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Live Review: David Gilmour Rocked A Sold Out Madison Square Garden

Robert Juckett April 16, 2016 Live, Reviews No Comments

It has been 10 years since David Gilmour last went on the road with a major tour. The last time he was in NYC, he performed 2 sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in 2006 to support his masterpiece, On An Island. Fast forward to 2016 and we find David Gilmour on tour to support his latest gem, Rattle That Lock.

David Gilmour has just wrapped his tour of the USA with 3 sold out shows in the city. He performed for one night at Radio City Music Hall (04/10/16) and then it was off to the Garden for back to back shows (04/11/16 and 04/12/16). Both of those shows were sold out as well.

David performed several songs from his latest album (which made it to number 5 on the Billboard charts) but dedicated most of the show to Pink Floyd classics. The show was done in two sets as he has done in the past. Most of his solo work was presented in the first half with more Pink Floyd classics stacked up in the second half including the encore.

The show itself was outstanding. The band sounded great. David surrounded himself with a lot of the players who were there on for him on his last tour including Phil Manzanera (Guitars, Vocals), Guy Pratt (Bass, Vocals), Jon Carin (Keyboards, Vocals) and Steve DiStanislao (Drums, Vocals). The show I attended was the last show of the tour for David here in the states.

The show started at 8:05 p.m. As with the last tour, the show started out slowly as fans were still making their way in the Garden and the crowd seemed a bit quiet as David played the first 3 tracks off his new solo album. I am not sure if the fans in attendance knew the songs or were just being polite.

The first Pink Floyd song (4th song of the set) “Wish You Were Here,” did get the crowd into the show from that point on. In all, David Gilmour played for close to 3 hours and did not disappoint. He performed Pink Floyd classics that spanned their whole career going back to “Astronomy Domine” (pre-Gilmour 1967) and “Shine on you Cray Diamond” along with other favorites such as “Money,” “Time” and “Us and Them” from Dark Side of the Moon.

The show also included David Gilmour’s era of Pink Floyd songs that included “Sorrow,” “What Do You Want From Me,” “Coming Back To Life” and “High Hopes” which featured a beautiful slide guitar solo at the end of the song. The massive circular screen that has become the signature centerpiece of most all Pink Floyd related events was amazing and seems to grow bigger each time David tours. The screen had more lights and lasers than ever before.

For the encore, David played “Comfortably Numb” and was literally bathed in a wall of red and white lasers that left fans in attendance speechless. I don’t think anyone has ever seen anything quite like that before.

I do hope this is not the last time we see David Gilmour. He is 70 years old now and he did promise those in attendance that we would see him again soon.

Photo’s and the Set List for 04/12/16 are included below.

Set 1

5 A.M.
RATTLE THAT LOCK
FACES OF STONE
WISH YOU WERE HERE *
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME *
A BOAT LIES WAITING
THE BLUE
MONEY *
US AND THEM *
IN ANY TONGUE
HIGH HOPES *

Set 2

ASTRONOMY DOMINE *
SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND (I-V) *
FAT OLD SUN *
COMING BACK TO LIFE *
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW DRESS
TODAY
SORROW *
RUN LIKE HELL *

Encore

TIME *
BREATH (Reprise) *
COMFORTABLY NUMB *

(* indicates Pink Floyd songs)

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