Round-up

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Last week was a miserable one and, for obvious reasons, nothing seemed to matter very much.

We’re going to move on now, but first, in case you’ve missed anything, here’s a brief round-up of what I would have reported in more detail last week were it not for the tragic news about Syd.

There’s now a seating plan for the Venice concert. Please see the Live Dates page for the plan in PDF format.

You’ll also see ticket details for the Gdańsk concert on the Live Dates page. That’s going to be an amazing show.  David will have a 38-piece orchestra behind him, conducted by Zbigniew Preisner.

As we were discussing the ‘P.U.L.S.E’ DVD (yes, we’re spelling it this way from now on), we’ve added a poll for you to cast your vote and let us know how you rate it. There’ll be a new poll added on a regular basis. Please see the Stuff & Nonsense page for that.

David’s first two solo albums have been delayed. They’re now out on 14 and 15 August in Europe and North America respectively. Please note that the various fansites are incorrect in stating that there will be extra tracks. There is no bonus material included with these albums.

Lastly, a few words in response to certain comments received last week.

Above all, our deep thanks once again for the great many kind, thoughtful and incredibly moving messages that were left. They were vastly appreciated and responsible for plenty of tears.

But frankly I have been sickened by the number of people who have used this forum – and, more importantly, Syd’s name – to insensitively and shamelessly push their own agenda, be it advertising their tribute act, plugging their website or banging on about a Pink Floyd reunion.

I don’t care if it was for the sake of a charitable cause. It was the wrong time and the wrong place and I strongly object to a space set up in Syd’s memory, purely for people who cared about him to pay their respects (not people merely seizing an opportunity to tell David what he ought to be doing to save the world), being targeted and bombarded with demands.

You are, of course, free to tell us how you will honour Syd’s memory if you want to. But don’t tell us what you think David, or the other members of Pink Floyd, should be doing. That is for them to decide, not fans who so desperately want to see a reunion, they don’t care how it comes about.

For God’s sake, have and show some respect. We have lost the man who gave the world the band you claim to love so much. Is a concert of any importance?

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but there’s a time and a place to express it. To start spewing out the usual tired demands last week was wholly inappropriate and, on behalf of anyone with a heart and more than half a brain, I say shame on you for not realising it.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

216 thoughts on “Round-up”

  1. good on you, ed!

    these greedy, repulsive people make me sick. the ‘irreglars’ are right behind you on this one.

    shine on, syd.

    i missed the blog over the weekend. glad it’s back. i’m off to vote on the ‘p.u.l.s.e’ dvd now.

  2. Well you had it coming. Some of the blogs I saw gave me a sharp intake of breath.

    Fed, this statement summed it up for me:

    [show some respect. We have lost the man who gave the world the band you claim to love so much. Is a concert of any importance?]

    I was deliberately up early yesterday morning and listened to each and every Pink Floyd tune from the 67/68 period whilst sat in the back garden watching the birds, having my toast.

    That was my simple tribute to Syd. It was wonderful. And I will regularly continue to do this.

    Pete – Coventry

  3. My band mates and I have decided to honour the Great Man by performing our own version of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ at our next gig.

    We decided to do it as our ‘send off’ of sorts to a man who has inspired us to create and go our own way.

    Shine on Syd, wherever you may be.

  4. I have been moved for the first time to get in contact. I enjoy this site so much that i feel i just had to post to say i agree 100% with your comments Ed.

    Please people think of others feelings first and stop being so selfish.

    [Thank you, Simon. I appreciate that. – Features Editor]

  5. Thanks Fed for a forum that allowed us to spare a thought and a message for Syd, and well done for saying what most of us where thinking when reading some of the blogs from last week it was like waiting for your uncle to die and straight away asking what time the will is getting read at

    i have lost close friends to me recently and its a very personal time of grief (well it was for me) i imagine Roger,Dave,Rick and nick are grieving in there own way wich i imagine is private and not up on a stage waving a guitar about

    come on guys as Fed rightly says we are supposed to love this band and like any relationship Respect comes with love , so does timing, so no more agendas please

    enjoy p.u.l.s.e for now watch Shine on You crazy…. on there and spend 10 plus mins remembering our Syd, love and respect Syd

  6. Got to agree 100% with your comments, FEd – nobody has the right to instruct any of Syd’s former colleagues as to how or what they should do to honour his memory or otherwise. Let the man rest in peace!!!

  7. Hello FEd, hello everyone

    I’m really sad to know that the moment of memory became something wrong, and I’m sad you feel so angry, FEd. And David and the others too. As one of the people who write on this blog, I’d like beg pardon to Syd, his family, David, you and the others Pink Floyd members for the wrong words…maybe not all were bad intentions..but I understand and agree with all you said. Sorry, mates….

    And I watched PULSE and I can say that I understand very well why David decided to leave stadiums for his concert…the great machine of music can be so wonderful but also very scared and suffocating. Even if I have to admit that I’d have liked to go to one of those Pink Floyd’s show! My sister and my brother in law were in there, in Rome, in 1994…and they always told how much fantastic it was. But, I repeat, the reason David decided to change is clear, I think! “Life is much more than money” and of millions of people who scream your name too…

    L!

  8. FEd and the entire Pink Floyd family:

    Very well put and how awful that it was even necessary for you to have to express this. Tact is something we all need to exercise, beside putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and thinking about how you would feel in the same situation. The Barrett family and the Pink Floyd family, even tho heavily in the public eye, are first and foremost human beings with a need for a time of privacy and a life, especially at this time. How awful to think that they are not even allowed the normal grieving process just because we are so needy of their time. How could David and the rest of the Floyd be expected to put up that so called ‘stiff upper lip’ and go out and give a concert in the midst of morning a loss. Wow, I can not even imagine the selfishness of that request. I am sorry that you had to even ask this. I know you will have many many bloggers today who will be in complete agreement with you.

    And I salute and commend the massive and sensitive job done by all the Gilmour organization thoughout this very sad time. Thank you for allowing us to be able to post our thoughts on the loss of Syd.

    Now I hope that the familys all have their chance to get to grieve. After all, we are merely fans, and not friends and family. We can, and do, adore from out here. But all of you had the real experience of being friends for years. Bless you all.

  9. I thought alot about Syd this weekend and played “Piper” over and over again. Funny thing, picking up my kids from soccer or karate or a sleep over they really enjoyed “Lucifer Sam”, “Flaming” and “Bike”. They were truly saddened when I told them that Syd had passed on but still could muster up a smile at the line, “You can’t see me, but I can you” because they could identify with the child~like mischievousness of the lyric.

    Some 39 years later Syd is still gaining a new audience with his songs. I think that speaks volumes about his unique talents as well as his enduring legacy.

    Thanks for sticking up for our friend, F*Ed 🙂

    ~Matt~

  10. I agree with your comments as well. This is a period of reflection, mourning and dealing with Syd’s departure from our Earth. We shouldn’t be using these circumstances for our own gains or for making inappropriate statements.

    With this in my I was sickened when I logged onto Ebay a couple of nights ago. Usually there anywhere between 50-90 or so items up when you search under Syd’s name but now there are over 500 items up and this really disgusts me.

    Profiteering from someone’s passing is the ultimate form of disrespect and greed. Let’s all do these jerks a favor and not bid on anything they’re selling in the name of Syd Barrett. Let Syd’s legacy be carried on respectably and not disgraced by a gang of grave robbers!

    [What the cretins who bark loudest of all for the sake of a reunion are too stupid to realise is that, were David to announce a reunion/benefit concert tomorrow, then he too would be accused by some of profiteering from Syd’s passing. The man can’t win. – Features Editor]

  11. Very well said. I’m sure that the messages you refer to were not published and hope they were not too upsetting or infuriating for you and all who may have seen them. Why these people feel the need, or feel they have the right, to make demands is beyond me. Thank you for not publishing them. Those that we got to see were very moving indeed and I’m sure that many people were comforted by them. It’s just a shame that there always has to be this idiot minority giving the fans a bad name. As you said, shame on them. I hope they feel ashamed for putting their crazy greed before our Crazy Diamond.

    [It certainly was a minority, Luis. There were far, far more messages of sympathy, support, respect and admiration (and there would have been many more had we not decided to close the blog for the weekend). We’ve been so incredibly touched by them all. Thank you, everyone, for leaving a message. Each one meant something. There were too many unsuitable ones for my liking, and that saddens me, but they are quite insignificant when compared to all the others. They weren’t published because, frankly, they weren’t worthy of a place alongside such heartfelt sincerity. I don’t like meaningless bullshit or fickle tokens of concern at times of emotion, and I hate to see something pure and great being dirtied by what I consider to be muck. Good riddance to them, I say. They are not welcome here and neither are the pricks responsible. – Features Editor]

  12. Very, very well put, dear Fed. I was also strucken by the fact that the online cd shops seem to collectively raised the prices on the mr. Barrett albums…….sickening.

    I also noticed that on one site you were quoted (i think it was about leaving the family and friends alone to say their goodbyes) as being mr. Gilmour himself. That put a brief smile on my face….

    You will be remembered forever, Syd……

    [Amateurs… – Features Editor]

  13. Using the mental breakdown of your founding member for lyrics and profit isn’t very nice either.

    [Please show me just one half-decent artist who hasn’t used his life experience and emotion in his art and I’ll stop thinking of you as a stroppy tosser. – Features Editor]

  14. Hello FEd, I was sad to read that some people were being so insensitive and selfish. It must have been very difficult to read those type of self serving posts. Makes you wonder how some people tick doesn’t it?!

    Still there were some lovely tributes to Syd weren’t there.

    Phew it’s hot at the moment and set to get hotter they say!!

    I’m nearly stripped down to my On an Island Underpants it’s so warm here in the UK (feel free to block any mental image that may have just occurred)

    Keep up the great work FEd we appreciate it :o)

    [Thanks, mate. For the compliment, I mean, not the mental image. – Features Editor]

  15. I’m thankful for all that’s been brought by all Floyd-members over the years. It’s a precious gift an a valuable addition to my being. I admire all persons behind the band for their unbelievable creativity and I deeply respect them.

  16. Fed,

    How right you are to publish your comments about those who posted inappropriate comments at this particularly sensitive time for Mr.& Mrs. Gilmour, other Floyd band members, associates, fans etc.

    We are particularly fortunate that David has gone to an awful lot of trouble and expense in providing a first class web-site, with superb and friendly feedback opportunities.

    What we all need to remember, is that what has been given can also be taken away. Also, our Features Editor has to read all the crap as well as the good stuff, and he doesn’t deserve that.

    Vince Carr in London.

  17. Well said FEd… and Im sure all of the true Floyd/Gilmour fans would agree with every single word you said…

  18. I’m glad that was said Fed. I was thinking it myself. I was kind of wondering why you weren’t saying things on people’s post or just deleting them out right . .oh that’s right YOU HAVE RESPECT. Allowing people to express what they need to in such a difficult time. Thanks again for all you do and for saying what needed to be said

    I listened to “Piper” & “Wish You Were Here” a lot this weekend. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to a PF song without thinking of our dear ole Syd.

    ~Erin

  19. I agree. “The Floyd” have their own lives. Being famous is their career. When I am home from work I wish to be home. Although I wish that I had a time-machine to experience those concerts I was to young (or not even born) for, it is not my place to demand anything from the band. I love their contributions to the world in art and music.

    Blessings to their families, Shine on Syd, and thank you for being so kind to even have a forum.

  20. When I got to the first few inappropriate posts, I had to stop reading them. It’s a shame.

    My own small tribute was taking my 1 year old son with me to a nice “santuary” I have in the woods near my home. We drove my 4-wheeler to the spot and I put on the Madcap Laughs cd and we listened to it in peace and privacy.

    I closed my eyes and imagined the Syd from the late 60s sitting in the passenger seat and pretending to have a conversation with him. I can’t imagine what that really would have been like, but in my mind, it was something magical.

    I rated the P.U.L.S.E. DVD as very good. The 5.1 sound is mind blowing, and the picture is so clear. Everyone looks quite a bit younger. hehe

    Thanks Fed for saying what a lot of us probably were thinking.

    –Tim

  21. Dear FED:

    Just for interest’s sake, this is a column from Saturday’s copy of Toronto’s biggest daily newspaper. The columnist’s father was a classmate of Syd Barrett.

    The link will only be valid until Friday, I think.

    He has an interesting perspective, all his opinion of course.

    [Thanks for that, Andrew. He doesn’t know his David Gilmour from his Roger Waters, though. – Features Editor]

  22. Just goes to show how very sick this world can be. It is not only here either, there are a lot of message boards with the same crap going on, but I guess this really takes the biscuit as this is one of the few ‘official’ pf related places where joe soap can make comments.

    speaking of shameless acts, I have noticed p.u.l.s.e. file share files knocking around, won’t mention the name as it may contribute to the problem. No not very nice at all.

    Chin up everone, at least things can’t get any worse (touch wood).

    At least the sun is shining!

    don’t forget yer factor 15!

    Ripper

  23. I listened to all Syd’s songs that I have, am planning to listen to Wish you Were Here as well.

    I simply can’t believe what some people have told you to do, its just not the right time or place. Well said with this entry it gets it spot on.

  24. [What the cretins who bark loudest of all for the sake of a reunion are too stupid to realise is that, were David to announce a reunion/benefit concert tomorrow, then he too would be accused by some of profiteering from Syd’s passing. The man can’t win. – Features Editor]

    I’m surprised everyday more of your deep wisdom! You know my words are honest

    L!

    [Bless you. – Features Editor]

  25. I got on my bike and rode it. I will be doing this much more.

    Top-Shelf job FEd. We love you.

    [Stop! My head is getting really big here. – Features Editor]

  26. I agree with you ED. Syd’s loss is our loss even if he wasn’t the man he use to be. The reason Pink Floyd exist, The Diamond & I for one feel the Floyd have done there thing it’s time for people to show respect & remember Syd in the right way. Time for people to stop being utterly selfish.

    Ciarán

  27. Fed,

    I’m sure that you had a terribly busy, frustrating week. Be sure that your tireless efforts are appreciated by the vast majority of the regulars here.

    Why is it that so many “fans” believe that an artist owes them something, or is obligated to listen to what those “fans” believe is the right/wrong thing for that artist to do? How selfish to believe that we have the right to tell them what to do, when we claim to enjoy their work soooo much…

    Come on, people! Mr. Gilmour owes us nothing. In fact, we are in his debt for sharing with us his phenomenal talent, and we should content ourselves with appreciating what he decides to give us, when he decides to give it to us!

    My thanks to Mr. Gilmour, et al, for the amazing catalog of inspired works. My thanks, also, to you, Fed, for your work on our behalf.

  28. Dear FetEd

    “But frankly I have been sickened by the number of people who have used this forum – and, more importantly, Syd’s name – to insensitively and shamelessly push their own agenda, be it advertising their tribute act, plugging their website or banging on about a Pink Floyd reunion.”

    Well said and I completely agree.

    Just to say that I for one do not want the tasteless antics of a few to spoil what on the whole is a brilliant web site and blog. Please keep faith that the majority of us are sincere!

    Best regards
    Julian, Aylusbury. UK

    [There’s no danger of that, Julian. Almost all of the people who got up my nose with their worrying lack of tact have never posted before and probably didn’t even stick around long enough to find out whether or not their posts were even published. Many were posting because certain sites suggested that it would be a good way of appealing directly to David. They were wrong. Deleting rubbish is just too easy. – Features Editor]

  29. It’s a shame it had to be said but well put FEd and hope you managed a few glorious rays of sunshine this past weekend.

    Now, if you consider it a suitable time to return to things a little on the lighter side of life I have a story for you (with accompanying picture).

    On Saturday I decided to forgo the intended chores and made an early start doing absolutely nothing, sat in my local park with a good book and the obligatory iPod. Come lunchtime I feel the need for some liquid refreshment & so I decided to head into town. My route takes me past the magnificent Abbey here in St Albans and as it’s been a while since I last visited I thought I’d take another walk round inside, being as it was nice & cool.

    Part-way through my walk around, I spot a small area cordened off that seems to be just a store room with tables, chairs etc. but what caught my eye were a couple of items in the far corner, items not unfamiliar to us here.

