Concert starts: 8:30pm
|Le Grand Rex, Paris
Address of venue: 1, Boulevard Poissonnière 75002 PARIS. MAP
FIRST HALF: 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, Wearing The Inside Out,
Breathe/Time/Breathe Reprise, Dominoes, High Hopes, Echoes.
ENCORE: Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb.
David's return to Paris was
keenly awaited by his legion of fans, even if the Grand Rex made little
of the show on its facade (contrast this with the large neon lettering
on the front of the Olympia the following night!). His first shows in
Paris for some four years, they found him and his very able band in
The Grand Rex is a beauty - big,
plush leather seating, Italianate architecture abounding (including a
small balcony each side flanking the stage - the perfect vantage point
for Polly Samson!) and a ceiling that emulates a starry sky. At one
point, towards the end of the second half, I was lost in the music, and
looked to the heavens - the stars twinkling away throughout the
performance added a special atmosphere.
With a show unchanged from the
first two nights, in Hamburg and Dortmund, it is a well-ordered run
through of the very latest album, On An Island (performed, in a slighly
changed sequence) as the entire first half, followed by a selection of
Pink Floyd classics from as early as 1971.
For the die-hard fan, one of the
joys of this latest tour is the setlist, consisting as it does of songs
that haven't been played for some time. Indeed, one of these - Wots...
The Deal - has never been played live before this tour. It's a lovely
song, and works very well live - so better late than never!
My big regret, through all the
years I've listened to the band's music, was that I'd never seen Echoes
played live. Well, words cannot express how good it does actually sound
performed in front of you. Rich and powerful, with all the bombast and
subtleties woven into the performance, complete with bird noises and
all manner of guitar trickery. Truly wonderful - long may it remain as
the key part of the second half...
One of the joys of seeing the
band playing in small venues, is being able to see the wonderful
interaction between the musicians throughout the show. It is a sign of
how well they play together, and how they mesh together as a true team,
that their smiles and jokey comments keep coming. It speaks volumes
about them, and goes some way to explain how the show sounds so good.
Quite a reserved crowd tonight,
with the loudest comments coming as David introduced the band. He
faltered as he got to the final name (Richard Wright), saying "...and
someone else...". Cue one brave soul ventured "Roger!", and another
with a very Gallic "Reeechaaaarrd". Other than that, there was little
of the rhythmic clapping or whistling that seemed a feature of the
crowd to come in the Olympia.
A great show, and a
spine-tingling Echoes. A number of the audience also had tickets for
the following night - little did they know, but there were a couple of
surprises in store...
By Dave Crook
The Grand Rex is a a beautiful
old theatre in the centre of Paris - really great helpful staff, we had
tickets to collect and it couldnt have been easier. It's a bit like
Brixton Accademy in size and decor inside... however the bars where
woefully understaffed for the amount of people there!
The set list was the same as the
previous two German gigs you have reviews of... the only difference is
that the Island songs 'rocked' a lot more than on the album and they
seemed to go on a bit longer... the sound was fantastic - really 'warm'
and the live mix was wonderful; you could hear every note, the only one
gripe though was that you could hear the wooosh of the smoke machines
over the music especially in the quiet passages. I had read elsewhere
that the smoke was also being used as a screen for projections - not in
paris so I dont know whether it didnt work, they dropped it or I'd
misunderstood the idea. Also 8.30 til 11.30 - there cant be many 60
year olds out there doing three hours most nights of the week!
David's voice for the most part
was great, guitar playing brilliant as always although there did seem
to be some technical problems with his peddle board a couple of times,
the sax playing was OK - although why he bothered when he had Dick
Parry with him??
The rest of the band is fantastic
(is that a line from WYWH???) - especially Richard Wright who did far
more than I thought he would; as we where sitting quite high up I could
see what he was playing - and he looked like he was enjoying it as well
although he hasn't found his singing voice yet and Wearing the Inside
out was terrible, although when he harmonised with DG he was good.
Carin was excellent - three keyboards and two guitars as well as
singing... Guy Pratt cant help himself bouncing about (especially
during the 2nd half) and he just couldnt stop himself doing a bit of
slap bass as well, good harmony vocals though - he had the 'didn't he
do well' T on again - I do hope its been washed!
The rest of the band great and
anonymous, just as it should be. Dick Parry seemed constantly surprised
he was there - I could see him rushing to get his sax before he came on
in a state of mild panic, like he'd forgot he was needed (much like
when he wandered off mid piece at the RFH a couple of years ago... but
he was note perfect for the floyd stuff. Dominos I didnt think was as
good as the RFH gigs.
