England: London

And so begins another five-night run at the familiar stamping ground of London’s historic, iconic Royal Albert Hall. Two concerts this week, three more next week. Will you be there? Will there be changes?

You know all about this fine venue by now, David has performed there many times, so I won’t bore you again with facts about its stunning mosaic frieze, huge glazed-iron roof or 9,999-pipe organ. I don’t need to mention how there really isn’t a bad seat in the house (and oh-so comfortable those seats are, some of them even swivel), nor praise the helpful, friendly staff for being so accommodating; they truly are the best, I hope you agree.

Maybe you can’t resist delving into the archives to search the Performance Database. There are more than 30,000 events from 1871 to the very latest one. Nobody could blame you for taking a peek at that.

A reminder that many of our Irregular friends will be meeting at The Queen’s Arms pub, which is just around the corner from the Hall, on Queen’s Gate Mews, so please feel free to join them before or after the show for some liquid refreshment. Please make use of the previous post, imaginatively titled Meet-up: London, to see who’ll be there and when. I once again repeat my offer to pass on your e-mail address if you are not comfortable about sharing such details on a public forum that anyone can see. Happy to help.

If you don’t have a ticket, don’t be sad. Look at it this way: what an opportunity to watch Remember That Night: David Gilmour Live at the Royal Albert Hall on DVD or Blu-ray, five more times if you must over these next few difficult days, and regale yourself with fond memories from David’s 2006 concerts.

Have a grand time in South Kensington, folks. We look forward to hearing about five more nights to remember from what has been such a fabulous ride across some huge chunks of the globe.