Pink Floyd Drummer Playing Early Classics On Tour

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LONDON - JULY 02: (L to R) David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright from the band Pink Floyd on stage at "Live 8 London" in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

Nick Mason Has A New Band; Formed To Play Early Pink Floyd Songs

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has formed a NEW band to play his OLD band’s early music.

Nick Mason was/is the drummer for Pink Floyd since the start.  He’s “A Founding Member” of the band. His new group is called ‘Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets’ named after Pink Floyd’s second album. And finally, the guys are doing tour dates here in The States! . The lineup includes Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, Lee Harris of the Blockheads, bassist Guy Pratt, who took over from Roger Waters in Floyd, and composer Dom Beken, a collaborator with late Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright. Pratt and Beken worked together in the electronic band Transit Kings.

Mason sees this as  a unique opportunity to experience Pink Floyd’s celebrated and significant early body of work, played live and including songs from albums Piper at the Gates of Dawn and ‘A Saucerful of Secrets‘.

The Syd Stuff.

This will be Nick Mason’s first live musical outing since Pink Floyd played at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London.

Here are some U.S. Dates.

Mason was interviewed prior to the release of the box set called ‘Pink Floyd: The Early Years 1965-1972‘ and he said, “There’s a whole swath of early tracks that are missed by an audience that think we started at Dark Side of the Moon. That’s the problem, because we actually changed from being a slightly underground band to – I won’t say overnight – but that one album pushed us suddenly into a whole new world. The interesting thing is that quite a lot of particularly younger people who discovered ‘Dark Side’ don’t look backwards, they look ‘What did they do next?’ So I suppose I’d say the album that I’m particularly fond of is ‘A Saucerful of Secrets‘ because I think you get a transition from Syd [Barrett] and you almost get a wonderful goodbye from Syd with ‘Jugband Blues.’” (Interviewed for ‘Ultimate Classic Rock’)

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets will play in London on May 20. The band’s official website provides links for ticket sales.

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