Last Saturday, David Gilmour and Roger Waters surprised the spectators at a charity event in Oxfordshire, England, with an impromptu reunion, performing “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall,” and “Wish You Were Here.” The last time the two performed together was at the one-off Pink Floyd reunion (Ed. Note: that is to say, they let Roger back in, as Gilmour, Mason, and Wright won the rights to the name in the early 1990s) in 2005 at the Live 8 Concert from Hyde Park in London.
More than this being big Floyd news itself, the details of the deal to play together include an agreement for Gilmour to join Waters for one date during his upcoming tour.
After the jump: the unusual details of the reunion.
As previously reported, Roger Waters will be performing the entirety of Pink Floyd’s 1977 concept album “The Wall” for the first time since the album’s release. However, to convince his former bandmate to agree to playing “The Wall,” Waters first had to agree to performing a cover of the Teddy Bears’ 1958 doo-wop single “To Know Him is to Love Him,” penned by Phil Spector. Initially hesitant, Waters was not convinced until Gilmour offered to reunite again after the charity gig on a date during the “Wall” tour. Waters posted on his Facebook page:
“. . . 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 ‘Comfortably Numb’ on one of your Wall shows.'” He continues to elaborate on the significance of the agreement, saying “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**te, but if he didn’t mind I didn’t, I agreed and the rest is history.”
However, before you get your hopes up that you WILL be seeing Gilmour and Waters together, it comes at a catch: when Gilmour said ‘one of your Wall shows,’ he meant ‘one.’ And it will be an absolute surprise, according to Waters, as there is no set date at this time.
The tour begins in September in Toronto, Canada, and many of the dates include multiple nights in some of the larger cities. Dates can be found here.
Now, for the curious, here’s the song Gilmour wanted to play with Waters during the Hoping Foundation charity event: