‘Wish We Were There?’: Two-thirds of Pink Floyd raise propect of playing Glastonbury

From the Guardian

Only Dave Gilmour, with whom Roger Waters has a poor relationship, was missing from a press conference at the V&A

Pink Floyd band members Nick Mason, left, and Roger Waters at a press conference for the V&A’s forthcoming Pink Floyd exhibition. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Pink Floyd have raised the tantalising prospect of finally playing Glastonbury, or at least two-thirds of the surviving members have.

Roger Waters and Nick Mason made a rare appearance together on Thursday and said they would be up for playing Glastonbury, presumably music to the ears of the festival’s founder, Michael Eavis, who last year said his wishlist included Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac.

The problem will be David Gilmour: his former bandmates gave the impression of only being vaguely aware of his movements.

“The last I heard, David retired,” said Waters to Mason. “You know David better than me.”

Mason replied: “I heard he’d retired and then he seemed to unretire, so we don’t know.” He added that he had never played at Glastonbury and it would be fun “but I don’t think it is very likely but yes I would do it given the opportunity”.

Waters has played the festival and remembered it being “really cold. There were a lot of people and it seemed very jolly and I liked it”.

In truth, the prospect of a full reunion seems remote with Gilmour and Waters having had a particularly strained relationship over the years. They appeared as a foursome with the late Rick Wright for four songs at Live 8 in 2005 and Gilmour and Mason joined Waters at an O2 concert in 2011.

Waters said the subject of why don’t Pink Floyd get back together “is so dull … isn’t it?”

The two men were speaking at a press conference about a major show opening at the V&A in May, an exhibition along the lines of the museum’s hugely successful David Bowie show.

The exhibition will feature a laser light show and previously unseen concert footage as well as more than 350 objects and artefacts including instruments, handwritten lyrics, posters, architectural drawings and psychedelic prints.

Waters said he was particularly pleased to hear about a recent addition to the show: the cane used on him when he was a boy at Cambridge and County high school for boys.

“I’m inordinately proud, I don’t know why,” he said of his six strokes for fighting in 1959. “It is so archaic now, the idea of hitting people with sticks. It’s normally now confined to the foreign policy of major western powers.”

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  1. I can imagine Gilmour might consider a reunion show, if it weren’t for Waters insufferable political rantings … “Raving and Drooling” as it were.

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