Like clockwork, David Gray releases a new album every two to three years since his debut to the world in the early 90’s. This provides him with plenty of material to choose from in his shows. Gray is also in a unique situation where he does not necessarily have any major smash chart hits that generally must be played at every show. This gives him a bit of freedom to change the setlist’s dynamic, which he does subtlety.
An example includes “Cake and Eat It.” Its placement early in the set is convenient, until you realize it is by no means consistent. He switches it out often for the title track from his newest album.
Another common switch up is towards the end. David Gray seems to lull the audience into a sense of comfort with one of his most popular songs, “Babylon.” But he sometimes moves right into the overlooked closer, “Nemesis.” He even throws in an extra track in there known as “Laughing Gas,” which is tonally different from the two tracks that sandwich it.
Gray scatters his discography out methodically, playing one or two songs from the majority of his major releases. Life inSlow Motion gets some recognition with the late setlist cut, “The One I Love.” 1998’s White Ladder is represented with “This Year’s Love” as well as the aforementioned gorgeous ballad, “Babylon.” Fans may be disappointed to hear that the only early album cuts he plays is the debut song from his debut album, famously known as “Shine.” It is a setlist mainstay, but definitively the only one from his first two albums.
Back In the World
As the Crow Flies
Snow In Vegas
Girl Like You
Birds Of the High Arctic
This Year’s Love
Ain’t No Love
The One I Love
Does Gray play any material from his upcoming new album?
His tenth official release is called Mutineers, and it seems to stick to the rather folksy balladry work of Gray’s previous releases. Though it is fresh and new, Gray feels it’s appropriate to pull out a few tunes from the release. He plays the album’s opening track, “Back in the World,” early into the set. He also plays mid-album cut, “Deep Summer,” in the middle of the set. The somber yet stunning “Birds of the High Arctic” appears on the setlist as well. Ultimately, David Gray drops about four songs from the new record, which may not be very familiar with fans at the show but helps to set them as future concert staples.
It is worth noting that a few shows have David Gray playing nearly the entire album, though he has not been doing that at every show.
How long is a David Gray concert?
David Gray plays roughly 20 songs for a concert that lasts a solid hour and 45 minutes.
Who is David Gray’s publicist and press contact?
David Gray has the David Gray Company assisting him with all business and media inquiries. You can contact help@DavidGray.com to reach him and his team. He works out of Toronto, Ontario Canada. You need to specify all details since all inquiries are sifted through this single email.
How do I get access to presale tickets for David Gray’s tour?
David Gray offers a very generous presale feature for his live shows. You do not need an account with the official David Gray website or be part of the fan club to make purchases. You can access presale passwords through the David Gray public forum by clicking on the ‘buy tickets’ link. Unsurprisingly, because of the ease of presales, there is no other major source where they can be obtained.
“It’s asking a lot of an audience to listen to an entire album’s worth of new material almost two full months before release date (it comes out June 17), but it was an obvious treat for Gray’s adoring fans, who yelled their love for him so much during the show it felt like an adult version of a One Direction concert. And this came from both male and female members, leading to a very amusing moment as the affable Gray dedicated the tender ballad “Last Summer” to a male baritone voice who’d professed his love.” – Steve Baltin of the Hollywood Reporter
“If you’ve heard of David Gray then you no doubt think you know what to expect from his gigs; your mind filling with hits such as Babylon, Please Forgive Me and Sail Away. This is miles away from the true beauty that David manages to create at his concerts – his old songs nowhere near matching the quality of sound that he now achieves and his old songs being revamped to have new life and an increasingly great sound.” – Nick Roberts of Renowned for Sound
“For those who were compelled to rise up and boogie during Mr. Gray’s set, a hushed whisper from an uptight boyfriend usually stymied such a display of unbridled enthusiasm. That is, until Mr. Gray encouraged all to stand for the fourth and final encore song, “Please Forgive Me,” a closer on par with Mariano Rivera.” – Patrick Gavin of the Baltimore Sun
David Gray Lost and Found Tour 2011
Tour Opening Acts: Lisa O’Neill, Ray LaMontagne
Started February 21, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts | Ended July 14, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah
David Gray Draw the Line Tour 2010
Tour Opening Acts: Ray LaMontagne
Started January 5, 2010 in New York City, New York | Ended September 11, 2010 in Troutdale, Oregon
David Gray 2009
Started October 23, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts | Ended December 6, 2009 in New York City, New York
David Gray Life in Slow Motion 2006
Started March 3, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio | Ended August 11, 2006 in Sandpoint, Idaho
David Gray 2005
Started February 5, 2005 in Louisville, Kentucky | Ended October 12, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois
David Gray 2003
Started January 26, 2003 in Detroit, Michigan | Ended August 7, 2003 in Phoenix, Arizona
A New Day at Midnight 2002
Started November 26, 2002 in Birmingham, Alabama | Ended December 7, 2002 in London, England