Concert starts: 8pm
|Radio City Music Hall, NYC
|Ticket scans - thanks to
Terry Shea, and John Simonds
Address of venue: 1260 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10020. MAP
FIRST HALF: Castellorizon,
This Heaven, Smile, Red Sky At Night, Take A Breath, Then I Close My
Eyes, On An Island (w/Crosby & Nash), The Blue (w/Crosby &
Nash), A Pocketful Of Stones, Where We Start.
SECOND HALF: Shine
On You Crazy Diamond (w/Crosby & Nash), Wearing The Inside Out,
Dominoes, Fat Old Sun, Breathe/Time/Breathe reprise, High Hopes, Echoes.
ENCORE: Wish You Were Here, Find The Cost Of Freedom (w/Crosby & Nash - one of their songs), Comfortably Numb.
The first of two shows on David's
tour in the Big Apple was marred by ugly scenes when the band and their
young families arrived at JFK airport. Band members were mobbed and
harrassed for autographs and pictures, which even resulted in Guy
Pratt's four-year-old son being hit in the face by a desperate "fan".
Disgusting behaviour, and hopefully the rest of the band's visit to the
US will be met with more respect and common sense.
The show itself was incredibly
well received, helped by the addition of a couple of special guests, a
revised setlist (including another band's song as part of the encores),
and an upgraded light show.
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, Jon Rosenberg
Well, we finally got our chance
to see David last night in NYC. Lots of spoilers, so stop reading if
you're going tonight. Show was great barring a few minor inconveniences
(with stupid drunks). Actually better than I thought it would be, and a
bloody good time was had by all.
The show started right on time
(8pm) with David's new release, just not in order tonight, unlike the
other shows so far. If you haven't read about it yet, we did have two
special guests: David Crosby and Graham Nash. So, David rearranged the
set in order to have them sing back-to-back songs ("Island" and "Blue")
in the middle of the first set.
"Blue" was awesome with C&N!
Sounded perfect. So much better to have these guys helping out instead
of the requisite three girls on backing vocals. Very tired of that
useless accompany arrangement. Thumbs up to David for leaving the girls
Even though the light show was
stripped down, Marc Brickman did a fab job of making the set very
atmospheric with cool color shades of spot fills (blues and reds) and
smoke from the sides and top. There were a couple of lasers last night
from above. No "Mr Screen" as you already know. Fine with me, I don't
need movies. Too bad the sound wasn't up to snuff. Maybe it was just
our seats (under the balcony overhang) or the venue, but the sound was
weak. We're in the Mezz tonight, hopefully it'll sound better.
As much as I love the new
release, it does drag a bit with slow spots, giving the excuse for
multiple beer runs by the obnoxious trolls. Sitting at the far back of
the hall and next to the aisle, we were constantly dealing with people
walking in and out through most of the first set. Very hard to
concentrate from far back on David up on stage with all this going on.
Worse part of all this was during "Pocketful of Stones", which David
announced before as "the last song (and half) of the set". I swear half
the place left to get in the queue for the bathroom and beer stands.
Second set was unbelievable. From
the very mournful new version of SOYCD with C&N on backing vocals
to the awesome show stopper of Echoes, David was on fire. Hearing
Richard singing again brought tears to our eyes. Had a good chuckle
with Richard signing Roger's part on CN! Just wished David would've
chosen ACYL or OTR so Richard could jam out. Very pleased to hear David
playing songs that are a "tip of the hat" to the faithful, so-to-speak,
that have followed him for decades. We sang loudly with Dominoes and
FOS, both of which gave me goose bumps. The band totally nailed Echoes,
although it did seem too short IMHO ;) and why no Dick Parry, ala the
Anyways 9/10 for the show. Better
sound is needed. Nice touch on David's part for letting C&N sing
"Find the Cost of Freedom" during the encores (after WYWH). Maybe we
can get Mr Young tonight??
BOTH SHOWS REVIEWED - April 4th & 5th
By BD contributor, Chris Kluttz
April 4th and 5th took forever to
get here, I have to say. From getting the tickets to RCMH back in
December, to booking the hotel and train tickets in February, to
David’s new album in March, I had constant reminders of the upcoming
shows - pure torture to me! I guess I don’t handle anticipation that
well. Well, finally the day arose - and the morning was marked by the
unintentional humor that is sometimes my life.
If DSotM was about the things
that drive us crazy, there should have been a song about traffic. Maybe
that’s what Roger is referring to when he promises there are unreleased
pieces of music from the album. The track starts as nothing but the
sound a trash truck, slowly lumbering down a two lane road - blocking
our escape to New York. The rumble gives way to the honking of horns as
the listener approaches the gridlocked interstate - and all eyes glare
impatiently at the clock in the car.
