06 July 2005

Money! It's a hit.

I've had mixed feelings about the Live 8 concert
ever since I discovered (quite recently) that it
wasn't actually raising any money to fight poverty.
It's goal was simply to raise awareness.

Never thought the day would come when I'd find
myself agreeing with Noel Gallagher, but I think
the young man has a good point:

Correct me if I am wrong, but are they hoping
that one of these guys from the G8 is going to
see Annie Lennox singing Sweet Dreams and
think 'fuck me, she might have a point there'.

Or Keane doing Somewhere Only We Know
and some Japanese businessman looks at him
and says 'we should really drop that debt, you

It isn't going to happen is it?

But at least one act has decided to back up their
words with their wallet…


LONDON (AFP) - Rock group Pink Floyd
vowed to donate all profits made from
their greatest hits album to charity, after
record sales soared following the group's
performance at Live 8.

The legendary British band, who had not
played together for 20 years before
Saturday's concert in London -- part of
a series worldwide to draw attention to
the campaign to reduce poverty in
Africa -- saw sales of Echoes increase
by 1,300 percent in the British capital alone.

Guitarist Dave Gilmour said the money
should be used to "save lives".

"Though the main objective has been
to raise consciousness (of the plight of Africa)
and put pressure on the G8 leaders, I will
not profit from the concert," he said.

Nice. Now who's next?

Incidently, you can see the reunited Pink Floyd
performance over at Crooks & Liars.

A few wobbly moments, but they pull it off.
They even dedicate "Wish You Were Here" to Syd.

Very classy.

UPDATE: Annie Lennox, The Who, and Sir Paul
have joined the party. But still a bit vague about
how much they'll donate.