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For the first time in five years, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and David Gilmour shared the stage together at a benefit in England.
This past weekend’s performance was unannounced, as the two driving forces behind one of rock’s greatest progressive rock bands partnered up before 200 attendees of the Hoping Foundation benefit in Oxfordshire. The event was staged to raise money for young Palestinian refugees.
The dynamic duo, who for years refused to play together until the London Live 8 benefit show in 2005, performed a four-song set including Phil Spector’s “To Know Him Is To Love Him” (a Floyd sound-check staple according to the blog on Gilmour’s website) and the band’s classics “Wish You Were Here,” “Comfortably Numb,” and “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2”.
No full Pink Floyd reunion…
Fans should not expect Gilmour to be in Tacoma next December for Roger Water’s performance of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” – or any other dates on the tour for that matter.
As Rolling Stone previously reported,.. Waters asked Gilmour to join his 30th anniversary tour of The Wall this year, but the former Pink Floyd guitarist/ vocalist declined to participate. “David is completely uninterested,” Waters said in May. “I could have probably gone for doing some more stuff, but he’s not interested.”
Hopes for another full scale Pink Floyd reunion tour disappeared when keyboardist Richard Wright passed away from cancer in 2008. Gilmour stated sadly, “No one can replace Richard Wright.”
With last weekend’s suprise performance, Pink Floyd fans can always hold out some hope for future suprise appearances by Gilmour. There has been talk about Gilmour joining Waters on stage for some of the dates in London.
Roger Waters coming to Northwest…
Roger Waters will bring the full production of “The Wall” to the Northwest on Saturday, December 11th at the Tacoma Dome. The show is one of many dates of a multi-city world tour that commemorates the 30 year anniversary of the one of the greatest pieces of musical and visual art ever created. As reported here, Tickets went on sale on Monday, May 10th.
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to bring ‘The Wall’ concert to the Tacoma Dome in December (Video)
About “The Wall”
The two-record set was officially released in 1980 as a Pink Floyd piece. Roger Waters composed and wrote most of the material on his own, with guitarist David Gilmour providing his signature guitar parts and haunting vocals. Waters, and Pink Floyd sans Waters, have performed several numbers from the show and and used some of the visuals from The Wall tour throughout the years.
The show has not been performed by Waters or the group in its entirety, except for the concert that Waters performed on July 21st 1990 in Berlin. The show was a one-time event to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and included included a host of musical luminaries, such as Sinead O’Conner, Thomas Dolby, Scorpions, Brian Adams, and Joni Mitchell. A live album and video concert was made available for purchase in September of that year.
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