Yesterday David performed at the Douglas Adams 60th birthday party! The event held at HMV Hammersmith Apollo was a celebration of the great writer with his closest friends and family sharing memories, comedy and music. David Gilmour closed the evening performing three songs with the band.
The event was a benefit for two charities – the EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) and Save The Rhino. The first half was largely filled with chats and comedy about science and not so serious matters and apparently a mix of both! David, announced as a special guest, did Wish You Were Here, Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry) and Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum). The latter with a great vocal performance by Gary Brooker.
David was not announced for the show so it must have been a huge treat for those attending. However, if you know your Floyd history you’d know that David would have been greatly missed if he hadn’t showed up. Douglas Adams, being a close friend of David, gave name to Division Bell and also performed with Floyd at one of the shows in London’s Earl’s Court in 1994. The larger part of the evening’s band had also played together before in one of Adam’s private parties in the late 90s, including David, Gary Brooker (vocals/organ), Robbie McIntosh (guitar), Jodi Linscott (percussion), Wix Wickens (keyboards), Margo Buchanan (vocals/guitar), Dave Bronze (bass) and Paul Beavis (drums). Read more about the event and earlier history here.
David performed Wish You Were Here with the 1959 Gibson Western acoustic (with a L.R. Baggs M1 active pickup) that he used on the On an Island tour. Too Much Monkey Business and Whiter Shade of Pale was performed with the Black Strat (with the Hendrix strap indicating it’s the original Black Strat) and an amp rig that consisted of a Hiwatt SA112 and (from what I can see) an Alessandro Bluetick amp with a matching cabinet. Only an Ernie Ball volume pedal can bee seen in front of David but my guess is that he had the 1999 Pete Cornish All Tubes pedal board behind the monitor (same setup used at the Crisis Hidden Gig show in 2009).
Big thanks to JÃ¸rn-Terje Larsen for the pictures!