lørdag 15. august 2015

And then it was over

I never expected Pink Floyd to ever play together as a band ever again. But I've always been a dreamer. When they had the small reunion in London, 10 years ago, I really wanted to go. I did not get the oportunity, so I at least got to watch it on the telly. Live. Wich was awesome. But if I'd been there, I could have said that I saw them all together. In 2008, I knew I'd never had the chance, due to Richard Wright passing away. But I never gave up that tiny tiny hope that Roger, David and Nick would performe together - one last time.

Rick, Syd, Roger, Nick, David & Bob

The group as most people know them

And perform together they did, For one song at Roger's The Wall tour. David joined him on the top of the wall during "Comfortably numb". At the end of the show and during "Outside the wall", Nick Mason came on to the stage as well. So for a few precious moments, they were together again. I've seen "The Wall" live 16 times. At this show in London, I had ofc no chanse of going due to my exams. I still regret it, I could have taken the exams later. So that is something I will always regret. 

Cause as from today, Pink Floyd is broken up. David Gilmour and Nick Mason put together one last album last year under the name Pink Floyd. And that was the first album in 20 years. And clarely also the last one ever. I do really have mixed feelings about it. They have had an amazing career.
15 studia albums. 3 live albums. 27 singles. 4 video albums. Not to mention all live conserts and solo albums. They've done so much, it's hard to understand. So it's easy to be a fan. What's not to love about the band! You got so much to choose from. A lot of people in this world think of Pink Floyd as the band who wrote "Another brick in the wall pt.II", or "We don't need no education" which is what many people think it's called. But the truth is that Pink Floyd is so much more! It's an endless river of songs.

Gilmour said: "It has run it's course, we are done". Say if they were to continue together as a band. Would there be any more masterpieces to come? I didn't have high hopes for "The Endless River" album, but I was very very positively surprised! I love the album. But would the next one be good too? It is a big name that they've been carrying around on. So maybe it's time to let that go, and rather focus on their solo careers. 
Again, I would love nothing more than to see these guys together. But if that's never gonna happen, it's better to know. I've been hoping and waiting for so mnay years now, And now that I know it'll never happend, I can focus on being a fan of their solo work and keep traveling around the world to see them live. 

Sad news. The band of my dreams are officialy over. The good thing is that I'll always keep all the good memories I had in my life prior to the band. And the cd's and dvd's will always exsist. So there will always be a chance of listening and enjoying the greatest music ever made by the band who just broke up.

The dream is gone

R.I.P Pink Floyd. I will always love you, broken up or not. Shine on!

torsdag 13. august 2015

Buisy summer

Hello to all you fans out there!
Welcome back to the old fans and welcome to all the new fans.
Hope you all have had a wonderful summer so far!

Happy summer to you all

I've had a rather buisy summer, so the blog have been quiet the last few months. I had a one week vacation in the end of july. And before and after that I've been working non stop. At last it feels like it. Two jobs, both part-time. Not many days off. It's a good thing I like both jobs. And I still got the time to listen to music on the way to/from work.

My boyfriend and a guy who looked just like Roger Waters/Richard Gere (in the background)

This summer I've been to a few conserts. In june I saw Toto and Mark Knopfler live. In july I saw Elton John live. Great gigs with great musicians. To be honest, it was that kind of music I listened most to in june and july. But in the end of june I felt like listening to "The Endless River" again. And one morning I woke up with "Hello (I love you)" by Roger Waters on the brain. Haven't listened to that song for many many months. So how I woke up - thinking of this song - is unknown to me.

Me and my father (two concert freaks :D ) Here at Elton John.

Hello (I love you)

The fact that I've been working all summer, I've finally booked time for a new tattoo! It's not until october, but I am so exited! It's been over 15 months since my last tattoo, and I've been craving for more ever since. And now I've got a date. No shocker - it will be a new Pink Floyd tattoo!! So exited! I had to wait until october, since I don't let anyone put Pink Floyd inc on my body! I have a guy in Bergen who did all my "The Wall" tattoos and also my "Dark side of the moon" tattoo. So he will be the one who will put "Wish you were here" ink on me as well! :)

This will be my new tattoo! Not sure about the writing, and if I'll even have any writing. But the rest - YES!

