Pink Floyd's co-founding drummer Nick Mason is bringing his side project, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, to North America for the band's debut shows next spring. The 25-date trek marks Mason's first North American shows since Floyd's July 18th, 1994 concert at New Jersey's Giant Stadium. The tour kicks off on March 12th at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre and winds down on April 22nd at Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall.
Along the way, Mason and the band will be hitting Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Miami Beach, Atlanta, Toronto, New York, and other major cities. In addition to Mason, the band includes Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp on guitar, the Blockheads' Lee Harris on drums, latter-day Pink Floyd and David Gilmour bassist Guy Pratt, and composer Dom Beken — a collaborator of late-Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright.
Mason said in a statement announcing the 2019 dates, “With the help of some like-minded friends, I have embarked on a voyage of discovery of the music that was the launch pad of Pink Floyd and my working life. It seems too early to retire, and I missed the interaction with other musicians.” The Saucerful Of Secrets setlist are comprised of all early Floyd material, predating the 1973 classic, The Dark Side Of The Moon, with a heavy emphasis on the band's early era and the work of the band's original guiding force, the late-Syd Barrett.
Nick Mason told us that he and his bandmates — along with all of Syd Barrett's legion of fans — always wondered where Barrett would've gone if his over the top drug use coupled with both his emotional and mental problems hadn't cut him off artistically while still a relatively young man: “I certainly remember Syd as he was in the sort of, the very beginning of the band when he was a sort of real easy person to talk to, when he was extremely creative. I think the thing with Syd is that to some extent, that you reflect upon your sort of inability to do more for him, really, and one's so selfishness (sic) at the time. But, you have, to at the end of the day, you have to say, 'Well, we just didn't know any better.'” :
March 12 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre March 13 – Seattle, WA -The Paramount March 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic March 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern March 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre March 21 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre March 24 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory March 25 – Houston, TX – Jones Hall for the Performing Arts March 27 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater March 29 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle March 31 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre April 1 – Milwaukee, Wi – The Riverside Theater April 3 – Minneapolis, MS – Orpheum Theatre April 4 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre April 5 – Indianapolis, IN – The Old National Centre April 7 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre April 8 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre April 9 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit April 11 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Performing Arts Center April 12 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre April 13 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre April 15 – Montreal, QC – Place des Arts April 16 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts April 18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre April 22 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall April 29 – Cardiff, Wales – St. David’s Hall April 30 – Aylesbury, England – Friars May 1 – Cambridge, England – Corn Exchange May 3, 4 – London, England – Roundhouse
Source: Pulse of Radio