London: Teenage Cancer Trust

Who’s off to the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow for David’s Teenage Cancer Trust gig, then? Do tell.

We all know about this iconic and historic venue by now, David has played there many times, but you might not know quite as much about the charity that will benefit. (Sadly, we all know about cancer because the invasive little bastard keeps attacking and hurting the ones we love most, be they young or old.)

Patron and Who legend, Roger Daltrey, has been the force behind the shows since the start, and this is the 16th year that the charity’s annual events – music as well as comedy, always at the Royal Albert Hall – have raised much-needed funds to assist with their mission: to reach every young person with cancer in the UK. They seek to do this through a team of quite brilliant youth support coordinators, who, among other things, keep spirits up and arrange family support sessions, as well as expert nurses in specialist hospital units (designed to be funky and fun places, complete with guitars, jukeboxes, pool tables and gaming facilities), where patients are treated as young people first, cancer patients second.

To build on this, because the sad truth is that they don’t reach half as many patients as they could, they need to raise Β£20 million by 2020. These gigs will really help with that.

They say that around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every single day in the UK. Those years are hard enough, we can all recall the difficulties of being a teenager, without the bombshell of cancer throwing a life that’s only just begun into complete disarray.

If you’d like to make a donation, however small, you can do so with just a few clicks – here. You might like to buy something from their web shop, such as, for example, the very fetching limited edition merchandise designed and created for this year’s Royal Albert Hall gigs. What finer keepsake could there be?

Of course, you could fundraise or even volunteer. Maybe there’s someone fundraising in your area, or doing something that you particularly admire, who you could sponsor; I’m sure they’d really appreciate the extra encouragement. Have a look and read why they’re giving their time. (A word of warning: you will cry.)

Have a great night on Sunday and be sure to tell us all about it, won’t you?

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’.

86 thoughts on “London: Teenage Cancer Trust”

  1. Is there anyone setting a meeting for a beer before the concert at RAH on Sunday?

    I’ll be there with a friend of mine and we’ll have to wait until 6 a.m. for our return flght from GTW: has anyone got any tips or ideas where to spend a good time after the concert, with some late night food, drinks and music??

    Can’t wait for watching David and the outstanding whole band playing the first notes..!!!

      1. Must say the gig was amazing. I don’t know how but far exceeded what I thought he would be like live, blew the roof out. Amazing night all round.

        1. Oh No. . . . . not someone else to compete with for future tickets. . .

          Only joking Keith. πŸ˜€


  2. Isn’t it depressing that rich countries as the UK still need activities like this? And isn’t it heart warming that people still try to unite and move forward for a good cause?

  3. I managed to get a ticket from the RAH website just a couple of weeks ago. I understand the Bloggers often meet at the Queen’s Arms (?), so I might try to make it there before the concert. However, I need to head back up to Warwickshire straight after the show, so there’ll be know partying for me. πŸ™

    Really looking forward to the show, especially because I didn’t expect to be there!

    1. Thank you IMcK, we’ll try to have a look at Queen’s Arms on our way to RAH and have a couple of beers there before the gig.

  4. The London Marathon is on Sunday Morning and most roads in and around London will be closed until 7pm so if driving depart early.

    My wife and I will be in in the stalls – Block G.

    Gary Hurley.
    London England.

  5. Unfortunately, until and unless it happens to you, richness often helps you pretend it’s anyone else’s life, not yours. And suddenly you realize no money will be enough to make life forget your name…

  6. Maybe there will be another surprise appearance by “On the Turning Away” in the setlist, like on the last tour. πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy the concert tomorrow everybody attending. πŸ˜€

  7. Hope it goes well. For me London is such a nightmare to get down to. I know it’s only 300 miles away but the roads are so clogged up with traffic and bloody cones. It may as well be 1000 miles. Trains are ridiculously costly, I have seen tickets for a grand or more. Honestly, getting too Pompeii is so much easier.

    I would have gone at the drop of my hat if the run was straight forward.


  8. Just wanted say, so sad about Prince, how come we never mentioned him when talking about brilliant guitarists?

    Genius, pure and simple.


  9. excited for this!

    saw van morrison last year at teenage cancer trust and he had a few special guests (incl roger daltrey and mick hucknall).

    maybe we will see a rendition of purple rain like he’s done before?

    should be a special one and all for a good cause as well.

