Union Chapel

As ticket holders have known since Friday evening (and kept secret, as per the charity’s wishes, with varying degrees of success – thanks for that), Islington’s Union Chapel is the venue for tonight’s ‘hidden’ Crisis gig, where David will soon join Amadou & Mariam for a special one-off performance (click here for details).

The concert is a sell-out, which is very good news for Crisis, as the UK’s national charity for single homeless people will benefit from all proceeds.

If you’re in attendance (you should be enjoying the support right about now), first and foremost, thank you very much for supporting Crisis; I hope you are enjoying the show and look forward to hearing all about it.

If you’re not there, I’d like to know your thoughts as to the idea of a ‘hidden’ gig.

The venue was kept hidden, as you may know, to draw attention to the hidden homeless, most obviously the rough sleepers and squatters, so many of whom do not know where they will be spending the night until the day is nearing an end.

However, there are also the many millions all around the world who fit the legal definition of ‘homeless’, either because they have no legal right to stay in their (often inadequate) accommodation and are at threat of eviction, or because they’re taking temporary refuge in hostels and shelters, sleeping on friends’ sofas or in their vehicles. You don’t see them in shop doorways, so they’re out of sight and out of mind, but their plight is similarly challenging.

Here are some suggestions for things we all can do to help make it easier.

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’.

71 thoughts on “Union Chapel”

  1. I came to London in October 2003 and stayed close to Buckingham Palace. I was very surprised to see homeless people laying about outside a church while walking out one night. I mentioned how horrified I was to my English friend but he said to not do anything for them. We have shelters in the US so it was a bit unsettling to see this.

    I think it is wonderful that David had a concert and kept it hidden until the last minute, like the way society handles the homeless… to look away and not get involved.

    I try to help out at a shelter where I live in the U.S.

    Cheers to all who got to go to the concert. I hope it was filmed so we can all see it.

  2. I like the idea of the Hidden gig, but I think it is the way that large elements of society find it easy to dismiss those that are perceived as not fitting in, or the same as Mr Average that prevents real change for the good of all.

    Obviously I didn’t go to the show otherwise I would be there now. The reason being we were going to see Mr Morrissey (I bet there are more than a few bloggers out there who don’t quite get him) tonight, but it was cancelled.

    In respect of David’s playing, we can all eulogise and use superlatives when describing his style, but I rather like Ewan McGregor’s quote in last months Mojo magazine:

    “Always just the right note at the right time, and I love watching him play.”

    Says it all.

    Jeremy, in hot and humid Dorset.

  3. … I’m not there and I wish I could be, of course.

    I find the idea of a hidden gig good, but only in this context. Being selfish I’d rather have a chance to join a “normal” DG gig, but I can fully understand that this is not #1 priority of his.

    On-Topic: there are a lot of hidden things: poverty, violence, abuse… That’s the price we pay having more privacy than society had in the past. People tend to close their eyes to everything that doesn’t affect them directly (I’m not even sure if I can exclude myself) in the name of privacy, and, on the other hand, people are ashamed of their issues and live an actor’s life… “No More Turning Away”.

    Well, the world is bad enough, let us be happy that this gig is sold out and some of our fellow citizens will get some help out of it…

    Have a great week all of you and a great evening those who will attend the gig!


  4. I once had a friend who’d been homeless. He slept in boxcars, meaning that he would often wake up in a different city than the one in which he fell asleep. Wow, what a way to live, totally dependent upon the kindness of strangers and never getting to really know anyone really well. I think that would be the most difficult part of it all, having no real friends. Most of us kinda like knowing where our next meal is coming from. My friend said he sometimes wouldn’t eat for days on end because he couldn’t locate food.

    What a way to live, no connection to anyone or to any place, not knowing what to expect, and living among very tough people.

    1. It doesn’t bear thinking about, Dan. Some people live like kings when there are others, as you say, going through life not knowing where their next meal will come from or where they’ll find themselves when they wake.

      There’s something drastically and sickeningly wrong with our society.

    2. There is something sickeningly, disastrously wrong with our society. We have lost sight of the fact that we’re all brothers and sisters, that the human race is a family and that we’re all in this together. To allow some people to have everything while others have noting at all, is symptomatic of something much more profound.

