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Nick Mason, the legendary Pink Floyd drummer, will return after more than half a century to play songs by the legendary British band in Pompeii.
He will be in concert there on July 24, 2023, playing together with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, his personal group with which he only performs Floyd songs. Mason had played in Pompeii with the rest of the original band in 1971, on the occasion of a legendary performance (which also became a concert film).
The group he will play with includes musicians Dom Beken, Lee Harris, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt.
The concert in Italy is part of their European tour, a tour that consists of nine summer dates in Europe. At the end of the summer, the band will fly to Australia, where they will start a new tour next September.
You can watch the official tweet from the band Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets announcing the concert in the post at the bottom of this article.
The concert will not take place in the amphitheater of the original Pink Floyd live
The official statement of the band, entrusted to Twitter in these hours, announces that the concert will be held on July 24, 2023. Tickets for the show will be on sale from today, Wednesday March 22, so certainly by sunset many fans by Mason and several Pink Floyd nostalgics will rush to secure a place at the Teatro Grande in Pompeii.
Unfortunately the amphitheater is not currently available for concerts, as Mason and his associates inform in the official press release, so the group will have to “make do” with the still wonderful Gran Teatro in the park of the archaeological ruins. So the scenario will not be exactly what it was 52 years ago, when Nick Mason performed with Roger Waters and company at the amphitheater, in an atmosphere that was nothing short of breathtaking.
Speaking of Roger Waters, Nick Mason recently signed a petition to overturn the decision not to let his former bandmate play. In fact, the co-founder of Pink Floyd has recently seen many concert dates of his European tour canceled due to controversial statements that the Pink Floyd singer and guitarist made about Russia, Ukraine, Zelensky, Putin and Israel .
The petition in support of former bandmate Roger Waters
Mason is a co-signer of the petition, which is still active on the Change.org website.
The petition in support of Roger Waters, who was banned from performing in Frankfurt after being accused of anti-Semitism, has collected the signatures of many other musicians, including Eric Clapton, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel. And not just musicians: among the many names of those who are signing in these hours we can also read those of sacred monsters of the seventh art, such as the actress Susan Sarandon and the director Ken Loach.
The text of the petition reads: “Waters’ criticisms of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians are part of his long-term advocacy for human rights around the world. Waters believes ‘all of our brothers and sisters around the world, regardless of the color of their skin or the depth of their pockets, deserve equal human rights under the law.’
Below we show you the tweet of the band Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets announcing the concert in Pompeii.