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Pink Floyd Drummer Nick Mason Weighs In On Waters-Gilmour Dispute

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has discussed the current status of Roger Waters‘ relationship with the band in a new interview with Relix Magazine.

The article follows Roger Waters’ recent condemnation of former bandmate David Gilmour for not allowing the promotion of his solo work via the Pink Floyd website.

Waters, who left the band in 1984, contended this was unfair to fans.

Mason, who may not have been privy to Waters’ comments at the time of the interview, was optimistic about Roger’s future involvement with the band.

I don’t think that David and Roger are game to do anything together anytime soon,” Mason notes. “But I would love Roger to come back and do something else with us, and I would be very happy to go and do something with him.”

Neither of us wants to be in each other’s band, though,” Mason adds. “We want to do things our own way—maybe just get together for bits and pieces. I don’t think we’re about to reform a band to go and do anything.”

The drummer also reflects positively on Waters’ 2019 guest performance at a New York concert of current group Saucerful of Secrets.

He was great,” Mason enthuses, “he absolutely, inevitably, just picked it up and ran with it.

In addition to this, Mason sheds light on Pink Floyd’s decision to cease touring following the 1990s.

I don’t think there was a formal decision,” he reveals. “What happened was that, between ‘87 and ‘94, we did an awful lot of touring, and they were long tours. And we reached a point—particularly with David—where he did not really want to go out for another year.”

The problem is that,” he explains, “with big tours, you tend to have to go out on quite lengthy runs to justify your expenses. I like touring, but not to the point where all home life disappears—and, by the time you get home, your wife’s left you and your children have left home.”

But things have changed,” Mason adds. “Touring was so linked to album releases, and now studio albums have become less a part of the mainstream music business. With streaming, pirating and everything else, the real activity is now in the live realm.”

The full interview here.

 

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