Concert starts: 9pm
|Ticket scan - Pawel K. Szulczewski
|Concert poster - Luke
Address of venue: Shipyard, Gdansk, Poland. MAP
Location website: www.gdansk.pl
NEW - event website: www.gilmour.pl
FIRST HALF: Breathe/Time/Breathe
Reprise, Castellorizon, On An Island, The Blue, Red Sky At Night, This
Heaven, Then I Close My Eyes, Smile, Take A Breath, A Pocketful Of
Stones, Where We Start.
SECOND HALF: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wot's...The Deal, Astronomy Domine, Fat Old Sun, High Hopes, Echoes.
ENCORE: Wish You Were Here, A Great Day For Freedom, Comfortably Numb.
David's management have announced that David will be extending his tour further by visiting Poland. His excellent blog site
reports that the show will be before a huge crowd of 100,000, and
"marks the 26th anniversary of Poland's 1980 revolution, where
nation-wide strikes led to the eventual fall of communism.
"Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of
Gdansk, has invited David to perform a special concert in the Gdansk
shipyards... [The date is] a national holiday in Poland, as it
commemorates the day in which the Solidarity trade union was founded."
David's own website have
announced that tickets for this show went on sale July 10th. As
previously announced, the show is at a large venue by the docks,
previously host to large-scale events by performers such as Jean Michel
David's site reveals that the
performance will be the full two-hour-plus version (no opening act), as
seen at the Royal Albert Hall, with the full complement of Marc
Brickman's lighting – including lasers. For the first time, David's
live show will include an orchestra, with renowned Polish composer
Zbigniew Preisner conducting his arrangements from the On An Island
album – which is a Platinum record in Poland – so there should be
plenty of excitement.
Finally, David's website notes
that the Gdansk performance is by kind invitation of Lech Walesa,
President of Solidarity, and Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk.
Zbigniew Preisner's orchestra
will include 38 musicians in his symphony orchestra. The promoters have
said that David might be preparing a new piece for the concert.
Speculation in Poland is that it might be a cover version of the famous
MURY + Walls of the late Jacek Kaczmarski, the legendary Polish
songwriter, poet and singer for freedom and polish independence from
Soviet Union, and the person comparable to Bob Dylan. MURY became The
Solidarity anthem although its message is quite sad and concerns the
poet's alienation in the world rather than breaking the walls and
chains to get freedom. More information here.
We have spoken to David's management and they do NOT expect any change
to the normal set list... and certainly they are not expecting the
inclusion of an Polish songs.
A new website has been set up to mark the event, and give plenty of useful information. In Polish and English, www.gilmour.pl should give you all the detail you need...
Despite the threat of rain, the
conditions were kind to the large crowd gathered in a pretty unique
location for the final show on David's 2006 tour.
The use of six large screens above the stage was a novel twist - each following the performance of a different musician:
One change to the normal roster of songs was the very apt "A Great Day For Freedom" which was played as part of the encores.
Initial reports are starting to
come through, and all agree, David and his band wanted to go out in
style! Our thanks to Kuba Klimek and to Bogdan Baraszkiewicz for the
swift reporting of the set list. Bogdan also supplied the picture above.
By BD contributor, Kuba Klimek
We all knew that it would be an
emotional event. I was there three hours before the start of the show.
The excitement was unbelievable.
David appeared onstage half hour
before the show and waved to the crowd. The crowd screamed. He
disappeared and came back punctually at 9 PM. The lights went down. The
smoke appeared. The crowd screamed once again but not the last time.
When Breathe begun people became
to shout and screamed like a wild beast. All of us. Teenagers, thirty-
,forty- fifty years old. And then it happened… Rick forgot the verse
and sung wrong line that's why they didn’t start Breathe Reprise. They
played rhythm of Time solo. All looked at David and waiting for a
rescue. Rick start to sing Time chorus and they jumped to Breathe
Reprise. Guy Pratt became to laugh as crazy. But David was bit
embarrassed. It was first mistake of all three that evening. David said
‘Hello’ and started to play On An Island LP with an orchestra. The
first part ended.
After 20 minutes David came on
stage and started to play Shine On… great version. Without Ricks organ
but with the sound of wineglasses made by Guy Pratt, Phil Manzanera and
Dick Parry. The crowd sung with David. Fantastic!
Astronomy Domine was great but
Rick made second mistake. He started to sing first verse to quick.
David started to play Fat Old Sun but after some time stopped and
started again. Jon Carins slide guitar was off. Fat Old Sun solo blew
ours brains out! Terrific! And Echoes…. Absolutely perfect….
Wish You Were Here was sung by
more than 50 thousand people. Magic! And Comfortably Numb was a moment
I was waiting for all my life.
Great show, great moments, great affection and me at last at great show by GREAT David Gilmour. My hero…
By BD contributor, Arek Druzdzel
Saturday morning I went to Gdansk. There was some 60.000 people in the
audience, in the Solidarity Shipyard scenery (huge cranes behind the
scene and old factory buildings). Huge stage and absolutely magnificent
sound quality throughout the concert. What amazed me, there were 10+
teens and 60+ people standing shoulder to shoulder, smiling and
enjoying every tiny piece of music, shall I say every sound?
David started with "Breathe" and
then "Time" so that everybody was in heaven right from the beginning.
Then he played a set with all songs from his new album. Every piece was
slightly different, some more tunes added? played differently? He
certainly looked happy on stage, smiling, speaking Polish
(!!!), chatting with other musicians... What fantastic music it was.
After the approx. 20min break,
there was the 2nd set, with Pink Floyd stuff only. He started with
"Shine on...", very gentle version, played almost accoustically and
very, very personal, inspiring way. While David was singing, the rest
of the band remained silent... Starting with such a diamond, he played
then "Astronomy Domine" and a few older pieces, from before "Dark
Side", eg "Fat old sun", "Wot's ... uh the deal" (remember that one?).
Then there were "High Hopes" and "Echoes" - incredible, over 20min.
version, absolutely amazing... What He did with his guitar was
absolutely unique and, again, so beautiful.
For an encore, the band played "A
Great day for Freedom". David dedicated this song to "Solidarity" and
those who were fighting for freedom these days, to "those who changed
Then, certainly, there was "Wish you were here" and "Comfortably numb". And that was it.
Leaving the concert, I saw people with tears in their eyes. What an artist! What a guitar!
By BD contributor, Normunds
After 11 hour drive from Riga,
our company arrived in Gdansk on Saturday morning. Weather was terrible
- rain. After night drive we went to sleep and when we woke up, there
was no rain and after lunch sun came through the clouds.
Show had to start at 9pm and it
started exactly on time with unforgettable heartbeats. "Breathe",
"Time" and "Breathe reprise" went on. After that David introduced
Baltic Philharmonic orchestra and played "On an Island". Of course
there were several mistakes and first one was Gilmour's forgotten slide
guitar solo lines on Breathe reprise. He took a short break and resumed
it. After OAI David played Pink Floyd classic songs.
To me absolute highlight was
Echoes - 20 minutes long musical orgasm. Fat old sun was great and even
Richard Wright could not spoil Astronomy Domine by singing off-beat.
Actually there was a lot of errors - forgotten solo lines, Wright's
error on AD, Carin's not plugged in guitar, which spoiled the show.
Having seen both David and Roger
I have to say that Water's show was musically way better than
Gilmour's. David had better lights. Speaking about lights - I was
completely surprised that during second solo on Comfortably Numb,
lights went almost out. May be there was some failure too...
Overall show was good, but not excellent.