The Wall

Yes, it’s tonight.

David will be joining Roger Waters for ‘Comfortably Numb’ at London’s O2 shortly this evening. I’d love to hear of and from anyone with a golden ticket, or from anyone who has a ticket for upcoming Wall shows, or from anyone who has used tickets from earlier Wall shows, for that matter. Heck, if you’ve ever had a ticket for anything, do join in.

If you don’t fall into the above categories, as thoroughly depressing as that is, don’t feel left out. Please feel free to spill forth anything remotely Wall-related. Favourite tracks and lyrics would be an ideal starting point.

And if your mind is stuck on songs from 1963, as is mine after the previous post (in spite of the rather witty, I thought, playlist I’ve been tweeting about this past hour), I’d still like to remember those which I may have missed.

You should expect to see some nice photos of tonight’s performance, by the way, as Polly is there, armed with a camera. You may have heard that the shows are being recorded for a future DVD release, although I obviously couldn’t tell you about any such plans, as I don’t know them, so please don’t ask. All I can say is that tonight’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ is being recorded, so that it may be posted on various websites, but is not intended to make it to DVD.

Look on the bright side: that means you’ll get to see it sooner.

I should also remind you that tonight is most definitely a one-off; David is not repeating his special guest performance at a later occasion, I’m sorry to disappoint those of you with fingers crossed and tickets for later shows.

So, The Wall

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'.

273 thoughts on “The Wall”

  1. Hey! Isn’t Mel out in London now? If so, she scored big! I’m very excited for all those who are able to be there, its going to be wonderful!

    I’m expecting some excellent Polly shots. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Happy Birthday for the 21st Angelo, hope you had a good one. I celebrated your big day by watching Roger performing The Wall in Manchester. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Saw the show October 15th in Hartford. Everything was perfect! So happy that my 17 yo daughter and 15 yo son were able to enjoy it with us.

    Congrats to those with the “Golden Ticket”.

  3. Fantastic news. Good luck.

    Yes, I used a ticket for Golden Circle for the first night in ลรณdลบ show of The Wall, back in April, and I was really impressed. Really big production, great sound, only David missing.

    I hoped that David slightly extend his arrangement with Roger to play one full The Wall show, but nevermind.

    Tomasz

  4. Well, that was the show most likely from the beginning, even more after Nick Mason announced to visit this show.

    Somewhat sad it’s not a non-London show.

    Anyway, go for it! Have fun!

  5. I know he said that he wouldn’t but I’d love to see them do “Run Like Hell”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. On a school night. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    I’m guessing that Simon (who tweeted he was on his way to London to see the show earlier on today) is a very happy bunny right now.

    Really looking forward to seeing Polly’s photos too.

    1. Lorraine and I are psychic. We said ages ago it would be the Thursday. Remember Lorraine? We should’ve put money on it :))

      This is terrible being jumpy and waiting for the reviews to come in, and the YouTubes. Watching through fingers of hands over eyes.

      ash

  7. I just knew it! … what with a sparkling mandolin from all that elbow grease, promises of “I do, but if I told you, I’d have to kill you” followed by a playlist of the most blatant hints ever and tweets of seeing a black Strat on stage (you know that feeling when you want something so badly but can’t have it!).

    I’m sooooooooo jealous (in the nicest possible way) :v and for those of you blessed with the good fortune to have witnessed it (have I already mentioned how JEALOUS I am?), I am waiting with baited breath to learn of your experience and how amazing it must’ve been and do tell what it’s like to die and go to heaven. My mind is definitely not stuck on 1963 … no way, no how! Am scouring all of cyberspace for any tidbit of news and info … perhaps a pic … although I know there’ll be some wonderful shots from “spitting distance”.

    I did say that I was jealous, didn’t I? :))

  8. Very Nice!!!

    From the distance to the lucky people who have a ticket for today.

    I’m waiting for Pollyโ€™s photos too. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. I know exactly where I’d like to be right now!! Still, I was lucky enough to see the Pink Floyd The Wall shows in London back in 1980 and 81 and also Roger’s production of The Wall here in Ottawa last year (which was great, though I did miss David’s voice and guitar).

    Here’s hoping David’s performance makes it onto DVD as an extra, unlike Nick’s performance at the RAH on David’s tour. ๐Ÿ™

  10. Jealous as hell ๐Ÿ™ and I too am looking forward to photos and any film footage.

    Knock ’em dead David!

    ash

  11. I went to the September 20th show in Chicago, and while I really was hoping that David would be at that one, it was still the best concert I’ve ever been to, hands down.

    Can’t wait to see the videos of this one. I’m sure it’ll be all over the net in a couple of hours.

  12. ๐Ÿ™ Damn, I’ve bought a ticket for the May 18 show. flying from Holland to the O2 Arena, hoping David is playing. All the lucky ones have fun tonight, the May 18 show is for me not that special anymore! But I knew, the change to see David play Comfortably Numb was 1 to 118. LOL.

    Shine on, Theo

  13. Saw the show at Madison Square Garden and at the O2 last night. It has changed and is very powerful stuff!

  14. Well congrats to the lucky few w/ a ticket for the show tonight! I saw The Wall – Live three times in 2010. The 30 October show in Kansas City, and the 7 and 8 December shows in San Jose, CA. The show is amazing and is certainly one that must be seen live… In The Flesh… and more than once.

    The technology today has caught up to Roger’s vision and the show… for those of you who haven’t seen it yet… will blow you away.

    Have fun tonight, Dave!

    1. Caught the KC show also – a very nice production.

      Musically, I enjoyed David at RAH in 2006 more than the Wall show, but again, the wall was an excellent production.

  15. I have used tickets from the first show of this tour, Toronto as well as the Buffalo, NY show. I have to say it is a very exciting place to be (O2 arena) with Mssrs Gilmour AND Mason to both be in attendance for tonight’s shows. Hmmmmm, is Dave going to be hoisted uptop the Wall again? And if Nick does happen to play a few songs, how would we know? He’d be hidden by the Wall… that confounded Wall! Hahaha.

    Best of luck to the patrons of the arena tonight, as well as to David for what many fans have waited what seems a lifetime for. No pressure, Dave, and while you’re at it have a welly of a wail on that Strat of yours!

  16. Wow… so tonight’s show was the one to attend… ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Wall-show was performed in Copenhagen last week and got extremely good reviews, especially for sound quality.

    I’m going to the show in exactly 1 month – June 13th – and hope it’ll be a nice evening for the whole family.

    Perhaps some of the golden-ticket-holders will fill us in on how it went tonight?

  17. Can’t wait for the DVD of Mr Gilmour doing his thing on top of the wall! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. P.S. There is always a ‘black’ Strat on stage as Snowy uses one every show (I was very excited in New York to see it on stage).

    1. Agreed! When I saw it at MSG I thought my prayers had been answered but it turned out that Snowy must have a copy. Still an amazing show.

      I am taking my son on 27 June for his 16th birthday.

  19. DAAAAAMN. :/

    We got tickets for 15th. 8|

    Can’t wait tho… it’ll be perfect enough! (Not sure if I would even handle seeing David. ๐Ÿ˜€ )

    x ivi

  20. Not the news I wanted to hear! I was so hoping David Gilmour was going to join Roger on Tuesday 17th May when I am going to see the concert. Quite miffed now ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Saw the concert in California last December and it was fantastic though and I shall enjoy it again next week too. Lucky buggers who went tonight!

    Donna

  21. at last, the voice and guitar of pink floyd is back (even just for one song), whoever is there tonight can look forward to a quality quality voice. not saying Roger can’t sing, sorry that’s exactly what i’m saying. lyrically brilliant but a singer he wasn’t, and most certainly isn’t now. he can rant but he can’t sing.

    long live the gilmour, show ’em how its done Mr Gilmour.

  22. Go, David, steal the show!

    No, I’m joking… Go, David, enjoy yourself!

    Very happy for all those in attendance tonight, I’m sure they will have a wonderful time and will forever ‘remember that night’. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favourite song from The Wall (besides ‘Comfortably Numb’) is ‘Mother’.

    1. On this tour Roger has been singing along with himself to Mother, so to speak, in that he has a video of him singing his parts back in 1981 projected on the wall while he sings live. I know he only promised to play CN, but if he had been willing to do more, I think it would have been so cool had David popped in and sung HIS parts in the same fashion (with no previous introduction that he’d be there of course).

  23. Hi,

    thanks for the exciting infos.

    By the way, wouldn’t you remind to Mr. Gilmour that Paris is also a very beautiful city, and that if by any chance he’s there on May 30, maybe he could spend a couple of hours in Bercy, you know, we would love C. Numb with the right vocalists. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Shine on.

  24. Twitter just went nuts — it happened — I am waiting for the YouTube videos to be uploaded now. I haven’t been this giddy since I saw the show here in Phoenix back in November. Wow.

  25. Great news!

    Wish I was there…

    I am sure it will be a great performance.

    Looking forward to Polly’s pictures.

  26. Was a fantastic moment. The atmosphere was electric as everyone realised who was atop the wall.

    After the wall came down Roger introduced DG and they hugged each other. After this Roger said that “By strange coincidence someone else from the remnants of our old band is here” and Nick came out with a tambourine. They were joined by the rest of the band and played “Outside The Wall”.

    Fantastic show. Amazing to go with my Dad 30 years after I saw it with him last!

  27. I know I’ve said before, I was there – The Wall Earls Court 80/81 – and I know it’s naughty but I have the show on DVD, got it at a car boot.

    Great to hear David, Rog and Nick have resolved with EMI and some unheard tracks will be with us soon.

  28. Words can’t describe how I feel at the moment… Mainly due to a combination of a slight case of man-flu and too much singing, which has rendered my voice non-existent!

    It was incredible to see, and I feel very, very privileged… Of all the shows, it was tonight! I feel so lucky.

    Can’t wait for the official footage to come out, so fellow fans of Mr. Gilmour can see it too.

    Also, I would like to give a special thanks to FEd, for his brilliant (and funny) playlist on Twitter leading up to the show. It raised my excitement levels, added atmosphere, and also passed some time as I spent a good while explaining the concept of Twitter to my Dad.

    When David came out, the place went nuts; my Dad had tears in his eyes, and he wasn’t the only one. And Nick coming on stage at the end was the icing on the cake.

    All I can say is thanks – to Roger, David, Nick, Polly (great photo on Twitter, looking forward to more) and FEd, for making it a truly special day.

    Can’t wait to see other people’s reactions!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks FEd! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have to admit, I never thought in a million years that it’d be the show I went to that David made his appearance.

      It was fantastic just to see David playing live again, and to hear the massive cheer from the crowd – it has been too many years since I last saw the famous Black Strat! It meant the world to me to be there, and I will never forget it.

      I hope he enjoyed himself as much as we all did, and I really hope it’s not as long before we see him again…

      I’m off to listen to On An Island and The Wall on my long journey back up to sunny Scotland, and I know for sure that I’ll “Remember that night…” ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Hi FEd!!!

    How are you? How has your week been?

    I went to Houston, in November, with a friend that I have know for 35/36 years.

    It was wonderful. And, as I stated back in November, Roger did some “jousting” with his ego, during the show. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    All in all, a good time was had by all!

