Hoping Foundation

Last night, Saturday 10 July, David performed at a charity event in aid of the Hoping Foundation (‘Hoping’ stands for ‘Hope and Optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation’)… with one Roger Waters, who some of you might know.

There’s the photographic evidence, if you don’t believe me – from rehearsals.

The event, organised by Bella Freud and Karma Nabulsi, took place at Kiddington Hall country estate in Oxfordshire, England and raised a most welcome ยฃ350,000.

They performed four songs before 200 guests, accompanied by Guy Pratt (on bass and acoustic guitar), Harry Waters (on keyboards), Andy Newmark (on drums), Chester Kamen (on guitar) and Jonjo Grisdale (also on keyboards).

Songs were ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’, which, I’m told, regularly featured in Pink Floyd sound checks way back when, followed by Pink Floyd favourites: ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Comfortably Numb’, and the one that got everybody singing along, ‘Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two)’.

Well, well, well… Bet you weren’t expecting that. Hoping, indeed.


  1. stephen dobson

    Well done, ยฃ350,000 raised. 8)

    Great to see you guys side by side again, maybe we’ll see David standing on top of Roger’s wall again next year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. ricardo

    David, para quando uma turnรช novamente?

    Portugueses esperam hรก muito tempo por essa oportunidade de ver David em Portugal. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Os melhores cumprimentos.

  3. Andrew

    Amazing how this blog is capable of coming alive. Over 100 posts and still climbing. Yet just a few weeks ago it was a struggle to get to 10.

    And many new names too…



    • FEd

      Yet just a few weeks ago it was a struggle to get to 10.

      Was it? Even in lean times and allowing for very selective topics, it’s always averaged 50-60 comments.

    • Andrew

      I won’t doubt you, my 10 comment was probably a bit exaggerated in the wrong direction. My point was just that it’s been very lean and I realize that part of that is because David is really not doing much these days (i.e. no new album or tour). Well, clearly he is doing stuff – I think you know what I am trying to say.

      What I guess is a bit unfortunate is that David will never be able to dodge that question of will there be another PF tour or reunion. When he does something like this event, it just stokes the fire.

      As a fan, it is nice to know that the door is not totally closed. And if I am not mistaken, I don’t think David ever made the comment that the door was totally closed. We can even witness that on the RTN DVD as well.

      Geez, imagine if David and Roger decided to collaborate on a project together that was not PF. Something totally different, like covers of Sinatra and Tom Jones classics. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ



  4. Denise

    ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad David and Roger got together. It’s a statement that says, “We’ve stopped our war, now you stop yours!”

    I have been smiling at everyone I meet since I heard the lovely news.

    Denise ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. spark

    After all the years reading posts from my PF friends, when it comes down to it you were all so far up Roger’s arse that whatever he says you all do.

    Goodbye and good luck.

    PS. When the Muslim community suggests that the UK becomes a state under Sharia law, let’s see how you – FED – and the rest deal with that!

    • FEd

      Thank you for giving us, I hope, something to think about.

      I’m sorry if my opinion offended you.

    • Alejandro

      Spark you are NOT alone in this issue, and I think is very important to give to them another point of view, something that they can’t or just don’t want to see on the news, or anything else.

      This is a very sensitive issue, for everybody, but when it comes from ignorance and trying to support big stars’ words and acts, just because people are insecure to have their own opinion, I cant shut up, and Fed, sincerely, I don’t think saying “shut up” to someone who is giving his opinion will give “something to think about” to anybody.


    • JulieD

      After all the years reading posts from my PF friends, when it comes down to it you were all so far up Rogerโ€™s arse that whatever he says you all do.

      Oh really! Then why oh why am I a staunch Conservative? Just because someone likes their music etc does not mean that they are the fan which hangs themselves on every PF word and follows like sheep. Roger is a Socialist but I am not and even though they are my teachers, I have still have a free will. Does that make me, a Pink Floyd fan, a brown noser? Or anyone else for that matter.


    • snow

      After all the years reading posts from my PF friends, when it comes down to it you were all so far up Rogerโ€™s backside that whatever he says you all do.

      Goodbye and good luck.

      Did I miss something? Were you reading them hear or elsewhere?

      Can we or should we get really get upset when people are trying to help children, regardless of where the children are from?

