Concert starts: 7:30pm
|Royal Albert Hall, London
|Royal Albert Hall ticket scan
Address of venue: Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP. MAP
All three shows at this venue
were recorded for a later DVD release. BD tried to count up all the
cameras used for the recording. We spotted at least seventeen, so
little would have escaped the camera's eye...!
|SET LIST - MAY 29th
FIRST HALF: Breathe/Time/Breathe
Reprise, Castellorizon, On An Island (w/Crosby & Nash), The Blue
(w/Crosby & Nash), Red Sky At Night, This Heaven, Then I Close My
Eyes (w/Robert Wyatt), Smile, Take A Breath, A Pocketful Of Stones,
Where We Start.
SECOND HALF: Shine On You
Crazy Diamond (w/Crosby & Nash), Wots...The Deal, Wearing The
Inside Out, Coming Back To Life, High Hopes, Echoes.
You Were Here, Find The Cost Of Freedom (w/Crosby & Nash), Arnold
Layne (w/David Bowie), Comfortably Numb (w/David Bowie).
The first of three nights saw the
band on great form, in what felt like a very intimate venue - some of
the audience were so close to the stage they could almost touch the
musicians! Standouts included Echoes (Richard's keyboard playing was
particularly impressive and EXpressive) and On An Island, which had
David Crosby beaming from ear to ear like the Cheshire Cat!
The appearance of David Bowie for the final two numbers was a shock to the audience...
The second night featured another
special guest appearance - Mica Paris - and a blistering version of
Echoes which the band will be hard pressed to better on the final
night. Magnificent show again... can they top that on Wednesday?
Seemingly these things are
possible to the likes of David and co. The final night was a very
special one to go out on. Despite starting an hour later, the show was
slightly longer than the preceeding nights! Guests aplenty on this
final bash - Crosby, Nash, Wyatt, Mica Paris again, and taking the
stage for the encore songs, Nick Mason!
Nick's special touch on WYWH and
Comfortably Numb came shining through - not to take anything away from
Stevie DiStanislao, who has been consistently excellent throughout the
tour - but it's like guitarists; you can tell them apart by their own
unique styles of playing.
Our friend Nick Gribben has an
insight into the delay: "A college graduation was booked for the
afternoon which meant that the stage and all the sundries had to be
removed and then replaced after the graduation had finished at 5.30p.m.
"I went to the main door about
6.45p.m as I was going to go to the bar before the concert. The doorman
let me in and I went for a look about... I then noticed the Technicians
were going through a sound check. I kept watching and at about 7pm the
whole band came on stage including Nick Mason (which spoiled the
surprise for later). Steve Distanislao went through the drum kit with
NM, whilst Rick Wright gave a note perfect rendition of the organ solo
at the end of 'A Saucerful of secrets'. The band then ran through parts
of 'Then I close my eyes', then with NM on the drums they warmed up
with a full version of 'Comfortably numb' and 'Wish you were here',
with full lighting effects, David was saving his voice as he wasn't
hitting the usual high notes and Polly Samson was on the stage the
whole time taking photographs.It was a real privilege with no-one other
than technicians in the hall, and gave me a view that you don't usually
"When the concert started my seat
was right behind the mixing desk where I noticed Nettie Mason and one
of Nick's daughters viewing the concert, along with Polly Sampson who
would disappear to take photos of the concert."
The tour now goes on hold for a
couple of months before heading to Austria for the final(?) stretch. In
the meantime, work will be progressed on the DVD of the shows, we're
sure. We tried to count the number of cameras recording the show for
the DVD, and saw at least 17 of them around the Royal Albert Hall.
By BD's ticket competition winner, Graham Burbage
Frankly, I couldn’t believe my
luck when my son, Steve, told me “Hey Dad, some chap called Matt from
Brian Damage rang...” Amazingly, I’d won the two concert tickets
donated by a mysterious and mighty generous benefactor. My old school
pal, Jeremy, couldn’t believe his luck either when I suggested he be
the plus 1.
We met Matt and his chum outside
the Royal Albert Hall at the appointed hour to receive the goods and
have a quick chat before it was time to take our superbly positioned
The highlights were many:
As you would expect David produced two blistering guitar solos on Comfortably Numb.