      We all want to live above everything, to be better than anyone else. And that makes us bring other people down.

  5. Thanks so much for the most brilliant night of music ever.

    The ‘hidden’ idea was great to make the point about not knowing where you will be sleeping. I work in Housing so understand fairly well, but would be willing to volunteer myself to help in future events if required.

    I have been a Pink Floyd fan all my life and was so pleased at long last to see you playing. I will never forget tonight’s concert. I loved it.

    Many thanks,
    Neil and Claire

  6. Bravo to the concert, hopefully it will be shared another day. Sounds like it went over well.

    As a passing thought. Last night I watched an incredible Chef named Jamie. I wasn’t aware how popular he is in the U.K.

    The theme of the show was to encourage young children to eat a proper meal, not fried crap as a choice, even at home. He is a gifted person who can relate and challenge kid’s state of mind and stomachs. Good for him.

    Maybe we can return to this subject later and have a starter contest involving David with a salad. Here’s mine:

    Jerk chicken, thinly sliced after a BBQ, served on a bed of rice with a salad of Italian dressing on top to infuse everything. Drool. 😛

  7. FEd,

    Let me clarify what I meant from my previous remark. In the US we have the same problems but police cover it up under the legal nonsense of loitering. So anyone caught in a sleeping bag anywhere in public are “removed” to shelters. This shows how our culture to hide the shame of the plight of homeless people, especially with more and more Americans losing their jobs due to this economy meltdown is a “hidden agenda” so we need more people like David doing benefit concerts for the plight of those who could even be us if we lose our job and end up 3 mortgage payments late and out of our house due to foreclosure.

    Thanks for posting the large picture of the lineup of the concert, but maybe you could tell us if this is the sort of music David’s fans would want to listen to. It sounds like David was playing with people whose cultural music is so different from what we listen to… that’s not that bad, don’t get me wrong, but it might not be worth selling it as a concert if you think Gilmour fans are used to his type music.

    However, if on this site it was advertised as all proceeds would go to Crisis there would be fans like myself who WOULD buy it for that reason.

    I am sure he contributed so much to the concert and I am so proud of him for doing this for the Crisis cause.


    1. Patricia took the words right out of my mouth. I am so proud of David for doing this for Crisis.

      Thank you David. May God bless you.

  8. Last night’s concert was superb. Not least because the master of the black Strat was there, but Amadou and Mariam were also excellent. I’d never heard of them prior to this event and was very pleasantly surprised. I shall listen to their CD with interest.

    DG just nailed it – as usual. He seemed somewhat amused by the rather lively bongo player!

    It was a good way of highlighting the issue of homelessness, the brochure was informative and gave some interesting details. I’m pleased that I was a part of that last night.

  9. Great gig last night. David looked like he was enjoying himself and it came across with his brilliant guitar playing.

    It was great to hear David playing a different style of music and his brilliant guitar style shone through.

    No Way; another David/Floyd song I have not heard live before.

    All for a good cause.


  10. I have posted a similar remark on another post, but as this is the most up-to-date I thought I would repeat myself here (forgive me, ed!).

    I went to the show last night and had a great time. I thought the whole show was fantastic and was glad to see David play something other than his own music – quite refreshing and quite a one-off. I think he also showed his humble side with regards to not attempting at all to steal the show. What a gent!

    My only real disappointment was with the one or two ‘low lifes’ who bought up tickets and then tried to sell them at a profit on eBay. I am not referring to the odd genuine purchaser who couldn’t go – although I believe that even then ALL profit above the face value should really be donated to Crisis.

    Surely even those who buy and sell tickets for a living must agree that charity concerts should be left alone?

    One guy (a regular buyer and seller of tickets) on eBay bought 2 tickets (£57.50) and then tried to sell them both for £89. He was not promising to give ANY of the profit to Crisis. When I emailed him about this he tried justifying that he gives 10% of his yearly earnings to charity. 10% on £57.50 is…? As our American cousins say, “you do the Math!”

