Pink Floyd together again!

I was busy with a major network migration at work today so missed this wonderful story until just a few moments ago. It’s enough to make grown men of a certain age – my age – cry. David Gilmour, Pink Floyd’s guitar virtuoso, appeared on stage with Pink Floyd’s main songwriter Roger Waters, last night at the O2 Arena in London, to perform Comfortably Numb. The BBC have a nice report about it here featuring some footage.

Waters is currently on tour performing the legendary The Wall album which was released back in 1979. I first heard The Wall in late 1981 after a friend at school made me a copy on cassette. And what an astonishing and deeply personal album it was by Waters, whose father was killed at Anzio in WW2.

And to those who don’t understand the fuss about Pink Floyd…well, just turn the volume to full, keep your eyes peeled on the lights in the video below and listen to Gilmour’s majestic guitar playing on Comfortably Numb – about a rock star on the verge of a total breakdown – and tell me seriously that you were not totally awed by the experience. The footage is from Earl’s Court during the 1994 tour – sadly minus Waters (Pink Floyd had a bitter break up in the 1980’s). Unfortunately, YouTube seemed to have been forced to remove the clip they had which had generated several million views the last time I looked, so I have taken this from Daily Motion instead.

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2 Responses to Pink Floyd together again!

  1. Yakoub says:

    The group of kids who featured in the video for Another Brick in The Wall faired pretty badly in their ‘O’ levels, which provoked a hilarious and memorable comment from their Head teacher: “Perhaps if they had spent more time in the classroom instead of the recording studio, they might acheived more in their education. And that is probably true for the children as well.”

  2. Hi Yakoub,

    Well, I think Roger Waters knew that kind of headteacher well!

    “When we grew up and went to school
    There were certain teachers who would
    Hurt the children in any way they could

    “OOF!” [someone being hit]

    “By pouring their derision
    Upon anything we did
    And exposing every weakness
    However carefully hidden by the kids
    But in the town, it was well known
    When they got home at night, their fat and
    Psychopathic wives would thrash them
    Within inches of their lives.”

    The Happiest Days of our Lives (Lyrics:Roger Waters, Album: The Wall)

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