2pm yesterday afternoon, I’m at a motorway service station en route fron Bournemouth to Cambridge. My phone rings, it’s David Gilmour. “What are you doing tonight Guy?” I’m playing the Cambridge Corn Exchange with Bryan Ferry if you must know. David has suddenly decided to reform Pink Floyd for the Syd Barrett tribute show and wants me to play. AAAARRRGGH!!!! I’d already been asked to do the show, but as none of the band were doing it it seemed unfair to ask Bryan to get a replacement bassist.
I managed to meet up with David for a very quick drink and debrief on my way home. He pointed out that the Corn Exchange was the last place Syd ever played, so that’s some sort of extremely minor consolation. Although this is now the second Pink Floyd reunion I’ve missed for Mr Ferry.When he turned up for soundcheck he gestured around and said “Ah, Guy, your spiritual home” Not knowing what had gone down. I replied frostily “Don’t you fucking start.…”