      Alejandro, I can’t see where FEd typed “shut-up”. Or is it that you’re offended that allowed it to be posted?

      Thanks to Polly for the photos, it great that she can share them with David’s, Pink Floyd’s and Roger’s fans.

    • Alessandra

      I donโ€™t think saying โ€œshut upโ€ to someone who is giving his opinion will give โ€œsomething to think aboutโ€ to anybody.


      let’s try to think about it from another side.

      Even if it won’t be food for thought in general, it will surely make someone (you first, I suppose) reflect on the meaning of the word respect.

      Isn’t it a good result? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • ulli

      Spark, I really share your views on this matter, I really hope that Hamas isnt getting any money this way.

  6. Alessandra

    Reading all those previous enthusiastic comments, I’m wondering if, maybe, the words I used yesterday, in reply to Michรจle, could sound a little disrespectful to all those people who love Pink Floyd’s music and sincerely hope in a future reunion.

    No offense intended.

    All I wanted to say is that I don’t like very much the sensationalism in the words of a certain kind of fans, around the web, who obsessively speculate about Pink Floyd’s (or other bands’) reunions, as it was the artists’ duty to satisfy them.

  7. Michรจle

    I’m in complete agreement with you when you say:

    we should simply be happy to know they played together

    Why can’t people just be happy (or satisfied?) with what they get? They always want more and more and more…


  8. Richard

    NYD… that’s not who I am.

    Thank you David and Roger for doing what you do, I’m happy for you and I DO appreciate what you have given me and all your fans.

  9. Rob_P_From_CT

    Great to see that charity always brings out the best in people… especially David and Roger. I enjoy the fact that David does these surprise events even though we don’t have much of a chance to see them.

    I feel lucky enough to have seen PF (without Roger), David solo and Roger solo (going again for The Wall). That said, I completely respect David’s decision to spend time with his family and his other interests. As a father myself I can tell you that if I could I would spend more time with my family as well. Touring is a very strenuous endeavor that puts strains on the entire family.

    I’m just happy to see that David is still going out when he wants to support a good cause. Since he doesn’t do many of these it also serves to validate the cause in my opinion. More power to you David and thank you!

    Of course FEd… if you ever run across an audio or video recording of the event I hope you’d share the information with us… unless the gentlemen who paid 50,000 quid says no. 8)

    • Hydrea

      Hi FEd,

      That’s a beautiful website! Could you give to Polly my compliments? ๐Ÿ˜›

      Bye, Hydrea

    • KenF

      There’s some great pictures on Polly’s ‘new’ site.

      David and Roger both look very relaxed in each other’s company in the rehearsal shots.

      The ‘On An Island’ gallery has a really good picture, from the (I assume) Live8 rehearsal, it’s got a very distinctive ’60’s look about it, well done Polly.

      It’s amazing that she snapped over 10,000 shots during the making-of and tour of OAI, as she “nepotistically got the job of official photographer”. She really should produce a book of Polly’s Pics. I seem to recall saying as much in a blog entry during, or shortly after the tour. I’m sure it would still be a best-seller, even now.

      It’s also very nice of Polly (and David) to share a couple of ‘family’ portraits on the Biography page too, especially the ๐Ÿ˜› one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for the heads-up on this FEd.

    • KenF

      itโ€™s got a very distinctive โ€™60โ€ฒs look about it…

      I was referring to the era, not the ages of the subjects. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Sorry for any confusion guys… ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Alessandra

      Thanks for the link, FEd.

      I had a look at all Polly’s galleries and, apart from the photos of last Saturday’s event and the great pictures of David, Richard Wright and the band, I liked very much the icy landscapes, in the miscellaneous section.

      They’re very beautiful, really.

  10. Martin

    David, Roger,

    I’m just really pleased for you two guys that you enjoyed each other’s company.


    All of the very best to you both.

  11. NewYorkDan

    I wanted to share this link with all you irregulars, but now I see it is already on the Twitter tab at the top of this Blog.

    Polly’s photos from the weekend show with David and Roger.

  12. mryhsngllri

    I just didn’t know on which topic I should write, so I’m writing here. And I hope you will see this comment.

