As one fan in the audience had it well stated on a homemade sign, “Pink Floyd Reunited – Pigs Have Flown — Live 8 London”. I was fortunate enough to see it live on MTV and again on ABC’s rebroadcast. It was a historic event for a fan of the band to see these four faces together again. Despite MTV’s cutting away during the guitar solos during Money and Comfy Numb, and ABC’s only playing one song (Money), it was a remarkable experience. All of the band members were on with the exception of Roger sounding a bit tired.
Next day reactions are that Pink Floyd stole the show. More than 60,000 people have voted at AOL Music, with Pink Floyd ranked as the #1 gig at 35% of the votes. Second place was Robbie Williams and Madonna in at third. Pink Floyd’s album sales have skyrocketed 1,343% as people scramble out to pick up their Best-Of disc: Echoes. David has stated that all profit from the sales spike will be given to charity, stating “Though the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G8 leaders, I will not profit from the concert,” continuing with “This is money that should be used to save lives.”
So what’s next? I sincerely doubt that the Floyd are going to reform to produce any new material, or likely even get together again. All of the members, primarily David Gilmour, feel that they are all too old to tour again as Pink Floyd. David has indicated that this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Roger has also stated that he doesn’t feel anything will likely come out of the reconciliation, but finishing with “never say never.”