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September 24th - ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, ENGLAND Print E-mail
Royal Albert Hall
David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall, London, 2015 ticket


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 second of 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 Gary Ashton 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!

With David's 2015 European tour spending a total of five nights in London, albeit split in the middle with shows from artists as diverse as Steven Wilson, Diana Krall, and Beethoven (well, not actually him, but...), the sense of being settled seemed to come across in this second consecutive evening.

After last night's excellent opener, hopes were high for this follow-up. Those hopes were repaid in full, with a show that to my mind far exceeded the first night, in terms of performance and overall band spirit. No changes to the set, and no special guests (Crosby and Nash pursuing their own tour, appearing in Amsterdam this evening) but a show of power and finesse, really raising the roof and providing solo after solo which thrilled the crowd.

From my seat, the sound was superb both nights, but reports were that yesterday's show wasn't quite 100% for some in the hall. The issues that some experienced seemed to have been ironed out for tonight with things a lot better balanced, from what we've heard from others.

The sense of the band being more relaxed and happy came across well, with some fun moments including a rather haphazard rendition from the crowd of Happy Birthday for Louise Marshall, backing vocalist; David accidentally banging his teeth on the microphone and quipping about it; talking about which member of the crew makes the drink he has in the mug to his left; and mildly (and tongue in cheek) admonishing the crowd to "settle down" during a little stint of audience comments.

Did you go to this show, the second of the five nights in London? We'd love to know what you thought about it - how was the concert for you? Let us know what YOU thought!

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, KEVAN PORTER
Loud and Clear! Another pompous review from moi!

What a difference a day makes. My concerns regarding the below par sound quality of Wednesday evening's gig were well and truly put to rest tonight. Colin Norfield and his team of sound wizards absolutely nailed it tonight - the sound quality was perfectly loud and clear. As too was the stunning performance; first night nerves over with, all the band members were on top form tonight, especially Mr Gilmour who was on fire (not literally of course). His soloing in particular had a swagger that was even more confident than usual, so fluid, graceful and loud! How do you take something that is already brilliant and make it even more brilliant? (Brillianter) Beats me but something extra special happened on stage tonight.

No surprise guests this evening but when you already employ a top notch band of musicians why do you need guests? It's very easy (and obvious) to focus on the guitar playing at a Gilmour show but special mention must be made about the rest of the band who each in their own unique way contribute so greatly to the unique sound of a Gilmour gig. Special mention must go to the backing singers, Louise Clare Marshall and Bryan Chambers, whose performances I've particularly enjoyed on this tour and who have consistently shown themselves to be very capable of recreating those trademark harmonies David loves so much. It was a joy to see and hear Crosby and Nash add their unique and soulful harmonies to the previous night's proceedings but, to my ears at least, Louise and Bryan have been able to recreate that sound all by themselves. I first noticed this during the Orange gig the other week where the sound was so clear and the separation so open it was very easy to pick out the vocals. On the new song In Any Other Tongue, Bryan's rising crescendo on the chorus really adds so much impact to what is rapidly becoming one this shows stand out moments and really is one of those 'hairs on the back of the neck' moments.

Again, saxophonist Joao De Macedo Mello is playing so well with this band, his tone and timbre matching so perfectly the original Dick Parry parts on the old Floyd classics and sounding equally great on the new numbers too. I think I saw him pick up a guitar tonight too, didn't I? (Pushing the nerd quotient ever so slightly (well, a lot really), I noticed Phil Manzanera playing a different guitar to the Gibson he usually plays on the track On An Island. The Gibson's thick, beefy sound was replaced by a sound with less personality (I felt) and the interplay with David wasn't quite as engaging). However, back to David's playing which, as I wrote earlier, has far more swagger and oomph tonight (not that it has been lacking so far at all) but there's just something that really lifts him tonight. Is it me or are the solos getting slightly longer? Definitely they're played slightly differently each night with individual licks, flourishes and nuances thrown in, always played so soulfully and with such precision (but not in a clinical way). It would also appear that the livelier the audience reaction the more David gives, so come on Friday night's crowd, give it some welly!

