Well, this is just…sad.
David Gilmour isn’t satisfied being “Comfortably Numb” when it comes to the planet.
The Pink Floyd axeman auctioned his guitars for $21 million Thursday — and he’s donating every penny to ClientEarth, a nonprofit fighting climate change.
“The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face, and we are within a few years of the effects of global warming being irreversible,” tweeted Gilmour, the singer, guitarist and songwriter for the legendary Brit rock band.
“We need a civilized world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung.”
That’s all pretty silly, especially when you note that these are mostly electric guitars, which are pretty much overpriced doorstops until they’re plugged into a wall socket somewhere. But this next is the part that struck me hardest.
But the star attraction was Gilmour’s legendary Black Strat — it was snatched off the block by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for $3,975,000 — setting a new world record for any guitar sold at auction, Christie’s said.
Now, you CF lifers already know I’m a diehard Gibson guy, so pardon my prejudice here and all. But it still has to be said: there ain’t, and never has been, any such thing as a 4 million dollar Strat. I don’t care who played it on what record, it’s just…well, no. It’s a non sequitur, and a nonstarter. In fact, paying 4 mill for a Strat directly contradicts Leo’s whole idea of what Strats were supposed to be in the first place. As for the rest, Ed Driscoll quite deftly puts paid to all that nonsense:
Related: Pink Floyd’s last North American tour, in 1994, played in many of America’s largest outdoor stadiums. According to the “Pink Floyd North American 1994 Production manual and contract,” the Floyd’s tour involved 28 semis, each with a 48-foot long trailer, plus eight crew buses, five rental cars, runner vans and cars, and five vans for the band itself from the hotel to the stadium, along with up to seven golf carts at the arena. The promoter at each venue was required to provide nine forklifts, one cherry picker, one 35-ton mobile crane and one 60-ton mobile crane. “A supply of fuel for all of the above machinery must be kept onsite and topped up as required.” The production manual noted that “The band party will comprise approximately forty (40) persons who will arrive either on board their private, charter aircraft, or via commercial airlines. Either a fifty (50) seat luxury coach or four (4) twelve (12) seat mini-vans will be required to meet the plane and transport the band party to and from their hotel. A small truck will also be required with driver to transport the band party’s luggage to and from the hotel and airport. Should the size of the band party increase, Pink Floyd reserve the right to increase the quantity of the aforementioned transportation accordingly.” The band carried its own generator to power its massive lighting, laser, and amplification rig. The tour’s production manual demanded that the promoter have access to a 24-hour emergency 800-KVAgenerator.
I really don’t want to hear another word about Glenn Reynolds’ carbon footprint.
Or anybody else’s, for that matter. In fact, EVERYbody else’s combined probably wouldn’t stack up to the kind of go-lightning gratuitously squandered on a single Pink Floyd tour, from the looks of it. Well done there, Ed. To deploy another immortal Insty line: I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.