Gilmour and Bowie duet on Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb'
Bowie only performed at the Royal Albert Hall once, on 29 May 2006 as a surprise guest performer on David Gilmour’s World Tour show, which is David Bowie’s final public performance in the UK.
Bowie closed the concert duetting with David Gilmour on Pink Floyd’s 'Arnold Layne' and 'Comfortably Numb'.
Filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, the clip shows the 'duo' performing at the end of Gilmour’s 2006 European solo tour, in support of his solo album 'On an Island'. During two other nights in the same venue, Gilmour was joined by David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Robert Wyatt, and the footage saw release as a DVD titled 'Remember That Night '.
Bowie’s participation, in particular, was noteworthy for his artistic interest in Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. Bowie had been heavily influenced by Barrett in the Sixties and had even named his short-lived 1971 group Arnold Corns after the 1967 Barrett-penned the first Pink Floyd song “Arnold Layne.” Below Bowie's interpretation of 'Arnold Layne'
Bowie’s presence at the concert was significant for another reason as well. It was his first live performance since he suffered a heart attack in 2004. His appearance was the highlight of the show, which he capped with performances of 'Arnold Layne' and the Pink Floyd classic 'Comfortably Numb.' He and Gilmour shared vocals on the latter, with Bowie singing Roger Waters’ verse parts and Gilmour reprising his vocal contribution from the original Pink Floyd performance.
Bowie and Gilmour on 'Comfortably Numb'