Friday, November 26, 2010

Nick Mason reveals why he missed Pink Floyd reunion

Remember the Pink Floyd “mini-reunion” that happened over the summer?

In July, Roger Waters and David Gilmour teamed up for a benefit show in what amounted to a Pink Floyd mini-reunion.

The two played the Hoping Foundation benefit in Oxfordshire, England to a crowd of about 200 people. The event helped raise £350,000 for the charity, which collects funds to assist young Palestinian refugees. ‘Hoping’ stands for ‘Hope and Optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation’…

It’s the first time the duo have played publicly since the Pink Floyd reunion set at Live 8 in London back in 2005.

Well, news this week from Classic Rock magazine that drummer Nick Mason was to be a part of the event, but backed out due to the location: the home of UK socialite Jemima Khan.

In the December edition of Classic Rock, Mason discloses that he pulled out of what would have been Pink Floyd’s second reunion in almost 30 years after he discovered that Sir James Goldsmith’s daughter owned the Oxfordshire house, Kiddington Hall, where the concert was to be held.

“That particular event wasn’t right for a re-formation of Pink Floyd,” commented Mason. “I said I would do it, but it was a charity event for suits, and it felt wrong to turn a small thing into a big deal just because Jemima Khan was in attendance.

“Why play for a lot of posh totty instead of some of the other things we should save that up for – a Live 8 type of thing?”

See also:

Pink Floyd mini-reunion
Gilmour, Waters to reunite again
Pink Floyd mini-reunion video surfaces

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Live 8 – Hyde Park – London, UK - July 2, 2005