    Does anyone else agree with me that the intentional act of buying up charity tickets to flog at a profit (and to keep that profit) is completely wrong?

    1. I do – and apologise for not passing comment previously.

      I think the re-selling of any ticket to profit from its sale is wrong – and that includes the monopolistic brokers and agencies, such as everyone’s favourite, Ticketmaster, who charge such outrageous amounts. Booking fees, processing fees, service charges, delivery costs… It’s enough to make you sick.

      Any exploitation of someone’s desire to have something is wrong. I’d expect it from the Ticketmasters of this world, who don’t give a damn about what they’re selling because they’re simply looking to make as much money as they can from it (whatever it is), but it’s particularly disappointing when individuals do it; you’d think they’d have more respect for their fellow music-lovers and concert-goers. After all, the boot could well be on the other foot some day (let’s hope they get fleeced).

      Thanks for the comment. I’m very glad that you enjoyed the show.

    2. Completely wrong!

      I am angry as hell to hear that someone would do that.

      ‘Low lifes’ is right!

    3. Is Ticketmaster a worldwide company or is it just in the U.S.? Is there a Ticketmaster in the U.K.?

      Personally I despise that firm but unfortunately we have little option when it comes to buying tickets. Sometimes you can buy direct from the box office of the venue but that is rare and difficult at times.



    4. I agree also, I refuse to buy any Ticketmaster tickets, it’s terrible how greedy people can be – and heartless.

      They should put all these people on their own planet, and see how they treat each other.

  11. For me hidden gigs are a good way to attract people’s attention.

    Usually, when we go to a concert, all we have to do is to buy a ticket and be in a fixed place in a fixed moment, so I believe that breaking this habit could be useful to make people stop and think. I mean, if you have to go to a hidden gig, you can’t avoid wondering why it’s hidden and if you want an answer you have to listen to the explanation Crisis gives you.

    I visited more than once the Crisis website and I think they’re really doing a great job. I’m happy David has a part in what they’re doing. I especially would have liked to go to this show, because it must have been interesting to listen to him playing a completely different kind of music. I’m sure he was great, as always. 🙂

    As for the homeless, they are another uncomfortable truth in our world, since they are the proof we’re not all safe and happy in our west civilized world.

    Just an example.

    Here in Italy, mental hospitals were closed by law in 1978. They should have been replaced by more suitable structures which have never been realized, so the people psychiatrized into the old hospitals have been simply dismissed and “given back” to their desperate families, if they had one, but the alternative for most of them has been living (and lots of times dying) in the streets, treated like ghosts.

    Just a shame.

  12. Well done to all for a fabulous gig, musically and educationally. The Hidden Gig concept really pushed home the very real homeless problem.

    I had not heard of Amadou and Mariam before the gig was announced, nevertheless I enjoyed them immensely. Amadou’s gold Tele was gorgeous. 🙂

    Loved seeing David Gilmour for the first time, and the evening was made for me when No Way was played.

    Thank you!


  13. Amadou et Mariam with David Gilmour
    Union Chapel, Islington, 25/05/09

    “Cest n’est pas bon” is still running through my head this morning after the promise of Amadou and Mariam’s gig with David Gilmour was fully delivered last night at Islington’s Union Chapel.

    Despite pre-gig reports to the contrary, David played the whole 70 minute set with Amadou and Mariam’s band, from the opening “Welcome to Mali” through to the unplanned encore of “Dimanche à Bamako”.

    Appearing to be fully enjoying himself, David’s intense concentration was evident, facing into his fellow (temporary) band members for cues throughout most of the set which is mildly amusing as, generally, it’s David’s band that faces him for musical direction!

    The whole band played wonderfully together, with David swapping effortlessly between rhythm and lead roles on his signature black Strat’. With the exception of a couple of thank you’s all vocals were handled by Amadou and Mariam, even during the unexpected surprise ‘tribute’ performance of “No Way” from David’s first solo album.

    After the gig, David kindly signed a few autographs for those few that had waited patiently at the stage door, before bidding Amadou and Mariam et al a fond farewell. And with that we all disappeared into the night… Cest n’est pas bon maybe, but actually, it was good!