    Please, please, please come to Turkey. We’re all begging. Seeing you has been our biggest dream. My family, my friends and I, all of us are waiting for you. And we’re not the only ones. There are tons of people in Turkey who love you and your music. We know that you’re the best. There are many other groups out there but none of them is like you. They aren’t even close to you. So that’s why we’re waiting, and we will wait until you come. At least I will.

    So again, please come to Turkey.

  13. Denise

    ๐Ÿ˜€ A couple of links.

    1. Review from Rolling Stone which is exactly how we all are feeling – here.

    2. Beautiful shot by Polly of David and Roger – so lovely – here.


    Love and Peace,
    Denise xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  14. John nff

    I always knew that the semblance of bad blood was a hoax specifically designed for future good deed doing…

    • Sharon Woods

      You sound like a conspiracy theorist, John! :))

      I had my suspicions at times, but I chalked it up to paranoia! 8|

    • John nff

      Thanks Sharon! At least between you and I, we know that despite…, they always loved each other.

  15. DivisionBell94


    My Mom turned me on to Pink Floyd’s Music. In 1994 she bought me the Division Bell cassette. A few weeks later I bought tickets for the concert. The album, the concert, Pink Floyd’s history has been a big part of my inner self. Thanks Mom!!

    I am also thinking of Syd and Mr. Wright when I think of a reunion of these two guys (Gilmour+Waters). I believe that they would understand and be excited to see any of the existing members of Pink Floyd tour or collaborate in any form. I know that Mr. Wright’s sound was integral to Pink Floyd but couldn’t they tour under another name? Record as a different band? Even if they used the Pink Floyd name people would still be getting a chance to see a part of history.

    My mom died in Dec. 1994. Pink Floyd’s music will forever be hauntingly beautiful in my mind.

    Thank you to all of the members of the then Pink Floyd. Thank you to Syd for shining so bright. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Roger for doing this up coming wall tour. Hopefully you guys can get into a recording studio and release an album sometime in the near future, before anyone else succumbs to a fatal illness. We would love to see a tour.

    Thank you for reading and understanding.

    Love and Respect.

  16. Leonardo


    but a little bit late…

    shine on.

    leonardo ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Damian Cunningham

    Hi Fed and all

    I have just read about Rog and David’s little get together, it’s very nice to see not just for the music side, but that 2 people who have known each other for many years have realised life’s just too short. I’m happy for them as people, and I hope what I’m saying does not intrude on their privacy. I’m just a fan of these brilliant musicians, they are and always will be one of the very small things that makes me proud to be British.

    Kindest regards

  18. PF_fan_1967

    Thank you David for 40+ years of awesome and amazing music. Pink Floyd has been and will always be the greatest band of all time. No other band will be able to match the creativity and ingenuity of The Floyd.

    If you were to join Roger on the Wall tour, it would be totally awesome, especially if it were to happen in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ottawa is the Pink Floyd capital of Canada. We even busted the phone lines back in the 80s when a local radio station was offering free Floyd tickets for your concert.

    You and Pink Floyd will always be loved and admired here. Peace always.

  19. sue holland

    wish i would have been there, it’s so good to see that my favorite people are raising money for a good cause.

    well done as usual. ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Wayne

    David, you’re awesome. Never change… well, maybe change just one thing, but after that, no change. ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. strat24

    anything is impossible, it’s great and very cool news for the future, for the fans, for history of pink floyd.

    the time for dirty tricks and scrambled away from us is now on.

    thank you david, thank you roger. you are great. ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Juda T. Azzopardi

    Excellent David and Roger.

    “Wish you were here”,

    Malta now San Francisco next week. ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. Howard Bayliss

    Aren’t you amazed Fed that I have managed to keep my mouth shut over the debate? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheers, Howard

    • Ian Pearson

      Hi Howard, your comments brought fond memories of Leicester Square a few years ago and a few drinks. Glad we kept mouths open then! LOL.


  24. MerchantOfVenus

    Sorry I donยดt have the time to read all of this thread right now (cafe is closing) because it looks really good! ๐Ÿ˜€ Will do so next few days. I was just reading my emails from freegaza.org and was sent the following:

    “Thousands of words have already been written about the Freedom Flotilla, Israel is out with its talking heads trying to justify murdering nine human rights workers, brutally hijacking our boats and hauling us all into Israel, a country none of us wanted to visit.

