Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets are an English psychedelic rock band formed in 2018 by drummer Nick Mason and guitarist Lee Harris to perform the early music of Mason's band Pink Floyd. The band also includes Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet on guitars and vocals and longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Guy Pratt on bass and vocals.[1] Mason said the group were not a tribute band, but wanted to "capture the spirit" of the era; he stressed that Kemp was not a replacement for original Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett, who left the band in 1968.[2]

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets
The members of Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets bowing after a show at the O2 Apollo Manchester in 2018
The members of Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets bowing after a show at the O2 Apollo Manchester in 2018
Background information
OriginUnited Kingdom
Genres
Years active2018 (2018)–present
Associated acts
Members

The band made their live debut in May 2018 in front of an invited audience at Dingwalls in London, playing a selection of Pink Floyd material released before their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon.[3] This was followed by three small shows at the Half Moon, Putney[4] and a European tour in September 2018.[5]

HistoryEdit

In 2016, Mason curated the box set The Early Years 1965-1972, which documents Pink Floyd's psychedelic work before Dark Side of the Moon. The set contains much live material from the period that Mason wished to revisit on his 2018 tour. Songs such as "Astronomy Domine", "Green Is the Colour", "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", "A Saucerful of Secrets" and "One of These Days" were staples of Floyd shows from 1969 to 1972.

"I didn't want to go out and be doing another Australian Pink Floyd, or what Roger's doing [or] what David does," Mason noted. "I thought it needed to be something a bit different after the V&A exhibition – which I've really enjoyed doing, but you end up feeling like you belong to English Heritage. Everything you talk about and do is something that happened forty years ago. It was actually beginning to make me feel a bit old. So it was the right time."[6]

Some songs performed on the 2018 tour – such as "Lucifer Sam", "Arnold Layne", "Bike" and "Fearless" – were never performed live by Pink Floyd's early incarnations, save for mimed TV appearances. (Although "Arnold Layne" was frequently performed on David Gilmour's 2006 tour and by Gilmour, Mason, and Richard Wright at The Madcap's Last Laugh, a Syd Barrett tribute show in May 2007. And "Lucifer Sam" was performed by Syd Barrett's short-lived band Stars in 1972.) "Vegetable Man", recorded in 1967, was first released as part of the Early Years boxset in 2016.

On 18 April 2019, Mason's former Floyd bandmate Roger Waters surprised the audience at the Beacon Theatre by joining the band to sing "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun".[7]

In autumn 2019 Mason announced a 2020 April/May UK & Ireland tour called More Games for May. The tour was postponed until October owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 30 January 2020, Mason announced a live album and film, titled Live at the Roundhouse[8] – a trailer for which was released via the Pink Floyd YouTube channel. Recorded during 3 May and 4 May 2019 at the Roundhouse in London, the album, DVD, and Blu-ray are to be released on 17 April 2020.[8]

BandEdit

Set listEdit

  1. "Interstellar Overdrive"
  2. "Astronomy Domine"
  3. "Lucifer Sam"
  4. "Fearless"
  5. "Obscured by Clouds" / "When You're In"
  6. "Remember a Day" (added March 2019)
  7. "Arnold Layne"
  8. "Vegetable Man" (added September 2018)
  9. "If" / "Atom Heart Mother (excerpt)" / "If (reprise)" (added September 2018)
  10. "The Nile Song"
  11. "Green Is the Colour"
  12. "Let There Be More Light"
  13. "Childhood's End" (added 12 March 2019; added to this position from 13 March 2019)
  14. "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"
  15. "See Emily Play"
  16. "Bike"
  17. "One of These Days"

Encore:

  1. "A Saucerful of Secrets"
  2. "Point Me at the Sky" (dropped on 12 March 2019 and replaced by "Childhood's End", which was played before "A Saucerful of Secrets" in the encore. Restored to this position from 13 March 2019 onwards.)