We eventually made it to the
train station and quickly boarded our train north. Three hours of
staring out of the window was actually quite peaceful. The northeast
corridor is amazing by rail - you traverse the poorest, most run down
sections, but also dissect lovely woods, meadows and rivers. The latter
is only a memory when the train approaches Penn Station. Here we go, we
You have to understand that I
promised my wife a three day vacation in New York, with 2 of the
evenings dedicated to the David Gilmour concerts. She was excited to
visit and spend the days sightseeing, shopping and eating. Admittedly,
she was looking forward to the shows - but basically to see what all
the fuss was about. We hadn’t been out of our hotel for but an hour
when we stopped by RCMH to find out that David had recently entered the
theater and was signing autographs. Uh oh - looks like sightseeing was
going to have to wait.
In all the build up to the shows,
I never thought much about the prospect of autographs and close
encounters with David. I had a few good connections, at least
connections that SEEMED good, but nothing panned out. Oh well, such is
life. But now was the chance. The nice thing was - I didn’t have to
explain myself to my wife. I didn’t have to explain why a seemingly
normal grown man had to lean against the side of RCMH for 2 hours to
meet his guitar hero. The room full of posters, LPs, CDs, etc had
handled the explanation years ago.
A good sport, my wife and father
(whom I took to see Pink Floyd years ago with the intention of showing
him who I “wasted all my money on” – only to have him love them like
me) ran off to grab a copy of OAI. While they were off, the stage door
opened and there he was - David Gilmour. The handful of fans who were
there were very polite and not pushy. As I recall, he signed *every*
copy of OAI. I asked him to sign my ticket for that evening and he
said, “sorry mate, only the new album.” Best... rejection... ever.
The fact that I had exchanged
words with David was a bit numbing to me. That was probably a good
thing because when my wife and father rounded the corner 10 minutes
later, I was incapable of anger. My wife and father were so proud that
they found the album and a Sharpie - but any satisfaction of this
accomplishment immediately vanished when I told them what they just
missed. Oh well - I met David - a dream come true - and no one could
take that from me.
And as it turns out, no one had
to. With my fresh copy of OAI and in hand, a few hours later David
returned. With my father and wife as witnesses, I got several great
photos and a great autograph. A dream come true! David was quite
courteous and again signed several autographs and answered questions.
One fan pleading for tickets was the standout. There was a good
question about the type of speakers David uses at home. I didn’t catch
the name but I can only assume they cost as much as my car - so I
didn’t make the mental note. As David turned to enter RCMH, I began my
descent back to reality. Wow - all of this and still both shows to
plumes of dry ice rise from the floor like a reverse waterfall. The
entire intro is pre-recorded. David’s slide guitar bit before the
cumbus clip sends the crowd wild. Some slight mistimings (imo), but
other wise very much like the album.
This Heaven – a twist to
hear this so early but since I saw Crosby and Nash outside, it made
sense. Much like the album - very strong, great live song.
Smile – I told my wife I
almost welled up during this one. Too bad most folks don’t know it - I
hope they learn it quickly! Achingly beautiful - David’s voice was
Red Sky At Night – Lots of
disbelief in the crowd as David picks up the sax - I have to say I was
worried to see this played live - but David is a great saxophonist!
Take A Breath – The album
version left a little to be desired, imo - but the live version rocked!
David really turned it up. It reminded me of how he used to play around
with ‘Short and Sweet.’
Then I Close My Eyes – A
beautiful tune, but not gelling for me tonight. I honestly don’t know
how well suited it is to play live. Some minor mistimings.
On An Island (w/Crosby & Nash) –
David introduces the two guests to huge applause. The most memorable
things for me were the two solos - phenomenal. I dare say this topped
The Blue (w/Crosby & Nash) –
beautiful tune, great guitar solo. I couldn’t hear some of the guitar
pedal effect which David used to jump an octave - much stronger on the
A Pocketful Of Stones – beautiful and well received.
Where We Start – very much like the album; a great way to end the set.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (w/Crosby & Nash) –
David pulled out the classic PF 1984 ’57 Fender re-issue for this one.
It started like the Meltdown version, included the band, then dropped
to nothing but David and his guitar for the beginning vocals. The piece
concluded in traditional form.
Wearing The Inside Out – Great to hear this live!! Speaker issues began creeping up - Rick’s vocals sound muddled.