  10. It’s really devastating how cancer destroys bodies and I think there is hardly a human beeing, no matter where you live, that does not know at least one family member or friend who struggles or/and struggled for life against that monster.

    Very fine that David plays a gig for those who need the help so much.

    And then, very sad news about Prince. A truly guitar genius. Always admired the notes “written, composed, produced and arranged” by Prince.

    1. That is so frickin’ amazing George. Bless you for the tune, one of my faves all time, including Jeff Healey’s also.

      What a sad day for guitarists.

  11. Wishing everyone a wonderful show. So proud to love an artist that does so much good in the world. I’m sure it will be amazing! Can’t wait to see the set list.

  12. Have fun everyone going tonight.

    Approx 65 arena seats became available a couple of days ago – they must have been moving back the mixer table or something? Anyhow I was about to get one of those tickets but… flying (again) from Sweden for one night with just a few days notice… Hate it but I chose not to. I went in September last year and even if it says “SOLD OUT” for the 4 RAH nights later this year I am absolutely determined to see at least 2 of those. Maybe I am being naive but I am confident in getting tickets the closer it gets… (and no, I am not dealing with second hand dealers).

  13. Currently sitting sunbathing and feeding the pigeons in a garden in the middle of the V&A. Flight from Glasgow cost Β£40 and arrived 20 minutes early (took a shortcut apparently). Train from Gatwick to Victoria cost Β£20 and I got to play sardines!

    1. You mustn’t get me started on our woefully inadequate, unreliable yet very expensive train service. Or overpopulation.

      1. And you mustn’t get me started on ther West Coast Main Line being closed between Penrith and Carlisle on the (long) way home. πŸ˜€

  14. Really looking forward to this, I decided to treat my friend, who’s a massive Pink Floyd fan, for his 30th birthday. He’s never seen David before, so I’m sure he’ll really enjoy it.

    My wife and I saw Muse the other week, and I think the stage show they put on, complete with drones flying through the audience, was a glimpse at what a Floyd show might have been if it was put on now. Their music is not quite a patch on Floyd, but the show they put on was immense. I’m sure many of the irregulars would approve!

  15. With David involved in this cause, donors can be assured that the monies go directly to the cause and not the pockets of the administration. As I am sure David researches what he gets involved in and supports.

    An honorable man he is.

    Take care, Suzy.

  16. ‘Sadly, we all know about cancer because the invasive little bastard keeps attacking and hurting the ones we love most, be they young or old’.

    You made me think, immediately, to Rick and how much I miss him and his music. Have a great night everyone and thanks David and band for being there.


  17. Have a wonderful time all who are going. The tour in Europe comes closer. πŸ™‚

  18. Polly just posted a little snippet of a perfectly appropriate little surprise on Instagram. Can’t wait to hear how it was from someone who was there!!

  19. A great evening. I thought the Purple Rain solo inclusion during Comfortably Numb was a great moment and a nice unexpected tribute.

  20. Amazing atmosphere tonight with such an important charity purpose. Very emotional introduction to the show by Teenage Cancer Trust.

    David and the band were brilliant and played magically all the songs.

    I’m so happy and proud of being a part of it.

    Now flying back home and waiting for my next gig in Wien…

  21. Such a great cause, I’m sure it was a success.

    I’ve said before there’s so much shite happening in the world, David’s music always shines a light of hope to some vulnerable people. Music is a great healer in such a lot of ways.

    I’m so looking forward to Pompeii and I know I moan about travelling but London too, but I’m not driving I’ll get the pain, I mean train.


  22. What an amazing show. Tribute to Prince just prior to launching into Comfortably Numb solo was especially nice. Colin nailed the sound as he always does but it sounded even better still.

    Highlights were 5am, RTL, Us and Them, Sorrow, Run like Hell and of course Comfortably Numb.

    I vote for Purple Rain as an addition to the European set for summer 2016!! David?

  23. Just got back yesterday from Samana, Dominica Republic. Our time was wonderful til we heard about Prince. What a Cat, literally he was. Nocturnal, shy, elusive and we as an audience don’t see his immense talent as a producer, guitarist, keyboardist extrordinaire as his father was in Jazz, as I was told.

    My buddy went to his solo 2 day show in T.O. 3 weeks ago. Just piano and voice! He could not believe his ears!

    True Story FEd! Yet another one. HEE!!

