Actor joins Pink Floyd singer at his London residency
Benedict Cumberbatch joined David Gilmour on stage in London last night (September 28) to sing a classic by Gilmour’s old band Pink Floyd.
Gilmour was playing the third of his five-night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall when he was joined by Cumberbatch for ‘Comfortably Numb’ from Pink Floyd’s 1979 album ‘The Wall’.
The song was originally sung by Roger Waters, the Pink Floyd singer who left the band acrimoniously in 1985. Although Gilmour has regularly played ‘Comfortably Numb’ at his solo shows since Pink Floyd ended in 1994, he has often used guest vocalists to sing Waters’ part. These have included David Bowie, who sang it with Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall in 2006. In a rare reunion, Gilmour played the song at Waters’ solo show at London’s O2 Arena in 2011.
Cumberbatch has previous singing experience, having performed ‘Can’t Keep It Inside’ for his film August: Osage County in 2013. He is a regular gig goer at concerts in London when he’s not filming.
Gilmour’s London residency finishes tonight and tomorrow for what are currently the final shows in support of his 2015 album ‘Rattle That Lock’.
Filming has finished on the fourth series of BBC1’s Sherlock, which is due to be broadcast from New Year’s Day. The episode titles were revealed last week, with Toby Jones playing a villain in the second episode, The Lying Detective, which is based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story The Adventure Of The Dying Detective.