Concert starts: 7:30pm (doors open at 5pm)
|Ticket scan - Robert Stoger
Address of venue: Königsplatz 1, 80333 München, Germany. MAP
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, Astronomy Domine, Dark Globe, Fat Old Sun, Coming Back To Life, High Hopes, Echoes.
ENCORE: Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb.
The heavy rain experienced during
this show didn't dampen the spirits of the audience, who enjoyed the
performance at the outdoor venue. The set list was unchanged from that
played in Austria, which meant Astronomy Domine and Dark Globe got
another airing as a tribute to the sadly departed Syd.
One difference to proceedings,
which may have been a one-off, was the use of wine glasses, filled with
differing amounts of liquid, to perform the start of Shine On You Crazy
Diamond! Some of you will recall that wine glasses were used as part of
the instrumentation of the aborted "Household Objects" project - and
indeed, the recording made of them was indeed used for the start of
Shine On on the Wish You Were Here album. David obviously likes the
sound, as Alastair Malloy plays the glass harmonica on David's "On An
The band now move west into
France for tomorrow night's show at the Theatre Antique, in historic
Vienne. If you are going, have a great time and tell us all about it!
Pictures on this page are thanks to Josef Massinger.
By BD contributor, Matthew Garris
I had the pleasure of attending the DG concert in Munchen (Munich) last night.
The concert was about 3 hours
long. There was a lot of rain in the first part. From what I could
tell, he used his red 57' RI Fender Strat (85' ??), gold top Gibson LP
w/ Bigsby bridge, white Tele, lap steel, and his black Strat. I have a
candy-red 57' RI Strat (88') that is set up the same way as DG's,
including the shortened trem bar. It was really cool to see him playing
my guitar on stage. From what I have read, he also used the new BK
Butler tube drivers. I have an old and new BK pedal and I think the new
one does sound better.
This was my first DG concert. My wife's father was a roadie for Pink Floyd in USA some time ago.
By BD contributor, Matthias Stürner
After the very civilized indoor
shows I saw in Hamburg and Frankfurt, this open air show on the
Königsplatz in München was more like a show as I remember them from the
'94 Division Bell tour. More power, a more restless audience, more
beer. The only things absent were Nick Mason and the circular screen. I
thought the volume of the concert was a bit too high, others didn't
complain, so it was probably a matter of where you were placed in the
The show started in sunshine at
7:30 with Breathe/Time/Breathe Reprise. While I think starting the show
with the heartbeats of Speak to Me is the most impressive way possible,
there was a distinct drop in the atmosphere when almost everyone left
the stage before Castellorizon. So for the sake of the general flow of
the concert I rather prefer the setlist with On an Island alone making
up the first half.
What followed was musically even
better than in the concerts in March. Gilmour's voice was in a better,
I would even say in fine shape, he took more freedom when soloing, one
could notice the band was very acquainted with the material by now.
Besides the segue from Time into
Breathe Reprise (which is my all-time favourite segue in the Pink Floyd
catalogue and which was one of the many moments where Steve Di
Stanislao could prove he really has the right feeling to play Pink
Floyd music), the highlight for me in the first half was And Then I
Close My Eyes. This piece had received some rearrangements as compared
to March, more solo spots of various band members and also featuring
Gilmour playing a real cumbus (or whatever), something I don't remember
from the shows in March.
The band retired for their break
to a big tent at the right side of the audience which meant they had to
cross "public space". So when they returned to the stage after the
break temporary barriers were erected so that they where not hassled by
the audience. Only Dick Parry didn't bother and left the tent earlier,
he walked back to the stage through the audience unnoticed by anyone!
The second half started with a
version of Shine On, which, according to the announcement of Gilmour,
was played in an arrangement never played before: it featured Phil
Manzanera, Dick Parry and Guy Pratt playing wine glasses, i.e. a glass
harp to emulate the keyboard sound at the beginning of the song! This
sounded very beautiful. They were later accompanied by the familiar
keyboard solo and then of course by the familiar guitar solo. So it was
very different from the way Gilmour used to play Shine On recently with
the much sustained guitar chords at the beginning. I liked the glass
harp version very much. By now it had become dark enough to appreciate
the great light show, but it became darker than it should - towards the
end of Shine On a heavy rain shower started which lasted during
Astronomy Domine and Dark Globe.
This was very fitting in a way;
the rain started during a song about Syd Barrett and lasted for two
songs which were written by him, as if this was done on purpose to weep
for his recent passing away?
Anyway, the audience didn't
appreciate the rain of course and became very unsettled as everyone was
trying to don their raincoats and even to open their umbrellas (a very
unfriendly thing to do at an open air concert). After 10 minutes
luckily the rain stopped, everyone remained standing now and resumed
with recording the show with their mobile phones. Because of all this
rain-caused rush I wasn't very attentive during Astronomy Domine but I
had the impression this song sounded a bit unrehearsed. Dark Globe was
beautiful and very fitting.
