June 12, 2005

Mother, Should I Trust The G8?

Damn you lucky Britons!

Pink Floyd will be reuniting for their first concert since 1981 at a July 2nd charity show in London. The band will be performing along with acts such as Coldplay, Elton John, Paul McCartney in order to raise money to aid struggling African nations. It's unclear whether or not they'll be touring at all after the charity concert, although I got the impression from the article that this is a one-shot deal. Guitarist David Gilmour remarked:

"Like most people I want to do everything I can to persuade the G8 leaders to make huge commitments to the relief of poverty and increased aid to the third world. It's crazy that America gives such a paltry percentage of its GNP to the starving nations. Any squabbles Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in this context, and if re-forming for this concert will help focus attention then it's got to be worthwhile."

This decision comes on the heels of a historic debt-forgiveness by G8 leaders a couple days ago. The deal forgives approximately 40 billion dollars of debt, 10-15 billion short of what Britian's Tony Blair, and apparently Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, had wanted.

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