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.