A potential charity reunion bites the dust

Posted by madhack on Nov 26, 2010

Apparently the presence of socialite Jemima Khan influenced Nick Mason's interest in another Floyd charity reunion. According to The Telegraph's music section, the realization that she was the owner of Kiddington Hall convinced Nick to skip the show, preferring to save a reunion for an event that he didn't see as being quite so celebrity-focused.

Here's hoping something more along the lines of Live 8 does indeed surface.

Gilmour in the midwest with Roger?

Posted by madhack on Oct 26, 2010

I want to stress first and foremost that there's no independent confirmation of this, which comes from a staff blog post and not an official, editor-vetted article from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune. In other words, this shouldn't be taken as the official word of the newspaper, despite being posted by the paper's music columnist.

So, with that out of the way, there's a rumor of the "friend of a friend" type that David Gilmour was spotted with Roger Waters having dinner in the MSP area. This (and an offhand remark Waters made during his Rolling Stone interview, that London would be the obvious spot for Gilmour's promised appearance, "as opposed to, say, Omaha") has led to speculation that the appearance would, indeed, happen in Omahaa show that's happening in just a few hours.

As further evidence we're dealing in pure speculation, the staff blog goes on to hope and suggest that the appearance could be at tomorrow's St. Paul show instead, so it bears repeating that this is all conjecture. Obviously, we will be following up ASAP if David does join Roger for this show, and will be seeking any reports from concertgoers who witness it.

UPDATE: An update from the blog post itself notes that, according to publicists at Sony Music, David Gilmour was not there.

Nick Mason Is Ready To See Pink Floyd Tour Again

Posted by alb on Oct 16, 2010

BBC News is reporting that Nick Mason feels Roger, David and himself could hit the road again, at some point, to perform as Pink Floyd. The catch? The shows would be strictly for charity. Not profit. We all know that Messrs Waters and Gilmour are charitable chaps, so perhaps they would be keen on the idea. I think we can all agree this would be a perfect way to retire the name Pink Floyd.

Read the full story:
BBC News: Pink Floyd May Get Back Together For Charity

The Orb's "Metallic Spheres" featuring David Gilmour

Posted by madhack on Oct 12, 2010

I'm a bit late posting this because I'm still catching up from a trip to to the East Coast to see The Wall Live: The Orb today released their latest album, Metallic Spheres, featuring David Gilmour. The album is divided into two tracks (the "Metallic Side" and the "Spheres Side" and features Gilmour's guitar work throughout. You can pick it up at the Amazon link above.

Roger Waters responds to Anti-Defamation League complaints

Posted by madhack on Oct 5, 2010

A few weeks back, the Anti-Defamation League accused Roger Waters of antisemitism for his use of imagery of Stars of David and dollar signs in the videos used during The Wall Live.

Roger has responded on his site's news page:

... The point I am trying to make in the song is that the bombardment we are all subject to by conflicting religious, political, and economic ideologies only encourages us to turn against one another, and I mourn the concommitant loss of life.

In so far as The Wall has a political message it is to seek to illuminate our condition, and find new ways to encourage peace and understanding, particularly in the Middle East.

Incidentally, being from England, I had never heard of the ADL until today, but I have googled them and I see from their mission statement of 1913 that their brief is not only to defend the Jewish people from defamation, but also, and I quote, " to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens". Perhaps we should all focus on that lofty ideal and stop cowering in our corners throwing stones at one another.

San Jose date change

Posted by madhack on Oct 1, 2010

The December 6 The Wall Live show in San Jose, California has been rescheduled to December 7. From the official announcement from the concert promoters:

Tickets for the show on December 6 will be honored on December 7. Refunds are available at point of purchase for any fans unable to attend the new date. Deadline for refunds is Friday, November 5. Live Nation apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Updated tour dates are always available on our Tour section.

Photos from "The Wall Live"

Posted by madhack on Sep 18, 2010

An Iranian-Canadian photographer has posted photos from the September 18th The Wall Live show (with more at Flickr) in Toronto. Great pics for anyone who's looking for a preview of the coming shows.

Roger on "The Wall" and the hopes for a reunion

Posted by madhack on Sep 17, 2010

As part of the media blitz for The Wall Live, an interview with Roger Waters has appeared on with some tidbits on The Wall's development and on a reunion.

As for the reunion, Roger doesn't think there's any chance of a tour, but seems to be holding out hope for a show here and there. That said, there aren't any indications right now that it's in the works, and he's probably quite busy for the next couple of years, but I'm sure many fans are glad to hear about any openness to a show featuring the remaining three Floydians.

A review of "The Wall" in Toronto

Posted by madhack on Sep 16, 2010

ABC has posted an AP review of the The Wall Live's kickoff in Toronto last night. Though there's no new insights from Roger himself, it's a fun preview of what's to come for those of us who won't be seeing the show for weeks or monthsso if you're looking to be surprised by the visual aspects of the performance, you'll want to skip this one.

The Wall Live kicks off

Posted by madhack on Sep 15, 2010

Today marks the start of the Roger Waters The Wall Live tour, with a show in Toronto (complete dates, as always, can be found in our Tour section). If you're going to this show (or any of them), we'd love to post your well-written reviews for all to see.

Coinciding with the start of the tour is the latest issue of Rolling Stone, featuring Roger on the cover. There's a preview on their site.

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