Night Ten: London

It’s back to London’s lovely Royal Albert Hall tonight for David and the band after a short break.

Will you be there, too? If so, let us know.

When you get in, with the sights and sounds still swirling around your head, don’t forget: BBC2 at 11.30pm for the extended, hour-long Later… with Jools Holland. The songs are ‘Rattle That Lock’, ‘Today’ and ‘The Girl In the Yellow Dress’. (Don’t click those links unless you want to watch what is already available online, on the BBC iPlayer, from Tuesday’s live show. They always look and sound better on the telly, anyway.)

If you missed yesterday’s Latest News, you might not yet know that Rattle That Lock has now claimed the top position in the album charts in Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. Hurrah!

Which is just one teensy place higher than Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland, which was still excellent and only ever-so slightly better than Finland, where it reached No. 3, and Japan, where it got as far as No. 4, and Greece and the USA, where it peaked at No. 5.

All of these are brilliant chart positions, I’m sure you’ll agree. Thank you, everyone, for making this possible.

Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway and Slovakia, thank you also for making it your No. 1 on iTunes.

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’.

50 thoughts on “Night Ten: London”

  1. I was a bit worried about the voice of David that appearance! Really hope he recovers and goes back to the good performances he was getting.

  2. Right… Back from the Greek Islands and raring to go for this one… in Block O, two rows from the front, so about 20 feet or so away from David. Cannot wait for tonight to see this one. I wonder if there will be any surprises in the set, or any other guests. Going tomorrow night too…

    The excitement is ratcheting up. Hope everyone who is going will have an amazing evening.

  3. Enjoy the evening those of you who will attend the show. I’m curious to hear if any cameras were there.

    @FEd: where can I sign a petition for a DVD/BD? πŸ˜‰

  4. If I try for a ticket for tomorrow, and get one. . . . I’ll miss Doctor Who!

    How I wish someone would invent a time machine so we could go back in time and see the shows we missed. Or buy tickets for shows we thought we wouldn’t want when they went on sale (kicking myself).

    We’re a clever bunch here, lots of technical minds. . . .can’t one of you make a time machine and come pick me up!

    Oh and a big smile πŸ˜€ to everyone.


    1. I think it was Justin Bieber. . . . Lorraine might remember. We were together at a bar in Brighton and they had a tips box on the bar labelled up “Justin Bieber assassination fund”!

      ash πŸ˜€

  5. Whether or not you’re going to see David and his band this weekend, I wish you all a nice and relaxing weekend, especially you, FEd (if it’s possible, I know…).

  6. Leaving for the Royal Albert now.. Just as excited as the first night in Brighton.. Can’t wait!!!! and then… I’m gonna see it all again tomorrow night too!!

  7. Have a fabulous evening all — I’m getting butterflies in my stomach as the hour approaches!

  8. Oh by the way, if someone happens to find a pair of socks in Tier 2, box 7, those are probably Mrs Ralph’s. David and his fellow musicians combined with the lasers quite knocked her off them …

      1. That was great Michele, thanks for that!

        As for the socks. . . . I wonder who’s the ringleader. . . πŸ˜€


  9. Hey, FEd and friends!

    It’s been a while since I’ve checked in (big surprise, that) but I do come out from under my rock periodically to check in with what’s happening here on the blog whether or not there is a release, but certainly with even more enthusiasm with the release of The Endless River and Rattle That Lock.

    I’ve really enjoyed the many interviews with David and/or Polly in the lead-up to the release of Rattle That Lock and throughout the European leg of the tour. I love getting a sense of what motivates/influences the lyrics and structure of a song from those who have lovingly crafted the finished piece. The result is a very personal, poignant, and joyous experience shared by the songwriter and performer(s) with the listener. Rattle That Lock is a fantastic album and it continues to put me under its spell each and every time I listen ~ brilliant!

    FEd, I certainly hope you will be posting a first-hand review of at least one of the two upcoming Royal Albert Hall shows what with the 4th being your birthday and all. My granddaughter shares your birthday and will be turning six years old. Time is flying by, isn’t it? Nearly 10 years for a lot of us here on the blog … wow!