    Eyeballs. Two of them. A pair.

    What the heck they were doing in the Abbey, I have no idea. I might just have to pay them another visit during a lunch break or next weekend, I think.

    CJD

    [Spooky! – Features Editor]

  30. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and being strong with your words, FEd…’couldn’t agree more. Parts of his life were sad and his death is sad. It’s time now to celebrate the good times.

    Peace.

    [Indeed. – Features Editor]

  31. Dearest F’Ed,

    Firstly, I agree wholeheartedly with everything you have said. I was disgusted by comments suggesting David do this or that. It seemed a bit self serving so that someone might claim credit for something that might happen in the future. I can only imagine the posts I didn’t get to read due to your fine editing. You must have shared quite a burden last week.

    Secondly, I just want to thank you for conducting last weeks blog with class and respect for Syd Barrett. This was the only site on the web that offered a place for people to share their condolences for Syd Barrett and doing so with so much class and dignity. That Syd’s blog continued without much banter between most of us bloggers and yourself was the absolute finest manner it could have taken.

    As you said, Syd has been dead to us for some 35 years now. Roger Barrett, a private human being who none of us know, was entitled to live and die as he and his family saw fit. They owe us nothing. Nor do the remaining members of the band.

    Thank you for providing this space for us.

    Michael

    [Thanks very much for that, mate. – Features Editor]

  32. I think many people forget that Roger Barrett didn’t want anything to do with Pink Floyd or the name Syd.

    So we should respect that.

    [That’s a fair point. – Features Editor]

  33. Well put fed, although I’m not sure what it will take to stop some jumping on the bandwagon but at least you put them in their place.

    I was in Hull yesterday for a wedding and we drove out to the coast, on the way we went past a little place called Arnold and subsequantly we found Arnold Lane, and after having a couple of pics taken with it we returned to the car and mused about Syd and listened to some records.

    It was really nice hearing different peoples opinions and memories just like a real life Blog and so I thought I’d share it with you here.

  34. B Smith

    Excuse me mate but…have you ever written a letter? Have you ever written a note? Or even face to face, have you ever said to a person that you miss her/him? That you love her/him? Pink Floyd used their art to say to their friend (who they couldn’t meet) that he was and he continued to be very a important friend of theirs. I can’t believe you don’t understand that! And I think that Pink Floyd would have sold millions of copies of “wish you were here” even if they haven’t used lyrics for Syd. Because the album is wonderful the same. In fact Pink Floyd have sold millions of copies with the others album where Syd wasn’t named.

    Pink Floyd didn’t need to used Syd because they played fantastic music. They wrote those songs, in my opinion, because they need to communicate with Syd and celebrate their friendship. You know David (and the others, if I remember well) has helped Syd to record his two solo albums? Maybe this is friendship and not the way to use a friend to make money with his illness.

    I think you should think more about your words.

    At the end, I will be very honoured if someone would sing and write for me as wonderful words and music like Pink Floyd have done for Syd. And I think Syd has been happy to know their friends still loved him.

    Sorry for my english, but I’m sure you can understand

    Think again and let we know!

    L!

  35. Fed, you are right, it is a very sad moment….

    by the way, thank you for the Venice map. Now i know were i will be seating….(actually not a very nice place, having purchased ticket the first day…however….)

    The most important thing is that i am having the chance to see David again. I feel lucky for that.

    Hope there will be some moment to think about Syd, all fans together in the magic venue of Piazza San Marco, Syd will be there!

    [I’m sorry to hear that you don’t have a great seat. I was thinking of you when we finally got the map we’d been asking for. – Features Editor]

  36. “Using the mental breakdown of your founding member for lyrics and profit isn’t very nice either.”

    [Please show me just one half-decent artist who hasn’t used his life experience and emotion in his art and I’ll stop thinking of you as a stroppy tosser. – Features Editor]

    GOOD GRIEF! they’re still at it then FEd! I think the heat has just cooked what’s left of his/her brain.

    Obviously doesn’t understand the few songs they did write about Syd were wonderful heartfelt tributes to him and Syd still received the royalties for his songs.

    And if whoever wrote this dribble knew what they were talking about, David has said they made sure Syd was taken care of.

    To see they cared very much for Syd is obvious if you care to pull your head out of your arse.

  37. hmmm….Colin. There was a white rabbit too? Because I can’t believe it really exist! Maybe you fell in the hole for the wonderworld! Too much strange! A little scary too, it seems! a strange blue light under the door…a bike, on the left? and also stairs, on the left…don’t go again, colin…it could be dangerous!

    Have a great evening, my dears!

    L!

  38. Well said Fed, Unfortunately we have seen the “human” face of life – thats more sad than “losing” people and thats whats makes living really “miserable”. Never ever let others get you down. Lets hold our heads high and lead by example, ignore the ignorant.

    Ian Pearson

  39. You go Lucia, gosh you and fed would be a great team.

    Although I don’t feel mr Smith will be the sort to stick around for our replies but just a little prick with too much time on his hands and not enough manners nor respect, it begs belief why so many people in the world go around only to cause pain and never recieve any grief and yet those who bring so much to the world are lost, but then that’s the mystery of it all I suppose.

  40. Hi, F.Ed,

    [What the cretins who bark loudest of all for the sake of a reunion are too stupid to realise is that, were David to announce a reunion/benefit concert tomorrow, then he too would be accused by some of profiteering from Syd’s passing. The man can’t win. – Features Editor]

    Absolutely. I agree 100% with everything you have written today. I imagine you wanted to hurl so many reeealy sharp Pointy Sticks at people. Or just hurl.

    There are 945 posts on that day. I read over 900 of them. Most were honest and heartfelt expressions of loss and sadness. The rest of the “Hey Dave, how about a reunion” schmucks can go pack sand. What really blew me out of the water was it got worse after you specifically asked people not to go there. There was even a few that demanded David post something. What nerve.

    Moving on, I laughed out loud when I read David’s albums’ release date getting moved……again. It’s not official ’til it’s on the shelves, I guess.

    Caption Comp- David, trying a new brand of shirt, did not notice the dye bled when he put his shirt on…

    Have a good day, all

    Mike

  41. [Using the mental breakdown of your founding member for lyrics and profit isn’t very nice either. – B. Smith]

    F’Ed and Lucia responded quite well and my first thought is, what more can be said. In a word:

    SCHMUCK

  42. Well…

    My take on this…

    Tim Willis’s interview with Syd’s sister Rosemary in The Sunday Times yesterday was VERY insightful. If anyone hasn’t read it then you can catch it at times online. Rosemary is insistent that her brother did not suffer from mental illness and that one of the main reasons he did not entertain talking to ‘fans’ and journalists was that

    “he simply couldn’t understand the interest in something that had happened so long ago and he wasn’t willing to interrupt his own musings for their sake”.

    Now please hear me out. I manage and (sometimes play in) a reasonably well known band myself. The reason I am telling you this is that I have first hand experience of the fact that of all the work my band have done in the past the band members NEVER listen to it again.

    I was watching “Pulse” on the weekend and realised that it must have been something like the 1000th time or more (that is a lot think about it!) that I have listened to any of the ‘older’ tunes on it. The point is that we, as fans, treasure the work of people and sometimes get nostalgic for it BUT someone who has created it doesn’t often get nostalgic.

    They want to create rather than recreate.

    No amount of pressure from fans can change that either. If something doesn’t feel right it doesn’t feel right!

    To quote Syd’s sister again when referring to his art

    “He would photograph a particular flower and paint a large canvas from the photograph. Then he would make a photographic record of the picture before destroying the canvas. In a way, that was very typical of his approach to life. Once something was over, it was over. He felt no need to revisit it!”

    Whilst not all creative people destroy their work alot of them will not revisit it. Even if they do, in the case of a musician, it is usually to find out what it sounds like as they have to play it again at a gig and the last time they listened to it was probably when they recorded it! We projected our own disappointment of his not making any more music on to him being reclusive and mentally ill when in actual fact Syd had just chosen to move on.

    We must realise this when asking for ANOTHER reunion…

    My band also has a member that left (and left in dire circumstances). We eventually got back with him a year ago for one gig near to where he now lives. Whilst it was nice to make up and be friendly again it isn’t something that we would want to go back to on a permanent basis. We have moved on.

    The reason I am rambling on about all of this is that some of the people who were so inappropriate as to incur the wrath of our esteemed Feat. Ed. (and others) should realise that just because they want a reunion for their own reasons (yes even if it is just to shamelessly plug – how pathetic)… the people who could make that reunion a reality may not want it for reasons that are the exact opposite! You may also find that the last time some of them listened to something like Corporal Clegg for instance may have been in 1968!

    Let David, Nick, Richard (and Roger) do what they want as no amount of petitioning is going to result in anything other than that anyway!

    Sorry if I rambled on but it is something that I just wanted to get off my chest.

    [Not at all. It’s much appreciated, Lee. Thanks for that. The Sunday Times article can be found by clicking Lee’s name below. – Features Editor]

  43. Well said FEd. Nice to see you getting that off your chest, and no doubt seconded by all of us.

    The news of Syd’s passing still hasn’t really sunk in, or maybe only now, a few days later, is the reality of it hitting home. I always held out hope that he might return to the public eye, albeit briefly, or maybe even an authorised biography written by someone close and trusted. With Syd’s passing SO much passes with him, and this is what really upsets me. There will always be his music but I (like so many others) yearned to understand more of Syd in the years between PF and last week. It’s this loss that keeps nagging at me.

    I’d love to talk about the Pulse DVD but at the moment I don’t really feel like it….in a few days I’ll drop some thoughts down, but right now I’ve got the blues for Syd. I’m not even the world’s greatest early PF fan, or even his solo stuff (although “Baby Lemonade” is a fave), but it’s his importance to the musicians that I love that makes me sad.

    Off to see RHCP at Earls Court tonight. Last time I was there was for the Pulse shows in 94. Also, spoke to the Teatre de Vienne booking office – all tickets are now for collection, so anyone travelling down to Lyon don’t expect to receive tickets in the post.

    N

    [Thanks for that, mate. – Features Editor]

  44. It’s no good F’Ed I’m afraid you will have to put up with another irregular thanking you for putting certain people in their place.

    As was pointed out just a few posts earlier, the root of all this insensitive, unthinking and selfish behaviour is this belief that so many have that an artist ‘owes’ us, the audience, anything. They demand the moon and when they don’t get it, the toys come out of the pram!

    They don’t ‘owe’ us anything – got it?

    Simple respect for each other seems to be dying out these days – just make sure you keep championing it F’Ed.

    Thanks.

  45. I just want to thank you for your hard work last week. I can imagine it was the last thing on your agenda to have to deal with five or more responses per minute on such an emotional issue. But please know for all your frustrations last week you’ve done more than any other single person to help us grieve and heal. And I’m not saying that to make your head even bigger, I’m saying it because it’s true. I for one feel better after reading all the testimonials.

    And please do pass on our thanks to David and everyone else involved in his web site for allowing us to use his space to grieve.

    [Thank you all for the kind words. Doesn’t it make you smile knowing that so many people wanted to have their say? Never mind the nonsense that shouldn’t be allowed to undermine the phenomenal response to the tragic news. Forget about that for now. The messages from people of all ages from all over the world, coming in thick and fast, show just what a massive impact he had on us in a tiny space of time. I think it was hard for everyone last week, but we should smile now. To be that loved, almost 40 years after stepping into the shadows – even though it seems that Roger didn’t see the point in anyone celebrating ‘Syd’ and his old work – is simply amazing. He left one hell of a mark. To only focus on his memory last week was the very least we could do. – Features Editor]

  46. Be positive, I believe there were 945 very nice comments…Forget about the other F****** selfish comments!

    A tragic story came to a very sudden end. Lets remember the good years and also the good moments of the last 30 years…life always finds a way itself…

    Ernest

  47. (people seizing an opportunity to tell David what he ought to be doing to save the world)

    suppose David could start wearing a costume for that?

  48. Dearest FeD,

    So sorry you had to deal with such filth from people.

    I must say though you did a magnificent, nay SUPERHUMAN job editing the comments and presenting a tribute to Syd on the blog that was incredibly uplifting and moving. Bless you for that.

    Bless you all at this site for putting up with such endless F&*#@#* squalor from people who present themselves as fans!

    Peace
    John

    [As Ernest just said, 945 comments show that there’s far more good than bad. – Features Editor]

  49. Wow !!! Et moi, je suis ravie de retrouver notre Fed en si bonne forme…”Après la pluie, le beau temps”, please, keep on deligthing us with your comments, so sincere, so direct, so full of enthusiasm and warmth…I’m not joking, Fed, I have a deep respect for those who dare to say high and loud what they think.

    Et la vie ne s’arrête pas, elle est trop belle pour ça !!! Syd pense peut-être ça de là-haut…

    Michèle

    [Merci. J’ai une bouche grande, non? Je ne peux pas rester tranquille quand je suis fâché. – Features Editor]

  50. Just my little note. Syd was brilliant. He gave us music that inspires and encourages, that takes us along as it pushes boundaries of artistic exploration and experimentation. And his life also illustrates the fragility of human existence and the risks we take when pursuing positive goals that are larger than ourselves. His presence, however practically distant to most of us over his lifetime, will be missed. But of course the music endures and I think those of us who cared to have become a little closer to one another because of it.

    And just want to thank David Gilmour, the blog, Fed, and all those involved with this site for giving us fans a forum to express our feelings.

    Stephen, East Village, NYC

  51. I am just as incensed about this. I cannot believe that people out there would utilize this time to push their own agendas. I’m not surprised by it, however, as I understand the human condition.

    I am still stunned by the loss of Syd…the world will never be the same again. We are all going to miss you very much. Without you, there would be no Pink Floyd; without you, the world would not have been the same. So long Syd…I’ll be listening.

    -David

  52. Bravo, our fearless FEAT ED. Leader! With any major event even within the microcosim of an online community (such as this) it will always bring out both the best and unfortunatly the worst in its members. So kudos for you with dealing with both the heartfelt and the downright shameless. So peace be with you Syd, hope you find nothing but happiness.

    Now on to other things:

    Mainly P.U.L.S.E. the only word to summon it up is Extraordinary. I particulary like “Bootlegging the Bootleggers” it has a certain quaint intimate quality about it. Not that I condone bootlegging at all, it is dispicable and reprhensiable but that particular section was fun.

    The video for “Take it Back” brought new meaning to the song for me and everyone should think about it in those terms from now on, I will be. Favorite tracks include: ALL OF THEM!!!! The doc on the road crew was amusing as well, On a quest for pints!!! Oh and the ball in CN was spectacular wish I could have been there live to see that.

    Just one curious note though, was there some crowd editing done? I mean audience participation was at a minimum and at a huge venue like that you would think songs like “Wish You Were Here” would have everyone singing along with it, no? If there was some done it makes since but if not than I am truly amazed on all those people being subdued enough just to sit back and take in the show. Personally I would be geeking out of my mind.

    On a last note,

    I end with a humble request. Far be it for me to make one I know. David has provided so much for us already, no this isin’t a reunion request forget that. I would like to know if it would be possible to include the AOL sessions that David recently did on as bonus material for the OAI DVD. I know that it may seem a little redundent to have that since all of those tracks will most likely be included in the main concert. However they really are quite excellent and not everyone has a high speed connection so not everyone has been able to enjoy them. Along with the Q&A session I think it would make for servicable bonus stuff, don’t you? In any case, I’ll be happy with whatever is on that DVD and so will all the TRUE fans, but it is just a suggestion.

    Feat Ed. keep up the fantastic work I know last week must have been difficult but, you handled it like a champ.

    Until next time

    Thank You very much indeed, Good night to you.

  53. I totally agree with the Features Editor… it echoes my feels perfectly. I myself have been completely disgusted with the way some people have carried on.

  54. Dear FED, maybe some of these people who want Pink Floyd to pay a tribute, (A NON FUNDABLE CONCERT) as in a concert open to the public or on t.v can watch. NOT FOR A PROFIT!!!!!

  55. Not being qualified nor inclined to comment on any of what I’ve read here, I’ll simply leave a musical cocktail.

    [great gig in the sky/Dark Side]/[(Song from the Thracian Plain)/(LE MYSTERE DES VOIX BULGARES)].

