Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Gig Review

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Gig Review Royal Albert Hall London.

David Gilmour has been playing since he was 9 and @ the Royal Albert Hall he showd that he was perhaps the greatest electric guitar its on the planet! All the the key elements  came together to make this Royal Albert Hall a truly brilliant performance.  There is something quite majestic about the way Gilmour sweetly bends his notes effortlessly making each not swing so sweetly . The guitar is a magical thing and when you hear the seminal Wish You Where Here in a magnificent venue like the Royal Albert Hall you  know the guitar is the finest most versatile instrument in existence. The new single Rattle That Lock, is the strongest single featuring electric guitar since Daft Punks Get Lucky.

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Gig Review

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Gig Review

 “Comfortably Numb” was simply magnificent with Gilmour soloing fluidly & freely playing what is considered by some to be the greatest electric guitar solo of all time.

During the Albert Hall show he performed several Pink Floyd classics including “Us and Them” live for the first time. As expected, each note-perfect, each tune a gigantic version of the studio version, which is why the Floyd songs inevitably stand tall above almost every rock song of the last 30 years. Overall  its fair to say we loved the show and without question Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour is a must see for all guitar lovers!

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Gig Review Royal Albert Hall London

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Gig Review Royal Albert Hall London

David Gilmour’s SETLIST

First Half

5 A.M. (featuring GILMOUR playing a Gibson Les Paul)

Rattle That Lock ( new single)
Faces of Stone
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
A Boat Lies Waiting
The Blue
Money (Pink Floyd)
Us and Them (Pink Floyd)
In Any Tongue
High Hopes Pink Floyd

David Gilmour

David Gilmour

Second Half

Astronomy Domine Pink Floyd
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd)
Fat Old Sun (Pink Floyd)
On an Island
The Girl in the Yellow Dress
Sorrow Pink Floyd
Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd)


Time (Pink Floyd)
Breathe (Reprise) (Pink Floyd)
Comfortably Numb

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – HIGH HOPES - London Guitar Academy - Album Review

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – HIGH HOPES –  Guitar Lessons London – London Guitar Academy – NEW ALBUM REVIEW:

Guitar Lessons London‘s friend Paul Graham Wood is back with an excellent review of SPRINGSTEEN’S new album……



The Boss takes a rather unusual path with his latest album “High Hopes”. The album is not only a mix of new tunes and old tunes, originals and covers but also was clearly recorded at various points in the latter stages of Springsteen’s career – the track credits on two songs each include the sadly deceased E Streeters, Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.

Previously heard tunes (either live or on other albums) brushed up by the Boss  for “High Hopes”, include “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, “American Skin (41 Shots)”, and three covers :“High Hopes” (Havalinas) , “Dream Baby Dream” (Suicide) and “Just Like Fire Would” (The Saints).

The album features the various members of the E Street Band but the main change to the “expected” Springsteen sound is the addition of guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). Morello stepped in to play live shows with Bruce when Steve Van Zandt was unable to play some of the dates on the last Springsteen World Tour. According to Bruce’s own comments, Morello was the guitar muse that inspired some of the reworked songs and was an instrumental factor in the release of “High Hopes”.

You can hear Bruce talk about the new album here:


“High Hopes” was the album’s lead-off single and heavily features Morello’s guitar work:

The album lacks the cohesion of Springsteen’s best work but the “already known” songs (Tom Joad, American Skin) are up there with his best compositions and well worth hearing in their new incarnations.

This probably isn’t an album to convert anyone to Springsteen (and reading the liner notes from the Boss this probably wasn’t the intention anyway) but anyone who is already a fan of Springsteen will find something they will enjoy.


Recommended listening for London Guitar Academy students

Check out the sonic guitar squall provided by Tom Morello on “The Ghost of Tom Joad”.  Here’s a live version with a great Morello guitar wig out from 6.25 in:



Favourite Track

“Dream Baby Dream” – the Suicide cover is given a gentle Springsteen rendition and is the most different of the covers on “High Hopes”


Useful fact

If you buy the deluxe CD version of the album you also get a live DVD of Springsteen and the E Street Band playing the whole of their “Born In The USA” album.


Full track listing:

High Hopes
Harry’s Place

American Skin (41 Shots)
Just Like Fire Would
Down In The Hole
Heaven’s Wall
Frankie Fell In Love
This Is Your Sword
Hunter Of Invisible Game

The Ghost of Tom Joad
The Wall
Dream Baby Dream


Check out the original versions of the songs that Springsteen covers on “High Hopes”:

 “High Hopes” –  Havalinas

“Just Like Fire Would” (The Saints).

Bruce Springsteen and High Hopes,

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