David Gilmour Concert – Welcome back to London!
Today I will share my impressions from the Sir David Gilmour Concert in London. He of his sign once the brilliant musical soul of the band Pink Floyd.
The concert. In London. In the Royal Albert Hall. One word: LEGENDARY!
To get tickets for such a concert has nothing to do with luck, it is fate. Forget to catch some on “a normal” way, within minutes they are gone.
So it happened, that on 7th November 2016 David Gilmour was posting on his official Facebook Account, that there are still some more tickets of his actual world tour left for the last four David Gilmour concerts in London. It sounds unbelievable but in that moment he posted this, I just opened Facebook and saw this, no 5 seconds old. Without hesitation I directly booked 3 tickets to a completely incredible price of £100 each on the official selling page of the Royal Albert Hall.
Is it real or just Fantasy?
My fingers trembled and my thoughts were changing all the time between “Does this happen right now?”, “Is it fake?”, “That price cannot be true”, “Are the tickets already gone?”, “Where are the best seats? Damn, I dont even know the seat categories in the Royal Albert Hall…”
But as you can see pending on the existence of this post, everything went fine and indeed I was able to get 3 tickets for the legendary last evening of the whole world tour!
This was more than luck, directly after the booking I checked the Facebook Post again and there were already around 10k Likes and endless amount of comments full of sadness and even anger that the tickets were already completely gone.
Only 5 minutes after my booking a refresh of the ticket selling page told me, I am now on position 1.800 something on the waiting list. Well, I had my 3 tickets there already.
Short trip to London
Well then, the three weeks until concert went by very fast, but let me just mention at this point, that when I called my Dad and told him about the plan, he refused to believe me, because I know that this is some kind of life dream of him, to see a David Gilmour concert, but he didn’t even dare, that this could happen in the most legendary Royal Albert Hall. So I flew the day before the concert from Zurich to Berlin, where we were spending one night and on next day Friday then, 30th September from Berlin together to London.
London for the first time
It was the first time for my Dad to be in this amazing city and so it was like double amazing for him.
All these new impressions and on top we even had such nice late-summer weather!
I suggested a route from Victoria Station (which you easily reach directly and short in time from Airport Heathrow as well as from Gatwick) heading to Buckingham Palace and Westminster, which was a pretty good lead-in for a London-Newbie.
Accordingly we really enjoyed this day, discovered all the beauty things on our way and of course looked already forward to the concert evening.
So you might ask: 3 tickets ordered, 2 people in London…? Yes peeps, of course I wanted to take Birdie with me, but unfortunately she was in Finland during that time. So I decided to sell the tickets on Viagogo.ch which is a selling/buying platform for an kind of tickets.
And it worked like a charm, the evening before the David Gilmour concert day on our stay in Berlin I received the message, that a Christian from New York bought the ticket and we will meet in front of Royal Albert Hall. Great!
Discovering London in a couple of hours
London itself is this kind of category, where you should plan at least one week to discover the most important places, the more the better.
Well, today we actually had more or less the morning to see a little bit of London, so thats why we strolled to the mentioned destinations Westminster, Buckingham and afterwards back to Victoria and from there westwards to Kensington, where the Royal Albert Hall was located, as well as our Hotel.
After a short breather at around 6pm we decided to head forward from our Hotel towards Royal Albert Hall and having one, two drinks before in the legendary Bar 190 Queens Gate in the Gore Hotel, a location where even the Rolling Stones had some After Party fun…
The David Gilmour Concert in the Royal Albert Hall
Very pleasant Location, 2 minutes away from the Royal Albert Hall, OK bit pricy but hey – you usually see David Gilmour only once in a lifetime there.
Then the time has come – we arranged to meet with Christian, the new ticket owner and our compagnion for this night in the Bar 190. So the three of us went on with “high expectations”!
Just the building itself is an eye opener! Especially when you know a bit more about the history of this building and realize, which legends were playing here… then you slowly understand what’s the scope of this event here, that you are a part of.
Fortunately we still had enough time to buy some merchandise stuff like Tour Shirt from the David Gilmour concert. Some drinks and then reaching the Stalls! Our Block was really close to the stage, so we had the perfect view guaranteed.
Ladies and Gentlemen, such awe!
There might be bigger halls than this one, but there is this incredible atmosphere in this Royal Albert Hall, full of excitement and legend stories.
Comfy seats, perfect view – everything optimally, but the true genius we should experience, as in time at 7pm the first tones of the Grandmaster himself appeared.
Well, my Dad and also me – we visited quite a lot of concerts, e.g. the legendary Pink Floyd “The Wall” Tour in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. But what we experienced here tonight from the first tone, was pure perfection.
Like a crystal clear mountain river at dawn we heard the first notes of “5 A.M.”, a song from his actual album “Rattle that lock”.
Let the show begin!
What an opener!
The feeling to see such a living legend like David Gilmour (and indeed there are only a handful musical active legends of his league out there) performing live with such sound – goose bumps!
He continued with two other smash hits from his latest album, the titel song “Rattle that lock” and “Faces of Stone”, before he continued with “What do you want from me”. A killer oldie from the most famous “The divison bell” album.
“The blue”, a song from the year 2006 was next in line, before he made the masses driving crazy with a nex classy “The great Gig in the Sky” from the 1973 released album “The dark side of the moon”. Quite many fans see it as the best Floyd Album ever.
This instrumental song, which is about death is in a way hypnotizing, how possibly only David Gilmour is possible to do.
He takes you on a trip , which you can only describe as magical in this case. His three backgroud singers made in this song an outstanding performance. Listen to this song, guys!
Rattle that lock!
So the theme of his tour was of course mainly the presentation of his new album “Rattle that lock”. So he presented the next smash hit “A boat lies waiting”, but just to come up with “Wish you were here” and “Money“, two monster songs from the peak of the Pink Floyd era.
The pre last song of the first half “In any tongue“, which is also the first Single from this album is telling about war.
The pictures from the emotional animations of the artist Danny Madden, which he made for the official video in combination with this amazing song, made everyone feeling very sensitive.
Truy deeply emotional everything here!
Check out the official video:
The crowning conclusion of the first set has been made with “High hopes”, also from 1994 released album “The Divison Bell”.
A song that is about growing older and life itself… The first line of the chorus “The grass was greener” says in such a poetic way so much…
20 minutes break! Enough time to bring back old beer and refill with fresh ones and make a resume together with Christian of the David Gilmour concert evening so far.
And there was only one conclusion possible: Absolutely genius. In all respects. Song choice, sound, light, effects, performance.
Let me just mention now the set list of the second half, because otherwise this post will burst:
- One Of These Days
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
- Fat Old Sun
- Coming Back To Life
- On An Island
- The Girl In The Yellow Dress
- Run Like Hell
The bonus tracks “Time/Breathe (reprise) and the final one “Comfortably numb” kept no one on the seats anymore.
Everyone stood up, the masses went towards the stage, everyone turned the mobile flashlight into a lighter. All together, artists and crowd created an atmosphere that was worth such a final concert.
The power of music
This David Gilmour concert evening, that you cannot measure in money.
These memories, combined with the endeavour of David Gilmour to create a perfect unforgettable evening, Sir David Gilmour nailed it.
I am deeply thankful to experienced this evening together with my father and also Christian. That’s why I share these wonderful memories with you and wish, that you experience something similar this magical and nice.
Because this is, what only music can do in all its power and beautiness.
She brings together generations and let you feel emotions in its purest and most intensive kind.
Thanks so much for this… music, David Gilmour, Royal Albert Hall, London, Dad.
Sincerely yours, Hendrik