    P.S. I noticed last night that the gig was filmed and I also saw a couple of audience mics above the stage. Maybe there might be a release of some kind in the future?


    1. To all those who, believing that David would be performing for only a portion of the concert, decided that they couldn’t justify the travel time and expense, I sincerely apologise for your missing out.

  14. Hi FEd,

    Thought it about time I checked in with you. Seems ages since I posted but I haven’t had anything constructive to add!

    So glad the concert went well. Look forward to the reviews.

    Thoroughly agree with the comments regarding the ticket touts.

    Thanks also for giving us the advance notice so that we could get tickets ourselves.

    Keep up the great work. I’ll keep lurking if that’s OK until I have something useful to say!

    Regards to all,

  15. Last night’s concert is definitely going to be the most memorable of my life I think. I was sat on the front row, directly in front of where David was playing. It was absolutely incredible. I loved every second of it, and I have managed to get some fantastic shots of the evening as well!

    I think it’s very important that the two support acts should receive a big mention. Catherine A.D. played about 5 songs – a singer/songwriter who did a really good job of warming the crowd up with some alternative music. After that was a duo, who were fantastic to see – as they themselves had been homeless, and helped by Crisis and took part in their music project. I think it was ‘Stefan and Joe’, I’m not entirely sure though I’m afraid. An understandably less professional set, but the guitarist did a terrific job, and the overall feel of the songs they played was really great. A moving experience to see two people who benefited from the very charity that everyone was there to support, and to see them enjoying themselves so much.

    Then, of course, there was Amadou & Mariam with David. Just tremendous. In the true sense of the word, awesome. With a somewhat trigger happy djembe player staring at David for most of the set whilst David was politely trying to concentrate, and a really great bass player who looked like James Caan from Dragons’ Den, there was added amusement to the gig as a whole too. 😛

    Amadou and David sharing guitar duties was amazing. Amadou can really play!

  16. To see David play amazing solos was just incredible. In such an intimate venue as well. I don’t think I’ll ever get to experience another gig like it again.

    The end of the show saw many people jump to the front and try to get David’s attention as much as possible. One slightly inebriated chap stood to my left was declaring his love for David as he was leaving the stage, exclaiming ‘Touch me David! I love you!’, with his hand held out. David of course was very polite and waved at people who showed so much admiration for him – though it all made some of the crowd feel a little uncomfortable on David’s behalf, I felt. However, David is known to be good at handling these situations with grace, and had a smile on his face as he left the stage, and I’m sure he knows that the vast majority of the crowd are much less OTT – and if ever given the chance to speak to David personally, would, like myself in that situation, simply tell him how grateful they are for his music, and for what it has done for them and their lives.

    Thank you for a truly unforgettable show David, and of course to Amadou & Mariam, who put on a great show, and whose show it remained despite the presence of such an eminent musical figure. And of course thank you to the other two acts of the night, who made the evening even better than it was already going to be.

  17. ‘Le Bois De Vincennes’ is a large forest park located in the east of Paris, with a beautiful lake, a famous 14th century castle, a zoological park, a floral park, a famous racecourse. It’s a lovely green area often referred as ‘Paris lungs’, that Parisians and tourists of all nations enjoy visiting.

    But who knows (and who would really care) that more than 200 homeless people are living there in tents, hidden somewhere in the woods? Some of them have been living/surviving there, in total anonymity, for nearly ten years.

    I read in ‘Libération’ (left newspaper) that many of them are only there in the night, because they are working at day. And it’s rather new, even people who have a job may one day become homeless. So, being middle class and homeless is more and more common.

    From time to time, mostly in winter, a homeless person is found dead there – or two, or three – and then, only then, politicians think they have to react. N. Sarkozy had the idea to force by law homeless people to go to shelters at least in winter, but it drew howls of protest from non-governmental activist groups (you know this constant idea here that freedom and rights are priceless…). So the government dropped the idea. I don’t know what to think about that.

    Of course, giving temporary shelters to the homeless won’t solve the problem.

    Meanwhile, Vincennes Wood is still full of homeless people, but 130 million euros will be spent for the zoo, that is to put more animals in prison… A shame.


