Pink Floyd Streams Live 8 Reunion
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The Reunion Was For A Good Cause
Ahead of the release of Pink Floyd’s The Later Years 1987-2019 Box Set which will be out this November 29, the band streamed performances from their Live 8 reunion which happened on July 2, 2005 at Hyde Park in London. It was the first time in 24 years that the classic lineup of Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright took the stage to power through a 24-minute set. After Wright’s death in 2008, it would also be the last time they played together.
10 days before the show, the band met at the Connaught Hotel in London to decide on their set list. According to Gilmour, “The first meeting was pretty stilted and cagey. The songs that Roger wanted to do where not the same ones that I thought we should do. Roger wanted to do ‘Another Brick in the Wall,’ but I didn’t think it was appropriate. This was a thing for Africa and I didn’t think that little children in Africa should be signing, ‘We don’t need no education.’ There was no argument. I was absolutely right.”
They eventually settled with Breathe, Money, Wish You Were Here, and Comfortably Numb. Their four-song set was the much-awaited moment in the concert. Before launching into Wish You Were Here, Waters said, “It’s actually quite emotional standing up here with these three guys after all these years. Standing to be counted with the rest of you. Anyway, we’re doing this for anyone that’s not here. But particularly, of course, for Syd [Barrett].”
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