    I am jealous though, of the lucky ones at tonight’s performance. ๐Ÿ˜›

    XOXO
    Penny

  30. Thank god I got tickets for this evening’s gig!

    By now you will also be hearing the fact that Nick Mason also joined waters and Gilmour on stage for the final song and encore! What a great show and thank god I lived to see this!

  31. Nick joined both Roger and Dave for Outside The Wall, w/ Dave on mandolin.

  32. Was there ever any doubt it would be one of the London gigs? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheers to everyone who was lucky enough to attend! And thanks to David for being so cool to do this!

    Alan

  33. David Gilmour is a huge inspiration for my playing. In fact, I wrote a song named “Likvidator (The Warning)” that is mainly influenced by the way he plays.

  34. I’m sure that Polly’s Pics will also be a lot more revealing. Looking forward to seeing them in all their glory.

    As for Wall tickets, I have four for 21/05/11 in Manchester (why couldn’t you wait until then David). I’ve also got a couple of stubs stashed away somewhere from the ’80 and ’81 shows at Earls Court.

    Congratulations to Simon J for having a ‘Golden’ one. Happy Days indeed (or perhaps it’ll now be Happy Nights.) ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. Best Concert EVER!

    12/05/2011 is a night I’ll never forget! To see David Gilmour stood at the top of the wall, belting out the Comfortably Numb solo was a moment to die for!

    TRUE LEGEND!!!

  36. Been there tonight and I as many others were truly surprised at the moment Roger pointed his fingers towards a character on the wall which pretty soon turned out to be David – thank you very much for this rare treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. I was there and it was amazing. We didn’t know it would be tonight until David Gilmour started to perform his part in Comfortably Numb from on top of the wall and the place went wild. It was extremely emotional. Such a wonderful and fantastic surprise.

    Nick Mason and David Gilmour both joined the band at the end for Outside the Wall (Nick on tambourine, David on mandolin).

    I feel so lucky to have been there tonight, but if you are going to another show, it’s still a fantastic and emotional concert production. You’re in for a treat every night. I’ve just bought a ticket to go again, and I know David Gilmour’s not playing twice. ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. I had a golden ticket!

    I’ll post more tomorrow but for now all I can say is ‘wow’ and thank you David.

    I need some sleep – so it can sink in and because I have work tomorrow. As Lorraine said, all this on a school night!

  39. I was at the O2 tonight. The only night of the tour I had tickets for and I struck lucky. CN was brilliant – plus a bonus with David playing the mandolin on Outside the Wall.

    Great to see David with Roger and Nick on stage at the end of the show.

    There is some footage on you-know-where right now.

    1. Indeed it is. You can all find it, I’m sure, so I won’t be providing any links.

      The official recording will be available later today, hopefully.

  40. What I would have given to have been there tonight. Saw the show in Houston, TX and prayed, although entirely too optimistically, that po-dunk Texas would be the date. Still, I carry the melodies and voice deep in my soul so Dave’s voice and notes were there with me as I hoped in vain.

    Would love to see Dave tour again in the USA hopefully with stops in TEXAS. LOVED On An Island and I own Gdansk and Remember that Night DVD and Blu Ray.

    GIVE US MORE, DAVE! We miss you!!!

  41. I was one of the lucky ones with a ticket for tonight’s show – although obviously when I got it, I didn’t know it was the night to go.

    Great show – David you were fantastic, no one plays it like you. It was great to see you all on stage together.

    All in all I had a wonderful time and feel privileged to be there.

    Jules

  42. What a fabulous evening!

    The show was great anyway; but as Comfortably Numb drew close, those who had been keeping an eye on Twitter surged to the front. And when Gilmour’s head appeared, the place went bonkers.

    The solo of course was superb.

    And then to end, Nick joined them on stage.

    The atmosphere was like a huge party.

  43. Probably my biggest regret in life so far is not going to see PF when they were last in Australia. My sister and girl friend (now wife) went, but I had my nose out of joint with the venue, what a fool. ๐Ÿ™

    I’ve seen a YouTube clip of yesterday performance, you’ve got to love the crowd singing, even if the crowds singing wasn’t what I wanted to hear.

    1963 was the year at least one fool was born.

    Well, down to the local for few pints and chat about the reissues coming out. Fingers crossed for the vinyl, OK not really, PF are the KINGS of vinyl so I feel confident they will be around soon.

    1. Probably my biggest regret in life so far is not going to see PF when they were last in Australia. My sister and girl friend (now wife) went, but I had my nose out of joint with the venue, what a fool. ๐Ÿ™

      Snow,

      I perfectly understand you, because I made the same mistake when they played in my city, in 1989.

      I was young enough and I didn’t know their music, yet. A colleague of my father, who was going to the concert with his family, had an extra ticket and asked me if I wanted to go, but I said no because I didn’t know him very well and, at that time, this made me feel uncomfortable.

      What a silly reason. I can’t even think about it. ๐Ÿ™

  44. 8| I’m just a follower. It’s nice that the Floyd is enjoyed by me and millions of others like me.

    J.B.

  45. It’s already been uploaded to You Tube twice, but they didn’t get it from the beginning. Outside the Wall’s also up but is too far back to make faces out.

  46. Should be a great show last night.

    I saw the original Wall show in 1980 I believe at the Nassau Coliseum in N.Y. I’ll never forget David atop the 35ft. wall, just a wailing his black Strat. Still have the program from that evening.

    It would have been nice if he also did Run Like Hell, oh well!

  47. Very jealous of anyone who got to go.

    I nearly bought tickets last night but just couldn’t afford them or get the time off work.

    Ah well, I’ll always treasure the memories of seeing David live in Glasgow and at the Royal Albert Hall in 2006. Greatest musical experience of my life.

    Kris

  48. Oh well, not much point in being jealous – I couldn’t afford tickets anyway, with or without DG. LOL, I missed David Bowie at DG’s RAH concert by one night so I’m a living underdog anyway!

    But … The Live 8 reunion was so exciting that anything else since – without Mr Richard Wright – just isn’t the same.

    Loved the Twitter hints though: all that mandolin polishing and Nick’s comment: “…but looking forward to seeing the old boy creaking around on stage”. Hmmm – which one was he referring to?!

  49. D’oh!

    My Golden ticket for Saturday night just turned out to be fool’s gold … F’ed, what are you playing at, I said Saturday, remember? You’re making me think that David does not bend to your will after all. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Seriously, good luck to anyone who saw it and of course I booked the ticket before David pledged his performance so I’m cool with it. I never thought I’d get the chance to see “The Wall” show in it’s full (and it seems improved) form and I’m sure the surrogate band will do a good job.

    One of my favourite parts form the “Is There Anybody Out There?” recording is Roger’s “clap-a-long” audience participation slot … I really wonder how many people “got” that back in 1980-1.

    Musical highlights of course are old Comfy, the funkier versions of ABITW (II) and the less jolly “One of My Turns” whose lyrics are right up there, but of course it’s the whole package, concept, narrative, vision that make this a seminal show in Rock Music.

  50. Went to the show last night. That was pretty damn special. Gig of my life!

  51. I was one of the lucky ones… still can’t quite believe it.

    The Wall show is epic anyway, but to see DG appear on top of the wall was incredible. It took a few seconds for people to realise that it was indeed him, but the cheer at that point threatened to take the roof off. Everyone around me, myself included, was on their feet open-mouthed.

    It goes without saying that he played and sang it perfectly – we didn’t get the extended solo from the 94 tour, but it was utterly superb. Nick Mason coming on with DG and RW for Outside The Wall was the icing on the cake.

    As I said, I still can’t quite believe my luck. Floyd at EC in 94 was my best gig of all time up until last night – there’s a new number 1 now!

  52. I banked on the 14th May show and paid over the odds for the tickets… deflated indeed but happy for the lucky ones who saw the spectacle!

    When I heard this news the feeling was like being dumped by a girlfriend. I am gutted I won’t get to see them all together, I don’t think this will happen again, it really was a one off, and I can’t see another reunion happening. To those of you who witnessed I hope you enjoyed and will tell the tale for years to come I know I would have done! Floyd history has another great tale to its collection.

    I live in the hope that one day I’ll get to see my hero play – David please get back on the road!

  53. It was fantastic to see him appear above the wall, black Strat in hand, and with that familiar, rather portly noble posture.

    We all went absolutely mad at the sight. Not a single person remained seated at the sight. Everybody was singing along, and the atmosphere was incredible. The sound of David and Roger singing; everybody in the audience singing along, cheering and waving, was a sight to behold.

    Last time I saw him play was at Earls Court on the evening they filmed the video P.U.L.S.E.

    At the end, Nick Mason joined on stage to sing ‘Outside the Wall’ with the rest of the Wall band and David.

    It was a moment to savour. Roger said that 29 years ago (and 328 days) they last played Comfortably Numb in the original show at Earls Court. Roger said that at the time, he was a ‘Rather grumpy person disaffected by Rock and Roll, to which David would attest’. Gilmour stood nodding. Lots of people were laughing in the audience at the statement. A big bear hug between Roger and David got everybody cheering.

    One by one, Roger introduced all the band members, and they walked off stage to leave Nick, Roger and David. I couldn’t help thinking of Richard.

    Time heals all wounds!

    A fitting end.

    Thank you!

  54. Lucky guys, them who had tickets and the time to attend the show…

    I’m sure they enjoyed it, but hey, we’ll get to see it as video. :))

    Best regards

    Taki

  55. hey, i have an idea. why doesn’t david gilmour repeat this in the show of 8th july in athens?? and never mind the costs of staying in athens, i’ll pay!!! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€

  56. Why on earth did David choose to appear on a Thursday night – only Londoners and folk that can afford not to work can get to London on a Thursday night. ๐Ÿ™

    Hopefully, the bug caught and he’ll show Saturday as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, you gotta dream, haven’t you!

    1. Er… No!!!! I live in Coventry and was back for 2 in the morning and at work in Birmingham for 8.30!!! 5 and a half hours sleep just to see Roger was worth it – David and Nick were certainly an added bonus!

      If you want to see someone/something enough, then there are no limitations…

  57. I play in a band in Glasgow and we normally practice on a Friday night. 3 of the guys in my band were going to Wall show this week and I am going with my mates on the last London show (next week). When I text the guys in my band last night to check if we were practising tonight I got no text back. Then I remembered that they were going to show this week at some point! I sent over another text asking “when you guys seeing the Wall?” The response I got was “right now!”

    Half an hour later they were all texting me “we’ve just seen Dave Gilmour!!” Then “Nick Mason too! What a night!” I thought they were winding me up until reading this today…

    Gutted, but glad my mates saw it!!

    Just hoping now Dave comes back on for final London night!!!

  58. So, the mystery is solved!

    I’m happy for those lucky people who had the right ticket and, of course, I’m also sincerely jealous. ๐Ÿ˜›

    As I wrote some posts ago, completely off topic :v , I used my ticket in Milan, Mediolanum Forum, on 4 April.

    The show was great and everything was almost perfect. I only didn’t like very much Dave Kilminster’s guitar on some songs (Comfortably Numb, first), but I know there is a reason for that. Probably, I didn’t like him because I particularly missed David’s sound on those songs.

