Pink Floyd’s classic Seventies lineup — bassist/frontman Roger Waters, guitarist David Gilmour, keyboardist Richard Wright and drummer Nick Mason — will take the stage for the first time in more than two decades at London’s Hyde Park on July 2nd as part of the Live 8 concerts.
“Any squabbles Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in this context,” Gilmour said, “and if reforming for this concert will help focus attention then it’s going to be worthwhile.”
Since creative issues led to the band’s acrimonious split with Waters, the chief architect of 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon and 1979’s The Wall, he has pursued a solo career while Gilmour assumed leadership of the group. (Waters tried unsuccessfully in 1986 to prevent Gilmour and Co. from continuing as Pink Floyd without him. He had replaced founding Floyd singer Syd Barrett as the band’s leader in 1968.) July 2nd will mark the first time this lineup has performed together since 1981.
Waters, long at work on a follow-up to 1992’s solo album, Amused to Death, recently completed an opera, Ca Ira, targeted for a fall release. Gilmour has been at work on his third studio album, his first in more than twenty years.
This April, Mason hinted of a reunion, telling Rolling Stone that Pink Floyd were not ready to call it a day — even after an eleven-year hiatus. “Last year [David] really had no interest in revitalizing the band,” he said. “But I think it’s interesting that he also hasn’t declared it over. No one has actually said ‘never again.'” He went on to add, “We did all make each other laugh. The bulk of the years was spent having a good time. It’s still about the best job in the world.”
In addition to the London show, Live 8 concerts featuring artists from Stevie Wonder to Jay-Z and Green Day will take place simultaneously in Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin and Rome.