    Good Day.

  56. DEAR FEATURES EDITOR!!

    Why would David Gilmour add Syd Barrett tracks to his set list, if he doesnt want to raise some extra money from Syd’s departure?

    [Dano, if you knew anything about David, you’d know that those songs have been included on numerous setlists since long before Syd’s departure. For example, throughout the ‘On An Island’ tour, the London and Paris shows of 2002, Meltdown 2001, the Dalai Lama/Tibet benefit of 1996… Call me crazy, but I always thought it was more about making Syd money, keeping interest in his music alive, paying tribute to an old friend… The same reason why so many of Syd’s songs are on the ‘Echoes’ best-of compilation, in fact. David was the one who pushed for them to be included, don’t forget. Now who looks silly? – Features Editor]

  57. Any word on when the Tour jackets are going to be sold thru Anthill merchandising? Thx

    [Not a word, sorry, but we can always ask again. – Features Editor]

  58. F*Ed ~

    I know this is a bit long, but it’s a wonderful chapter from my favorite book that deals with a loved one’s passing. It’s message of continuance is very comforting and since we are all “family” here I thought it would be appropriate…

    GREAT GRANDMA

    SHE WAS A WOMAN WITH A BROOM OR DUST PAN OR A WASHRAG OR A MIXING SPOON IN HER HAND. YOU SAW HER CUTTING PIECRUST IN THE MORNING, HUMMING TO IT, OR YOU SAW HER SETTING OUT THE BAKED PIES AT NOON OR TAKING THEM IN, COOL, AT DUSK. SHE RANG PORCELAIN CUPS LIKE A SWISS BELL RINGER, TO THEIR PLACE. SHE GLIDED THROUGH HALLS AS STEADILY AS A VACUUM MACHINE, SEEKING, FINDING AND SETTING TO RIGHTS.

    SHE MADE MIRRORS OUT OF EVERY WINDOW, TO CATCH THE SUN. SHE STROLLED BUT TWICE THROUGH ANY GARDEN, TROWEL IN HAND, AND THE FLOWERS RAISED THEIR QUIVERING FIRES UPON THE WARM AIR OF HER WAKE. SHE SLEPT QUIETLY AND TURNED NO MORE THAN THREE TIMES IN A NIGHT, AS RELAXED AS A WHITE GLOVE TO WHICH, AT DAWN, A BRISK HAND WILL RETURN. WAKING, SHE TOUCHED PEOPLE LIKE PICTURES, TO SET THEIR FRAMES STRAIGHT.

    BUT , NOW…?

    “GRANDMA,” SAID EVERYONE.

    “GREAT-GRANDMA”.

    NOW IT WAS AS IF A HUGE SUM IN ARITHMETIC WERE FINALLY DRAWING TO AN END. SHE HAD STUFFED TURKEYS, CHICKENS, SQUABS, GENTLEMEN AND BOYS. SHE HAD WASHED CEILINGS, WALLS, INVALIDS, AND CHILDREN. SHE HAD LAID LINOLEUM, REPAIRED BICYCLES, WOUND CLOCKS, STOKED FURNACES, SWABBED IODINE ON TEN THOUSAND GRIEVOUS WOUNDS. HER HANDS HAD FLOWN ALL AROUND ABOUT AND DOWN, GENTLING THIS, HOLDING THAT, THROWING BASEBALLS, SWINGING BRIGHT CROQUET MALLETS, SEEDING BLACK EARTH, OR FIXING COVERS OVER DUMPLINGS, RAGOUTS, AND CHILDREN WILDLY STREWN BY SLUMBER. SHE HAD PULLED DOWN SHADES, PINCHED OUT CANDLES, TURNED SWITCHES, AND – GROWN OLD. LOOKING BACK ON THIRTY BILLIONS OF THINGS STARTED, CARRIED, FINISHED AND DONE, IT ALL SUMMED UP, TOTALED OUT; THE LAST DECIMAL WAS PLACED, THE FINAL ZERO SWUNG SLOWLY INTO LINE A SILENT HOUR BEFORE REACHING FOR THE ERASER.

    “LET ME SEE NOW” SAID GREAT-GRANDMA. “LET ME SEE……..”

    WITH NO FUSS OR FURTHER ADO, SHE TRAVELED THE HOUSE IN AN EVER-CIRCLING INVENTORY, REACHED THE STAIRS AT LAST, AND, MAKING NO SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT, SHE TOOK HERSELF UP THE THREE FLIGHTS TO HER ROOM WHERE, SILENTLY, SHE LAID HERSELF OUT LIKE A FOSSIL IMPRINT UNDER THE SNOWING COOL SHEETS OF HER BED AND BEGAN TO DIE.

    AGAIN THE VOICES: “GRANDMA! GREAT-GRANDMA!”

    THE RUMOR OF WHAT SHE WAS DOING DROPPED DOWN THE STAIRWELL, HIT, AND SPREAD RIPPLES THROUGH THE ROOMS, OUT THE DOORS AND WINDOWS AND ALONG THE STREET OF ELMS TO THE EDGE OF THE GREEN RAVINE.

    “HERE NOW HERE!”

    THE FAMILY SURROUNDED HER BED.

    “JUST LET ME LIE,” SHE WHISPERED.

    HER AILMENT COULD NOT BE SEEN IN ANY MICROSCOPE; IT WAS A MILD BUT EVER-DEEPENING TIREDNESS, A DIM WEIGHTING OF HER SPARROW BODY; SLEEPY; SLEEPIER; SLEEPIEST.

    AS FOR HER CHILDREN AND HER CHILDREN’S CHILDREN-IT SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE THAT WITH SUCH A SIMPLE ACT, THE MOST LEISURELY ACT IN THE WORLD, SHE COULD CAUSE SUCH APPREHENSION.

    “GREAT-GRANDMA, NOW LISTEN- WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS NO BETTER THAN BREAKING A LEASE. THIS HOUSE WILL FALL DOWN WITHOUT YOU. YOU MUST GIVE US AT LEAST A YEAR’S NOTICE!”

    GREAT-GRANDMA OPENED ONE EYE.

    NINETY YEARS GAZED CALMLY OUT AT HER PHYSICIANS LIKE A DUST-GHOST FROM A HIGH CUPOLA WINDOW IN A FAST EMPTYING HOUSE. “TOM…?”

    THE BOY WAS SENT, ALONE, TO HER WHISPERING BED.

    “TOM,” SHE SAID, FAINTLY, FAR AWAY, “IN THE SOUTHERN SEAS THERE’S A DAY IN EACH MAN’S LIFE WHEN HE KNOWS IT’S TIME TO SAY GOOD-BY AND SAIL AWAY, AND HE DOES, AND IT’S NATURAL-IT’S JUST HIS TIME. THAT’S HOW IT IS TODAY. I’M SO LIKE YOU SOMETIMES, SITTING THROUGH SATURDAY MATINEES UNTIL NINE AT NIGHT WHEN WE SEND YOUR DAD TO BRING YOU HOME. TOM, WHEN THE TIME COMES THAT THE SAME COWBOYS ARE SHOOTING THE SAME INDIANS ON THE SAME MOUNTAINTOP, THEN IT’S BEST TO FOLD BACK THE SEAT AND HEAD FOR THE DOOR, WITH NO REGRETS AND NO WALKING BACKWARD UP THE AISLE. SO, I’M LEAVING WHILE I’M HAPPY AND STILL ENTERTAINED”.

    DOUGLAS WAS SUMMONED NEXT TO HER SIDE.

    “GRANDMA, WHO’LL SHINGLE THE ROOF NEXT SPRING?”

    EVERY APRIL FOR AS FAR BACK AS THERE WERE CALENDERS, YOU THOUGHT YOU HEARD WOODPECKERS TAPPING THE HOUSETOP. BUT NO, IT WAS GREAT-GRANDMA SOMEHOW TRANSPORTED, SINGING, POUNDING NAILS, REPLACING SHINGLES, HIGH IN THE SKY!

    “DOUGLAS,” SHE WHISPERED, “DON’T EVER LET ANYONE DO THE SHINGLES UNLESS IT’S FUN FOR THEM.”

    “YES’M”

    “LOOK AROUND COME APRIL, AND SAY, “WHO’D LIKE TO FIX THE ROOF?’ AND WHICHEVER FACE LIGHTS UP IS THE FACE YOU WANT,DOUGLAS. BECAUSE UP THERE ON THAT ROOF YOU CAN SEE THE WHOLE TOWN GOING TOWARD THE COUNTRY AND THE COUNTRY GOING TOWARD THE EDGE OF THE EARTH AND THE RIVER SHINING, AND THE MORNING LAKE, AND BIRDS ON THE TREES DOWN UNDER YOU, AND THE BEST OF THE WIND ALL AROUND ABOVE. ANY ONE OF THOSE SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO MAKE A PERSON CLIMB A WEATHER VANE SOME SPRING SUNRISE. IT’S A POWERFUL HOUR, IF YOU GIVE IT HALF A CHANCE……….

    HER VOICE SANK TO A FLUTTER.

    DOUGLAS WAS CRYING.

    SHE ROUSED HERSELF AGAIN. “NOW, WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?”

    “BECAUSE,” HE SAID, “YOU WON’T BE HERE TOMORROW.”

    SHE TURNED A SMALL HAND MIRROR FROM HERSELF TO THE BOY. HE LOOKED AT HER FACE AND HIMSELF IN THE MIRROR AND THEN AT HER FACE AGAIN AS SHE SAID, “TOMMORROW MORNING I’LL GET UP AT SEVEN AND WASH BEHIND MY EARS; I”LL RUN TO CHURCH WITH CHARLIE WOODMAN; I’LL PICNIC AT ELECTRIC PARK; I’LL SWIM, RUN BAREFOOT, FALL OUT OF TREES, CHEW SPEARMINT GUM…..DOUGLAS, DOUGLAS, FOR SHAME! YOU CUT FINGERNAILS, DON’T YOU?”

    “YES’M”

    “AND YOU DON’T YELL WHEN YOUR BODY MAKES ITSELF OVER EVERY SEVEN YEARS OR SO, OLD CELLS DEAD AND NEW ONES ADDED TO YOUR FINGERS AND YOUR HEART. YOU DON’T MIND THAT, DO YOU?”

    “NO’M”

    “WELL, CONSIDER THEN, BOY. ANY MAN SAVES FINGERNAIL CLIPPINGS IS A FOOL. YOU EVER SEE A SNAKE BOTHER TO KEEP HIS PEELED SKIN? THAT’S ABOUT ALL YOU GOT HERE TODAY IN THIS BED IS FINGERNAILS AND SNAKE SKIN. ONE GOOD BREATH WOULD SEND ME UP IN FLAKES. IMPORTANT THING IS NOT THE ME THAT’S LYING HERE, BUT THE ME THAT’S SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE BED LOOKING BACK AT ME, AND THE ME THAT’S DOWNSTAIRS COOKING SUPPER, OR OUT IN THE GARAGE UNDER THE CAR, OR IN THE LIBRARY READING. ALL THE NEW PARTS, THEY COUNT. I’M NOT REALLY DYING TODAY. NO PERSON EVER DIED THAT HAD A FAMILY. I’LL BE AROUND A LONG TIME. A THOUSAND YEARS FROM NOW A WHOLE TOWNSHIP OF MY OFFSPRING WILL BE BITING SOUR APPLES IN THE GUMWOOD SHADE. THAT’S MY ANSWER TO ANYONE ASKS BIG QUESTIONS! QUICK NOW, SEND IN THE REST!

    AT LAST THE ENTIRE FAMILY STOOD, LIKE PEOPLE SEEING SOMEONE OFF AT A RAIL STATION, WAITING IN THE ROOM.

    “WELL,” SAID GREAT-GRANDMA, “THERE I AM. I’M NOT HUMBLE, SO IT’S NICE SEEING YOU STANDING AROUND MY BED. NOW NEXT WEEK THERE’S LATE GARDENING AND CLOSET-CLEANING AND CLOTHES BUYING FOR CHILDREN TO DO. AND SINCE THE PART OF ME WHICH IS CALLED, FOR CONVENIENCE, GREAT-GRANDMA, WON’T BE HERE TO STEP IT ALONG, THOSE OTHER PARTS OF ME CALLED UNCLE BERT AND LEO AND TOM AND DOUGLAS, AND ALL THE OTHER NAMES, WILL HAVE TO TAKE OVER, EACH TO HIS OWN”.

    “YES, GRANDMA.”

    “I DON’T WANT ANY HALLOWEEN PARTIES HERE TOMORROW. DON’T WANT ANYONE SAYING ANYTHING SWEET ABOUT ME; I SAID IT ALL IN MY TIME AND MY PRIDE. I’VE TASTED EVERY VICTUAL AND DANCED EVERY DANCE; NOW THERE’S ONE TUNE I HAVEN’T WHISTLED. BUT I’M NOT AFRAID. I’M TRULY CURIOUS. DEATH WON’T GET A CRUMB BY MY MOUTH I WON’T KEEP AND SAVOR. SO DON’T WORRY OVER ME. NOW, ALL OF YOU GO, AND LET ME FIND MY SLEEP….”

    SOMEWHERE A DOOR CLOSED QUIETLY.

    “THAT’S BETTER.” ALONE, SHE SNUGGLED LUXURIOUSLY DOWN THROUGH THE WARM SNOWBANK OF LINEN AND WOOL, SHEET AND COVER, AND THE COLORS OF THE PATCHWORK QUILT WERE BRIGHT AS THE CIRCUS BANNERS OF OLD TIME. LYING THERE, SHE FELT AS SMALL AND SECRET AS ON THOSE MORNINGS EIGHTY-SOME-ODD YEARS AGO WHEN, WAKENING, SHE COMFORTED HER TENDER BONES IN BED.

    A LONG TIME BACK, SHE THOUGHT, I DREAMED A DREAM, AND THAT WAS THE DAY I WAS BORN. AND NOW? NOW , LET ME SEE………..

    SHE CAST HER MIND BACK. WHERE WAS I? SHE THOUGHT.

    NINETY YEARS……..HOW TO TAKE UP THE THREAD AND THE PATTERN OF THAT LOST DREAM AGAIN? SHE PUT OUT A SMALL HAND.

    THERE………YES, THAT WAS IT. SHE SMILED. DEEPER IN THE WARM SNOW HILL SHE TURNED HER HEAD UPON HER PILLOW. THAT WAS BETTER. NOW, YES, NOW SHE SAW IT SHAPING IN HER MIND QUIETLY, AND WITH A SERENITY LIKE A SEA MOVING ALONG AN ENDLESS AND SELF-REFRESHING SHORE. NOW SHE LET THE OLD DREAM TOUCH AND LIFT HER FROM THE SNOW AND DRIFT HER ABOVE THE SCARCE-REMEMBERED BED. DOWNSTAIRS, SHE THOUGHT, THEY ARE POLISHING THE SILVER, AND RUMMAGING THE CELLAR, AND DUSTING IN THE HALLS. SHE COULD HEAR THEM LIVING ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE.

    “IT’S ALL RIGHT,” WHISPERED GREAT-GRANDMA, AS THE DREAM FLOATED HER. “LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN THIS LIFE, IT’S FITTING.”

    AND THE SEA MOVED HER BACK DOWN THE SHORE.

    RAY BRADBURY
    DANDELION WINE

  59. [Dano, if you knew anything about David, you’d know that those songs have been included on numerous setlists since long before Syd’s departure. For example, throughout the ‘On An Island’ tour, the London and Paris shows of 2002, Meltdown 2001, the Dalai Lama/Tibet benefit of 1996… Call me crazy, but I always thought it was more about making Syd money, keeping interest in his music alive, paying tribute to an old friend… The same reason why so many of Syd’s songs are on the ‘Echoes’ best-of compilation, in fact. David was the one who pushed for them to be included, don’t forget. Now who looks silly? – Features Editor]

    What’s the difference if they reunited to play his songs?

