Video: Watch Waters and Gilmour's Surprise Reunion

Duo performed four Pink Floyd songs at a benefit last month

August 17, 2010 11:01 AM ET

Video of last month's reunion of Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and David Gilmour has finally surfaced. The surprise four-song set at a Hoping Foundation benefit concert in Oxfordshire, England was their first time on stage together since 2005's Live Aid concert. Watch Waters and Gilmour perform Phil Spector's "To Know Him is To Love Him" — a Pink Floyd sound-check staple — plus "Wish You Were Here," "Comfortably Numb" and "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" for a crowd of 200.

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At the Hoping benefit, it appeared as though Waters and Gilmour had resolved their long-standing rift, which at one point led Waters to sue Gilmour over the use of the Pink Floyd name. "David arrived first and then Roger came on and I saw Roger give David a hug," benefit co-organizer Bella Freud told Rolling Stone last month. "It was really lovely." The pair were only supposed to play three songs, but the crowd was so moved by the unannounced performance that one attendee, British financier Arpad Busson, offered £50,000 for a performance of "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2." "Some other people were also saying they'd give £200,000 for them to play one more song," Freud said. "David and Roger — they looked so happy up there and they made something so beautiful happen."

Just two months earlier, Waters had said that Gilmour was "uninterested" in joining him on his upcoming tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Wall. But it was later revealed that Gilmour would join Waters at an undisclosed Wall tour stop to perform "Comfortably Numb" with his Pink Floyd band mate. "He will decide in due course which gig he wants to do, it will be a surprise," Waters wrote on Facebook. "End of story. Or possibly beginning."

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