Its was a good gig - long enough
and loud enough and I only have a couple of complaints. Firstly, the
merchandise is terrible! And very very expensive. The designs on the T
shirts are awful... 25€ for a kids size T shirt! Secondly, DG wandered
on stage halfway through the intro tape and didnt say a word to the
audience until about 5 songs in... not even a bonjour... "good manners
dont cost nuffink!"
By Frederic Jean
The lights went down right on
time, and the audience that was quietly waiting for the band turned
instantanately electric. The first two songs opened the show in a
really convincing way. Everything calmed down afterwards. As I have not
listened to the album "On an Island" yet, I cannot say how it compares
to the live performance, but obviously during this first half we went
through fine pieces of music.
It was a pleasure to see DG
enjoying playing his stuff, with his historical bandmate not too far on
his left. Also, Dick Parry did a perfect job. I always thought he was
the real fifth Floyd, as the sound of his sax and his melodies fit so
naturally the music on many classic songs. His work on this tour proves
it one step further : great counterpoint on the new material, and the
old songs played as if they had been recorded last week.
The second part of the show
started with DG on his red strat for a great SOYCD, mixing different
versions of the song. After all, who cares about hearing for the
hundredth time the original version, and this tour is far from an
accoustic experience like in 2001-2002. I felt that the result was the
best possible, and certainly one of the best versions ever. "Wot's the
deal" was then executed nicely, with a warm final solo. At this point I
must say that all vocals were perfect : DG in great form, RW doing a
very decent job, and good backing vocals and overall balance. "Breathe"
and "Time" being two of my favourite songs, I really enjoyed hearing
them linked in a 10-mn performance or so. Unfortunately, it seemed to
me that DG was having some problems with his guitar and/or effects
during the solo of "Time", that was disturbing him. In fact, we have
seen him tweaking quite often during the show. "Dominoes" was nice to
hear, though 2002 version is better, and "High Hopes" featured a great
pedal steel solo.
Finally, the highlight of the
show was undoubtly "Echoes". The audience seemed not to realize
immediatly what was going on. No explosion then, but several ovations
instead, separated by a few bars of the long intro. "Echoes" was played
very loud in its loud parts, and very clearly during the verses. 20-mn
long. Nothing was ommitted.
The encores are known by heart :
no surprise here, except hearing distinctively the audience singing
loudly the verses and choruses, in this rather small venue. This
evidenced how popular some songs have grown, despite they are emerging
from a rather sophisticated music work.
Some details could have been
irritating : some weird equalization (low-range especially), or parts
that could have been played more accurately (not pointing at DG, here).
I must say, however, that it happened to have absolutely no importance,
as the strength of the songs was filling the hall and your mind. Pink
Floyd spirit was palpable at some points, and being able to hear such a
set-list, performed by that particular line-up, in a middle-sized
concert hall was something really enjoyable, since I was born the year
that "Meddle" was released.
By Jeff Ramm
I took a four-day break with my
other half to Paris to include (what was to be the highpoint) DG at the
Grand Rex on the 15th. Paris is a nice place - good food, excellent
history and architecture, shame about the dogsh*t everywhere and
The 15th came and we queued
politely like good English people do, then was escorted to our seats. A
shame about my seat being one of those half seats at the end of a row,
especially as the other seats looked so comfy, and why are the people
who escort you to your seats not paid or was I done? D'oh! [The escorts
took you to your seat then demanded a gratuity for doing it - quite
menacingly at times! - Matt]
Show starts a few minutes late,
by my watch, and straight into Castellorizon. Even this had the bass
rearranging our internals! The rest of the new album followed which was
superb, and grows on you more and more through repeated listening.
Intermission, where at this point the crowd in the foyer all lit up cigarettes and the ensuing smoke drifted in...
Set two and finale: an
awe-inspiring lesson of how to play guitar with and without a band and
please an impassioned audience beyond anything I have witnessed in the
flesh before. Sublime, intoxicating, exciting, moving, sensual and
perfection are all things that spring to mind, which are not over
I`m not going into track listings
here - it's not important, you probably already have an idea or you`ll
find out what they are when you go, and you will NOT be disappointed,
trust the expert.
I`ll be there to see it all again on the 29th May at London's RAH, God willing.
Thank You David Gilmour.
With its high ceiling Le Grand
Rex offer a wide volume of space. From my location the sound was
excellent, all instruments being clear and well balanced. Although I am
pretty sure that the general sound system was mono, we could hear Phil
Manzanera's guitar coming directly from the amp behind him on the left
of the stage.
The first part was a bit
disappointing. I'd never heard the album before and discovered it live
on that day. If the performance in itself was good, I found that this
was a little weak at the exception of "Take A Breath" which really
sounded better than the rest. Hopefully David did not extend the songs
too much so the first half ran quite smoothly.