    But we have to remember why we care and why we go and why we are so outraged at governments’ inaction. This piece by Roger Waters says it all.”

    God bless guys, keep up the Great Work.

    • Echoes

      Even with video of activist throwing soldiers overboard and beating them with pipes?

      On a happy note: Roger’s comments on the gig.

      Here’s an excerpt:

      “Some weeks passed with David cajoling me from time to time, telling me how easy it would be, but I clung resolutely to my fear of failure until one day he made one final entreaty. I quote “If you do ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’ for The Hoping Foundation Gig, I’ll come and do ‘C. Numb’ on one of your Wall shows”. Well! You could have knocked me down with a feather. How fucking cool! I was blown away. How could I refuse such an offer. I couldn’t, there was no way. Generosity trumped fear. And so explaining that I would probably be shite, but if he didn’t mind I didn’t, I agreed and the rest is history. We did it, and it was fucking great. End of story. Or possibly beginning.


      PS. Just heard from David, he will decide in due course which gig he wants to do, it will be a surprise!”

  25. ayako

    Hey, FEd!

    I just read on Roger’s facebook page that David will “decide in due course which gig he wants to do, it will be a surprise.” ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Is this true? Any chance he might be willing to take a transatlantic flight to the states? Haha, wishful thinking.

    Hope all is well.

    • FEd

      Is this true? Any chance he might be willing to take a transatlantic flight to the states?

      You never know.

      Yes, it’s absolutely true.

    • Michael Kelly

      Being the pessimist I am, my reaction to this news after the initial excitement to wonder why they would announce this ahead of the fact. I can envision some audiences actually jeering and booing during C. Numb if David does not show that night. The regular band should not be subjected to that sort of thing.

      I hope I am wrong and am overreacting, but I don’t think I am.

  26. Taki

    … it’s kind of ironic, but reading some comments I came to think that 35 years later PF seem to be more right than ever:

    We’re just knocked out.
    We heard about the sell-out.
    You gotta get an album out.
    You owe it to the people.



  27. Kelly

    Just goes to show what feelings of deep generosity and truly wanting to help others can do… almost move mountains! Thank you, David and Roger…

    A little birdie told me that a date may be forthcoming… Pittsburgh, David, Pittsburgh please… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Chris Lotterer


    Please join the The Wall performances for more than one surprise date. Your voice is an integral part of the album and considering the limited production in the 80s, this is a grand opportunity to perform it with ease using the digital enhancements.

    We the fans have made the album top 5 selling all time. We love you, we miss you, and we beg that you come to share the masterpiece as Roger’s bleeding heart can’t bear it alone. Nobody will mind, Snowy would love to play 2nd to you, anybody would. Richard would love to look down and see you do it. It’s great you love charity, there are those in need, but in the end, the fans need YOU! Humble yourself as a hired musician, as Richard did, and don’t concern yourself with the pressure. Just let the generations of fans indulge in this opportunity to hear what we dream of. The Show Must Go On, Hey You, Waiting for the Worms, Young Lust, Mother, these songs exist with your vocals. Roger obviously admits to your superior pipes, he misses you, and loves you like we do.

    In a world threatened by acts of terror and global warming, put your good foot forward, on your pedal rack, and come see us around the world. We will sing for you, harmonies, any key, whatever you want, but don’t fade away, marooned from this classic piece of art. It’s history Sir Gilmour, one that you are well a part of. Live it, love it, embrace it, and TEAR DOWN THE WALL!

    From your greatest fan, and with due respect, at least play in San Jose, CA!


    hola amigos.

    hoy 14 de julio cumple aรฑos la obra maestra de pink floyd. the wall. que emocion ver a roger y david juntos en un ecenario. me parece marabilloso. ojala que dedique lo que le queda de vida en darles a los que amamos esta banda. la posibilidad de tocar en grandes ecenarios. de gira por el mundo. seria un sueรฑo. les mando un abraso a todos desde bs as argentina. no quiero morirme sin ver a pink floyd.

  30. Frunkis

    Great… a charity aimed at raising the next generation of suicide bombers. What about playing for a charity aimed at developing a peace between the Israelis and Arabs?

