Concert starts: 7:30pm
|Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Address of venue: SECC, Glasgow G3 8YW. MAP
|SET LIST - DRAG MOUSE OVER TO VIEW!
FIRST HALF: Breathe/Time/Breathe
Reprise, Castellorizon, On An Island (w/Crosby), The Blue (w/Crosby),
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 (w/Crosby), What's...The Deal, Fat Old Sun, Coming Back To Life, High Hopes, Echoes.
ENCORE: Wish You Were Here, Arnold Layne, Comfortably Numb.
The second of five nights in the
UK saw David heading north, across the border into Scotland. The last
time he played on stage in the country was 1974, on the Dark Side Of
The Moon tour. Another acclaimed night, this time in the "Armadillo" -
delighting the locals, starved of proper Floyd for over 30 years! The
set list was almost the same as the previous night, with a strategic
move due to the absence of one of the guests - see below for details.
The tour moves to London tomorrow
for three nights, all of which are being filmed. There is talk of
special guests, and indeed, Brain Damage chatted briefly with one of
these yesterday - the person will be there all three nights, but we're
not going to spoil the surprise for you!
By BD contributor, DL
Graham Nash didn’t appear – DG
said he’d had a family emergency and had had to go home, so David
Crosby was on his own and maybe the reason they didn’t do ‘Find the
cost of freedom’ as they had in Manchester.
While ‘On an Island’ is a great
album, there’s no conceding that some of the tracks are much better
than others, and in a live show, it was a brave choice to do the full
thing. Judging by the movement in the audience (why would you go to
such a very special concert pissed necessitating multiple visits to the
toilet??) many of them weren’t exactly captivated by all of it either.
As in Manchester the sound wasn’t as good as it should have been
(midrange muddy), but ‘On an Island’, ‘This Heaven’, ‘Smile’ and ‘Take
a breath’ were all highlights.
The second half however was like
a different band. ‘Shine On’ was, of course, excellent, but there were
no ‘lowlights’ at all, and ‘Echoes’ was simply amazing. The three
Division Bell songs were superbly performed, with ‘High Hopes’ in
particular a standout. ‘Echoes’ was faithful to the original but with
exceptional power aided by the lighting effects which were sensational.
Many of the crowd didn’t realise
the band had left the stage after this and it took some time before
they generated enough noise to get them back out for WYWH. Arnold Layne
was rapturously received but saving the best for last, DG’s solo’s in
Comfortably Numb were absolutely stunning. The song was performed with
huge power that resulted in the predictable standing ovation. I thought
DG seemed surprised and pleased by the crowd reaction, perhaps because
they hadn’t greeted the first half with the same response.
David Crosby disappointingly
didn’t appear for the curtain call, but the crowd made sure the rest of
the band were well applauded and cheered.
An excellent concert and I’m just glad I was there.
By BD contributors, Angela & Ian Whyte
We saw David at the Clyde Auditorium last night and need only one word to describe his On an island tour............Brilliant.
We were both in awe seeing David and his backing band in the flesh, as we never thought we ever would.
THANK YOU DAVID for coming to Scotland.
By BD contributor, Michael Schofield
My seat was at the last row, in
the very top gallery of the Clyde Auditorium so I thought this position
might have made the concert a bit less enjoyable.
But I have to say the sound and
lightshow was this the best concert I've seen at this venue. I had a
clear view of all the stage and lights, and don't think the lofty seats
made any difference.
The first half started with
Breathe/Time/Breathe Reprise and then we had the whole of the new
album, with Mr Crosby in attendance as Mr Nash had to call off with a
The second half was pure Pink
Floyd. I can't really say one song was better than the next, but its
safe to say that Echoes was one of the best pieces of music I have ever
The encore had Arnold Layne with Richard Wright on vocals getting his fair share of applause.
All in all, a great lightshow, great sound and a great concert.
By BD contributor, Nick Gribben
into the entrance of the Clyde Auditorium at 7.15p.m, I was just in
time for an announcement over the tannoy 'David Gilmour will be on
stage in 15 minutes, please make your way into the auditorium'. I made
my way to my seat, 6 rows from the front at the end of the aisle with a
clear view of the stage. Constantly looking at my watch, it was the
longest moments of my life. Then at 7.41p.m the lights dimmed and the
recognisable heartbeats of 'Speak to me/ Breathe' took hold of the room
followed by 'Time' and 'Breathe reprise'; the sound was fantastic as
was the lighting.
|DG at Clyde Auditorium (pic: Joe McGuire)
Next David introduced the new
album. At the beginning of the title track David Crosby came on stage,
but no Graham Nash who David later said had a family emergency and
couldn't make it. The harmonies were still beautifully done with Crosby
staying on stage for 'The blue', during which time I noticed Polly
Samson (Mrs Gilmour) wandering up and down the aisle taking photographs
of the proceedings at which point she stood on my toe - what an
The rest of on an Island
continued in the same format as the Manchester gig; just before 'Smile'
David introduced the band and at the same time realised that he had
lifted the wrong guitar, at which point he forgot to introduce Richard
Wright, but being in Glasgow the crowd including Polly were quick to
remind him, which Richard found very funny.
The highlight of the first half
was undoubtedly, 'Take a Breath' - the sound and lighting were great as
were David and Jon Carin's guitar work.
