Floyd’s Live 8 Set List Revealed
The 3 song set list Pink Floyd will be playing at the Live 8 concert on 2nd July in Hyde Park, London, has been revealed by Live 8 concert organiser Bob Geldof. Breathe, Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here will be performed by Pink Floyd joined by ex-member Roger Waters. Pink Floyd will be on second before last.
Paul McCartney will be opening the concert with U2 dressed in Sgt Peppers outfits and will return to the stage seven hours later to end the show by leading an ensemble rendition of The Long and Winding Road, a rallying call for people to travel to Edinburgh to put pressure on the G8 summit starting four days later.
SIR Paul McCartney and the Irish rock group U2, dressed in Sgt Pepper costumes, are due to open next weekend’s Live 8 concerts singing “It was 20 years ago today” — a reference to the Live Aid concert of 1985.
The lyrics were the opening line of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band concept album.
McCartney will return to the stage in London’s Hyde Park seven hours later to end the show by leading an ensemble rendition of The Long and Winding Road, a rallying call for people to travel to Edinburgh to put pressure on the G8 summit starting four days later.
Sir Bob Geldof, who has organised a series of eight concerts on four continents ahead of the summit at Gleneagles, revealed details of the running order over dinner in Rome last week.
“It will be a surprise for everyone,” said Geldof, not realising his words would be reported by a journalist from La Repubblica, the Italian newspaper, seated at the same table.
“Paul McCartney will end it. He’ll sing The Long and Winding Road, and for us it’s the symbol of this road, the road which will lead us to the G8.”
Yesterday a spokesman for the organisers of Live 8 confirmed the Sgt Pepper-led start to the worldwide show as Geldof appeared on stage at Glastonbury to appeal for support.
It will be the largest global broadcast in television history with 5.5 billion people — 85% of the world’s population — able to tune in through a variety of media, including television, the internet and mobile phones.
“It was 20 years ago that the media said Live Aid was the greatest show on earth. They were right then but wrong now,” said Geldof’s spokesman. “Over 140 television networks will broadcast Live 8.”
Geldof turned down the chance of inviting Michael Jackson to top the bill of the American version of Live 8 less than three weeks after his acquittal on child sex charges. Bono, U2’s singer and Geldof’s ally in the campaign to cancel the debts of Third World countries, was keen on the idea.
But Geldof said: “Musically he (Jackson) is a genius; humanely, I believe he is innocent. But he has been through a terrible time. He’s strained and tired. He needs tranquillity, not to return under the spotlights in an event like this.”
Geldof also revealed that Pink Floyd, reunited with founder member Roger Waters for the first time in more than 20 years, will play three songs: Breathe, Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here.
Yesterday Geldof held hands with Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis and persuaded the audience to link arms and chant “Make poverty history”.
Both U2 and Coldplay, Live 8’s other headline act, have other concerts the same evening — U2 in Vienna and Coldplay in Glasgow — which is adding to the logistical problem of staging 25 acts in seven hours at Hyde Park.
Madonna had been rehearsing a duet with Sting, Geldof said, but the planned performance has since been dropped. Instead Sting is believed to be using Spitting Image-style puppets of Tony Blair, George Bush and other world leaders for a rendition of the Police song Every Breath You Take — with the words changed to “We’ll be watching you”.
Source: [ The Sunday Times ]