Dominoes – A quiet, slightly empty version, but still great to hear live. I much prefer the version from David’s live DVD.
Fat Old Sun – Just like
the Meltdown, except the end where David blasted a great electric solo.
Much like SOYCD, David chose to alternate between styles - it wasn’t my
preference, still enjoyable.
Breathe/Time/Breathe reprise – spot on perfect. Better than Live 8.
High Hopes – With the
shape of RCMH much like the Division Bell’s stage arch, this took me
back. Some feedback/speaker problems nearly de-railed it though.
Echoes – Simply amazing.
Worth admission alone. For David saying that he had outgrown loud
speakers blaring behind him, he must have forgotten that interview -
whew, did it rock!!!
Wish You Were Here – Better than Live 8 - perfect. Use of gold lasers, like in ’94.
Find The Cost Of Freedom (w/Crosby & Nash - one of their songs) – wow, do we want these three to team up again!!! Their voices just melted together...
Comfortably Numb – The
place went crazy - period. Great to hear Rick sing Roger’s parts. It
fit very well and made me wonder why he hadn’t done that for the past
two tours. The solos were great but over in an instant. David assembled
the band together to wave to the crowds... then, off to bed!
On Wednesday, we actually did get
some tourist activities in. Nothing too much, as we had to reconvene to
see David enter RCMH again. This time, we managed to see David, Jon,
Guy and Rick Wright. I believe that I was the only person Rick spoke to
- he signed one fan’s old PF album, then I asked him to sign my copy of
OAI, but he said “sorry, that’s David’s and I won’t sign it.” There was
no malice in his voice - and one has to respect where he’s coming from.
He just quickly ducked into the stage door and vanished.
Castellorizon – Stronger tonight - timings were down and there really was a feeling like this would be a special show.
This Heaven – Not that it was played different, it just felt more comfortable tonight.
Smile – As beautiful as last night!!!
Red Sky At Night – flawless.
Take A Breath – Again, great guitar work by David. Jon played a nice bit of slide guitar both nights.
Then I Close My Eyes –
Tonight made me believe this could be played live!!! Better timing,
better cohesion. David took the liberty of playing the cumbus intro for
a while longer. A PF hoedown!
On An Island (w/Crosby & Nash) – The solos were just as powerful tonight!!
The Blue (w/Crosby & Nash) – Better sound tonight made for a better sounding solo.
A Pocketful Of Stones & Where We Start – Both of the last two tracks sounded better - any rust was truly shaken away the first night!
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (w/Crosby & Nash) –
Again, just a better, more relaxed sound. TONS of people late to their
seats really raised the tension level among a few folks. I have to
agree - I didn’t pay $350 for an obstructed view.
Wots… Uh the Deal –
AMAZING!!! If you don’t know this track, discover Obscured by Clouds!!!
The solo was beautiful, coming at the end as opposed to the middle like
on the album.
Wearing The Inside Out – a repeat performance but with Rick’s voice sounding stronger thanks to a tweaked PA system.
Coming Back to Life – I always loved this song, but now I’m convinced that I heard the best version - perfect, raw solos and emotional vocals.
Breathe/Time/Breathe reprise – a repeat performance.
High Hopes – Perfect sound tonight.
Echoes – Again, the definitive crowd pleaser.
Wish You Were Here – one of the best songs ever… I enjoyed every moment.
Find The Cost Of Freedom (w/Crosby & Nash - one of their songs) – same delivery, without the surprise of last night.
Comfortably Numb – The end of an amazing pair of nights - to see it end with my favorite PF song felt like a gift to me.
On Thursday morning, we boarded
the train back home. I finally had a chance to catch my breath. With
the exception of my wedding, which my wife is quick to point out, these
were some of the best days of my life.
I saw two amazing concerts
featuring who I consider to be the best guitarist in possibly his best
form. And I’ll end on that note - for all of the hundreds of live
recordings I’ve heard, I truly believe that David is at the top of his
game. Hopefully, it won’t take another 12 years to see it for myself.
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, Darren DeVivo (WFUV radio)
I was at the first U.S. show
tonight at New York City's historic Radio City Music Hall. Here are
some random thoughts, in no particular order:
- The band was very, very tight
and explosive at times. It was great to see Richard Wright very
"involved" with the music (It has always been my impression that on the
recent Pink Floyd tours, Richard often played more of a support role
behind Jon Carin. That was not the case tonight.) Also, this is
probably the most singing Richard has done in concert in ages!
- The audience gave Richard Wright a huge standing ovation when David introduced the band.
