A 3/4 Pink Floyd Reunion In London...Is There Anybody Out There?

(Photo by Simon Wimpenny)


I'm not a huge Pink Floyd fan. I enjoy their music when I am occasionally exposed to it, whether it be at the supermarket or when I happen to be listening to FM radio (which isn't often at all). Yet even I was emotionally touched when the band put their differences aside to reunite at Live 8.

Their performance, while a little rough around the edges, was heartfelt and I couldn't help but feel that I was witnessing history - that is, until MTV cut away from their set to talk about god-knows-what. MTV may as well have just said, "Just in ca you forgot that we don't actually give a shit about music, we thought we'd remind you of that fact."

So it was with sleepy eyes that I awoke this morning to news that David Gilmour and Nick Mason had joined Roger Waters onstage last night. Gilmour surprised the sold-out crowd at London's O2 Arena by appearing atop the infamous wall to sing his vocal parts in "Comfortably Numb" before ripping into the infamous guitar solo.

As one might expect, the crowd went ape-shit. After all, this was rock history taking place right before their eyes.

As one might expect, news of this event had spread like wild fire, from message boards and Twitter tweets to the front page of Rolling Stone's website.

Yet, this high-quality video clip of Waters and Gilmour performing "Comfortable Numb" has garnered only 2,519 views.

Granted, this is Pink Floyd and not Rebecca Black. I guess unless millions of mindless teenage sheep care enough to click, nobody else will.


Is this what the world has come to, the lowest common denominator reveling in cultural dog shit while actual groundbreaking and legendary art plays to an audience of a discerning few?

Maybe Rebecca Black can record a version of "Comfortably Numb". Oddly, and sadly, fitting.

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