About Nick Mason
Nicholas Berkeley Mason, CBE is an English drummer, best known as a founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd.
Mason is the only Pink Floyd member to have been featured on all of their studio albums, and the only constant member of the band since its formation in 1965. It is estimated that as of 2010, the group have sold over 250 million records worldwide. Mason co-wrote Pink Floyd compositions such as "Echoes", "Time", "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" and "One of These Days". In 2018 he formed a new band, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, to perform music from Pink Floyd's early years.
The son of documentary film maker Bill Mason, he was born in Birmingham but brought up in Hampstead, London , attending the Hall School, Hampstead, and afterwards studying at Frensham Heights School, near Farnham, Surrey. He later studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic , where he teamed up with Roger Waters, Bob Klose and Richard Wright in 1964 to form Pink Floyd's predecessor, Sigma 6.
Mason has been the drummer on every Pink Floyd album. The only Pink Floyd songs whose composition is credited solely to Mason are "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party Parts 1–3" and "Speak to Me" . The track "Nick's Boogie" was named after him.
The only times Mason's voice has been included on Pink Floyd's albums are "Corporal Clegg", the single spoken line in "One of These Days" and spoken parts of "Signs of Life" and "Learning to Fly" from A Momentary Lapse of Reason. He does, however, sing lead vocals on two unreleased but heavily bootlegged tracks, "Scream Thy Last Scream" , penned by original leader Syd Barrett and "The Merry Xmas Song" . In live performances of the song "Sheep", he did the spoken section.
Despite legal conflicts over ownership of the name "Pink Floyd", which began when Waters left the group in 1985 and lasted roughly seven years, Waters and Mason are as of 2010 on good terms. Mason joined Waters on the last two nights of his 2002 world tour to play drums on the Pink Floyd song "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", and he also played drums on some concerts of Waters' European tour in 2006, and during performances in Los Angeles and New York City in the United States.
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