- I'd say the songs that got the
greatest reaction from the crowd were "Breathe", "Time" plus the
encore. The crowd really reacted to "Fat Old Sun" after it was over.
- The light show was very
effective, especially in the second half. At times, you felt as though
you were at a Pink Floyd show! (A lot of smoke at the beginning!)
- I thought the first half was
very good, but I don't think "ON AN ISLAND" needed to be performed in
it's entirety. At times, the energy slipped a bit, especially on tunes
like "Red Sky At Night", "Then I Close My Eyes" and "A Pocketful Of
- The second half was remarkable
good. The jam at the end of "Fat Old Sun" was especially powerful as
was "Echoes", "Breathe" and "Time".
- The show began almost at 8PM
sharp; many people weren't in their seats when the lights went down.
Getting people into Radio City Music Hall was slow and tedious. People
were streaming down the aisles well into the beginning of the show.
- Free mini-posters were on all
seats in the hall advertising "ON AN ISLAND" being available at Tower
Records. Turning to the tour souvenirs,I didn't find them that
exciting. No buttons, keychains, mugs,
baseball hats, etc. I didn't think the t-shirts were all that
impressive. A tour book was on sale.
- I was also really disappointed
with the giveaway items that came with the most expensive ticket (that
was in excess of $300). I recieved a CD wallet (I don't use CD wallets
- they scuff the CDs), a laminate (which I could buy for a dollar or
two) and the CD, which I already have several copies of.
- David Crosby and Graham Nash made numerous appearances throughout the show!
I'll be at the second show tonight!!
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, John Bennett
I do have an unusual personal story about getting to the show, which I do feel is unique!
I live in Vermont about 300 miles north of NYC, where my brother lives on the East side of Manhattan.
My plan to go to the show seemed brilliantly creative.
I work a full day on 4th April, I
get out of work at 3 pm, quick trip to the nearby airport and a flight
to NYC leaves at 5 pm, gets into NY around 6pm - giving me plenty of
time to take the subway tube to RCMH. In the past, this length of trip
has taken me about an hour by train from JFK, although RCMH is closer
and more direct of a route than my brother's apartment, so I thought it
might even be quicker than that.
Having done dry runs of this manoeuver in the past, it has generally gotten me into midtown no later than 7.30 pm.
I was set to take off Wednesday
from work so my return time could come at my leisure. I would of course
be staying with my brother that evening.
Yes, that was the PLAN. But as Robert Burns once said about best laid plans...
I awoke on the AM of April 4th to
read a disturbing weather report. A last gasp, winter storm was
settling in over Western Vermont. By the evening about 4-5 inches would
be dumped on us. This would definitely delay or even cancel the flights.
So, I had to think quick and make a combat decision. How to get to the show in time?
With that in mind, I needed to find alternate transportation pronto.
First things first, I had to get
out of work earlier. This was doable, although inconvenient, and would
cost me my last half day of personal leave time. Therefore, I could now
scoot at 12 noon.
However, how to get to NYC in time?
I could have driven the 300
miles, but would have hit crunching traffic and would have to drive
through the heart of the oncoming storm, which did not bother me as
much as the high cost of tolls, parking, and petrol.
Luckily there was one alternate to me - something Europeans take for granted, and something most Americans ignore... The train.
There is not much rail traffic
through Vermont - its' small population and lack of track result in
only 2 trains to NYC per day - one leaving at 10.45am I could not make,
one leaving at 4.30pm would not get me there in time.
However, there are trains leaving
for NYC's Penn station (located beneath Madison Square Garden and about
a mile from RCMH) from Albany NY every hour - it's a 2 1/4 hour trip
and the 4.20 pm train would get me within striking distance before 7pm.
I bought the round trip tickets
online for $68 total- less than parking, tolls and gas, and bolted from
work at high noon for the 147 mile trip to the Albany train station.
Due to the weather and the back roads one needs to take for about half
that journey, I was figuring 3 hours+, which means that I'd miss the
3.00pm train but would make the 4.20pm train no problem.
Still with me? Good, because I am far from finished...
Anyway, the automotive part of
the trip went famously, I drove right through the storm and the skies
magically cleared as I approached Albany. Things went too well, in
fact. I arrived at the train station at 3.00pm just in time to make
that train - which meant that I'd be in NYC by no later than 5.20pm or
That 3.00pm train drove under an
unlucky star. An engine failed just outside of Albany, the train
sputtered along at a mere 59 mph. To my horror, the 4.20 pm train I'd
missed in my hubris passed us at one point.
