Waters Cooking Up Gilmour Surprise?
Gilmour made the offer in order to entice Waters to join him for a benefit for Palestinian children held by The Hoping Foundation at Kiddington Hall in Oxfordshire, England, July 10.
According to Waters, the gig, their first together since Pink Floyd reunited for a one-off performance at the Live 8 festival five years ago, came about after Gilmour contacted him about the possibility of the two appearing on stage to perform a rendition of an old ‘50s song written by Phil Spector and originally recorded by the producer’s vocal group, The Teddy Bears.
“I think it was David himself, came up with this ‘Wouldn’t it be funny,’ idea,” Waters wrote on his Facebook page July 14. “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!!!”
Turns out Waters was into it. That is, until Gilmour sent him some demo recordings showing how the two could perform the tune, in 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,” Rogers wrote.
“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.”
According to Waters, Gilmour persistence in getting him to reunite onstage for the benefit finally pushed the right button by promising something in return – appearing at one of Waters’ The Wall concerts to perform “Comfortably Numb.”
“You could have knocked me down with a feather,” Waters wrote. “How fucking cool! I was blown away. 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 fucking great. End of story. Or possibly the beginning.”
Now fans are on alert wondering when Gilmour will keep up his end of the bargain. Waters current “The Wall” tour plays Europe beginning March 2011 with U.K. dates scheduled to begin with a multi-night run at The O2 – London May 11.
Click here to read Roger Waters’ entire Facebook posting.