    In fact, taking for granted that David’s voice and guitar can’t be replaced, I think everything worked perfectly to communicate the intended feeling and message.

    1. I honestly don’t think Roger could have done better in selecting talents to replace David’s spots. I thought they did a wonderful job. However it’s telling that he needed a singer (Wyckoff), two full time lead guitarists (Kilminster and White), plus Jon Carin (who we all know David taught everything he knows ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) part time to replace one David Gilmour. And that’s not even counting G.E. Smith (even Gilmour couldn’t play all the guitar parts by himself live).

  59. following all of the tweets and pictures and videos has made for quite an emotional evening. what a thrill to be able to experience it second hand almost in real time. the miracles of technology!

    i saw the the wall three times here in california and it is without a doubt the greatest show on earth. i wrote a short piece on it, here.

  60. I was at one of the shows in Lodz (Poland) in April and was lucky enough to be there again last night. Both shows were amazing, but obviously nothing is comparable to David being in attendance. The whole crowd went absolutely insane last night when they saw it was David atop the wall. Brilliant.

    Surely it will be included as an extra section on any future DVD release, especially with Nick on stage too??

  61. I was lucky enough to attend last night’s performance of The Wall. It was a fantastic show which was crowned by the appearance of DG at his majestic best. I hope this appearance will be included in the DVD.

    The reception DG received was tremendous, raising the roof and was similar to that which Rick Wright received at one of Davidโ€™s Festival Hall concerts.

    It was a real privilege to see them performing the piece as part of a show as neither David or Roger can truly reproduce each others parts in Comfortably Numb by using substitute artists.

    Hopefully this wonโ€™t be the end of future collaborations between them.

  62. I’m was so excited to see David perform, as well as Nick being there. It’s just wonderful to see them together when it happens.

    I was in Toronto for the first show of the tour on Sept.15th, and also Sept.16th. Then a few weeks later I caught the show in Buffalo on Oct.8th. I can’t explain the feeling I felt, especially the first night, other than to say if people felt like that every day, they would probably live to be 200 years old.

    Although the entire band did an excellent job, I do remember missing David. I’m so glad he did this.

    Thank you David. You’re the best!

    Amedeo

  63. It was my birthday, what better present than to be at a moment in rock history. A truly fantastic experience.

    Thanks David, you made my year.

    BTW, it was a brilliant piece of staging and performance. I worked on the show in Berlin in 1990 and was worried that this would be a disappointment, but not at all.

    By the way, if you read this Sparky (Mark Risk), HI!!

    1. Happy (belated) Birthday Tim — boy, talk about getting the best ever b’day gift, you lucky skunk!

  64. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I was lucky to be at the show last night and, along with everyone else, was thrilled to see David pop up with his Strat at the top of the wall.

    Awesome performance and very emotional to see. So glad you could make it!!

    Thanks.

  65. Hi Fed

    I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS DAVID PERFORMANCE WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN A FUTURE WATERS DVD…

    DO YOU KNOW WHY SUCH A DISAPPOINTING DECISION WAS TAKEN?

  66. Well, I was a lucky one! That was absolutely awesome and a dream come true.

    Thank you David for doing this! Hope to see you guys doing more things together in the future.

    Thank you!

  67. THANK YOU DAVID! IT WAS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.

    David’s vocals were divine, David’s playing was fantastic as ever and from the 2nd row from the front David’s smile still buckles knee caps at 50 paces!

    He seemed so relaxed and really enjoying it. I hope especially at the end with the mandolin… for one moment we thought he might relieve Roger of the trumpet and start playing that. I’m still pinching myself especially with Nick there as well with a tambourine that looked like Michael Schumacher’s steering wheel. A lovely touch right at the end with just the 3 left on stage and Roger saying ‘and its goodnight from us’ and all 3 left equally… yes, it should have been 4 and we haven’t forgotten Rick.

    Thank you David for making it a very special evening.

    Best Wishes
    Heather

    1. Good to hear that another of our Irregulars caught it. Thanks for that, Heather. Glad that you enjoyed yourself.

  68. I’d be willing to share Hitler’s trouser predicament to have been there last night.

    Brilliant job David.

  69. Manchester MEN, next Friday… any chance of gracing us with your presence???? I think I would pee my pants if you did. ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. I went the Wednesday night and thought it was sooo mind blowing! Can’t believe the amazing news about last night though! So wish I had been there. I have yet to break the news to my boyfriend though, he will be devastated, we originally had tickets for Thursday but he couldn’t get the time off work so we swapped them with his friends… he will not be a happy bunny!

  71. Awesome – just watched some unofficial YouTube videos and it looked like one hell of an event!!! Can’t wait to see/hear the official release…

    I saw The Wall in Hartford, CT on October 15th (the day after my b-day and that was my present to myself ๐Ÿ˜› ) just like Kathy and it was really an unbelievable show. The graphics, etc were incredible – I had center floor seats so I was in perfect view of the entire stage and wall.

    I have to admit it was one hell of a stage set-up and performance. Of course, without David it was lacking that extra oomph that we all know to be Pink Floyd… very nice to see AND hear David rocking it out with Roger even if it was just a one off.

    It’s moments like this that make it all that much more special. I wasn’t there, but a big THANK YOU to David just the same. Great to see you on a stage once again!!!

  72. To see the way Roger and David embraced last night brings a tear to a grown man’s eye. Today is the day that so many Pink Floyd Fans have been waiting for.

    Long Live the FLOYD.

  73. Woohhaah! Wooohhooo! Yeeeaaaahhhhhh! Wheeeeheeeee!

    It is some 16 hours later and I am still up there. Yaaaarreeehhhhaaa!

    I was fortunate enough to go to one of the shows in 1980 and it was great then. With the advances in technology and some different things Roger had done, last nights show was equally spectacular and awe inspiring.

    Unfortunately, we were parked in the top row to the left of the stage and a moon shaped stack of PAs blocked our view of the lone guitarist on top of the wall. However it was obvious who the lone ranger on the wall was, because the house erupted when the spot light turned onto the lonesome figure. David’s guitar could only just be heard above the din but did it ever make the hairs on the back of my neck tingle, and I am afraid there was a stinging in my eyes, dear Fed! It must have been a bit of dust, don’t you know.

    It was made all the more sweeter as Roger very humbly thanked David for joining him on “Comfortably Numb” and to give him credit, whilst David was playing Roger pointed up the wall towards DG on a number of occasions, recognising who was playing the guitar solo. And of course when Mr Mason came on the evening was almost complete.

    It was a great night and I was very lucky to have the ticket for that night, and I hope one Mr Richard Wright was looking down with a grin on his face. I certainly joined him!

  74. Saw some video of this last night on Hidden Track’s music site… amazing… would have loved to be there.

    Do us all a favor and do one final tour together! Stateside and worldwide for all to enjoy… anywhere remotely close to Atlanta, I’ll be there…

  75. Thursday, 12th May 2011 will be printed on the books of music history.

    When, on April the 4th, I attended The Wall show in Milan, I was dreaming David to appear on the top of the wall, and I’m sure, all the crowd did it that night.
    I’m happy for all the people who could witness those deep, meaningful and thrilling eight minutes yesterday!

    Great, great news in the last days from David, Roger and Nick, by the way.

    “Why Pink Floyd…?” is supposed to be fantastic. What do you think FEd?

    Of course my thoughts go with Syd and Richard as well. It’s an important moment for Pink Floyd history.

    Have a nice weekend everybody!

    1. โ€œWhy Pink Floydโ€ฆ?โ€ is supposed to be fantastic. What do you think FEd?

      Fantastic, I’m sure. More on that soon, perhaps.

  76. Why can’t people like David and Roger, who both are musical geniuses and both love to play, just play a few concerts together and record the concerts for Bluray? It means so much for millions of people.

    But anyway please include this CN song on the DVD. Please.

    It was amazing to see the clip, David playing the solo, so fantastic. Please let me know the setting for guitar and effects. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was buying the black Start from fender last year, and if I had those settings I get a step closer to get my guitar sounding like David’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was at the the Wall concert in Oslo, 30 April.

  77. Haven’t posted on here before, so be nice to me folks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Went to last night’s gig, and thanks to mobile internet, we knew at the interval what we were going to be getting during the second half, but I really don’t think we could quite believe it until we saw it. I was asking my friend “Are you SURE it says David’s coming tonight?”

    The moment that the spotlight turned onto the top of The Wall, and the chorus struck up, there was a giant gasp and a roar from the crowd as if they couldn’t believe what they were seeing – it was quite obvious most were not expecting it. Roger pointed upwards like a preacher to the sky, and leapt around like an excited schoolboy throughout the chorus and the solos. The standing ovation and cheer at the end of the song was quite emotional and I’m told many people were in tears at it all. Then when we got Nick on stage at the end, that was just so beautiful – a real pity we couldn’t have Rick as well. Roger sounded really sincerely emotional about the moment and truly grateful to David, admitting that he’d been a miserable sod to him in the past, but saying that he was happier than he’d ever been in his life – he sounded like he meant it.

    A wonderful night and show – we’re going again next Tuesday – and although Tuesday will never top last night’s moment, I’m sure it will be well worth another view of a top top show.

    1. A warm welcome to the Blog. We hope you’ll return and that you’ll come to like it here.

  78. Finally…

    I wasn’t at the O2 last night but did see the opening night in Toronto, third night in Toronto and a night in Buffalo.

    Most certainly the best show I have ever seen. As someone said already, technology has finally caught up. To see every brick as a High Def Television and to see the Wall opening and moving around was pant wettingly good.

    I hesitate to mention it but I thought DG was a tad nervous on the first solo but who wouldn’t be when one of the greatest Rock and Roll moments was re-created. I know that Kilminster looked and acted physically relieved after he finished his solos…

    The hug between RW and DG at the finale looked honest and emotional.

    Roll on the DVD. ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Hi FEd – I did go last night and it was brilliant – when I got back I did tweet the blog, as I was still high on the performance and wanted to share.

    When David appeared on top of the wall I was so shocked that I jumped to my feet and my brand new Blackberry bounced down the stairs and into bits in front of me and I left it there while David was on stage!! I’m not a huge RW fan, but I thought the show is quite something and he does do demented so well. :)) I also have tickets for Sunday as I was hedging my bets on when David would be on. I’m so lucky to have been there.

    I hear rumours of a new album from David soon – any truth?

    Lisa – (marthasharbour1 on Twitter)

  80. No disappointment at all! How many times has he performed in the UK? So should I buy yesterday’s ticket to watch him perform? He should also perform in Athens. NEVER EVER SEEN him perform in Greece. WHY???

    It’s a shame… great shame!!! I don’t need a DVD have seen him thousands of times on DVD. Need to watch him LIVE.

    Play in all the concerts remaining. It’s not a plea, it’s a demand!! Shame on you…

  81. Oh my God…! Too great!!! Thank you Dave, Roger and Nick for this moment WITH THE PINK FLOYD!!!! :))

  82. Was there at the 02 last night – the whole show just blew me away. Best gig ever. ๐Ÿ˜€

  83. My Review

    What an amazing 24 hours. By now, all of you will know that David joined Roger on the tour for one night, to play Comfortably Numb. I am so happy that I had the privilege of being a member of the audience. I thought I would share some moments with you guys.