Somehow, two hours past schedule,
the 3.00pm train limped into Manhattan at 7.20 pm EST. I knew I needed
to get a cab to RCMH - walking the 16 blocks would take too long and I
might get caught in a long line and miss the start of the show. And at
this point, no way in hell am I missing one single second of this show.
Luckily, there is one single gift I've been given by God.
And that gift is: the ability to get a taxi in New York City, even during rush hour at a train station.
The secret is to walk about a
block or tow away from wherever the queue is, and nail the cab before
it reaches the point of human critical mass. Cab drivers hate to deal
with crowds, and love to see the lone straggler coming because it gives
them the excuse to avoid them before they have to stop at the typical
massed pickup point.
Only problem - I've got no money for even a short taxi ride, so I need to hit a bank machine first - yikes!
a Bank of America arises out of the mists. And a short bit later
(7.28pm), I am sitting in a taxicab headed to RCMH. In there by 7.35
pm, plenty of time to go!
|Radio City Music Hall, NYC
Picture thanks to Alan Rickert
Meanwhile, back in Vermont, that
5pm flight was long delayed, and if I'd went that route, I'd have
missed the show, which brings us to:
The Show Itself: Lots of
folks asking for tickets on the way in, and I am sure that by that
point in time most of them were legitimate ticket buyers. I later heard
that tickets were going for 3 times face value and more, even minutes
before the concert.
It was a typical noisy and
boisterous New York crowd. I wondered if any of them had been among the
gangs of rowdy fans that so annoyed Roger at the MSG Animals tours
shows way back in 1977. There were lots of people from all over the US
at the show - the guy in front of me had flown in from Tampa the day
I have seen David solo and with
the Floyds over 15 times in the past 25 years - and I have to tell you,
I don't think I've ever seen him in a happier or more festive mood, it
was really extraordinary in fact.
Crosby and Nash came out to
thunderous applause, although the greatest love was shown to Rick. "On
An Island" came and went smoothly in a hour. The little glitches that
I'd read about from the European shows were not apparent and the band
was very tight. David makes several guitar switches in between and
during various numbers, and sounded great all night.
It was after the break that the
show really took fire. C and N added a great deal to Shine On. I was
hoping to see "Wots.." because I feel that it fits perfectly into the
show schemes - it's a song reminscent of several on On An Island, in
particular "Where We Start" which has that Obscured by Clouds album
sound (does this make any sense?)
Still, "Fat Old Sun" was played
with a great deal of passion and went over well. David literally ripped
off the blistering opening chord to "Breathe Reprise". And nothing, but
nothing, can describe the electrifying effect of a perfect, note for
note rendition of Echoes, complete with all sorts of lighting tricks
and surprises. One really wishes this song could have remained in the
87-89 and 94 sets, because it was a real show stopper and worth the
price of admission by itself.
This is a David Gilmour tour -
but one of the real stars Tuesday was Rick. Poised in his spot at the
right center riser of the set, he came off as the real sonic commander
of the show. His vocals were strong and confident, and his keyboard
solos were frequent and intriguing, in particular his electric piano
It was different to see these
songs played without background films and other special effects - but
in a way better - this tour is not about the Show, it is about the
And the music coming from this
skilled veteran band sounds great. This band rocks - and not that there
there isn't still a lot to see - the green lasers in CNumb look amazing
in a small indoor venue.
All told, one of my best Floyd experiences in over 25 years of watching David in action.
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, EdwaForb
Well, as expected, it was a great show.
DG came out on time (!) with a 6
piece band (including Richard Wright on keyboards). The first set was a
little over an hour and consisted of the entire new solo album.
However, they played it in a different song order and about two-thirds
of the way through, David Crosby and Graham Nash came out and sang
background harmonies for the rest.
After only a 15 minute break,
they came out and opened the second set with Shine On You Crazy Diamond
(with Crosby and Nash again).
The entire second set (90 minutes
long) was Floyd including WYWH, Breathe, and Comfortably Numb and yes,
they played the entire epic, Echoes. I've seen Floyd three times and
have never heard this live.
My favourite though was the
trading of lyrics between Gilmour and Wright during Time. They even
played a Syd Barrett tune called Dominoes. The lasers, as always with
Floyd, were amazing too! [These have been added since the European leg
of the tour finished - Matt]
It's been over 10 years since
I've seen Gilmour live and its amazing how he sounds the same. So many
artists (Elton John, Billy Joel) can't hit those notes anymore, but
Gilmour is like Jon Anderson from Yes with an ageless voice. His guitar
playing is still pristine also.
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, Jason Krehel
I though I would drop a line and
let you know the concert tonight at Radio City Music Hall was just
amazing. Gilmour was incredible.
