Relive the moment Kate Bush joined David Gilmour on stage to sing Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’
During her quiet years there were very few occasions in which the mercurial singer, Kate Bush would take to the stage. But if there was one person able to coax her into the spotlight it was Pink Floyd’s, David Gilmour.
That’s exactly what happened when in 2002 the Pink Floyd founder asked Kate Bush to join him on stage to perform a stunning version of the Floy’ds iconic single ‘Comfortably Numb’.
Kate Bush, one of the leading lights of the British music scene, has only really toured twice in her career and one of them was a residency in London. That fact makes every live performance she ever conducted feel like gold dust.
The singer experienced an almost non-existent touring life after her 1979 tour ‘The Tour Of Life’, which saw Bush travel to 28 different shows across Europe. It would take 35 years for Bush to go on another run of shows, this time at her 22-night London residency with ‘Before The Dawn’.
It meant that on the few occasions Bush did perform, even for one song, it was big news. Such was the case when in 1987, Gilmour and Bush joined to perform ‘Running Up That Hill’.
In comparison, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour is a touring maestro, even with his reduced road running. But in 2002, the guitarist staged a series of shows at London’s Royal Festival Hall and on the second night of the run invited Kate Bush to sing on ‘Comfortably Numb’ for an astounded audience.
Gilmour is probably the one person who could have lured Kate Bush onstage. The artist is widely attributed with discovering the 16 years old when Bush first began her songwriting journey. Gilmour helped her cut her first professional demo and then used his connections to get her signed to EMI. It was an act that would broker a lifelong friendship.
In the footage below, sadly not a professional recording, we can see Kate Bush take on the vocal duties of Roger Waters on the Floyd classic. It makes for an utterly engaging watch and yet another view on a friendship bound by the sanctity of music.