    I actually entered the O2 at around 6pm for dinner and a few pints with a mate. I walked into the arena realising that I shouldn’t get my hopes up, and to take in the whole show.

    The first half was outstanding, and I turned my phone on at half-time. I wasn’t going to let my phone distract me from the event. I checked on the relevant Social Networking sites, and then the news was broken to me by many ‘Irregulars’ – Geoff, Ken, Lorraine, Gab and many others, that tonight was the night.

    Even after being told by them of this, I was still pessimistic.

    Then Roger started the song. After he started, I slowly realised there was only one guy on the wall. Seeing previous shows, it would normally be two. My heart started bouncing. As Roger was finishing, I shouted “Come On” several times. People looked around at me wondering what I was so excited about. Then David’s vocal hit.

    The stadium erupted. Everyone was on their feet, clapping, hollering, in pure emotion. After two lines, everyone sang along. My seat was excellent, and I noticed Roger smiling.

    History was being created, and I was part of it.

    David played two excellent solos. On the second solo, before he finished I noticed him tuning his guitar. I donโ€™t know why this was, as it did sounds very much in tune. Then again, thatโ€™s 50 odd years of experience and talent for you.

    The song was brilliant. I wonโ€™t talk about the graphics, as some havenโ€™t seen the show yet, but I am allowed to say they are jaw-droppingly good.

    And then, the song had finished. Everyone joined in, in a chorus of applause.

    To top it all off, David came back on to say thank you at the end of the show. He had a small guitar (didnโ€™t know it was a mandolin), so I figured it was for โ€˜Outside the Wallโ€™. The hug between David and Roger was a very heartfelt moment, as someone watching it as a third party.

    And to top the night, the brilliant Nick Mason came out. To see those three on stage has honestly made me, the most happiest man on the face of this earth. What a brilliant moment.

    Roger then mentioned Rickโ€™s name. The mood went quite sombre for a brief moment, showing the respect they had for Rick.

    After playing the song, three remained on stage and then left.

    Thank you Roger for an amazing show. Thank you Nick, for being there for the fans. Thanks to Dave Kiliminster, who plays Comfortably Numb excellently on other nights. Thanks to David, for quite simply, a moment to never forget.

    And thank you to the many Irregulars, who have contacted me to tell me that they are glad I had a good time.That shows how tight this great community is.

    1. Brill review Simon, 2 stories for the Grand kids now.

      Still gutted I missed it.

    2. Simon,

      Thanks for sharing the euphoria of your ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.

      The whole evening seemed quite surreal, even for those of us who weren’t there to witness such an immaculate, ultimate performance of Comfortably Numb (and Outside the Wall).

      The power of the interweb allowed those of us who were ‘in’ on the unfurling events of how the evening passed, in a way share this unique occasion.

      These feelings (on a personal level) were only surpassed by those fortunate enough to be there ‘In the Flesh’.

      Well, I’ve still got Saturday night to look forward to, which I am now relishing with renewed vigour, safe in the knowledge that there won’t be any misguided anticipation of David making an impromptu appearance.

  84. What a wonderful evening for all the lucky ones yesterday. These are the moments Iยดm thankful for the cameras in concerts because they give me the chance to take part of it.

    I wonยดt be too jealous, you canยดt have everything in life. I saw the show last year in New York and will see it again twice in June but I hope David acquired the taste for another own tour.

  85. Thanks to David for playing the gig last night. I was lucky enough to be there and it made a great night into something words cannot describe. It totally blew the roof off the dome. Fantastic night.

    I have been fortunate to see David and Roger on the stage on four occasions over the years but this one will be the most memorable. I still hope for more!

  86. I was one of those lucky ones to be there last night!!!

    Obviously we were hoping for David to appear … and there he was standing on the top of the wall singing Comfortably Numb !!! … it was the most amazing and intense moment of the show … people got insane and there was an immense wave of cheer … every time I see the video, it kicks me and I have tears in my eyes as I had last night!

    And as if that wasn’t enough, Nick Mason joined Roger and David for the last song!!! To see all 3 of them together on one stage was just incredible … that was absolutely incredible! My dream became true!

    I’m still ‘high’ and trembling … AMAZING!!!

  87. it’s wonderful for the fans, and david and roger from now, because they play for fun and just for fun, until a sequel.

    i’m happy today, and you fed, and you my friends.

    david is great!!!

  88. W.O.W ! ! !

    Having had the good fortune to be at last night’s gig (12th May 2011), the Wall Show is astounding, Roger Waters is a Musical Genius, Superb Musician and Perfectionist with no expense spared in the Technical Departments to bring this humongous show to full life. I also saw the Dark Side of The Moon concert at the O2 Arena and that was spectacular but the Wall was a better show at least in my opinion. Let’s not forget the rest of the band who worked hard at bringing the various parts to life which they did so very well. Rumours were flying that David Gilmour would play at one show, but which show?

    Having heard Roger Waters interviewed last week on Radio 2 about the forthcoming Wall Shows when asked if there were any special guests, he replied No!

    Fast Forward to last night’s show, when Roger started singing the first few bars of Comfortably Numb I was thinking Hm Not A Wall Song, by the bridge blinding white lights were beaming from the top of the wall and there stood the Dave Gilmour complete with his legendary Black Strat. The arena erupted into mayhem and you knew that you were witness to a unique slice of Musical History and Legend. Dave Gilmour was simply superb, what a great player he is, the tone, emotion of his playing is pure class and he was obviously enjoying this maybe more then his laidback exterior revealed?

    Nick Mason, Roger Waters, David Gilmour with one missing member Richard Wright, I feel Richard was there in spirit.

    What A Gig! Blinding!

  89. Wonderful!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m very happy about your performance on The Wall show.

    Bravo David! 8)

  90. I live for the day I can hear David Gilmour live. I, somehow, incredulously, inexplicably, strangely missed seeing him all these years but have been such a fan in the last few years (just as the On An Island tour was ending.)

    I do take hope from a recent interview Polly gave in which she said she had lyrics to write for her husband, which leads me to believe he is working on another recording… which, fingers crossed, he would tour to the US.

    I now have a travel fund going so I can be ready to fly to a major US city to see him on stage. Definitely on my Bucket List!

    Can’t wait to see Polly’s photos of this latest concert.

    Cheers. ๐Ÿ˜€

  91. Well, I was one ofthe lucky ones to be have been there Thursday night. Up to the break I was speechless at how amazing the show was (I also went to the “original” shows 30 years ago!).

    The second half started, when the CN solo started I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing, DG himself soloing. The enormous emotional hit reduced me to tears, bought back decades of memories of seeing Floyd play.

    Thought the show was just so good, and probably the last time it will ever be performed (RW is 67!!), I’ve just bought tickets for Saturdays show… sod the expense!

  92. I was there in 1980 in Earls Court, again a year later when they came back and last night I was there too. It was incredible. The atmosphere was good but went stratospheric when David appeared. The show’s visuals were stunning. So glad I went.

  93. Amazing performance. Always a treat to see PF music played the way it was intended to be – cohesively.

    Lucky you lot at the O2 ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. What a weird and dramatic 2 weeks it’s been!

    First the Royal Wedding, then OBL’s assassination by the USN Seals, now this! My in laws battling floodwaters of the MS, while I find a Luna Moth on a barrier island. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away from an island of wild horses! That was last week.

    Of course I’m trying really, really hard to teleport myself to London where my mind heart and soul already are!

    I’m so happy for those who saw the performance, and so sad that I wasn’t there!

    It’s been my dream to see all 3 perform together, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Roger Waters, and now my dream is reality. Is this heaven? Thank you to all who made it possible.

    I saw the Wall in Washington DC in October!

  95. Promises made, promises kept. Very cool indeed.

    I was lucky to see Roger and his Wall tour twice last year and it was quite an impressive production. Although I probably could have seen the original production way back when, I imagine that the advances in technology make this production more impressive. Of course for the time, the original production was probably quite impressive as well. Better stop before I get even more confused.

    Anyway, an ironic twist that I see here is that Led Zeppelin (ex-John Bonham) had their final performance on the same O2 stage. If I am not mistaken, David was there. In any case, to me it seems quite fitting that this venue was chosen. Anyone know if Jimmy Page was in the audience?

    I am looking forward to reading some words from David, Roger and Nick with respect to the events of the evening.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    PS – FEd, and you didn’t go?? Please don’t say you had no interest, you had something better to do or that you had tickets to see Radiohead instead. :))

    1. Radiohead tickets indeed. :/

      Sadly I had other commitments which, although by no means ‘better’ than being at the O2 for such an exalted performance, did matter more. (I’m sure that those responsible for some of the comments on this page and the following one will find that very hard to understand at this moment in time…)

  96. Never could bring myself to go to one of Roger’s shows and listen to others playing David’s music. Clearly he’s moved on. Perhaps I should!

    Had I been there, the tissues would have been out!!

  97. thanks, FEd. to follow up, i put a few thoughts on last night’s occurrence up at the ruckus, because i just can’t help myself! too many feelings. 8)

  98. Yup. I was there. Perfect seats. My darling wife in tow (who is not a fan, but standing by me). I’ve known this album for 25 years intimately, revisiting in great depth every 2 or so years. So seeing this was the greatest music moment of my life (and I’ve had some good ones…). Roger’s voice was pitch perfect, the show was phenomenal, and then David stood atop the wall. The roof lifted off.

    I’ve waited 3/4 a lifetime. It was worth the wait.

    I’m there again Sunday. While David may not be, I’m sure it will be just as emotional…

  99. 24 hours on and I am still on a high from last night. The grin that is as large as the wall itself is still on my face. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Having been a huge PF fan for years, the magic that happened when Dave Gilmour appeared on top of the wall will stay with me forever. Then to finish such a awe inspiring show by having Nick join Dave and Roger on stage just made it the best night of my life!

  100. Hopefully Roger will at least include this as a bonus on the DVD/Blu-ray, since David used footage of Roger on his “Remember That Night” Blu-ray.

    Funny to see David flub the lyrics to Numb in the final verse.

  101. Wow! Saw the show in LA – amazing! Seen Pink Floyd MANY times – Carnegie Hall 1972 was the most musical (“Echoes”, “Eclipse”…) but The Wall 2010 was THE most spectacular!!! As Dave sang wrong lyrics at end of Chorus 2, this – could be fixed in the mix… overdub vocal with R&H jaw replacement! ๐Ÿ˜‰ – will probably be an extra!

    Oh! “Why, Pink Floyd!?” – indeed!!! I have Dark Side on audiophile vinyl – OMR – and remastered CD and colored vinyl and… – the SACD being Definitive!!!
    Really!!??? Most Floyd fans are audiophiles with NICE systems!

    PLEASE put out SURROUND mixes – mainly “MEDDLE!”- on Blu-Ray Uncompressed 24-bit, 192k, like Tom Petty and Neil Young are doing… since SACD and DVD-A are pretty much… dead! THIS I would buy!

    Not repackaged “re-mastered” CDs!!! I know Meddle was mixed in Quad – talked to Alan at NAMM this year! Release that, or remix it! James, Alan, OR Chris Thomas could do it! If not… I’ll do the best I can in Pro Tools with clever “stems”…

    MEDDLE… SURROUND = BLISS!!!

