Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

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Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by gatherroundandhaggle » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:45 pm

I was watching (for the umpteenth time!) the footage of the Floyd reunion at Live 8 2005 recently, and it struck me again how little footage of Richard Wright there is! There's more of the backing singer than of him, and there are plenty of shots of Gilmour, Waters and Mason. It's almost as if the cameramen and editors didn't know he was a member of the band! Is this just me, or has anyone else thought so too?

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Re: Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by Keith Jordan » Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:51 pm

Unless you are Keith Emerson, you don't get much screen time if you are not the lead guitarist or vocalist. :-;

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Re: Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by Jimi Dean Barrett » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:53 pm

I did notice his white hair at the keyboards, but really for me and my friend (watching on TV, we weren't there) all eyes were on Roger and Dave's expressions.
And I imagine a lot of others were doing the same!

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Re: Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by gatherroundandhaggle » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:38 pm

Keith Jordan wrote:Unless you are Keith Emerson, you don't get much screen time if you are not the lead guitarist or vocalist. :-;
Hmm, yes ... but there were plenty of shots of the bassist and the drummer!

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Re: Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by snifferdog » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:09 pm

I think your original theory could well be right. Someone not familiar with Pink Floyd would've easily missed Rick.

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Re: Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by moodyblue » Tue May 22, 2012 11:21 pm

I wouldn't give the cretins at the BBC any creedence in knowing anything about Pink Floyd. I too think Rick wasn't in much of the live feed and I have no idea why.

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Re: Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by tonmo » Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:34 pm

Haven't posted since 2007 but came here because of this.

I'm absolutely convinced the booth producer, director, and perhaps cameramen did not realize / appreciate the significance of Rick's presence. I have rarely watched this footage because of it... Which I suppose is silly... but it really annoys me!

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Re: Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by mabewa » Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:34 am

I've long felt the same thing. It's a great performance, but the lack of Rick is shameful. Really wish that they had other footage of it.

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Re: Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by Master_Chief » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:16 pm

I've often thought Pink Floyd should've played Time and Breathe Reprise instead of Speak to Me and Breathe. That way each member that sang throughout Pink Floyd's back catalogue would've had a chance to sing a solo part and the TV directors would've had no choice but to show Rick singing his pieces.

I also struggle to watch the Live 8 performance though. It was a mega event when it was live, but since then I always feel a pang of sadness that Rick's basically ignored. Such a shame!

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Re: Richard Wright at Live 8 - your thoughts?

Post by Jimi Dean Barrett » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:06 pm

It was a nice touch getting together for Live 8. Didn't really notice how little white of Rick there were, but he's there and nothing takes away from the audio experience of Pink Floyd reuniting with Roger for one show.
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