Wish you were here, Floyd
Tops poll of most-wanted reunionsLondon — A Pink Floyd comeback would be the greatest gig in the sky, according to a new Europewide poll.
When asked "Which band would you most like to see re-form," more than 26% of respondents to the census, published Wednesday by digital music firm Music Choice, said a reunion of the prog-rock legends was tops on their wish list.
Pink Floyd last toured in 1994, without founding singer-bassist Roger Waters. The band played with Waters at Live 8 in 2005 and on the same bill with him in May at a Syd Barrett tribute concert in London.
Swedish pop giant ABBA was the next best thing, gathering support for a comeback from more than 19% of interviewees. Rock titan Guns N' Roses was third on the list with 16%, followed by the Jam, Talking Heads, the Fugees, Van Halen and Wham! Rounding out the top 10 were Spandau Ballet and Boyzone.
Music Choice undertook the study in the wake of unrivaled consumer interest for the one-off Led Zeppelin performance Nov. 26 in London. Organizers of the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert claim that more than 20 million people registered for the available 18,000 tickets in just a matter of hours.
"When Zeppelin announced their gig, we wanted to see just who else would be a smash hit live in Europe, so we turned to music fans to find out," said Andrew Jeffries, worldwide director of music and programming at Music Choice.
On the flip side, more than 22% of interviewees declared Spice Girls the band they "would most like to see split up." The girl group, who will hit the road for a world tour beginning Dec. 2 in Vancouver, was immediately followed on the list by boy band Westlife and reality TV-created pop outfit Girls Aloud.
"Although we knew Pink Floyd might be a contender, we never dreamed they'd be the top choice, and we were amazed that so many fans wanted to say 'goodbye' to Posh and company," Jeffries said. "It's fascinating to see their response, and we're looking forward to analyzing the full results of the music census shortly. Anything could happen."
Full results of the survey, which was based on a sample of 5,000 music fans, will be published at Musiccensus.com after the census closes Sunday.
Music Choice said the study will illustrate Europeans' downloading habits, favorite tunes for different occasions, musical role models and views on the future of CDs, downloads and ringtones.
Lars Brandle is global news editor at Billboard. The Hollywood Reporter's Erik Pedersen in Los Angeles contributed to this report.