The second half featured some Pink Floyd classics and other goodies:
Shine On: great to hear it live
with a rhythm guitarist, but too bad that no backing singer to support
David's voice. Nice guitar work from David.
Wot's... Uh The Deal: first revisit of pre-DSOTM era repertoire.
Wearing The Inside Out: great version, I like this one better than the one on TDB.
Breathe/Time/Breathe reprise: pure pleasure but too short.
Dominoes: better version than 2002 - really enjoyed it.
High Hopes: nice version but
preferred the 2002 performance with the backup singer; but the finale
with David back on the acoustic guitar was great.
Echoes: well, I could not believe
he would perform that one again. The light show was fantastic in a way,
but from my location it was very uncomfortable/unpleasant to look at
the stage (same for Take A Breath).
Encore: Wish You Were Here: I just prefer the way Roger Waters performs it live so not too much to say.
Comfortably Numb: great as usual. Liked the way the "AAH" was performed!
David was not very talkative
during the evening; he simply introduced his musicians and had a short
word for Syd before Dominoes.
By Thomas Boileux
Arrivé à 19h30 devant le Grand
Rex, l'excitation est à son comble et les quelques malchanceux qui
n'ont pas encore de place cherchent désespérément quelqu'un dans la
foule au dehors pour qu'ils leur en procurent une ! L'entrée au Grand
Rex se fait vers 20h, et nous sommes très bien accueillis et placé par
le personnel sur place...
20h35, le show commence sur le
fond sonore de Castellorizon, premier titre du nouvel album... David
Gilmour arrive alors, emmanche sa Fender Stratocaster noire ( la même
qu'à la réunion avec Roger Waters au Live 8 il me semble) et entame son
solo sous des milliers d'yeux ébahits...le son est très bon ce soir, et
en réecoutant On an Island ce matin, j'ai cru réentendre la version
proposée par la fine équipe de David Gilmour hier !!! Très
L'ensemble jouera l'album On an
Island en intégralité, chose que l'on avait pas constaté depuis les
tournées Animals/Wish you Were Here ou encore The Wall... Un album
remarquable cela dit, avec un David Gilmour au meilleur de sa forme
tant d'un point de vue musical qu'au niveau du chant, rarement
faux...Dave nous annonce alors qu'après Where We start qui clôté
l'album et la fin du premier set, le groupe va faire un break de 20
minutes puis revenir...et tout cela en français s'il vous plaît !!!
Après ces 20 minutes qui
paraissent comme interminables, David Gilmour revient une nouvelle fois
seul sur scène...avec la "P.U.L.S.E Stratocaster", cette fameuse Fender
Rouge équipée de micros EMG qui lui donne ce son si énorme !!! Il
débute Shine on you Crazy Diamond sous mon regard abasourdi...il la
joue comme pour sur le DVD "David Gilmour In Concert", mais avec une
stratocaster à la place d'une acoustique...c'est très fort !!
Une merveilleuse version de ce
chef d'oeuvre qu'est Shine On, enchaînée avec brio par "Wot's...uh the
Deal ?"et son magnifique solo à la slide-guitar, puis viens Wearing the
inside Out, où Richard Wright démontre à la foule qu'il a encore de
très bons restes, même s'il désteste sa voix avec Pink Floyd, comme il
aime à dire !!
Mais arrivent déjà les battements
de coeur synonymes du début de Breathe, premier titre de The Dark Side
of The Moon, avec Dave à la slide-guitar, comme pour la réunion du
Live...avec Time et Breathe Reprise, ils consitueront les seuls titres
repris de DSOTM. Bien choisie, Dominoes est la reprise de Syd Barret
qui fait mouche auprès du public, qui accompagne volontiers en tapant
des mains et en chantant ! Vient ensuite High Hopes, que David dédie à
sa femme Polly Samson. Une très belle version assez proche de celle du
double live P.U.L.S.E,et ce solo de slide !!! mmmmhhhh...
Ce à quoi nous ne nous attendions
pas arriva pourtant !!! Dès que Richard Wright commença les premières
notes au piano d'Echoes, je n'en croyais ni mes yeux ni mes oreilles,
c'était tout simplement fabuleux !! Une très bonne prestation de ce
morceau d'anthologie, 20 minutes de pure bonheur, jusqu'à la fin
"bluesy" où tous les musiciens quittent la scène...pour revenir ensuite
pour un rappel de deux morceaux, Wish you Were Here et Comfortably
Numb, où le public est a présent debout et aux anges !!!
Un très très bon concert, on
aimerait que ça dure plus lontemps mais 2h30 de show, c'est déjà bien
C'était mon premier concert où je voyais un membre du Floyd et pas
n'importe lequel, David Gilmour, qui a beaucoup inspiré le guitariste
que je suis...Merci Dave, età bientôt j'espère !