This was a shoot I will never forget. I’ve been a Pink Floyd fan since I was a teenager so to see David Gilmour was a treat. What was even better was that as he wasn’t allowing photographers in to the shows, we were invited to shoot the sound check. This wasn’t an ordinary sound check either. We were let in early and we got to sit in a near empty Royal Albert Hall for about half an hour watching the sound check. Once they were done, we got four songs as a full beans rehearsal with full stage lighting from six rows back.
That meant all the time in the world to capture close up soloing action but the stage lighting for Comfortably Numb was among the most spectacular I’ve ever seen with a lattice work of green laser beams piercing the whole Hall.
I had goosebumps watching him belt out the solo, and it sounded identical to my 20 year old Pulse album. Of all the songs for them to sound check, it couldn’t get better than Comfortably Numb!
I think at the end he even thanked us all for coming but to be honest I was away with the fairies, grinning from ear to ear, so I’m really not sure. As we left I told the PR that I’d literally waited 25 years for that, and today will go down as one of the absolute highlights of my photography career regardless of what the future may hold.