Nick Mason On His Goal To Reacquaint Fans With Pink Floyd’s Early Catalog
In a recent interview with the Providence Journal, former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason expressed his aim to introduce the band’s debut works to the audience.
Most of Pink Floyd’s audience is quite familiar with the band’s major commercial successes, such as 1973’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and 1979’s ‘The Wall.’ Yet, Pink Floyd’s early works with former vocalist Syd Barrett remain relatively unknown. The band’s 1967 debut, ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,’ had received less attention when compared to its successors’ popularity.
It seems like Nick Mason wants to change that. After his run with Pink Floyd, the drummer established his own band, ‘Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets,’ with which he aims to introduce the cult band’s early works to his audience. The drummer recently disclosed that the majority of the American fans thought that Pink Floyd debuted with ‘Dark Side.’ So, they performed the debut album to a ‘fresh’ audience.
The drummer explained:
“I think in America particularly, there’s still a belief that Pink Floyd started with ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ and so there was almost like a fresh audience for the early material.”
Mason’s goal with his solo band is not to become a Pink Floyd tribute act. Nick revealed that he wanted to change the stage dynamic by performing the way Pink Floyd used to in 1967, with Syd Barrett’s lead. At the cult band’s early performances, they would improvise on stage rather than in the rehearsals.
Nick Mason expressed:
“What I wanted to do was restrict it a bit so we wouldn’t find ourselves becoming a tribute band doing ‘Comfortably Numb,’ ‘Another Brick in the Wall,’ and so on. We actually have more room to play the way we did in 1967, which was to play the song but actually have room to improvise a bit and change things on stage rather than in rehearsal.”
Syd Barrett’s erratic behavior on stage and at studio sessions would eventually lead to his departure from the band in 1968. Yet, his eccentric stage shows and psychedelic tunes contributed to Pink Floyd’s success. As Nick Mason wants to grasp the former ‘mania‘ within his band’s shows, the drummer is eager to introduce early projects of Pink Floyd to the audience.