Revisiting Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour covering The Beatles songs ‘Across The Universe’ and ‘Revolution’
Back in the summer of 2002, David Gilmour made an under the radar appearance where he appeared at a Beatles tribute concert in Sussex which was raising money towards the Tibet House Trust and a host of other charities. The former Pink Floyd man, who held the fundraising effort close to his hear, took to the stage to cover two of his favourite tracks by The Fab Four.
The event took place on June 21st, 2002, at the Cowdray House in West Sussex, where Gilmour appeared in a star-studded line-up alongside other legends of the game including Ringo Starr, Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Bob Geldof, Donovan, Lulu, Paul Carrack, Faces drummer Kenny Jones, and was hosted by Chris Tarrant.
Gilmour’s decision to take part should come as no surprise as he is frequently noted as an active philanthropist when it is for a cause he believes in. Also, he has been open about his love of The Beatles and how they kickstarted his musical journey. The former Floyd member told MOJO in 2015: “I really wish I had been in The Beatles,” Gilmour tells “[They] taught me how to play the guitar, I learnt everything. The bass parts, the lead, the rhythm, everything. They were fantastic.”
The pioneer is still that same young Beatles fan that first picked up an instrument all those years ago and, notably, gave this vintage quote in Record Collector some years ago: “I’m a kid, really. You get into Studio Two at Abbey Road, you’re sitting there with Paul McCartney and your guitar is plugged in,” he said while perfectly embodying that spirit of a music fan who has snuck their way into the main room. “You think that’s an ordinary days works, but of course, it isn’t it’s magical! Managing to persuade him to sing I Saw Her Standing There at the Cavern, with me doing the John Lennon parts, was absolutely fantastic. I’ve been in The Who, I’ve been in The Beatles and I’ve been in Pink Floyd! Top that, mother****er!”
Gilmour is referring to when in 1999 he took on guitar duties when McCartney recorded Run Devil Run, an album of mostly 1950s covers with a few originals thrown in. To promote the release, McCartney, Gilmour and most of the Run Devil Run band appeared at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club. This was a pinch yourself moment for Gilmour even though he has been in one of the most important bands of all time himself and had an astounding influence on music in his own right.
Gilmour’s covers of ‘Across The Universe’ and ‘Revolution’ from The Beatles tribute concert were not professionally filmed as it was never aired on television however, thankfully someone in the audience was wise enough to realise they needed to document the history they were witnessing before their own eyes and it is available for us to enjoy in all of it’s magnificence.