Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 29th Sept. 2018

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets are an English psychedelic rock band. They were formed in 2018 by drummer Nick Mason and Blockheads guitarist Lee Harris to perform music from the early Pink Floyd catalogue. In an interview with Uncut Magazine, Nick Mason said he wanted to “capture the spirit of the era”. As well as Nick Mason and Lee Harris, the band includes Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, Pink Floyd touring musician, Guy Pratt and keyboard player, Dom Beken.

Emma Tricca

Support, Emma Tricca, playing an acoustic guitar and accompanied on electric guitar by Jason Victor delivered an engaging set, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Sadly their set was all too short and consisted of six songs: Winter, My Dear, Julian’s Wings, The Servant’s Room, November at My Door, Mars Is Asleep and Lost in New York. Emma has a beautiful voice and a very unique style, folk but different. I have added a couple of Emma’s CDs ( St Peter, Relic) to my wantlist.

A Saucerful of Secrets

The Saucerful of Secrets’ set was preceded by a soundscape of weird Floydian noises, little extracts from Pink Floyd material, which served to heighten the sense of anticipation of the sell-out crowd, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the band on stage. The band opened with Interstellar Overdrive and then straight into Astronomy Domine, which instantly transported us back to the psychedelic sixties and nights at the UFO club. The sound quality was excellent, nicely loud and accompanied by an ever changing light show, complete with effects like an oil wheel – straight from the sixties. Occasional film of the the original Pink Floyd enhanced the show.

The whole evening was full of classics from the Floyd’s early psychedelic albums: The Piper At The Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, More, Obscured by Clouds, Meddle and Atom Heart Mother. There were a couple of moving moments when the band remembered Syd Barrett and Rick Wright.

Set List:

Intro: Soundscape
Interstellar Overdrive
Astronomy Domine
Lucifer Sam
Obscured by Clouds
When You’re In
Arnold Layne
Vegetable Man
If / Atom Heart Mother / If (reprise)
The Nile Song
Green Is The Colour
Let There Be More Light
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
See Emily Play
One Of These Days

A Saucerful Of Secrets
Point Me At The Sky

The highlight for me was when Nick Mason started playing the gong at the start of Set the Controls to the Heart of the Sun then moving on to the spine-tingling, pounding drums of the main part of the song, proving what an awesome drummer he is. This has always been one of my favourite Floyd songs. The only downside for me was the inclusion of the Liverpool Kop singing at the end of Fearless, it didn’t add anything to the original and still doesn’t.

But, all in all an utterly unforgettable evening. I believe there are plans to tour again next year, hopefully I’ll get to see them again.

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