Night Three: Verona

The first of two nights in beautiful, possibly wet – a little rain won’t dampen your spirits, I’m sure – Italy.

During 2006’s On an Island Tour, you might remember that the band visited Venice and Florence. This time, instead of Venice, it’s a return to another extraordinary place where David performed with Pink Floyd for three nights back in May 1989: the magnificent Arena di Verona.

This vast first-century Roman amphitheatre is Italy’s third largest and one of the best preserved. Not surprisingly, operatic performances are most popular here with the annual Arena di Verona Opera Festival taking place throughout the summer months. The acoustics are said to be most impressive.

We look forward to hearing from you if you are fortunate enough to be witnessing tonight’s concert from this exquisite setting. Let’s hope the rain holds off.

Should we anticipate any changes to the setlist, do you think?

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'.

36 thoughts on “Night Three: Verona”

  1. I’m not sure if the band is comfortable enough to change the setlist, but hey, give it a try…

    Did I say that I wish Childhood’s End for Saturday in Oberhausen?

    To all that attend the third night: enjoy it and enjoy it in a dry state. Back in 2006 we had some thunder and purring rain in Munich. We were prepared because of the forecasted weather but we would have managed well without getting wet. 😉

    1. Childhood’s End should be fantastic on today’s Gilmour… It is already amazing on its original version, but I think Dave could give it a new make up, like he does with Fat Old Sun…

  2. Welcome to Italy guys, don’t mind the setlist. But if you want to play ‘Mudmen’, do it next week OK?

    Hope everyone have a great experience tonight.

    Ciao!

  3. I was wrong about the setlist in another post … perhaps it’ll change up a bit once the album is released. Not that I mind one bit — whatever they choose to play is fine with me.

  4. Waiting patiently for the setlist. My guess is the band is still bedding in, and David has to think about the band as well as the fans. Having seen Jon and Phil both with guitars in a video, it certainly does bode well for Dogs making an appearance somewhere.

  5. David said on the radio last week he didn’t want to make the audience sit through a whole album of music they hadn’t heard before so the setlist might get a change when the albums out and it can be played together a bit more. Might be a bit more change when he starts playing the same venue more than once as well.

    As much as everyone would love to hear it, I just can’t see David wanting to sing Dogs. I’m not sure it would fit with the feelings of the rest of the setlist, but I wouldn’t complain if I was wrong!

    I’m sure everyone will get a great show whatever the setlist.

  6. Dogs!! Coming Back to Life and Marooned are my proposals for upcoming setlists.

    Looking forward for the concert in Oberhausen! 😉

  7. Personally love the current set list. Maybe throw in Welcome to the Machine from that beautiful album celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, other than that, where do you draw the line? There is so much to choose from.

    George

    1. You’re right, there’s just so much to choose from. I don’t envy David the responsibility of selecting which songs to play one bit.

  8. Why isn’t there any Endless River songs, like Louder than Words? Would like to see David perform more songs that he hasn’t played before in his previous concerts.

  9. Just arrived at home…

    I can’t find enough words, I’m still dreaming of what I saw, and particularly of what I heard…

    The only thing I can say is… WOW! What a show, guys!

    David is brilliant with the guitar, a little less with the voice in the higher songs, but the show was great, incredible lights on some songs…

    The setlist was the same as the other days, hoping for Coming Back to Life tomorrow in Florence.

  10. I have to wait until MARCH to see Himself! But I shall be happy for all lucky enough to hold tickets to any and all shows. I know it’s going to be sublime.

  11. Hi from Verona,

    If God has a brother his name is David Gilmour.

    It was a pure and simple joy: perfect sound, wonderful location, delicious mix of voices, and a bunch of nostalgia just for Syd and Richard.

    New tracks of RATTLE ….to hear again (a lot of jazz sound) and Sorrow, On an Island, Run Like Hell and Fat Old Sun were more than magic.

    A real wizard Steve Distanislao: powerful, clean and perfect sound.

    I hope to stay in this way of Paradise as soon as possible.

    A very huge hug.

  12. What an amazing venue and brilliant show. David redeemed himself for what I would describe as a sub par effort in Pula. Can’t wait for tonight’s show, just wish he would change up the set even a little to make it less predictable.

  13. Never loved the mailman as I did this morning. Thanks FEd for being so kind with us, looking forward to a great show.

    Ciao!

  14. Having thought about it, I think changing setlists could be a bad move. How many fans who have seen the setlist but haven’t been to a show yet would be disappointed if songs they were eagerly anticipating weren’t played? I think it would be good to keep the setlist as it is for the entire tour but perhaps add a track in from the new album here or there as a wee special.

  15. Hi from Verona.

    Well, what can I say except a night of emotion for us. Lump in throat and all that and expect quite an emotional time for David back in Verona and without Rick but I’m sure in spirit. But what a night I’ll remember forever. Perfect, sublime, spiritual in every way and so much adoration from the crowd and deservedly so. And I’m sorry, after a few beers I was up a few times dancing. Sorry but I didn’t care.

    And just to mention we found a restaurant earlier that day, nice, new quiet few folk there from Brazil, Austria, England. The waiter was asking about their trip to Verona. They were all here for David. When he heard this he showed his photo of David, who was the there the night before. So me and Kat got up to go as we then knew we couldn’t afford to eat there, LOL. Joking.

