David Gilmour and Bombay Bicycle Club bid farewell to Earls Court

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour made a rare live appearance during Bombay Bicycle Club’s gig at Earls Court on Saturday night – the last concert to take place at the venue.

London mayor Boris Johnson confirmed last year that Earls Court – former home of the PLASA Show before its move to ExCeL – is set to be demolished and transformed into a ‘high-end’ residential area.

Gilmour, who first played Earls Court Arena with Pink Floyd in 1973 as part of the Dark Side of the Moon tour, was introduced onto the stage by Bombay Bicycle Club guitarist Jamie MacColl, NME has reported. "This man gave me my first guitar and was one of the first people to play this venue and by my count has played here more than 27 times," MacColl commented.

The show saw Gilmour play lap steel guitar on the British band’s song Rinse Me Down, before he picked up an acoustic guitar and sang Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here from the 1975 album of the same name.

According to Rolling Stone, portions of Pink Floyd’s live album Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81 and the entire 1995 Pulse concert film were also recorded at Earls Court. The venue was also where the classic Pink Floyd line-up played its final concert until the Live 8 reunion in 2005.

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