    • Michael Kelly

      This does aim at developing peace. Impoverished children are far more likely to turn to terrorism in their adulthood than children who are well fed and go to school. They also won’t hold as big of a grudge against their enemy.

      It’s kind of like racism in America. It’s not gone by any means, but with each passing generation the children become more education, more integrated, and more tolerant. And it’s because minority children are being given a chance of success that their parents never had.

  31. Davie110

    Hey FEd,

    Not sure if you knew about this, but, a letter from Roger about the event which ends with…

    “Some weeks passed with David cajoling me from time to time, telling me how easy it would be, but I clung resolutely to my fear of failure until one day he made one final entreaty. I quote “If you do ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’ for The Hoping Foundation Gig, I’ll come and do ‘C. Numb’ on one of your Wall shows”. Well! You could have knocked me down with a feather. How fucking cool! I was blown away. How could I refuse such an offer. I couldn’t, there was no way. Generosity trumped fear. And so explaining that I would probably be shite, but if he didn’t mind I didn’t, I agreed and the rest is history. We did it, and it was fucking great. End of story. Or possibly beginning.”

    Not sure what to make of that really. Guess it will indeed happen again!

    But if you do happen to hear through the grapevine where it may be that David will make an appearance (or appearances! ๐Ÿ˜› ) do feel free to drop us a hint or two please!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Melissa(*_*)

    With all this going on, I’ve decided to come out of the closet and admit that I’m seeing Roger in Atlanta as well as London.

    I can’t help it. I love Pink Floyd and anything Pink Floyd related. I’m an addict, and an addict will go to great lengths to satisfy a craving.

    After Richard died I knew there would never be a Pink Floyd reunion which made me very sad, but it also made me see the importance of living each day in a way that brings me as much joy as I can muster. Each person who was part of Pink Floyd created the music that I most want surrounding me, and I want to hear them and see them perform it as often as my life will allow.

    I know Roger hasn’t always been reasonable, but nor have I. I have too many dark and dangerous turns in my own head to judge why someone acted like a fool more than 20 years ago.

    I still love you more, David.

    “I don’t care if the sun don’t shine
    And I don’t care if nothing is mine…”
    — Syd

    Peace and love to us all someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Stephen

    Just read Roger’s warm and funny facebook entry.

    Great story. Looking forward to his show and very much looking forward to the possibility of David playing C Numb in New York…

  34. Donald

    Hi, I’m Donald, from DC. I’ve browsed the site, never posted here before, but I’m a big Floyd/Gilmour/Waters etc. fan.

    I see the latest development hasn’t been posted here yet. It gets better and better. The full post quoted below, too long to post here, is on Roger’s Facebook feed.

    “Some weeks passed with David cajoling me from time to time, telling me how easy it would be (to do “To Know Him is to Love Him” in two-part harmony), but I clung resolutely to my fear of failure until one day he made one final entreaty. I quote “If you do ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him’ for The Hoping Foundation Gig, I’ll come and do ‘C. Numb’ on one of your Wall shows”. Well! You could have knocked me down with a feather. How fucking cool! I was blown away. How could I refuse such an offer. I couldn’t, there was no way. Generosity trumped fear. And so explaining that I would probably be shite, but if he didn’t mind I didn’t, I agreed and the rest is history. We did it, and it was fucking great. End of story. Or possibly beginning.


    PS. Just heard from David, he will decide in due course which gig he wants to do, it will be a surprise!”

    Amazing news, I’m so happy to see this reconciliation.

    Cheers all.

  35. peter m

    I’m sure someone will beat me to it, but for those who have been muttering “pretty please with sugar on top”, from Roger’s Facebook page I give you the affirmation, I for one never, ever would have dared to imagine – here.

    • JulieD

      But where is David’s affirmation in this? ๐Ÿ˜€ This is what Roger has said. ๐Ÿ˜›

      I have to admit when I saw the Wall being performed in Berlin, one thought kept going through my mind at the time: “Gosh! David’s guitar is missing big time” especially during Comfortably Numb. Don’t get me wrong, Snowy White was great but the other guitarist (can’t remember his name and too lazy to check at the mo) lacked something.

  36. Mark

    Anybody see Roger Waters “The Wall Live” FB page status update about this past weekend’s events that took place? Very interesting read “INDEED”!!!


