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December 18th - HIPODROMO DE SAN ISIDRO, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Print E-mail
Hipódromo de San Isidro
David Gilmour - Buenos Aires, December 2015 ticket

Capacity: 70,000

Concert starts: 9:00pm

Address of venue: Av. Márquez 504, 1642 San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. MAP

Website: www.hipodromosanisidro.com

 

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David's 2015 tour of South America reaches Buenos Aires, and an unusual venue for a concert. The Hipódromo de San Isidro is a horse racing track located in San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is owned by the Jockey Club. It was inaugurated on 8 December 1935 and is one of the largest in the Americas.

Tickets for the concert went on sale on Thursday, September 17th, at 00:00hrs ART through www.fullticket.com although please be aware that demand will be incredibly high so you might need to be patient and keep retrying.

We also understand that there may be a limited number of VIP packages available for this venue.

David Gilmour - Buenos Aires, 18 December 2015 posterPosters for the concert have appeared all over Buenos Aires, and with thanks to Christian de la Rosa, here's a good example of what the locals are seeing in many parts of the city. Click the thumbnail to see the poster in greater detail. Christian has also very kindly sent a scan of his ticket for this show, to the right.

SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
FIRST HALF: 5am, Rattle That Lock, Faces Of Stone, Wish You Were Here, A Boat Lies Waiting, The Blue, Money, Us And Them, In Any Tongue, High Hopes.
SECOND HALF:
Astronomy Domine, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Fat Old Sun, Coming Back To Life, The Girl In The Yellow Dress, Today, Sorrow, Run Like Hell ENCORE: Time / Breathe (reprise), Comfortably Numb.

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

Do not read on if you don't want surprises to be spoilt, regarding what the band played!

Following on from the previous concert’s location in a state of the art football stadium, the production has moved to a racecourse, not a traditional venue for a concert! The show had the biggest attendance to a Gilmour concert to date - some 70,000 fans demonstrated their appreciation to David and the band for visiting their part of the world for the first time.

The show featured the slight changed set, with the inclusion of the occasional Coming Back To Life, again at the expense of On An Island, as with the previous night. It was a windy, chilly night but that did nothing to spoil the audience's spirits!

We'd love to know in more detail how the concert went. Did you go? Let us know what YOU thought!

CONCERT REVIEW by BD contributor, Daniel W. Trück
I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I want to tell you about the huge emotions that I had hearing this show. I'm a very big fan of the Pink Floyd universe since 1982 when I heard The Wall for the first time.

I'm sorry I can't describe it with full details. I just can say the the second set was unforgettable. The shock caused by Astronomy Domine opening the set, I'm still feeling it! The version of Fat Old Sun and the incendiary solos of Sorrow, I thought I'll never see them in person.

But the awful part, and a big one, was the event organization. The place choosen was the worst possible because of the geographical location and the day chosen: the day everybody leaves the city for holidays. The traffic jams made the people arrive just minutes before the show, the security personnel blocked the entrance and almost half of the audience was outside when David started playing.

Then the expensive VIP seats were occupied and there was no control personnel. This resulted in the people seated having their view blocked by people standing up in the aisles and it could have been worse for the people's safety. Then the place didn't have exit signs or emergency directions or security lights.

Please, let David's management know about this. A lot of people is right now issuing legal actions against Live World (thats the name of the producers). We ask David for another chance, we hope he learns about this mess.

CONCERT PICTURES by BD contributor, Christian de la Rosa

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CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURE by BD contributor, Nicolas Ibañez
Well, it's very difficult to say something about such an incredible night, but I will try to do it.

It was the first concert ever from David Gilmour in Argentina, and we were waiting for him for years. Argentina is a very Pink Floyd country. Three years ago when Roger Waters arrived with his monumental The Wall Tour, he sold out 9 shows at the River Plate Stadium, which means that around 500,000 people attended the concerts in a period of 20 days. A unique record here and for Roger Waters in the whole World. So this time was not the exception.

David Gilmour's concert had a 70,000 attendance, making this show the biggest in the Rattle That Lock Tour, and one of the biggest in years in this country.

The show took place in an enormous racecourse in the outskirts of Buenos Aires' city, not a normal place to do concerts. There were 3 sections on the venue. In front of the Stage, a VIP section with 12,000 seats which different prices depending how close to the stage the seat was. Two big stands on the sides, and 150 meters from the stage, a standing field where people had 4 big screens to see the concert properly.

The show was due to start at 21:00, but because of the traffic jam outside the venue, it had a delay of 30 minutes, making possible that not only the audience arrive in time, but also David Gilmour, who had to be escorted by police to be on time.

