I don’t know how I didn’t find out about this immediately. Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, the only member of the band to have appeared on every single Pink Floyd album, is returning to performing, with a group called Saucerful of Secrets. Joining him is recent Pink Floyd (and David Gilmour) bassist Guy Pratt, Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, Blockheads guitarist Lee Harris, and producer/composer Dom Beken (presumably on keyboards?).
(note…I had previously misidentified Mr. Harris as the TalkTalk drummer. My apologies)
The Saucerful of Secrets shows will focus heavily on Pink Floyd’s pre-Dark Side of the Moon days, with a special focus on their first two albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets. I imagine we might hear a few cuts from criminally underrated and nearly forgotten records like More and the studio half of the Ummagumma double album, too. Coincidentally, the news comes alongside a limited edition re-release of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and a renewed interest in the band’s early years, helped by the inclusion of “Interstellar Overdrive” in Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie.
The choice of venue for Saucerful of Secrets couldn’t possibly be more different than the kind of tours Pink Floyd bandmates David Gilmour and Roger Waters have mounted in the last few years. Waters is fond of giant arenas, the better to fulfill the theatrical and conceptual ambitions of the shows he puts on, while Gilmour has preferred large theaters with ambience, like the Hollywood Bowl or Radio City Music Hall (his 2016 tour did make an obligatory stop at Madison Square Garden, though). Instead, Saucerful of Secrets will play…in two London pubs. Yes, you read that right.
A whopping four dates were announced. The dates are May 20 (at London’s Dingwalls), May 21, May 23, and May 24 (all at London’s Half Moon). Of course, all four dates sold out immediately. Hopefully, Mr. Mason and friends decide that this is something that they want to do more often, and they’ll take this on the road…or even to the US. While this might be a little too niche for venues like Radio City Music Hall or Madison Square Garden, it’s easy to imagine this lineup doing great business in venues like Irving Plaza or The Bowery Ballroom.
I’ll update this if any US dates, or any additional dates at all, are announced.