Night 17: Santiago

Tonight’s concert, I’m sad to say, is the last of the year in what has been a highly enjoyable visit to Latin America. But I’m happy to say that it’s the band’s first in Chile.

Not a new arena, this one (it opened in 1938), but certainly an iconic and historic one. The Estadio Nacional de Chile – or to give it its full title, Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, having been renamed in 2008 in honour of the late sports commentator and journalist – is located in the Ñuñoa district of Santiago.

A long and distinguished list of performers have played here since 1989 – all the biggest names in music, basically. Most recent shows have been by Queen and Adam Lambert, Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam.

It hosted this year’s Copa América final (as it did the tournament in its previous format, the South American Football Championship, in 1941, 1945, 1955 and 1991) as well as the 1962 World Cup final.

Much more than a football ground, the stadium is part of a 62-hectare sporting complex; its tennis courts, athletics track, gymnasium and velodrome have been put to good use down the years, hosting the 1959 World Basketball Championship, the 1976 Davis Cup, the World Junior Championships in Athletics in 2000, and last year’s 2014 South American Games.

People also pack the stands for the finale of Chile’s annual Teletón charity event, a popular 27-hour telethon to raise funds in support of children with developmental disabilities.

Interestingly, a section of the stands retains its original wooden bench seating, and is always kept free, to serve as a sombre reminder of darker days.

Expect another vibrant crowd tonight. If you’ll be there, have a great time.

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’.

75 thoughts on “Night 17: Santiago”

  1. Now we’ll have to wait till next year.

    As this is the last concert in 2015, let’s see if they add a new song to the setlist.

    Have a wonderful time and Merry Christmas to everyone!

  2. … reading about the venue I had to think to the last verse of Childhood’s End:

    There’ll be war
    There’ll be peace
    But everything one day will cease
    All the iron turned to rust
    All the proud men turned to dust
    And so all things, time will mend
    So this song will end…

    Have fun you guys in Chile and have a peaceful holiday season fellow bloggers and FEd.

  3. And Chile gave us Pablo Neruda, poet, diplomat, Nobel Prize winner (literature). Many schools are named after him, here. An anecdote: I read that he frequently wrote his poetry in green ink, as he considered green to be the colour of hope.

    Love the (solar powered? 😛 ) Christmas lights on the Blog page. 🙂

  4. Wishing everyone in Santiago a wonderful show!

    Happy Holidays to the blog, the posters, the band, the concert attendees and The Man himself!

  5. Well, I’ll have my Welcome Home banner and will be waiting at Brighton Airport to give our David and the crew a cheery welcome home, I can’t wait.

    Damian (whereabouts is Brighton Airport?)

  6. I’m sure tonight’s show will have been yet another resounding success in Chile.

    Christmas truly came early for the thousands of fans there and also in Brazil and Argentina.

    Dreams do come true.

  7. To David, Polly, all in the band and all hard working techies and backroom staff, F’Ed and all fellow bloggers, have a lovely peaceful Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thank you all for making 2015 a fantastic year with a wonderful album and tour and look forward to 2016.

    Have a great holiday
    Best wishes Heather

  8. Hi!!

    Last night concert was simply brilliant. I was in RAH too so I can say a lot of things comparing the two concerts (actually I was 2 times in RAH).

    – The sound was completely different… this time the volume was a monster and it sounded like heaven…. I never heard a sound so big and high and at the same time so clear, so I could hear every note of that guitar, and every note on every other instrument… maybe it was because it was a stadium and I was in 5th row, but comparing with RAH was totally better.

    – On the other hand, the lights were the same as RAH, and as it was a stadium, looks a lot less impressive… it was OK.

    – Overall the show was amazing and David looks so confident and relax and happy…. I have no words to describe it.

    – Maybe the most different thing, comparing to the rest of the shows, was “Money”, when David did a surprise for every one, including the musicians, and asked Guy to make a bass solo, much very like the Delicate Sound of Thunder…. for a hardcore fan as me this was completely mindblowing.

    – Also he included Coming Back To Life… one of my favourites…and I was very happy as in my 2 previous RAH concerts he didn’t.