After the rain Fat Old Sun was
played, Gilmour this time soloing with a white Telecaster. Coming Back
to Life and High Hopes followed and then of course Echoes: my English
vocabulary is not sufficient to properly describe how great this piece
is. Out of this world. Magnificent. Brilliant. It was even more
powerful than in March. It featured real dry ice smoke - the kind of
smoke which flows at the floor of the stage and then down into the
audience like a waterfall. It makes the band appear like standing above
the clouds. They had used this dry ice waterfall-effect also in the 70s
during Echoes. Apparently nowadays they couldn't use dry ice in indoor
venues due to safety restrictions. The light show is really exceptional
during Echoes, especially during the second half of the piece. Lasers
where used throughout the show, but during the encores they were most
prominent, including the famous fan-shaped laser during Comfortably
And so a great show ended. We
left the Königplatz wet but very happy. David Gilmour is not only the
voice and guitar, but also the heart and soul of Pink Floyd. After this
concert this was more obvious than ever, especially when comparing it
with the current substandard Roger Waters tour. This year's live
offerings of both gentlemen are really miles, if not worlds apart.
By BD contributor, Kris Martens
I am a lifelong Pink Floyd-fan. I
had seen ‘the creative genius’ twice, yet I had never seen ‘the voice
and guitar’. Something had to be done, so me and my friend Peter, also
a big Floyd-fan, decided to drive all the way from Antwerp, Belgium to
Munich, Germany. Not without the (almost) complete Pink Floyd/David
Gilmour-discography of course.
The setting was perfect. The
Koningplatz is a beautiful square surrounded by majestic white
buildings with pillars and all. Sun was starting to set. Heartbeats…
‘Speak To Me’… Goosebumps, and yet not even a single note had been
He started off with the
Breathe/Time/Breathe Reprise combination. It hit me that Gilmour’s
voice is still as warm and compelling as on the Dark Side-album. Maybe
not as crystal clear as then, but it hasn’t lost any of its charm and
Especially the gloomy percussive
intro on ‘Time’ made a big impression on me. And ‘Time’ confirmed my
opinion that Gilmour’s solos are no less than brilliant. Gilmour really
speaks with his guitar. Few guitarists are able to put so much emotion
and storytelling in their playing. After this aperitif he served his
entire new album ‘On An Island’, in a slightly different order.
The album itself I found good but
not great, maybe sometimes a bit too soft and sweet for my taste. The
live-versions of these songs however forced me to change my opinion
about this. They were slightly rawer and more powerful, and Gilmour’s
singing was at times a bit less fragile as on the record, which helped
the songs stand out better. So yes, on the way home ‘On An Island’
sounded even better than on the way over! Especially the strong
performance on the saxophone on ‘Red Sky At Night’ proves his deeply
passionate musicianship. After a satisfying first half, we had twenty
minutes to grab a beer and brace ourselves for what was to come.
‘Shine On’ was simply fantastic.
The opening sound, usually played by synthesiser with samples of
wineglasses, was this time created by actual wineglasses played by Guy
Pratt, Dick Parry and Phil Manzanera. ‘Shine On’ is undoubtedly a very
beautiful, dramatic an emotionally charged piece, and the recent
departure of Syd Barrett made the song even more magical.
And if that wasn’t enough, the
second song of that second half turned out to be ‘Astronomy Domine’. I
mean… wow… Great song, wonderful version. And towards the end of this
psychedelic masterpiece, rain started pouring down. I was getting
soaking wet, but didn’t give a damn. The rain even added an extra
dimension of ‘trip’ to the experience.
So when Gilmour stood alone on
the stage to play Barrett’s ‘Dark Globe’, coincidently my favourite
Barrett song, something snapped in me, and I bursted out in tears.
Especially the words: ‘Wouldn’t you miss me? Wouldn’t you miss me at
all?’, still send chills down my spine.
And even throughout ‘Fat Old Sun’
and ‘Coming Back To Life’ (which he dedicated to his wife, Polly for
their 12th anniversary), I had to constrain myself. The experience was
too much. These were songs I had been listening to all my life, and to
see them live now, in these circumstances was incredibly moving.
After ‘High Hopes’ came the absolute highlight of the evening: ‘Echoes’.
My worries that this might
concern a shortened version, or that the song might not work the way it
should (I had heard of earlier live-attempts), were soon swept away.
From the first ping to the spooky sound at the end, every second was
fantastic. A twenty minute-trip of bliss. Definitely one of my
favourite Pink Floyd songs, in a strong version: true to the original,
without being a shallow copy.
And no matter how many times I
hear ‘Wish You Were Here’. It will always remain one of the most
honest, beautiful and compelling songs ever. It’s so simple yet so
bold. Sadly often put in the wrong context, but when sung live by
Gilmour, a pearl of a song.
