søndag 4. oktober 2015

David Gilmour live at Royal Albert Hall - Part 1

Thursday last week I got up early in the morning, just to be sure I would pack everything I would need. Passport, money and other so-called important things. Me and my boyfrend headed for the bus and then we waited. For about 30 minutes. Then we gave up and called a taxi. We checked in our luggage and after we found a bar where I bought something to eat and the vacations first beer. The 4 day holiday could finally begin!


The wait at the airport was not too bad, and the flight was only 10 minutes delayed. We arrived at Heathrow around 11am. The luggage showed up and we headed for the tube that would take us to central London. We got off at Victoria station where we met my sister and my boyfriends brother. At Victoria station we had a great meal at one of the pubs.

After we finished eating, we got on the tube that would take us to Baker Street. I knew our hotel would be close to this street. And it didn't take too long until we found the hotel. We checked in and went to see the room. It's fascinating how small a 4 bedroom can be. But very cosy and clean. Good thing about being on holiday - you are not supposed to stay in the room unless you are sleeping.

We got dressed and wanted to head down to Paxtons Head, a pub in Knightsbridge, about a 10 minute walk to RAH. So we went outside the hotel, found a black cab and we were finally on our way. I had great expectations for this pre-meet up with fellow fans. And I had such a great time seeing all the other Pink Floyd geeks again. Most of them I hadn't met since Rogers last tour in 2013. That was also the same year I met most of the people.

In Norway I don't have many Pink Floyd friends. Some of them like it, but they might get sick of me talking about it and listening to it all the time. So I often listen to the music by myself, and write about my hobby on this blog. The blog is great for me to have, so I can avoid filling my friends heads with information and fun facts they might not appreciate as much as I do. But the last times I've been travelling around to see something Pink Floyd related, I've met so many people with the same passion as me! And boy, that does feel good. It is so much fun hearing about other peoples experiences with Pink Floyd.

When we had to head over to RAH, I really didn't want to go, because I had so much fun talking to all the amazing people at the pub. But as soon as we got closer to RAH, I started to get nervous. I was about to see David Gilmour live. For the very first time! In this beautiful venue.

Me, Adelheid, Nikolai and Sam outside RAH

As most of you already know, I've met Roger Waters four times and Nick Mason one time. So David was the last living member from Pink Floyd I'd never seen or met. No, I didn't meet him during my trip to London. BUT I got to see him live on stage. Two days in a row.

We went inside RAH and found our seats. We sat up on one of the sides, so we had a good view to the stage. The concert started at 7.45pm, and he opened the show with "5am", a song from the album "Rattle that lock". And what a great opening! Don't remember too much of it. Think I cried through the entire song. Not just some tears in the eyes, nope. I cried. Happy crying of course.

The next song was the title track from the new album. The intro of that song was brilliant. Voices echoing in the venue, singing "Rattle that lock" a few times before the song started for real. And what a song to listen to live, It's a bit more upbeat then "5am", so at this moment I felt like getting up on my feat and start to dance. Next up was "Faces of stone". Another great song from the new album.

The fourth song was the classic and legendary song "Wish you were here". A song I've heard live 3 times before - but that was at a Roger Waters concert. Now I could listen to David's beautiful voice to this song. And it was brilliant. A few more tears during this song to be honest. It's great to listen to the new songs, but when he played from the good and old ones - that's a true Pink Floyd fans dream!

Back to the new album and "A boat lies waiting". Another masterpiece with beautiful vocals. Perfect for Gilmour's voice. "The blue" was next in line, and that one is my favourite on his solo album "On an island". It looked like he really enjoyed playing this, and the audience gave positive feedback. It was one of many enjoyable moments.

Official program. A very nice Danish guy named Jens gave it to me!

Next up, David took us back to "Dark side of the moon", where he played "Money" and "Us and them". These are also songs I've seen Roger perform, but seeing the two lad's live is two completely different things. Would be amazing to see them both perform together once. Even though it's never gonna happen, it will always be a dream of mine.

