Floyd to give Live 8 profits to charity05/07/2005 - 08:36:12
Pink Floyd have pledged to donate all profits made as a result of last weekend’s Live 8 concert to charity and urged other performers to do the same.
The legendary band reformed especially for the gig after more than 20 years of hostility.
Their album sales have rocketed, with fans flocking to record stores to buy copies of the band’s greatest hits album.
Sales of Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd are up 1,343% at HMV, but guitarist David Gilmour said he would not profit from the smash-hit show.
“Though the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G8 leaders, I will not profit from the concert,” he said in a statement.
“If on Thursday the G8 leaders tick the right three boxes at Gleneagles then the main objective will have been fulfilled.
“If other artists feel like donating their extra royalties to charity, perhaps then the record companies could be persuaded to make a similar gesture and that would be a bonus.
“This is money that should be used to save lives.”
His sentiments were echoed by UK Liberal Democrat culture spokesman Don Foster, who urged artists with boosted sales to do the honourable thing.
“Live 8 may have struck a chord with viewers all over the world, but for the artists it’s now clear that it also struck gold,” he said.
“The artists showed huge generosity and compassion in taking part this weekend.
“Now they should continue to show their goodwill by donating the profits that Live 8 helped create.”
The Who and Annie Lennox also registered massive increases.
Every act who played at Hyde Park on Saturday received a sales boost – except for Pete Doherty.
The Live 8 coverage, which also included performances by Madonna, U2 and Robbie Williams, was watched by a peak of 9.6 million viewers on BBC1.
Between 6.10pm and midnight, when the concert had switched over from BBC2 to BBC1, an average of 7.8 million viewers watched the historic event.
Most viewers tuned in when superstar Williams was delighting the crowd with hits such as Angels and the Queen anthem We Will Rock You, after being introduced by David Beckham.
The BBC2 show, which kicked off at 1pm, was watched by an average of 4.2 million, drawing a 32% share, and a peak of 5.5 million.
The BBC1 show, also hosted by Jonathan Ross, drew an average viewing share of 42%, while the peak was 46.5% at 10.15pm.
Concert organisers believe the actual number of people who tuned in at some point during the Live 8 coverage will have been as high as 25 million.
At around 4.15pm, the Wimbledon women’s final on BBC1 slightly beat Live 8 on BBC2 in the ratings.
At 10.15pm on the Saturday prior to the concert, 5.5 million tuned into the Richard Curtis drama The Girl In The Café, and figures hit around the three million mark at a similar time in previous weeks.
The unofficial overnight figures were released as it emerged that pirate Live 8 DVDs were found on sale on eBay less than 24 hours after the event, and removed shortly afterwards.
A spokesman for Bob Geldof said: “The people that do this are cretins and scum.”
BPI (British Phonographic Industry) director of anti-piracy David Martin said: “There are too many people out there who believe music is for stealing, regardless of the wishes of the artists and the people who invest in them.
“Sadly, we are not at all surprised by this incident.”
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