On This Day: PINK FLOYD Reunited for “Live 8″ For One Last Time

On This Day: PINK FLOYD Reunited for "Live 8" For One Last Time

July 2nd, 2005 was a day when a number of benefit concerts under the name Live 8 were organised in the G8 countries, as well as in South Africa. These shows were organized in a year that marked the 20th anniversary of 1985′s Live AidBob Geldof and Midge Ure recruited the world’s music superstars once again to perform live and put pressure on Western governments to help Africa and Make Poverty History.

The concert at the Hyde Park in London will be remembered as the last show of Pink Floyd performing together in the line-up including David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright.

In the days leading up to the group’s performance on July 2, 2015, Gilmour commented: “The moment was bigger than those bad feelings. Any 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 going to be worthwhile.

But it didn’t seem very bright in the beginning that this reunion would happen. Geldof‘s efforts to persuade Gilmour didn’t work out, so Waters took it on himself and phoned Gilmour to talk about the reunion, and the two eventually agreed to perform together.

The first meeting was pretty stilted and cagey,Gilmour said. “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 Arica should be signing, ‘We don’t need no education.’ There was no argument. I was absolutely right.

They ultimately went with “Breathe,” “Money,” “Wish You Were Here” and “Comfortably Numb.” They were joined by guitarist Tim Renwick, keyboardist Jon Carin, saxophonist Dick Parry and backup singer Carol Kenyon.

After The Who‘s performance, Pink Floyd took the stage at 11:23 PM. Before their performance of “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].

And although the said performance raised questions about the possible reunion tour that never was an option for the ban members. One month after their show at the Live 8, Waters said: “I don’t really need it. It would be a very hot ticket. That said, I didn’t mind rolling over for one day, but I couldn’t roll over for a whole fucking tour.

In 2007, Gilmour, Mason and Wright reunited at a Syd Barrett tribute show. In September 2008 Wright passed away. Gilmour and Mason joined Waters at the London show of his The Wall tour in 2011. After the final album under the Pink Floyd name, 2014′s The Endless River, Gilmour was very clear that he’s done with Pink Floyd forever. He said: “The thought of it makes me break out in a cold sweat. I’m an older person. I’m really enjoying my life. I’m really enjoying the music that I am making, and there’s no room for Pink Floyd.

The Pink Floyd-classic era line-up reunited for one last time 24 years after their last performance together; 1981′s concert at Earl’s Court in London. The concert at the Hyde Park in London on July 2nd, 2005 will be marked in the history when one of the most loved groups brought the magic of their music for one last time. It definitely was an astonishing moment.

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