  102. I wish I was there, even though seeing the picture of them three, with Richard missing, at the end of the show brings me tears.

    Thank you David for this, you returned the favour to Roger as promised. Precious. We are so happy to see you together once again, we’ll treasure these moments.

    Nice report here.

  103. ‘LoALL. Fed. Great! Have enjoyed the comments and watched the tube things, though, “the tube thing has given me a bad neck”… with much joy.

    I’m happy for the lucky people who had tickets for the night. I’m also happy for people with tickets over the next few shows, I’m sure you will enjoy!

  104. That was insane! Without reading this first (as I was at the gig), I noticed you retweeted one of my tweets about the ‘immense’ Wall that stood before us. To which I mentioned in a later tweet that I should take it as a sign (that David Gilmour’s blog would retweet little old me) and that it would be nothing short of amazing should the man himself choose to be at the gig I’m attending.

    I never ever dreamt that he would be there and furthermore Pink Floyd would be reunited before my very eyes in front of a decimated Wall! The whole place was in frantic uproar at the sight of it. It was amazing and an event that I’ll never ever forget.

    Thank you David, Roger and Nick, you’ve made me and a lot of people very happy.

    Final thanks to @the_blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  105. I was at the May 12 concert when Roger Waters and David Gilmour were reunited. It was fantastic to see them come together for a one-off show!

  106. My special night to see the Wall Live was in Oakland California. Incredible show but, 3 is a magic number… 8)

  107. I was lucky enough to pick THE night for my Wall show and I can only describe the moment that David came on as magical. Having only been a Floyd fan for 10 years, I have never seen them play as a group so this will likely be the closest I ever get.

    I love David’s work and missed the On an Island tour so please, write more material and tour again.

    It was amazing to watch him play on the top of the wall. A master of his instrument.

  108. I was there, it was truly a magical moment, the fucking roof came off when David appeared, thank you!!!

  109. I was thinking that, probably, my favourite tracks from The Wall are “Goodbye Blue Sky”, “Mother”, “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell”.

    And I love these lines from “Nobody Home”. I’ve always found them moving.

    “I’ve got wild staring eyes
    I’ve got a strong urge to fly
    But I’ve got nowhere to fly to”

    1. Very moving. This verse, well, the whole song but the sarcasm and resentment in these lines in particular, gives me the chills each time. Such an incredibly powerful piece of writing, music and film.

      “Kind old King George sent Mother a note
      When he heard that father was gone
      It was, I recall, in the form of a scroll
      Gold leaf and all
      And I found it one day in a drawer of old photographs
      Hidden away
      And my eyes still grow damp to remember
      His Majesty signed with his own rubber stamp”

    2. It is a very beautiful song. I think it was a good idea to include it in the 2004 CD reissue of “The Final Cut”.

      By the way, the sarcasm in that verse of “When the Tigers Broke Free” somehow reminds me of an older and apparently happier song, “Corporal Clegg”.

  110. Been there! It was fantastic! One of my greatest moments. Thank you, Dave! ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. cant believe you came the day after i went to watch the wall at the o2. so disappointed, its unbelievable.

    but the pair of you, sort your shit out and take the dark side of the moon on tour. that would make my life complete.

    as for roger, honestly, the greatest show i’ve ever seen or ever will see. 8|

  112. Hello Fed

    Been a bit since I posted last, but I’ve been following. Saw the show in Buffalo in October. Thrilled to see the lads playing together again even if it is only occasionally. Dave Killminster’s solo is also excellent but he plays it on Telecaster which gives it a different sound and that is kind of neat as no living human being can duplicate the sound and style of DG and the infamous Black Strat.

    Thanks gentlemen for a job well done.

    George

  113. Thanks for the official video FEd. I can’t understand why it makes grown men cry.

    I bought the LP when I was 16, it takes me back I suppose.

    A great old mate of mine who is long gone always told me that “Time heals all wounds”. I hope he was Right.

    Cheers and good health to all the Pink Floyd family and of course that includes yourself and yours.

  114. I saw the show in Sunrise, Florida. I was in London for work and knew there was a show Thursday night. Something drew me to go see it again. Went to the O2 and walked up to the box office and scored a very close ticket. During the gig saw the cameras set up… but they weren’t shooting. Figured they were just there to catch some shots they may have missed at a previous show. I had a great view of the tunnel to back stage. In the second half of the show, I saw a steady stream of road crew and others make it to the front of the wall… some carrying cameras. Just before CN, the cameras were manned… and then is was history.

    David and the audience were in fantastic voice. The most amazing concert of my life…

  115. Well… I just got back from the Roger show tonight. I flew out here to London the see the show and originally only got tickets for the last two of the six scheduled dates. However, I went down to the O2 to see if I could score a ticket for tonight’s show… and voila! I also got a ticket for tomorrow’s show. So I’ll see four gigs instead of two. How lucky am I?

    Pink Floyd is my favorite band. They are the best and David Gilmour’s playing and singing is exceptional.

    Roger’s production of the Wall is simply fantastic. It really is. If anyone has a chance to see it, please do yourself a favor and go. You won’t be disappointed and it is certainly something you will remember for a very long time.

    I found out Dave played on the 12th only a couple of hours before flying out from Denver. I must admit… it took the wind out of my sails a bit… but I’m still happy to be here.

    It would be sweet if David would play one more date at the O2. It would mean so much to fans… but I guess he’s got his reasons for only doing one performance. I’m certainly glad that we can watch the footage online. The Internet is amazing.

    Thank you Mr. Gilmour for all the music you have given us. You’ve been a BIG inspiration to the world. What a joy it must have been to have such talent and experiences.

    Dave… you are the best. You’ve certainly inspired my guitar playing… in fact… you’re the reason I picked up the guitar some 25 odd years ago.

    Cheers,

    Gabriel

  116. It’s a long dream to see that old band play again, I’m speechless. I can’t tell you how much I want to be there.

    Long Live Pink Floyd!!!

  117. Thanks, FEd, for tweeting about the official Comfortably Numb video. I’ve just seen it and it’s amazing.

    Definitely, that song needs David’s voice and guitar. ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. What a fabulous performance underlining that The Floyd are still the greatest Band in Rock History and Dave is THE greatest guitarist!

    Thanks Rog and Dave for making it happen and giving those whose very first concert was The Wall at Earls Court in August 1980 a trip back down memory lane that will be cherished forever!

  119. Well, that’s one less thing to be anxious about. I was hoping I’d be lucky enough to have a golden ticket to the show David would perform at… such is life.

    Great footage from the event, Fed. It’s quite emotional to see them on stage together, not just because it fulfils my own selfish desires, but it makes me feel like there’s good things left in the world. Silly thing to hang some hope on, but Pink Floyd’s music is a huge part of my life and it makes me happy to see the way it affects so many. Not to mention how nice it is to see David looking so fit and healthy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m leaving for London today, and I’m completely insane with excitement about the entire thing. I look forward to seeing The Wall on stage again and I hope to meet a few irregulars if possible.

    If anyone desires to meet up with Becky, Martin S., and myself, we will be in London till May 22nd and will be going to the 17th and 18th performances… maybe Fed could help us with e-mail address exchanges?

    Cheers to you David, for such a fine performance, for all you are and all the magic you create with a few strings…

    Melissa(*_*)

    1. Hi Mel,

      Hope you enjoyed your 1st class stay prior to your hop over the pond. I trust your delay didn’t set you back too much.

      Sadly, work commitments prevent me from getting to London, it would have been good to meet you all, unless you can get tickets for the Manchester show on the 21st that is… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Enjoy the shows, with Becky and Martin S (and any other Irregulars you may encounter).

    2. Not to mention how nice it is to see David looking so fit and healthy!

      Well said Mel. We really don’t see enough of David and it’s great to see him on top form!

      Paul

    3. How I would have loved to be there with some old friends. Did you find the bar in the Barn? I hope you all had a great time.

      Cheers – Bob.

  120. I just saw the video over at davidgilmour.com. You can just feel the magic of the moment, especially you can see it in Roger’s body language and, of course, in the mood of that audience.

    That must have been a great day for those few who were lucky enough to be in attendance.

  121. I went to the show in Kansas City on October 30 with my 3 sons, 25, 18, 19 and my daughter-in-law. We didn’t feel comfortable about the sitting service at the hotel, so we bought ear plugs and took my then 2 year old grandson. Someone yelled while we were walking in, “who would bring a baby to a Roger Waters concert?” My daughter-in-law said, “I would, that is my kid”. It kept him entertained, he didn’t move at all he just watched. He was probably the youngest concert goer on the tour.

  122. Hello Guys,

    I’m living in Belgium and wait for the show dated on 05/28th/2011!!! The most wonderful gift for me will be the presence of the great David Gilmour even for one song. “Wish You Will Be Here”!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hope you will grant my wish. ๐Ÿ™‚

  123. Saw “The Wall Live” 2 times. Once at the Columbus show where I bought tickets for 2 of my brothers. We were enjoying a reunion of our own when we saw PF in 1994 together. I took my youngest son to the Atlanta show, he has been hearing PF since before he was born. I got to see The Wall from 2 angles, top of the stadium straight back to see the whole show and section 1, 1 seat from center 12 rows back. This was my sons first “super band” concert, his first funny enough was a tribute Pink Floyd a year earlier.

    All the shows have been great. If I could I see another.

    Momentary Lapse of Reason:
    9-16-87, Cleveland, OH (saw with best friend)
    5-30-88 Pittsburgh, PA (saw with best friend again.)

    Division Bell:
    5-26-94 Cleveland, OH(saw with 2 brothers, second section left of stage, great seats. Cleveland was light up with lasers)
    5-31-94 Pittsburgh, PA(saw w/ wife, she wasn’t a big PF fan until this. 12 rows back infront of Right towers. Felt the heat from the flames shooting up)
    In the Flesh live
    6-7-99 Charlotte, NC, USA (saw w/wife I stood eye level center with Roger. Never know if he remembers a bald guy right in his eyes singing every song, popular or not so)

    Dark Side of the Moon Live:
    5-22-07 Atlanta, GA (saw w/ oldest son, straight back middle section, pretty good seats for this show)

    The Wall Live:
    10-22-10 Columbus, Ohio (saw with same 2 brothers above 1 row from ROOF)
    18 November 2010, Atlanta, GA (saw with my youngest son, 12 rows from center stage)

  124. I saw the Wall on Sat 14th and it was a great show, Roger is a fantastic showman and the band performed brilliantly but you could sense a big anti climax with the fans. I and many others felt pretty gutted, all we want is to see you guys again on stage… Was this reunion really a one off? Or can Dave, Roger and Nick do the unthinkable and perform a handful of shows together in the future?

    The Tube back from the O2 was a sombre experience, so many Floyd fans young and old looking ever so slightly disappointed and long faced that we missed Gilmour, Waters and Mason but I also sensed people were wondering will they ever get to witness the Floyd live again? and millions of people round the world wonder, hope, pray that it might happen.

    FED – what do you think?