He did not do the On an Island
album in order because he was waiting for Graham Nash and David Crosby
to show up! David and Graham sung their parts for all the songs they
were on, and even sung harmonies on Shine On You Crazy Diamond. I
thought my head was going to explode! The set list was was the same as
all the other dates.
David and crew were on form
tonight. The entire place went nuts for Breathe/Time/Breathe Reprise -
you could hear the audience singing along. Echoes was stellar and
Comfortably Numb was mind-blowing.
There was a good use of lasers on Echoes, Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb...
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, John Simonds
I took my son to New York on
Tuesday for the first show. What an incredible experience! Radio City
Music Hall was a fabulous place to hear the show. We were seated in the
second level mezzanine. The acoustics were phenomenal, every guitar
note, drum beat and vocal was crystal clear.
I was a little disappointed in
the New York crowd during the On an Island set. The patience level of
the audience where I was sitting was not good. On an Island is
certainly mellower and slower than much of the PF stuff. It seemed to
me that the audience was missing a truly outstanding musical experience
with On an Island. Knowing ahead that David was doing On an Island in
the first part of the show, you would have thought the audience would
have been a bit more understanding that they would have to wait to hear
their favourite PF classics.
As others have said many times, Take a Breath was outstanding as was This Heaven and Then I Close My Eyes.
I mentioned to my brother that we
were in store for a treat when they moved the title song back. You
could see there were two unused microphones in place at the front of
the stage which gave a hint of what was to come. The crowd went crazy
when Nash and Crosby came out. The fact that they also did The Blue was
The second half of the show was
electric, Richard Wright really came to the forefront in that. From his
strong vocals to his great keyboard work, he adds so much. The dueling
with David's guitar and Richard's keyboard in Echoes was fantastic. The
one negative was High Hopes which had some feedback problems and seemed
to be a bit unsettled, particularly David's slide solo at the end. It
also makes you appreciate what a fine musician Jon Carin is. From his
slide playing to keyboards and piano, he adds so much to the overall
sound and Dick Parry's sax becomes more of a prominent instrument,
rather than just adding to the mix.
The lighting was great, the use
of the lasers was unexpected in such a small venue and reminded us of
the glory days of the past when the Floyd toured stadiums and large
arenas. David made a great decision to play smaller venues, the
personal and reflective nature of On an Island comes through so much
more in the cozy atmosphere. The show was everything I was hoping for
and more and my teenage son now realizes that he has witnessed a piece
of rock and roll history. I feel honored to have been at the show and
thank David and all the fine musicians he surrounds himself with for
coming to America so that we could experience a once in a lifetime
show. I have seen PF in a football stadium and saw Roger Waters in
1999, but with all due respect, nothing can compare with what I
witnessed last night. I was extremely moved.
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, Lucy Casciari
the show last night - sat in Orchestra EE left side of stage. Most
unbelievable show I've ever seen in my life. I cried through the whole
First set was all the songs from
On An Island. Second set was classic Floyd - Echoes, Sorrow, some Dark
Side of the Moon, Richard Wright's song from Division Bell, Wearing the
Inside Out and so much more I can't remember since I was in another
world - even a Syd Barrett song thrown in!
It's hard to compare anything
with the Floyd shows from '88 and '94, but next to those, it is by far
the best concert I've seen in my life and I was at the Dylan Tribute
concert in '93 and Cream Reunion concert last fall and lots of Clapton
concerts over the years. Gilmour blows Clapton away at the guitar -
there is no comparison, he is the best guitarist alive.
I'm trying to find tickets to go tonight and sit in the pit so David can hear me when I tell him I'm in love with him!
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, Steve Steele
"...Well my watch says two minutes after!" drawled the impatient long island housewife. "I want my $5 maguerita!"
Ah, the pleasures of standing "In
Line", all present and correct - the vulgarities of a summer stadium
show at the wholly inappropriate Radio City. Inside the frozen $5
"Island Breeze" margaritas were indeed selling like the proverbial hot
Our seats in the second row of
the second mezzanine offered an excellent view of the semi distant
stage. A little after 8pm, the house lights went out and plumes of dry
ice were pumped from below and above the stage, subtle white lighting
completed the effect of a broiling eerie wall of fog as the strains of
"On an Island's" opening sound collage "Castellorizon" rang out.
The fog slowly stilled and
Gilmour himself appeared centre stage, picked up his guitar and began
to play the opening plaintive solo.
