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Benedict Cumberbatch stuns fans as he sings Pink Floyd classic with David Gilmour

Benedict Cumberbatch made a surprise appearance onstage with Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour at a London gig on Wednesday (28Sep16).
The Sherlock actor, 40, joined the veteran rocker at the Royal Albert Hall to sing the band’s iconic 1979 hit Comfortably Numb during an encore. Benedict and Gilmour were introduced by mutual friends and when the Pink Floyd singer asked the actor to perform the song he was only too happy to accept the challenge.
After the lengthy song had finished the guitarist and songwriter asked the crowd, “Who knew he could sing?” while Benedict, dressed in a dark coat and denim trousers, took his bow in front of the cheering fans.
Roger Waters, who left Pink Floyd acrimoniously in 1985, originally sung Comfortably Numb but since the band’s 1994 demise David has often invited guest vocalists to sing on the track at his solo live shows.
During a 2006 gig at the same venue, the musician was joined by the late David Bowie in performing the song.
Wednesday was the third of five concerts Gilmour, 70, is playing at the British capital’s famous venue. Gilmour is finishing up his year long Rattle That Lock world tour with two more nights at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday (29Sep16) and Friday (30Sep16).
Also present at Wednesday’s concert was Withnail & I director Bruce Robinson and actor Richard E. Grant, who posted pictures of himself backstage at the gig on Twitter.
“With Bruce&Sophie Robinson, Benedict Cumberbatch & pair of wandering hands at Dave Gilmour’s Albert Hall concert,” he wrote with one snap.
Benedict recently finished filming the fourth series of the detective drama, with two of the episode titles being revealed as The Six Thatchers and The Lying Detective.
As well as series regulars Benedict, Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington, Toby Jones will be joining the show for at least one episode as a villain.
The show will return to British screens in January next year (17).

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