    [There’s no difference, but the point is that David has repeatedly said that he doesn’t want a reunion. If he wants to, he can carry on playing Syd’s songs without a reformed Pink Floyd sharing a stage with him. – Features Editor]

  60. Fed, I really have enjoyed David’s web site. For the reason that I have always enjoyed the way David plays. I first saw him play in 1968 at the shrine in L.A.,Calif.and later in Portland, Oregon where I live. When David went solo, I went out and bought his album. It was great…

    So as you can see I’m a great Fan. When I found out that David had his own web site, I had to check it out and I have read it every chance I get(If I’m not fishing or on vacation). I’m not really one who really cares to take part with writing to web sites. But I have always been a big fan of David Gilmour. For I love his music and the way he can play all sorts of guitars and even now the sax.

    So what I’m trying to say is I really don’t care about any of these rumors, For this is Davids’ web site and I would be sad if it was shut down because of all the nonsense that has been said.

    I hope David will keep writing great music and I hope to see him play again someday. Plus Fed, you have done a great job of keeping us informed and putting up with all the junk that has to be edit.

    Thank You so much and God Bless,
    Thomas

    [A few determined, demanding fans won’t be enough to get rid of us, don’t worry about that! – Features Editor]

  61. [What the cretins who bark loudest of all for the sake of a reunion are too stupid to realise is that, were David to announce a reunion/benefit concert tomorrow, then he too would be accused by some of profiteering from Syd’s passing. The man can’t win. – Features Editor]

    I agree with you here too. If either David or the band did something immediately I would feel it was wrong. Right now we just need to mourn and come to terms with the loss. If David or any of the band felt moved to write something for or about Syd in the future it would be easier to accept because an amount of time would have passed and the they would’ve had the time to reflect and come to terms with this loss in their own way. Some musicians express these feeling or emotions in their music and some do not so it’s up to each of them to deal with Syd’s departure in their own heart. For now let’s take the time we all need to heal and let the future take care of itself when it arrives, however it may do so.

  62. I totally agree with Ed. Despite everything fame has it’s obvious downsides. At a time like this who needs it hey? Some fans can’t see past the brand name – an unfortunate fact I am affraid.

    In time, and when they want to and IF they want to, Syd’s friends and family, ex-bandamtes etc. will no doubt speak of him, share thoughts and may well ‘commemorate’ him in some way…..enough said.

    As for P.U.L.S.E. – brilliant.

  63. Dear Features Editor, Floyd Fans, Syd’s Family, and Pink Floyd.

    In the previous blog I made the following comment:

    “We’ll bask in the shadows of yesterdays triumphs, sail on the steel breeze forever Syd.

    As a Pink Floyd fan I will be expecting the rest of the band to pay tribute to your legacy.”

    By ‘pay tribute to your legacy’ I didnt mean a reunion/concert or a charity, all I meant was that I wanted them to put up quotes on their websites, as they did. I am very sorry if I offended anyone.

    [That’s OK, Darren. Your previous comment was posted. Those that were not caused offence, but thanks for clarifying that. – Features Editor]

  64. there´s no better tribute than the legacy of music that pink floyd has…most of them with great influence from syd,the wall,wish you were here…in my opinion most of the people that are asking for a reunion for syd memory dont give a shit about what reasons can make the floyd to get together again…they just want that at any cost, most of them dont know nothing about syd and his work…The floyd, and even gilmour and waters in solo works have been inspired by syd, and they are going to continue inspired by him…thats a huge tribute to him,and so is the comments last week from the real fans…

  65. Way to go Fed! That’s telling ’em. They could use a good “talking to”. “Perhaps a bit more”

    What do I say today, when your in the Milky Way…

    Roger Keith Barrett – RIP

    Good night.
    Amedeo

  66. Hi FEd,

    I would like to commend you for providing a forum for so many people around the world to use to express their feelings about Syd Barrett, the impact he had on people’s lives, and his contributions to music in general and the creation of Pink Floyd in particular. Unlike the vast majority of us, you and/or those at your end were closely connected to Syd’s life, and it was extremely generous of all of you to allow ‘outsiders’ to give their own remembrances.

    I’ll not even comment on the inappropriateness of certain posts — you’ve stated it quite well! There is one post today, though, that really pissed me off! I’m sure you know which one I’m referring to. What an insult to those of you who really knew and cared for Syd before, during, and after mental illness!

    Peace!
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  67. Fed,

    You pulled no punches.WOW!!!! Great job. I know David and the other members of Floyd are thankful to you that selfish, common “FANS were put in their place. Maybe they will leave the David Gilmour community for good and be ashamed of themselves.

    I find it odd that these people are here on David’s web site demanding a reunion. I of course have never met David, but I care enough to read about him to learn his personality. From his interviews and comments it is obvious that Pink Floyd is in the past for him. His life experiences and strong love of family and music have taken him away from the Floyd we all love. This is what has allowed him to be creative instead of being stagnant or even retroactive. We as true fans should understand and accept this out of our love and respect for “The Man” and the artist.

    Should my dream to meet Mr. Gilmour ever come true I would express the same to him.

    Love and Peace
    Melissa

  68. Fed,

    isn’t it depressing that absolute basics in human mutual behaviour such as respect for other people, so that they can lead their lives as self determined as they want, have to be discussed here again and again? Obviously, the very moment you have “fans”, you are going to be transformed from a normal human being into a general commodity – and the horrible thought is, this rule seems to apply to the living as well as to the deceased….

  69. [It certainly was a minority, Luis. There were far, far more messages of sympathy, support, respect and admiration (and there would have been many more had we not decided to close the blog for the weekend). We’ve been so incredibly touched by them all. Thank you, everyone, for leaving a message. Each one meant something. There were too many unsuitable ones for my liking, and that saddens me, but they are quite insignificant when compared to all the others. They weren’t published because, frankly, they weren’t worthy of a place alongside such heartfelt sincerity. I don’t like meaningless bullshit or fickle tokens of concern at times of emotion, and I hate to see something pure and great being dirtied by what I consider to be muck. Good riddance to them, I say. They are not welcome here and neither are the pricks responsible. – Features Editor]

    I was afraid for a second that there were a LOT of unsuitable posts. As the world politics also show, many have got their priorities and ethics seriously screwed up.

    But enough of that. I was glad to see such a response. If anything, I hope David and all the others close to Syd could take at least a little comfort from our shared grief.

    Off to vote for pulse!

    Clemens

  70. If you click my name, you can see my personal way of paying tribute to Syd. Syd was a beautiful human being and he will be missed horribly, but its important to hold on to his legacy and cherish everything he contributed to the world. At a recent gig, my band and I played “Terrapin” as a way to pay our respects to him. Syd will always and forever continue to Shine On…..

    – Jason Chase

    [That’s very nice, Jason. Thanks for sharing it. – Features Editor]

  71. Ed/Edwina, thanks for voicing what many of us here also think of the “stroppy tossers” (is that the same as the Southern term “smart-mouthed idjits”?) and the people who choose this sad time to hurl potshots and jab at David. Carry on, mate. We’re behind you (so watch where you step please).

    On a brighter note: I got P*U*L*S*E!! Wonderful. I can now hear things I never heard before – zoom in places I never could before. I’m a happy girl. Of course I have some questions concering P*U*L*S*E you won’t let me ask, Edwina. 😉

    Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face
    Do You Realize – we’re floating in space –
    Do You Realize – that happiness makes you cry
    Do You Realize – that everyone you know someday will die

    And instead of saying all of your goodbyes – let them know
    You realize that life goes fast
    It’s hard to make the good things last
    You realize the sun doesn’t go down
    It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

    Do You Realize – Oh – Oh – Oh
    Do You Realize – that everyone you know
    Someday will die –

    Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face
    Do You Realize?

    (thanks to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips for those good words)

    xo
    Deborah

  72. [Why would David Gilmour add Syd Barrett tracks to his set list, if he doesnt want to raise some extra money from Syd’s departure?]

    Wow, unbelievable is all I can say to that!! Can’t believe some of the stuff I’m reading. First, artist’s shouldn’t use their past memories of friends for lyrics sake, and now this!

    You’ve got the patience of a Saint F’ed! Thank goodness you’ve got that sharp wit of yours too!

  73. Well said, FEd. I hope it’s not pointy stick time again.

    As far as reunions go,David has a pilot’s license, maybe he could take to the sky and write a message “It’s Not On!!” Maybe THEN those folks will get it.

  74. I must say I really don’t understand what these demanding (fans?) think they are trying to achieve by constantly going on and on about a PF re-union?

    Do they think David will read their comments on here and think to himself “I know that I have said REPEATEDLY I don’t want a PF re-union tour BUT….. now I read these comments demanding I should start up a PF tour they make me completely change my mind”

    Then I expect you think he should quit his solo tour, get PF back together, come round to your living room for a 10 hour personal concert with lasers, give you a million pounds and name the new PF album after you?!

    Give it a rest!

    I have loved PF nearly my whole life and I don’t think this way – David owes me nothing personally.

    Ok I did get to see Pink Floyd live when some of you didn’t, however I would have loved to have seen Led Zeppelin live but I was too young. I accepted it would never happen a very long time ago – everything great comes to an end.

    If PF have come to an end isn’t it great that all the band members are still out there making music.

    Live8 got a lot of fans hopes up for a re-union tour and David knew this which was probably partly why he was initialy reluctant to jump on board.

    But he wanted to make a difference so he went ahead because HE wanted to do it.

    David said all along it was a one off thing. I can’t believe I was the only one to hear him say this!

    If there was one thing that would piss me off and make me consider ending PF for all time, it would be reading posts by fans that have used Syd’s death to push their own selfish agenda and go on about a PF re-union tour at this sad time.

    I feel this shows nothing but terrible disrespect to Syd’s memory.

  75. I also applaud you for saying what you said, Ed. I’m amazed that people who call themselves PF fans can be so cold. This is Syd Barrett we’re talking about! People are hurting and yet others are rubbing their hands together and thinking of ways they can benefit from such sorrow! I never want to see a PF reunion if this is the only way we get it. I’d sooner have Syd back on this earth.

  76. Well said and I totally agree. It is amazing that despite your words you still have people arguing with you !

    Thanks for the seating plan for Venice, my wife and I have got tickets for the Saturday show. I showed her the plan and she asked where the toilets were !!! It just proves you can’t win.

    [Oh yes, toilets are very important to women. I hope you both have a lovely time – and don’t have far to go to get to the Ladies. – Features Editor]

  77. RE: “Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but there’s a time and a place to express it. To start spewing out the usual tired demands last week was wholly inappropriate and, on behalf of anyone with a heart and more than half a brain, I say shame on you for not realising it.”

    I say Amen to that…

  78. Thanks Lee for the link to the Times interview with Syd/Roger’s sister.

    I have heard bits and pieces over the years about private projects Roger worked on, and it never sounded like to me someone who could be written off as a “casuality”. Gardening, painting, and a written history of art in progress sound like someone who was grounded, who paid attention in his life. It was just a very private one.

    In a current reality show peephole like approach to celebrity and all things faaabulous, he simply lived his own life the way he wanted to, on his terms.

  79. And now the great day is coming up soon (31/07 – Vienne), so there are some interviews of David in french papers (ex: click my name)

    As for the DVD Pulse, I very appreciated (for ex)the extra where we can see him wearing on his back Poly, their son and…(I don’t know who is this person)…very funny, a very nice family…

    Matt, I didn’t understand your story, because I had no courage in fact to understand it but it seemed very nice, so I’ll try to read again and translate…( and very good for my english ! isn’t it, Fed ?)

    Michèle

    [That’s right (et merci beaucoup pour l’article – il sera dans ‘Press’ bientôt). Please don’t post a long French story for me, though. I’m not as brave as you! – Features Editor]

  80. F’ed

    Plenty of supportive blogs above , but I’ll chip in anyway.

    Difficult to stay civil with Mr B smith isn’t it. F***ing cretin. There you go, too difficult for me.

    I hadn’t realised all the times I’ve listened to SOYCD I’ve been compliant in exploitation. I kind-of figured I was listening to a tribute, a celebration, in the context of an album that addresses issues of the price of fame, the “is that it?” moment when adolescent dreams come up against adult reality. But what do I know, eh?

    I suppose Welcome to the Machine / Gravy train are a scandalously ungrateful swipe at the hand that feeds as well!

    Kind of reminds you why Roger built that friggin’ wall doesn’t it?

    We know this site is bigger than all that and that you are not about to change the way things are done here. You know (I hope) that you have a good body of regular bloggers who back your hunches and feel the same way. In fact its incredible just how many people share this idea of what this site can be. It’s a shame we have to share it with the same types who yell at gigs, can’t stay in their seat for 5 minutes, shout for “Money” every second song, but we do and it won’t stop us doing it our way.

    Love to all. Now I will revert to Mr Positivity.

    [Thanks for that, mate. – Features Editor]

  81. Lee,

    Thanks for your comments and the heads up ( thanks for the link Fed!) to the interview with Rosemary- Roger’s sister.

    “He did have leisure interests. He took up photography, and sometimes we went to the seaside together. Quite often he took the train on his own to London to look at the major art collections — and he loved flowers. He made regular trips to the Botanic Gardens and to the dahlias at Anglesey Abbey, near Lode. But of course, his passion was his painting.”

    I couldn’t have wished anything better for him.
    This interview really warmed my heart.

    Thanks again!
    Peace
    John

  82. [Why would David Gilmour add Syd Barrett tracks to his set list, if he doesnt want to raise some extra money from Syd’s departure? – Posted by: Dano at July 17, 2006 06:58 PM]

    ffs… david might never play syd’s songs again. did you stop to think of that? did you wonder how david is feeling right now? they were friends since their teens. david’s fortune came at syd’s expense and david has always had to live with that. give the man a break and grow up. listen to ‘on an island’ and realise that david has experienced loss as much as the next man. he hurts, too. he doesn’t need crap from ignorant fans who clearly know nothing about him.

    david played syd’s songs when syd was alive for all the reasons fed has given. the ‘echoes’ album is a perfect example of this. the others didn’t want so many of syd’s songs included. they felt that syd’s role was short and therefore didn’t warrant such coverage. david insisted. what did david have to gain from that financially? nothing.

    on the contrary, david always made sure that syd did alright financially. as well as keeping check on syd’s royalty payments, david did more production work on syd’s solo albums than anyone else and that must have been a very difficult time. this in spite of the fact that, a few months earlier, syd was allegedly driving around after the band, glaring at david for taking his place.

    david was the only one in regular contact with syd’s sister. he has always paid tribute to syd without being tacky or by copying him in any way.

    but the most important thing for me is this: i remember reading at the time of the tibet concert in 1996 that one of david’s daughters asked him to play ‘terrapin’. this shows that he’s played those songs to his children. this shows that they mean something to him and his family. he created another syd fan – another person who is perhaps feeling as sad as the rest of us now that syd has gone and that he never achieved his full potential.

    create another syd fan. that’s what david has tried to do each and every time he’s performed syd’s songs. he wanted to make sure that no one forgot what syd gave us all and hoped that we would dig out that lp or download syd’s songs and discover how wonderful he was.

    oh yeah, that’s a great way of earning himself money… not.

  83. [Why would David Gilmour add Syd Barrett tracks to his set list, if he doesnt want to raise some extra money from Syd’s departure?]

    Come on!! Is that really what some people think?

    I agree with everything Angela wrote.

    Amedeo

  84. You are right. I was about to ask the same, but, it’s right, it’s not the moment.

    Since I listened all the Pink Floyd discs. I knew that I was never going to listen something better… And since that day, I wish that Pink Floyd come’s back and record a new disc. At least, one.

    And I was only 12 years old when it happened.

    And even the “solo” works are good. They cannot be compared with the Pink Floyd’s discs.

    Anyway…

    I’m too sad. But in the last part of my heart, I know that Syd is still here. He will always be here because someone, in each second, a kid, an old man, a woman, a boy… will be thinking about Syd, will be listening his music, will be loving him and his memory.

    Viva Syd Barrett. Viva Pink Floyd.

    Today, I will got a bike.

    (and you can ride if you like it)

  85. I am going to tell a story … Coincidence ?

    In 8 of July i pickup Madcap Laughts of Syd Barret and listened, i didn’t know of his death … He died 7 of July … Coincidence ?

    In 11 of July in knew of his death, i was in tears … And a neighbour of me died in an acident in front of my eyes by a car … I brought in that day PULSE in DVD, i couldn’t hear it …

    David, Rick and Nick … please …i am sorry i couldn’t hear it … The pain was too heavy, of course my thought’s was for Syd and for the rest of the friends who lost him, including Roger.