  37. dognamedblue

    You can’t blame me for thinking, admittedly delusionally, that having been coming round and posting recently that maybe they could come together for The Wall tour and delusionally thinking that maybe someone was listening, could I also volunteer that they come together for the last British date in Manchester… I can but dream.

    I would be comfortably numb, been many years since I was a 13 year old wandering the streets playing The Wall to myself on cassette tape. ๐Ÿ™‚


  38. John

    David! Please play Roger’s Boston Show! Its the only US city that has sold out THREE DATES!!! We will love to see you in Boston!

  39. martin_d

    HELLO and Good Day to all ‘Gilmourites’ out there…

    I hope the inevitable ‘hype’ ++ play here ++ play there, etc. that will follow DG’s and Roger’s latest tour news does not damage the worthwhile ’cause’.

    AND sink you FED in a deluge of ‘Idiot Wind’ requests and outbursts.

    Best Wishes.

  40. Rudders - Toronto

    Looks like the old gang are getting back together…

    Noooo… not those two… I meant those of us who have been posting on and off since this Blog started!

    Now we are getting back to more things Gilmour I may have more to say… and maybe the odd caption. 8)

    • Ian Pearson

      Ahhhhhhhh, the captions. What next? The pointy stick.

      Great to see you Rudders. Indeed the old gang maybe never went far away.


    • KenF

      Now we are getting back to more things Gilmour I may have more to sayโ€ฆ and maybe the odd caption.

      Welcome back Rudders, oh, how we’ve missed your captions…

      How’s about this one for starters…

      “To know know know him
      Is to love love love him
      Just to see him smile
      Makes my life worthwhile
      To know know know him
      Is to love love love him
      And I do

      I’ll be good to him
      I’ll bring love to him
      Everyone says there’ll come a day
      When I’ll walk alongside of him
      Yes just to know him
      Is to love love love him
      And I do

      Why can’t he see
      How blind can he be
      Someday he will see
      That he was meant for me”

  41. Matt

    Nassau Coliseum either 10/12 or 10/13. I’ll be there both nights. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Very happy for the both of you, your families and for your legacy…

  42. peter m

    I saw this question posed elsewhere, and on a normal day it would merit some serious eye rolling. But today it seems a bit of fun, thus…

    Would you want to see David and Roger do an album together?

    My answer would be, absolutely, but only if it were not under the mantle of the Pink Floyd banner. They could do an album of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs called Waters & Gilmour do Broadway (and they could argue about whose name gets front billing).

    • Alessandra

      They could do an album of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs called Waters & Gilmour do Broadway (and they could argue about whose name gets front billing).


  43. Paul Sexton

    Chas & Dave, Robbie & Take That, David & Roger… Dalglish & Rush, please. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. audiowriter

    Geez. Way to go David–very big of you. Didn’t think this reconciliation would happen in my lifetime. It can only be good and thank God you put all the bad stuff behind you!!!

  45. ciaran

    I look forward to seeing David and Roger performing CN on Rogers Wall Tour!??!

    It was great news to hear that you performed together again.


  46. col

    I don’t want to ruin the nice and happy feeling here in the blog… David and Roger did a good thing for charity, and their intentions were pure and nice. The problem is the Palestinian dirigents… i am not sure that this money will be used by the young generation. We must remember what the BBC was writing about Arafat’s attitude when it was talking about money of his people:

    “During Yasser Arafat’s final illness, questions were raised about what will happen to millions of dollars of funds controlled by the Palestinian leader, following his death.
    Yasser Arafat took personal control of Palestinian funds.

    During his years as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, experts say, large amounts of money donated, or raised through business and taxes, were paid directly into accounts in Mr Arafat’s own name.

    The International Monetary Fund says international aid to the Palestinian Authority has been running at more than $1bn a year since 2000.

    In 2003, Forbes magazine estimated Mr Arafat was worth $300m.”

  47. Ulli

    Well, I am of the few who are totally underwhelmed by this “reunion”, as an Olympic grudge holder I will never forget that Roger tried to destroy PF in the mid 80s and even fought for that in the courts, and I will never forget how often he was badmouthing David. I am stunned, to put it mildly, that David forgot all that, and I am even more dumbfounded to hear that David announced to play guitar on one of Rogerยดs Wall Tour gigs.

