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

273 comments

  1. sharon woods

    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?

  2. mark

    I was there on the 12th and and to see Roger and David perform together was like being in rock heaven. 😀

  3. mikeT

    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! 😀

  4. Ian Pearson

    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

    • tim_c

      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. :/

  5. Taki

    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. 😉

    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

    • FEd

      I don’t think they came out quite as well as Polly would have liked, unfortunately.

    • Alessandra

      I’m sure that means they came out not stunning, as usual, but only beautiful. 😉

    • tim_c

      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…

  6. angelle

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

  7. Howard Bayliss

    What happened Fed!!??

    Did I miss a PF reunion?? Darn, late again. 😉

    Cheers, Howard

  8. Phil

    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??

  9. Santiago

    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?

    • FEd

      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.

  10. Beppo the Mime

    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

    • NewYorkDan

      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.

  11. Dan

    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 🙁 and would love to see them Live.

    Oh well, I can dream can’t I? 🙂

  12. David

    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

    • Pavlov

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

  13. floyd89gr

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

    We miss you David, here in Greece … 🙁

    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.

  14. Dr Phang

    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!!! 😉

  15. Michèle

    Love Nick’s sense of humour. 😉

    “It was a very nice thing to do but it could become a bit cliché 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).

    • Michèle

      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!!!”

    • Pavlov

      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 …

  16. PM

    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…

    • ash

      Don’t apologise PM, I don’t think anyone would take offence. 🙂

      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

  17. Tk

    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.

  18. Anita

    I saw the show in Oslo on 1 May, and it was really amazing!! 😀

    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. 😀

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

  19. IMcK

    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?

    • Rudders - Toronto

      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.

    • Ed

      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.

  20. Ralph

    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

  21. steve magyar

    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

    • FEd

      Does The Band say “Hello Syd” on every LP since Syd left The Band?

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

      Anyone else?

    • Steve

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

      Steve

  22. Danny

    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.

    • ash

      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

  23. lisa

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

    Lisa

  24. steve

    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. 😛

  25. Leighski

    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!!! 😕

  26. EchoesBob

    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.

  27. NewYorkDan

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

  28. RG

    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!

  29. Nick

    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.

  30. Derek Heslop

    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.

  31. diana

    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

  32. Gerry

    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.

  33. Huw

    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

  34. Sabrina

    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! 😀

    Thanks a lot!

  35. Alex from Romania

    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. 🙂

  36. steve magyar

    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.

  37. steve magyar

    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

  38. CARLOS RUÍZ

    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.