Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Covers Three Fleetwood Mac Classics At Peter Green Tribute Concert
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Last night Pink Floyd‘s David Gilmour alongside a star-studded cast of musicians paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green at London’s Palladium Theatre.
“The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music,” Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood shared of the event when it was announced in November last year. “Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honored to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician.”
Green was a noted guitarist, whose work would inspire many British artists of his generation before drug problems largely removed him from the world of music toward the end of the 1960s.
Taking to the stage The Who’s Pete Townshend, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Crowded House‘s Neil Finn, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, and Oasis’ Noel Gallagher all performed songs from the early years of Fleetwood Mac.
One of the artists the audience was most excited to see, however, was David Gilmour.
Amidst rapturous applause, the Pink Floyd guitarist appeared on stage to assist Mick Fleetwood the house band in delivering a searing rendition of ‘Oh Well Part II’ a section of original song ‘Oh Well’ from Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 album Then Play On.
Gilmour, as it can be from footage taken on the night, performed an exceptionally bluesy solo.
He later returned to the stage to perform ‘Albatross‘, an infamously lengthy instrumental released by Fleetwood Mac single in November 1968.
Here Gilmour delighted the audience with a rare performance on lap steel guitar.
To close out the concert, the ensemble of musicians reconvened on stage to perform Elmore James’ Chicago blues staple ‘Shake Your Moneymaker‘.
All proceeds from the evening will be donated to charity the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The concert itself will be released as a live album this October.
“Thanks to everyone who came along to the Peter Green tribute show in London last night,” Gilmour later wrote via Instagram. “A really special evening.”
The full setlist below.
Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac
1. Rolling Man
3. Dr Brown (featuring Billy Gibbons on vocals and guitar)
4. All Your Love (featuring Billy Gibbons on guitar, Steven Tyler on vocals)
5. Rattlesnake Shake
6. Stop Messin’ Around (featuring Christine McVie on vocals and keyboards)
7. Looking for somebody (featuring Christine McVie on vocals and keyboards)
8. Sandy Mary (featuring Noel Gallagher)
9. Love that burns (featuring Noel Gallagher)
10. The World Keeps Turning (featuring Noel Gallagher)
11. Like Crying
12. No Place To Go
13. Station Man (featuring Pete Townshend on guitar and vocals)
14. Man Of The World (featuring Neil Finn on vocals)
15. Oh Well, Part I (featuring Billy Gibbons on guitar, Steven Tyler on vocals)
16. Oh Well, Part II (featuring David Gilmour on guitar)
17. Need Your Love So Bad
18. Black Magic Woman
19. The Sky Is Crying (featuring Jeremy Spencer on guitar and vocals)
20. I Can’t Hold On (featuring Jeremy Spencer on guitar and vocals)
21. The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) (featuring Kirk Hammett)
22. Albatross (featuring David Gilmour on lap steel guitar)
23. Shake Your Moneymaker (All-star finale)