    1. It would be indescribably huge if they did reunite, obviously, but as you can see from the comments above, if there were half a dozen such shows or several dozen, it still wouldn’t and couldn’t reach or please everyone. People would always want more and at what point would it no longer be pleasurable for the men concerned? When would the mood of the now-favourable critics change and when would the general public, even the most loyal fans, turn on the band for being shameless sell-outs peddling nostalgia only to increase their wealth? I’d hate for that moment to arrive.

      So, I don’t know. I hate to put a dampener on such enjoyable excitement and optimism, but a full and dedicated reunion is still not something I foresee nor live in hope of ever seeing, to be honest. That’s said purely from knowing that touring On an Island was a genuine joy for David; I just don’t think that trying to recreate the past ever could be nearly as satisfying, and that’s a good enough reason not to try as far as I’m concerned.

      But you never know, do you?

      Sorry to disappoint anyone. You shouldn’t ask what I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. FEd,

      Actually I completely agree with you. Yes it would be wonderful but you’ll never please everyone, just ask our friends in South America. And like you say, at what point does it go past the fun and become just an excuse to rake in millions.

      But as I said before, what I would rather see is Roger and David getting together for a project other than a PF reunion. Time has passed and things have changed, so do something completely different. You don’t need to take out the PF Machine in order to do something satisfying. However, unfortunately the masses seem like they won’t be happy unless the PF beast is released again.

      So we will see what happens or doesn’t happen. You really do never know.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    3. FEd,

      Well done for once again portraying the ethos of what David is all about. The many Irregulars on here recognise and appreciate the perspective you convey.

      I admit I would be one of the first to sign up for the ‘peddling nostalgia’ tour, but know it will never happen. David doesn’t need to go there, why should he, he has nothing to prove.

      However, once he gets some tunes together to augment Polly’s lyrics, well, that’s another matter altogether.

      Don’t leave it too long…

    4. I’m with you F’ed, strange as it may seem.

      I was there on Saturday and I must admit I didn’t detect the mood that Damian did, but then I was headed to Stratford and East Anglia which gives a sense of anti-climax at the best of times. ๐Ÿ˜›

      So indescribably huge would a re-union be that it would almost certainly be anti-climactic. I think one of THE remarkable things about the Live Aid Gig was that they nailed that short playlist, but I do believe that the best performances are already in our heads.

      The Wall show also highlighted that David has moved the performances on in his own direction which would not necessarily suit the Floyd. I’m all for our old friends the flying pig, the dive bomber, the pyrotechnics, but they also feel a bit passรฉ.

      Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the Wall show a great deal. It’s a piece of Rock History well worthy of a re-staging, quite as relevant today (except “grumpy Roger” has moved on) and updated for Afghanistan, 9/11 and the iPod. As noted previously the visuals were magnificent and the band very professional in reproducing the album but lacking spontaneity, but then the Wall show demands precision in staging and timing.

      My biggest gripe was that although in a decent upper tier seat, my view of “Mr Screen” and THE spot where Kiliminster (and I assume David) appeared over the wall was obscured by a hanging speaker stack. Now that would have been annoying on Thursday don’t you think, for me and hundreds of others?

      Second gripe … why oh why oh f*cking why do so many people mill in and out of the arena during the show? You couldn’t have shifted me with a bomb. It’s beyond irony when you think what the show is actually about. A pair next to me sauntered back from the intermission at the end of “Hey You”. Perhaps they had a dodgy hot-dog? No of course, I’d love to get up and let you pass. If I had my way, I’d have all of them shot, believe me.

      Third and minor gripe. Can someone tell Roger that trainers can be bought in black… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      All strength to Roger, he’s made a concerted effort to get out and play the music to a lot of fans. He’s very welcome to do so. If we were to get more from David, something very similar to the On an Island tour would be preferable. But remember, we no longer have Rick.

    5. But remember, we no longer have Rick.

      Tim,

      I completely agree on this and on your second gripe.

    6. Yes, I agree with Fed and everyone else. We miss the present by longing for the past though. Not only that, what the artists are capable of now is so much more. They’re better, the technology, as some have pointed out is better.

      Much as I loved the old concerts, and will always love the albums, I want to see what comes next because they still have the creative genius.

      I hope David does create more and performs again, these rumours of a new album… mmmmm… then a tour? Oooooh. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Tim, I know exactly what you’re saying. Why do people go to concerts then not pay attention? Why do they sing, and shout and chatter? Why don’t they listen? (You’ll have to see my rant in the next comment too.) THEN shout and cheer and applaud when the song ends. For goodness sake, don’t they know the artist rehearsed his arse off to be perfect and they didn’t bother to listen. Yes, I’d have all of them shot too!

      ash

    7. Third and minor gripe. Can someone tell Roger that trainers can be bought in blackโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Maybe he did have black trainers on but got a bit overexcited and stuck his feet through a couple of the bricks? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    8. Third and minor gripe. Can someone tell Roger that trainers can be bought in blackโ€ฆ

      Yes, white trainers with all black clothes are a bit of an eyesore and draw too much attention to the feet. Maybe he just needs to see his feet better to avoid stumbling and falling down… :))

      But the real question is: Does he wear black or white socks? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    9. About PF reuniting for an entire show… I’ve made this comparison before in the blog, but remember the last time Led Zep reunited? It was disastrous. It sounded just awful and nobody appeared to be having any fun. I’d expect that a reunited PF would be very much like that.

      However, a few years ago when Page and Plant did a record of NEW music, that worked out well. It did not come across as “Zeppelin Repackaged Again,” for the sound was very different and it seemed sincere.

      Can you imagine a “Gilmour-Waters” album? No, me neither. (I try to think of “Ca Ira” meets “On An Island,” but my brain doesn’t even want to go there.) Now, how about a “Gilmour-Waters” SONG? Okay, NOW we are talking!

      See, this gets at the heat of it for me. The more low-key such a reunion is, the more viable it becomes. And the less forced, the better (of course). Both men have moved in different artistic directions, and it would be a mistake for them to try to push it with anything other than a one-off. And both men seem to know it.

  125. I hate to be the proverbial stick-in-the-mud, but I’ve just watched the video, and I’m ever so slightly disappointed.

    David got the words wrong in the second chorus (has he EVER done that?), his first solo was not as crisp and precise as usual, and his final solo wasn’t as flowing as other shows / recordings I’ve heard (take Gdansk, RAH or Live 8 for a start).

    Don’t get me wrong, it was a great gesture for him to do it, and I’m sure it sounded far better than a recording for those who were lucky enough to be there. I guess I just hoped (and expected, even) a totally blinding performance for posterity sake, and it falls a little short of those expectations.

    Maybe playing at that height isn’t as easy 30 years down the track… LOL.

    Still a legend, well done, and hope he enjoyed the visit back to those great heights (in every sense).

    1. I suspect that, it being a one-off, even the great man might not have been as “in the groove” as on a major tour.

      Sounded fine to me though.

    2. I guess I just hoped (and expected, even) a totally blinding performance for posterity sake, and it falls a little short of those expectations.

      PM,

      This is just my opinion, but I believe those who will watch this and other shows in the future should be much more interested in understanding the meaning and trying to feel the right emotions, than in judging the musicians’ level of perfection.

      I say this as someone who was born too late to attend personally the almost totality of the shows I really would have liked to attend and, for this reason, can only enjoy the videos.

      Of course, music is art, but singing and playing are, basically, practice activities and I’m glad to see they’re not perfect, because this is exactly what makes going to a concert different from staying at home and listening to the albums.

    3. I thought Comfortably Numb sounded better on others of David’s tour videos. I don’t know if an artist is more practised and sharper during a tour? (Though I do think David can do no wrong ๐Ÿ˜€ and if he was a bit off, it adds to the overall thrills of seeing and hearing him live, it’s nice if it’s not strictly like the recording we play every day.)

      I put the ‘apparently’ poorer performance down to the quality of the video and the NOISE the crowd was making.

      ๐Ÿ™ I have a serious dislike of crowd noise. I know everyone is gripped by emotions during wonderful music. However, we don’t get to hear it played live often. I’d rather listen, really properly listen to live performances. I can sing all I want to my CDs any time at all. The opportunities for hearing live performances though, by David and others among the greats, are becoming less and less.

      Something I’ve noticed over the years, particularly is people who barely know the work of the artist, never particularly were fans at all, but go along because it’s a ‘night out’. Then they get drunk, chatter incessantly and sing out of tune loudly to any of the songs they do know even slightly!

      ash

  126. Finally…

    So one of the greatest moments in rock and roll concert history has been re-created.

    I only saw RW’s Wall show three times, the opening night in Toronto another one a few days later and then a show in Buffalo, New York. As has been already said… RW’s use of technology truly transformed the show.

    Kilminster did a good job playing the two solos and was visibly relieved at the end of the final solo of CN but nothing can replace have the man himself play and sing “that song”.

  127. Great performance Dave!

    One question though… why change up the lyrics in the final chorus?

    Thanks for the show.

    –Rick

    1. Me thinks a case of the nerves along with another of Chardonnay might have had something to do with this. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Anyway, no matter as it worked quite well and it was actually quite a quick recovery on David’s part as he could have completely blanked and started singing a Radiohead song! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. … as he could have completely blanked and started singing a Radiohead song!

      ‘Climbing Up the Walls’? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  128. Instead of a Telecaster where was the teleprompter! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Great stuff here all around and “Outside the Wall” was the icing!

  129. I love you. I love Pink Floyd!!!

    “SHINE ON!!!!!!!”

    Thanks for your Complete Perfection!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  130. I managed to watch the video of Roger and David, and he was as good now as he was 30 years ago.

    Well, I was at the BBC1 Radio 1 festival Carlisle, it was very enjoyable Lady Gaga was very good and I’m not a fan. I waited all day in the big tent for the special guest and David never showed up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Before the event Kat and I went to our favourite tea room at Lanercost Priory for lunch, now I’m not a big Foo Fighters fan but sat there with a pot of tea was David Grohl, lead singer.

    Regards Damian.

  131. I agree with some of your points FED, it’s a pipe dream at most! I do hope thought that David gets a new album out and tours again, I’ve seen Roger twice and Nick at the DSTOM Earls Court show, but David I really want to see – he inspired me and probably 1000’s of others to pick the guitar up and play!

    As for the critics, if we are talking press and media, pardon the language but f**k em. The fans’ opinions are worth more than any critics working for the press!

    Long live the name Pink Floyd and all who follow!

  132. Watched the show on Saturday Night. My son and I loved it. Brilliant stuff! It must have been even more special with David and Nick in attendance!

  133. “All alone, or in two’s,
    The ones who really love you
    Walk up and down outside the wall.
    Some hand in hand
    And some gathered together in bands.
    The bleeding hearts and artists
    Make their stand.

    And when they’ve given you their all
    Some stagger and fall, after all it’s not easy
    Banging your heart against some mad bugger’s wall…”

    It seemed to me that there was a brief moment of remembrance, regret and resolution when the last line of this song was sung.

    So much precious time spent, so much precious time and music lost.

    I’m glad these two were finally able to bury the hammer…

  134. I have to concur with FEdโ€™s reply to Damien โ€ฆ

    As FEd so aptly put it โ€œโ€ฆit still wouldnโ€™t and couldnโ€™t reach or please everyone. People would always want more and at what point would it no longer be pleasurable for the men concerned?โ€ Besides, there could be no โ€œreunionโ€ โ€“ not without Richard Wright.