David Gilmour - Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2015At 21:30 the lights turned off and the dream started.

The show begun with the first three songs of the new album, and then Wish You Were Here arrived as the first ever Pink Floyd song played by David on this land. People burst into applause and shouted, singing "Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé, Gilmour, Gilmour".

The concert continued with brilliant pieces of music from various times, not changing the typical setlist of the first part, but with a collosal version of In Any Tongue.

After 20 minutes break, Astronomy Domine took place this night with an incredibly extended version, and gave a psychedelic effect with the incredible lights of Mr. Screen.

A special and shameful fact happened then. A fan appeared on stage hugging David while he was playing, but he didn't lose his calm and he continued playing until the security caught the man.

One of the best moments of the night arrived with Coming Back To Life (Which replaced On an Island on the setlist), a heavily anticipated song for the audience.

Then, with the beginning of Run Like Hell, the audience from the VIP section stood up to jump and sing like in The Wall film, something that surprised David and his band. From then, people never sat down again, listening to Time/Breathe Reprise in that position.

The most waited for part of the concert came then. Comfortably Numb crossed every single soul in the all venue, making an indescribable atmosphere. Fans of all ages, parents with kids, sang in a heartbroken way the chorus, and specially the "I have become Comfortably Numb" part.

When the first notes of the "solo" were played, tears overran the whole place. In my personal opinion, I have never seen anything like that in a rock concert. When the song and show finished, everybody around me had their eyes red and moist.

It was a magical and unique night, coming after so many years for generations of people, with last Friday night's dream fulfilled. We hope that David and his band have had a good time here, and we look forward in anticipation to a next time.

CONCERT REVIEW by BD contributors, Nicolas Barbenza and Alejandra
BACKGROUND (Alejandra)
I live in Buenos Aires, listening to Pink Floyd music since my mother was pregnant. I got many pictures of her with headphones on her belly, due to my father's fanaticism for the band. I feel David is part of my life, his music accompanied me all the time. After almost 38 years, his song writing still generates lots of emotions in me. I love his melodies and sweet voice, he is like an angel. When I see him, I feel I know him.

Finally the dream came true, it was amazing to see how the magic takes place while hearing his music live. This was the second time I saw him live, the first had been in Tampa, USA in 1994 during the Pulse Tour. Also, I'd seen Roger Waters on his In The Flesh tour in 2002 (2/2 shows) and The Wall Live in 2012 (5/9 shows). Still can't understand why David played just once, maybe a calendar issue? I remember he said "Thank you very much indeed, we'll see you again..." Hope it's true!

Also, he released solo albums in 1978 (the year I was born), 1984 (my boyfriend was born) and 2015 (my daughter was born). I don't remember something really important in 2006.

His performance was outstanding, I cried a lot. He played Time, I'd tattooed his solo on my left leg some years ago. Unfortunately, the organization of the show was really bad. Even worst, a fan jumped onto the stage, shame on him and security. I feel really sad because I didn't want David to have that experience in my country. In addition, a journalist interviewed him and Polly in Brazil and he wasted time with silly questions regarding Roger and old troubles instead of asking about the new album, Polly's work, the band, tour and many other items much more interesting for the audience and David himself.

SHOW (Nicolas)
So far, this was the best night in my life, shared with the most important person, my girlfriend and mother of our little Vera. She showed me the way through Pink Floyd and David's albums...then, I loved her more :)

We left home at 7.30pm, it was the first time we left our little baby in care of someone else. I might say that she also loves his music, she enjoys while we listen to several albums during the day, imitates some notes and dances with the Rattle That Lock track. She smiles when the French Subway sound begins.

A car trip supposed to be 15 minutes took us an hour due to the traffic jam and bad organization from Ake Music, the company in charge of the tour. There were only two main doors to receive much more than 70,000 fans; tickets were over-sold. Fortunately we got to our seats on time, but hundreds weren't so lucky. This issue really disappointed me, the lack of organization was terrible for such a show. I read at David's Facebook that it took him 2 hours to get the Hipodromo de San Isidro, hope he wasn't nervous or unhappy.

Then...magic took place! The show begun with half an hour of delay with the first three songs of Rattle That Lock; the power of the band, his voice and guitar were amazing. I heard my girlfriend crying with happiness, I felt in paradise. Then Wish You Were Here and A Boat Lies Waiting were really nice, I feel he has chosen them to remember Syd and Richard. Then, the stage turned into a special colour and The Blue was played. I remember that it surprised me the power of the piano in this song, it was really strong. After a warm greeting from the public, David spoke in Spanish saying "Buenas noches, muchas gracias"...and promised another old nice song, when the sound of the cash register anticipated the start of Money. The crowd got really excited jumping, singing, dancing, David joined us with a memorable guitar solo improvisation I'll keep in my memory forever, still bristles my skin.

