Friday, 28 September 2018

It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here

Last night I was fortunate enough to be able to see Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets. It's something I've been looking forward to a great deal as not only is Nick my favourite living member of Pink Floyd, but he's using these concerts to celebrate the often overlooked early era of the band during and just after Syd Barrett.

I saw Roger Waters earlier in the year, and really wasn't sure what to expect of Nick. Unlike Roger who was one of the frontmen of Pink Floyd, Nick was the drummer so it's not like he'd be lending his vocals or anything. I was also apprehensive as Syd's era of the band means so very much to me. Thankfully, I really needn't of worried, it was an absolutely fantastic night.

What I loved most was just how much the band were very clearly enjoying themselves. When Pink Floyd began, they played long improvised set lists which were essentially extended jam sessions, and Saucerful of Secrets stayed true to their namesake and provided just that and created the essence of Syd, Rick, and Roger (and Nick of course!). It was incredible hearing all of the psychedelic sound effects live, I’m not a musician so it really impressed me seeing how those sounds are actually created live on stage. They also included some lesser known tracks such as Vegetable Man, and tracks such as Lucifer Sam, Bike, and Fearless which were never played live by Pink Floyd.

Nick was incredibly humble and sweet, and made sure to give recognition to Syd which caused the whole theatre to erupt in applause which was incredibly special. It really did feel like a tribute to him, and it makes my heart so happy knowing that my favourite living member of Pink Floyd paid him such respect.

It was difficult to take pictures as the light effects obscured the band, which felt exactly how it should be. That was the initial reasoning for the psychedelic oil projections, to allow Pink Floyd to disappear into the background and ensure that their music took precedence. During Arnold Layne there was a reel playing clips of Nick behind his drum kit during the early years, and it was wonderful seeing him sitting in front of this at his drum kit once more. Several times during the show I had tears in my eyes, thinking of Syd and Rick and how much the music of Pink Floyd means to me.

I hadn't intended to buy anything, but naturally I couldn't resist! Syd is incredibly special to me, and I'm always up for adding another shirt to my collection. I love that it's maroon too, far too many music tshirts are black which is so dull! They were also selling a couple of bits and pieces that Nick had signed, so I grabbed a drum head. This is now the second item I own signed by him as he's also signed my copy of his autobiography.

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets have extended their tour and are going to be annoucing North American dates soon (and further I hope!). I really can't remommend them enough, even if you're not as nutty about Pink Floyd as I am it's a wonderful glimpse into the psychedelic clubs of the 1960s!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you had such a wonderful night! It's great that the tshirt came in a maroon colour. I agree, too many band tshirts are made in black, I much prefer a colour like this. :)


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