Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason Avoids Conflict With Roger Waters: ‘I Won’t Start A War’

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason opened up about old music and friendship with bandmates.

Mason appears to be still in touch with two of his bandmates, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, even though there’s a solo songwriting credit on ‘Speak To Me’ and Waters later got a co-writing credit on different streaming platforms.

According to Far Out, Mason said he hadn’t noticed this and even shrugged it off by saying he doesn’t want to start a war with his bandmate:

“I would have said that I did that on my own, but I’m not going to start a war with Roger.”

Mason claims he made the track himself, while Richard Wright and Waters said they credited Mason to help him earn some publishing income. Waters later regretted the decision since he left the band.

Mason’s Thoughts On The Re-Record Of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’

Roger Waters has re-recorded Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ without David Gilmour and Mason. The album reached its 50th anniversary on March 1, 2023. After hearing Waters’ re-recording of the album, Mason praised his former bandmate’s new versions and even called them ‘absolutely brilliant.’

“He actually sent me a copy of what he was working on. And I [wrote] to him and said, ‘Annoyingly, it’s absolutely brilliant.’ It was and is. It’s not anything that would be a spoiler for the original at all. It’s an interesting add-on to the thing.”

In his updated version of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ Waters included additional spoken word poetry over some of the instrumental tracks. His remixes of songs like ‘The Great Gig in the Sky,’ ‘Speak To Me,’ ‘On The Run,’ ‘Money,’ and ‘Any Colour You Like’ explore the original songs more deeply.

Why Roger Waters Is The ‘Bad Guy’

Pink Floyd’s founding members, Nick Mason and Roger Waters ditched architecture to chase their dreams in music.

In a 2006 chat with Tagesspiegel, Mason looked back on those days. He said he originally wanted to be an architect, but as the band started making it big, he and the others changed their career plans. When asked if his friends influenced his rock star journey, Mason said:

“I really don’t think that there would be somebody else who could try to talk my education out of my head. I wanted to become an architect. Music seemed to be interesting, but I was convinced that it would not be a proper way to earn my livings.”

Apparently, Waters changed his views about architecture, but this somehow made him the bad guy:

“But Roger was the bad guy who managed to change my view.”

We might expect to hear Waters’ comments about the drummer’s recent words soon.