David Gilmour pays tribute to Richard Wright on Jools Holland's Later...Live
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 24 September 2008

david gilmour on later live - close-up Last night, David Gilmour paid tribute to his friend Richard Wright on Jools Holland's "Later... Live" programme. And, together with the rest of his band, they performed Remember A Day, written by Richard back in 1967, released on A Saucerful of Secrets in 1968, and incredibly, possibly only performed live once before.

Clearly a very emotional experience for all, the performance was a tender, poignant tribute to Richard, who sadly passed away on September 15th and was due to appear on the show with David.

"He was just a very self-effacing but very talented, lovely chap. We're incredibly sad to have lost him." David told Jools in a conversation before playing the song. In an emotional, and contemplative interview that coincidentally had fellow guitarist Jeff Beck sat beside David, he talked of Richard's unique early sound. "He had his Farfisa organ - a strange old thing - running through a Binson Echorec".

Asked about how Richard's style contributed over the years to Pink Floyd, he said: "He had a jazzy edge to him, and an ethereal edge, that combined to create his sound. He stuck with his basic stuff that he was good at. He got less into the Farfisa organ, and wanted to play real pianos, and real Hammond organs, which are the basic diet of modern music."

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The half-hour live edition of Later...With Jools Holland was broadcast last night (Tuesday), with a longer, pre-recorded version broadcast on BBC Two on Friday (September 26th) at 11:35pm. The programme is an hour and five minutes long and can also be seen on BBC HD Channel at the same time.

For the Friday episode, David and his band also performed The Blue, from On An Island.

For those in the UK, the BBC's iPlayer service allows you to view the show on demand for up to seven days following broadcast. You can access it via www.BBC.co.uk/iPlayer, or by using Virgin Media's digital cable version of iPlayer.