Pink Floyd reunite to condemn Israel for arresting female activists in Gaza

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Pink Floyd have “reunited” to release a joint statement, condemning Israeli forces over the detention of female activists sailing to Gaza.

Tension has long persisted in the band, with David Gilmour recently stating that the group are no more. Pink Floyd’s “final” album ‘The Endless River’ was released in November 2014 without the input of Roger Waters.

However, the band have united once again to release a statement via Facebook, titled ‘Pink Floyd reunites to stand with the Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla’.

The post sees the group through their support behind Women’s Boat to Gaza, an activist group that sailed from Barcelona to Gaza last month and were arrested by the Israeli navy this week. They are expected to be deported.

Reacting to the news, the statement from Pink Floyd reads: “David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters stand united in support of the Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and deplore their illegal arrest and detention in international waters by the Israeli Defense Force.”

See the post in full below.

Meanwhile, a major Pink Floyd retrospective is coming to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum next year.

Titled The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the retrospective is billed as “an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world”.

Featuring “never-before-seen classic Pink Floyd concert footage and a custom-designed laser light show”, it will run at the historic museum in south Kensington from 13 May to 1 October, 2017.

Pink Floyd’s remaining members are understood to have collaborated in compiling the exhibition, which will feature over 350 artefacts including instruments, music technology, original designs, architectural drawings, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints and posters. The exhibition will also feature never-before-seen material and set and construction pieces from stage performances including The Dark Side Of The Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell.

Announcing the exhibition in August, the director of the V&A, Martin Roth, hailed Pink Floyd as “an impressive and enduring British design story of creative success”.

“Alongside creating extraordinary music, they have for over five decades been pioneers in uniting sound and vision, from their earliest 1960s performances with experimental light shows, through their spectacular stadium rock shows, to their consistently iconic album covers,” he said in a press release. “The exhibition will locate them within the history of performance, design and musical production by presenting and complementing the material from Pink Floyd’s own archive with the V&A’s unrivalled collections in architecture, design, graphics and literature.”

Tickets priced at £20 per person for weekday visits and £24 per person for weekend visits are available now in person at the V&A or via the museum’s website.

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