DAVID GILMOUR - ON AN ISLAND TOUR 2006
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 30th
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), Fat Old Sun, Arnold Layne, Coming
Back To Life, High Hopes, Great Gig In The Sky (w/Mica Paris), Echoes.
ENCORE: Wish You Were Here, Find The Cost Of Freedom (w/Crosby & Nash), Comfortably Numb.
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 Brain Damage contributor, Peter Mair
A fantastic night! Can’t wait to get home and listen to more DG this evening!
In terms of personnel/music the
second half of the show was more or less a Floyd show without Roger and
the big stage production.
From the heartbeat leading into
Breathe to the closing notes of Comfortably numb, DG and the band put
on an amazing performance – it is great to know it is all on tape for a
The following moments are what stand out for me when I look back on the show:
DG has proved himself once again to be a master craftsman, both in terms of song writing and live performance.
- The heartbeat really built the atmosphere prior to Breathe
- Mica Paris, looking divine, belting out GGGITS
- David carefully picking out the long compressed notes in the intro
to Time, just making it to the mic in time for the first line!
- The solo in CN of course!!
- The relaxed soulful vibe of Where We Start
- The guitar work at the end of On An Island
- The acoustic work at the end of High Hopes lingering on a little longer than usual
- Coming Back To Life!
Over almost three hours, he sang
every song note perfectly as well as delivering complex and compelling
guitar work at every turn.
By Brain Damage contributor, Su
We got these tickets via
davidgilmour.com when they had the priority ticket lottery. We were in
Row 6 of the Arena, seats 21 and 22. Perfect!
We actually took another Floyd
fanatic and his girlfriend on Tuesday. They got tickets from the RAH
website the day they were released. They hadn't been out since the
birth of their baby and I tell you what, Mick couldn't stop shaking for
excitement. He has Comfortably Numb tattooed on his lower back and must
say I'm not a tattoo lover but it looks good.
Anyway, their seats were in the
stalls at the back, so Rob and I decided to let them sit in our seats
for the second half. Mick was choked, and by the end of the night he
was too tearful to say anything coherent.
It was a triumph as audience
members when we told off three very annoying people in the seats front
of us, who wouldn't stop filming the show and taking pictures with
their own cameras. It was really distracting and irritating. We told
them in no uncertain terms that if they carry on, they'd find their
silly cameras somewhere down the aisle. Thankfully, they got the
message. I'm not a bully, never have been and don't condone it. But who
the hell wants a flashing red light and someone fidgeting with the
focus in their peripheral vision when a legend is on stage? A quick
snap I understand, but these baboons wouldn't stop!
Asides that, we had a great time
on Tuesday too. Crosby even came to sit in the audience between his
performance . He was two rows in front of us near the sounds control
desk. Speaking of which, one of the sound technicians at the desk
couldn't stop bopping around in his seat along with Gilmours strumming
for the life of him! It was so amusing to watch. Poor thing didn't know
whether to work or play! Who can blame him though?
I think one of the most touching
moments of the night for everyone was when in second half, a small
voice from one of the balconies shouted:
“ I love you daddy”....
and on the stage, 'daddy' humbly
began playing again, haunting the Royal Albert Hall with angelic whale
like songs that resonated beautifully around us for the rest of the
By Brain Damage contributor, Aaron Burrows
Sitting in the Royal Albert Hall
is a very special experience knowing you're sitting in a room where
legends have played all through the decades - Clapton, The Who, etc -
and now David Gilmour. I'm still in amazment at what I saw last night.
It was just incredible: lasers, lights, strobe effects... wow. Before
the band came on Harvey Goldsmith came out to say "no phones or flash
cameras, if you are to take pics make sure the flash is off" but I saw
loads of flashing cameras during the show.
The show started with the famous
heartbeats of Speak to me and when Breathe started it was amazing. Then
it went into Time where Steve Di did some brilliant drumming on the
intro; David played some excellent solos on Time.
David welcomed everyone to the
show and said the first half was going to be all from On an Island. He
introduced the band after one of the songs, then he mentioned the
special guest. I shouted out "Nick Mason" and David replied "Not him
On an Island started with Crosby
Nash on backing vocals, and the solos David played last night were just
amazing and so powerful. The Blue started with a single blue laser
which slowly moved during the song. The song I was least looking
forward to was Red Sky at Night with David on sax but after seeing it
played live I actually like it now, and Robert Wyatt came on to reprise
his role from the album which was really nice to see.
One of the songs I was looking
forward to see from the first half was Take A Breath and boy the
lightshow on this was awesome. When it got to the middle bit the whole
of the Royal Albert Hall was strobing. David came back in with his
guitar which was so powerful and rocking and was David at his best. The
first half ended with Where we start and was a nice track to end with -
very mellow and bluesy and the David said there was gonna be a 20 min
The second set kicked off with an
brillant version of Shine On played to perfection. Phil Manzanera's
guitar on this is so haunting but also very powerful. Crosby and Nash
again on vocals; the song ended with a standing ovation.
I thought David was going to play
Wearing the Inside out but didnt - he played Fat Old Sun which was just
exceptional. Halfway through the song David changed from acoustic
guitar to his white telecaster for the solo on FOS which was awe
inspiring - I loved every second of it then they went straight into
Arnold Layne which was quality as ever. Rick sure can sing, and had
most people singing along.
Then straight into Coming Back to
Life. Before it started, as David was playing around with his
footpedals one of his children said "go on daddy" as i think Polly and
their children were by the mixing desk.
Coming Back to Life was beautiful
as ever and a really classy solo. I was thinking it can't get any
better than this and yet it did. High Hopes was just brilliant and
played really beautifully. Then came the special guest of the evening,
Mica Paris, to sing on Great Gig. It was nice but as a surprise guest,
not in the same league as David Bowie but none the less it was a good
performance from her - shame it wasnt Sam Brown.
The one song i really wanted to
see was of course Echoes and boy it sure does live up to its reviews.
One of the best performances ever - the light show was awe inspiring,
the lasers were clever and mezmerising. The 23 mins or so went past so
quickly i want them back! I'm so glad I got see that song with my own
eyes and Echoes is my favorite Floyd song ever now. It ended with a 5
min or so standing ovation.
They came back on stage for the
final encore of Wish and Comfortably Numb. During Wish you Were Here
you could hear a pindrop as most people were singing along to David. It
ended and David said time for one more and you all know what it is and
the band went straight into Comfortably Numb and was another tight
performance of the song as ever. The final solo though was awesome:
back of your neck hair stand on edge stuff - it was that good.
The show was brilliant and what a
place to see a band live: the Royal Albert Hall. It had an awesome
atmosphere throughout the whole show; you get your moneys worth with
David, for sure. Can Roger's tour beat this? Well, he doesn't have
Echoes which takes some beating for sure.