“I don’t see the possibility of a reunion. The only possibility would be that a character equivalent to a Nelson Mandela would call an event to bring peace.” Nick Mason, the Pink Floyd drummer, who plays tonight at the Reggia di Stupinigi, near Turin, with his group Saucerful of Secrets, founded in 2018, which takes its name from the second album of Pink Floyd, and only plays early Pink Floyd songs. “Getting back on stage is a lot of fun. But I also enjoyed playing with Roger and David and look back with a lot of love. Pink Floyd may have lived through many divisions over the years, but never on stage, playing has always been fun.” notes Mason, who a few weeks ago released, alongside guitarist David Gilmour, the first Pink Floyd song in a long time, ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’, a collaboration with Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk. Ukraine: “I think it’s very very sad. By the way, we were supposed to play in both St. Petersburg and Moscow, we have fabulous fans there. But I very much doubt I’ll ever go back to Russia in my life. It’s a bitter disappointment.” And about the message they want to convey with this new song, Mason explains: “We all feel helpless, and that’s the saddest feeling. From my point of view, the message is this music, much better than making statements.” What music does Nick Mason listen to today? “I’m afraid I’m mostly listening to stuff from my peers: Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix, or Johnny Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt or the like. I’m not looking for new breakthroughs, not because new music isn’t good. It’s funny, but musically I think I’m ended up in a time trap. It happens, because when you are young music means more. “
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