- Having a great view
- Very well behaved crowd. No distracting talking
- Sound quality was outstanding – very loud but crystal clear
- Lighting was subtle but very effective. Plenty of dry ice in places
- OAI played whole really brought the album to life. David’s singing was very fine indeed
- The band seemed to enjoy the whole show particularly Guy and Steve
- Dick Parry was superb – quite how he swapped over saxes during Shine I don’t know
- Division Bell material was perfect
- Graham Nash and David Crosby were very good – Graham Nash was
barefoot - the old hippy. Their contribution to Shine was very
- Echoes – extraordinary. Very, very powerful. The lighting really kicked in. A well deserved standing ovation
- Rick Wright got a tremendous reception from the crowd. His rendition of Wearing the Inside Out was first rate
- Bowie did a fine job on Arnold Layne. But he was far less suited to
Comfortably Numb – I’d have preferred Rick to have sung. But it was
good to see Bowie looking so well.
We left on a real high. A
fantastic evening. We didn’t even have to pay for parking as it was a
public holiday. Many thanks to the mysterious benefactor and to Matt
for organising the competition.
By Brain Damage contributor, Su
We were in our Choir seats for
first half but managed to sneak down to the Arena when we spotted a few
spare seats. (Most likely withdrawn tickets from ebay) I think a few
people got the same idea because they did the same thing.
From the choir seats you get a
birds eye view of the stage and a great vantage point to watch Gilmour
effortlessly master the guitar and foot pedals. It really did feel like
a privilege to be there.
The night itself was magical and
to be honest, we sat there in awe for most of it. Surely we weren't sat
20 feet away from THE David Gilmour!!?? Darkside of the Moon? Live in
Pompeii? And a little over to right was none other than Rick Wright. A
couple of exchanging glances between Gilmour and Wright were somewhat
moving. It was very surreal but fantastic anyway.
It was funny watching Crosby and
Nash on stage. They looked as chuffed as we were to be there. They
performed brilliantly. As did Guy Pratt. Having been to a couple of his
talks, it was amusing to watch him on stage with a very relaxed
demeanor about him. In fact, everyone on stage couldn't be more chilled
out if they tried. It all felt very personal, and very together.
One of the most memorable parts
for me was Gilmour's guitar solo at the end of Echoes when he did an
extended version of the shuddering 'seagull'-like sounds at the end. I
think it left most of us speechless. I cannot put into words the sounds
that he made. With the lighting and dry ice all around him, his
silhouette was an absolute sight to behold. Moments like that are
And last but not least, David
Bowie, who was of course a fantastic treat. When Gilmour announced his
name....for some bizarre reason, I didn't expect him to come out. He
delivered Arnold Layne and Comfortably Numb beautifully. I've never
really listened to Bowie properly and having seen him live, I was
There is so much more I could write about the night but I hope this gives you the gist of it all...
By Brain Damage contributor, John Johnstone
What a show! And what a venue to
do it in! This was my first visit to the RAH, and I ended up four rows
from the front - it was like having the band in my living room, and
what a band ....
All songs were played out by
excellent musicians at the top of their game. The OAI album came to
life and each song took on its own personality (even when DG forgot his
lines momentarily during OAI). Crosby and Nash really seemed to be
enjoying themselves and Robert Wyatt's trumpet piece was piece of
magic, it was great to see him in such good form. The group were so, so
tight and the acoustics were fantastic (at least from where I was
sitting). First half highlights for me were Take a Breath
(breathtaking!) and OAI.
Second half - and I thought that
I had died and gone to Heaven. Echoes was out of this world, and Rick
Wright really rocked like there was no tomorrow. The lasers, smoke and
strobes combined to make this a standout for me. Mind you - High Hopes,
Coming Back To Life, SOYCD - fantastic! And this was before Mr. Bowie
hit the stage .... what a moment, what a masterstroke. His vocals on
Arnold Layne could not have suited the song better and Comfortably Numb
was just outrageous. I wanted the show to go on and on and on. David
Gilmour's guitar playing throughout was just awesome.