    I don’t know if this is going to be published … maybe i am a lunatic on a grass too.

    I am going to miss you … SYD

  86. [long french story…]

    No problem, en fait, vais sûrement pas essayer de traduire, après tout ce sont les vacances… et il fait beaucoup trop chaud pour travailler…

    Lucia, next week end for me: Venezia !!! super…

    Michèle

  87. alice: that’s right! thanks to Gilmour’s 2002 concert, I took a moment to seek and listen the Syd solo works, and the first Pink Floyd’s disc with more attention. Thanks to “dominoes” and “terrapin” cover songs

  88. Right on FEd.

    You are clearly a decent and right thinking bloke.

    Thanks for keeping everyone on this blog honest.

    Peter

  89. Well said FEd, I agree thoroughly.

    Now back to P.U.L.S.E.! I bought my copy on the weekend, forbade my family from speaking or moving, and sat back in preparation for a religious experience.

    Now don’t get me wrong here. The show was phenomenal. The lights and lasers were stupefying. The sound was sublime. The musicianship was unsurpassable. I really did enjoy the whole show, and I shall watch it time and time again.

    But I couldn’t help feeling like the whole concert was a little mechanical and detached. David and the gang seemed (of course I’m happy to be corrected here) to be doing the job rather than really enjoying themselves. The spectacle was so big that there seemed to be some kind of disconnect between the audience and the music, their applause polite rather than enthusiastic.

    From the audience perspective shots it seemed to me that there could almost have been any good tribute band up there on the stage, it wouldn’t have made a great deal of difference.

    Now I wasn’t at the 1994 gigs, and I realise my DVD-only impressions may be entirely off-track, so perhaps somebody who was there would like to rebut my comments.

    But I thought of the wonderful intimacy and atmosphere of the RAH gigs in May, and I thoroughly applaud David’s decision to downscale.

    I’ll cheerfully admit that, like most Pink Floyd fans, I’d love to see David and Roger play together again were it ever a possibility. But a giant Pink Floyd spectacular where the musicians get lost in the midst of the “show” actually does nothing for me. I’d buy another plane ticket immediately should there be a nice intimate low-key show where the band and the music could connect directly with the audience, but failing that I’ll stick with David’s new approach every time.

  90. Nickster,

    I bought tickets for the Vienne concert about 2 months ago from one of the online vendors listed here and they never did arrive via mail. If I understand you correctly I can pick them up at the venue on the day of the event July 31?

  91. All I can say is great job Fed. Lucia you had me rolling on the floor!! You and fed make a great team…kinda like Lucy and Ricky.

    Ok my two cents on P*U*L*S*E* ………Excellent. My 10yr old son loves it. Brilliant.

    About the people being rude… you guys suck.
    ok now I feel better.

    Catch ya later
    you Rock!!

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca USA

  92. I feel sad that Syd’s passing has caused some controversy within this community.Although I know that the offensive posts likely came from irregulars just looking to exploit this tragic turn of events,I would have liked to at the same time, mourn and rejoice the memory of Syd without any distractions…but good on you F.E. for using your pointy stick..had to be said.

  93. Can I just say Features Ed, that last weeks very sad blog was conducted with so much respect and love for Syd, his family and friends, that I take my hat off to you and the team.

    It`s such a shame that reading through the supportive posts this evening on this blog that a few idiots feel the urge to post stupid comments which are total rubbish. It must make your blood boil!

    [It does, but all you good souls cool it down again. – Features Editor]

  94. Dear F.Ed.

    You have of course my wholehearted support in your statement today!

    Most of us just wanted to pay our respect to Syd, and we are glad that we have this site to go to. I can understand the frustration you feel when people try to use the situation to their benefit. But you know there will always be someone….

    Thanks for making your point of view (and ours, well most of us anyway) so clear. You are, as always, doing a great job!

    Best regards

    JT

  95. Wow … I’m really sorry to hear you were inundated with negative and selfish comments during your (our) time of grief. But, I’ve re-read your statement, “Is a concert of any importance?” a dozen times and I still don’t get it.

    Yes, for many people a concert would be important. Pink Floyd has been most influential in my life … I’m grateful for your work and would do just about anything for the chance to see the group live.

    If the group can’t tour, so be it. But is David thinking about extending his tour to the U.S.?

    [He’s just toured the States. He did more shows there than anywhere else. – Features Editor]

  96. FEd…

    I hope you won’t mind my posting again today. And I hope I am not offending by mentioning P*U*L*S*E and going to a lighter subject now.

    I loved the dvd’s, beautifully edited and filmed! Great quality of sound. Much fun to see the band from some years ago since the first time I have had a chance to see the band is the OAI tour. It was impressive to see how they traveled and performed.

    But I think I appreciate much much more the smaller more intimate venues.

    I so much enjoyed the extra’s of the child calling ‘daddy’. Reminding us even more how much the musicians and their families lives are changed by the life they lead. How much they sacrifice for the chance to share their music and talent. Very endearing tho for them to let us see them being human and reminding us of that. And to see what a beautiful family they are.

    You are so right..David Gilmour, by being in the public eye, will never be able to step right, as far as some are concerned. He must have learned a long time ago to let much of this junk wash over him. However, he continues to create and play such wonderful warm moving music. Bless him for that.

    I hope that we have heard the last from the bottom of the ‘heap’.

  97. Well said Fed. Well said. Thanks for not posting the cretins drivel, in effect keeping ‘all the riff raff’ from coming ‘into the room’. IF I HAD MY WAAAAYYY….I’D HAVE ALL OF THEM SSHHut up (and shuttled off to Antartica). B•D

    I’m glad to see that things are moving on. I love the P•U•L•S•E DVD. I haven’t finished watching it yet though. Mmmm. I couldn’t think of an appropriate caption. Maybe next time. Don’t let these cretins get you down (I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these insensitive mooks were just juvenile button-pushers).

  98. F.Ed,

    I may sound like a broken record, “Well said F’Ed”. Thank-you for not publishing those greedy requests, you maintain a classy reliable website and you’ve dealt with the news in a very mature manner. Our friend would be proud.

    Peace, Love and Happiness
    -Drew

  99. Hey Fed,

    It’s sad to hear the misinformed comments that some made after Syd’s passing. Hopefully mine were respectful, I believe that they were.

    Some people need to do their research on David how he’s helped Syd through the years. Google it or something. I don’t know David and I’m not willing to praise anybody just because I like their music, but everything I’ve ever read about David suggests that he’s a pretty decent human being.

    Furthermore, I personally like the fact that he plays Syd’s songs. He obviously respected Syd’s music and enjoyed playing his songs, Syd got royalties and the rest of us got to enjoy hearing Syd’s songs live. It’s not win-win, it’s win-win-win.

    Just my opinion,
    Matt

  100. FEd, glad to see the blog back and it seems like it is back to “normal” again with all the bickering going on already.

    I have to say that I too fully agree with your commentary and I was particularly sickened by all the people who not only were asking for a PF reunion but also for people to make donations to various organizations.

    We don’t need the passing of someone to remind us that we should give to this or that. And I believe that everyone has their own particular charity they support for whatever reason. Geez, if the family of Syd put up a request that donations in his honor go to such and such that would be one thing. But to have all these people say that you should give to this or that was just sickening and not needed in that forum.

    I support the charities that are important to me for whatever reason I choose.

    Sorry FEd, but I had to get this off my chest. I restrained myself from posting these thoughts last week cause I knew it was just not the place for it. Now I had to get the gloves off.

    O, the other thing I find amazing is how the passing of Syd made it sound like some of these people lost a blood brother or relative. This is a person who has not been in the public eye for well over 30 years. Based on his post, even Jon Carin who is in the inner circle never met the guy. To me it is always sad when someone passes and is no longer with us. But I’m not loosing sleep over each and every one I hear about.

    Andrew

  101. well stated fearless f.e.d.

    i hope everyone took the time to read the interview with rosemary barrett in the times. i got it online because they don’t deliver across the pond. very very interesting.

    ween played dark globe thursday nite.

    as for me, i’ve been sporting syd gear for years, but now i’m making a point to spread the love and the wisdom, mostly by wearing my piper badge daily, and smiling the best i can.

    i’m going to set up a show with local musicians and artists to pay our respects. i’ll let you know how it went. i plan on singing till i’m hoarse. jay linclon and i are going to do some paintings as well, i’d been planning to this summer anyway, i just didn’t think i’d get the push that soon.

    hope you are well. thanks for all your hard work, it’s really appreciated. i don’t think everyone realizes the impact this man made, and his legacy will out live us all.

    lots of love from upstate new york.

  102. Caption…

    “This note’s for you Syd…A+major all the way just as you were and still are in my heart.”

  103. I don’t get it. How can people ask Floyd to reunite and play Syd’s stuff, then turn around and accuse David of playing Syd’s material just for profit? Some people can really be irrational.

    Above all, I’m sure David plays Syd’s songs because they’re good songs. If they were not good songs, David wouldn’t play them. Besides, I see nothing wrong with keeping Syd’s legacy alive. Would anyone accuse Arlo Guthrie of profiteering off the memory of his father?

    All sorts of people loved Syd Barrett. David, though, had a special relationship with him way back when. I’ve read in a number of places that David taught Syd to play guitar, that the two of them plus Dick Parry and others would play together years before there was a Pink Floyd.

    I can only imagine the way David must be feeling these days, having lost that kind of a friend. It is maddening that people are insensitive enough to make demands of David at this time, and even worse that they are accusing him of profiteering.

    It occurs to me that these people don’t understand. They think David is a God, a legend, greater than life, and they forget that David is a human being with human emotions. That David is a person. We place our celebrities upon a pedestal and become very posessive of them, and because of this posessiveness we demand things from them and, when they fail to be what we want them to be, we make accusations about them. We completely lose sight of the person that we came to love so much in the first place.

    How de-humanizing that is.

  104. Hello there, I have not written since the two Toronto shows, they were great. Can’t wait for the DVD to come out.

    I see the shows have gone on a little longer than first anticipated, great work guys, you must be having a good time, great to see.

    I am not sure if David or anybody has read this Syd Barrett article, but it is nice to see that some has finally spoke on behalf of Syd, because everybody has a special side and it is great that Rosemary has shared this with us.(it could not have been said any better)

    And by the way, does David own a copy of the PSYCHEDELIC RENEGADES photos by Mick Rock from Genesis Publications, the photos are incredible and is a very memorable piece of art to own of a man that we all loved very much.

  105. Dear F.Ed.

    WHY???? Do we need a reunion tour????

    I bought and watched P.U.L.S.E….. Visually Stunning..

    But, In my opinion not as personal of an experience as the current performances David and his FABULOUS band are giving of material that is timeless. Plus the venue choices are excellent, I loved being part of the crowd at both LA performances. Kodak theatre was spectacular.

    What matters to me is that the music is being done justice, and IT IS. Guy needs to stay where he is (about 15 feet to the right of David Gilmour) this whole band rocks.

    Let bands like Quiet riot and Poison do reunions. Let David Gilmour continue to create and impress on the level HE chooses to.

    “Cause I am a man on the outside looking in”

    Thanks for the space to ramble
    Dan in Colorado

    P.S. SYD was and is (now), a little bit of everywhere. I hope he enjoys his place in the Band Up There.

  106. F’ed,

    I just wanted (along with most of us on this blog) to say “thank you” for all of the time you have put into making this blog something to look forward to every day.

    As for the few other entries…I will not even mention because giving them any attention at all is more than they deserve, and what they are trying to achieve.

    To use your words…and what really sums it all up for me, “We have lost the man who gave the world the band…”

  107. Hi FED,

    It’s been sometime since I’ve posted, yet I feel compelled to now.

    I can’t help but think that those people plugging their own agendas for tribute acts or what not came from over here in the States, and it ashames me to think so. These people should be put before a Singapore judge for their indecency.

    And Dano, B.Smith, etc… you all should pull your heads out of your proverbial arses rather than make weak arguments of why David plays Syd’s songs. It’s a very noble thing of him to perform the songs of a long-time friend. It’s also a way of saying, “hey this was my friend, and may his persona never die.” If anything, Syd’s financial profit was probably the last item on the agenda (it certainly wouldn’t be the first)

    Anyways, may the diamond shine on for all eternity. He will certainly be missed. Not just by those who knew him, but also by those who knew of him.

    [I believe the insensitive stuff came from all over the world, Joe. – Features Editor]

  108. Thanks, Fed, for your guidance and sensitivity throughout this difficult time. Something that stands out for me amidst all the clutter of fan demands and recriminations that we’ve read: the fact that, last week, David Gilmour lost someone he cared enough about to play his songs publicly and ensure that royalty payments were sent and received, despite whatever history had passed between them. I suspect on several levels that defines friendship of a kind. That consideration alone should give us all pause … David has set the bar pretty high, I think.

    Love and warm thoughts to all,

    Kevin

  109. I just want express my condolences to Syd’s family and the members of Pink Floyd past and present. Please have respect, we will all be there someday.

    Danojam

  110. I lost my 18 year old brother and best friend Hans in 1990 and, even today, I remember the pain that resulted from inappropriate comments made by people who, quite frankly, were simply ill equipped to deal with such a thing. I choose to view these ‘faults’ in others as a lack of experience rather than believing people are intentionally malicious at heart.

    I was deeply saddened to hear the news about Syd. I have been unable to find the words to express my grief about Syd’s passing; yet I cannot allow his death to pass without expressing my respect and gratitude for him. Therefore, I share with Syd and those who are grieving for him the same words that comforted me when I lost my brother:

    There are no fixed limits
    Time does not stand still;
    Nothing endures
    Nothing is final
    In your end is your beginning

    (Thomas Merton’s ‘The Way of Chuang Tzu’)

    Syd’s life, talent, and influence impacted countless people in ways that could never be fully expressed. Thank you Syd for your contribution in making me a better person, you will never be forgotten.

  111. Moving swiftly on

    I just voted re PULSE or P.U.LS.E.

    Can one vote more than once?

    Re P.U.L.S.E. why the full stops? Real pain to type this way and what do the intials stand for. Sorry if I have missed the obvious, but using full stops transforms the term into abbreviations or that whats the perception will be and hence I smell another competition coming on

    Ian Pearson

    [I should hope it’s one vote per person, Ian. As for the spelling, then I agree with you. There’s no full-stop after the ‘E’ either, which is just plain crazy to my mind. I wonder if Rudders is as bothered by that as I am. – Features Editor]

  112. Here here ED,

    Very well said, let the pseudo fans and profiteers cry crocodile tears elsewhere I say.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  113. [Using the mental breakdown of your founding member for lyrics and profit isn’t very nice either.]

    Whoever wrote the above statement, copied from an earlier blog, should be ashamed of themselves. It was a needless and awful thing to say at such a time.

    I know I should have ignored this dickhead but some things really piss me off.

    Pete – Coventry

  114. Ciao,

    I have have already posted my tribute to Syd last week. you can go and see it. I expressed compassion for the man (who cares about the artist). The one who died was an old man, that’s what people doesn’t understand at times. A man as everyone else. As David, for example.

    Can I express my opinion? Sometimes too many compliments about how David is good, is perfect etc. etc. are excessive as much as someone asking a reunion over a tragic fact like the death of another human being. Who really knows the man David Gilmour? or any other Floyd? or Syd Barrett? So how do you know why Syd has been helped for a record, or why royalties are given? I mean, why you all bark out loud so much?

    Personally, even if I am disgusted by those who ask a reunion I think it is normal to happen. This happens when people become icons…there are fans, many fans…and someone is stupid. Not evil, just stupid.

    Now, I exactly know what will happen over the death of Syd. Record companies having the copyrights over Syd’s material will make promotions, repackaging, collections, ANYTHTING to get money out of him. A lot of people will make money out of Syd’s death, as it happened before with Kurt Kobain or Freddie Mercury….

    So all the “pure” people here, who point their fingers to Mister B (I think this is his name) and others like him, all these people are really sure that Syd was and his sorrounded only by people who care about him? Will these people stop the business of re-edition of old stuff? will refuse their part of the cake? and you, YOU, will boycott all that? Books and memorabilia, etc?

