Off Topic Messages

Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:21 pm

Of course Live8 was a huge dissapointment. The kick-off(London). Although i dont like the Beatles music at all, i even was excited to see and hear St. Pepper. But look at response from from the audience, very lame. And for me, very dull. Remember 1985?? STATUS QUO............thats how you open these kind of concerts.

And then U2, terrible. Bono starts to annoy more and more. He cant sing live and doesnt know how to behave. Also, ive realized that Adam Clayton is one of the worst bass-players.

Duran Duran was very bad, and was not the band i saw last May.

Elton John, ..........WTF was he doing there? Even worse, he brought someone who escaped (and later kissed eachother) from the madhouse. And destroyed a beautiful song ''Children Of The Revolution''.

Will Smith...............what can i say? The crowd was cheering every 3 seconds by clicking Smiths' fingers. Shoot me.

Sting is to arrogant to team up once with Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.

Highlights were Madonna, Pink Floyd, The Who.

Mon Jul 04, 2005 9:01 pm

G G -

You wrote:
unfortunately, MTV/VH1 interrupted the broadcast during Comfortably Numb and went to commercial break.

Good bit of timing there !

Hey, the Doc doesn't work for them, does he ?

Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:43 am

Apologies to the Floyd fans here, but I found their set hugely boring. Nothing about their music grabs me.

I watched the entire coverage of the London show and for the most part enjoyed it. For me, Robbie Williams stole the show, and Macca, U2, Sting, Keane, Scissor Sisters and Madonna were also impressive. Madonna's voice was a bit suspect in places, but she clearly knows how to work a crowd and that made up for it. I like Dido on record, but her voice also came across as very weak. The duet with Youssou Ndour was her saving grace.

Overall, a memorable show and probably better organised than the original.

Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:58 am

Day After news reports:

Floyd's "Echoes" cd has a 1000% spike in sales from last week according to HMV

the Macca/U2 "Sgt Pepper" is #1 selection on i-tunes.

Tue Jul 05, 2005 5:09 am

I'm not a huge fan of Floyd either,but I certainly enjoy some of their bigger more well known tunes.And that would inclued the few that they played..But I was never one to sit through a whole Pink Floyd album.

The best of the London concert lineup to me was Paul McCartney and the Who.Although we(here in Canada) didnt get to see the whole concert over there they did show bits and pices of it..

I thought Barrie(Canada) had a pretty good lineup..

African Guitar Summit
Bryan Adams
Jann Arden
Randy Bachman
Barenaked Ladies
Blue Rodeo
Bruce Cockburn
Celine Dion (by satellite) The crowed didn't seem to appreciate that too much
Deep Purple
DMC and guests
Gordon Lightfoot
Great Big Sea
Les Trois Accords
Motley Crue
Neil Young
Our Lady Peace
Simple Plan
Sam Roberts
Tom Cochrane
Tragically Hip
Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green (hosts)

Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:31 am

G G -

You wrote:
the Macca/U2 "Sgt Pepper" is #1 selection on i-tunes.

Unfortunately, it won't figure in the main [UK] singles chart, because there isn't an actual disc available in the shops.

Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:44 pm

I watched the show with plenty of cold beer close to hand. :D In addition to the acts mentioned I thought REM, Coldplay & Keane also delivered good sets. I don't think anyone stole the show as there was so much quality on the stage.

What was that 'Gold Circle' at the front all about??? That particularly annoyed me. It's about poverty and they're pandering to the rich and famous. And don't even get me started on Paris Hilton being backstage! :evil:

Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:53 pm


The Gold Circle was reserved for AOL, Nokia, O2 and other corporate clients who had put up the money to pay for the show. Presumably this was the carrot that persuaded them to throw so much cash at it at such short notice. Tickets for this area were available for as much as £600 only for these companies.

I was around 10 yards behind the Gold Circle in the front of the packed area reserved for the "common folk", which, let's face it, was around 140,000 of the audience. It was rather galling to see later, on video, just how much space there was in the privileged area, given how tight it was just behind it. Still, I would rather have been there than not at all. But one is left with the impression that the rest of the audience were allowed in not just to watch the show, but to watch those in the Golden Circle have a good time.

You are quite right, there were too many good performances for a standout to appear obvious on television, but to those actually in Hyde Park it was clear that Robbie Williams was the favourite. Although Pink Floyd received a great reception for an incredibly moving set (it brought tears to the eyes of many, and for the right reasons), this was purely amongst those who had decided to stay after Robbie.

I honestly cannot believe that I saw the full Pink Floyd lineup - I never thought I would live to see the day. Although it is highly unlikely that it will ever lead to anything other than happy memories, at least they did it like they said they would, and that's that. I have already watched the video several times - it is easily Floyd's greatest gig already (in spite of noticeable cock-ups by all band members except Rick Wright). To hear Roger Waters sing the second verse of Wish You Were Here was a revelation. This picture below is from the Brain Damage Fansite:


Tue Jul 12, 2005 2:22 am


SHINE ON, YOU CRAZY DIAMOND: Pink Floyd won’t reunite again, despite an offer for a U.S. tour worth $150 million. David Gilmour told the British paper The Sun that the band isn't interested in continuing their reunion. "We've been offered 150 million dollars to do gigs in the States. It's completely mad—and we won't do it. The idea for Live 8 was a one-off." Pink Floyd's record sales rocketed following the event—rising by 1,343 percent the week after the concert—but Gilmour will give any royalties he receives to charity. And he's urging other performers enjoying a sales boost to do the same: “Although the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G-8 leaders, I will not profit from the concert. If other artists feel like donating their extra royalties to charity, perhaps then the record companies could be persuaded to make a similar gesture and that would be a bonus." (7/11p)

Mon Aug 01, 2005 2:55 pm

Graceland Gardener wrote:Note: as for Drjohncarpenter's pessimism on the thread please realize, the guy has no interest in Pink Floyd.

They are not political enough to hold his attention.

for Doc to eagerly and sincerely join in on a topic of Pink Floyd as several of us here have, and for he to like them, to listen,
the band would need to:

A. tour with Springsteen
B. campaign for John Kerry
C. do the soundtrack of a Michael Moore film
D. all of the above


Just wanted to let you know that Roger Waters is an outright and outspoken socialist - Pink Floyd under his regime were quite political. Roger Waters is lot more political than Bruce Springsteen.