    Another issue is the cause of the “reunion”, I hope that they checked carefully where the money is going, that it isn’t supporting HAMAS.

    Anyway, I am less than thrilled by the latest development, and disappointed too.

    • peter m

      The make up ‘sex’ is always best. Have a sandwich and relax, will you please.

    • Mike from Michigan

      Being an ‘Olympic grudge holder’ is like holding your breath and waiting for the other person to pass out.

      If David and Roger can choose to leave the past in the past and work towards building a future relationship, that’s wonderful. I’m sure that neither one has ‘forgotten’ the past. They have just chose to move beyond it.

    • Ulli

      Actually, it is about character, you burn us once, I blame you, you burn me twice, I blame you, so you can expect the same from Roger as he used to do. I even find his facebook post unfunny and full of himself, narcissist wise.

      Anyway, I hate flip floppers and for that reason I don’t understand why David did this, and according to Roger he was begging Roger and not vice versa, what I assumed, dumbfounding.

    • peter m

      Ipso facto, you hate both David and Roger, and most of us for that matter, because we’re pleased that time and the wisdom of age have allowed for these two men to find some common ground again.

      And since you hate us all, I would suggest it is time for you to move on. No reason to be unhappy after all.

  48. Gabrielle, Washington State

    Hi FEd and fellow Irregulars,

    I think it’s fantastic that David and Roger were able to come together to do this benefit. What a great concept, too, having people bid on the performance of a song! I also love it that Guy was there playing bass next to Roger. ๐Ÿ˜›

    The ensuing debate was inevitable, I suppose, regardless of which ‘side’ was to be the recipient of the proceeds of the benefit. Wouldn’t it be nice if by helping these children, a new generation might grow up to be more tolerant of the other ‘side’ and, therefore, less inclined to simply stay the course which leads to intolerance, hatred, and violence/terrorism?

    Thanks for the link to Polly’s site. I found it very enjoyable! I just might have to get me a new book in November …

    FEd, with the big news coming from Roger, you’re going to be very busy fielding posts speculating on where and when David might be playing Comfortably Numb, eh? That should keep you out of mischief for a while! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Take care ~ peace ‘n’ love!

  49. Warren Loveridge

    Were I even inclined to, I am most ill-equipped to wade into the Palestine debate. However being the father of two delightful young kids, I cannot bear to see children suffer, and I’m totally behind anybody who seeks to better the world for them.

    Beyond this, it was wonderful that David and Roger (the mother of all rock reunions) played together. From a perspective of pure hero-worship I was thoroughly thrilled to hear the news and see the pics.

    I sincerely hope that the misplaced sense of entitlement exhibited by some fans does not colour the experience for David, and that he continues to do as he pleases.

  50. Ken

    It’s great to see David and Roger playing again, but it’s unrealistic to think that David would join Roger for the full “Wall” tour. I don’t think David enjoys doing a show wearing headphones while playing to a “click” track, and keeping his guitar playing to a strict routine every night, with few opportunities for improvisation. With “The Wall”, David would just be a part in Roger’s machine. Of course, we would all LOVE for him to do it, but David, being the great musician he is, would likely get bored pretty quick.

    I think all we can hope for at this point is David and Roger getting together after Roger finishes his tour, and maybe making some new music together, with possibly a tour to follow. Whether they will call it “Pink Floyd” or not, who knows? But to have any new music from both Gilmour and Waters would be very exciting.

    Austin, TX
    (hoping that David plays at Roger’s Dallas gig!)

  51. Sharon Woods

    Earthquake this morning: Pele did her hula this morning in Washington DC! 8|

    It was mild but we’re on alert over here.

    2 gods reunite and the others get jealous! ๐Ÿ˜›

  52. Ralph

    Hey Fed and Irregulars,

    Took me a while to read through all the comments. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great to hear David and Roger playing together.

    FEd, could you do me a favour and whisper “Antwerp” in David’s ear ?


  53. Greg

    David… PLEASE, Play the wall show in Atlanta with Roger.

    As much as I am excited to see the Wall, I know it will not be the same and nowhere near as enjoyable without your voice and guitar.

    It would be a dream come true.

    I am sure we would all agree that without you, the Wall just wont be the same and we will end up with another Wall live in Berlin… something nobody wants.

