Night Seven: London

For a while it seemed like such a long way off, but tonight’s is the first of five shows at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall: three this week, two next week. Who has tickets for this evening’s performance?

The theatre is one of the world’s most respected and recognisable; from its inspiring mosaic frieze that encircles the building and depicts the advancement of the Arts and Sciences of all nations, to its incredible glazed-iron roof, at one time the largest unsupported dome in the world measuring 20,000 square feet and weighing some 617 tonnes. Some feat of engineering for 1869, that.

I think you probably deserve a break from whatever it is you should be doing right now, so here’s an enjoyable quiz based on a mural by Sir Peter Blake showing many of the famous faces that have appeared at the Albert Hall down the years. See if you can beat the clock to identify ten of them at random.

David, of course, played here for three memorable nights in May 2006 as part of his last solo tour, immortalised on DVD and Blu-ray the following year as Remember That Night.

Enjoy the concert, I’m sure it will be another night to remember, and we look forward to hearing all about it.

You can still submit your questions for Guy, if you haven’t already. We’ve had some good ones so far.

50 comments

  1. Pavlov

    You’re all in my thoughts and I’m [impatiently] looking forward to reading all about it! Have a memorable experience.

  2. Michèle

    How I wish, how I wish I was there!

    Have a great night you, lucky people!

    Played the quiz (of course 😉 ), but won’t tell you my score… mon Dieu! Am I that ignorant? 🙁

  3. Shane

    Looking forward to the concert tonight, I’m going to the 3 this week, none in October unfortunately but can’t do everything of course, did Brighton too.

    In my hotel now, not long to go.

      • Shane

        Enjoyed the show. Arseholes in the crowd as usual, 2 beside me, all drink related of course, 2 pints at a time each, spilling beer, shouting “Go on Dave, my son”, then 1 them fell asleep.

        Great show.

        • Andrew S in Toronto

          And the one who fell asleep will forever be telling his mates that it was the best concert ever. 😉

  4. Assaf Y

    Wow, I’m so excited, have been waiting for so many years!

    Arrived London 2 days ago, going to the concert tonight and tomorrow.

    Right now in the hotel, 10 minutes’ walk from RAH, see you. Will sure let you know how it was (although I’m sure I can write the review before it).

  5. Ralph

    Have a great time everyone. Can’t wait until Friday.

    Are there any meet-ups scheduled at The Queen’s Arms pub?

  6. Emilio

    In Rome waiting for another plane, scored 8/10 two times but can’t see David still. I’ll do another ride…have a great show tonight, folks!

  7. damian cunningham

    Can someone please teleport me to London? Oh and give me a ticket at the same time. I hate work.

    Damian

  8. Taki

    Have a great night those who will be at RAH!! Let us hear how it went and if you saw cameras for a second “Remember That Night” video…

  9. Ian Pearson

    Start travelling tomorrow to see David on Friday. Taking my wife who has never seen such a concert so will report back. Might bump into a few old friends eh?

    Ian

  10. Assaf Y

    Just got back to hotel.

    Wow, what a concert! Sorrow was so great, so loud!

    By the time he got to Run Like Hell the audience just lost it and couldn’t sit anymore, it was so cool.

    It’s probably the best concert I have ever been to. Waiting for tomorrow for a second round.

    Now I just need to see Jimmy Page and I’m all set.

  11. Stuart

    Just got back. In Any Tongue and Faces of Stone were magnificent. Comfortably Numb probably the best solo I’ve heard.

    On a slightly negative note I thought the sound was a little flat. Brighton had a little more bass which really vibrated the hall. RAH is usually spot on. And loads of empty seats???

    Still looking forward to Friday even more though.

  12. Paul Sexton

    Tonight was off the scale good..the sound on the circle was excellent and the light show was incredible
    Run Like Hell was worth the admission fee alone.

    To those who are attending the other nights..you are in for a real treat.

    Cheers Paul

  13. rav

    Just got back home from the RAH – what a fantastic show! Dave and the band were on form, and the acoustics and lighting were second to none. Best gig I’ve been to by a mile!

    Didn’t see any cameras for a second ‘Remember That Night’ but who knows, there may be some on the other dates?

  14. Herbert

    Good morning!

    Just saw some pictures on David’s Facebook site, shot in the RAH…. Laser!!!

    Why didn’t we have that also in Oberhausen? A little bit disappointed now… 😉

    OK, laserbeams are not essential but always a nice gimmick.

    So all of you who are lucky to join the remaining shows at RAH have a great time… will read about it later… going OAI to Greece this weekend.

    Regards
    Herbert

  15. Assaf Y

    Guys, just been to the box office at RAH, there are few tickets available to the Boxes, just an FYI.

  16. Simon J

    Well that was mesmeric!

    Believe it or not, after all these years, that was my first David Gilmour gig.

