I’m not sure if a musical collaboration has ever made me as excited or given me as many goosebumps as these clips right here.
Roger Waters, longstanding member of legendary prog band Pink Floyd, is currently gearing up for a 2016 tour of his new solo work. But this weekend, he took to the stage in Washington DC, as headliner of the Music Heals, a charity concert raising money for MusiCorps.
Footage is now available of Waters performing a number of Floyd tracks live on stage, but he’s not alone, oh no. No, no, he enlisted the help of a few friends who were also playing on the night, including Rage Against The Machine guitarist (and recently, Raury collaborator) Tom Morello, and Smashing Pumpkins frontman
Billy William Patrick Corgan.
I know I can’t speak for others, but these three bands were some of the ultimate defining bands of my upbringing. Collectively, Floyd, RATM and Pumpkins tracks made me who I am today. For these three incredibly diverse acts to come together – to perform Pink Floyd tracks, no less – has given me a pure, unbridled sense of real joy.
Watch this video of all three performing with a full band for a rendition of Pink Floyd tracks Comfortably Numb, (fun fact, Comfortably Numb might just be this editor’s favourite song of all time.) and Brain Damage/Eclipse, as well as a cover of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young.
It’s fan shot footage but it’s still unbelievable.
Check out the full setlist here. Not only did Waters perform a best-of Pink Floyd set, as well as the first ever live performance of When The Tigers Broke Free (oh my god – fingers crossed more footage surfaces), but covers of Bruce Springsteen, Bill Withers, Leonard Cohen and more.
When the Tigers Broke Free (Live Debut)
Wide River to Cross (Buddy Miller cover)
Mother (Pink Floyd)
Lean On Me (Bill Withers cover)
A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd) (with Tom Morello)
Money (Pink Floyd) (with Tom Morello)
The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen cover) (with Tom Morello)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) (with Billy Corgan and Tom Morello)
Brain Damage (Pink Floyd) (with Billy Corgan and Tom Morello)
Eclipse (Pink Floyd) (with Billy Corgan and Tom Morello)
Crystal Clear Brooks
Goodbye Blue Sky (Pink Floyd song)
Blowin’ in the Wind (Bob Dylan cover) (with Sheryl Crow)
Is There Anybody Out There? (Pink Floyd)
Nobody Home (Pink Floyd)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover)
Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (Pink Floyd)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd) (with Billy Corgan and Tom Morello)
Forever Young (Bob Dylan cover) (with Billy Corgan and Tom Morello)