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Old 07-05-2005, 09:04 PM   #21
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Originally posted by doctorwho
Everyone here seems to love Pink Floyd, but I missed their set. Reviews of it were NOT kind at all - calling them out of place and behind the times.
I saw their set, and I agree with the reviews. This was an accomplished but dull performance.

I have seen Pink Floyd a few times, including during the Dark Side of the Moon tour, from fifth row centre. That was tremendous: otherworldly and intense.

The Live 8 audience was excited about Floyd being together again after such a long time, and that's understandable. But it's not surprising that, so many years after playing together as and actually being a band, the songs were mechanically well-executed yet emotionally and spiritually flat. The spark is gone.

I have to laugh at people complaining about how "predictable" U2's set choices were, while lauding Floyd's choices. Following that logic, Floyd would have been brave and creative (in ways that U2 "weren't") by playing songs like "One of These Days" and "Echoes". Imagine how well that would have gone over?

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I voted Robbie Williams.... I mean.. LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU is AMAZING, and 200.000 people singing ANGELS can't be beaten... I really respect the guy for pulling off such things.

Besides... he was kissing girls like crazy... he ain't an idiot

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Pink Floyd's performance was special mostly for non-musical reasons. Imagine if U2 dismantled after Achtung Baby and re-united for Live 8, it would have been special regardless of how scratchy their performance would have been. Same for Pink Floyd, though they got the benefit of night sky, still Comfortably Numb sounded amazing. Perhaps the best performance of the day after Bono's speech.
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Old 07-06-2005, 02:16 AM   #24
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i havent seen all but imo THE WHO were outstanding.
Green Day, Pink Floyd were great
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I'm still standing by my original belief that Dido/Youssou N'Dour was the best performance on the day...

Pink Floyd were kind flat (didn't expect any more though), U2 were ok but nothing special, same with Coldplay... Richard Ashcroft was another highlight for me.
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Floyd - by miles
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Old 07-06-2005, 09:42 AM   #27
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I don't think Floyd was flat at all...they flubbed the intro to Money (Waters came in early on bass and Mason didn't know whether to follow the sound effects or Waters!), but elsewhere it was surprisingly tight given that they haven't played at all since 1994 and not with Waters since 1981. Comf. Numb was just brilliant.

And for a British band like PF, who are generally completely faceless in concert (music and lights/effects do the talking), this was as much emotion as they've ever shown. Waters, a known sourpuss, was really enjoying being up there again and smiling/hamming it up (and made a nice gesture at the intro to Wish in reconciling with the other guys and dedicating the song to Syd). Gilmour was more reserved and had to be focused on his guitar playing and singing, but even he slipped a smile to Nick Mason and got in on the "wave" during Comf. Numb.

Given all the cr*p this band has had gone down the past 25 years, seeing all 4 of them (don't forget Rick Wright!) on the same stage was highly charged, highly emotional for all their fans and I think them as well (though they try to hide it).

That having been said, it was a one-off and that was likely the final performance by Pink Floyd in any incarnation.
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Old 07-06-2005, 10:39 AM   #28
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My top 5

1. Pink Floyd (I feel blessed to of seen them live before)

2. U2 (If it wasn't for the Floyd reunion, U2 would of been #1)

3. Robbie Williams (Too bad that he can't make a dent in Canada)

4. The Who (Pete went nuts!)

5. The Killers/ Keane ("I've got soul but I'm not a soldier!" - still stuck in my head. Keane are great live.

I like Coldplay, but they seemed rather boring. The duet with Ashcroft was the best moment showcasing a better song/performance than what Coldplay could offer on their own.
Dido is hot! Very sexy! ...shhhh, don't tell my wife!
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Pink Floyd sucks ass. They're the most over-rated band of all time. But as far as the Live 8 thing goes I have to say that I enjoyed Chris Cornell doing Black Hole Sun (just his voice and his acoustic guitar)
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pink floyd all the way!!
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Originally posted by doctorwho
Everyone here seems to love Pink Floyd, but I missed their set. Reviews of it were NOT kind at all - calling them out of place and behind the times.
i'm obviously in a minority on this site, but that description perfectly summed them up to me, dinosaurs, and Christ, how that drummer stayed alive throughout the set i'll never know, but as i say, each to their own, and for some reason they seem really popular, can't understand how people who follow U2 so keenly, can also appreciate that kind of dirge
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Isn't this something we'll have to put up with for the next few months at least, Pink Floyd I thought are notorious for having an incredibly organised fan base that vote for them in these things regardless of what is and thus their impact and influence on music gets grossly exagerated.
I'm shocked that anyone voted for Mariah and that REM aren't doing better.
Personally U2 aside, I thought Madonna was far and away the best performer on the day.
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After watching the broadcast all over again ...
I'd like to add in a close second place would be The Who !!
Pete Townshend was absolutely rocking ...
So-ooo bad that he was acting like a crazed lunatic !!
So-ooo Cool !!
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I was lucky enough to be 10ft from stage (dead centre) and for me seeing Floyd with Roger Waters was possibly the most moving experience i've ever had at a gig.I've seen them six times (now seven) before(4 times on Momentary lapse,2 Division bell)and i would trade all six previous gigs for those Twenty-odd minutes at Live-8.Possibly the whole emotion of the day added to the moment but when Waters started his vocal on 'Wish you were here' i was shaking uncontrolably.The Who were mega also.
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