    The venue, lighting, sound, harmony, amazing fretwork, audience – everything was incredibly enthralling. Paid a little extra for a front row seat, best decision I ever made.

    Special mention to the Saxophonist, he was a little nervous to begin, but really shine in the Dark Side tracks.

    Overall, amazing. To finally see David Gilmour and Angus Young this year really means a lot, and has blown me away. I hope everyone enjoys when they go.

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  17. Pete - Coventry

    There is a band from Norway I quite like called ‘Airbag’. You can tell by listening to them that they have been influenced by David’s playing.

    As far as I know they have yet to play a gig in this country, although they have played across Europe.

    Last night they posted a photo of them all outside the RAH awaiting to get into the gig.

    Airbag – good band if you are feeling in the mood for something new to listen to.

  18. Damiano cunningham

    Well it’s nearly Friday, my day for the RAH but it’s weird. It’s exciting to be going but also scary how fast time goes by, I know Dark Side of the Moon. But I want to be there and a part of me is trying to drag it out. Does that make sense or do folk think he’s talking shite again? LOL. In the words of Fed, I won’t be offended honest.

    See you there, will be in that RAH restaurant Berry’s thingamabe.

    Oh still off the fags.

    Damian

  19. ash

    First. . .Anyone looking for tickets? Tthe box office still has some available so move quickly! 🙂

    I was there last night. I thought the Brighton gig was the best gig I’d ever been to, last night was every bit as good and better. I had a great time, great view, great sound quality, I met lots of lovely people including a few bloggers. 🙂 I just dare not say anymore because of people who haven’t been yet. The music and the light show and Mr Screen are all outstandingly good.

    I went to breakfast this morning and got chatting to more fans, three guys who were all musicians and belong to a fan guitar club. Then another couple who are going this evening.

    I met a young man who had traveled from India to be here tonight ! He’s only 25, never been to Britain before! He asked the ticket collection people if there was any chance of meeting David, they said there was nothing they could do. All the way from India, I couldn’t believe it. He’s meeting up with someone who’s coming from the States!

    I’m deliberately not saying anything about the concert itself because, honestly, this is some concert. Anyone seeing this tour will not be disappointed and I don’t care if anyone thinks it’s obsessional to go three nights running. I haven’t had a holiday for five years so this is my special treat to myself!

    When some tickets were released again recently, I got some for the third night, Friday 25th. They are in the choir and I thought it may be quite an interesting experience to be off to the side and slightly behind the stage. It was all there was at the time so I took them. Anyway. . . the box office still has tickets available so I swapped and paid extra for a box facing the stage! I’m so looking forward to going again tonight. . .then again on Friday.

    You can tell David and the guys in the band are having a great time too. Old Man’s tour? David’s enjoying it all too much to be thinking of retiring. 😀

    ash

    • Pavlov

      “Obsessional”? Not one bit! If I had the opportunity to do it all, I absolutely would!

  20. JC_2410

    Firstly, I wish to convey my indebted thanks once again to FEd, as my brother Mark and I wouldn’t have most certainly have been in attendance, at the RAH for Wednesday night’s opening show.

    We could pass comments and make superlative statements, about how marvelous and wonderful the whole evening was. However, instead, we’ll just say how much it was an absolute pleasure to be in attendance, to witness a masterful performance, not only from David, but from everybody else concerned in making this a truly spectacular night happen! We are are overjoyed and are both still in a state of shock!

    Shine on…..
    John 🙂

  21. John C

    Wonderful concert last night. Great sound, great lights and excellent blend of old and new in the set. In particular, I thought the songs from Rattle That Lock came across better live than on the album. They seemed to have more energy and most of them had proper endings, instead of weak fade-outs which are my least favourite aspect of the album.

    Far too many highlights to pick one, or even several! Funniest moment was the lighting and sound guys going silly and high-fiving each other at the end of Sorrow when the solo guitar comes back in. I’m guessing this is the first show they’ve got that bit spot-on correct!

    • Shugster

      A great gig in a fantastic venue. I thought David had a slight problem with some of the notes on Girl With the Yellow Dress. I saw him coughing a bit during the song and read somewhere else that he may have a slight throat infection and that may explain the withdrawal of Coming Back To Life?

      Everything else was brilliant and I wish I was going again. It was good to get the bonus of Crosby AND Nash on backing vocals.

      Did anyone else see Nick Cave and Sir Tim Rice at the gig? I’m pretty sure that there would have been plenty of celebs in attendance.

  22. Richard

    Another night to remember at the RAH! Sat beside me was a family with two teenagers who knew most of the set, especially the old stuff…

    I wasn’t aware that the lyrics to DSOTM were part of the national school curriculum!

    Now there’s a thought…

    Thank you to David, the band, guests, management and Fed for making this happen, and making a lot of people very happy.