    I read my favourite sports writer in the Toronto Sun today. Steve said he had a cousin who went dining in a restaurant and saw Prince dining there also.

    She was so embarrassed to ask him for a photo or autograph that she asked his waitress if she could pick up his tab for the meal. Prince politely responded to the waitress, Thank You, and courteously declined the offer. As she waited, waited for her own bill to come. The waitress told her, No need to worry, Prince picked up her tab while he left prior.

    That’s Class folks. Great story line.

  24. It’s really nice of David to pay tribute to a great musician like Prince.

    I think nobody expected that. πŸ˜€

  25. What a show last night, David was on stage from 8pm until 11pm with just a short 20 minute break.

    Our evening started at 4.30 pm with a 20 mile journey from East London to South Kensington and around the end of the London Marathon for the slow runners, we arrived outside the venue 2 hours and 15 minutes later (that is a average speed of less then 10 M.P.H.)

    Just as we arrived a car pulled out from a spot on the other side of the road from the main entrance to the main door – just perfect timing!

    We just crossed the road and walked into the venue in 30 seconds!

    A free 100 + page concert programme was handed out to all ticket holders with a donation to the TCC if you wanted to give extra cash to the trust.

    Then the fun started. My seat in Block G (seat 25) was broken (the back fell off when I sat down) so we got moved to the disabled platform behind row 9 in the same section but in seats 1/2 right next to the stage a perfect view and sound with no one in front of us.

    During Comfortably Numb the 3 backing singers cleverly paid tribute to Prince with a little Purple Rain!

    We departed the gig and 2 minutes later stated our journey home this time it was just 50 minutes door to door!

    Thanks David and the band and all all his crew for my 50th David / Floyd show over the past 44 years.

    Gary Hurley.
    (East) London England.

  26. When I read about the Purple Rain, my first thought was that they only added purple lasers during the solo. I then managed to watch a few videos of the TCT Comfortably Numb performance and heard the actual guitar solo he worked into the song.

    The Gilmourized ‘Purple Rain’ solo is truly an exceptional tribute to Prince – not a copy but a tasteful interpretation. Anyone who attended the show was blessed with a special surprise.

  27. With HUGE thanks to Lorraine who gave me a ticket, I got to see David and the band last night !

    I love everything David plays but what was out of the blue last night was “What Do You Want From Me”. The tribute to Prince, “Purple Rain”, during “Comfortably Numb” was smashing and not long enough David, I really enjoyed it.

    The band were on fine form. πŸ™‚ Our seats were in the East Choir, I’ve never seen the band from behind before and was worried about the sound. . . need not have worried, it was great.

    It was interesting to see the equipment on stage and off to the two sides that the audience don’t normally see. I spotted Steve doing stuff I’d never noticed before. At one point Guy turned round and looked at us and of course we all waved and blew kisses, he gave us a huge smile. πŸ˜€ Hello Guy.

    Phil has his other name, El Magnifico, in lovely shiny stones on his guitar strap, I’ve never noticed that before. I don’t know why he worries about his part in “Wish You Were Here”, it sounded lovely to me.

    Jon is very talented, plays several instruments. I think because I was sitting so close I took much more notice of what individuals in the band were doing. From the front, you take in the entire visual including Mr Screen and don’t notice little things actually on the stage.

    Is it Kevin on the other keyboards? I hadn’t even noticed the sound before until I saw him also playing accordian.

    Joao on saxophones and clarinet, fabulous. I love saxophones. Lorraine and I had the chance to follow him out the stage door, if I’d thought of it in the instant he walked past us. We should have gone and pounced on him for an autograph ! πŸ˜€

    The backing singers, smashing and nice moves too.

    Lighting, well there must be times when the band can’t see the audience because they’ve got their own light show going on ! I loved seeing what they see and thought, yeah, I can see why David loves good light shows. πŸ˜€

    We couldn’t see the front of Mr Screen but like I said, we had an opportunity to watch something completely different (David said that ! for the introduction to “Yellow Dress”, a song I love).

    Astronomy Domine, was terrific even though we couldn’t see the front of the screen. Those lights whizz round and flash changes of colour as if they have a life (though coordinated with the others) of their own ! They were stunning to watch, they move so fast.

    “Run Like Hell” is fabulous. From the back of the stage it’s every bit as fabulous, again I’ll mention David’s love of good light shows. πŸ˜€

    The lasers were great as ever, I always love the lasers.

