Roger Waters, David Gilmour "Happier" Away From Each Other, Says Nick Mason

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

February 27, 2019

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is happy to be performing his iconic band's music in concert again with his Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets project.

He says the only thing better than playing with his new band would be reuniting with his own band.

"I'm ready," he said of a possible reunion in a new interview on Talkin' Rock With Meltdown, "but I'm certainly not going to hold my breath."

Mason remains on good terms with both of his surviving Pink Floyd band mates Roger Waters and David Gilmour, although the pair has a famously fraught relationship.

The drummer explains that Waters and Gilmour are "happier doing their own things and not working together."

Last December, Mason attempted to clarify the frostiness between Waters and Gilmour in an interview with Rolling Stone.

"It's a really odd thing in my opinion," Mason said. "But I think the problem is Roger doesn't really respect David. He feels that writing is everything, and that guitar playing and the singing are something that — I won't say anyone can do — but that everything should be judged on the writing rather than the playing."

Waters was Pink Floyd's primary songwriter and conceptual leader during his tenure in the band from 1965 to 1985. Gilmour joined the band in 1967 as co-guitarist with Syd Barrett; he became the band's sole guitarist and lead singer after Barrett left the following year.

Following Waters' departure in the mid-'80s, Gilmour took the lead in the group. Mason says it's never sat well with Waters that Pink Floyd continued on without him.

Mason also said in his Rolling Stone interview that he doubts Pink Floyd will tour again. He holds out hope that Waters and Gilmour can someday reconcile.

Mason's Saucerful of Secrets celebrates Pink Floyd's early work from the band's psychedelic period from the late-'60s to early-'70s. The group has North American tour dates booked through April.

Get all the tour dates here.

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