Happy 73rd Birthday, Nick Mason
Posted January 27, 2017 by Floydian Slip
Happy 73rd Birthday, Nick Mason
Posted October 29, 2016 by Floydian Slip
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will host a live stream preview of video and audio from the upcoming “The Early Years” boxset.
The event takes place two days before the boxset release: 6:30 p.m. (GMT) Wednesday, Nov. 9, at YouTube Space London and will stream live on the official Pink Floyd YouTube channel.
Mason will participate in Q&A with fans during the event.
The official Floyd website will host a competition for tickets to attend the live event, and will take questions ahead of the event.
Learn more about “The Early Years” boxset, which releases Nov. 11.
Posted August 31, 2016 by Floydian Slip
“Their Mortal Remains,” a long-delayed exhibition devoted to Pink Floyd, will finally open in London next year.
Containing more than 350 items, promoters describe the show as an “immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey” through the 50-year history of the band.
Running May 13 to Oct. 1, 2017, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the show coincides with the 50th anniversary of Floyd’s debut 45 “Arnold Layne,” released in March 1967.
Drummer Nick Mason joined a flying pig outside the venue to announce the event today.
Admission ranges from £11 to £57. Tickets can be purchased online.
The exhibition was originally to open in Milan in September 2014. But Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoter of the event, issued a statement a month before launch saying the complexity of the installation made it impossible for the company to meet the timeline.
The London event, promoted by Michael Cohl and Iconic Entertainment Studios, has the involvement of all surviving members of the Floyd.
Thanks to Facebook’s TwentyThree DrumHead for the heads-up.
Posted January 27, 2016 by Floydian Slip
Happy 72nd Birthday, Nick Mason
Posted May 29, 2015 by Floydian Slip
Yesterday, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Nick Mason helped unveil a plaque honoring the band at the site of the former Regent Street Polytechnic in London.
Waters, Mason and Rick Wright studied architecture at the institution, now the University of Westminster, from 1962-65, when they formed the band with Syd Barrett.
Juliette Gale, first wife of Wright and also a former student of the school, also attended the event.
The plaque is the second to be installed as part of the Regent Street Heritage Plaque Program. The first was placed in 2012 on Heddon Street, the location of the cover art for David Bowie‘s 1972 album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.”
Posted May 29, 2014 by Floydian Slip
The childhood home of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is for sale.
The five-bedroom, two-bath West Sussex villa includes a separate cottage, boasts views of Chichester Harbour and is listed for £2.75 million (US $4.6 million).
Mason sold the property in 1985.
Posted April 17, 2014 by Floydian Slip
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and his wife, Annette, will host a charity auction at their Corsham, Wiltshire, home June 21 and 22.
The event will benefit Springboard Opportunity Group in Chippenham and the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.
“We wanted to support two different charities who impact on the lives of folk locally,” Nick says. “We thought about one for the elderly and one for the young.”
He’ll bake a cake to be auctioned.
“Nick is an excellent cook and often creates wonderful diner parties for our friends,” Annette says. “When his daughters and sons are home, he still makes a special biscuit with a secret recipe which I know includes Mars Bars.”
The couple’s home was once owned by the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured with the Masons at last year’s event).
Posted January 27, 2014 by Floydian Slip
He discovered the black and white footage while researching archival material to be used for exhibitions about the band.
It shows band members Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Syd Barrett backstage at some early gigs in the late-’60s
“There are some unseen bits and pieces,” Mason explains. “We have got a bit of backstage black and white footage — 8mm film — that we took ourselves.”
No word on when or how the footage might be made public.
Posted January 9, 2014 by Floydian Slip
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has signed 10 limited edition prints, which are being sold to benefit charity.
Digital Artist Tim Wakefield uses soundwaves as templates to create some pretty far out artwork. His Pink Floyd piece is title “Careful with That Axe, Eugene,” inspired by the 1968 song of the same name. The number was originally released as the B-side to the “Point Me at the Sky” single, and later appeared on the 1971 “Relics” compilation.
Ten prints of his Floyd piece, signed by Mason, along with works inspired by Alice Cooper, Kate Bush, Queen, Eric Clapton and many others are being sold at the Indiegogo site.
Sales of the prints benefit the War Child’s Children of Syria Appeal, which will create safe havens in Syrian refugee camps to help protect children affected by the conflict.
The Floyd piece is 40″ x 40″ and goes for $1,000.
Posted November 15, 2013 by Floydian Slip
But a new sample library from the Pink Floyd drummer can at least help you sound like him.
Mason’s created a sample library of his custom Ludwig “Black Kit” that promises to deliver a virtual recreation of the kit to be played with any MIDI keyboard or e-drum setup.
The sample library comes in FXPansion’s BFD2 format and includes mic channels that can be mixed for what’s being described by publisher Sonic Reality as “full album quality, vintage ’70s drums.”
The recording sessions for the samples were produced by Alan Parsons (“The Dark Side of the Moon”) using the same EMI mixing console Floyd did in the ’70s.
You can buy Nick Mason Drums online for $69/£43.
(Pictured, from left: Parsons, Sonic Reality’s Dave Kerzner, and Mason)