For the first time in half a decade, rock legends Pink Floyd reunited for a Palestine awareness benefit concert in England to raise money for young Palestinians, MSNBC reported Tuesday.
Feuding PINK FLOYD stars DAVID GILMOUR and ROGER WATERS put their differences aside on Saturday (10Jul10) to perform together at a the Hoping Foundation awareness benefit in England.
The two rockers hit the stage at Kiddington Hall in Oxfordshire, England to the amazement of guests in attendance. It was the first time the duo had shared a stage since Pink Floyd’s Live 8 appearance in 2005.
The former bandmates, who were accompanied by Guy Pratt and Waters’ son Harry, among others, played Floyd favourites:
“Wish You Were Here”
“Another Brick in the Wall”
as well as a cover of Phil Spector’s “To Know Him Is To Love Him.”
The event raised over $500,000 (£333,000) for the charity organisation which aids Palestinian kids.
A slew of musicians, including Elvis Costello and The Pixes recently cancelled concerts in Israel in protest of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians and the deadly attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31st.
Waters has been involved in pro-Palestinian activism for years. In 2006 he spray painted “tear down the wall” on Israel’s West Bank separation wall in the city of Bethlehem. He also worked with the United Nations to produce a short film about the wall’s impact on life in the West Bank.
Walled Horizons – Narrated by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd founding member) Part 1
Walled Horizons – Narrated by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd founding member) Part 2
Walled Horizons is narrated by and features Roger Waters (founding member of the rock band Pink Floyd), who visits the Wall in the Palestinian territories and comments on his observations as a musician and a songwriter who has written on walls. The film explores how Palestinians in urban and rural areas have been impacted by the Walls construction since the International Court of Justices Advisory Opinion in 2004, which declared the Wall’s route in the West Bank illegal. Several senior Israeli security officials are interviewed in the film, two of whom were directly responsible for planning the Wall route and who explain the Israeli position for constructing it. The film was made by the United Nations Jerusalem. http://www.ochaopt.org