The band slowly appeared behind
him. Jon Carin on Keyboards, Guy Pratt on Bass, Steve DiStanislao on
the drums, Pink Floyd's Richard Wright on keyboards and Phil Manzanera
on second Guitar.
Next DiStanislao lead the band
into the Steely Danesque upright bass swagger of "This Heaven". A quick
fumble from David next whilst attemping to fix a strap on his accoustic
and an ecstatically recieved "It's nice to be in New York" and the
simple accoustic slide guitar driven love song "Smile" swept over the
sold out crowd like a warm sonic bath.
Gilmour displayed his lung power
on the saxophone led instrumental "Red Sky at Night". The only real
"Rocker" from "On an Island" was next.
"Take a Breath" accompanied by
dramatic strobe lighting and Guy's prominent bass. David started to
play what looked like a childs guitar (a Turkish instrument: a cumbus)
for another instrumental "Then I Close My Eyes", switching to a Gretch
Duojet for the remainder of the song.
David paused next to introduce
two special guests. David Crosby and Graham Nash's entrance sent the
overloud crowds response through the roof as their perfect harmonies
meshed seemlessly with Gilmour's and Wright's throughout "On an Island"
and "The Blue". Nash and Crosby had already left the stage before David
could thank them, he raised his hands in mock disbelief before stating
"Pretty good, those guys!"
The house was effectively brought
down, and David eased us down gently with the first set's final two
tracks "A Pocketful Of Stones" and "Where We Start".
Bathroom, or in actual fact in true art-deco fashion, "Mens Lounge" break next.
Set two was what most of the over
zealous crowd had come for; ninety minutes of David's favourite Pink
Floyd tracks. Opening simply with a white rotating spotlight and armed
with only his guitar and a delay pedal, Gilmour wrenched out the
emotive opening to "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" in a fresh arrangement
of the 1975 classic.
The band proper and Crosby and
Nash joined in for the roof raising chorus. Veteran Floyd saxophonist
Dick Parry reprised his twin sax solo in the outro, switching from
baritone to soprano saxophone in a quick fluid motion.
Guy Pratt's bass effect enhanced
the introduction to "Wearing the Inside Out" sung by Wright. A tribute
to Syd Barrett followed in "Dominoes". Gilmour stuck to his accoustic
for the pastoral "Fat Old Sun" an extended accapella refrain of "Sing
to me" affording Gilmour time to strap on his Stratocaster for the
closing powerful electric solo.
The familiar heartbeat intro
ushered in a mini suite from "Dark Side of The Moon" - "Breathe" and
the classic "Time:Breathe Reprise" accompanied by close to six thousand
backing vocalists and several confused dancing headbangers!
"High Hopes" was next, featuring a classical guitar outro.
The following number was for most
people worth the price of admission alone. 1971's "Echoes" in a full
twenty minute version complete with eerie "Seagull" effects from David.
Lighting director Marc Brickman used all his bag of tricks to take the
audience on a psychedelic journey featuring lasers, smoke and strobe
At the close of the track - the
stage still lit - the audience response was overwhelming. David and
company duly obliged the standing ovation by returning to the stage,
Nash and Crosby in tow, for the bittersweet 'Wish You Were Here".
David stated that he wanted to
try "One of theirs" next as he accompanied them for an accapella
reading of "Find the cost of Freedom".
Finally David stated "You'll know
this one" as the epic "Comfortably Numb" featuring Richard Wright
subbing for Roger Water's "Doctor" vocals washed over the auditorium.
The band in darkness and David backlit for what is to my mind the epoch
of guitar solos. The house lights up, the band took a bow and bade us
goodnight. An awe inspiring performance.
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, David
I went to the show last night at
Radio City; the show was fantastic - please give my thanks to Mr
Gilmour. I was very pleased with the sound and the laser effect were a
There was one little technical
problem during "High Hopes", but the highlight was definitely "Echoes".
I knew they were going to play it, but the arrangement and the effects
they used were phenominal.
Also, everyone in the audience
was very happy and grateful to see Richard Wright. Everyone says that
he is the heart and soul of the band and during "Wearing The Inside
Out" they gave him a standing ovation.
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, William Roberts
First off, the concert was better
than I ever believed it could have been. I had looked at the setlists
for all of the European shows, so I expected not to surprised by
anything. Well...I was wrong. No one had any idea that Crosby and Nash
would be there (Nash was really getting into Gilmour's solos). I knew
that they were playing "Echoes," but I was not expecting them to swith
to "One of These Days" in the middle of the song and then go back to
The first half of the concert was good, and the crowd gave cheered only a moderate amount between songs
(except for the guys on acid). I could tell that everyone came for the classic Floyd hits.
