Pink Floyd Reunite (For One Night Only)

David Gilmour and Roger Waters

David Gilmour and Roger Waters peforming at the Hoping Foundation benefit concert.

Last night saw a reunion of the surviving three members of Pink Floyd, on stage for the first time since Live 8 in 2005, and seemingly enjoying being in each other’s company once again.

The occasion was a Roger Waters solo staging of the band’s hit album (tour and film) “The Wall,” which took place at London’s O2 Arena. Having egged each other on about guest appearances at various concerts over the last few months — resulting in a giggly rendition of “To Know Him Is To Love Him” at a charity concert in aid of the Hoping Foundation — Floyd guitarist and singer David Gilmour agreed to sing “Comfortably Numb”, and play that astonishing guitar solo, one more time.

Here’s a (slightly too far away) fans-eye view:

And then, right at the end, Roger and David were joined by Nick Mason, who played tambourine to Roger’s trumpet and David’s mandolin, for the final song “Outside The Wall.”

Writing on his Facebook page, Roger explained how this happy event came about: “Someone, I think it was David himself, came up with this ‘Wouldn’t it be funny’, idea. What if he were to sing the old Teddy Bears song ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’ with me, what with us having been so famously at each other’s throats for years and years.”

“Some weeks passed with David cajoling me from time to time, telling me how easy it would be, 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 f***ing 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 s****, but if he didn’t mind I didn’t, I agreed and the rest is history.”

Sadly, David himself has been at pains to point out that this does not signal a return to active duty for the Floyd as a band, or even that he would appear at subsequent Roger Waters shows. A post on his fan blog reads: “I should also remind you that tonight is most definitely a one-off. David is not repeating his special guest performance at a later occasion, I’m sorry to disappoint those of you with fingers crossed and tickets for later shows.”

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Fraser McAlpine

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