Presidential Candidate John Kasich Wants to Reunite Pink Floyd
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Is the power of the White House enough to get Pink Floyd back together for one more concert?
The obvious answer to that question is “almost definitely not,” but that isn’t going to stop Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich from doing his level best to reunite the dormant group if he ends up winning the 2016 election. Kasich made his unexpected campaign pledge during a Feb. 1 interview with CNN, which you can watch above.
As the Ohio governor explained, his all-time favorite concert was a stop on Roger Waters‘ The Wall tour. “And if I’m president,” he decreed, “I am going to once and for all try to reunite Pink Floyd to come together and play a couple of songs.” First on Kasich’s wish list for the reunion set: “Money,” from 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon.
Of course, even if Kasich wins the election, he doesn’t have much hope of booking a Floyd concert — Waters and his old sparring partner David Gilmour have steadfastly refused to revive their partnership, and following the death of keyboardist Richard Wright, Gilmour has repeatedly pointed out that it would be “wrong” to perform under the Floyd banner even if he wanted to.
That’s to say nothing of the realities of the political situation, which include Waters’ ideological opposition to the Republican platform — and the fact that Kasich is (to put it politely) an also-ran at this stage of the campaign, pulling in a mere 1.9 percent of the vote in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus. Still, no one ever won an election without dreaming big, and whatever you might think of Kasich’s political goals, it’s hard not to admire his rock ‘n’ roll goals.
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