David Bowie stunned fans by making his first appearance on a UK stage in nearly two years last night (May 29) at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The singer, who has been relatively quiet since undergoing emergency heart surgery in summer 2004, came on as a surprise guest during the encore at former Pink Floyd man David Gilmour’s first of three sold-out nights at the venue.
Long time Floyd fanatic Bowie received a standing ovation after performing classics tracks ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’.
Bowie last played the UK in June 2004, at the Isle Of Wight festival.
Other guests on the evening included David Crosby and Graham Nash, who sang on the title track of Gilmour’s recent UK Number One album ‘On An Island’ as well as ‘The Blue’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ and their own ‘Find The Cost Of Freedom’.
Meanwhile long time collaborator Robert Wyatt also dropped to reprise his role from the recent album, playing cornet on ‘Then I Close my Eyes’.
Gilmour plays another two nights the venue – tonight and tomorrow (May 30/31).