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Pink Floyd Reunion?

LONDON, England - The music world is buzzing about the possibility of a Pink Floyd reunion. David Gilmour (guitar/vocals) and Roger Waters (bass/vocals) played four songs at a charity event last Saturday. Gilmour and Waters performed before 200 guests at a fundraiser to benefit children of Gaza.

The set list launched with a rendition of To Know Him Is To Love Him, regularly featured in Pink Floyd sound checks many years ago, followed by Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb, and the closer or Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2).

The idea came about last year after David was supporting a fundraiser for "The Hoping Foundation" in which karaoke performances by celebrities were auctioned off. David found himself singing George Gershwin's "Summertime" with super model Kate Moss. It was at this event that David, half-jokingly said, "wouldn't it be funny if Roger and I sang 'To Know Him Is To Love Him' with us so famously being at each other's throats for years and years? So Gilmour decided to try and make his joke a reality. He e-mailed Waters with the idea of performing the song at the next "Hoping Foundation" event. Waters loved the idea. They agreed to perform Wish You Were Here  and Comfortably Numb to round out the set.

Over the next few weeks, Gilmour sent Waters various ideas about how to perform the song. According to Waters, he listened to the demos "with a sinking heart, knowing that he would struggle with the two-part harmony trying to match Gilmour's vocals." Waters informed Gilmour that he would have to bow out of To Love Him Is To Know Him, however he would be more than happy to perform the other songs.

A few weeks passed. Gilmour hounded Waters about how easy the song would be, however Waters clung to his fear of failure. That is until Gilmour made one last plea: "If you do To Love Him Is To Know Him  for The Hoping Foundation gig, I'll come and do Comfortably Numb for one your Wall shows. Waters couldn't refuse such an offer. According to Waters, "generosity trumped fear." 

So on July 10th, 2010, the two performed together for the first time in many years. A message on Waters' facebook page says, "we did it, and it was great. End of story. Or possible beginning."

Waters will be kicking off his "The Wall: Live" tour, in which he will perform Pink Floyd's The Wall album in its entirety, on September 15 in Toronto. According to Waters, David Gilmour has yet to decide at which show he will perform. It will be a surprise.

Pink Floyd has sold over 200 million albums worldwide during their career. They have over 74 million certified units in the U.S., making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

The idea of a Pink Floyd reunion is one that most have considered never possible. Gilmour and Waters had personal and creative differences during the band's career, and Waters left the band on a sour note in the early 80's. Pink Floyd put out two albums post-Waters; 1987's A Momentary Lapse Of Reason and 1994's The Division Bell.

The last time the band performed together was in 2005 at Live 8. It was the first time in 20 years that the classic lineup had played together. Keyboardist Richard Wright died on September 15, 2008, making Live 8 the last time the main members of the band would ever perform together again.

Over the years, Gilmour has hinted that him and Waters were on "amicable terms."  As for a Pink Floyd reunion, "you never know," says Gilmour, giving me, and millions upon millions of other fans hope that we will get at least one more chance of seeing these icons play music together again.

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