UK fans of the Syd Barrett-era of Pink Floyd are in luck next month, with the newly formed band Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets playing four London gigs spotlighting the band’s ’60s work. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that in addition to Floyd’s co-founding drummer Nick Mason, the new band will also feature Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp on guitar, the Blockheads’ Lee Harris on drums, latter-day Pink Floyd and David Gilmour bassist Guy Pratt, and composer Dom Beken — a collaborator of late-Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright.
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets said in a joint statement: “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.”
Nick Mason told us that he and his bandmates — along with all of Syd Barrett’s legion of fans — always wondered where Barrett would’ve gone if his over the top drug use coupled with both his emotional and mental problems hadn’t cut him off artistically while still a relatively young man: “I certainly remember Syd as he was in the sort of, the very beginning of the band when he was a sort of real easy person to talk to, when he was extremely creative. I think the thing with Syd is that to some extent, that you reflect upon your sort of inability to do more for him, really, and one’s so selfishness (sic) at the time. But, you have, to at the end of the day, you have to say, ‘Well, we just didn’t know any better.'”
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets will perform four British club gigs, with the band playing Dingwall’s in London on May 20th, and a three-night stand — May 21st, 23rd, and 24th — at the Half Moon in Putney. So far, no North American dates have been announced.
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