Capacity: 5,272 (maximum; depends on configuration of seating)
Concert starts: 7:45pm
Address of venue: Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP. MAP
David's 2016 tour concludes with a return to this historic venue, one year after his last visit, and this is the penultimate show. Could he be intending to film one or more of these new shows for future release? We certainly hope so!
Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 4th at 10am UK time, and the DavidGilmourblog.co.uk presale started Wednesday, December 2nd for those who are regular contributors there. For the main sale of tickets, you can use these links: Ticketmaster, Eventim, Seetickets, Stargreen and RoyalAlbertHall.com
although please be aware that demand will be incredibly high so you might
need to be patient and keep retrying. Tickets are subject to fees and conditions, and are limited to four per person, across all the nights (so, you can buy one for each show, or two pairs of tickets for different shows, and so on).
The organisers have pointed out that "for the London concerts, as with the 2015 shows, 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 in 2014, 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 will be a limited number of VIP packages available for this venue. Again, this is subject to fees and conditions.
Our thanks to Gary Ashton for the ticket scan to the right.
|SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
|FIRST HALF: 5am, Rattle That Lock, Faces Of Stone, What Do You Want From Me, The Blue, The Great Gig In The Sky, A Boat Lies Waiting, Wish You Were Here, Money, In Any Tongue, High Hopes.
SECOND HALF: One Of These Days, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Fat Old Sun, Coming Back To Life, On An Island, Us And Them, 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!
Night four at the Royal Albert Hall in this five night run, and they have now reached the final corner and can see the finishing straight in front of them (to use a running analogy, maybe inspired by the recent Olympics and Paralympics). With just one show left, thankfully there was no sign of slackening off or relaxing. There was a clear desire to keep the momentum going with a show that few would argue was the finest of the four so far this month in this historic venue. The band somehow just keep getting better, and better.
The set list was unchanged from the previous night, so again, The Girl With The Yellow Dress had moved aside for Us And Them. Things also returned to normal with Comfortably Numb, featuring Bryan Chambers on vocals as The Doctor. After Benedict Cumberbatch's guest spot on Wednesday, there did seem to be a few people eagerly craning their necks to see if anyone else interesting was just about to come on stage to perform this role, as Breathe (Reprise) concluded. This wasn't to be, despite the rumours which had been circulating in various pubs earlier in the day!
Curiously, and this has been seen on other nights, the audience seemed pretty subdued for the first half of the show, although the wind machine and thunk of Guy's opening bass note to start the second half with One Of These Days, seemed to be the jolt that many of the audience needed to get them energised for the show. From that point on, the reactions were extremely enthusiastic - not that they weren't in places during the first half, to be fair. Faces of Stone, The Blue, Money and In Any Tongue all seemed to be particularly well received.
In the second half, the title track of On An Island again had people on their feet applauding and cheering the incredible guitar work and interplay between Chester Kamen (superb throughout) and David. Today, from Rattle That Lock, has also matured into a clear concert favourite.
Another great night, but tempered with the sadness that just one more performance is lined up. The band are playing SO well together, and clearly having a wonderful time, so it would be a huge shame for them to leave it too long before coming back together to make more music...
As ever, we'd love to know in more detail how the concert went from other people's perspectives. So, did you go? Let us know what YOU thought!
CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Kevan Porter
Home From Home...
The penultimate evening of David's five night residency at London's Royal Albert Hall and of the whole Rattle That Lock tour, finds David and his talented band showing no signs of slowing down, quite the opposite in fact. The band are welcomed on stage by rapturous applause from an excited audience eager to be blown away and within moments, they are, truly blown away.
As I've written before, it's such a great pleasure to witness this incredible band performing so fabulously, everyone is playing and singing at the top of their game and David seems to be relishing every moment to really stretch out and improvise wherever possible. Every number seems to be played slightly different from night to night, in particular Today is growing into a massive funk workout that gets longer and longer each time it's played, the band throwing themselves into its slinky and enticing groove.
Other highlights for me were the sublime A Boat Lies Waiting, the rollicking Money with two guitars sparring, In Any Tongue, the note perfect Shine On, On An Island with the wonderful additional guitar of Chester Kamen and a thunderous Sorrow. Quite apart from all my other favourites!
No guests tonight, although I did spy the verses to Comfy typed up and stuck to the floor so I wonder if there was a last minute no-show unless, of course, the fine voice of Bryan Chambers needed a prompt!
I thoroughly enjoyed tonight's gig again and cannot quite believe tomorrow night's will be the last. Hopefully not for too long though.
CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Ciaran McQuillan
A quick review of last nights concert (29th September)...
The same set list as previous nights, but I was happy with that. I think the band are tighter than the previous shows I've seen and the sound quality is crystal clear and very loud and the lighting as beautiful as ever! All the band seem to be enjoying themselves.
David was very relaxed, more than I've ever seen him at least. His guitar work was, as ever, fantastic, but his voice has never sounded as strong, rich and emotive as it did last night!
The audience was involved from the first note of 5am to the dying chords of Comfortably Numb. I'm sure CN was accidentally cut short because David turned to talk to Guy and I think Steve took this as the nod to bring proceedings to an end. I might be wrong! There also appeared to be a glitch just before David introduced the band, under darkness he played an impromptu noodle before apologising for any inconvenience caused.
This may well be the last time I see the 'Old Master' live, but I'm happy with the fact I couldn't have experienced a better show, the best of any Floyd related shows I have seen to date. Clearly the best guitarist in the world, for me, of all time!
CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Gary Ashton
Tonight's performance by David and the band was simply sensational, they just blew the audience away with their performance.
You do begin to notice little differences in each song performance but this takes nothing away from the presentation.
This was my favourite show so far with highlights being the best version I have heard so far of In Any Tongue, Money, On An Island, which has been given something extra by Chester Kamen's guitar work, a thundering Sorrow and Comfortably Numb; was it me or were even more lasers in use than usual? It looked stunning.
Another magnificent show. After this run, the Albert Hall's maintenance team will need to check the roof as it is in danger of being blown off each night by David and his exceptional band. Amazing!
CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Patrick Seymour
On this occasion, I took a bit of gamble with a "restricted view" seat in the front row of the stalls, just at the left corner of the stage. It's about as close as you can get to the stage without actually being on it! Wedged between two loudspeaker stacks with a dry ice machine for company, it turned out to be the best position I've ever had for any of the David Gilmour (or Roger Waters) shows...
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