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Supporting act
Pre-tour shows
20 May 2018 London England Dingwalls none
21 May 2018 The Half Moon
23 May 2018
24 May 2018
Europe 2018
2 September 2018 Stockholm Sweden Cirkus Emma Tricca[9][10]
3 September 2018 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Black Box
4 September 2018 Rostock Germany Moya
6 September 2018 Amsterdam Netherlands Royal Theatre Carré
8 September 2018 Antwerp Belgium Stadsschouwburg
9 September 2018 Luxembourg City Luxembourg Den Atelier
10 September 2018 Paris France Olympia
11 September 2018 Düsseldorf Germany Mitsubishi Electric Halle
13 September 2018 Hamburg Laeiszhalle
15 September 2018 Stuttgart Liederhalle – Beethovensaal
16 September 2018 Berlin Tempodrom
17 September 2018 Leipzig Haus Auensee
19 September 2018 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle, Hall F
20 September 2018 Milan Italy Teatro degli Arcimboldi
21 September 2018 Zürich Switzerland Samsung Hall
23 September 2018 Portsmouth England Portsmouth Guildhall
24 September 2018 London The Roundhouse
25 September 2018 Birmingham Symphony Hall
27 September 2018 Manchester O2 Apollo Manchester
28 September 2018 Glasgow Scotland SEC Armadillo
29 September 2018 Nottingham England Royal Concert Hall
North America 2019
12 March 2019 Vancouver Canada Queen Elizabeth Theatre Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly[11]
13 March 2019 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre
15 March 2019 San Francisco SF Masonic Auditorium
16 March 2019 Los Angeles The Wiltern
17 March 2019
19 March 2019 Phoenix Comerica Theatre
21 March 2019 Denver Paramount Theatre
24 March 2019 Dallas The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
25 March 2019 Houston Jones Hall
27 March 2019 Miami Beach The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
29 March 2019 Atlanta Tabernacle
31 March 2019 St Louis Stifel Theatre
1 April 2019 Milwaukee Riverside Theatre
3 April 2019 Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre
4 April 2019 Chicago Chicago Theatre
5 April 2019 Indianapolis Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
7 April 2019 Columbus Palace Theatre
8 April 2019 Akron Akron Civic Theatre
9 April 2019 Detroit The Fillmore Detroit
11 April 2019 Buffalo Shea's Performing Arts Center
12 April 2019 Wallingford Toyota Oakdale Theatre
13 April 2019 Boston Orpheum Theatre
15 April 2019 Montreal Canada Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
16 April 2019 Toronto Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
18 April 2019 New York City United States Beacon Theatre
19 April 2019
20 April 2019 Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House
22 April 2019 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
United Kingdom 2019
29 April 2019 Cardiff Wales St. David's Hall McNally Waters[12]
30 April 2019 Aylesbury England Friars
1 May 2019 Cambridge Corn Exchange
3 May 2019 London The Roundhouse
4 May 2019
Europe 2019
3 July 2019 Ulm Germany Klosterhof Wiblingen none
5 July 2019 Augst Switzerland Augusta Raurica Anathema
6 July 2019 Nîmes France Arena of Nîmes none
8 July 2019 Chieti Italy Arena La Civitella
10 July 2019 Valletta Malta Mediterranean Conference Centre
12 July 2019 Taormina Italy Teatro antico di Taormina
14 July 2019 Ravenna Palazzo Mauro de André
16 July 2019 Rome Cavea, Auditorium Parco della Musica
17 July 2019 Perugia Arena Santa Giuliana
18 July 2019 Brescia Piazza della Loggia
20 July 2019 Sankt Goarshausen Germany Freilichtbühne Loreley
21 July 2019 Lyon France Ancient Theatre of Fourvière
23 July 2019 Amsterdam Netherlands RAI Theatre
25 July 2019 Prague Czech Republic Lucerna palace
27 July 2019 Warsaw Poland Arena COS Torwar
More Games for May – Europe 2020
23 April 2020 Guildford England G Live
24 April 2020 Brighton Brighton Dome
25 April 2020 Oxford New Theatre
27 April 2020 Ipswich The Regent
29 April 2020 Dublin Ireland The Convention Centre Dublin
1 May 2020 York England Barbican Theatre
2 May 2020 Leicester De Montfort Hall
4 May 2020 Southampton Mayflower Theatre
5 May 2020 Cardiff Wales St. David's Hall
7 May 2020 London England Royal Albert Hall
8 May 2020 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
9 May 2020 Sheffield City Hall
11 May 2020 Birmingham Symphony Hall
12 May 2020 Bath The Forum
14 May 2020 Gateshead The Sage
15 May 2020 Manchester O2 Apollo
16 May 2020 Edinburgh Scotland Usher Hall
18 May 2020 Brussels Belgium Cirque Royal
19 May 2020 Luxembourg City Luxembourg Den Atelier
20 May 2020 Freiburg Germany Konzerthaus
22 May 2020 Paris France Grand Rex
23 May 2020 Lucerne Switzerland KKL
24 May 2020 Nuremberg Germany Meistersinger Halle
26 May 2020 Vienna Austria Gasometer
27 May 2020 Prague Czech Republic Forum
28 May 2020 Frankfurt Germany Jahrhunderthalle
30 May 2020 Münster Münsterlandhalle
31 May 2020 Eindhoven Netherlands Muziekgebouw
2 June 2020 Hamburg Germany Laeiszhalle
3 June 2020 Berlin Tempodrom
5 June 2020 Randers Denmark Værket

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mazza, Ed (30 May 2018). "Pink Floyd Co-Founder Forms New Act To Play The Band's Earliest Songs". HuffPost UK. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ Richards, Sam (18 May 2018). "Why Nick Mason is rebooting Syd-era Pink Floyd – Uncut". Uncut. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ McCormick, Neil (21 May 2018). "Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets review, Dingwalls: thrilling return to weirdness of Sixties Pink Floyd". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ Hunt, El (17 April 2018). "Nick Mason to perform early Pink Floyd material with supergroup". NME. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  5. ^ Kielty, Martin. "Nick Mason's Pink Floyd Supergroup Announces Debut Tour". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  6. ^ Yates, Henry (July 2018). "Set the controls for 60s Floyd". Classic Rock. No. 250. p. 14.
  7. ^ "Roger Waters joined Nick Mason to play Pink Floyd at Beacon Theatre (watch)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  8. ^ a b "Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Live At The Roundhouse (Trailer)". 30 January 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Nick Mason (Official)". Facebook. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018. We're very pleased to be announcing that the amazing Emma Tricca will be joining Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour as support.
  10. ^ "Emma Tricca". Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Saucerful Of Secrets". Facebook. 4 February 2019. Just announced: English musician Sam Duckworth, known as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., will be supporting us during our North American tour
  12. ^ "McNally Waters". Facebook. 26 February 2019. We are excited to announce that McNally Waters will be supporting Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets UK tour!

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