    We cannot bring back yesterday โ€“ it wouldnโ€™t be the same and, trying to perceive things from the Bandโ€™s perspective as well, many of those days were dark and fraught with things that they may prefer never to revisit. Pink Floyd, and each of the Bandโ€™s members in their own right, leave us an amazing legacy โ€“ a body of work that will be enjoyed for generations. As fans, I believe, we have no legitimate claim to more.

    And PM, with the greatest respect to the expectations that you had set for yourself, I would challenge anyone, after 40 plus years of performing and playing instruments (voice included), to scale a wall and perform the way David Gilmour performed on that night! Most of us can barely stay active in the workforce for more than 20 years and perform at optimum levels.

    Iโ€™m reminded of the following lyrics:

    What do you want from me
    Should I sing until I can’t sing any more
    Play these strings until my fingers are raw
    You’re so hard to please
    What do you want from me

    I, for one, am more than satisfied that a promise was kept and the attendees at O2 on May 12, 2011 were fortunate enough to witness it and had the time of their lives.

  135. Well, I’m very happy to say that I was also one of the lucky ones to have had a ‘Golden ticket’ on 12th May! The show was fabulous and the visual projections were so impressive and worked well with the music which was so close to the original album, and Roger’s voice sounded great. When David appeared it was a fantastic moment, he sang and played brilliantly and the atmosphere was superb, really memorable. When Roger brought David back onstage again at the end and then Nick Mason, the audience went wild again, a really special evening for all of us who were there.

  136. We went to the show in Vancouver, this past December and it was unbelievable. I had my fingers crossed that David would be there and even though the guy who took his place was just excellent… it would have been something to see David on top of that wall.

    Way to go you lucky buggers… you scored heavy.

  137. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful… Judging from the footage on the internet ’twas a religious experience if ever there was one… Wish I could have been there.

    FEd, I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but Richard Wright would have loved this, it’s had over 4,000,000 views on YouTube.

    Mr. G. is going to love this if he hasn’t seen it.

  138. Hi Fed,

    I missed DG’s performance, I picked the wrong date, oh well, but I am going to the O2 on the 18th and still looking forward to the “show” nonetheless.

    All the best Fed.

    Graham

  139. I saw the show in Moscow. And I saw video from the London concert with David Gilmour. And I want to say thanks to Mr.Gilmour, for he did it with Roger. It was really great.

  140. Fed said “It would be indescribably huge if they did reunite”

    PF Re-union?… Nah… don’t do it.

    If they were to do anything (which I personally don’t think they need to but if they did) then do something different, something new.

    I would like to see these guys talking about their life together, the tours, the albums, the bits that went wrong, the bits that went well.

    There is already a lot of recorded interviews, “making of” documentaries, guest appearances, Live8, Live DVDs, Box Sets etc. etc. and with the forthcoming Wall DVD and the Pink Floyd Discovery, Experience and Immersion editions there’ll be even more stuff officially released.

    I have a sh*t load of PF stuff in my man-cave but the priceless item for me, which cost nothing, is when David Gilmour said “We know him” when my name was mentioned to him by Phil Manzanera.

    Let us just enjoy what we have and not be greedy…

    1. Did you see the broadcast Rudders? Were you able to record it? I distinctly remember David and Phil talking about you, the look and smile on David’s face was priceless.

      He said something like, “Rudders? Oh yes, we know him.”

      I think they are fans. ๐Ÿ˜›

      ash

    2. I know it’s the wrong band, but sometimes I think we should just “Let It Be.” It is what it is, and now it’s time to move on. Sometimes you just can’t go back, and it really makes no sense to try.

    3. Ash,

      I did see the broadcast and was heard to be saying quite loudly… “that’s me, that’s me.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  141. If I were standing on that wall? 8| I would have forgotten every word or lyric to every PF song I ever knew! But I’m afraid of heights! Some guitar gods CAN scale walls!

    Comfortably Numb was perfect! The singing from both was perfect! Roger Waters frozen in the corner of an abstract eye, rotating like a galaxy, David Gilmour shining from the light of the eye-galaxy! The choreographed precision to the visuals and music was perfect. Roger breaking the wall while one looked up and the other looked down, what an awe-inspiring moment that was…and silhouetted Roger lifting that abstractedly ominous edifice while David played that Stratocaster like the guitar god that he is… it was a form of performance art I’ll never forget!

    I hope that outside the wall, they continue to make art together.

    Does anyone know if Nick Mason played his drum-kit that night?

  142. I was there on the 12th and and to see Roger and David perform together was like being in rock heaven. ๐Ÿ˜€

  143. Fed, I hope Mr G had a stout pair of boots on and not his slippers. Working at that height, without a harness, hard hat or even a fluorescent bib! It’s just wrong! ๐Ÿ˜€

  144. Was there on 11th and really enjoyed show. Had very comfortable seats and great centre view. Only learnt recently that David appeared next day.

    Oh well, that’s how it goes. Price of chips soooooo expensive and should be outlawed!!!

    Ian

    1. I may be a naive old soul but I had packed myself a few tasty titbits to eat on the train back to Norwich after the show (the last time I bought food on a train I acquired a “sausage roll” that was literally inedible and that’s saying something where I am concerned) … and then fell foul of the “No food / drink / breathing” rule in the O2.

      I therefore had to stuff my face before the show and the question of chips, expensive or otherwise never arose.

      I was surprised to see bottles on sale inside though … nice to see the prohibition is purely commercial and nothing to do with safety. :/

  145. Hi FEd and fellow bloggers,

    I was reading the blog entries and decided to add another few eurocents…

    Rudders mentioned his priceless item, so will I:

    My first priceless item is that I can hear them play my favourite songs in my head whenever I want. The second one is the legacy of DG guitar licks that make every of my days when I get a guitar in my hands. Both, only few artists achieved them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Generally, it is not easy to give back to an artist as a fan, so at least I try to give them respect as persons (I surely do) and to support them by buying their records/concert tickets.

    I’m grateful for the music and the chance to attend some concerts years ago, I accept the fact that DG may has other plans in his live and I do not expect him to explain himself.

    Pavlov’s quote “What do you want from me…” describes the situation perfectly, which is actually sad. Why can’t we just be happy with what happens without being so greedy?

    Sure, I’d loved to be in London in the right time, but seeing the two peaceful together, means more to me…

    Best regards

    Taki

    1. I’m sure that means they came out not stunning, as usual, but only beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Probably couldn’t find a way of air-brushing out those white trainers.

      I can’t believe Polly fell into the old “finger over the lens” trap and surely the two fingers days are over as well…

  146. Jealous is not a hell. It is a serious expressions on love, “no jealousy, no love.”

  147. What happened Fed!!??

    Did I miss a PF reunion?? Darn, late again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheers, Howard

  148. FEd,

    When will we have some actual news on here about David? A couple of guest spots in three years, when will DG do something in his own right again??

  149. Hey FEd!

    Everyone talks about one more Pink Floyd reunion but what I really would like to have is more action on David Gilmour career. I mean… I absolutely loved On an Island, and I’ve never seen David Gilmour doing a solo concert.

    Do you know something about future plans? New album/tour? Do you think there’ll be something in the future or is On an Island album and tour the end of it?

    1. There are no plans at this time, but I certainly believe that there could be something, some day, when the time is right and inspiration strikes. That’s just me being a hopeful fan, by the way, knowing that David’s last big project was an enjoyable one and that there were a lot of ideas left over.

      I’m with you, Santiago: I’m not thinking along the lines of a reunion of any sort and wish that others wouldn’t allow themselves to get too carried away by last week’s one-off show, either.

  150. I like the lively discussion regarding a reunion of the remaining Pink Floyd members. Personally speaking I think the band’s integrity in all things past would be held more sacrosanct if they DIDN’T undertake a huge massive tour. In truth, not everyone would be happy. It just couldn’t happen. There are those who are common place fans, and there are the raving nutters (myself included) who would equally be wishing for a dust off of Fearless, versus songs that have been played to death by both Floyd camps, together and apart.

    Like another group that I’m hoping will call it quits in the near future (ahem, the Who) I find that I hold the latter group accountable for what they do to the brand name of the band. Some might argue that it wouldn’t do the band’s name any harm by touring around one more time, but I disagree. Again, for me, the Who were a combustible unit with drive and integrity up to and including the early 80s. However, what they’ve become to me since Entwistle’s death is a cover band to their own music. I certainly don’t wish this to become what Pink Floyd’s artistically and creatively rich and storied career could become if they do a “best of” sort of tour. I say let it lie and go out on top, without catering to the almighty dollar.

    Nuff said…
    Darren

    1. I read in interview about a year ago with Roger Daltry in which he said that The Who had broken up following the abyssmal half-time show at Super Bowl.

  151. Saw The Wall tonight, amazing, what a performance. Really wish David and Nick were there tonight as well, but for those lucky ones it must have been a very special moment to witness.

    I would love it if the remaining Pink Floyd members would get together for one last time to do one more concert. I missed the last concert ๐Ÿ™ and would love to see them Live.

    Oh well, I can dream can’t I? ๐Ÿ™‚

  152. May 12, 2011 was my 50th b-day! I saw Roger Waters performing the Wall in Oakland about 6 months ago, and wanted to see the show again. While looking at dates in Los Angeles, I noticed that it would be performed on my b-day in London…. Hmmmm, that could be cool, and the rumor that David would play one England date made it all the more intriguing.

    We had a wonderful visit, went to Liverpool and had a very British Invasion history and sites vacation.

    That we got to see David play with Roger was the icing on the cake… Since we had seen the show before, when there was only one on the wall, we knew immediately. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The energy and excitement at that moment was incredible – I will remember it always!

    Thankyou Tom, our new Scot friend that bought us a round when you learned it was my b-day.

    David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Roger Waters – Thank you for a wonderful b-day present!

    Cheers – David

    1. What a great way to celebrate a mid-Century David! Happy belated b’day from a fellow DG irregular.

  153. Wish David could join the show in Athens’ upcoming event 8th of July …

    We miss you David, here in Greece … ๐Ÿ™

    How I wish you were here. We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year. Rrunning over the same old ground. What have we found? The same old fears … Wish you were here.

  154. Playing for the enjoyment of it is a lot different than being chained to a relentless schedule and all the expectations that come with that…

    Who could blame anyone for not dedicating their entire life to only one thing in particular?

    It seems very strange to me that anyone would do such a thing.

    Life is just too short… Enjoy the magic!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  155. Love Nick’s sense of humour. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “It was a very nice thing to do but it could become a bit clichรฉ if we kept climbing to the top of the Wall and kept hugging each other onstage. I mean, I think enough is enough. I mean, we’re English after all. We don’t do that hugging thing a lot.”

    Source: Rolling Stones magazine (May 18).

