Nick Mason has revealed that he would be interested in a Pink Floyd reunion.
There were rumours last year that the prog band’s classic line-up would perform at last year’s London 2012 Closing Ceremony, but they have only appeared together twice since 1985 – once for 2005 charity fundraiser gig Live 8 and again in May 2011 during singer and bassist Roger Waters’ The Wall Show at London’s O2 Arena.
Speaking to NME at the The Wall Street Journal’s pop-up
Tech Café in London’s Silicon Roundabout for a debate on the ethics of music streaming services, however, Mason said he was “ready to go” if the group’s classic line-up decided to play together again – although he warned that they were unlikely to reunite unless it was for a modern “equivalent of Live Aid”.
“I would do it… I’m ready to go,” he said when asked about the prospects of a reunion. “I’m packed, I have my drum kit, a suitcase and a wash bag by my front door ready for it when I ever get the call. But I’m not holding my breath.”
He added: “Roger’s really happy doing his own show, and David [Gilmour] I really don’t think wants to do it – to have to deal with the whole business, the enormity of that project. I think Dave really enjoys operating on his own.” Mason also said that a one-off reunion show was “unlikely but possible” if it were in the even which had a “good enough reason… an equivalent of Live Aid.”
Last week, it appeared as it relations between members of Pink Floyd had improved after Waters admitted he regretted having taken legal action against the band – he left the group in 1985 and subsequently pursued former bandmates Mason and Gilmour through the courts for their continued use of the Pink Floyd name and material. Mason said that, with Waters having just completed a “mega production” of his The Wall tour, the prospect of going on the road again with Pink Floyd “would be completely beyond him”.
The drummer also explained the band’s decision to launch their music on Spotify after a lengthy battle with record label EMI to keep their songs off free streaming services and iTunes. “You can’t turn the clocks back,” Mason told NME. “We want people to listen to our albums in one piece, but we eventually had to accept that streaming’s probably the way forward. It’s the future.”
Earlier this year, Pink Floyd’s back catalogue arrived on Spotify after fans streamed their song ‘Wish You Were Here’ one million times. The majority of the British band’s music had previously been unavailable on the music streaming service, however fans were offered the chance by the band to unlock their back catalogue if the one Pink Floyd song on Spotify, ‘Wish You Were Here’, was streamed one million times.