Nick Mason Makes a Pitch for Another Pink Floyd Reunion Concert

The drummer said he’d "love to be part of something" similar to Live 8 in 2005

Nick Mason, the drummer and founding member of Pink Floyd. He recently said he's open to another reunion concert.
Nick Mason attends the opening of "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains" at Vogue Multicultural Museum on September 2, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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In 2005, Pink Floyd’s 1970s lineup reunited to perform at the Live 8 benefit concert. Given the disagreements over the years between Roger Waters and David Gilmour — which eventually led to Waters’s departure from the band following The Final Cut — it was a striking instance of musicians putting aside their differences to benefit a worthy cause.

While that lineup of Pink Floyd won’t be seen again, given the 2008 death of keyboard player Richard Wright, at least one member still holds out hope that another reunion could happen. In a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Nick Mason indicated his interest in getting the band back together for the right cause.

“If there was someone who was capable of assembling bands, I’d love to be part of something,” 78-year-old Mason told Ultimate Classic Rock. The drummer clarified that his interest would be “to use music for good or social change in the right way.”

Given that there still seems to be tension between Waters and Gilmour, it isn’t clear how likely such a theoretical reunion would be. But Mason does seem to maintain cordial relations with both men — Mason and Gilmour released a new Pink Floyd song earlier this year, and Waters has joined Mason’s band Saucerful of Secrets on stage.

Would-be organizers of large-scale benefit concerts, take note: it doesn’t hurt to be ambitious.

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