Once "Shine On" started, the
crowd went nuts, especially since Crosby and Nash joined in on that
song as well. Everyone sang along to the classic hits, but it seemed
like I was the only one who knew
the words to "Wearing the Inside Out." "Fat Old Sun" was surprisingly
good, because of the jam at the end.
"Breath" and "Time" went very
well, resulting in a loooooooong applause from the audience. "Echoes"
was absolutely insane...it was like actually being at Pompeii, and I
loved when they switched to "One of
These Days." It was definitely the fan-favorite.
WYWH and CN were both extremely well done, and ended the show well. During the solos of CN, they
impressively had a line of lasers between the 2nd and 3rd balconies, one of the many great visual effects.
It was an almost picture-perfect show. The only slip-ups were a some screeching from some interference
during part of "High Hopes" and Gilmour messed up one little part of "Shine On" (but nobody really cared).
All you need to know was that it was the greatest concert I have ever been to, and that "Echoes" by
itself was worth the price of my ticket.
SHOW REVIEW - April 4th
By BD contributor, William M. Alexander
I can’t add much to all of the
other posted reviews as I am in total agreement. The show was
fantastic, nearly flawless and exceeded my expectations by leaps and
bounds. My seat was in the second row of the pit section to the far
right of the stage. Perfect angle to see Richard Wright, Jon Carin,
Dick Parry and of course David himself. (I was also near the front row
at Roger Waters in Montreal on 7/31/99. I thought that show was the
ultimate but what I saw on April 4th, 2006, blew it away by far.)
Ok, so here are a few things I
saw and noticed that may be a bit more unique than just another well
deserved 5 star review. Got to know one of the security guards and he
told me that the owner of the Knicks was sitting in the pit section
too. He said there might be a few other celebrities but they usually
come in after the music starts to avoid being seen. It was pretty dark
so I didn’t notice anyone recognizable.
Polly Samson came out and sat on
the opposite side of the pit section, wearing headphones and holding
what looked like a video camera or something. Later on, I could see all
of the Gilmour brood, including Polly (and occasionally Marc Brickman)
sitting on stage left during most of the show. It was kind of nice to
see the family cheering David on from the side and gave it a personal
perspective, rarely seen during a rock concert.
One guy sitting in the very front
row, got a bit excited during “Time” and started shaking his head up
and down violently like something off Beavis & Butthead. Great
Chris Farley imitation! Guy Pratt noticed immediately and was very
amused by the guy’s antics. Other than that, I noticed that no one in
the band really made much eye contact with the audience at all. They
all seemed to be looking way up into the mezzanine and Richard Wright
seemed particularly taken with the lasers and effects going on around
If Roger Ebert wasn’t one of the celebs in the pit section, I’m going to rate it for him….”thumbs up all the way around”.
CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, David Figueroa
I was absolutely thrilled when they announced he will be playing in NYC. As soon as tickets went on sale I got them straight away.
It was a nice spring day in the city; I arrived about 45 mins before the show but there was already a line. As we entered the building there was an electric atmosphere around. I secured a program and proceeded to my seat. I sat in the balcony 6 rows up with a center section.
About 15 minutes before the show started there were sounds of birds chirping; the man in front of me said this would happen, a trademark of the Pink Floyd shows back in the 80s and 90s, and as soon as the show was to start a huge fog machine ignited in front of the stage creating a smoke screen to block the front. The sounds of the intro for Castellorizon started. David came out and played the intro on his black Strat.
The second song was This Heaven. He had to play Diablo out of order as he was waiting for David Crosby and Graham Nash. He then introduced them and the rest of his band and when he introduced Rick Wright he got a standing ovation. The final song that he played was Where We Start - this is the final song of the album. They then took a break before performing the Pink Floyd section.
When he came back on the first Pink Floyd song was Shine On You Crazy Diamond. It featured harmonies with Crosby and Nash. The second song was Rick Wright's Where The Inside Out from The Division Bell, followed by a sad song, Dominoes, which is the song he performed at his Meltdown concert. This was followed by Fat Old Sun and songs from Dark Side Of The Moon.
The final songs were Wish You Were Here, High Hopes and Echoes, the song that they performed back in May 71 on the Meddle tour at Radio City.
It was a fun fantastic show. Comfortably Numb was the final track, and when the lasers came out during the solo they ended up right underneath us and in the balcony wall, and the image of the shadow came out from this.
This was a bittersweet concert, for two days later I would have to fly to Peru, to bury my grandmother. I hope to see David play again - he is my absolute favorite guitar player.