No More Excuses - Hyde Park - Live 8
Franny Record FR-081
Matrix Disc : No
(P) 2005 Made In Europe
BBC Radio 2 FM Live Broadcast
On July 2, 2005
Pink Floyd performed at the London Live 8 concert with Roger
Waters rejoining David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright.
It was the quartet's first performance together in over 24 years
- the band's last show with Waters was at Earls Court in London
on June 17, 1981.
Gilmour announced the Live 8 reunion on June 12, 2005: “Like
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.
It's crazy that America gives such a paltry percentage of its
GNP to the starving nations. Any squabbles Roger and the band
have had in the past are so petty in this context, and if
re-forming for this concert will help focus attention then it's
got to be worthwhile.”
As on the original recordings, Gilmour sang the lead vocals on "Breathe"
and "Money", and shared them with Waters on "Comfortably Numb".
For "Wish You Were Here", Waters sung half of the verse's lyrics,
unlike the original recording. When Waters was not singing, he
was often enthusiastically mouthing the lyrics off-microphone.
During the guitar introduction 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 everyone who's not here, but particularly, of course,
They were augmented by guitarist/bassist Tim Renwick (guitarist
on Roger Waters' 1984 solo tour, who has since become Pink
Floyd's backing guitarist on stage); keyboardist/lap steel
guitarist/backup vocalist Jon Carin (Pink Floyd's backing
keyboardist from 1987 onward who performed on the 1999-2000
North American leg of Waters' "In the Flesh" tour, his 2006-2008
"Dark Side of the Moon Live" tour and David Gilmour's 2006 On an
Island tour); saxophonist Dick Parry during "Money" (who played
on the original recordings of "Money", "Us and Them", and "Shine
on You Crazy Diamond"); and backing singer Carol Kenyon during "Comfortably
During "Breathe", on the screen behind them, film of the iconic
pig from the Animals album was shown flying over Battersea Power
Station (itself visible on the horizon in television broadcasts
of the performance), and during "Money", a shot of a Dark Side
of the Moon record being played was shown. During "Comfortably
Numb", the three giant screens showed the Pink Floyd Wall (from
the cover of The Wall), and during the final guitar solo, the
words "Make Poverty History" were written on the wall.
At the end, after the last song had been played, Gilmour said "thank
you very much, good night" and started to walk off the stage.
Waters called him back, however, and the band shared a group hug
that became one of the most famous pictures of Live 8.
As they proceeded to walk off, Nick Mason threw his drumsticks
into the audience.
With Wright's subsequent death, this was to be the final concert
to feature all four bandmates.
Wish You Were Here
David Gilmour - guitar
Roger Waters - bass
Richard Wright – keyboards
Nick Mason - drums
Live at Hyde Park, London,
!!!All Scans taken from my
own collection !!!
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