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Nick Mason In Massive London Charity Concert

This will be the charity concert of the year!

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is to join a star studded collection of some of the biggest names in music at a massive charity concert at London’s O2 Arena on 3rd March 2020.

The incredible line up includes Eric Clapton, Sir Tom Jones, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, John Illsley from Dire Straits, Paul Jones, Mike Rutherford, Paul Carrack, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, Zucchero, Rick Wakeman, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Nick Mason.

Funds raised from the concert will go towards building The Royal Marsden’s brand new, state of the art treatment and research facility, the Oak Cancer Centre.

Eric Clapton said, “This is a great cause and I’m honoured to be part of the efforts to raise money for The Royal Marsden. I also couldn’t say no to the opportunity to work with the other artists and bandmates in the line-up. I am sure it’ll be a fantastic evening providing much needed support for this pioneering hospital.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday 6th December from: Bookingsdirect.com / Ticketmaster.com / Eventim.co.uk / AXS.com / Theo2.co.uk

More artists will be announced at a later date with each of them performing a few songs backed up by a formidable house band.

I don’t want to start any rumours, but it would be rather a good thing if David Gilmour turned up and did a couple of numbers too! It is quite close to his birthday on 6th March but he could give us all a treat instead! 😉

Unreleased Pink Floyd High Hopes from 1994

As part of the promotion of the forthcoming Pink Floyd Later Years massive box set, the official YouTube channel of Pink Floyd has shared an early recording of the song High Hopes from The Division Bell album.

Also, just catching up with the news a bit here, but David Gilmour joined Richard Thompson at the Royal Albert Hall as a birthday treat, as a special guest at the 70th Birthday Celebration of singer/songwriter/guitarist and Fairport Convention co-founder Richard Thompson.

Appearing towards the close of a concert full of stellar guests, David performed Richard’s The Dimming Of The Day, including an incendiary solo. The song had of course previously featured on the David Gilmour In Concert DVD from the Royal Festival Hall. Richard supplied sympathetic electric guitar behind David’s lead vocal on Fat Old Sun, culminating in an exchange of guitar solos between the two that was a masterclass in dynamics and taste.

David Gilmour with Richard Thompson at the Royal Albert Hall September 2019
David Gilmour with Richard Thompson at the Royal Albert Hall September 2019

The show was a fitting tribute to Richard Thompson’s artistry, including as it did the cream of Britain’s folk-rock world as well as some possibly more surprising guests, such as Hugh Cornwell (a former schoolmate of Richard’s) and Bob Mould from Hüsker Dü and Sugar. The entire ensemble, including David, assembled for the traditional Fairport Convention encore of Richard’s classic Meet On The Ledge, a fitting end to an astonishing evening of musical virtuosity.