Throughout the performance, the
whole band seemed to be having fun. There were plenty of smiles between
them all, and the audience were as one, often applauding before the
songs had come to an end. This was a night that my wife and I will
never forget (and we've seen some shows through the years). Thank you
David Gilmour, and I sincerely hope that its not goodnight! And I can't
wait for the DVD.
By Brain Damage contributor, Shafiq Hassan
In short, it was a breathtaking!
Not just because I love Pink Floyd, all the musicians were in sync and
the sound was just fantastic as I was wary from the reports on the
previous two shows, although, David had lost his voice slightly and was
a bit hoarse, which came though more as he spoke.
On an Island was played in full
as Part 1 – would you believe it sounded so much better than the CD,
every instrument was audible, but he started with Breath, Time and
Breath Reprise. The concert started around 7:40 pm and finished at
10:45, with 30 mins intermission.
He did not play Fat Old Sun which
I was a bit disappointed with, but Echoes just before the encore, was
so brilliant, it was almost vintage Floyd – it touched somewhere which
cant be expressed.
I was in the first row of the
stalls and there were at least 3 people sitting around me openly
camcording almost the entire show – none were reprimanded.
Wish You Were Here – the first
encore song was slightly improvised, I felt lost a bit of the richness
guitar duet. David Crosby and Graham Nash were both present during the
concert enjoying their experience very much, and when the surprise
guest appeared to sing Arnold Layne the whole place erupted, which was
the second last song, and the night ended with Comfortably Numb.
The lights, strobe and the
quality of sound made perfect balance, and we came out completely
gobsmacked. We were fortunate to have been there.
By Brain Damage contributor, Tony Nicholls
Had a great night at the first RAH concert. A few observations:
Great event, looking forward to a second dose on Wednesday. This may well be the last chance we get to see this stuff, live.
- Too many sad buggers viewed the whole concert through their camcorder screens
- One woman fast asleep on her partner's shoulder - violently woken when he jumped from his seat to applaud a song
- Did Mr Gilmour forget his lyrics during the first set?
- Entering the RAH my wife overheard one chap: "Don't bother rushing - the support act will be on first, lets get a drink."
By Brain Damage contributor, Alessandro
What can I say about that night?
well, try to imagine what a 31 old Italian Floyd fan, never been in
England before, could feel like when entering the Royal Albert Hall to
attend a David Gilmour show...
The venue is just a magical
place, and the athmosphere is incredible. English fans are quiet
actually if compared with Italian people, but I could feel the tension
in the air.
The show starts with a surprise,
a short Speak to me and then Breathe, Time/Breathe Reprise and after a
brief cheer from David the complete performance of the new album. I
have to say it......Maybe because of the place, or the luck of being so
close to the stage that I could see every line in the face of the
musicians ( we were placed in the 8th row!!!!!!!) I had to wipe a tear
from my face...
The live performance of the new
album is astonishing, David misses a verse of On a Island (who cares?
he smiles with Crosby and Nash and it sounds so great and so
natural...) The band seems quite in a good form, relaxed and in a very
good mood, the sound is sharp and perfect, the light show a delicious
The new songs run perfectly and
too fastly to be honest, I feel mesmerized and the break arrives so
soon. My friend Roberto and I take a chance to have a look around and
some photos near the stage, and after a 40 minutes break due (I think)
to some technical problems the hand-clapping calls David to the second
half of the show.
A beautiful version of Shine On 1
to 5 is followed by the very nice Wots...uh the deal and then the 3
songs from Dision Bell take the audience in a far land, where
everything is possible and the time and place have no sense...
I 'm tring to put myself together
after the trip of High Hopes when a fan shouts "ECHOES!!!!!" and the
songs starts, performed in some devil's inspired, mind blowing version,
with a laser storm and the fog taking us in another dimension...
The rest of the show is an
apotheosis with Wish you were here, the big surprise of David Bowie's
appearance for Arnold Layne and Comfortably Numb - a great finale. And
tears roll down again...
This is an unforgettable night
actually, and I hope I'll be able to go to the Venice show in August.
In the meanwhile I'm already preparing for the Roger Waters gig in the
beautiful Arena of Verona, next Sunday.