David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Roger Waters are the last living members of Pink Floyd, the most innovative, experimental, and downright trippy rock band to ever come out of the U.K. The musicians are in their 70s now but they recently made it clear they're every bit as willing as younger rockers to speak out about hot button issues.
Gilmour, Mason, and Waters cooperated to make a statement in support of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Female activists protesting Israel's ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip make up the flotilla, a boat trip from Spain to Gaza. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) stopped the flotilla on Wednesday, about 100 miles from its destination.
Pink Floyd posted a statement on its Facebook page, and Roger Waters further elaborated on the group's support for the activists in a video posted on his own page.
Reactions to Waters's video as well as the band's statement have been mixed from fans posting on their pages. They've received everything from profuse thanks to accusations of anti-semitism. The IDF responded by saying in part that they acted in "accordance with international law."
One thing seems true: the protest spirit that fired up so many rockers in the 60s—along with lots and lots of drugs—is still alive in what's left of Pink Floyd today.
Good to know they haven't become too comfortably numb.