Watch David Gilmour’s Cover Of ‘Albatross’ By Fleetwood Mac
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David Gilmour brought out a lap-steel guitar and performed the 1968 Fleetwood Mac instrumental track “Albatross” during The Mick Fleetwood & Friends tribute concert to Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green on February 20, 2020 at London’s historic Palladium. It was a star-studded event which saw performances from Pete Townshend, Steven Tyler, Kirk Hammett, Christine McVie, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Bill Wyman, Billy Gibbons, and Noel Gallagher.
It was Fleetwood who personally invited David Gilmour even though they weren’t that close. Fleetwood told Rolling Stone, “He had so much reverence for Peter Green’s playing and who Peter was and the songs.”
“He initially got cold feet,” Fleetwood continued. “He was like, ‘I don’t know if I can interpret Peter’s work. It’s so amazing. Maybe I can’t do that… At the moment I’m sort of passing on the idea. But later on, if this happens, I may gather enough courage.'”
Eventually, Gilmour gave it a go and Fleetwood commented on his rendition: “He did beautiful work on the re-work of ‘Albatross’ with [former Fleetwood Mac guitarist] Rick Vito and also he did ‘Oh Well, Part Two’, which was on the Then Play On record.”
Fleetwood added, “For lack of a better description, it’s a classical-esque escapade that Peter put together. Peter never played it. Fleetwood Mac never played it. That was really special that David picked that to do. I was overjoyed.”