    Think, think…..

    ciao 🙂

    Piergiorgio.

  115. I wonder why Breathe is credited as “Breathe in the air” now? Is this new?

    PS: Sound and video quality are brilliant

    [I wondered the same thing, Koen. I don’t know what that’s all about. – Features Editor]

  116. For crying out loud, let’s look at everything in perpective please!! When I read about all the ‘teacheres’ remarks that are being made in this forum, I am suddenly starting to think that you people think that everything that’s involved with Pink Floyd or it’s members is the most important stuff in the World. Wake up please and do not try to tell other people how they should behave, since we got enough Bush, Blair etc, persons in this world telling us what is right and what is wrong!!

    Somehow I can’t help thinking about the lyrics from the Wall’s song: The happiest days of our lives.

    Greetings from somewhere in the Netherlands.

  117. Dear FED

    I really want to thank you for what you do here. You have managed to bring this blog-site a way far from any other of the same sort, this must be recognized. I’m sure I’m not the only one in seeing how deep and respectful we go into conversations.

    Reading the article about Rosemary Barrett’s bio on his brother should make everybody remember that anyone, even if he/she is a rockstar, or any sort of public person, is always in the end like anybody else, just a person, with his/her ups and downs, and, as such, should always be respected.

    Too often fans see just the icon, and forget to consider the real human being behind that icon.
    The icon could be happy to become a flag and to produce autographs to the world, the human being could definitely not.

    Have a look at these and think about the meaning of it:

    Opera “Pagliacci” – R. Leoncavallo – 1892
    Movie “Ridi, pagliaccio!” – C. Mastrocinque – 1941
    Song “Ridi Pagliaccio” – Mina – 1988

  118. One day last week will always be etched in my memory. I just received my set of P.U.L.S.E DVDs. Full of expectation, I put them in the DVD drive. In this moment, a mail message from a friend came in. It contained only three words: “Syd is dead”.

    No, that can’t be true, I thought. Syd can never be dead. I checked David Gilmours homepage – and saw that it was true. I took a moment in silence, before I watched the DVDs.

    As I watched the great P.U.L.S.E show, I realized that what Syd started lives on. It turned out that my thoughts were right: As long as some people play his music, and other listen to it, Syd is not dead. Syd can never be dead.

    I am looking foreward to see David and his band next week at the Clam castle. Seeing them in a more familiar atmosphere than during the PF tours, on a great site at the at the foot of a impressive medieval castle, near the place I live, is a dream come true for me.

    And the spirit of Syd will be with us. I am sure.

  119. Can I just randomly say that I am still regularly listening to On an Island and havent tired of it at all at all. Sure sign of a classic album.

    It’s gettin pretty damn close to my holiday to Venice and the excitement is beginning to build!

    outdoor DG and friends, can it get any better than that!!

  120. Hi Fed,

    and Well said.

    Reminds me of a joke Mike Harding used to tell about a mate who lent another friend a tin of peas, the friend then passed away. The first friend went around the deceased house, his missus let him in thinking he was going to pay his last respects…..the “friend ” then says to the deceased missus did he mention anything about a tin of peas before he died?

    These so called fans of Syd/David/Richard/Nick & Roger remind me of that joke somehow!!

  121. to alice n.: well said. david has created many syd fans and what duilio says proves this. i can’t believe that anyone would question the motives of a man who could sell a house for millions and discretely give it all away to crisis – and then only reluctantly give a press conference to help raise the profile of crisis further because they pleaded with him to. give david a break. we all loved syd as fans but david did more for him than all of us did combined.

  122. Going back to .P.U.L.S.E. for a moment, I’ve been watching some of the songs on the new DVD set and have been comparing them with the studio tracks on the Echoes CD’s. Have you ever listened to ‘live’ tracks of other bands and artists and compared them to studio ones; they’re often very different and can be pretty awful.

    So how do the .P.U.L.S.E. numbers stack up against that scenario? I reckon that I listen to Comfortably Numb, Time and Wish You Were Here about three times per day, every day, so you kind of get to know your way round them. (It’s not an obsession on my part, as I’m simply pouring some more brain lubricant into my ears!)

    Well, they are undoubtedly different, but actually better and have an altogether richer sound with greater depth. Of course the video element with those superb lighting effects adds to the whole experience, but even with my eyes closed, that added depth is still there; and I’m only playing them on my laptop with a pair of headphones, not on a widescreen plasma TV with surround sound..

    It says a lot about David and the team’s thorough professionalism and high standards that .P.U.L.S.E. is such a good product. On that basis, the forthcoming Royal Albert Hall DVD set should be a real treat for us all.

    Vince Carr in London.

  123. It saddens me that people would use Syd’s departure to (predictably) please for a reunion, or to plug their own agenda. It is not a time to be selfish. They – like us – will mourn the passing of their friend in their own way.

    I have been listening to the work of Pink Floyd and their members to the exclusion of almost everybody else this week. That’s a fitting enough tribute.

    I for one don’t see any point in any reunion, and having seen the final London show in May, I’m not sure that a reunion would be a good idea – if only for people like me in the audience, who tired of the less respectful members.

    During “High Hopes” I sat four seats or so from someone who insisted on ‘singing’ the opening piano notes offkey and out of time, the occasional interjections of people who waited for David’s solos, before yelling “DAVE IS GOD!” (Tsk, it’s ‘David’, not Dave).

    There were countless similar moments – ever heard the four note riff of “Shine On” rendered in your ear by someone who’s had a bit too much to drink and thinks you came to hear him? Magnify that to 50,000 or 100,000 people… an unpleasant experience for people who actually like to hear the music.

    That aside, of course, the performance was brilliant. But no, the time for reunions is not now. Live for today and for the future – for that is where we are and where we are going to be.

  124. Hi Fed again,

    My thoughts on the P.U.L.S.E DVD i loved the concert brilliant.

    As for the Bootlegging the bootleggers i found it a strange experience I think i understand why David now prefers to play in smaller venues, logistics apart. i could here the audience whooping & shouting above the music in some cases which must have been frustrating for the band.

    “The end of life as we know it” had some interesting snippets, i enjoyed all the bits with members of the band & their families & the aircraft hanger setting up bit too but generally it was a like watching teenagers on a drunken friday night being let loose with a Camcorder.

    Nick looked very miserable throughout dont you think?. Typical isn’t it, our thirst for knowledge regarding all things Floyd knows no bounds & when its presented to us on a golden platter we still moan…tut tut

    Im sure i will play the concert over & over again mind you, that was well worth the wait.

  125. Hello Y’all:

    I find it repulsive that anyone who posts on this excellent forum would even mention a Pink Floyd reunion at this time ( or ever for that matter ). I also agree that the members of Pink Floyd should be allowed to mourn Syds passing in thier own ways.

    F’ed , edit these sick people and their non-contributing post to hell.

    Chuck , just sayin’

  126. Piergiogio,

    Why do I get a sad feeling by reading your posts, that you always have cynical views about everything ?

    On a larger way, I think we all ought to be more tolerant, more positive, nobody is either all black or all white…( =french expression, maybe bad translated in english, sorry…)

    Michèle

  127. [So all the “pure” people here, who point their fingers to Mister B (I think this is his name) and others like him, all these people are really sure that Syd was and his sorrounded only by people who care about him? Will these people stop the business of re-edition of old stuff? will refuse their part of the cake? and you, YOU, will boycott all that? Books and memorabilia, etc? – Posted by: Piergiorgio at July 18, 2006]

    NOBODY here thinks they are “pure” as you put it! We were expressing a reaction to a crass and disrespectful post by B Smith.

    There has always been a rise in sales of artists work who have passed on everyone knows that.
    However you cannot suggest we share any of the opinions of B Smith! Just because the record companies choose now to re-release Syd’s music and some fans will buy it. That has no reflection on whether they care about Syd or not.
    Interest in an artist always rises for a time after they are gone, and I expect many more people who hear about Syd now (unfortunately due to him passing on) will be fans of the future.

    Don’t forget David was one of the few artists that refused to profit from live8, and if there were to be a tremendous upsurge in sales with the Floyds first 2 albums David only has one track on Saucerful! so I don’t think you will find any of Syd’s royalties will go to him.

    Finally you mention about David not being perfect, well to a lot of us on here he is quite frankly, for me his guitar playing is as good as it gets I have loved his music my whole life.
    So you must expect to read these type opinions on here, it is the David Gilmour fan blog after all!.

    Just so you know I would have taken exception to a post like B Smith’s, no matter what fan site it was posted on.

    Sorry FEd this will be my last post responding to these people, I am starting to get on my own nerves now.

  128. Have I missed wise words from Rudders?

    And at the end of the day isnt it obvious that “Glassman” is wisest of us all – nothing concealed and silent!

    Ian Pearson

    [Glassman is looking absolutely radiant today, Ian. He loves the sunshine. – Features Editor]

  129. Well said FEd…

    Notwithstanding the few bad apples which had to be weeded out, it was wonderful to read so many positive messages from so many people. Syd’s influence was, and will continue to be, incredibly far-reaching and that can only be a good thing.

    Many thanks for the opportunity to pay our respects.

    Kxx

  130. Dear Fed,

    Thank you so much for expressing your views so clearly!!!!!! My respect for you (& lots of other bloggers) is immense.

    I just wished that other people would have the same respect for Syd & not use the space that you so kindly provided for us to leave our thoughts & pay our respects to this incredible gifted man, for their own “needs” (i.e. reunion etc….)

    Well said & let us please remember Syd/Roger for the songs, visions & the legacy he left & how he moved us.

    As for the P.U.L.S.E DVD, I am amazed with the sound. Bootlegging the Bootleggers actually gives you a very good feeling of being a member of the audience & I think that the screen film they used for Marooned (whale) is just stunning & gives the song even more depth (if that is in any way possible).

    Like more people, I wished that “Say Goodbye to Life as we know it” could have had more interviews, tour facts etc….., but I do respect the decision to include this to give us an indication of life on the road, not only for the band, but also for the many people working behind the scene, without whom such a wonderful show would not be possible.

    Respect!!

    Respect for Syd/Roger, for the band he gave us (how they enriched our lives)& respect for you Fed (& all the fellow fans/bloggers who understand when to say what).

    Peace,

    Stef.

  131. Simply i will learn to play one of the song that i didn’t know before David’s gig in RFH in 2002.
    “dominoes”, and i think is all that we could do…remember and play this songs.

    PS:i hope this song will have more chanches with girls on the beaches but i’m not so confident…i think that future requests will be “more than words” or similar !!!!$%# !!

    ciao with a smile

  132. Hi all,

    I don’t know what inspired me, but somewhere between this unbearable heat and Syd’s passing I thought we could all do with a small smile. I started doing it seriously then quickly descended into silliness. Anyone want to do the 2nd verse?

    When that fat old sun in the sky is burning
    London Noontime rays are roasting
    All the UK and everywhere,
    The feel of heat on my skin
    Humid haze
    Cold ice cream tastes so sweet
    In the shadow cooling down
    Roll me up and chill me out

    And if you move
    Don’t try to stand
    Leave the heat and stick around
    And if you feel as the hot day unfolds
    The stickyness from a pit unsprayed
    Run from me
    Run from me

    🙂

    N

  133. Michele,

    I am sorry if you get sad reading my posts. It is not my intention at all to sicken people. I can be a very funny guy and many times I am. 🙂

    But I am cynical, you are right. _What can I say? I am a very passionate guy, I find difficult not to express my opinion. But I think out of the chorus. Example? One guy posted against those so called “cretins” last week (and I think was named victor). no one else.

    then Fed says his opinion and EVERYONE shouting to those as cretins.

    Moreover it seems to me that people speak of Mr. David Gilmour as they live in the same house where lives..he is good in this, he is good in that…”Exageration” is the word in this blog since sometime. And I don’t like much.

    Ciao 🙂

  134. Hello Fed hello eveyrone

    I totally agree with you but I would also like to ask how syds family david, rick and nick and their respective families are, I hope this isnt deemed inappropiate but I think they must be going through a great deal I would to let them know that they are in my thoughts, as im sure is true of many of you out there.

    RobynS

    PS changed my name as their were 2 robyns

    [Thank you. I’m sure they all know that many people are thinking of them. – Features Editor]

  135. [Don’t forget David was one of the few artists that refused to profit from live8, and if there were to be a tremendous upsurge in sales with the Floyds first 2 albums David only has one track on Saucerful! so I don’t think you will find any of Syd’s royalties will go to him]

    I knew my post would have rasied objections. that’s fine I don’t get offended. But This is an example of what I mean when people are gloryfing MR. David Gilmour.I am here because I like his music. As a man I don’t know him! I cannot know and frankly I don’t care much. It seems you know everything.

  136. [Glassman is looking absolutely radiant today, Ian. He loves the sunshine. – Features Editor]

    I have been meaning to ask for a while now, are you going to make Glasswoman Ian? I expect Glassman is feelin a little lonely by now :o(

    I know FEd can keep him company but it’s not the same as having a good woman to nag ahem! I mean love him is it?

    (no offence FEd) I’m sure your very pretty, it’s just you have the wrong errm attachments? to really put a marble in glassmans pocket.

    [No offence taken, James. – Features Editor]

  137. “ULTIMA SEMPER EXPECTANDA HOMINI DIES EST” (Ovidius)

    You were a rare pearl and Your inspirer Muse. In spite of his disease and his absence you all Bandmates loved and remembered him ever after. You all are the custodian of his essence by your masterpieces.

    I offer my condolences to Mr.Gilmour, Mr.Mason, Mr.Wright and Mr.Waters, to families, collaborators and friends too.

    “Together we stand, divided we fall”

  138. I wonder why Breathe is credited as “Breathe in the air” now? Is this new?

    is it possibly because they are ALL creditted as writing the piece now as opposed to when it came out? i believe Nick wasn’t creditted originally.

  139. F*Ed ~

    Do you know why Billy Corgan is on The P.U.L.S.E DVD?

    I mean I like his segment but is there a connection that would make him be exclusively included over any other musician or Floyd historian?

    Just wondering, thanks…

    Matt

    [I believe he’s a fan. I don’t know why he was invited to usher Pink Floyd into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he made a very nice speech at the ceremony. – Features Editor]

  140. Can someone tell what this guy is on??!?!?!? (click my name).

    I have left a comment unlikely to get posted, but hey. He had it coming!!

  141. Flying Pig:

    Yup – the website also has words to the effect of ‘tickets being made available at the venue box office for collection any time from 5.30pm’ but had this confirmed when I spoke to Gerard Druout Pdns.

    If you have an e-mail confirmation with booking number you should be fine, but maybe call to double check if you’re travelling from afar.

    N

  142. Well said F.Ed ! It’s about time those inconsiderate sods were told where to get off !

    Respect to you, D.G et al !

  143. dear Piergiorgio,

    I’m sorry to read your words…because you’re one of my italian blog’s friend and I’d like to agree with you always. But not this time…I’m sorry! I understand what you mean to say, but I think that if someone makes some good action we could give him credit for that, and the same way people could fight when there is some injustice.

    And I think that what David and Pink Floyd did with “Wish you were here” was a sign of love for their friend and not just a profit work. At the same, during the Live 8 wasnt’ necessary that they named Syd, because their reunion was just a great event and it don’t need more spot. And I was reallly surprised and moved when I listen Roger Waters who named Syd. I think there wasn’t profit in this. And the same for David’s shows.

    No one is perfect and pure, but when you listen people talk you start to have an opinion about the things they said. And you loved someone you listen more than something else. And when I listen David I love what he says more than when I listen other singers…that’s all! Anyway, we are italian…so we can agree about what wonderful locations Venice and Florence are for David’s show!

    Have a great day, mate!

    L!

  144. [I knew my post would have rasied objections. that’s fine I don’t get offended. But This is an example of what I mean when people are gloryfing MR. David Gilmour.I am here because I like his music. As a man I don’t know him! I cannot know and frankly I don’t care much. It seems you know everything. – Posted by: piergiorgio at July 18, 2006 01:09 PM]

    Man what the hell are you talking about? Who on this blog said they Know David Gilmour personally? (except for Rick, Guy and Jon that is :o) I was obviously referring to the comments made about some people around Syd profiteering from his passing.