    1. Great post, Michèle.

      I wonder how far we are from the day when we see people put in cages for paying punters to idly stand around and gawp at. Lock up the homeless, the refugees, the mentally ill, the veterans, the pensioners, the protesters – all the ill-affected and unwanted, the people they’d prefer to forget about and pretend don’t exist just so that we appear to be a more agreeable and ordered society. And make some money out of them in the process! Problem solved.

      Some rotten company could reap the profits, handing mega-bucks deals to their favoured bedfellows (Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Nestlé). Maybe there’s room in the sack for Ticketmaster, too; I’m sure there’s another incongruous fee or two (or ten) to be squeezed out of ticket sales.

      It would be like Joni Mitchell’s ‘tree museum’, only now they’d charge more like £50 just to see ’em.

      Lovely. :/

    2. Well F’ed, I hope that history continues to move forward because what you describe was of course the old “Bethel” hospital (aka Bedlam) a couple of hundred years ago… well OK, sans Ronald McDonald to let it his inimitable charm.

      Of course as posts have alluded, there isn’t a one-fit solution… there are different reasons for homelessness – misfortune, running away from something worse, mental illness, alcoholism… there may even be some who simply reject the conventions of “normality”.

      Individual problems, all needing a helping hand and that most precious of commodities, time invested in their support and care.

      The trouble is, who will provide the leadership when we increasingly reject the authority of those in a position of power to do anything?

    3. there are different reasons for homelessness – misfortune, running away from something worse, mental illness, alcoholism… there may even be some who simply reject the conventions of “normality”.

      Maybe I take an over simplistic view of this but isn’t the big problem the lack of support, affordable/social housing?

      Think how many homes the billions that were squandered saving bankers could have built. How many in the building trade it could have kept in work etc, etc.

    4. The trouble is, who will provide the leadership when we increasingly reject the authority of those in a position of power to do anything?

      Does ‘1789’ mean something to you, Tim?

      Just kidding. Then again…

    5. There is also the scandal/nonsense of the existence of so many unoccupied houses/flats in big cities.

      For example, currently, 17% of Parisian apartments lie empty. They belong to rich (often foreign) people who keep them only as an investment.

      Associations, students (who have also so many difficulties to find an affordable flat to rent) and organised groups of squatters have already succeeded in drawing public attention to this scandal, but it’s not enough.

    6. Maybe I take an over simplistic view of this but isn’t the big problem the lack of support, affordable/social housing?

      I’d say so. Adequate housing, or lack of it, is just another means of dividing rich and poor. In the UK, we can thank Mrs Thatcher for entrenching social inequality by the selling of council houses, which resulted in the chronic shortage of social housing that we still see – everywhere – today.

      We can also thank the NIMBY brigade, of course, for scuppering plans for so many an Urban Village.

      But then, there’s no such thing as ‘society’, is there? :/

    7. I wonder what statistics there are on this – root causes of homelessness.

      One rather depressing thought is that if it simply is a lack of affordable housing (as opposed to a more complex set of circumstances) then these people don’t know anybody who is prepared to put them under their own roof… no family, no friends, no (former) colleagues. I can’t think of anybody I know in a meaningful way that I would allow to sleep on the streets.

      So whilst I am perfectly sure that society (that single phrase would be enough to justify me not voting for that particular party by the way) doesn’t care enough, it also means that no person cares either or is in a position to help.

      For me, that indicates a wider problem than supply.

    8. It really makes you think, doesn’t it?

      Of course, we’re talking about the ‘hidden’ homeless – many of them perfectly respectable and proudly middle-class – and the vast majority aren’t quite sleeping on the streets, yet do desperately need affordable housing, which isn’t available to them.

      The political party that you’d think would help – the one that does believe in society and has had 12 years to prove it – hasn’t done nearly enough. How very worrying.

      I wonder how many homes you could build with the type of budget that murdered millions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      I read an alarming statistic recently. The number of ‘homeless’ households living in inadequate temporary accommodation (in England) has nearly doubled since said political party came to power.

      It’s going to be an interesting general election… when it comes.