I cant' stop thinking about the upcoming David Gilmour gig.Only 42 days to go. So exited about going to London again, and I'm ofc most exited about seeing David Gilmour live for the very first time. And with his new album being released in a few weeks too. So much to look forward to!

Can't wait!!!

Only a few days after I'm back from London, the premiere for Roger Waters "The Wall" will be in cinemas, and I have my tickets. Wouldn't miss it. So it will definatly be a few Pink Floyd filled days. Two live shows and one concert in cinemas. Love it.
Keeping my fingers crossed that Roger soon will come out with his new album. And I would really love it if he soon anounced a live tour next year. Time will show.

Hope you all had a great day, and that the rest of the week will be good! 
Shine on all you lovely people!!

Waiting for the release of this album

"Rattle that lock"

Hoping that the dvd will be released straight after it's shown in cinemas. Need the dvd in my collection :) And I've been waiting fr sooo long!

søndag 3. mai 2015

Delicate sound of thunder

Hello all you wonderful Pink Floyd fans! I've been such a bad blogger so far this year! I'm ashamed. So today - I'll try and turn it around and start blogging more. It's a bit strange. The last few months - I've had so many days off, due to a small economic crisis where I live. They can't afford to let people come in and work all day. So I've had all the time - and more - to be a good blogger. So now, when things are starting to turn a bit around, I feel like blogging. I have no idea why it's like that, but I don't care. I just want to write about my all time favourite band.

-Yes, all time favourite band!! 

Today I want to write about an album I don't think I've mentioned on this blog before. I find that a bit strange. It is a great live album, but I never owned it myself. Been listening to it loads of times, but never bought it.
The album was recorded in Long Island, New York, at Nassau Coliseum, and it was recorded over five nights. And it turned out to be another Pink Floyd masterpiece!
The live album was released in 1988, so it's of course a Pink Floyd album without Roger Waters.

Three musical geniouses!

The album starts out with the audience cheering, and then the band starts to plan "Shine og you crazy diamond". Such a great opening, that many PF cover bands been using as well. "Shine on" is followed by "Learning to fly" - this is not uncommon to cover bands either. But of course, if you want to be the best - you often seem to do what the very best do!

The cover

I do have a dvd from the consert, and it is one of my favourites (after Roger Waters). The selctions of songs are great and David, Nick and Rick found a great band to bring along to this gig. "A momentary lapse of reason" is my favourite album after Roger Waters, and since the album contains a few songs from this album - it's hard for me not to like.

David Gilmour

Inside the cd booklet

So with this - I hope this is a start of a great blogging periode! Need to talk/write about the music, so I'm glad I have people out there who want to read my blog about the greatest band in the world.

Shine on you all!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend and that you'll have a great week to come!

torsdag 26. mars 2015

David Gilmour - Live at The Royal Albert Hall

It's almost time for countdown. Ok, it is time for countdown. 182 days to go. So for the next 182 days, I have something really exiting to look forward to. I'm going to a few more conserts before the Gilmour show. In june I have tickets to see Toto and Mark Knophler. In july I have tickets to see Elton John. Maybe I have a few shows in october as well. So as you all can see, I'm suck a music/consert freak. To know I have some conserts coming up put's a smile on my face!


This evening will be spent watching David Gilmour Live at Royal Albert Hall. This dvd really get's me exited. I get to see the same man in the same venue in 6 months!! I wish I could see the entire band from the dvd in september. Maybe I get to see some of them, but I would really loved it if Richard Wright was still alive and if he'd join in. May him rest in peace!

This dvd is perfect to get in the right mood, but I still can't believe it! It's only a few weeks since I found out about the gigs and got myself some tickets. I wonder how long it will take me to realize that I really do have tickets. And that I'm going to London to see this man.

