I have two issues with this. The first is that when I went on line just now to discover the price of the tickets for the show in London’s Hyde Park – as ever unmentioned in the ad – I learnt from Ticketmaster that the cheapest were slightly over £100, rising to almost £200 for those in areas closer to the stage. The capacity for shows there is 65,000 so if all the tickets sell quickly, which they no doubt will, for the London show alone promoters Live Nation will bank in excess of £7,000,000, and you can add a few more million on top of that for the smaller arena shows in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. I know interest rates are low these days but I find it iniquitous that concert promoters can bank all that money up front, nine months before the shows take place, and earn interest on that sum – well in excess of £10 million quid – in that time.
The second issue is more an observation on the ironies of ‘classic rock’ in the 21st century. Pink Floyd ceased collective endeavour on the death of Richard Wright, a fact highlighted by the title of their V&A show – Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains. The good news for fans, however, is that now we seem to have two Pink Floyds, one led by Roger and the other by David Gilmour, whose most recent concerts relied heavily on Pink Floyd material. Those attending would no doubt have demanded their money back had it been otherwise. Indeed, a recently released live double album from the tour, Live At Pompeii (another Floyd reference), consists of eight songs from Gilmour's solo albums and 14 Pink Floyd songs, and like Waters they are from DSOM, The Wall and WYWH (but no Animals). No doubt this time next year a live Rogers Waters album will be available with a similar PF track listing.
Poor old Nick Mason, whom I always liked, must be feeling a bit left out.