    See you in London.

    Damian

      1. Can’t get much done today, still buzzing after Verona and even after a ten hours drive back from Gatwick in the worst traffic and weather imaginable, we would do it again. The trip was made a little easier travelling along the A66 when Janice Long at 1am played Rattle That Lock.

        And I think we should rename this country Coney Island. Never seen so many.

        Damian

  16. Incredible show in Verona last night. I have no words. The atmosphere was electric. The weather was warm and sultry after the storms the night before. The crowd were in full voice as I’ve never witnessed before. Even a couple of Mexican waves.

    Chatted to Colin on the desk before the show – what a nice guy!!

    David recognised how much fun the crowd were having and turned in sublime performances on Shine On, In Any Tongue, 5am, High Hopes and Comfortably Numb.

    If David does do some Summer 2016 he would go down a storm again in Verona. What a superlative night.

  17. The new songs are as tight as a duck’s ar$e now. Which is fantastic. In Any Tongue is my personal favourite. It’s mindblowingly good. 5am must be a tricky opener before your fingers have warmed up but in Verona, David nailed it.

    Some changes to the circular screen in Orange on Thursday evening. I wonder if some more of the new album will be played?

  18. I last saw Pink Floyd when the band previewed Atom Heart Mother in Hyde Park. Chuffed to bits with the Verona gig – worth the journey from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England to hear a man still at the top of his game – and he did Fat Old Sun! So, 45 years and a month or so on, thrilled to hear his wonderful music in such a fantastic setting and yes, the weather held off, of course.

    Great lighting, smart tweaking of original video to include the Italian flag and an audience that loved him – why wouldn’t you?

    The band was brilliant – I had a wee cry thinking about how David has never forgotten his friends – Richard Wright – and the man who started it all, Syd Barrett – how thoroughly decent and those songs – A Boat Lies Waiting, Shine On, Wish You Were Here – so heartfelt and sincere.

    The band was nothing less than excellent! Great set list with stonking new material, fabulous animations plus all Pink Floyd’s greatest hits except… Another Brick. I really didn’t mind at all. 🙂

    1. I wish I could have written my feelings of Verona as well as you have here. 10 out of 10 mate, totally agree.

      Damian

  19. At Verona airport waiting to fly and I’m always bemused by some of the less than complimentary comments on here from so called fans.

    Looking ahead to London and still dreaming of magic Monday.

    Damian

    1. Missed a few of the comments in the flurry of staying updated on the immediate events and then went back to look. I didn’t want to take the bait but I did – I just feel sad that some cannot just accept that things are as they are and enjoy the moment.

      One of the comments brought to mind a snippet I read somewhere and have taped up in my office (wish I knew where it originated so I could give the proper credit and apologies if I’ve referenced this before):

      “A stranger was seated next to Little Johnny on the plane when the stranger turned to the Little Johnny and said, “Let’s talk. I’ve heard that flights will go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

      Little Johnny, who had just opened his book, closed it slowly, and said to the stranger, “What would you like to discuss?”

      “Oh, I don’t know,” said the stranger. “How about nuclear power?”

      “OK,” said Little Johnny. “That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first.”

      “A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat grass. The same stuff. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?”

      “Jeez,” said the stranger. “I have no idea.”

      “Well, then,” said Little Johnny, “How is it that you feel qualified to discuss nuclear power when you don’t know $hit?””

  20. “Italy loves the high style rock”, “DG is magic and transform the Arena into a magic land”, “The magic, pure sound of David Gilmour is an emotion without age”, “David Gilmour doesn’t need Pink Floyd to be magic”, “Sounds and lights for a great emotion”…

    This is just a part of the titles on Italian newspapers about “our” gig. My job is something as media analyst: so I was very happy to dedicate some researches to my beloved music and the show is going on…

    All my thanks to David to NOT play Echoes without Rick.

    All my thanks to David to play Astronomy Domine in memory (real memory) of Syd.

    All my thanks to David to be a Lord and a Man of Love.

    diana

  21. Listening to RTL at least once a day, especially by car (differently from OAI released months before the 2006 tour, this time I did not know a lot of the songs before the concert) I can now appreciate the concept of the narrative of a “day”.

    I think that the songs on this record are not only music, but pictures (..”images framed, hung high in the trees” …) painted with the music, by brushstrokes made of sounds and different styles.

    Seeing David for the second time, unexpectedly, it has been exciting. He shook with his voice and guitar the whole arena di Verona, I felt vibrations up into the soul, physically and on the inside – the acoustic at Arena, as you said is truly impressive.

    Besides the incredible sound of his guitar, his amazing voice always perfect, the beautiful lights of Mr. Screen, a nice setlist and the harmony of the band touched my heart and made me feel shivers and emotions, once again lifetime memories made.

    And eventually I saw Polly on stage taking pictures (very nice job on Instagram!), she deserves very much her success once again for her wonderful lyrics.

    I love RTL so much, it’s a great gift due to David’s talent, his music crosses the generations. THANK YOU David and Polly! RTL nr.1!! (Nice deluxe set indeed,)

    Last, but not least, Happy Birthday dear Fed!

    A big hug, ciao!
    Elisabetta

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