April 22, 2024
Pink Floyd take a bow at Live 8


On 2 July 2005, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright performed together as Pink Floyd for the first time in more than 24 years, at the Live 8/Make Poverty History concert in London’s Hyde Park. Organised by Bob Geldof, and watched by an estimated three billion people worldwide, the London event was just one in a series of concerts held around the globe in Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Rome and elsewhere.

However, when Geldof began planning Live 8, he never imagined Pink Floyd taking part. When he did eventually approach them, it was a major task to convince the classic 70s line-up to put aside their bitter disputes and re-unite for what would prove to be the last time ever.


Bernard Doherty (Live 8 publicist): I had done the PR for Live Aid in 1985, so I had a good long-standing relationship with Bob Geldof. Early in 2005, I had meetings at which I learned Bob was planning a concert, which was much more of an agit-prop kind of thing, and he asked me to handle all the PR for it.


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