There was some concern last night from a few that David's vocals may have been affected by a cold or something similar and certainly he did seem to be struggling a little with the odd, off mic cough displayed. Not tonight though, his vocals were spot on, sounding warm and smokey! He even let out a 'whoop' during Money!

I have to mention again the ever so very talented Marc Brickman, who has put on another fantastic light show this evening. From where I sat tonight I could see Marc behind his desk bopping along, waving his arms frantically in time to the music and gesticulating in a rhythmic manner similar to that of a symphony concert orchestra conductor. Talk about a performance, the man should be up on-stage with the band!

With a few shows under their respective belts, the band are really getting into their stride now and tonight (for me at any rate) it was quite clear how far they come in terms of performance - it's an absolute joy to see and hear them playing so well. As I've said before, I love this show. My friends and family think I'm completely potty to travel (120 miles each way) down to London five times but it is more than worth it for me, almost essential!

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, IAN McKEE
The last time we went to a Floydian show was the Roger Waters wall show at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The last time I saw David was at Knebworth in 1990. So you can imagine my anticipation. Our expectation levels were so high, could it possibly live up to them?

Of course, they were exceeded by quite a huge amount.

The band musicianship, David's performance, the stage, the sound, the lighting, the whole show was mind blowing.

My favourite moments were Money, A Boat Lies Waiting, In Any Tongue, Shine On, Today, Run Like Hell, and Comfortably Numb.

Thank you David for the new album, assembling this incredible band, and continuing to give me so many unforgettable memories.

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, BILL SPOUGE
Went to see David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday the 24th; he was on stage for 2 hours 35mins and was brilliant. He did all of his new album which I love. The highlight for me was when he did Shine on you Crazy Diamond and Us and Them; the response from the crowd was brilliant and the applause at the end of these songs was overwhelming, showing that Syd and Rick are still in our thoughts....

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, ROB
I was at the RAH last night with my wife and two friends. A great night - very good sound, lighting much better than the 'On An Island' tour and the set was (as already covered) very varied between DG solo material from his last 2 albums and classic Floyd.

The good: the music, the atmosphere, the audience were very involved, the playing and the whole show experience.

The not so good: After the break the volume seemed to have been turned up which I normally like, but this was very loud, to the point where the instruments became hard to distinguish. On Sorrow, the beginning and ending distorted guitar piece was so loud the seats were shaking - the whole place vibrating. A bit too much volume and I don't normally say that.

My only other comment was one made by my friend. He said: 'I wish Gilmour wouldn't keep messing up the solo on Time.' Every single time we've seen him he seems to digress from the core solo. On most tracks this is ok, but on Time, this is such a specific melody, on such a classic track that it should be left alone. When Dave Kilminster played it on the Dark Side of the Moon tour with RW, he played it perfectly every time.

David wrote it, it's his prerogative, but it does slightly spoil a classic track. Difficult to say I know but there you have it.....otherwise, a fantastic evening, what a good night!

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, CHARLES WHALLEY

What is it about rock concerts? I turned up at the RAH last night - sat down to have a pre drink and two guys who clearly had not see each other for quite some time met and flung their arms round each other - one from Germany and one from Switzerland - we got chatting and it turns out that one of them had done all the DG shows bar one so far this year! We swopped a few stories and talked about Roger's Berlin blast 15 years ago - the three of us were there!!

Wonderful.

As indeed the whole night was - how does DG do it?

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I've listened to his new album a few times and there is some really good stuff on it - but the live performance of ALL his band was just quite astounding. Brilliant that he mixed the tracks up between Floyd and Gilmour as he has done so far in all concerts. My highlight had to be the grand finale - Comfortably Numb (probably predictable I know) - just amazing sound and amazing light show. I know the RAH is built for sound - but the clarity of the music was quite remarkable.

A fabulous fabulous night.

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, 11 October 2015 )
 
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