Eric Clapton & Roger Waters Team Up On ‘Wish You Were Here’ On This Date In 2005


On December 26, 2004 an earthquake occurred off the coast of Indonesia that was the third-largest earthquake ever recorded and led to a deadly tsunami. All told, over 200,000 were killed and many more went missing. A few weeks later, actor George Clooney led a benefit called Tsunami Aid: A Concert Of Hope that was broadcast worldwide on this date in 2005. Iconic performers Eric Clapton and Roger Waters were among those who represented the rock world, as the pair teamed up for a gorgeous version of a Pink Floyd classic.

Clapton and Waters most famously came together in 1984, when the guitarist contributed to the Pink Floyd bassist’s first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. Eric also took part in a batch of Roger Waters’ tour dates in 1984. The pair both helped raise funds for victims of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami by performing an acoustic take on “Wish You Were Here” in which they were backed by a trio of vocalists. Watch how it went down:

Roger Waters begins his massive Us + Them Tour in Kansas City on May 26, while Eric Clapton will play two shows a piece in New York City and Los Angeles in March.