Nick Mason Says He Would Do A Pink Floyd Reunion
In an interview with NME, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason revealed that he would be up for a reunion of the band. There were rumors last year that the band would perform at the London 2012 Closing Ceremony of the Olympics, but they have only appeared together twice since 1985. Those appearances were at the 2005 Live 8 show and in May 2011 at singer/bassist Roger Waters’ The Wall Show at the O2 Arena in London.
Mason said during a Wall Street Journal debate on the ethics of music streaming that he was “ready to go”.
He said: “I would do it… I’m ready to go. I’m packed, I have my drum kit, a suitcase and a wash bag by my front door ready for it when I ever get the call. But I’m not holding my breath. Roger’s really happy doing his own show, and David [Gilmour] I really don’t think wants to do it – to have to deal with the whole business, the enormity of that project. I think Dave really enjoys operating on his own.“
He said a one-off reunion show was “unlikely but possible”, if there was a “good enough reason… an equivalent of Live Aid.”
Last week, it seemed that the relationship between the band members was getting better after Waters said he regretted taking legal action against them (he left in 1985 and sued Mason and Gilmour over the use of the band’s name and material). Mason said that since Waters just finished a “mega production” of The Wall tour, the idea of going on the road again with Pink Floyd “would be completely beyond him”.
He also explained why the band decided to finally allow their music to go on Spotify last month after a battle with record label EMI to keep the songs off of streaming services and iTunes.
He added: “You can’t turn the clocks back. We want people to listen to our albums in one piece, but we eventually had to accept that streaming’s probably the way forward. It’s the future.“