Wish You Were There: Pink Floyd's Gilmour and Waters Reunite for Benefit

Feuding Floyd founders team for Palestine charity

By Greg Wilson
|  Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010  |  Updated 2:00 PM EDT
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Rock Stars: Then and Now

Roger Waters and David Gilmour have feuded since the breakup of Pink Floyd, but reunited over the weekend for a charity.

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Two of rock's most legendary feuders, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and David Gilmour, reunited over the weekend for an unannounced, four-song concert to benefit Palestinian children.

The show in London marked the first time the two played in public since 2005's Live 8 concert, and witnesses said they seemed genuinely warm toward each other, according to Rolling Stone.

"David arrived first and then Roger came on and I saw Roger give David a hug," said organizer Bella Freud. "It was really lovely."

Gilmour and Waters warmed up for the unannounced, short set by sound checking "To Know Him Is to Love Him," "Comfortably Numb" and "Wish You Were Here."

"There were about 30 people milling about," Freud says. "Everyone was just stunned."

Gilmour and Waters were originally planning to play three songs. But one attendee, British financier Arpad Busson, was so taken with the performance, he ponied up a sizable donation to get them to play "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2."

"People were crying — really! I know it sounds corny, but it was magic. David and Roger — they looked so happy up there and they made something so beautiful happen," Freud said.

Rolling Stone has reported that Waters has said he asked Gilmour to join 30th anniversary tour for The Wall, but Gilmour was "uninterested" in the offer.

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