As the only figure to have appeared in every different edition of Pink Floyd, Nick Mason has a unique perspective on what tore them apart — and what it would take to get the remaining members back together.
The classic-era lineup of Pink Floyd last performed in 2005, when Mason, David Gilmour, the late Richard Wright and former member Roger Waters got back together for the Live 8 benefit concerts. The four hadn’t shared a stage together since June 17, 1981 at London’s Earls Court.
Mason says it would take another event like that for the subject to be broached again: “To do that, it would have to be another Live 8 — the equivalent of that,” Mason says. “I thought we showed that we could happily play together, for the right reasons. But I can’t see the enthusiasm for going back in the studio, and spending a lot of time trying to write together — particularly with David and Roger.”
Gilmour, Mason and Wright last appeared as Pink Floyd was 2007; Wright died in 2008. Gilmour has since released a well-received solo effort, 2006’s On an Island, while Waters has been touring a solo presentation of Pink Floyd’s The Wall — though Gilmour, memorably, joined him on stage in 2011. Since then, though, there hasn’t been any talk of getting back together.
“They absolutely feel that they want to go and do their own things,” Mason says. “Roger is not really interested in working with other people. He’s got enough stuff to do on his own, and I think David feels pretty well the same.”
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