Nick Mason Recalls Roger Waters’ Fan Altercation That Inspired ‘The Wall’
Roger Waters is known for his bitter statements towards the authorities or anyone. In a new interview with Northern Transmissions, Nick Mason recalled when Waters spit on the audience since he felt the band and the fans had a wall between them. To Mason, this interesting incident paved the way for the creation of ‘The Wall.’
Nick discussed his career with Pink Floyd and future solo projects as he answered if there were any special performances he would never forget. Mason stated that no particular shows stuck with him but revealed that people would often ask him about the altercation between Waters and the fans in 1977.
“Not particularly,” answered Mason, as he didn’t name any memorable shows. “But everyone always asks about Roger spitting at the crowd at Olympic Stadium in 1977. I sort of feel that night was about the disconnect between Roger and the fans, and it could have happened really anywhere on that tour.”
Then, he emphasized how important the incident was to the creation of ‘The Wall.’ “It just happened to come to a head on that particular night. My view is always to look on the positive side because if not for that disconnect, ‘The Wall’ would never have been written.”
Mason then answered if he recalled Roger talking about the incident in the aftermath. “No, not really. Sometimes audiences get overly excited, and they just want to shout and holler. It does feel a bit as though they’re missing the point, which is what Roger was reacting to.”
The rocker continued, “I don’t actually remember at what moment in the show or during which song the thing occurred… there was a lot of shouting going on. It’s a little bit vague, but that disconnect between an audience and a performer is the significant aspect that I retain from it.”
It seems that Roger Waters’ altercation with the fans turned into something good by inspiring ‘The Wall’ as he contributed to the record from a personal stance. Eventually, the album took its place in the history of rock as one of the greatest works of all time.