  18. All the world should admire David and people like him who help homeless, they give their contribution to improve the lives of these poor people, but they can’t solve the problem alone, every one of us should do more for the problems that bite our society.

    Just go to Rome, where you can find the Vatican City, and see the situation of the homeless and how they are helped, shameful… I mean… too many words – no facts.

    Well, I hope that those who attended the concert enjoyed it! Lucky you!

    You’re a great man Mr Gilmour.

  19. Thank you for all, mates, bloggers, to share emotions and projects.

    Thank you FEd, so original and professional in your ideas and stuffs, so “fan and director” of news about men, problems and events. Thank you to show the existence of HIDDEN HOMELESS and HIDDEN POOR: it’s a new terrible side of the “former middle class” and “normal people” now, suddenly, without job, home, family, that sleep in a car and wash their faces in a garden fountain.

    Thank you every day of your life David for what you gave me with music and dreams and what you give me now with white hair and evergreen smile and the attention to “the small things” and the real side of the life.


  20. Hello Fed and All,

    Haven’t written in awhile, but I’ve been lurking in the shadows. 🙂

    Finals are over, so I should be able to drop in more often…. at least until August. One more semester left.

    Back to the topic, all the reviews sound absolutely fantastic! Thank you all for sharing your experience with us. I’m so glad to see David performing. The time I saw David perform last (not live, mind you) was when he did ‘Remember A Day.’ As always, it was spot on, however, I couldn’t help but feel like David’s eyes felt like ‘black holes in the sky.’ Which is totally understandable given the circumstances at the time.

    I’m glad to hear he is performing again… and smiling!

    Peace and Love to you all!


  21. My son and I had a great time at the gig last night – “yeah, he’s alright mum, can we get pizza on the way back?” That’s praise – honest. 8|

    I was really (pleasantly) surprised that David played for the full 70 mins, it wasn’t what I’d expected. The whole thing was just so much fun, Amadou & Mariam should be available on the NHS and it was an absolute joy to see David just being a brilliant musician.

    Thanks to all involved for a cracker of a concert.

  22. It would be like Joni Mitchell’s ‘tree museum’, only now they’d charge more like £50 just to see ‘em.

    Great lyrics and great song. Love the Counting Crows version as well.

  23. Hey all,

    I was in downtown Toronto (Canada, for those unknowing) on Saturday for one of my rare visits. I was amazed at the number of homeless drunk people sleeping on the middle of the sidewalk. There were a couple of guys pissing in a shop doorway in plain view right on Yonge St. This a major road right in the heart of the city. Many drunk Aboriginals everywhere.

    I think we need to get angry at our governments that seem to strive and help everyone else in the world either by fighting useless wars like Iraq and Afghanistan or giving aid to corrupt governments.

    Selling scalped tickets on eBay is a mere nothing in the scheme of things when it comes to fighting poverty in our countries. We need to press our Governments to stop the waste overseas and help our own… which, if Saturday is anything to by, is copious.


  24. Really fantastic concert and great venue. The gig felt like something really special, a one off, always great to see David play and this was one of the best yet.

    It was a near perfect night in terms of company and music, however it was slightly marred by some really inconsiderate “fans” if you could call them that, who were intent on trying to spoil the experience and view of those in the front row, by running to the front and taking pictures time after time, even after being warned by security on a number of instances. The way some people carried on was embarrassing but did not manage to ruin our night.

    It was a great gig and I was very impressed with David’s playing, and it was great to see Amadou giving him a run for his money! He really is some player!

    The goody bags were a nice touch and I’m pleased to have some souvenirs from the night, I also came away with a setlist which one of the kind techs gave me, setlist was as follows:

    Welcome to Mali
    Touba Lakono
    Radio Mogo
    Ce N’est Pas Bon
    No Way
    Je Pense a Toi


  25. Hello all,

    You could buy a cup of tea in a china mug for just £1 from a tiny canteen then sit on a really hard oak church pew and then enjoy an unrepeatable evenings entertainment.

    Everyone watched intently, none more so than Mr. Gilmour, who needed to know what was going on!

