The next stop of the tour was beautiful Wroclaw. A historical Polish city, currently a capital of culture of 2016.
I was lucky enough to get to the market square where the concert was to be held on Thursday and I managed to watch part of the soundcheck. I was able to catch two pieces – Shine on and Dancing right in front of me, which was a nice surprise! I took a few pics as well.
I went behind the stage and saw the band leaving, but they clearly went the other way. The only one who was walking towards me was the conductor, great Zbigniew Preisner with the bag full of notes. I admire his contributions to the On an island and Rattle that lock. I’ve asked him for a photo and he happily agreed. My two sons insisted to be on it as well while my wife pressed the button.
The only thing I was afraid of was the weather. It was extremely hot throughout my stay, but the Saturday forecast wasn’t that pleasant. Before the gig it looked like it was going to rain, but as the start approached dark clouds and wind disappeared. So what we’ve experienced was a a lovely summer night with stars above us. And one would sense it was not only because of the weather we were about to remember that night.
It was the first gig for the new band members, but you couldn’t tell. The band played so tight! They all were enjoying it and the overall feeling and energy was immense. This, combined with the fine sound quality gave everybody what they came for. Perfect musical experience and simply the great show!
I cannot stress enough how terrific the sound quality was! All respect to Colin Norfield and everybody who was involved in the project. It’s never easy when the orchestra is involved. But despite all difficult aspects of it the result was outstanding! I’ve witnessed myself some fine big name artists playing acoustically good places and still having mediocre sound.
There were few changes to the set list. First of all, the goods thing was On an island wasn’t replaced by What do you want from me, because the band played both. Then, Astronomy Domine and Fat old sun were left off and replaced by One of these days (!!!) and Dancing right in front of me (!). Coming back to life stayed. Wonderful!
The encore was Time/Breathe reprise and C numb, during which lasers showed up. For these two pieces Guy Pratt wore a blue Tshirt with EU logo. Speaks for itself. He also threw all of his guitar picks into the audience at the end. Too bad I wasn’t able to approach him so he could sign his book for me. Exquisite musician and fine man.
To conclude, I must say music is the best form of art. It’s powerful, strong and emotional. There is nothing else like it. You simply cannot get the same feeling just by looking at some picture or beautiful sculpture no matter how wonderful that might be.
You experience it with all of your senses, your whole body.
David Gilmour is an example of an extremely talented artist who’s blessed to be able to share his gift during his whole life. Retirement is not an option as he once said. Hence one thing’s for sure. David’s certainly no #randomman at all. He’s a legend.
I want and must thank to David and his band as this was one of the lifetime experiences. Thank you very much!
Review & above sound check pictures thanks to Vlado Marcinek
5 A.M. (with orchestra)/ Rattle That Lock (with orchestra) / Faces of Stone (with orchestra) / Wish You Were Here / What Do You Want From me / A Boat Lies Waiting (with orchestra) / The Blue (with orchestra) / Us and Them / In Any Tongue (with orchestra) / High Hopes (with orchestra)
One of These Days / Shine On You Crazy Diamond / Dancing Right In Front of Me (with orchestra) / Coming Back To Life / On an Island (with orchestra) / The Girl In the Yellow Dress (with orchestra and featuring Leszek Możdżer) / Today (with orchestra) / Sorrow / Run Like Hell / Time / Breathe (Reprise) / Comfortably Numb (with orchestra)
Info live from show: One Of These Days was wild and the video on the screen was too. Also confirmed “Dancing Right In Front Of Me”
Rehearsal report from Christian Grube
On Friday he played an Afternoon rehearsal with Lot of RTL Stuff and one of These days, sorrow, US & them, cn, cbtl.
In the evening at 20:30 was a dress rehearsal with all of the cameras: aprox. 15-20 Cams. 2 on stage, 3 direct in Front, then one cam on a little techstage on the right side. At the foh are 8 cameras, one crane, one camera on a dolly at the Front of Zone A. And one at the very back of the location to oversee the concert.
One of These days was played instead of Astronomy Domine. Great day for freedom was Not played. It was all without orchestra. Laser only at CN.
Below pics thanks to Krzysiek Kalinowski
Soundcheck – Video used under fair usage policy.
Above Stage construction in Wroclaw thanks to nesto
Official. This concert will be broadcast on TVP2 on Saturday 21.45 Polish time (GMT+1). Concert will be around 2:35 hours long
Address: Freedom Square Wroclaw Poland.
The concert was planned to take place at the Main Square, but David Gilmour was convinced that it wasn’t big enough and the gig was moved to the Freedom Square. The Square is located between National Music Forum and Opera. On the merch T-shirts they used picture of the Main Square.