    So, Lorraine and I screamed so much during applause that I felt sure I was going to lose my voice. I clapped my hands so much, my wrists ached and my fingers are sore today. The rest of the audience were very noisy and vocal in appreciation too. It was a thoroughly good night.

    I’m really looking forward to the next show. πŸ™‚


    1. I just remembered ! They did “Coming Back to Life”, as well ! They didn’t do it at any concert I went to last year so I really was pleased to hear it.

    2. I know what you mean ash, I was in the East choir, first row, last year in one of my two nights at RAH and the second night I was in the front (stall L) so I agree with you, different point of view but of course for a better sound and to enjoy lights and lasers you have to stay in the front.

      I think the best way to live this show is to have both experiences like I did. πŸ™‚

      1. Are you coming in September Lene ? We must get together, it’ll be lovely to see you again. πŸ™‚

  28. 2 very nice concert review’s from last night’s gig at The Royal Albert Hall London in 2 newspapers –
    “The Telegraph” and “The Evening Standard”.

    Go to Google then David Gilmour, look under “in the news”.

    Gary Hurley.
    London England.

      1. Oh wow. I disagree with the Telegraph reviewer intensely. Gilmour isn’t playing “note-perfect recreations” at all. Mr Reviewer needs to see more shows. Particularly CN. There are a couple of perfectly familiar bars at the beginning and end of the last solo but the middle is pure impromptu genius. It’s Gilmour soaring and flying in his thoughts which remarkably he’s able to bend the guitar to express. I’ve been lucky enough to see him multiple times, some up close, and there’s this golden moment when Gilmour closes his eyes to shut out the noise and the audience and he bares his soul. I’m sure he would call it something like, “I learned how to sigh on a ribbon of wires…” It wrings tears from the deepest depths of my being.

        Gilmour is defiantly not note perfect Floyd, he is all Gilmour glissando perfection. When he plays blues, he puts so much stank on it as to make you weep. He opens up portals between dimensions, playing something you’ve always known even though you’ve never heard it before.

        Mr Reviewer can shove his “reverential self cover band” statement. It diminishes The Gilmour’s effort.

        1. Maya your comment is spot on . I felt just the same when I read that review .



        2. Yes Maya, the impromptu solos and variations upon, are important to David, and I wouldnt be suprised if this is something he will look to encourage the band for the European Leg of the tour to engage in as he has done so particularly in Money, High Hopes, Fat Old Sun, Sorrow etc…

          Having witnessed 10 amazing shows to date it’s obvious, as Maya says, he is immersing himself to play at will, with some breathtaking takes on original solos. Witnessing the incendiary Comfortably Numb solos with the incredible Purple Rain solo was one of the highest points of my life.

          I’m sure we can all look forward to a hugely enjoyable summer tour this side of the pond.

      2. Just brilliant. I’ve been listening to Purple Rain on loop for 8 days now, even learned it on guitar.

        Such a fitting tribute from David.

  29. The ‘Purple Rain’ solo into ‘Comfortably Numb’ is a very subtle, delicate, tactful tribute, like everything David does.

    1. Hear hear! A perfectly appropriate and welcome tribute. An acknowledgement of genius by a genius.

  30. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, I missed out on calling in at the Queen’s Arms before the concert. However, l had a great time at the show last night.

    I was confused about the guitar addition that David made to Comfortably Numb until I just read what it was all about…..can’t believe I never recognised what he was playing!!! The highlight for me was What Do You Want From Me. Sorrow was pretty special too.

    The sound was very good last night from where I was sitting in the Grand Tier and I really like the inclusion of the live band footage on the circular screen which we never had at the RAH last September. The only thing I wasn’t keen on last night was how David’s voice sounded during Us and Them. It was like it had been over-processed or frequency shifted. I never noticed this on any of the other songs.

    Reallly looking forward to the next show in September, though it would be nice to see a few changes to the setlist.

  31. I think the reviews and previous posts cover just how brilliant the concert was, and it was, it soooooo was.

    What I did want to mention though, was the ambient music being played at the interval (once I’d stopped looking up to see if there was water coming in through the ceiling or something). It was great fun recognising all the wee snippets through it. And a *ping* or two never goes wrong. πŸ˜€

  32. Just watched David and the band performing Comfortably Numb. Does anyone else get that cold tingling whoosh from the top of your head right down to your spine when he performs? Very few, if any, other artists or music has that effect on the system. His voice was brilliant, and the way he dropped Purple Rain in, well, what can I say? Genius.


