Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason praised Roger Waters’ re-recording of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon,’ calling it “absolutely brilliant.” Waters revealed earlier this year that he will re-record the legendary Pink Floyd album without his former bandmates. The original edition, which premiered in 1973, is regarded as one of the greatest records of all time, and this month marks its 50th anniversary. Drummer Nick Mason has now spoken out about his bandmate’s next CD, confirming that he has heard snatches of it.
“I heard rumours that Roger was working on his own version of it,” he stated after a screening of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ at London’s Dolby Atmos Immersive Studio. “There was this suggestion that this was going to be a spoiler, and Roger was going to go head-to-head with the original version, and so on.” “He actually sent me a copy of what he was working on, and I wrote to him and said, ‘Annoyingly, it’s absolutely brilliant!'” he added. It was and still is. It’s not a spoiler for the original in any way; it’s just a fascinating addition to the thing.” Mason is currently working with Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp to play early Pink Floyd songs as Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets.
The 79-year-old musician also highlighted why he believes in revisiting great tunes and presenting them in new ways, adding that it allows musicians to “develop” the original release. “One of the things I like about existing music is developing it or finding some extra quality in it,” he remarked. “I just like the idea of evolving music rather than preserving it exactly as it was.” This isn’t the first time the drummer has openly supported his former bandmate. Mason earlier this month signed a petition calling for the lifting of a restriction on one of Water’s future live gigs.
On May 28, the former Pink Floyd guitarist was scheduled to perform in Frankfurt, Germany as part of his current This Is Not A Drill tour. The concert, however, was canceled by Frankfurt City Council officials after accusations of anti-Semitism. Following the prohibition, a petition to appeal the ruling was established online, and signatures included Nick Mason, Eric Clapton, Brian Eno, and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. The petition currently has over 23,000 signatures. Following the concert ban, Waters threatened legal action, claiming that the decision was “unjustifiable” and violated his freedom of speech. The re-recorded version of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ by Roger Waters is set to be published in May.