And just when I thought I was
emotionally run dry, he stabbed me with ‘Comfortably Numb’, containing
maybe one of the most amazing, dramatic guitar solos of all time (to my
opinion, just like everything else you read here!).
But I was a little bit
disappointed by Rick Wright’s vocal performance (I think he even lost
his line for a moment!?). It was in any case a large contrast with
David’s top class steady voice and musicianship. (Maybe Rick was
recovering from a rowdy birthday party the day before? ;-)
I deeply regret I am one of those
Floyd-fans who never had the chance to see them live, but I am very
grateful I had got to see this. I have seen a great many live shows in
my life. But never had a performance make such a deep impression on me.
To end this (rather long, I know, sorry) review, I’d like to say this:
I had seen Roger Waters twice,
and both shows were great and very exciting since I am a huge Floyd
fan, and to a lesser extent also a fan of his solo-work. But still, I
find the contrast between his mediocre shows and this mind-blowing
Gilmour-show very confronting. Now, Waters might have written the bulk
of the Pink Floyd-songs, I find his live versions of those songs are
but run of the mill. It might have to do something with a poor choice
of musicians (again, my humble opinion!). The funky drums by Graham
Broad for example are not complementary to the Pink Floyd-sound. It
could also have something to do with the fact that the (often most
recognizable) Gilmour vocal-parts, he has to give to his musicians or
try to do himself. And bluntly skipping the guitar-solo in ‘Shine On’
because it’s ‘too Gilmour’ is just sad. I think the difference is that
Waters draws from the concept and the content, while Gilmour draws from
the music. The latter being the more interesting point of view
concerning a live performance.
Again, what Waters lacks is what
Gilmour has and the other way around, I guess. Its sad knowing that
combined they can do things even greater what they do separately. And
sad knowing such a future combination is unlikely, to say the least.
Me and my friend drove about 900
kilometres to see Gilmour. So was the trip worth it? Every centimetre!
I sincerely hope I get to see him again. I already was a fan for life.
Now I am beyond that.
By BD contributor, Josef Patocka
Me and my friend we were glad to
see the DG (or we can call it PF:) show last night at Munich. We have
traveled from Liberec Czech Rep. just by the Friday night to have cool
weekend at Munich.
Need to mention I started to
listen to floyd somewhere in 94` as I am 26 now ... I have just seen
R.W. at Prague in 2002 but this was the first time I saw David and Co.
and I have to say it was fantastic ! We did not get a good seats as we
sat at block B4 (very right in the middle of the field) and the sound
was not so good there. But we were enjoying the "On an island"
It was cool as the sun was
"sinking slowly" during the whole ablum was played ( David played
Parry`s sax in one number!). But after the intermission when I returned
from the beer stand and just when the first sounds of Shine on was put
out of the stage it also started to rain heavily. So the chaos came in
place suddenly as the people started to stand up and moving everywhere
At least we had a good chance to
move ourselves just somewhere to the middle of sector A
so we were right in the middle of the crowd somewhere 20-30 m from the
stage. We could go more into the front but we were stucked by the music
as the Astronomy Domine crashed into the air. The rain stopped just
after the fabulous performance of this rare classic was finished.
David, Rick and also the rest of the guys looked in a good emotion and
the performance was good. The atmosphere was very good even the rain
was strong for a while and a good joke when during the rain David asked
the audience if we are dry enough :-)
I have checked the play lists
before so I knew what to expect but when they finished the Echoes in
the entire concept I was flown away just to the dark side ...It was
very well played.
Fat Old Sun was excelent and
finishing with Comfortably numb the guitar solo with some smashing bits
towards the end of the solo was powerful. It was even better than last
year in Live 8:). The light show was huge and during the Echoes the
full power of lights was used. Stroboscope along with laser blowed me
During all the show David sang very warmly (apart of a few rhymes at the beginning of Coming back to
life when the soundmaster fell asleep probably and so no voice went out of the PA ..) and
also Rick did his piece of singing done well.
It was easy to see the guys were
enjoying themselves that night. And so was the audience. I am not sure
how many people was there I would guess saying 10.000 ? The field was
not crowded at all.
More to we was not sure there
will be Rick before I saw him playing first tones of Breathe. For me
this was a Pink Floyd show and I am extremely happy the idea to go down
to Munich came to me.
I have to say that only by the days flowing it is realized by myself that I have seen the
best group in the world finally right before my eyes. It`s been a pleasure. Thank you all guys! Big UP Floyd ! Carry on !
By BD contributor, Sara
I had a great fun and great company there really... and I never got that wet!
If anybody got thrilled by the
"experiment" on SOYCD (which was indeed something unique and so nice to
see and hear!) what really shot me were the few notes David played
before Where We Start, I was near to faint!
I had to buy a ticket for Venezia
- I'll not reach the end of the month with a cent in my pockets but I
don't care, can't wait for it!