I am really nervous about his upcoming album. Have no idea what kind of album that'll be. But no matter what it's gonna be like, he will probably play loads of good old songs as well.
DG live at Royal Albert Hall is a great live dvd. The venue is so majestic. I've never seen it before. But then again, I've been to London once before! And that was to see Roger Waters live. London = Pink Floyd music. Maybe Nick Mason will be the next. Hahah, not quite sure about that, but I would have gone to the show if he had something going on.

182 days. I'll have to be patience - but I can't wait to go back to London for more live Pink Floyd music. And I really look forward to meet loads of other die-hard PF fans from all around the world. 
I'll see you all in London in 6 months ;) Shine on

tirsdag 10. mars 2015

David Gilmour live 2015

Wow, I just realized that this is the first I have blogged since november! I am so sorry, but it's been a lot going on with moving, new extra job, holidays etc. Today I have a day off work, so no exuses! ;)

I went to Spain last week with a friend of mine, and whilst I was there, I got a text that said David Gilmour were going on a tour - this year. I felt so happy, but also a bit stressed - since I didn't have all the information and I was far away from everyone I thought would might like to come to the show as well. So I actually got a bit stressed, and only asked the family this time. It's quite stressful handeling stuff like this when you are far away. But I got my boyfriend to book the tickets, and I could finally breathe normally again.

The guitar God himself

David Gilmour will have 3 shows in London in september. I kinda wanted to go to them all, but I am not a very rich person. But I needed two. I've seen Roger Waters 19 times (DSOTM &The Wall), so I am quite sure that it won't be enough to see this man once.
I've always been a Roger Waters girl/early Pink Floyd girl - but that doesen't mean that I don't enjoy the last 3 albums without Roger Waters and all the solo albums. It's all really good.

Royal Albert Hall

So - I am going to London in six months to see the last Pink Floyd member that I haven't met before. I was too late to see/meet Syd Barrett and Richard Wright, but at least I've met two of the three last living Floyd's.
I'm so exited. And I really wonder what he will play. I know there will be a new album coming out before the live gigs, but I have no idea what that will sound like. Maybe he plays the full album? Or maybe just a few - so he can play loads of old and good songs. Maybe something from his early solo albums? Or from his newest solo albums? Some Pink Floyd songs? I have no idea, and I really don't know what to expect.

Can't wait to see this man live!!!

It's gonna be an amazing week over in London. Great music live in Royal Albert Hall. It just sounds so wonderful! And lucky me, I also have plans with other Floydians to meet up before the shows! I've met some of them before - and they are all so awesome! So I can't wait to see them again! There will probably be some new faces around as well, so I think it's gonna be a perfect week with loads of Pink Floyd music, people etc.

Met up with a few awesome people in Oslo

Two happy PF fans

I really hope to meet YOU in London as well! 
Shine on!

A clip from the last time David played in Royal Albert Hall

mandag 24. november 2014

Dark side of the wall live in Bergen - 20.11.14

Last thursday I had some days off work, so I decided to go home to my parents for a few days. I came to Bergen around 4.30pm. My father and sister picked me up at the airport, and then we drove to the city centre where we went out to eat dinner and have a few beers before the show. The show was starting at 9.00pm, and we were a bit earlyer then that, since my father and sister were a bit late the day before, and they didn't get very good seats. We god great seats with a great view of the stage. 

Today the band were going to play the entire album "Wish you were here" +  highlights. I was a bit stressed out since I heard that the band played fast and a bit stressful the day before. No one should ever stress themselves through "Wish you were here". It turned out that I had nothing to worry about! They played the album close to perfectly! They used the time that was suitable for this album, ant it looked like the band had great fun on stage.

"Shine on you crazy diamond (Parts I-V)" is a track that last for about 14 minutes, and it's a great opening to the album. There were a few tiny slips from the guitar player in the beginning, but he just kept on playing and then he nailed the rest of the concert. It's agood thing that the band can make small mistakes. Just think of David Gilmour - standing on the top of the wall in London 2011. He had a few mistakes, but it shows that everyone can makes mistakes. We're only human beings. 