  33. I forgot to mention in my review above that the concert on Sunday night was professionally filmed. 2 large fixed cameras on the left and right side of the arena floor half way back, along with many large mobile cameras both on stage and in the audience.

    Gary Hurley.
    London England.

    1. Hi Gary, the long range cameras and the stage cameras are used for Mr.Screen which is the footage that is filmed during the gigs and shown during the songs.

  34. Some words of praise to David for the mashup of ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’. πŸ™‚

    1. Did you see a news story yesterday or maybe the day before ? The same police are being investigated for the tactics they employed during the miners strike in 1984. The mounted police apparently used the horses to push miners into a corner they couldn’t get out of and beat them with long truncheons. πŸ™

      Google ‘ Orgreave ‘ – there are a few news stories.

      Exclusive: The links between South Yorkshire Police Hillsborough and Orgreave β€˜cover-ups’ five years apart

      Scandalous eh ?


  35. Just caught David’s short – but inspired – tribute to Prince on YouTube. Wow. Congrats to the lucky few who got to see it live.

    My husband was standing behind me as I watched it. He was with me at Radio City for David’s performance there. He’s still recovering from the shock and awe. First thing he did when we returned to California was pull his Fender off the wall and plug it in. I call it “The Love Killer”. Can you guess why? LOL.

  36. I wasn’t there (shame…) but I’m intrigued to understand what the overall audience reaction was. I couldn’t tell from YouTube – was there a round of applause after the extract from Purple Rain? Did many people know the reference??

    1. I was there. . . and I don’t remember how the audience reacted. πŸ˜€ I don’t think we interrupted Comfortably Numb to applaud.

      The transition to Purple Rain was very, very smooth, Lorraine said to me, “this is different” and I suddenly grasped what it was, Purple Rain ! I replied. It was over all too quickly and seamlessly back into Comfortably Numb. If you didn’t know Comfortably Numb and Purple Rain, you wouldn’t have known David had sneaked a tribute in there. Makes you realise how well they must have rehearsed that and in a short time too. πŸ™‚

      I know I stood there stunned taking it all in. I really can’t remember the audience. There was rapturous applause afterwards of course. πŸ™‚

      I don’t think many in the audience realised straight away what they were hearing. . . I think word spread.

      Good job it was filmed and we’ll be able to see and hear what happened. πŸ™‚


      1. I should have won a ‘Nae shit Sherlock’ award for that one. πŸ˜€

  37. Geroge Takai of Star Trek fame posts on his FB page David’s tribute to Prince.


  38. That was a very nice tribute on David’s part. He is just capable of anything…the Maestro.

  39. I know it’s completely off topic, sorry for that, but this made my day.

    I hope they have a safe trip and will enjoy a second life much better than the first one.

  40. I had a work meeting to the west of London today. Despite the long return drive from/to Midlands, it was definitely worthwhile because on my way home I got to finally see the Astoria from the opposite side of the river. Very impressive, but also kind of strange to think so many great Pink Floyd and David Gilmour tunes were recorded on there. Just for good measure, even the weather was great too.

  41. Hello Fed, hello chat pals.

    Sorry, I won’t make it to chat today, I have to meet my Ugly Sisters for lunch !

    Cinders πŸ™

    1. I missed that one completely. πŸ™ Is there any other way to get notified when they are scheduled than by checking the calendar?

      1. I’m sorry, there isn’t. There is a little chat countdown on each blog page, over on the right, down in the bottom corner, if that helps.

        1. Yeah, I know, and I usually keep track of that and add a reminder to my own calendar. πŸ™‚ Just need to keep on checking in more often then! πŸ˜‰

  42. I wonder why David doesn’t play ‘Louder Than Words’ at these concerts?

    That’s the one I’m hoping for later in the year.

  43. Hi folks,

    Just as we thought the year couldn’t get better musically, Radiohead released a new album !

    Full of heartbreak and melancholy Fed, just for you. πŸ˜‰

    Tim (in Bahamas)

  44. One song hoping David does, It’s What We Do, would be magical at the Albert Hall. Sums everything up about his career.

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