"In any tounge" is my favourite from "RTL". So I was really exited when I knew this song was coming up. David surprised me here by whisteling the intro himself. The animation in the background was really good and powerful. When the chorus came up, I was really exited, only to be a bit dissapointed. David did not sing the chorus himself. I really wanted him to sing it. It was still beautiful, but I'm sure it would be breathtaking if he sang it himself. The day after (friday 25th) - it sounded better, because I didn't expect him to sing it, so I enjoyed the way they performed the chorus.

David whistling the intro to "In any tounge"

The last song before intermission was "High hopes", my sisters favourite song. Such a great song from the album "The division bell". This was a really good way to end the first set of the evening. I always get a bit sad during intermissions. That means we're halfway to through the show and it's getting closer to the end. During the last years whilst travelling after Roger Waters, I've gotten spoiled. I thought I would only see Waters in Oslo in 2011. Three years later I had been travelling around in Europe, and all the way to Australia to see the show again. Now I want to go and see more shows with Gilmour.

Intermission was over after approximately 20 minutes, and now they started the second set with a bang! "Astronomy domine" live. Wow, I never saw this day come. A true tribiute to Syd Barrett. "Astronomy domine" was the first song on the very first Pink Floyd album - "The piper at the gates of dawn". That means that the song was released before David joined the band. It's a nice gesture of him to play this to the fans. And he did it bloody well! The light show and animation was great, and once again I felt the need to get up on my feet and start dancing. Psychedelig wonderfulness.

Next up - "Shine on you crazy diamond". There is a live version of this song (might be from "Live in Gdansk") where he sings the first verse without instruments in the background. That is a beautiful version, so I did get a small hope he would play that version this evening. He didn't, but either way, David singing this song live - another dream came true.

And then he started playing the song I was looking most forward to - "Fat old sun". A great song from my favourite album "Atom heart mother". I was mindblown. What a song! It was a bit funny. Close to the end when they normally stops singing and start the bit more heavy part with the guitar, I thought David forgot what was happening. Because there was a small pause where they normally start straight on the heavyer part. The band played in the background while David switched guitars, and then they started to play the heavier part. Turned out that's the way they play this song live now. Loved it, and it made this song even more special. Also, both David and Guy pulled off small dance moves during the song. Just brilliant!

"On an island" was next. Also a great song. Well, all the songs are great. No question about that. I've been listening to this song since it was released. As I said, great song, but I always felt that it sounded better when it's played live. The cd version is great, but it's nothing compared to what it sounds like live. This evening, it sounded better then ever!


"The girl in the yellow dress"is a very different song on "Rattle that lock". It's a jazz/blues characterized song. Not exactly what David is known for. It's a very chill tune with great animation. It's the song from the new album I didn't like too much right away. But it certainly grew on me!


"Today" was the next song, and AGAIN I felt like getting up and dance. This is also a bit more heavy song, and also one of my favourites from the new album. This was the last song from "Rattle that lock" this evening. After this came "Sorrow" and "Run like hell". Both songs were brilliantly performed and the light show got better and better. Maybe the lights were a bit too bright, since the band had to put on black sunglasses for these songs. "Run like hell" was sung by David Gilmour and Guy Pratt. Those two on vocals together = awesomeness.


The band went off stage to a standing applause. But the light was not turned on right away, which means encore. The band came back on the stage and they started with "Time/Breathe", so again we were brought back to 1973 and to "Dark side of the moon". The very last song this evening was the very well known song "Comfortably numb" from "The Wall". I've always dreamt of listening to David Gilmour sing the chorus live. His voice can melt any hearts with this song. And the guitar solo was as good as ever. A really enjoyable song to end the evening with.

My precious

And then it was over. For now. I also had tickets for the friday show, so I knew I would see it all again the next day.  

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