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Nick Mason


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4.02 | 7 ratings

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4 stars It was while participating in The V & A Museum's Pink Floyd exhibition last year that Mason started to feel the need to play again the drums live. And it's Lee Harris and Guy Pratt that approached Nick with the idea of forming this band. Guy Pratt has been touring for a long time with David Gilmour. The band didn't want to copy the music like those tribute bands. It was the opportunity to improvise and rework the songs. But what's the big difference if you haven't noticed yet it's the choice to cover the old songs before Dark Side of the Moon which is unusual for tribute bands of Pink Floyd.

So with a setlist of old songs from Pink Floyd first period some from Syd Barrett, we can expect a variety of styles from heavy rock, space, psychedelic, and pop. Some long instrumental songs like '' Set the Control for the Heat of the Sun'' provide more satisfaction for a Prog fan. The song ''Interstellar Overdrive'' with is great riff is the highlight of the show, it feels that there's a little momentum lost after this great song, but it picks up again later with more good music.

The members of the band seem to enjoy playing especially when they make eye contact with each other with a smile on their faces. The concert is a bit short, but I don't think they could add more great songs from that era. Being a follower mostly from the Meddle period and up to the Wall, I still enjoy listening to some of their old tracks.

If the band didn't want to copy the music like others Pink Floyd tribute bands, it is a special tribute album live of Pink Floyd that has the merit to play some songs rarely played in the past years.

I can't say anything wrong with the picture quality and sound of this concert. There's some special effect in the editing of the show but not too much. As for the voice of Spandau Ballet singer Gary Kemp and longtime bass player Guy Pratt, they were not trying to imitate Syd or David, but at times the voice of Gary had some similarity with David. You can watch the concert with interviews or without. In conclusion, this a refreshing take of some old songs... that will bring nostalgia for some who have loved the first period of one of the most influential bands of rock music, and some fun to young fans who want to discover the bands that their father always talk...

rdtprog | 4/5 |


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