  54. Andrew

    Unfortunately I can’t help to think that the longer it takes for David to appear at one of the shows, the more the shows will be selling out because of the anticipation of him making an appearance. And therefore in some ways this still comes back to the money. Am I the only one who thinks this?

    Personally I would be shocked if David chooses a U.S. date as much of the “special performances and appearances” have been taking place closer to home for him. If it is a U.S. date, I believe it would be NYC at MSG just like Nick Mason did a few years ago. However those shows will command ridiculous prices from the scalpers regardless if David is there or not.

    Although selfishly I would love to witness this event at the U.S. venue I am going to which is not MSG, in some ways I think it would be fitting if David chose a show in Latin America. But I would put my money on a show in London. In many ways, David performing at one show outside of England is kinda a waste unless he is planning a holiday with the family in the same area around the same time. Afterall, flying umpteen hours to come out and perform for 5 minutes just seems wasteful.

    Let’s hope there may be other surprises lurking.



    • peter m

      That’s the thing isn’t it? From the photos it looks like they were genuinely having a good time. As a lifelong fan, it is hugely rewarding to see these two enjoying themselves and each other in the service of a great cause. Wish I could have been there, but as I said the photos themselves are hugely rewarding.

      Is this the first time you’ve played with Roger?

  55. sandra

    grazie david, grazie roger. for us and for you.

    “we will meet again, some sunny day…” ๐Ÿ™‚

    i’m so happy for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Ronda_the_great

    I really, really, really, really, really, REALLY would love to see video and or audio from this!!!

    It would have been a dream come true to have witnessed this. Pink Floyd.

    And David’s solo career has been such an inspiration to me. I could never thank those men enough for their music!

  57. ash

    As one who was stunned to hear about David’s and Roger’s reunion, I really do feel that humanitarian relief and good causes is a great way to raise funds but much more than this, it raises public awareness too.

    I applaud both of them.


  58. Luca

    Is Fantastic!!!!! Please Dave, You and Roger Live in Italy, Milan!!!!!

    I Love You.

  59. Thomas

    Hey Dave and Roger,

    Just a small suggestion from a big Pink Floyd fan: How about releasing those songs on an official CD, raising more Money for the Hoping Foundation and making millions of your fans happy?

    Thomas from Switzerland
    Looking forward to Roger’s Wall concert in Zurich 2011.

  60. Rimshot

    Thousands are murdered in Darfur daily and the free world’s irresponsible “media” barely raises an eyebrow because they prefer Jew-bashing to reporting truth.

    All claims that the poor, oppressed Palestinians in Gaza are starving and being subjected to an inhuman embargo by Israel are LIES. There is no starvation. There is no shortage of goods for basic needs. There is no embargo. There is no apartheid. There is no humanitarian crisis whatsoever.

    Hamas somehow manages to find the resources and manpower to launch close to 10 rockets into Israel every single day.

    There simply cannot be any shortage of basic goods if Hamas can spare the effort and resources to import, build and launch Qassams every day. It is a luxury that destitute, enslaved refugees simply cannot afford. Therefore, there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

    The alternative is, Hamas is being grossly irresponsible to import rocket parts instead of basic necessities for its people.

    Donating to “Palestinian” relief efforts makes things WORSE for the children. Arabs blaming Israel for all their problems is no different than Nazis blaming Jews for all their problems.

  61. Shiloh from Jerusalem, Israel

    Excuse me David. Have you ever thought of doing some research before you promote something?

    Maybe you and Roger should take a history lesson, and I will provide the link from not a Jew but a Catholic professor that knows what you just promoted is based on a lie to finish off the Jews that the piece of garbage named Hitler was unable to do. It is incredible pathetic that you two incredibly gifted artists are either so ignorant of what your promoters push, or you too have bought the great deception. May your god have mercy on your soul.

    Study this please, along with all the rest of the anti-Semites.

    Simply pathetic.

  62. Avi

    Nice to see the rabid anti-Israel artist Roger Waters performing for a rabid anti-Israel group. Perhaps if the Palestinians sought peace instead of ongoing conflict, accommodation instead of the destruction of Israel, a fair resolution can be forthcoming. But as long as the Palestinians teach hate, war, terrorism and martyrdom, peace will remain a distant dream.