    I am looking forward to David & Co.’s performances at the Hollywood Bowl in March. In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy reading the accounts of other lucky Irregulars — one of those being yours, I hope!

    Peace ‘n’ love to you all,
    Gabrielle, Washington State

    1. Thanks, Gabrielle. Time certainly is flying by.

      Just back from the Albert Hall. Can’t form proper sentences just yet. But if this hotel has a swear box, I’m in trouble.

      Hurry up, Jools.

      1. You saw a show FEd????? Looks like you chose a good night. Polly’s ‘Time’ tunnel photo looks stunning.

        Hopefully David’s voice was back on song tonight.

        Just watching The Girl In The Yellow Dress on Later…

        1. At the risk of sounding like a sycophant (whatever, I don’t care), everything about it was absolutely fantastic. Worth waiting for.

          1. Fantastic news, FEd ~ I’m so happy for you! The way I see it, your presence at one or two gigs is essential to your job and therefore a required extra-curricular activity, right? I’m going to take the fact that you’re staying over to mean that you’ll be attending in the Saturday night show, as well.

            Happy birthday to you ~ enjoy your very special weekend!

            P.S. Don’t worry about the swear jar …

          2. Bless you Fed. Your work on this sitE has shown nothing but true sincerity and admiration for the man, and to read your words after the gig reveals how much of a fan you are. Your expression came across like the way i and others felt, that feeling never changes wherever your from.


            1. Bless you, too. I won’t lie; it’s been hard reading the rave reviews and waiting, not wanting to see the clips and interviews, not being able to attend a concert until now. It was definitely worth the wait, though.

              (Hell, David knows I bloody love him to bits. I’m not going to pretend otherwise.)

          3. Well done FEd! I was worrying (and wondering) that you wouldn’t attend at least one show!

          4. That tunnel picture is stunning, there’s another T shirt or poster.

            Fed, what song was that for and is that a laser we see at about five to five if David’s left hand is the centre of the clock? Was the rest created with lasers?

            ash πŸ™‚

        2. It’s what Ken was talking about – this πŸ™‚ Smashing picture Polly, thank you for posting it.

          Fed, do you recognise it? Was it lasers? What song was it? Did you see any camera men filming? I wish I’d gone tonight.

          ash πŸ™‚

          1. I don’t know, sorry. I didn’t notice anyone filming and people with their mobile phones weren’t too annoying.

      2. Great, FEd, hope you enjoyed the show, mate.

        I’m very happy for you, RAH is really a proper place to listen to a great concert.


        1. Thanks, Emilio. As you already know from experiencing it yourself at the Albert Hall, it really was some show in a perfect setting. I honestly don’t know how it could have been improved.

          With my fan hat on: Oh my God, it was absolutely incredible!!!

          With my professional hat on: It was a wonderful night. Really, I don’t think I’ve seen a better concert.

      3. Thank goodness. . . I was frightened for you Fed, that you wouldn’t get to a concert!


  10. Well again I’m there in spirit, so chuffed for everyone going or gone. And what about the album going viral around the world? Really fantastic achievement. I’m sure David must still pinch himself. And isnt it wonderful to know he still resdies right here in Britain? Makes you proud.


  11. Enjoy these shows everyone, if they are as good as last Friday’s you’re all in for a treat. Much better show than in Brighton I thought, but that’s to be expected. Later… with Jools is a consolation for those of us not there tonight but I would have preferred to hear anything else from the album instead of Yellow Dress (not my favourite, sorry).

    Looking forward to hearing reviews from tonight as ever.

    1. Flawless show and performance tonight. Still in la la land. Will give a better appraisal tomorrow!!!

  12. Really happy you got to go Fed seeing as you are a fan. Just watching Jools again – fabulous.

    P.S. Found my wallet, left it at home.


  13. It really is a shame for those of us in the USA who can’t watch the Later… with Jools shows on any of the BBC players. Might I ask those who religiously monitor YouTube to allow these shows to find their way on it, perhaps on David’s official channel so we all might enjoy?

