rock… no, ‘The Blue’…or ‘Wearing the Inside Out’?

    Have a nice week everyone

  12. That’s one of my fave photos too.

    Wish I’d been at this gig. The “Fat Old Sun” solo must have been very cool.

    Welcome back!

  13. I am a very infrequent contributor here, but have been loyal to all things David since I was 15. I attended the Florence show travelling from New York.

    The afternoon of the show, I hung around Piazza Santa Croce sitting on the steps in the hot sun behind the stage. I watched the roadies setting up equipment and had hoped to see the sound check… but I had to go back to the hotel for a nap since I woke up at 4AM for no reason.

    Well, that nap almost made me miss the show! I woke up at 7.30pm and had to run through the streets of Firenze (I was staying closer to the train station) all the way to Santa Croce. I got to my seat – pretty much right in the middle of the floor – when the opening heartbeats of Breathe began, followed by Time. (This was a different show than the ones in New York where Castellorizon began the show.)

    A stand out of the Santa Croce show was Fat Old Sun’s solo.

    Thanks David and Co. (It still kills me that Venice was cancelled, I had front row seats for both nights!)

    [Hard luck, Justin. Thanks for sharing your memories from Florence with us. Another ‘Fat Old Sun’ mention, I see… – FEd]

  14. It’s interesting to me that the gigs that are most raved about are the ones in the most inspiring locations or situations.

    I know that David is a consummate professional and I’m sure he makes a conscious effort to make each and every gig special (well they are, aren’t they?) … but he’s also an artist and a sensitive soul and he cannot control the unconscious part of himself, and so we see extra magic at Klam after Syd’s passing; a special warmth and fellowship at Vienne where David seemed most comfortable; inspiration in the home of the Renaissance; stops pulled out at a re-arranged Venice; and a great event in the shipyards of Gdansk….

    I find that rather encouraging.

  15. I was there in Florence. Also at Teatro Arcimboldi.

    It was great! Fat Old Sun’s guitar my very favourite. Also long Echoes. A dream for me!

    I love you Dave! Please come back to Italy soon!

  16. If this “Fat Old Sun” was so good, why isn’t it one of the live bonus tracks?

    I guess there were too many tracks to choose from.

    [Indeed. – FEd]

  17. I attended this show as a guest and I cannot forget the feeling of being alone (at the end of the sound-check) with my brother inside the venue with David, discussing with Phil and his family standing 2 meters in front of us. We were sitting in silence in order not to disturb.

    That moment is also documented as extras on the DVD.

    Amazing. 😀

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