    His blues licks and occasional understated solos blended well with the band and it sounded just like he had been playing with them for years. He seemed content to be part of the group and left the centre stage to Amadou and Mariam and the shining gold guitar.

    A small gig in a lovely Chapel and I hope David enjoyed it as much as we did.


  26. Hello,

    now we are back from London. We had 2 wonderful days and the topic of course was the Crisis gig with David.

    Our seats were in the first row. The performance was amazing. All details were written from other fans. In the audience we saw Polly (a few rows behind us).
    We could do some nice snapshots for our own memories.

    Thank you for the fine goodies (CDs, gig shirt, the interesting Impact Report from Crisis and the David Gilmour plectrum).

    Thank you to Amadou & Mariam and Mister David Gilmour for this brilliant night.

    Best regards from Berlin,

  27. After the earthquake destroyed L’Aquila, our TV news and newspapers are constantly full of Government politicians planning a fast reconstruction and new houses for everyone. We always have to see them visiting the local people, pretending to be interested in their private tragedies, with the only purpose to increase their own electoral consensus.

    It never happened before and I’m very upset about that.

    Other earthquakes and disasters occurred in the past in other regions of Italy (often in the south) and lots of people had to wait for years to have a new home. Weren’t they interesting enough for our Governments?

    And what about all those people who have never had a home or have lost it, because they have not enough money or maybe because they are ill and no one wants to give them a job? These people are not enough interesting for our politicians, since no money means no rights.

    Dozens of legal and illegal “extra communitarian” immigrants, that’s a definition our journalists like so much, sleep all together every night in dangerous occupied homes or in the old train wagons out of the stations, but it’s not important, since they can’t vote.

    1. It’s funny how our elected representatives seem to care so much, bless their hearts, when it’s time to win votes.

    2. I also think it’s funny and I can’t help wondering how it could be possible that so many people still believe what these politicians tell them and vote for them again at the following elections.

      If our politicians did only a little part of what they promise, we should see our world going better, but it’s not so. Many people from that middle-class you were talking about in another post are losing their jobs everyday.

      If nothing will change, in some years we’ll probably have to live in a world made by lots of poor and a few of rich people only, but our politicians don’t mind about it, because they know they’ll have their place in the second group.

      By the way, I’ve found a temporary job. I’ll work as a promoter in supermarkets. Of course it’s not my job, but it’s the only one I found, so I can’t choose.
      Can you see me trying to convince people to buy? :))

    3. I’m sure you’ll do a great job – good luck.

      Just remember to discourage people from buying anything that’s made by Proctor & Gamble, Lever, GlaxoSmithKline Beecham, Colgate-Palmolive, Nestlé, Mars, Gillette, L’Oréal, Neutrogena… 😉

    4. Of course, I’ll fight the system from the inside. :))

      Fortunately I don’t have to promote anything like that, just a local kind of milk this time, so it looks acceptable.

      Thank you very much for the encouragement.

  28. FEd,

    What a fantastic evening! The whole feel of the show was charming, very laid back and hugely entertaining. A & M were enchanting and DG was, as expected, right on the button.

    We came down from Scotland for the show but this quickly faded into insignificance as soon as I chatted to the couple next to me who were from South Africa! It transpired that they had bought concert tickets right away and then organised flights and visas just to attend the gig.

    Tom from NE Scotland.

  29. To FEd and the whole blogging community.

    I was a lucky one to get tickets for the hidden gig, they wouldn’t send it abroad, so I had to collect them on the evening of the event directly at the venue. I left the country two days before the gig, without knowing where the event would be and without access to my mail to get the information. It was just an event and I was very nervous to be there, I then realized how petty my concerns were, compared with those of homeless people, I really felt ashamed. During my stay, I saw plenty of people sleeping in doorways or on benches, begging for money or a fag, picking food from dustbins and drinking the leftovers from abandoned beverage cans.

    What’s wrong with our society? We all know the reasons for becoming homeless, or what it starts with. Redundancy, divorce, alcohol or release from prison, to name a few.

    Prevention before cure, but how? Nobody’s found the key yet.

