Live Aid and the legendary Pink Floyd reunion - remember how it was

"I didn't mind reuniting for one day, but I couldn't reunite for the whole fucking tour!"

How a charity music festival brought Pink Floyd members together again on the same stage

Second of July 2005 years, several charity concerts were organized under the name Live 8which took place in the G8 countries and South Africa. The show was organized not just like that, but in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first Live Aid 1985 of the year! Bob Geldof and Midge Ure the world's music superstars were again called upon to show a united front and put pressure on Western governments to help Africa ... At a concert in Hyde Park (London), performers such as Paul McCartney, The Killers, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, The Who and even a quirky duet Pete Doherty and Elton John with a song "Children Of The Revolution" T-Rex bands! But despite the big names of those present, it was the reunion Pink Floyd became a favorite of the show...

How Waters convinced Gilmour to take part in the show

In the photo, Roger Waters hugs David Gilmour...
In the photo, Roger Waters hugs David Gilmour ...

A few days before the performance, Gilmour commented: "The moment was more important than personal misunderstandings ... Any quarrels that Roger and the band had in the past are very petty in this context ... " And indeed: at first, the reunion of the cult group did not seem so rosy ... Moreover — it seemed impossible. And attempts Bob Geldof to convince Gilmour were unsuccessful... Gilmour and Waters haven't spoken in years, let alone shared a scene... In fact, the two became so estranged from each other that after Waters was approached about a possible band reunion, he had to ask Geldof for his former bandmate's phone number. group!

Roger Waters
Roger Waters

The guitarist allegedly compared the reunion with Waters to "sleeping with his ex-wife". Waters, however, managed to convince Gilmour that this performance was much more than just a reunion. Pink Floyd… After Geldof's futile attempts, Waters personally called Gilmour to talk about a reunion, and they eventually agreed to perform together. Much to the happiness of old fans!

Preparing for the show - what's left "behind the scenes"

Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd

Artists Live 8 only a 20-minute set was provided, making it difficult to narrow down the track listing to just a few songs to perform. And this is the topic that led to further clashes between Gilmour and Waters. While Waters was determined to execute "Another Brick in the Wall", Gilmour flatly refused to play this track, because he did not believe in its expediency at a charity concert for Africa.

“Our first meeting was rather stilted and stiff,” Gilmour recalled. “The songs that Roger wanted to play were very different from what I thought we really should have been doing at Live Aid. He wanted to play 'Another Brick in the Wall' but I didn't think it was the right message... I'm sure I was absolutely right...'

David Gilmour
David Gilmour

Ultimately, Floyd chose the songs "Breathe", "Money", "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb". To perform this track listing, they were joined by a guitarist Tim Renwick, keyboardist John Karin, saxophonist Dick Parry and backing vocalist Carol Kenyon. By all accounts, everyone was at their best as the three-day rehearsals for the performance unfolded:

“There were times when Roger tried his best not to be a leader, and I tried my best to be one,” Gilmour recalled. “There might have been quarrels, but we didn’t fight each other anymore. Getting rid of hatred is always good. Who wants this to fester in your head for the rest of your life?”

Moment of Truth: Pink Floyd's "golden line-up" is back on stage

Roger Waters
Roger Waters

After the speech The Who took the stage Pink Floyd: time on the clock showed 23:23… Before performing "Wish You Were Here", Waters made a statement:

“Actually, standing here with these three guys after so many years is quite emotional… And the rest of them should be reckoned with. In any case, we do this for all those who are not here. But especially, we do it for Syd (Barrett)…”

While the performance in question raised questions about a possible reunion tour, it was never considered by the Floyd members themselves. The group was offered stunning $150 million for a US tour after their performance in Hyde Park, but the musicians decided against it because they felt that Live 8 - this is the best way to break up once and for all ... A month after their performance, Waters said:

"I didn't mind reuniting for one day, but I couldn't reunite for the whole fucking tour!"

They ended their performance with a somewhat awkward bow... By the way: after Live 8 record sales Pink Floyd rose to staggering 1300%! At the same time, Gilmour announced that he would donate the proceeds to charity. In addition, the musician said that "Live 8" gave his younger children the opportunity to see his "old man" in a whole new light:

“Now they understand that I am not just a slacker who runs the house, cooks dinner for them and takes them to school,” he joked.

What happened after?

Pink Floyd Photo
Pink Floyd Photo

A few years later, namely in 2007, Gilmour, Mason and Wright reunited for a tribute show Syd Barrett. Wright passed away a year later... In 2011, Gilmour and Mason joined Waters at a London show during his tour The Wall. However, it was 2014 that turned out to be decisive for Pink Floyd: after release The Endless River Gilmour made it clear that he was done with the band for good. He said:

“I am an elderly person. I really enjoy my life. I really like the music that I make, and there is simply no place for Pink Floyd in my life ... "


Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd

Composition Pink Floyd "classical era" reunited for the last time 24 years after their last joint performance (concert in 1981 at London's Earl's Court). And a concert Hyde Park in London July 2, 2005 of the year will mark a momentous moment in history when one of the most iconic bands brings the magic of their music to life for the last time...


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