They played on and on, and had some small animations and pictures on a small screen they had on stage. Beautiful pictures and great animation. At this point I was glad we had such good seats and were able to see the stage. The music is the most important, but it is - for me at leats- fun to look at the members in the band having fun, see how they are using their instuments etc. Since I play the bass on a hobby basis, I like to see how other bassists play the instrument, and maybe learn something as well.

The band did such a great job playing this album. When they played "Wish you were here" they got the audience to sing-a-long on the chorus. I love it when the band ask me and everyone else to sing. I would sing with them all the time, but I heard my share of "shut up" during different Pink Floyd related concerts. At some point, you just get sick of it. So I try to calm myself down, and that's why I love when the band wants us to sing along with them!

After "Wish you were here" they played "Shine on you crazy diamond (Parts VI-XI)". That turned out to be my favourite song on this concert. They played all the parts that you can hear on the album. That rarely happens when I go and see a PF cover band. I really enjoyed this part of the song. It's so powerful and there are so many instrumental treats. The band did such a great job!

When the band finished "Wish you were here", they played some songs from "The Wall" and some songs from "Dark side of the moon". The day before they played the entire "The Wall" album, so I was a bit surprised when they played so many songs from the album this day as well. I hadn't seen them the day before, so it was fine by me. My father and sister actually said that they enjoyed all the "The Wall" songs better this day then the day before. The band seemed a bit more relaxed and used the time better.

Everytime I hear songs from "The Wall" I get goosebumps, and expect to see Roger Waters entering the stage. It's  a side effect from all the Roger Waters shows I've seen. 
A fun thing about this cover band is that the drummer is also the lead vocal. That is something I'm not used to. So he is of course sitting behind his drums all the way. That's why I really liked it when they played "Nobody home". Then the drummer walked to the front of the stage and the song was played with few instruments. It was really good, and it was made even better when the guitar player were using the megaphone to echo some of the words from the song. He also ended with saying "Surprise surprise" in the end of the song. I was laughing so hard, cause I did not see that coming. Again, it looked like the band had great fun on the stage!

All in all, it was a good show, and I glad I went to Bergen and were able to see them live. It's been quite a while since I saw them the last time. Now I'll keeping my fingers crossed that they want to put up more gigs in the near future. And maybe they can play something from older albums as well. I love listening to songs from the older albums live. So I'll just keeps my fingers crossed.

Happy Pink Floyd fan

fredag 21. november 2014

Dark side of the wall live in Bergen - 19.11.14

For this blog, I've asked my sister Adelheid to write a piece for me. There is a Pink Floyd cover band from Bergen - called "Dark side of the wall", and on wedensday they started a four-day concert. I wasn't able to come to Bergen before thursday, so I missed the first day. So I asked my sister to give the concert a review, and luckily for me, she said yes!

So here is a review from my sister Adelheid :)

It`s always exiting going to concerts where they`re playing Pink Floyd- music.
For hardcore- fans (like my sister.....), it doesen`t take much to totally ruin it.
We have to go in with an open mind, of course, because no one will ever match the originals.
I guess we are really spoiled after seing all those Roger Waters- shows during the last couple og years.
Anyway, there`s this band in Bergen called The Dark Side of The Wall. They are (surprise, surprise, surprise) playing Pink Floyd music.

Yesterday (wedensday) me and my father went to see a show.
They played the entire The Wall album, non- stop.
When entering that door both me and my dad had to leave Roger Waters outside, and enter with an open mind.
But then again, I think it`s easier for us than it is for Maria.
We found us some seats, but unfortunally we weren`t able to see much of the stage from where we sat.
But hey, it`s about the music, right?