    1. I don’t know if I am allowed to post it, but this comment by a reader of the article (Rolling Stones magazine), is exactly what I would have liked to be able to write here on the blog:

      “I really really Hope Dave stands ground on this one!!! No Reunion!!! As much as I would like it to happen, PLEASE Pink Floyd dudes, don’t give up, it’s what every other band is doing… and you never were like ANY OTHER BAND. YOU ARE PINK FLOYD, THE ULTIMATE BAND. You don’t need to try to cash up on Nostalgia, or just go around and grab cash… the odd reunion like that seems more genuine and heartfelt… You are the band that will never need to reunite to stay relevant, you will always be relevant. Stuff you did 35 years ago still sounds ”out there” nowadays. That says a lot I think. Plus Rick is not there so it will never be “Floyd” again. Thanks for such moments as this one… This is what it’s all about… Don’t come back. Stay true. Stay Pink Floyd, the band of all bands!!!”

    2. From the same article, I also enjoyed:

      “Were any more words exchanged backstage after the show? “You mean apart from ‘Fuck off. I hate you?’ ‘I never want to see you again?’ No.” ”

      Amusing to ponder how many might take that seriously …

  156. My deepest apologies if my comments offended, that was not my intention, and as a life-long Floyd, Gilmour and Waters fan I think it a wonderful sight to see those guys acknowledge their joint past and share the stage again.

    I guess I’ve just become accustomed to these guys being able to make the earth shatter with their performances, so, as someone else said, perhaps I should just have enjoyed the significance and beauty of the occasion and not been such a nit-picker.

    I’ve just watched the film of the final bit, with Nick, and was quite moved.

    I know and understand that a major ‘Pink Floyd’ tour is highly unlikely, but now they have come to terms with their past, I’d love to see them write and record one or two more songs together. A better song-writing team has never existed. Live in hope…

    1. Don’t apologise PM, I don’t think anyone would take offence. ๐Ÿ™‚

      If we were all in a queue to get in or at the pub afterwards, we’d all be talking about these sorts of things. What a dreadful world if we all had exactly the same opinion.

      That said, every one of us here does have the common opinion that Pink Floyd are the best band in the world, ever. 8)

      ash

  157. Was lucky enough to have chosen the 12th as my day to see the Wall, and a perfect choice it was; the moment David lit up atop the wall a wave of joy spread around the arena the like of which I have never witnessed at a concert before.

    What a night, something I will never forget, more so for the warmth the guys showed to each other and the obvious joy on Roger’s face on this historic night.

  158. I saw the show in Oslo on 1 May, and it was really amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    But still I couldn’t help wishing David would perform on guitar and vocals, it’s not quite the same without him. That said, they all did a very good job on stage and the show was magnificent. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Enjoying all the clips from London 12 May nowadays on YouTube!

  159. Very many thanks to both David and Roger (and Nick) for allowing us to see the high definition professional footage of the ‘events’ at the 02 in London on 12th May, and so soon after it all happened too. Rather like with the Live 8 concert, it’s frustrating for thousands of genuine Pink Floyd fans to not be able to get to these ‘one off’ events, so being able to see such footage is a big bonus to us all (even if it might not have been the best ever actual performance of Comfortably Numb).

    There’s another topic for discussion or a poll on the Blog – what’s the best ever performance of ‘Comfortably Numb’ caught on camera?

    1. Ian…

      By a country mile it has to be P.U.L.S.E…

      The second solo… the glitter ball opening up… it just gives you shivers down your spine.

    2. I don’t know that it’s caught on camera… but hasn’t David Gilmour stated his favorite live performance was in New Orleans, 1994? From time-to-time it shows up on YouTube as an audio recording.

  160. Hey FEd, gang,

    What a treat to the May 12 audience and what a roar when David appeared atop the Wall.

    I hope all who attended had a wonderful time.

    Undoubtedly a priceless moment.

    Cheers,
    Ralph

  161. I’ve seen David once solo and the band twice and I hope that the ice is finally been broken and maybe I can see the band a third time. The Floyd is the best band on the planet with music that I have in my head 24 hours a day. Come on guys, just one more tour and I can die with a smile on my face. I’ve been staying home watching the rain. I Welcome back The Machine.

    P.S. Is it true or is it just me. Does The Band say “Hello Syd” on every LP since Syd left The Band?

    S.Magyar
    Palm Coast
    Florida USA

    1. Does The Band say โ€œHello Sydโ€ on every LP since Syd left The Band?

      It’s the first time I’ve heard of that.

      Anyone else?

    2. Maybe it’s me but listen closely to the Air traffic Control during “Learning to Fly”. Hello Syd and Shine On.

      Steve

  162. Speaking of “Comfortably Numb”, was the one with Kate Bush and David filmed? Maybe that can go up on the website and You Tube. Wondered why it was never included on the DVD, I thought it was a good performance, plus Kate singing live is a rare event.

    Even if PF don’t do anything live, and there is a great tribute band, I always felt they should have gotten together to do a series of shows just so people could watch and listen to Animals and Wish You Were Here live.

    1. Danny, have a read of what the Features Editor and some of the other bloggers have said about this. The band may not WANT to perform the old stuff and if they did for the reasons you suggest, it would be without passion and they’d be accused of cashing in.

      Maybe what you and others are longing for is a return to that age in our concert going history? After all, we can all hear the recordings. The Floyd were undoubtedly the best band way back then, as demonstrated by the recordings and the longevity of our love of hearing them.

      I’d go (or try to) if they did come out on tour again but I honestly feel that what the guys are able to do today has so much promise and with such better facilities available, new work would be very welcome. We can enjoy all the recordings of the old stuff can’t we? Why imprison the guys in the past? They have significantly improved skills now, let’s see them show them off!

      You’d never hear Animals or WYWH over the noise of the crowd nowadays anyway.

      ash

  163. FEd – forgot to say yesterday – great still photos on the site – the wall breaking is a great photograph!!

    Lisa

  164. missed it by one night… gutting. but never mind, good show, the clips looked amazing. all it needed was richard.

    just need david to hit the road for a couple now (please). if he wants a hand, let me know. ๐Ÿ˜›

  165. Was lucky enough to experience ‘The Wall’ twice at the O2 last week but alas missed the opportunity to see the reunion on Thursday evening. Have managed to watch it from the Roger Waters Fan site and it was superb. Great to see Nick, Roger and David on the stage together again (if only for a ‘fleeting glimpse’!)

    Comfortably Numb is possibly THE BEST track of the album and Dave’s guitar playing is without flaws – pure genius. The big question is… When is Dave performing again!!! ๐Ÿ˜•

  166. The only reunion I’d like to see is the stellar band from David’s 2006 tour. Of course there is a huge hole left by Rick’s passing, so let’s let David enjoy his retirement. He’s said a number of times that there is much music he can’t see playing again without Rick.

    David has given us much over the years and deserves to finish his career on his own terms. If that means being a devoted family man who only makes a few appearances a year, so be it. He’s earned it.

  167. WHAT!!!! No Rapture???? So, that holier-than-thou colleague I was hoping to get rid of… is still here on Earth? RATS!!

  168. It was a great night. Thank you David. Thank you Roger.

    Being there we only had our fingers crossed – we hadn’t seen this post by the time we got to the arena. Hence the crowd’s delay in recognition, as we had to rub our eyes to make sure we weren’t seeing things!

  169. I saw “the Wall” in NY, last October…I thought David was coming when we saw a helicopter land in the parking lot, but…

    Thanks for playing with Roger again. It means a lot to us. I wish you guys could bury the hatchet and play, but I guess it just goes too deep.

  170. When Roger’s tour was first announced I missed out on getting tickets for the Manchester shows (before extra dates were added). Every time Floyd, yourself or Roger go on tour, I always just miss out on getting a ticket, so I decided no matter where i had to travel to I wasn’t missing it this time.

    As Roger wasn’t coming to Glasgow or Scotland, me and 3 of my pals decided on a trip to Amsterdam instead and caught The Wall in Arnhem on April 9th. We had the time of our lives and it was better than we could have imagined, we hoped that you would decide to join Roger at a show outside the UK and go to Arnhem but it wasn’t to be.

    It was great to see the 3 of you back together on stage again on the 12th of May at the O2, it looked like a lot of old quarrels had been put to bed.

    Please please please will you guys do one last tour with Pink Floyd, do it in the memory of Rick and give the fans that were too young first time round (I was 9 when you split up) a chance to see the greatest band in the history of music on stage one last time.

  171. Hi,

    at the moment from Houston… I don’t know how long.

    Special night, really… I think David will not repeat this moment, I’m sure.

    Time is a great doctor and life is too short.

    I loved PF since 1967, the band was the sound of my life, so I’ve loved what last night happened. I miss Rick a lot, but this fantastic night was really unforgettable.

    Thinking of you from Texas
    diana

  172. Outstanding show!!!!

    To see The Wall live was amazing, just shades EC in 94 for me (no mean feat).

    An awful lot of prayers would be answered if these 3 legends would get it together for 1 last series of shows, imagine the demand for tickets!!!! Wow.

    But then maybe I’m “banging my heart against some mad bugger’s wall”.

    Shine on.

  173. Saw ‘The Wall’ in Manchester. An incredible night as I’m a big Pink Floyd fan and this piece epitomises them to the full. The night missed Dave’s guitar tone, style and feel – no one can get near it but still a brilliant show all the same. Roger is mellowing with age and appears to be admitting to making a few mistakes and being a bit messed up back then.

    Dave needs to tour again and I need a front row seat. Dreams sometimes come true!

    H

  174. Everything was great, like a dream! Unfortunately I was not able to see it live since I’m from Argentina…

    Please David, come here to play, it would be surreal! I hope you consider making this dream come true! There are a lot of people here waiting for you! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks a lot!

  175. We all hope that David will perform in Romania. 2 million fans will be waiting, sadly… we don’t have a stadium big enough.

    I hope David or Pink Floyd will perform here in Romania. I pray to god for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  176. I’m happy to hear that “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” has been on the billboard charts for over 741+ weeks (being consecutive) and has returned this week at #47. For those counting this means the album has been on The Billboard Charts for over 1000 weeks. That’s close to 20 years strait.

    The album “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON”was also voted The #1 Best Album Cover of All Time.

    The Floyd made the Greatest music ever made, period. How could you better a song like “The Great Gig in The Sky”?

    I’ll probably take some heat for this but I think Pink Floyd wrote more of what everyday life is for us all while The Beatles did write some great music I believe Pink Floyd in the long run will leave The Beatles in the dust. I love The Beatles but I rather listen to The Floyd any day. I like to stay home and watch the rain. I think everyone would agree with me on that one.

    HELLO SYD. R.I.P.
    HELLO RICK. R.I.P.

    Steve Magyar
    Florida U.S.A.

  177. One last thing. Does anyone know where Syd’s mirrored Strat is?

    One more for ya. What album did all 5 members appear on? I have the album signed by all 5 members. No, it’s not for sale sorry.

    Shine ON
    Steve

  178. Hello!!! I come from Mexico, and what can I say about you; not only you, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Rick Wricht (R.I.P) and Syd Barrett (R.I.P)? You are awesome, the way you put your feeling in the song and introduce those feelings in my head, the best lyrics I have heard in my short life, and let me tell you that my favorite Pink Floyd albums are Animals, Dark Side of the Moon and Division Bell.

    Please, I beg you, come to Mexico City. I would give all the things I have only to see you, man. You are the best guitarist of the world, please come to Mexico!!!

    IT WOULD BE AN EXTREME PLEASURE!!!

    Oh by the way, I want to buy all the Discovery Box Set and all your albums alone.

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