NICK MASON’S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS

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In his book published in 2004, Nick Mason, Pink Floyd’s historic drummer, relates, with a delectable sense of humour, the band’s early years. He describes Syd Barrett as a “mad captain”, soon to be thrown overboard by the “cruel commander” Roger Waters, himself quickly deposed by the “seaman” David Gilmour... And to conclude: “I contented myself to be the cook”. The cook he might be, but with the profile of a starred chef... As for a year now, backed by a group baptised Saucerful of Secrets, Mason gives renditions of the Floyd’s repertoire which - as notably seen in a sold-out Olympia in Paris - have conquered the community of fans however demanding their ears can be. Focused on the band’s fiery psychedelic years (1967-1972) including its bravura pieces (Atom Heart Mother, Interstellar Overdrive...). Mason celebrates the art of Pink Floyd with no flying pig extravaganza or wall tear down brick by brick... And for good reason: it is the music and the music only, one of the most inventive of the 60’s to 70’s transition, that is championed here with an unremitting level of requirement and passion.