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David Gilmour: The nights of wonder

David Gilmour | Royal Albert Hall | 23 September 2015

Growing old isn’t easy. Even if you’re a global music icon. Do you dye your hair, get the brand back together, and play 40-year-old hits to sold-out stadiums around the world? Or record Christmas carols and Sinatra cover versions, stuff your shows with growled new songs, and reimagine beyond recognition the one bonafide classic you do play?

Sensibly, for his first solo London show in almost a decade, David Gilmour chooses neither extreme. Sure, he plays seven tracks from an album released less than a week ago. But they fit almost seamlessly into a carefully curated setlist that lovingly embraces the songs that helped sell 250 million albums. And although the legacy of the band he’s retired looms large from the vintage clips projected on the familiar circular screen to the retro laser spectacle of ‘Comfortably Numb’ this is by no means a Pink Floyd revival.

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