Review: Pink Floyd legend delivers a must-see concert experience

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets touched down Friday (March 15) at the Masonic, delivering a spellbinding evening of early-era Pink Floyd music for the fans who filled the San Francisco venue to capacity.

It was part of the band’s inaugural North American tour, which marks the first time Mason– who co-founded the British rock act Pink Floyd with vocalist-guitarist Syd Barrett, bassist Roger Waters and keyboardist Richard Wright in 1965 – has performed on this side of the pond since Floyd’s blockbuster Division Bell trek in 1994.

But one would have to go even further back – much, much further back – since there’s been an opportunity to see a show like the one Mason and company so wonderfully delivered at the Masonic.

Mr. @nickmasondrums has arrived at the fantastic @sfmasonic

— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic) March 16, 2019

The genius of this project is that is concentrates solely on Pink Floyd’s pre-1973 catalog, which significantly differentiates it from the classic-rock nostalgia fests that fellow Floyd mates Waters and, to a lesser extent, David Gilmour have been pedaling over the years.

“I knew I couldn’t play ‘Comfortably Numb’ better than David or Roger, or indeed even the Australian Pink Floyd [tribute band],” Mason told Rolling Stone magazine. “It became a matter of finding something else that engaged us.”

The result is a heady psychedelic workout that, simply put, all big Pink Floyd fans should experience.

And what makes it so necessary is that shines a much-needed spotlight on those early records – beginning with the 1967 debut “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” and continuing through 1972’s “Obscured by Clouds” – which are so often overlooked in favor of Floyd’s blockbuster later releases like “The Wall.”

Because, despite what classic rock radio would have you think, the Pink Floyd journey does not start with “Dark Side of the Moon” and it’s worth the time and energy for fans to get familiar with the works that led up to that 1973 masterpiece.

So glad I am here. @nickmasondrums @pinkfloyd @SpandauBallet

— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic) March 16, 2019

The drummer and his terrific band – consisting of Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris and keyboardist Dom Beken – kicked off the evening with a trip back to the beginning, opening the show with an epic workout of the “Interstellar Overdrive” from “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.”

The group stayed course through “Astronomy Domine” and “Lucifer Sam,” which also happen to be the first two tracks off “Piper,” before veering off into a gorgeous, acoustic-guitar-driven “Fearless,” from Floyd’s masterful 1971 release, “Meddle.”

Fearless @nickmasondrums @pinkfloyd @SpandauBallet

— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic) March 16, 2019

The whole band sounded terrific, but special recognition goes out to Kemp and Harris, who did a great job filling in for the guitar …read more

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