PINK FLOYD'S NICK MASON RECEIVES COVETED ROYAL HONOR

May 6, 2019
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is the second member of the band to receive a royal honor. On May 2nd, Mason received his CBE, or Commander of the British Empire -- an honorary title that ranks just below knight. Guitarist David Gilmour was awarded the CBE back in 2003.

Mason, who the sole member to have been in every different lineup of Pink Floyd since its formation in 1965, spoke about chatting with Prince William who presented him with the honor at Buckingham Palace. He explained to The Independent that he and the Duke of Cambridge -- who served as an air ambulance helicopter pilot -- had a few things in common: "What was quite nice was I’ve met him very briefly before and one thing we do share is flying helicopters. Cars are my thing, originally when they told me I’d got this award they said it’s for music -- I thought they were going to say it’s for services to the used car trade. But if you fly helicopters there’s always a whole bunch of things you end up talking about."

Mason recently wrapped a string on North America with his Floyd tribute band, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, which dives deep into the band's era prior to 1973's The Dark Side Of The Moon. Back on April 18th at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre, Roger Waters was the band's surprise guest performing a rendition of Pink Floyd's 1968 classic “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun."

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets will next perform on July 3rd in Wiblinger Sommerkonzerte, Germany.

SIDE NOTES

Set for release on June 30th is the 25th anniversary vinyl release of Pink Floyd's 1994 album, The Division Bell. The limited-edition two-album set, which is available for pre-order via shop.pinkfloyd.com "will be available on translucent blue vinyl echoing the original limited blue vinyl release in 1994." 

The Division Bell was originally released on March 28th, 1994, and marked Floyd's second album without Roger Waters. It was produced by David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin, who is best known for his work on The Wall, along with seminal albums by Kiss, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and Peter Gabriel, among others.

Gilmour's then-new wife, Polly Samson is listed as a co-writer on seven of the album’s 11 tracks.