    All I said was David would not be any part of that, I do not have to know him personaly to say this, and it is not glorifying him in any way whatsoever.

    There is a big difference between having an opinion and being opinionated you seem to be sailing too close to the latter.

    How about saying NOTHING negative whatsoever in your next post try it you might even like it?

    Sorry again FEd but this guy didn’t seem to understand what I was saying at all.

  145. “When that fat old sun in the sky is burning
    London Noontime rays are roasting
    All the UK and everywhere,
    The feel of heat on my skin
    Humid haze
    Cold ice cream tastes so sweet
    In the shadow cooling down
    Roll me up and chill me out

    And if you move
    Don’t try to stand
    Leave the heat and stick around
    And if you feel as the hot day unfolds
    The stickyness from a pit unsprayed
    Run from me
    Run from me”

    ” Take a Break , take a big break now!!!!! ”

    Sorry Nick just having a laugh .That’s actually quite good I was waiting for the new electric ending to swoop in there so I was.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( The Maldives… Sorry I mean Dublin )

  146. Hey Michèle,

    are you coming in Italy for holiday? Wow! You’ll love my wonderful country! Venice is fantastic, and Florence, and Rome…I hope you’re going to visit a lot of place and, above all, I hope you’ll meet nice people, because italians can be really funny and nice. ENJOY, my dear! And if you came to Rome, don’t forget the night sight of San Peter, Castel Sant’Angelo and piazza Venezia…and good dinner in Trastevere, of course!

    ENJOY! ENJOY! ENJOY!

    L!

  147. – No problem with you, Piergiogio, I try (not always easily, of course) to respect anyone and anyone’s opinion, so thank you for having answered me, I just think life could be easier and nicer if everyone could be in the same time passionate and lucid, but without being cynical. But maybe the words “passionate” and “lucid” don’t go together, I think so. And, over all, it’s better to be passionate…

    No hard feelings.

    – [he made a very nice speech at the ceremony – Features editor]

    But, there are no translations in foreign languages in Pulse, so I didn’t understand anything in Billy Corgan’s speech…

    Michèle

  148. Speaking of “Bootlegging the Bootleggers”, I wonder if anyone (Fed?) has any idea at which shows (what location, date) these videos have been taken.

    (Seeing and hearing “Marooned” – albeit in poor quality, compared to the P.U.L.S.E main video – was a pleasant surprise!)

    Thanks, Corvus

    [Pass. – Features Editor]

  149. Never being allowed to listen to R&R until the age of 14, I had no clue what was going on. Musically life was exploding with the late 60’s early 70’s. so much to catch up on when the time came that i could discover. Shine On was the first vinyl I bought and was drawn, who are these people and since then I am pleased I found Pink Floyd from then to now.

    Life goes on, Syd will always be part of the thought when I see anything done by Floyd, be it together or separate. The loss of Syd I tend to think will be, is, for that matter a devastating thing. But I also believe that now we will see each of the remaining PF family shine on in their wonderous ways for us to relish in.

    this past weekend Syd and Pink Floyd was a great amount of conversation, playin cd’s on the pontoon while crusing down the river at night. it was a magical thing for me. A time to reflect on what I knew and saw and a time to wonder on whats going to happen now. how will this infuence the music to come…….

    I had the opportunity to see PF 2 times in Chicago, got to see Mr Gilmour’s On An Island here in the spring. did I expect to see the majority of the band mates, heck no. When I sat down and they came on,,, OMG! what a treat! now this September I will go see R. Waters. Which to me is probably most fitting especially now.

    For those who demand a reunion, I am sorry they must live in the past and are caught in a cross fire of what was and is. We must respect the thinking of now. Syd will be a part of all that comes to us thru each of PF’s remaining brilliance. Each have their own musical mastery that I for one will relish in no matter if they are singular or semi collective.

    I do thank God for Syd. He is the one that began it all. I also believe that we are all blessed with the knowledge when we see Mr. Gilmour—-if we close our eyes and listen we will always see Syd shining down from a place far away, smiling in contentment.

  150. [One guy posted against those so called “cretins” last week (and I think was named victor). no one else. Then Fed says his opinion and EVERYONE shouting to those as cretins.]

    Well I can’t speak for everyone, only for myself, but those posts made me sick the first time I read them. After that I just stopped reading the blog.

    I didn’t react at the spot when I read those demands because I didn’t think an obituary was the right place to start that kind of discussion.

    So I am not saying this because it is FEd’s opinion. I don’t need FEd to tell me what to think. FEd wouldn’t dare doing that anyway, as I think he/she is a very smart person and has already figured out that I will not be told by anyone what to think anyway. I have a perfectly good, well funtioning brain for that myself.

    I am also about the last person to suck up to anyone (unless it was in a joking way). I think sucking up is bad for ones self-respect and I personally don’t enjoy being sucked up to very much myself, so why would I want to do that to someone else?

    After having said this, I do think FEd is doing a fantastic job, and even though it must have been fun a lot of times, I would think last week must have been absolute hell for him/her and a little respect for all that work is not out of order.

    I can totally understand why he/she felt the need to say this after having been forced to read those selfish posts. And I am not surprised so many people felt the same need to ditto it.

    Now, if you don’t mind, you people are giving me a headache, so could we stop fighting over someones passing now?

    Bianca – (has been in better moods)

  151. [But the finest art is often produced by people whose minds don’t work in quite the same way as the rest of us, by people from whom you might not wish to buy a tin of beans.]

    Hey Ripper,

    that guy was smart. His opinion is out of chorus and I like the sentence above. He expressed well my idea of what art is…

    Ciao 🙂

  152. Piergiorgio, You actually, in my opinion, raise some valid points. But you say you enjoy Davids music but yet do not know him. I have never met the man myself but surly you must get an idea of the workings of the man through listening to him. If you dont then that surprises me.

    Pete – Coventry

  153. Lucia,

    opinions are there to be different. And we should be able to be friends, or “virtual” friends even with different opinions. So I like to hear criticism about what I say. Moreover your way to criticize what I said is far too nice.. 🙂

    I think u understood what I meant, anyway. I simply pointed out that we say cretin to someone who is doing to Syd what the Music Business will do to Syd: use his memory.

    Firenze and Venezia are beautiful, all our country is….

    ciao 🙂

  154. Hi F.Ed,

    You sure do have some patience to tolerate alot of what comes across the screen these days. Hats off to you

    Maybe there should be a committee of sorts comprised of a handful of veteran bloggers to field this stuff for you. They could be called CCR, or Cretins’ Clear-worded Rebuttal.

    Anyways, hang in there, F.Ed, have a good day

    Mike

    [Thank you, Mike. The same to you. – Features Editor]

  155. Ciao a tutti,

    Ok today most of you got nervous because of me. SORRY MATES!!!!

    To bianca: Fed criticized the cretin for all of us. that was enough don’t you think? And sorry, will try to be nicer.

    To Pete: God bless you, today I was going to be killed right where I stand. Thanks. Yes, anyway you are right, it SEEMS that DG is a good man. But Roger Waters doesn’t seem funny…I love his music anyway 😉

    Ciao 🙂

  156. I’d like to “echo” what so many have said and express my thanks to you, FEd, for all your hard work and efforts last week. I hope you got the chance to have some quiet time over the weekend. You put in many late hours at such a difficult time — that’s hard duty to pull — so you certainly didn’t need to wade through such insensitivity.

    As I’ve said before, some artists have blogs like this one — but they are usually reserved for annual dues-paying subscribers. David has given us so much by providing this space free of charge, and open to the public. It’s an incredible gift, and one I appreciated even more last week. I had heard the news at work and was stunned. Knowing that I could go home and spend time with the blog really helped me to keep going that day. We have such a wonderful thing here! Thanks again, FEd, for all your tireless work.

    Also, to Rui — I’m so sorry to hear about your neighbor. You’re in my thoughts today.

  157. Hi f.ed, hi everyone.

    I am sorry to hear that you have been upset by some comments regarding Roger’s passing. Some of them were at best distasteful and at worst, well I had better not say! Sometimes though people do react to sad news in somewhat strange ways, remember Macca’s comment about John Lennon’s murder being ‘a drag’

    I was strolling through Cambridge this afternoon on my way to get a book signed by my favourite author when I noticed a headline in the local rag. It said “pink floyd syd’s funeral – pictures inside” now you can imagine what I thought, I was horrified that the Barrett family’s privacy had been invaded. However on closer inspection I’m pleased to say it just had a couple of photo’s of some flowers sent by neighbours so the headline was very misleading, I’m glad it was in this case.

  158. Ok! I have just argue with some of my colleagues….there are behaviors that I can’t stand….in this moment I’m a bit angry and I need to relax myself….and I’m relaxing…and I’m thinking that I CAN’T NEVER STAND THIS YEAR AND THIS UNBEARABLE DAILY JOB IF I WOULDN’T HAVE MY DAILY BLOG DATE!

    Maybe David is not a perfect person, but he gave me this blog and he saves my psycological balance in the last 8 months! Even if I think that now I have a lot of repressed anger! 😉

    but THANKS DAVID, THANKS FED, THANKS EVERYONE WHO WRITE IN THIS BLOG TOO!

    And now: WHERE ARE THE KEYS OF THE BARN! I WANT LIVE IN THE BARN! Now I go to smoke a lot of cigarettes…and then I book a flight to Wales….have a great evening….the barn, please. the barn…

    L!

  159. I don’t want to get into trouble or incur the wrath of Gilmour, but I wish to God and pray that Syd left a tape laying around with some more beautiful music. The world is a scary place. My life as a bi-polar lunatic is scary. I have found a comfortable spot listening to Barrett’s tunes (and Dave’s… and Roger’s) and I can’t help wishing for a happy day to come with more Syd tunes. Does anybody else in here feel the way I do?

  160. Piergiorgio,

    I’m happy you understand that I didn’t want to argue with you…and anyone can have his/her own opinion…because unfortunatly I used to write in english in this blog…and my english is terrible…I think that if I have written in italian, I’d had be more persuasive! 😉

    Have a great evening!

    L!

  161. Dear F,Ed,

    Well said my man. Its about time somoene stood up and made there voice heard and you did it. Well done and thank you.

    Well I sat and watched the whole of the P.U.L.S.E. DVD between callouts and emergencies and have to say it was awesome. My video of the concert wore out long ago so it was great to finally be able to play it again. I must use this space however to appologise to my neighbour (Sorry Doreen) for singing and having the DVD up loud. I do appologise old girl.

    I voted on the poll (excellent by the way) but I would like to add that I would like to have seen the BBC2 documentry that was shown on TV just before the 1994 Earls Court Concert (The old grey matter is fading but am sure I remember it being shown). Was a very interesting documentry which I feel would have been perfect to have been an addtion to the DVD. Oh well beggars cant be choosers. Still the DVD is great.

    [An Omnibus special and fine it was, too. I remember it well. – Features Editor]

  162. piergiorgio,

    [Hey Ripper, that guy was smart.]

    I am not saying he is stupid P, what I felt strongly about was the following (among other swipes at post Barrett Pink Floyd (ALL of their records by the sound of it):

    But as we should have predicted, back then, it is a certain sort of rock music that has prevailed; it is the stuff of Pink Floyd once poor Syd Barrett had burnt out and retreated back to the basement of his mum’s house in Cambridge, the Pink Floyd of that tone-deaf dullard’s manifesto, Dark Side of the Moon; in short, it is rock music without the only things that made rock music worth listening to — the risk, the originality, the danger, the rare instances of complexity of meaning.

    Pretty much this guy thinks that DSOTM,WYWH,the wall,Division Bell etc. Is dull lifeless boring unoriginal music. I understand this is his take on the music and he has grouped PF with all other rock bands of the 70’s 80’s etc, but I and Millions of other people are totally in disagreement, I mean do you think that credible art critics say that a picasso is a crap little monotone 5 year old scribble???

    I think not. What I do think is that the guy has missed the art and originality of many of Pink Floyd’s fine works, I also am beginning to regret not posting this as my comment to the paper as he probably thinks of me as a moron. But to be honest I do not really give a stuff about his opinion of me.

    Anyway this is getting a bit long winded, and I am not one to drag things out, so feel free to reply to this comment. I will read it, but will not respond to it.

  163. Who are Lucy and Ricky? I think FEd and I could be very similar to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner! I feel like Wile E. Coyote when I argue with him! I fight, but the roadrunner always wins!

    L!

    [Beep beep! – Features Editor]

  164. ********** IMPORTANT! **********

    DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE READING POLLY’S NOVEL, ‘OUT OF THE PICTURE’.

    I’d like to say to my dear friend Bianca that….I WOULD HAVE CHOOSEN THE MAGICIAN AT THE FIRST TIME I SAW HIM! I’m speaking about Polly’s book, of course! At the end Lizzie did the good choice…but I have think she was an “idiot” for the first 50 pages! How can she stayed with a man like Tony? And she seemed so…passive and inept. The Magician was the right choice: I bet he knows who make happy a girl. Young, cute, funny, magic…every day a surprise and flowers from his top hat! Great! Now I go home, but tomorrow I’d like to continue…if you agree…

    Sweet dreams my dears!

    L!

  165. Can someone tell what this guy is on??!?!?!?

    Ripper,

    Your nightmare dinner party guest! Not funny, not clever, supercilious, negative, condescending, arrogant, elitist (but not part of any elite) …. Does he do it deliberately (to wind me up!)or this really what he thinks?

    Poor sod probably never got a shag.

    I don’t know what he’s on but I know where his head is stuck.

    Phew …. , I just needed to get that out.

    (Bloggers, do read it before you judge me).

    I shall now return to my usual state of mild-mannered equanimity.

  166. So…

    The story so far… The Origins of “SUPERFED”.

    Born of necesity out of a dark time comes “SuperFEd”, ready to right wrongs and dischage justice.

    As a uniform to protect his secret identity a Scarecrow Mask, with perhaps, a Cloak or Cape streaming out behind like a College scarf!

    Able to encompass the globe with a stroke of his mighty keyboard.

    Well Done our Hero. And Hear Hear.

    [You lot make me laugh at times. I’ll base my new costume on SuperTed’s. – Features Editor]

  167. -Fed didn’t put any comment on discussions this afternoon, and I understand him very well (le silence est d’or…) What a wonderful but sometimes thankless work you do, Fed, total respect!

    – Lucia, no, I don’t go to Italy for holidays, but only for a week-end (three days): our wedding anniversary travel offered by family and friends ! Venezia, what a fantastic idea !!!

    You know I can’t go to Italy for a long time, as I have to be in France for David’s concert on July, 31st…can’t miss it, of course…

    Hey, a good dinner in Trastevere … what or where is that ???

    Michèle

  168. Corvus and F.Ed, I can inform you that Marooned is from Valle Hovin, Oslo, Norway on either the 29th or 30th of August 1994. This was the only shows that Marooned was played. As far as I know it was done as a protest to Norwegian whaling. As I said in a post on July 10th – This is probably the only good thing that has come out of being a whale hunting country.

    I’m not sure where the other bootleg recordings are from, but we’ll probably find out eventually. Maybe someone in the “Gilmour Camp” can check with James Guthrie? By the way, he has done an incredible job on the production as he always do. I’m really impressed with his efforts on all remasterings and productions over the years….

    I will, when I get the time, find out if Marooned is from the 29th or the 30th or if it is a combination of the two nights.

    Hope it helps you a bit!

    Cheers!

    JT

    [Thanks for that, mate. – Features Editor]

  169. Stroppy Tosser….hmm I like that one. I’ll use that tomorrow! LOL!!!

    About P.U.L.S.E., I’ve listened to the CD all the time, but am rediscovering it on DVD! I forgot how beautiful the visuals were (and can see why David doesn’t want to lug all that crap around again!).

    Oh, FEd, sign me up for the CCR Team Mike from Michigan mentioned….

    ..as always, “all da’best to you’se guys” (said in my best New York accent)

  170. Please allow me to speak for all of Mr. Barrett’s fans by extending our love and prayers to Rosemary Breen and those who were closest to him; it is my sincerest hope that his spirit might rejoice in the happiness he has given to us all with his music and imagery. I too am a nurse and Mrs. Breen’s shared insights that her brother had found peace speak to her compassion, not just towards him, but towards the rest of us who so wanted to know he was alright while respecting his space.