    It’s good to have people like Mr. David Gilmour, who has the emphasis to be heard, raising money to support homeless. Amadou and Mariam are fantastic, I doubt the event had sold out without Mr. Gilmour though. The gig was showing the skills and modesty of a great musician whose legacy is limitless, staying in the background the whole evening, leaving the stage to Amadou and Mariam, and it was more than a gesture to play one of David’s songs.

    After the gig I went home contemplative, when suddenly another beggar made me jump in Shepherds Bush, asking for some “change”!

    1. Good to hear from you, Günter. (I told you everything would turn out OK, didn’t I?)

      Again, I would like to express my gratitude for your great support!

  30. 😀 I went to the hidden Crisis gig and took my 10 year old son. It was his first concert and we got to meet Dave Gilmour backstage. My son shook his hand and I took a single photo.

    So, a very BIG thank you to Mr Gilmour for making my 10 year old a very happy little boy – and a very happy mummy. xx

    1. I think I saw you and your son outside afterwards. He certainly was chuffed to bits. 🙂

  31. What an unbelievable evening! I’m still coming down from it to be honest. All I need to do to transport myself back there is select ‘Welcome to Mali’ on my iPhone. 🙂

    I bought Catherine A.D.’s EP and A&M’s CD there as money from those sales went to Crisis. The T-shirts had sold out by the end of Catherine’s set and they were taking orders for another batch.

    As others have mentioned it was interesting to see David concentrating and watching the other musicians for his cues but obviously having a great time too.
    I had my towel as it was ‘Towel Day’ which is held every year in memory of the late great Douglas Adams. It turned out to be very useful when rolled up and used as a cushion on the hard church pews. 🙂

    I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum earlier in the day and eventually found their Theatre and Performance displays which included the Azimuth Co-ordinator. The V&A is superb. I seem to be spending more time in there each time I visit.


    Graham Nash has authorized a new version of his 1970 protest song “Chicago” to be produced by David Gilmour to raise awareness of a London computer hacker fighting extradition to America, according to guardian.co.uk. The defendant, Gary McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, is facing charges in the U.S. for hacking into top secret U.S. defense department and NASA computer systems while searching for evidence about UFO’s.

    Next month, McKinnon is set for what is shaping up to be his final UK legal appearance in a judicial review to be presided over by home secretary, Jacqui Smith.

    Among the other well-known celebrities supporting McKinnon include Sting and Paul McCartney’s 1960’s fiancee, actress Jane Asher.

  33. Anyway, “The Right to Adequate Housing” is recognised under international law – article 25 of The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights.

    Recognised, but obviously not respected. As usual.

    I heard today of the Amnesty International Report 2009 about the state of the World’s Human Rights. Very alarming.

    “It’s not just the economy, it’s a human rights crisis – the world is sitting on a social, political and economic time bomb.” said the Secretary General, Irene Khan.

    We can read the whole report online here.

    What is going to happen to our – beautiful, I thought – world?


  34. Just think what a world we would have if people had a passion for other things like they do for sports.



  35. Hello All.

    Readers of this thread might like to read the review of the show in the Press section of the main site.

    Five stars! Well done Mr Gilmour.


  36. I am so proud of David. I’ve followed his career for a long time now and had a feeling that he was not a selfish person.

    My only regret was that I never got to see him play in person. Maybe one day I will be able to if it’s in the cards to do so.

  37. I am so happy for lucky all of you making it to the concert, can imagine what a great time you had, and yes Fed, I also thought David would be performing only 1 or 2 songs and not a whole concert, so that it would not be worth all the travel and expenses, of course a whole gig would have been worth it all, like exactly 3 years ago.

    Isn’t it the 3rd anniversary of the ROYAL ALBERT HALL concerts? Boy, was that awesome, will never forget it. One of the best concerts I ever attended, if not the best.

  38. Addendum to Union Chapel.

    Found some photographs on the net, showing my son and me sitting in the audience of the hidden gig. No idea how to attach the image, I would have liked to pass it on to you.

    Anyway, next week I’ll be back at Clam Castle to see Simply Red, Matt Bianco, Eric Burdon, Ten Years After, Canned Heat… and a Pink Floyd tribute band, bringing back memories of David’s gig there in 2006.

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