On an Island Tour

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On an Island Tour
Tour by David Gilmour
David Gilmour in Munich July 2006-5.jpg
David Gilmour on stage, Munich, 2006.
Associated albumOn an Island
Start date7 March 2006 (2006-03-07)
End date26 August 2006 (2006-08-26)
Legs3
No. of shows33
David Gilmour concert chronology

The On an Island Tour was a concert tour by guitarist David Gilmour to promote his third studio album, On an Island.

Background Information[edit]

Rick Wright, Phil Manzanera and Guy Pratt joined Gilmour on tour to promote the album. The tour also featured Dick Parry, who played saxophone on the Pink Floyd albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Division Bell and Jon Carin who, in 1980s and 1990s, toured with Pink Floyd. Zbigniew Preisner conducted the orchestra in concert at Gdańsk. Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason joined to play "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb" at one of the London shows. David Bowie made a guest appearance in London, performing vocals on "Comfortably Numb" and "Arnold Layne", the latter subsequently released as a live single. David Crosby and Graham Nash also appeared on select dates, reprising their studio performance of "On an Island", as well as singing on three other songs.

The tour was documented by the release of a live DVD/Blu-ray, Remember That Night; recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2006 and a live album, Live in Gdańsk; a recording of the final show of the tour at the Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland in August 2006.

Setlist[edit]

Set one:

  1. "Speak to Me"/"Breathe"
  2. "Time"/"Breathe (Reprise)"
    (At the beginning of the tour the above tracks were played during Set 2)
  3. On an Island (entire album)
    (At the beginning of the tour the On an Island album made up the entire first set. The album was originally played in order, but half way through the US tour "Take a Breath" was moved so it was played after "Smile".)

All above tracks were present at every show.

Set two: The second set featured a selection of these tracks:

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1–2, 4–5)" (Always present in the set. Occasionally performed with David Crosby and Graham Nash. "Part 3" was omitted to make the song's intro more guitar focused.)
  2. "Astronomy Domine" (Added during the second European tour, after the UK tour.)
  3. "Wot's... Uh the Deal?"
  4. "Wearing the Inside Out"
  5. "Fat Old Sun"
  6. "Dominoes"
  7. "Arnold Layne" (was added at the end of the US leg with Richard Wright on lead vocals. A performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 May featured David Bowie on vocals)
  8. "Coming Back to Life"
  9. "High Hopes" (Always present in the set)
  10. "The Great Gig in the Sky" (performed on 30th/31 May with Mica Paris and during the early European dates, but was dropped until the London dates.)
  11. "Echoes" (Always present in the set, always the show-closer before the encore.)

Encore:

  1. "Wish You Were Here" (Always present in the set. On 31 May Nick Mason played drums)
  2. "Find the Cost of Freedom" (only performed with David Crosby and Graham Nash)
  3. "Comfortably Numb" (Always present in the set. Always the final song of the shows. On 29 May at the Royal Albert Hall David Bowie sang lead vocals on the verses. On 31 May Nick Mason played drums.)

Other songs: Special performances of the following songs:

  1. "On the Turning Away" (Venice, Italy on 12 August)
  • Unrehearsed, impromptu performance, played during the second set.
  1. "Dark Globe" (Performed during July & August)
  • Solo performances by Gilmour, performed after the death of Syd Barrett.
  1. "A Great Day for Freedom" (Gdańsk, Poland on 26 August)
  • One-off performance. The song is about the so-called "freedom" brought to the Eastern Bloc with the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was this, in part, that the concert was celebrating.

Tour band[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Note
Leg One (Europe)
7 March 2006 London England Mermaid Theatre Filmed for BBC broadcast
10 March 2006 Dortmund Germany Konzerthaus First live performance of "Wot's...Uh the Deal"; First of "Echoes" in 18 years; Featuring "Dominoes"
11 March 2006 Hamburg Congress Centrum Hamburg
15 March 2006 Paris France Le Grand Rex
16 March 2006 L'Olympia Featuring Sam Brown in a performance of "The Great Gig in the Sky"
18 March 2006 Frankfurt Germany Alte Oper
19 March 2006 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
20 March 2006
24 March 2006 Milan Italy Teatro Arcimboldi
25 March 2006
26 March 2006 Rome Auditorium Parco Della Musica
Leg Two (North America)
4 April 2006 New York City United States Radio City Music Hall First concert on tour to feature Crosby and Nash; First to feature "Find The Cost Of Freedom"
5 April 2006
9 April 2006 Toronto Canada Massey Hall
10 April 2006
12 April 2006 Chicago United States Rosemont Theatre
13 April 2006
16 April 2006 San Francisco Oakland Paramount Theatre
17 April 2006
19 April 2006 Los Angeles Kodak Theatre
20 April 2006 Gibson Amphitheatre
Leg Three (Europe)
26 May 2006 Manchester England Bridgewater Hall
27 May 2006 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium
29 May 2006 London England Royal Albert Hall Filmed performance; Featuring Robert Wyatt, David Bowie, David Crosby and Graham Nash
30 May 2006 Filmed performance; Featuring Mica Paris, Robert Wyatt, David Crosby and Graham Nash
31 May 2006 Filmed performance; Featuring Mica Paris, Nick Mason, Robert Wyatt, David Crosby and Graham Nash
27 July 2006 Klam Austria Klam Castle Featuring the first performances of "Astronomy Domine" and "Dark Globe" on the tour
29 July 2006 Munich Germany Königsplatz
31 July 2006 Vienne France Théâtre Antique
2 August 2006 Firenze Italy Piazza Santa Croce
11 August 2006 Venezia Piazza San Marco
12 August 2006 Featuring an unrehearsed performance of "On The Turning Away"
26 August 2006 Gdańsk Poland Gdańsk Shipyard Filmed performance; Featuring orchestra; Featuring "A Great Day for Freedom"