After years of feuding between Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and David Gilmour, the former band members are going to put the past behind them for one night. Gilmour has offered to accompany Waters onstage on his 30th anniversary tour for The Wall for the playing of “Comfortably Numb”. Of the 94-date tour that begins this September, Gilmour has yet to confirm what venue he will appear at, but the mystery appearance is likely to sell out what’s left of The Wall tickets available.
The trade-off leading to this chance duet came after David Gilmour thought up an idea for a charity event performance: “…to sing the old Teddy Bears song “To Know Him Is To Love Him” with [Waters], what with us having been so famously at each other’s throats for years and years.” While Waters was enthusiastic about performing the Pink Floyd classics “Wish You Were Here” and “Comfortably Numb” at the gala, he believed the arrangement for the cover song to be “way outside [his] vocal range.”
Not giving up on the idea, Gilmour made Waters an offer too good to pass up: if Waters would agree to perform “To Know Him Is To Love Him” for the event, Gilmour would play “Comfortably Numb” with Waters at one of his Wall shows. With an offer Waters couldn’t refuse, the pair played the Hoping Foundation Benefit in London with great success. The performance was only their second time sharing a stage since a bitter split in the early ‘80s.
Roger Waters The Wall tour, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band’s classic album and tour, is scheduled to be a 94-date tour, beginning September 15 and running through June 2011. So far sales have proved The Wall to be one of the top-selling tours of the summer. The lone guest appearance may not be disclosed until Gilmour is actually on stage. With Waters playing three consecutive shows at the TD Garden in Boston September 30, October 1st and 3rd, the chances of a New England appearance for David Gilmour seem just a little more probable. And as Waters ended his statement in regards to the deal, “End of story. Or possibly beginning.”