    Well… much more things I can say…. this was like a dream and a gift from heaven… finally we could see David in Chile!!!! I think people here think they can die in peace right now…. also we have a feeling like “and what now??”… because we were waiting so much time for this moment…

    I will do my best to be in RAH again in September!!

    (Sorry about my English, probably I made some mistakes… I am a Spanish native speaker.)

    1. Daniel, I wish I could communicate in another language half as well as you just did.

      It sounds like an amazing show. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

  9. So another tour ends, David and the band will all be home for Xmas and today is my last day at work!

    So Happy Holidays to all Bloggers, David and his band, Polly and to you F’Ed for all your input over the past 10 years!

    Gary Hurley.
    London England.

  10. As I suspect this might be the last blog page of the year can I pass on my seasons greetings to everyone who passes through here? And hope everyone stays safe and well. And FeD……….thanks for all your efforts throughout the year. They are appreciated.

    Who knows, I might get to bump into some of you sometime next year. You just don’t know what’s around the corner.

      1. I’m hoping Fed you will leave us something to ponder over before you head off into the Xmas mist. Next year is looking bright already, being able to see David again absolute magic, a new job, and a new house and in that order of preference. Thank you so much for keeping this site running and so entertaining. I know I write some silly stuff and you have put up with and posted most of it, this really is where I can escape for a while, and if you met me I don’t talk half as much as I write on here, honest.

        So have a really good Xmas and New Year, don’t eat too many leeks.


          1. Oh Tim, as long as I can invite all the bloggers, FEd, David, Polly and the band to the nice cosy lunch, that’s fine with me…

  11. I am happy that “Il Maestro” made all the full setlist in his last concert of the year, I hope he will do the same for his next year concerts.

    Christmas lights are really nice and remember me that Santa will come to me in a few days but I already had what I need (2 tickets for 2 night at RAH 😀 ) maybe I can ask him more dates in Europe and in Italy too. 😉

    As someone says this is the last post of the year so thank you for your work and generous dedication. I wish you FEd and your family “Buon Natale” and “Felice Anno Nuovo”….and of course I extend my wishes to all of you on this blog.

    …..see you next year.

  12. I’ve certain doubts how the setlist would work at stadiums, but with a help of great audiences David showed he’s now on fire! I hope he and the band will keep going up with every concert they’re playing. It’s nice to him more relaxed and laid back. What they did with Money was great and unexpected. Certainly the best version from at least this year’s tour if not from a longer period of time.

    What is your opinion on “Yellow Dress”? Is it too odd for a huge stadium gig? I know many people got a problems with it during European leg of the tour. It somehow broke down the tempo of the concert, but for me it was rescued by very nice animation. Obviously, venues were much smaller – I saw it in Verona and RAH.

    Have a good holidays, Everyone!

  13. Looks like the fortunate Chilean fans got a very special night with the inclusion of On An Island AND Coming Back to Life in their set. I hope both tracks stay in the setlist because they are both beautiful songs with awesome guitar solos played differently each night. It was looking like the band was going to play one or the other from here on out.

    I am looking forward to even more surprises when the tour picks up again.

  14. A fitting end for the last concert of 2015.

    I wish David and Family, FEd, and Bloggers Happy Holidays.

    Lets hope for a good New Year.


  15. Tchin, the Blog! 10 ans, ça s’arrose! Bière, vin ou champagne? Mini quiches ou saucisses cocktail? The choice is yours… 🙂

      1. “And then you find, ten years have got behind you”, Today.

        Happy anniversary to this Blog, FEd.

        You have been one of David’s greatest assets over the last decade, being instrumental in bringing a worldwide audience of admirers together to form a unique social community.

        We are all indebted to your enduring perseverance.

        2015 has been a great year and next year promises to provide even more treasured times.

        Have yourselves a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.

        FEd, David, Polly and family, the band and crew, Irregulars near and far.

  16. Merry Christmas and a very happy, prosperous New Year for David and family, for you Fed and all PF Fans!

    May you be happy and share your happiness with others.

    Don’t forget the little things in life, as they are the most important ones.

    Fed, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the past year!

    Marvellous Christmas Holidays!

    1. Thank you, Ina. Merry Christmas to you.

      Don’t forget the little things in life, as they are the most important ones.

