When Pink Floyd closed out Live 8 with their magnificent rendition of “Comfortably Numb” back in 2005 the event became epic for a number of reasons. Besides the unlikely Floyd reunion, the funds raised by the event, and the multiple locations around the globe that participated it was the first time in 15 years this caliber of talent congregated for charity.
The year was 1990, and the location was Hertfordshire, England, the same location where some of rock’s most historic events took place: Led Zeppelin’s final British show & Queen’s final performance headed by Freddie Mercury. Approximately 120,000 people descended upon Knebworth Park for the massive all-star concert benefiting the Nordof-Robbins Music Charity Centre and the Brit School for Performing Arts. Long out of print in audio form (a DVD version was released in 2002), Live at Knebworth has at last been reissued thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, and it sounds just as mesmerizing as it did two decades ago.
The double-disc set highlights extended performances by the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Genesis, and Pink Floyd. The “odd” band out amongst these legends are Tears For Fears, who perform an enchanting version of their massive hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” Other highlights include a fiery Robert Plant pumping out a “Tall Cool One;” an 11 minute Genesis medley which includes “Twist & Shout,” “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “Pinball Wizard;” and Paul McCartney’s light-hearted “Coming Up.” Just days before this Knebworth show McCartney paid homage to John Lennon during a spectacular homecoming concert in Liverpool with an emotional medley of “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Help,” and “Give Peace a Chance.” The show closes with none other than Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell,” two songs that were concert staples throughout their Division Bell Tour. This Knebworth show is a diamond in the rough, and fans of the artist on this album will tell you these songs are treasures and should be treated as such.