30 May 2006
Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
Juan C Araneda and Rosa Munoz
When we planned the trip to Europe to attend two prog festivals in Holland and Poland we had discovered that David Gilmour would play three nights in London but no tickets were available on the internet. We were lucky when reading the news at the DPRP web site at the hotel in Warsaw and it was announced that more tickets were available. So we waited until the moment we arrived to England to ring the RAH and bought our tickets trusting that the location assigned were a good one. What a surprise we had when entered to the RAH arena and were located on the fifth row just in front of the stage. This would be the second time we'd see David Gilmour playing, after July 1994 in Barcelona, Spain, when we saw him fronting Pink Floyd with the Division Bell tour.
At 19:40 a presenter appeared on the stage and announced that the concert will be recorded for a future DVD and consequently presented David Gilmour under the audience ovation. The band was integrated by his Floyd partner Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals, Jon Carin on keyboards, Phil Manzanera on guitars, Guy Pratt on bass guitar and Steve Distanislao on drums.
The concert began with two Pink Floyd songs: Breathe and Time. Following David Gilmour played the whole new album On An Island, beginning with a tape playing the instrumental introduction Castellorizon to permit the band follow immediately with On An Island, with David Gilmour heading the band with the magic notes of his electric guitar and including David Crosby and Graham Nash to complete the vocals harmonies like in the album recording. The soft The Blue and the powerful Take A Breath followed. In Red Sky At Night we appreciated Gilmour playing saxophone while Richard Wright played keys with an atmospheric Floyd style. This Heaven followed and Then I Close My Eyes with Gilmour playing banjo while Robert Wyatt appeared playing cornet as in the album. The concert continued with Smile, A Pocketful Of Stones and Where We Start to complete a wonderful set.
After a 20 minutes intermission, the Pink Floyd set appeared on scene headed by Shine On You Crazy Diamond, with Dick Parry playing two types of saxophones. Then Fat Old Sun was played and another very old song [Wot's... Uh The Deal], and followed with two Division Bell' songs: Coming Back To Life and High Hopes.
The Great Gig In The Sky was the next with a lady singing and Gilmour playing slide guitar. One highlight of the night was the full rendition of Echoes, with lasers and smoke to fill the scene.
For the encores the band played Wish You Were Here and then Gilmour, Crosby and Nash sang a song a capella. The show concluded with Comfortably Numb, which was really a gold broche for this musical journey.
On an Island
Take a Breath
In Red Sky at Night
Then I Close My Eyes
A Pocketful of Stones
Where We Start
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Fat Old Sun
Wot's... Uh The Deal
Coming Back To Life
Great Gig In The Sky
Wish You Were Here
Gilmour, Crosby and Nash a capella
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