      This is so true.

  17. Thanks a lot for sharing your great South American moments with us!

    Now we can look forward to some more wonderful events in 2016.

    Merry Christmas to you all!

  18. Dear All,

    Can I respectfully ask, that you all please pause, stop whatever your doing and give a rousing round of applause for FEd, who I’m sure you’ll all agree, does an absolutely splendid job in managing this marvellous Blog; in total fairness and with impartiality! (That’s a word I’ve wanted to use for a while – irregulars will know what I mean by that!) With David’s surprise tour, new album and candid media offerings, for all of us as fans, I for one conclude, that 2015 was a memorable, red letter year; with 2016 promising to be as equally exciting and stunning!

    Therefore,to everybody connected with this special Blog, may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderfully healthy and Happy New Year 2016.

    Shine on……
    John 🙂

  19. Txs David and all the band and crew. It was amazing, and I’m very happy ’cause you played both songs (Coming Back and On an Island)…a big hug from Chile to all of you, have a great Xmas and new year, and a fantastic 2016 season tour.

    PD: Only one black spot, Mr. Screen had 2 or 3 failed squares.

  20. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to David and Polly and the beautiful family they gave us a glimpse of. 🙂

    Christmas and New Year Greetings to the band and to Fed and to all my fellow bloggers. 🙂

    Love Ash X

  21. Wonderful Christmas lighting, so full of atmosphere. 🙂 Right moment for wishing you FEd, the Gilmour family and all bloggers a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

    How a German philosopher said: „At its heart the liaisons with people are, what adds the value to life” (like it).

    Have a good time…

  22. Thanks FEd for all your hard work and help for all of us this year.

    Happy holidays to everyone.

    This year my childhood dream came true: I saw Mr. David GIlmour play live….. 6 times!

  23. Pictures from Santiago look great.

    Looking forward to more awesome shows in 2016! Thank you David and the band.

  24. 2015 certainly had its ups and downs. I’d like to thank David and those on his team for providing some of the most positive and most memorable moments of the year. We’ll look back on them with great fondness.

    2016 promises more great moments from David. Looking forward to making those new memories – and having fun doing it.

    Best wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

  25. Feliz Natal e um bom Ano Novo…..

    Looking forward to 2016…..happy holidays FEd and everyone…..

  26. Wishing all friends on The Blog a Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year!

    Thank you to FEd for keeping us nourished with good tidings throughout the year and keeping this platform which we all share, so special – without you, there would be no ‘us’. Thank you to David, Polly, David Gilmour’s management, his band and his family for sharing of yourselves so generously. To be honest, I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that there would be another album let alone ‘an old man’s tour’ (not that I didn’t have hope. 😉

    I cannot say it better than this.

  27. It is really impressive to read about the tour and last David’s triumphs, while I identify myself with the many fans worldwide by remembering all the emotions, the shivers and the joy to see David at a wonderful show, and to be enchanted by the sound of his magnificent music!

    I wish you David, Polly and the band a joyful holiday season and a new year with fresh thought to be happy in further days in life and filled with further great success.

    Many thanks to the F.Ed for your tireless work for many years.

    Wishing you all, Bloggers and F.Ed a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.


  28. Wishing David, Polly and DG management happy holidays. Thank you for the album, thank you for touring, and thank you for looking out for fans. Best wishes to FEd and this community of bloggers a peaceful, healthy and safe holiday. Start slow and taper down.

    It’s been such a treat to ‘find’ you all here; it feels like finding some long-lost tribe. I have much to look forward to in 2016. At the top of my list? Seeing The Man play live for the first time. I can’t believe my good fortune: Both Hollywood Bowl shows AND Radio City Music Hall. Thank you again FEd. It really is a dream come true for me.

    Peace to all; in heart, mind and action.

    Jill from Northern California

  29. Merry Christmas to David for making so many of our dreams come true. David, I wish you and your wonderful family, your band and all the support staff a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
    To you too Fed for maintaining this Blog and keeping us updated and informed whilst be sooo busy earlier in the Autumn time. And all the very best to all of your fellow bloggers and irregulars. I wish you all the very best for Christmas and 2016.