    Be at peace, and thank you.

    eddy dyer lowell, MA USA

  171. It’s nice to have a forum like this where fans can share their enjoyment of good music. Thank you, Features Editor, for your work on this.

    I have to say that I do very much see where Piergiorgio is coming from in his posts today. Although this takes things in a slightly different direction from the discussion on Syd and Pink Floyd, it has often occurred to me that we really do tend to oversensationalize the lives of celebrities (whether in music, sports, or film/television). They may be talented at what they do, yes, but are they more deserving of our praise than a good teacher? A good doctor? A good plumber? A good parent?

    We’re all in need of respect and love and support in this world, and yet it seems, ironically, that those who are already extremely well-off financially and who will never in their lives find themselves short of praise or attention, are the ones that we feel most compelled to give more praise, more attention, and, frequently, more money.

    Yes, Syd recorded some remarkable and inspiring music, as has the rest of Pink Floyd. His life story too was marred by some unfortunate circumstances and he, clearly, dealt with some significant emotional difficulties brought on by his drug problems and perhaps by fame itself. The romanticized notion of Syd as displaced musical legend has captured the attention and imagination of his many fans, but the last thing Mr. Barrett himself wanted or needed was to be idolized to no end.

    Think of the many people in the world who could haved really benefited from the attention and positive energy that was heaped, for decades, upon Syd. Think of the homeless. It’s a crazy world where famous rock stars and actors, however talented they may be, have so, so much, and so many others around the world have so, so little.

    The gap between the wealthy and the impoverished has never been so great as it is now, and, thanks in part to the culture of celebrity we have allowed to develop in recent years, this stark disparity between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ continues to flourish.

    There’s nothing wrong with liking good music (I speak as a great fan of Pink Floyd), but when it comes right down to it, as I believe Piergiorgio was trying to point out, there are other important things as well. If even a quarter of all the money, time, and passion that we as a society invest in celebrities (who need our adulation about as much as a dog needs chocolate), was instead devoted to recognizing and celebrating the good in everyone we meet and interact with, supporting worthy charities (directly), and working to make our world a better place by eradicating some of the many real problems plaguing facing our world today (crime, war, drugs, homelessness, starvation, disease, an increasingly toxic environment), we would all be the better for it.

    Like many, I feel that music is incredibly inspirational, and it is a very important part of my life. I am just proposing that there is no better tribute to the power of music than to be inspired by it to make positive changes in our own lives, our communities, and our world. The individual members of Pink Floyd probably couldn’t care less about how great we may think they are or were. They have their own families and friends who provide them with all the emotional support they will ever need. If we are inspired by their music, let’s take this inspiration and do positive things with it in our own lives and our own communities. The homeless man, woman, or child begging for food on the streets is as deserving of our attention, admiration, and support as any celebrity you can name.

    This is just my two cents and I’ve no doubt that others will take exception, as they may have with Piergiorgio’s posting. I felt compelled to post because I wanted to echo Piergiorgio’s sentiments and provide a bit of the reasoning for my thoughts on this. Thank you.

    [I hope no one takes exception. That’s perfectly fair and the funny thing is that David would agree completely. Thanks for that, Kent. – Features Editor]

  172. Ciao a tutti.

    Ripper I understood your position. but I also understand the journalist. I do think that he is smart because he explained his opinions. A critic/review is not a tribute to the legion of fans that an artist has, otherwise journalists whould be speaking of Madonna as pure fine art!! My opinion is obviously the one of a Pink floyd fan who knows each and every song. But my meter to measure a review is how it is written, which points are raised. And to me where the author syas that Art and the Man behind his art are to be kept separate is (common but) well written. I do believe that a credible art critic is expressing HIS opinion, not telling me what I want to hear.

    One of the first reviews I read about the Pink Floyd whole Opera was destroying the group, But I got even more passionate about it…..

    Ciao 🙂

  173. This site has had me coming back for some time – I love it. It is very well put together and I appreciate the effort that has gone into it by the designers and maintainers.

    I was pretty shocked at ‘Syd’ / Rogers death. I could not understand why – I never knew him,he suffered some terrible demons mentally… and I found some of his music ‘difficult’.

    Why should I miss such a person – those qualities are surely not something to ‘miss’ in someone.

    Finally I realised that – without that person ,without that brilliance he exuded with the lyric and the note I wouldn’t have enjoyed 15 years of music from the collective he started…

    I think it was the thought of not having all the enjoyment of that music that made me sad.

    Rich

  174. Dear FedEd & everyone,

    Very sorry to hear the world has lost such a gifted man. we are all very lucky to have had him share his talent, art, and genius with us. MY condolences and sympathy to his family and dear friends. I am grateful that I can listen to Roger (Syd)’s music and lyrics whenever I desire.

    Just watched the DVD P.U.L.S.E. and it is fantastic!! I agree with a previous comment that the audience seemed disinterested until the encore songs, then it rocked!! I’ll be expanding my collection soon, as this is my first DVD.

    I’m taking my children to see Roger Waters concert here in Indy in September. Wouldn’t I love to fly to Venice and see David in concert!!

    This is a great blog. I’ll be checking back in often.

    Blessed Be,
    Toni

  175. [WHERE ARE THE KEYS OF THE BARN! I WANT LIVE IN THE BARN!]

    Can I come with you?

    Bad things happened in my town yesterday. Two people died during something that should have been fun. It reminded me of a trauma of my own, where nine people died only a few feet behind me during a rock concert.

    I think this summer is a little cruel on me, so I could use a little get-away.

    Sorry to be such a downer

    Hugs, Bianca

  176. Ciao,

    Kent, you expressed my thoughts much better than I did. your way of expressing it was far better, more structured and less “nervous”. your calm and less provoking attitude maybe will make people think more than I did.

    you also expressed some other good points.and I agree on all of them.

    Thanks very much, you gave to me even more to think about.

    Ciao 🙂

  177. Piergiorgino,

    I’m not here to have a go at you and I agree with your general thrust about both the need to guard against sycophancy and that the job of critics is not only to please the reader.

    The problem I have with this review is that it is not smart. It makes a couple of valid observations (though hardly unique) but it is written in a very objectionable tone – to explain.

    He takes the position that he looks down on “the public” – that to be popular MUST be bad because “ordinary people” like it. i.e He puts himself above the reader. He seems to see art only as an intellectual pursuit (because he is so clever of course) or as a part of the avant guarde.

    He takes delight only in his own importance, his tone is condescending, he continually makes judgements that he does support. He demonstrates that it is easy to belittle and destroy, but he has nothing positive to say.

    He looks down on conformity, but fails to see that he is himself peddling a cliched line of thought – that it would be “braver” of him to see both the good and the bad.

    Not what I call smart I’m afraid.

    let’s not get hooked up on this, but reviews like that make me want to spit.

  178. Thanks, F ED…

    We are so glad that our intentions were not misconstrued. Our “agenda” is making the music available to all audiences, new & old. Continuing the saga for younger audiences to enjoy as well.

    Music is the art which uses Time as it’s canvas and Sound as the brush & colors. We can truely understand it when we comprehend the circumstances which surround its inception. The “Time-frame” if you will, in which it was created.

    It then becomes “Timeless” and classic such as the music of Roger Barrett & David Gilmour – forever etched in memory.

    “P.U.L.S.E.” is an absolute Masterpiece, and we are so happy to have to have it available again with an added glimpse of polished perspective.

    The Diamond Shines Brilliantly.

    Peace & Love,
    =RD=

  179. Ciao Tim,

    maybe I was in hurry and smart was not the right word. Moreover I am not english native speaker (as you realize from my frequent mistakes). Interesting postion…yes, looking down on the public is not very nice.

    But what I like is the beautiful Piergiorgino.HAHAHAHAHA. Are you of Italian origin? or do you speak italian?

    an occasion for an ITALIAN LESSON NUMBER 4 (I presume)

    4 endings in italian -ino,-one, -etto, -accio (and relative feminine) to express respectively little, big, sweet (nice), bad (nasty).

    little piergiorgio –> piergiorgino
    big piergiorgio –> piergiorgione
    sweet piergorgio –> piergiorgetto
    bad piergiorgio –> piergiorgiaccio

    End of ITALIAN LESSON NUMBER 4 (hahahaha)

    Ciao 🙂

  180. little piergiorgio –> piergiorgino
    big piergiorgio –> piergiorgione
    sweet piergorgio –> piergiorgetto
    bad piergiorgio –> piergiorgiaccio

    I think all of these may come in useful at some stage !!

  181. Piergiorgio and Tim,

    your italian lessons are really fascinating! You’re mads!

    BIANCA: YOU HAVE TO STAY IN THE BARN WITH ME! We run together in the green fields and we’ll stay far from the bad things of this strange world! …take care, mate!

    L!

  182. My band and I have decided to play “Wish you were here” in Syd’s honour during our rehearsals on July 13th.

    It was important to express our admiration to a man who inspired us so much. Thanks to him I started understanding what really music means.

    Shine on you, Syd… I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon…

  183. I wish to offer an apology to DG and the band. Thank you FED for posting my remarks to Syd on the forum. I did make a plea for a reunion also, which you edited out. I love DG and PF. My request for a reunion was one made out of love for a band that I miss greatly, and my desperation at the moment overclouded my reason, may I say I had a ‘momentary lapse..’

    [Everyone understands that, mate. No hard feelings. Thanks for that. – Features Editor]

  184. Bianca, if you ever need a get-away I’m here =) It would be more of a large get-away then a “little” one though. We could trade evil secrets.

    Kent, I really like your post, and I see where you are coming from. I tend to think most of us here, at least the “irregulars”, fall more on the side of being inspired by wonderful music. I feel pretty safe in saying that since I’ve met quite a few of the people here. Too bad that there is too many of the “others” that sometimes we can’t be seen.

    ~Erin

  185. God bless Syd. I played “Wish you were here” a few days ago and dedicated it to him. I hope he’s in a better place now.

    Over and out…..

    Jason

  186. I agree with the overall sentiment. Syd was one of the all-time great guitar players and is sorely missed. For anyone to exploit his prowess as a musician is inconscionable.

    My condolences to the guys for their loss but I must also praise them for the pleasure they all brought us over the years. David is without doubt not only the most eloquent guitar player I can think of but also the most “elegant”.

    Thank you, guys… you’ve enriched my life,
    Don Foster

  187. Hey Kent, that was a really great post. I loved it.

    you said:

    “We’re all in need of respect and love and support in this world, and yet it seems, ironically, that those who are already extremely well-off financially and who will never in their lives find themselves short of praise or attention, are the ones that we feel most compelled to give more praise, more attention, and, frequently, more money.”

    There is a reason for that. I have given this ‘fame’ thing a lot of thought in my life. I think it is directly related to the ‘Survival of the fittest’ theory.

    The attraction we feel for fame and power is an urge that was given to us by nature to ensure the strongest genes would be the ones to survive in next generations.

    That is why our attention goes to the people that have already succeeded in something.

    Not all urges that nature gave us are still good for us though. We are no longer animals. We are thinking beings that form a social group. Some of these urges are not beneficial to us as a society.

    I like to think everyone is special in some way, even if it is not apparent to everyone at first glance. Therefore it is wrong to place specific individuals on a pedestal. It is okay to admire them for their talents and accomplishments but the desire to be close to them to be able to be part of their fame somehow is an urge we should all fight.

    I don’t believe in fame-by-proxy anyway. If the main reason people like you is because you know someone famous, than that must be lethal for your sense of self-worth.

    So instead of giving into an urge that will only make us feel miserable anyway, we should take that energy and put it into finding our own talents and making our own accomplishments. Or to help others find theirs.

    That is my theory anyway. I am still struggling with reality sometimes though. Where is that line between admiring someone for their accomplishments and giving into that urge? I don’t know. I truely don’t. I wish I did.

    An autograph for instance, is that a sign of admiration for someones accomplishment or a way to show others you have been ‘close’ for 10 seconds to someone famous?

    It would be nice to hear other peoples views on this as well. Where do you all think that line is?

    Hugs, Bianca – in a very contemplative mood tonight

  188. [We run together in the green fields and we’ll stay far from the bad things of this strange world!]

    Aaaw, Lucia, that is so sweet. That made me cry a little. But then I cry easily these days. Pffffft.
    Sorry for being such a sad wanker this afternoon.
    Life is not nice to me lately, but looking at it that way will only make it worse.

    So I kicked myself in the butt tonight and picked myself back up and I will try to keep my misfortunes off this blog a little more. I’d rather be the centre of positive attention anyway :-p

    [Bianca, if you ever need a get-away I’m here =) It would be more of a large get-away then a “little” one though. We could trade evil secrets.]

    OOOH, trading evil secrets.. one of my favourite hobbies. But then I am really good at keeping secrets, so may not tell you any after all. :-p

    Where in the world are you, Erin? Are you at the US eastcoast? I could fly that in like 5 or 6 hours.. piece of cake.. *grin*

    Hugs, Bianca – former sad wanker

  189. Hello, dearest FED and Everyone That Are Regulars, it has been awhile since I’ve been a “regular”, this has been an extremely busy month for me. Had family from up North come down over the 4th of July weekend ’til just three days ago.

    Now, I have some personal time to mourn the passing of Roger Keith ‘Syd’ Barrett.

    One of my most valued treasures are my memories of listening to ‘Piper At The Gates of Dawn’ as a kid in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. It was absolutely…magical. Unbeknownst to me as an earlier child, I picked up Kenneth Graham’s ‘The Wind in The Willows’ and by the time I saw the album for the first time, I was 11 and asked the clerk what the name of the album was. When he told me the title I just had to buy it.

    ‘The Piper At The Gates of Dawn’ appealed to my inner child and when I seriously began to delve into Pink Floyd history as a teenager, Syd Barrett struck me as ” an Innocent, Juvenile, idyllic Prodigy “. A genius by virtue. I’ve been listening to PATGoD , ASfOS, Madcap and all of my other recordings this past week.

    FED, I could not come on and get in here. I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to be able to speak clearly about the the death and mourning of a man who was just a little ahead of himself. I had come to love Syd’s prose, that almost delicate voice of his, his…Style.

    His influence will be continual. Just as many Great Influences of Music have gone on, Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett had gone on himself. His journey. And his way. Into The Pantheon of Greats Syd will sit with all the other greats.

    But to me, Syd was unique.

    As to all of those who come here to push their own envelopes and others who’ll no doubt try and will profit from our loss…a big, [ sorry, FED, I have to ] hearty …SCREW YOU, bloody raggin’ naffers !!!!!

    Unfortunately, it’s the way of the world. I shall always honour and cherish my memories of Syd, you Crazy Shiny Diamond !!

    I once penned a tribute to him some ten years ago, I’ll have to check and pull it from some part of my own volumnious collections of writings and what have you.

    BTW, I loved the entry from Alice and for the most of you, thank you for paying tribute to our fallen hero…who just happened to inspire a great deal many of us to be sure.

    My heartfelt condolences to the remaining Barrett family and the friends who were closest to him, David, Roger, Richard & Nick.

    Mr. Gilmour, thank you, for being you. It must not have been easy for you or your mates to see your friend go down like he did, but you all made sure that Syd was well taken care of. I can relate. I have lost friends in much the same fashion. People who trailed across the Heavens for only such a short time, then for their star to fall before they actually perish.

    To the rest of the Floyd family, my heart grieves as well, but in that common bond that we all share, we shall all…shine.

    I’m all set for my trip to Italy. I am going to take full advantage of three weeks in country. I will be swinging down to Pompeii after catching the Gilmour shows. I’ll be sure to think of something appropiate to play on my portable CD player when I’m there. 🙂

    Lucia, Ripper, Bianca, Simon and all of the regulars take extra special care during this time. FED, you too. You have been doing a fantastic job here, but I can imagine after the events of the past couple of weeks that you need some much needed rest. Let someone else in The Honour Guard take over for a week. And as always, FED, my hat’s off t’ya mate for keeping this well and all.

    Let’s Honour The Memory That Is Syd Barrett and for what he has meant to each and every one of us.

    Cazart !

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