Behind-the-scenes video of Pink Floyd’s 2011 reunion has been published online, showing Roger Waters and David Gilmour setting aside their 30-year feud to appear on stage with bandmate Nick Mason. View the clip below.
The former bandmates appear at ease and happy in each other’s company, in a series of scenes that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.
In 2010 Gilmour invited Waters to play with him at a charity show. He agreed, on the understanding that Gilmour would return the favour during Water’s final tour of The Wall. That’s what happened in London in May 2011, when Gilmour astonished the crowd by appearing at the top of the stage wall to perform during Comfortably Numb. After that bombshell Mason joined them for the end of the show.
The video shows Waters warning his ex-colleague: “Don’t dive off the top,” as a platform takes him to the height of the wall during rehearsals. Later Gilmour rests his head affectionately on Waters’ shoulder during a sound check. The group are seeing chatting with crew and friends, and sharing a backstage dinner table.
After the surprise performance Waters tells the crowd: “30 years ago, when David, Nick and I first did this, I was a rather grumpy person and disaffected with rock audiences.” Gilmour nods and laughs while Waters continues: “But all that’s changed. I could not be happier to be in this room with these guys.”
But it’s likely to be Floyd’s last hurrah, since Waters has signalled his intention to retire on completion of The Wall’s current tour.