    Here’s looking forward to the USA at Easter, London at the end of Summer, and hopefully some filling in the middle. 😀


  30. Fed,

    Just a quick note to say thanks for running the blog and for administrating the presales which helped me and so many others this year. Your work is truly appreciated by all of us.

    Also thanks of course to David for a great album and even better shows.

    See you in 2016.

    Happy Christmas


  31. Hope The Holiday Season is enjoyable for everyone and that 2016 will only bring good tidings.

    Take care, Suzy

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  33. Would have loved to be there! Hope you guys enjoyed it.

    RAH will have to do for a poor swede. 😉

  34. I hope everyone had happy holidays! I have some silly questions, and I was hoping somebody had a few answers.

    I’m trying to arrange a town car for the first Chicago show because my daughter will be with me and there are never enough taxis outside the United Center. We have VIP seats, and generally the venue won’t release the details on how/when they’ll open the box office for pick up. Did anyone have VIP seats to any of the European or South American dates? Approximately how many hours prior to showtime was the box office opened?

    How long is the show, assuming a full set list? The car company needs to know what time to pick up as well as what time to drop off.

    If anyone can help with these minor details, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you all in advance.

    1. I didn’t have VIP seats, but I was at a show.

      The show is about 2 1/2 – 3 hours long (with the break between the two sets).

  35. TY FEd and Happy New Year to You and All the Bloggers; David and Polly.

    My favourite time in Ontario is to wander into our hardwood forests, search for the familiar leaf foliage and dig up fresh leeks out of the ground, take ’em home, replenish my garden and eat them raw with a great meal. The leaves are so packed with potency on their own in cooking or added to a salad or dressing.

    Why do I get a Welsh feel here? Must be my Herbal instincts. 🙂

  36. Happy 2016 to all!

    Looking forward to the new year and some David Gilmour shows in North America!

  37. Hope everyone had a lot of fun last year! I enjoyed talking to folks at the RAH and Brighton that I have ‘met’ through the blog. And I was delighted for those in South America that had not hosted a DG show before. Next year looks like it’s going to be fun as well…

  38. Looking forward to The Gilmour Band starting up again in the spring. Hopefully they will continue to project images of the musicians on Mr screen like the South American gigs.

    Have a wonderful RTL 2016 everyone.


  39. I never thought I would ever see him live and than I got the chance to got Pula! Hope so much that I will get a second chance to see him!

    Cheers and a happy new Year!

  40. A little bit late, but, nonetheless, happy new year to everyone!

    Last year gave us a great happiness of seeing David coming back to tour with Rattle That Lock. I feel glad for everyone who saw the band live in 2015, I hope it was an amazing experience! Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to attend any of these gigs, but I hope to do so this year.

    The setlist of 2015 concerts was really great, but, listening to some audiotapes (thanks to bootleggers 🙂 ), I can’t help feeling that songs in the second half could be placed in a better way. Let me share some ideas on it, if you don’t mind.

    I think that it would be a good idea to swap Today and The Girl In The Yellow Dress, and to play some bits of Castellorizon before On An Island, if to play this song.

    I am also looking forward to hearing Surfacing/Louder Than Words, these would sound very nice right after the Breathe reprise. By the way, it is a genial idea to move Time to the encores, isn’t it?

    It’s too bold of me, but I’d put There’s No Way Out Of Here right after Shine On or The Girl, and/or some old solo stuff like Murder, Near The End, or even I Can’t Breathe Anymore right before Sorrow (there might be anything from On an Island instead, though). Perhaps we’d run out of time then. 🙂

    And, of course, we are all hoping for some surprising appearances of Nick and Roger!

    Anyway, I’d be extremely happy to see Sir David in Europe (and maybe in Russia, who knows?) in 2016, and I wish the band and everyone a good year.

    Thank you, FEd, for running this blog and keeping us up to date with all the events for all these years.

    Cheers! 😉

    1. Some interesting suggestions. Lots of people are hoping for ‘Louder Than Words’, it seems, and what a surprise ‘There’s No Way Out Of Here’ would be. I’m sure we’d all recognise it straight away.

      1. I personally would also love to hear “Learning to Fly”. It’s such a great song. But “Louder Than Words” would also be great. Didn’t they even rehearse that one?

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