The late Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, would have been 60 years old this month. But he still knows how to really throw a party!
His birthday celebration included a comedy and music gala staged at the former Hammersmith Odeon, now the HMV Apollo. Douglas delighted in dreaming up events where he would bring together his favourite musicians and friends for unforgettable evenings of music that included a series of concerts held in his library.
David Gilmour joined the musical lineup for the last portion of the show, which included Robbie McIntosh (vocals, guitars); Gary Brooker (vocals, keyboards); Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards); Jody Linscott (percussion); Dave Bronze (bass); Paul Beavis (drums); and Margo Buchanan, also on vocals and guitar.
The 3 hour show featured an original song by Robbie McIntosh, Margo Buchanan sang her own Rockstar and Etta James’ I Just Wanna Make Love to You, and Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker led the ensemble in an emotive version of “A Salty Dog,” the title track of their third album.
David Gilmour performed Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and provided a blistering guitar solo on Gary Brooker’s rendition of “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” The whole affair was all the more impressive because, as we were assured by the closing announcement, it was all done with no rehearsal whatsoever.
The event was in aid of Save The Rhino.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Classic Rock