The show started with a woman coming in, playing that flute- intro.
And then they exploded on the stage.
It`s always a pleasure entering The Wall, and this was no exeption. In The Flesh? was OK, but I got really hung up when the vocalist got some of the lyrics wrong.
But on The Thin Ice, he made it all good again.
This was a song really suitable for his voice.
Another Brick in The Wall part l and The Happiest Days of Our Lives was very good, but they really nailed it on Another Brick in The Wall part ll! I think I actually nodded my head on this part of the show, and for me that is the closest I ever am to dancing.

Mother was also a song they did really well, and the woman who played the flute now sang the role of the Mother.
My ears enjoyed it, especially when she got comfortable.
At first it was a little too soft, but when she first entered it was really good.
Goodbye Blue Sky was like The Thin Ice very suitable for the vocalist`s voice.
Soft and gentle.
The bassplayer and the guitarist made a beautiful choir to back him up.
Empty Spaces was OK, but I was a bit disappointed when the did not play What Shall We Do Now, since this is one of my favorites.

Well, they made it OK through Young Lust, but it`s a hard song to nail I guess, I weren`t even always impressed when seeing the real deal.
When I had yet to build a personal relationship to the The Wall album,
Young Lust were one of my favorites because it`s catchy.
But it`s not anymore. It`s still catchy, but I`ve discovered far better treats in there.
One of My Turns always kinda strikes me with surprise.
The beginning is quiet and gentle, and then it explodes.
I love the explotion!

Video from Youtube

The drums in this particular band deserves a fucking parade!
I have a thing for drums, and I love it when Pink Floyd mucicians aren`t afraid to hit it hard.
Dont`t Leave Me Now is my least favorite, until the guitar enters there in the end.
I get chills every time, and the guitarist yesterday did not disappoint at all.
Another Brick in The Wall is also one of my favorites!
When I hear Goodbye Cruel World, the only thing I can think of is Roger Waters himself standing behind the wall, singing out from a tiny window while waving like a queen.
Happy memory. The next songs; Hey You and Is There Anybody Out There, Nobody Home and Vera was OK.
Some tiny flaws here and there, but mostly good.
Some parts were even almost better than the original.
They add their own touch on some of it, and most of the time it`s working out great.

Me & my sister in Denmark

Bring The Boys Back Home was my favorite.
They absolutely nailed it!
Everyone on stage were singing (at least I think so, I couldn`t really see).
The woman did kind of a opera- voice, and it worked perfectly. Comfortably Numb was a bit boring to be honest.
This is the song always harvesting most of the applause from the crowd.
Maybe my standars to this one is too high.
It was nice and all, but lacked that little extra. The Show Must go On was very disappointing, it almost sounded like they didn`t want it there, like they were trying to squeeze it out, rushing through it like something was burning.
A shame, since I really ike this track.

The whole show kinda made it clear that they wanted to play it all as fast as possible.
The almost didn`t have time to catch their breaths between the tracks, and it was kinda stressful to listen to.
Many of the songs need their time to really work their magic,
but yesterday a lot of it just disappeared down in a hurry- crack in the floor.
And getting closer to the end of the show it seemed like they speeded up even more.
In The Flesh was OK. Run Like Hell,
like always, made my head nod again, but it was stressful.
I did not like Waiting For The Worms at all.
The megaphone- parts of the song were far to weak, and the whole song just weren`t very good.
I enjoyed The Trial, and it was a cool twist that the woman did parts of the song.

"My favourite song this evening" - Adelheid

But, when they at the end of the song screamed ´´Tear down the wall! Tear down the wall! Tear down the wall!``, I can`t help it thinking of the gigantic wall falling down on the stage where Roger himself were standing just a few seconds ago.
From where me and my dad sat I don`t even know if there was any kind of wall there.

All in all a good show, but I did not like the feeling that they just rushed through it as fast as humanly possible.
Pink Floyd music is art, and it`s supposed to really be enjoyed.

If I was asked to throw a dice, I`d give the whole thing a 5.  

Or any cover band ;)

A big thank you to my sister! Shine on!