Floyd to reunite at "Live 8" concert
Former member Roger Waters will join
Waters will reunite with Pink
Floyd at the "Live 8" concert
in London, July 2.
8" is being organized by "Live Aid" organizer Sir
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (Ultravox) to help fight African poverty.
The London concert, to be held in Hyde Park, is one of five to take
place simultaneously around the world to encourage people to put
pressure on the G8 nations to increase African aid and forgive the
debt of African nations.
the band in a bitter split following 1983's "The
Final Cut" album. The remaining members — guitarist
David Gilmour, drummer
Nick Mason and keyboardist
Rick Wright —
continued to record and tour as Pink Floyd.
most people I want to do everything I can to persuade the G8 leaders
to make huge commitments to the relief of poverty and increased
aid to the third world," Gilmour told Reuters.
squabbles Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in
this context, and if reforming for this concert will help focus
attention then it's got to be worthwhile."
The band has
not appeared with Waters since they played Earl's Court in London
in 1981. Floyd without Waters has not performed publicly since their
North American tour following "The
Division Bell" album (1994), which was their most recent
album of original material. Performances from that tour composed
the live "Pulse" album
8" reunion is reminiscent of a
statement made by Mason, who was quoted by the U.K. Daily Express
on Aug. 7, 2002, as saying, ""I like the idea of reforming
for something enormously worthwhile, such as another Live Aid or
been scant few partial reunions in recent years. On June 26, 2002,
Mason joined Waters on stage
for "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" at
Wembley Arena in London. The surprise reunion was the first occasion
Waters appeared on stage with any member of Floyd since he left
Gilmour on stage during Gilmour's January 2002 concert at the Royal
Festival Hall, London.
has recently made many discouraging remarks regarding any possible
patch-up with Waters. "Pink Floyd,
to be honest, is the furthest thing from my mind at the moment,"
Gilmour told Reuter's on Oct. 7, 2002.
Waters coming to terms is often cited as the most important and
difficult hurtle to any Floyd reunion.
apply for tickets to the London "Live 8" show by midnight
June 12 by text-messaging an answer to a multiple-choice question.
Seventy-five thousand tickets will be given away at random to people
who submit the correct answer.
Col A from Stalybridge, UK, for the heads up. Got a tip to share?
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