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Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Nick Mason undertook a couple of interviews yesterday for the British media, concerning the reunion of Pink Floyd and Roger Waters at the London Live 8 concert, being held on July 2nd.

The first was in the BBC Radio 4 morning show, The Today Programme, where they took a look at how and why bands get back together. In the interview, which can be heard through this link, Nick talks of the background to the split: "The only real issue was whether we should've - and this is from Roger's point of view - should've carried on without him, or the band cease to exist when he left. And that really is what the issue was about."

A longer interview, covering new ground, was aired last night on the ITN News broadcast on TV channel ITV1 in the UK. Nick was interviewed in his office at Ten Tenths, in London, with band and racing car memorabilia in the background.

Following a montage of shots from the Money backdrop film, the Another Brick video, and clips from Live At Pompeii, the interviewer James Mates starts his questioning:

Mates: They're resisted every effort to get back together, until Bob Geldof got on the phone...

Mason: He was really looking for a real novelty act! To reconstitute this particular line-up of this particular band, was a great idea, and it was really Bob promoting this.

Mates: He got on the phone to you all?

Mason: Yeah. He started with David, and then he worked his way around. I think he was probably as surprised as we were!

Richard Curtis said to me, 'Well, look, if the Pink Floyd can agree on what to play, surely the G8 summit can agree on what to do, to sort out Africa'.

Mates: The band have agreed to play four of their classic numbers. Which ones, we'll have to wait and see...

Mason: Hopefully they'll be fairly slow numbers, because at my advanced stage I don't want anything too fast!

Mates: What are your hopes for the day?

Mason: I think a bit like the original Live Aid - what one would like, is for it to be utterly memorable; for everyone who was there to remember it as a really important and great event.

In separate Live 8 news, the sale of tickets on eBay has been stopped. Pairs of tickets appeared on the online auction site minutes after the first winning notifications were sent via text message, and were selling for many hundreds of pounds. Some of the sellers were blatantly profiteering, which enraged many, not least Bob Geldof who put huge pressure on the people running eBay to put a halt to the sales.

One of the UK's biggest selling newspapers, The Sun, is today calling for the capacity of the London concert to be increased to 350,000, which will add 200,000 onto the current number. Hyde Park can easily handle this number of people, and the newspaper argue that it will raise further revenue for the event, without money going to ticket touts and profiteers. We'll keep you posted on any update to this story.

Also, a request: please don't ask us to get tickets for the show for you - we cannot advise of any outlet selling the tickets. We have been deluged with requests for tickets from people all over the world and wish we could help...

More information on the show/the band's appearance will be with you as soon as we have it.

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