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Set the controls for early Pink Floyd with Nick Mason in Boston

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets plays pre-"Dark Side of the Moon" Floyd music at the Shubert Jan. 21.

Jill Furmanovsky
Nick Mason was a drummer and founding member for Pink Floyd. His new band, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, will make stops in Providence and Boston on their latest tour.

When Pink Floyd started playing their unique brand of psychedelic rock – with hints of folk and country music at the edges – in 1965, Nick Mason was the band’s drummer. Though other members came and went, Mason stayed with them right through their final show in 1994.

An avid sports car collector who has also raced in five 24-hour Le Mans competitions, Mason never got around to putting down his sticks, and three years ago formed Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets (from the song on and title of the 1968 Pink Floyd album). A world tour brought them to Boston in 2019, and they’re returning on Jan. 21, performing music that was written and recorded well before Pink Floyd became an international sensation with the release of their breakthrough album “The Dark Side of the Moon” in 1973.


On what’s been dubbed the “Echoes Tour,” Mason, back behind the drum kit, will be joined by Gary Kemp (guitar), Guy Pratt (bass), Lee Harris (guitar), and Dom Beken (keyboards) for a re-visit to music from Pink Floyd’s early catalogue. So, expect to hear the likes of, among others, “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,” “Astronomy Domine,” and the kind-of-creepy “One of These Days.”

The show will be a great chance for audiences to experience the music of Pink Floyd in the intimate space of the Shubert Theatre rather than the arena settings their popularity once demanded. It will also let fans discover what songs they were playing in the years leading up to “Dark Side.”

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