Pink Floyd co-founder and drummer Nick Mason says he's back out on the road because he's tired of waiting on his former bandmates to reunite. Mason, who dives deep into the early-Floyd catalogue with his new tribute band Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, kicked off his tour last night (March 12th) in Vancouver. During a chat with Arizona Republic, he shed light on his decision to work up a band to tour with: “After 20-something years, I was absolutely tired of waiting for the phone to ring with Roger (Waters) or David (Gilmour) going 'C’mon guys, let’s get the band back together.' I thought, 'Forget that. It’s not gonna happen.' I really got to the point where I thought I could never work again.”
Among the early deep-cut Pink Floyd favorites tacked live by Saucerful Of Secrets are “Interstellar Overdrive,” “Astronomy Domine,” “Lucifer Sam,” “Fearless,” “Obscured By Clouds,” “When You’re In,” “Arnold Layne,” “Vegetable Man,” “If,” “Atom Heart Mother (Parts I-IV),” “Green Is The Colour,” “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun,” “See Emily Play,” “Bike,” and “One Of These Days,” among others.
Mason went on to explain that the archival show Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains at London's Victoria and Albert Museum inspired him to revive the forgotten material from the band's catalogue, explaining, “It suddenly just made me feel like the Tower of London or something. It was all about this ancient history. And there was that feeling that the one thing that was lacking was actually playing music. So that was a catalyst for me, I think. I ended up talking quite a lot about the history of the band and so on but the reality is what I really wanted to do was play some music.”
Mason went on to say that he received the blessing for the new band and touring revue from both Roger Waters and David Gilmour: “I thought it would be sort of a courtesy to tell them both what I was doing. And they were great. Roger threatened to come down and play some time. I think one day David might do the same. He lent me loads of equipment that we needed to go out. So they were both great, actually.”
He went on to say that he's looking forward to spotlighting the Syd Barrett and pre-superstar era of Pink Floyd within the shows: “I think from the U.S.A. point of view, perhaps more than Europe, a lot of people don’t realize there is a pre-story for Pink Floyd. They sort of joined up for (The) Dark Side (Of The Moon) and that was it, whereas maybe in Europe, people were a little more familiar with the Syd Barrett story and the sort of things we were doing in the very late-'60s, early-'70s.”
Over the years there have been numerous stories about Pink Floyd either making plans to reunite on stage or in the studio — but Nick Mason told us to disregard anything we might've heard: “No. There's always those stories floating around about, y'know, that we're going to play the pyramids or we're going to play. . . When there was the eclipse in England, a lot of people thought we were going to re-form for that, but I think it is pure invention, really.”