The Endless River might mark “the end” of Pink Floyd, but that doesn’t mean David Gilmour will cease performing the band’s music. The guitarist made a rare appearance Saturday night at a Bombay Bicycle Club concert at London’s Earls Court, first playing lap steel guitar on that band’s “Rinse Me Down” before performing the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here” live for the first time in over two years, NME reports.
“This man gave me my first guitar and was one of the first people to play this venue and by my count has played here more than 27 times,” Bombay Bicycle Club guitarist Jamie MacColl told the crowd. The Bombay Bicycle Club’s gig at Earls Court was to be the last concert ever at the legendary venue before its planned demolition and redevelopment, so it was natural for the Pink Floyd guitarist to be on hand for Earls Court’s curtain call.
Gilmour has a long history with the historic Earls Court Exhibition Centre: Pink Floyd performed Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety at the London venue in 1973. Portions of Pink Floyd’s live album Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81 and the entire 1995 Pulse concert film were also recorded at Earls Court. The venue, when it hosted the 1981 Wall performance, marked the spot of the final concert by the classic Pink Floyd lineup until their Live 8 reunion in 2005.
While Pink Floyd is no more, Gilmour previously revealed that he plans on releasing a solo album and going back out on tour in the future. “It’s coming along very well,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone of his solo LP. “There are some sketches that aren’t finished, and some of them will be started again. There’s a few months’ work in it yet. I’m hoping to get it out this following year. Then I’m hoping to do an old man’s tour, not a 200-date sort of thing.”
In other Pink Floyd news that encapsulates the band’s lasting impact, Dark Side of the Moon reentered the Billboard 200’s Top 20 this week – Number 13 to be exact – more than 40 years after the album was first released. The reemergence of Dark Side was fueled by a Google Play special that offered a 99-cent download of the LP, resulting in over 38,000 more copies sold for the most charted album in Billboard history at 889 weeks and counting.