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Barrett Tribute Concert
The all-star tribute to Syd Barrett held at The Barbican on 10 May 2007 seemed to be a perfect opportunity for Pink Floyd to ‘shine on’ themselves in tribute to their original leading light. Sadly, although Gilmour, Wright and Mason played the right card in closing the show with ‘Arnold Layne’, joker in the pack Roger Waters did not join them. Allegedly, he needed to leave before 9 pm to meet his girlfriend! Waters was the only artist to play his own song, ‘Flaming Flame’, and although he spoke warmly about Barrett, with Richard Wright passing away the following year, the Barbican show was revealed as a perfect reunion opportunity – missed.
On 7 July 2007, Live Earth: The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis became the largest global entertainment event in history, with simultaneous concerts in New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Hamburg, reaching an estimated audience of two billion people worldwide. Roger Waters was one of an ear-watering line-up of talent performing at Giants Stadium in New York that included The Police, Alicia Keys and Bon Jovi. Waters delivered a pert seven-song set that included ‘Money’, ‘Us And Them’ and ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’. He was scheduled to appear in the Live Earth concert in Mumbai, India, in December 2008 but this was cancelled due to security fears.
Oh, By The Way
The families of old, young and new Pink Floyd fans had to buy extra-large Christmas stockings in December 2007 when EMI released a retrospective 18-CD box-set of every Pink Floyd album. Although there was no bonus or unreleased material – no Household Objects session twangs or The Big Spliff ambient tapes from The Division Bell sessions – it did showcase the music of one of the most inventive, diverse and commercially successful bands in the world. Each CD was presented as a miniature vinyl replica and fans of Storm Thorgerson could enjoy his latest (and last?) design for the band.
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