Then, Us and Them which was really nice, it made me fell IN The Dark Side of the Moon itself...the liaison between the song was just as good as in the cd. I heard my father in law saying "This song is awesome" when David started to whistle the introduction to In Any Tongue.

WHAT A SONG!!! I heard it at home several times but there's a huge difference when it's played live. The power of the guitar is amazing, it hits you until you get KO of excitement. Unfortunately, during the first part of the show you could see people looking for their seats because they've arrived late, and in this song there was a fight behind us. The first part ended with High Hopes...another amazing performance from all the band!

During the intermission, there still was trouble with people and their seats. Fortunately it ended by the moment the second part begun with Astronomy Domine and to the surprise of all, a fan jumped onto the stage to greet David! Shame on the fan and security, I thank God that David kept playing as if nothing had happened. The song was great, the lasers and the circle screen showing him with that lovely old worn guitar!

Shine On You Crazy Diamond is one of my favourites, it helps me to focus while working. The sax solo by Joao Melo, a 20 year Brazilian guy, was extraordinary; he seems to have very healthy lungs. Fat Old Sun was exciting, the first part with his sweet voice accompanied by the soft melody until rock explodes with the change of guitar and a stronger solo. Another of my favourites was played, feeling live the introduction of Coming Back To Life was a caress for my soul, I loved the melody and timing of the notes. To complete David's Rattle That Lock album and give us a break, the band played a beautifully jazzy The Girl in the Yellow Dress and Today. The best was yet to come: Sorrow was outstanding and the effects at the beginning of Run Like Hell with the band wearing sunglasses, the stage with many lights, very colourful and lasers got the crowd really excited - jumping, singing and roaring. Luckily, from my seat I was able to see Guy doing that nice, fast and funny jump in place.

After this song, we gave a standing ovation to David and his band, who left the stage for a while, until they returned for the encores. Time / Breathe and Comfortably Numb were long enough to conform to the eager crowd of more music and a brilliant end for the best show in my life!

While watching videos uploaded by fans at Youtube, I couldn't feel the crowd as it was in the show. I think that's because the show wasn't in a stadium but in a horse racing field in the open air, and the sound gets lost. If he comes back, he must play in the River Plate Stadium that has easier access, the same capacity and the crowd will be felt much stronger, like in a football match. Even better if it is in Boca Juniors Stadium that has a special sound.

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Terje Aukland
My 5th gig of the South American tour: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Hipodromo San Isidro

As in Florence, it was at a horse racing track stadium the concert took place. It was the least intimate stadium I’ve been to. Even the Ippodromo, Florence, seemed more intimate. An enormous huge area ahead of the stage and backwards, hundreds of meters, with quite a lot space between the seating places and both the long sides, which of course were crowded as well... Horses do need a lot of space to run around and around, I think …

However, it doesn’t bother the audience at all.

As in Brazil the audience were fantastic. 70 000 showed up, with enthusiasm and passion! Really! A lot of singing, although the lyrics weren’t that deep: “Olè, Olè, Olè, David, David”. Over and over again. And it created a very good mood. Due to very heavy traffic (Friday afternoon), the show had to be delayed for at least half an hour. My friends and I drove by car, and I can confirm what terrible traffic chaos it was. (Not to mention how it was after the gig: Outrageous! We were back downtown Buenos Aires at 2:30 at night!)

Finally, at 21:42 we could hear the intro for 5AM. Wonderful and very emotional as at every earlier show. And exactly the same happened here as in Sao Paulo: I think 50 000 mobile phones popped up in the air filming 5AM. A fantastic view! Then David followed his usual set list. And every time an old classic (e.g.:WYWH, Time, CN, SOYCD) was about to start, he received a fabulous response and ovations. But most of all the audience appreciated Coming Back To Life, which David played as well. CBTL substituted On An Island.

It was a very windy night, but it didn’t matter at all. The music warmed everyone. And when David sung the final song Run Like Hell he was accompanied by some 50000, everyone standing on their feet. Just amazing!

And when the encores came, Time first, and after an elegant transition from Breathe(reprise) to Comfortably Numb, I think all the 70000 were singing together with David. What a big choir!

Another fantastic evening!

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