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October 3rd - ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, ENGLAND Print E-mail
Royal Albert Hall
David Gilmour ticket - Royal Albert Hall London


Capacity: 5,272 (maximum; depends on configuration of seating)

Concert starts: 7:45pm

Address of venue: Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP. MAP

Website: www.royalalberthall.com

 

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David's 2015 tour of Europe concludes at this historic venue, and this is the fifth and final night of the five shows. The last time David brought his show to this London venue was at the end of May 2006, and film of those three shows ended up as the Remember That Night DVD release. Could he be intending to film one or more of these new shows for future release as well? We certainly hope so!

Tickets went on sale Friday, March 6th at 10am UK time, and the DavidGilmourblog.co.uk presale started Wednesday, March 4th for those quick off the mark. For the main sale of tickets, you can use these links: Ticketmaster, Eventim, Seetickets, Stargreen and RoyalAlbertHall.com although please be aware that demand is incredibly high so you might need to be patient and keep retrying, as they seem to be adding tickets for sale progressively.

The organisers have pointed out that "for the London concerts, the name of the lead booker will be printed on each ticket. The lead booker must attend the concert and photo ID will be required to gain entry to the venue. There will be no exceptions to this rule. This is to try and stop secondary selling by ticket touts at high prices." This is exactly what happened with the Kate Bush concerts in London last year, and it seemed to work really well. It ensured that fans were there, and ticket touts/scalpers didn't get much of an opportunity to make a killing buying tickets for a show they would have no intention of seeing!

We also understand that there are a limited number of VIP packages available for this venue, priced around £249. Again, this is subject to fees and conditions.

Our thanks to Kev Porter for the ticket scan shown 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, On An Island, 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!

David Gilmour's 2015 European tour is now at an end. What started almost a month ago in David's home city of Brighton, on the south coast of England, has taken in Croatia, France, Italy, and Germany on its travels around some of the more unusual venues in Europe (Oberhausen and the Brighton Centre excepted).

Throughout the run, fans have travelled from all over the world to come together, celebrating the music, old and new, in a production which was a superb incorporation of much loved Floyd assets (such as some of the screen films, and the return of Mr Screen in a new, 21st century LED guise) but without being overblown or losing sight of the fact that this was a David Gilmour solo tour.

The band has clearly worked incredibly well together throughout the tour, with David, Phil, Jon, Guy, Stevie, Kevin, Louise, Bryan, Joao and Theo all thrilling audiences all over Europe. Of course, Crosby and Nash, and Gabriel Gilmour, also guested. Additional praise should go to all the production staff too, for making it a show truly to remember.

At this late stage in the tour, variations to the set list were not really expected, although there were hopes amongst some before the show started that there might be the odd guest appearance (Nick Mason drumming on Louder Than Words seemed a popular choice of rumour). As has been seen on David Gilmour's official Facebook page, Dick Parry visited the venue tonight, but not in a performing role. No surprise guests featured tonight, and no variances to the set list. There was one slight change from last night - the occasionally performed Coming Back To Life which came back for those here 24 hours earlier, was dropped again from the set.

The always moving A Boat Lies Waiting had the band delivering the best harmonies I've heard from the seven shows on this tour that I've been very lucky to have attended. Birthday and Christmas presents from my family this year were easy - tickets for various shows! Anyway, A Boat...sounded extra wonderful tonight and what a wonderful tribute to the late Richard Wright this is, particular in its placing in the show as the "filling in a sandwich" of Wish You Were Here and The Blue, which works superbly.

In Any Tongue was, again, very much a highlight of the show. When I first heard a clip of the track, played back from David's iPhone at the Borris Festival in Ireland a few months ago, I thought it would be great live, and it has proved an instant fan favourite. The powerful performance, and absorbing animation shown with it in all venues (apart from Orange, due to the nature of the venue), grabs the crowd and doesn't let go until the end.

Of the older tracks, each works its magic on the crowd, with tonight some clear subsets of audience members getting a particular buzz off, say, Astronomy Domine (a particularly powerful one tonight), or Fat Old Sun, or Money, or Comfortably Numb - as always, a perfect way to finish the show, especially with the addition of the lasers filling the Albert Hall with needles of light, illuminating the layers of this legendary venue.

Thoughts of another Remember That Night DVD release based on Royal Albert Hall recordings, which some were hoping for, were quashed as over the course of the five shows here, there was no sign of any video recording other than the occasional bit done outside. Inside, microphones were spotted in various positions to presumably pick up audience applause, cheering and other ambient sounds - could there be plans for an audio record of the shows? We shall have to wait and see...

But now it's all over (until December, when South America gets blessed with a number of shows) and this tour will become a fond memory for those fortunate enough to have been at any of the shows. We'd love to know what you thought about tonight's show specifically, though - how was the concert for you? Let us know what YOU thought! And if you saw any of the other shows on the tour, and have not told us what you felt about the experience, we'd love to hear from you on that front too!

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, CIARAN McQUILLAN
As a veteran of 2 AMLOR concerts, 2 TDB concerts, The Wall (At the O2 in 2011) as well as David's OAI concert at the RAH in which David Bowie made his special contribution, I can safely say that last night's show was my favourite. The sound quality was sublime and crystal clear and the lighting production was stunning and at times often beautiful.

David's guitar has never sounded as sweet and his voice as airy, graceful and emotive as ever. The new songs translated beautifully in the live environment, particularly 5AM and In Any Tongue. Rattle That Lock and Today are stronger and more vibrant pieces live and the band fully respond to their more up tempo status.

The old classics were played to perfection, with passion and a new found verve. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the old hall last night and I have to wonder if this will be the last time I see the old master in his element. There were a few technical issues with Guy's bass losing connectivity during On an Island, David appearing to lose track of where his guitar was when switching from acoustic to electric during Fat Old Sun (he even demonstrated a nice line in air guitar work to Guy before slinging his trusty Stratocaster over his shoulder), Oh and Polly's white woolly Pom Pom hat! Mad!

CONCERT COMMENTS by BD CONTRIBUTOR, PETER MAIR
Great night to end European dates but same setlist....no extra tracks or guests. Best live sound I've heard at a gig... the mix and acoustics amazing in the circle! DG seemed very relaxed and inspired... fabulous searing lead guitar on Faces and In Any Tongue in particular. HH and UAT washed over the arena in glorious waves of emotion. Some strange notes in Sorrow intro and Guy's bass seemed to go out of tune during OAI.

YOUR HELP NEEDED! We want to cover David's concerts the best we can, to share the experience with everyone, especially those who won't be able to attend the shows. We'd love to see ANY pictures, tickets scans, reviews, newspaper reports, and anything else you come across for this show - we look forward to hearing from you!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 October 2015 )
 
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