  14. Hello!

    Long time since I posted something here…

    You FEd still have a beer on me for helping me get a ticket for Milan show in 2006… Managed to see David in Pula without any of that trouble. πŸ™‚

    One question (sorry for going a bit off topic), what’s the thing with black armbands that Polly and David are wearing?

    1. You enjoy that beer for me, Bran. I’m very happy that you made it to Pula.

      I don’t know for sure, but it seems they could be Fitbits.

  15. OK… takes deep breath. That was an incredible experience again. I have been a very lucky man to have seen so many shows this time round. It all started off with Brighton (for which I owe a huge debt of gratitude to FEd for helping get a great seat in the house). Brighton was very intimate and close up, especially when you are in the front rows.

    Then Pula was extraordinary in an incredible setting.

    Verona got even better with the Italian passion and desire to see David as well as the genuine warmth of the beautiful Italian people – I made many friends there. Each show I saw, David and the band grew more and more confident and impressive. That was a real high after the evening of the Verona show.

    I had to skip Florence to get to Orange in time, and once again, what an awe inspiring venue. Along the way I managed to catch all the sound checks. In Pula David would have been aware of the huge crowd outside the night before cheering as he rehearsed Wish You Were Here, In Any Tongue, Faces of Stone and a couple of others. In Verona the sound check boomed out into the piazza around the arena a couple of hours before showtime adding to the great expectation.

    Then in Orange, to the back of the stage were a number of large cafes thronging with expectant fans. Then a crowd began to gather at the Artists entrance at the back of Orange. Moments later a line of blacked out limo vans pulled up and our heroes disembarked. I was only a meter away from David as he and Polly walked past in the sunshine. David was smiling broadly. This was a man loving what he was doing and appreciating the warmth of his fans. The show in Orange raised the bar yet further with David talking with crowd in both French and English. The fans were rapturous.

    Each night particular songs stood out for me. In Any Tongue, Comfortably Numb, The Girl In the Yellow Dress, and Sorrow were simply mind-blowing.

    Then after a short break in Lindos within a stones’ throw of David’s family home (where I shared my experiences with George; son of Socrates – whom David knew well) I returned home to my first concert at the Royal Albert Hall. And despite having had the pleasure of the Roman Arena tour, if you like, the Royal Albert Hall presented itself in all its glory. The performance last night was about as near perfect as one could get. It was emotional, moving, and pleasurable to all the senses. I am a musician and I know how bum notes can be played, lyrics forgot, strings break, wrong pedals get stepped on etc. yet in spite of all the potential pitfalls this performance was perfect. David spoke to the audience between songs; a sure sign of his connection with the fans and a measure in my opinion as to how much he was enjoying the shows.

    A huge mention must go to the sound and light team and all at Britannia Row as well as everyone involved with the shows. Some of the guys I have gotten to know on the tour, as well as Colin on the desk who celebrated his birthday at the Orange concert. It’s so lovely to get smiles from some of the professional crew when we spot each other either side of the fence.

    Needless to say I am off to the Royal Albert Hall again this evening to tantalise my senses once more. On a side or more serious note, please do not try to get in with tout purchased tickets if the original purchaser is not with you. The RAH were removing people and barring entry last night to a number of people who had paid big bucks for their tickets from touts, but due to the fact that the original purchaser was not present they were unable to get in. There were some very upset and disappointed fans.

    To everyone going tonight especially those who have yet to see the show, you are all in for something very special. Enjoy.

  16. Dear Fed, so happy that you went to London for DavidΒ΄s shows! What a nice birthday treat, and so well deserved. Have a very

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      1. Fed, you are most welcome, and thank you for your review of DavidΒ΄s show. So happy that you went there! Where was your seat, on the floor, left or right gallery? We sat at the right gallery, with an excellent view, but maybe for the best acoustic one should sit in the middle. However, the RAH is such a wonderful venue with the best sights and sounds from most all seats.

        You got that right, after we got addicted by DavidΒ΄s shows, how shall we survive without them? Thank God there is his new album and our wonderful memories.

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