David Gilmour and Roger Waters Share The Stage… (UPDATE – Waters hints at a surprise show!!!)

Something rather unexpected happened Saturday July, 10th: in a bolt out of the blue, David Gilmour and Roger Waters performed together for the Hoping Foundation Benefit Evening! Guy Pratt performed bass duties whilst Roger was on acoustic guitar, with Roger playing bass at other points during the evening’s performance. For those of you surprised by Guy’s inclusion, some of you will recall from our Guy Pratt interview back in 2005, Guy was asked to play bass for Pink Floyd at Live8 when the reunion happened…

We now know that the show took place – not in London, as noted by Getty Images – but at the rather splendid Kiddington Hall, in Oxfordshire.

News of the show, and the appearance by David and Roger, was broken by one of the hosts of the evening, TV presenter Fearne Cotton, who tweeted about the event in the early hours of this morning. There’s a number of pictures from the performance, and the evening itself, over at Getty Images

This evening, more details emerged courtesy of David’s blog – the tracks performed were: To Know Him Is To Love Him, Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb, and Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)…

The band consisted of David, Roger, Guy Pratt (bass and acoustic guitar), Harry Waters (keyboards), Andy Newmark (drums), Chester Kamen (guitar) and Jonjo Grisdale (keyboards). Quite a line-up, who performed in front of 200 very lucky people, raising some £350,000 for the Hoping Foundation (Hope and Optimism for Palestinians In the Next Generation) in the process.

*courtesy of braindamage.co.uk

As we reported earlier, Roger Waters will be performing The Wall LIVE in its entirety.  Now I don’t want to speculate or get anyone’s hopes up, but could it be that the two have finally decided to put their differences behind them and start making music again???  We can only hope… but damn if this happens, it could go down as one of the greatest moments in rock and roll history!!

UPDATE: According to Roger Waters’ facebook page, a possible surprise show on The Wall Tour is not out of the question!!!

Some weeks passed with David cajoling me from time to time, telling me how easy it would be, but I clung resolutely to my fear of failure until one day he made one final entreaty. I quote “If you do ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’ for The Hoping Foundation Gig, I’ll come and do ‘C. Numb’ on one of your Wall shows”. Well! You could have knocked me down with a feather. How fucking cool! I was blown away. How could I refuse such an offer. I couldn’t, there was no way. Generosity trumped fear. And so explaining that I would probably be shite, but if he didn’t mind I didn’t, I agreed and the rest is history. We did it, and it was fucking great. End of story. Or possibly beginning.


PS. Just heard from David, he will decide in due course which gig he wants to do, it will be a surprise!


~ by cdowell4 on July 12, 2010.

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