Nick Mason Pink Floyd Super Group Coming to the U.S.?
Former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is contemplating a U.S. tour with his super group, Saucerful of Secrets, he tells Billboard.
“What I underestimated was the enthusiasm, not of the audience, but of the band,” Mason tells Billboard. “Pink Floyd was always enthusiastic, but not like this lot is now. Everyone wants to do everything: ‘We want to go to America.’ ‘We want to go to South America.’ ‘What about Peru?’ [Laughs.] It’s like a travel agency.”
The group–featuring Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp and Lee Harris of the Blockheads, with Pink Floyd collaborators Guy Pratt and Dom Beken–played their first shows in May and extended the fun with a European tour.
Why did he name the band after Floyd’s second album? Simple: to avoid confusion when fans request songs like “Money” in the set and don’t get them. The band is focusing on Floyd’s earlier, improvisational era, the 74 year-old musician explains.
“What I didn’t want to get caught up in were a lot of people going, ‘Well, why don’t you play ‘Comfortably Numb?’ or ‘Why don’t you do something from The Wall?’ I think the name itself indicates where we are and what we’re doing,” he said.