Dierks Bentley Performs Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ on ‘Late Night
Dierks Bentley brought some country flavor to the week-long Pink Floyd tribute performance series on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ by performing a stark rendition of ‘Wish You Were Here’ tonight on the show.
Bentley had some tough acts to follow, with the Shins, MGMT and an all-star team up of Floyd bassist Roger Waters and the Foo Fighters delivering excellent renditions of classic Pink Floyd songs on the first three shows of the week. (This is all, of course, in support of the massive ‘Why Pink Floyd?’ catalog reissue program that launched Tuesday.)
Unsurprisingly to any of Bentley’s fans, the singer came through with flying colors, staying true to both the classic song’s somber tone and his own roots by adding fiddle and steel guitar to his performance.
Dierks took his time plucking out David Gilmour’s opening guitar part to accompany his fiddle player at the start of the song. The rest of the band gradually joined in, supporting Bentley’s strong vocal work very nicely.
The country star apparently also recently recorded a studio version of the song for an upcoming tribute album. As he told the Boot, “Pink Floyd is one of the greatest rock bands of all time. A buddy of mine plays in the band for Pearl Jam, and another buddy plays with the Foo Fighters. To be on this project with them is exciting.”
Watch Dierks Bentley Perform ‘Wish You Were Here’ on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’