The second half started with
'Shine on' with David Crosby again taking to the stage, the sound had a
bit too much bass during this but it was still stunning to hear, this
was then followed by 'Whats..Uh the deal' with the sound much better
and crisp as was the sound for 'fat old sun', 'Coming back to life' and
'High Hopes' followed - then it was time for 'Echoes'. Being in Glasgow
the best word to describe it is 'Bonnie', with both the sound and
lighting tremendous. I noticed David Crosby watching this from
backstage and he really looked to be enjoying himself.
The encore began with 'Wish you
were here' always a crowd pleaser, this was followed by 'Arnold Layne'
which for myself along with 'Echoes' was the highlight of the second
half. Then it was time for 'Comfortably numb'; I'm sure David gets
better at this every time.
Then it was finished, at which
point I was lucky enough to catch Steve Distanislao's drumstick..All in
all it was....a 'Bonnie' night in Glasgow and I'm looking forward to
going to the Albert Hall for more.
By BD contributor, Paul McTaggart
went to the concert at the clyde
Auditorium on the 27th May. It was my 30th birthday that day and I will
remember it for the rest of my life. David and the band were absolutely
phenomenal. In the 1st part of the show he played stuff from his solo
album,which was brilliant, but in all honesty the 2nd part of the show
was the highlight of a great night. To hear the likes of Wish You Were
Here, Comfortably Numb, High Hopes, Arnold Layne and the monumental
Echoes was just superb. The light show was quite impressive too.
All in all a great night - thanks David!
By BD contributor, Joe McGuire
And what a fantastic gig it was!
The finest guitar player in the world mesmerizing his first Glasgow
crowd in 30 years, with note perfect renditions of classic Floyd and
classic new stuff as well. Glasgow hasn't seen anyone this good since
that last time PF were here (before my time).
Bit unfortunate though, that such
a Rock Ledgend playing in the city for the first time in years and I
can find nothing in the local papers (except that Franz Ferdinand like
Never thought I would hear Arnold layne Live - looking forward to Wednesday at the RAH.
By BD contributor, unique
I was in the middle of the front
circle a few rows behind the mixing desk. Upon entering the auditorium,
I found the place to be pretty full of smoke from smoke machines, so
obviously there was going to be some kind of light show and lasers.
Smoking is now banned in public places in scotland, which has made gig
going a lot more pleasant, and the "armadillo" is a pretty nice venue,
more like a cinema inside, it's certainly the upmarket side to the
SECC, the larger arena venue next door, where ironically the Australian
Pink Floyd played recently, with far more people than the real Gilmour
and Wright played to!
So, nice venue, nice atmosphere,
a far cry from the hugeness of Live8, my first Floyd experience, and to
be honest you couldn't really ask for a better first Floyd gig, unless
you were young enough to be there in the 70s (I wasn't a huge fan of
the late 80s/90s "expanded" line up).
The show kicked off with the
first couple of tracks from DSOTM, a great start to the show, sounding
just like the record, the night was all about the music, rather than
"the show", which I think was too prevailent in the shows in the past
25 (count em!). Next up was the full On An Island album, which sounded
great. David Crosby guested on backing vox, but unfortunately Graham
Nash wasn't there due to a family emergency, so that was a shame, but
it didn't seem to affect the quality of the performances, David Crosby
certainly added to the sound in a worthwhile way, there were no female
backing singers on this tour.
After the full new album, there
was a break of about 20-30 mins, after which the band came back on and
kicked off with a great version of Shine On, and played a number of
other classics including a great version of Fat Old Sun. A full 20
minute version of Echoes was perhaps the highlight of the show, with
the lights and lasers creating a psychedelic strobing effect that must
have had all the epileptics dancing in the aisles. No video screens,
and compared to Floyd shows the lights were pretty stripped down, but
compared to most bands the lights were pretty cool. Arnold Layne was
another great choice, unfortunately no Money or Run Like Hell, but Wish
You Were Here and Comfortably Numb were great, with pretty faithful
versions like Live8 (but a bit different).
with the band, it was almost Pink
Floyd, but in a smallish venue, with great sound and comfortable
surroundings. Shame nick wasn't there...
By BD contributor, David Bruce
Amazing show. Maybe just because
I was actually there, but it sounded much better than the other shows
I've heard from this tour. Graham Nash was absent (family emergency),
but "the walrus" David Crosby (as
someone referred to him last night) was there and doing his part well.
Whole band looked like they were
enjoying themselves. I'm sure I even caught Jon Carin breaking a smile
at one point! During the band introductions, Gilmour "forgot" to
introduce Rick, and egged the crowd on into a chant of "Reechard,
Reechard" before finally letting the man take his applause with two
fists to the sky. Wish I had a picture of that.
Rick seemed much more confident
in his singing than the BBC concert and other shows from early in the
tour. His vocals on Time, Arnold Layne and Numb were wonderful. Jon
Carin also impressed with his wide
range of skills, as well as the high "sing to me" vocal during Fat Old
Highlights for me were Then I
Close My Eyes, which totally came to life on-stage; Take A Breath,
which required me to do so when it had finished; Shine On, during which
you could almost hear a pin-drop; Fat
Old Sun, which was as rocking as I've ever heard it; Echoes, which is
Echoes; and Arnold Layne, which really got everyone going.
All in all, I was really
impressed by how tight his band are, and just how amazing that Gilmour
guitar sounds up close. And the man's voice still manages to impress!!
I also had the pleasure of
singing the chorus of Vegetable Man with a friendly drunk guy called
Dan as we walked down the corridor to leave the building, discussing
the complexities of Waters/Gilmour
songwriting and how he's "never listened to a Gilmour solo album"
before. What a bizarre end to an excellent evening.