What Made Pink Floyd’s Gilmour & Waters Reunite Onstage?

pfthPolly Samson has a great photo gallery of shots (I believe taken during soundcheck) that you can view here.

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters reunited onstage for a four-song set last Friday night at a charity event for the Hoping Foundation in Oxfordshire, England.

Waters took to his Facebook page on Wednesday to explain how this reunion came about.

“Last year, The Hoping Foundation, a charity that supports Palestinian refugee kids, put on a fund raiser at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London, the idea of which was to raise money by auctioning karaoke performances by various celebrities. David was there as a supporter and was moved to perform an impromptu rendition of George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ which he performed aided and abetted by supermodel Kate Moss.

“In the wake of that evening, someone, I think it was David himself, came up with this ‘Wouldn’t it be funny,’ idea. What if he (David that is) were to sing the old Teddy Bears song ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’ with me (Roger that is), what with us having been so famously at each other’s throats for years and years. Get it!!!! Anyway he emailed me with this suggestion and I loved it, so then it was just a question of juggling dates and deciding to do ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’ to round out our little set.”

But then Gilmour sent Waters a demo of the Bears cover that included a two-part harmony.

“I listened with a sinking heart, knowing that David, with his superior vocal skills, could sing either part standing on his head, whilst I would have to search for a different key and then struggle through hours and hours of routining a performance that lay way outside my vocal comfort zone,” explains Waters in the post. “To my eternal shame I bottled out and told Dave I would happily do ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘C. Numb,’ but that ‘To Know him is to Love him’ was beyond me.”

So after some useless cajoling, Gilmour eventually dangled a carrot that Waters just couldn’t refuse.

Waters quotes Gilmour’s offer on the post as follows: “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.”

“I was blown away,” admits Waters. “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 f––ing great. End of story. Or possibly beginning.”

So diehard Pink Floyd fans, stay tuned as Gilmour is expected to determine which of the shows on the 30th Anniversary tour for The Wall he’ll play at in “due course.”

To get the complete explanation from Waters, click here.


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