The legacy of Pink Floyd lies in their unpredictability and inventiveness — and their early material with the late Syd Barrett remains some of the most intriguing of the band’s output.
Nick Mason, the band’s drummer, has formed a new supergroup with aims of celebrating some of that early material. Called Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets (after the band’s second full-length album released in 1968), the ensemble will perform some shows in London in next month.
In addition to Mason, the group includes Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, Lee Harris of the Blockheads, bassist Guy Pratt and composer Dom Beken.
The band’s official statement, issued in a press release:
“This is a unique opportunity to experience Pink Floyd’s celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets. Very few bands are as culturally important as Pink Floyd. They are one of the best selling music artists of all time and Nick Mason is a founder and the only constant member of the band performing on all of their albums as well as all of their live shows. This will be Nick Mason’s first live musical outing since Pink Floyd played at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London.”
Mason, featured in a Rock Cellar interview back in 2014 about the Pink Floyd release The Endless River, hasn’t performed live in quite some time — so this should be exciting.
These are the band’s initially-scheduled London gigs, with ticket information available at their official site:
May 20 Camden Dingwalls, London
May 21 The Half Moon in Putney, London
May 23 The Half Moon in Putney, London
May 24 The Half Moon in Putney, London