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Old 04-24-2017, 08:29 PM
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If you are a covers band and you want an audience, dont play prog.
Mainly originals...we have a few covers just to reel people back in when they're getting fatigued. We've very careful what we choose. It's mental though what people enjoy listening to sometimes !
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Old 04-24-2017, 09:46 PM
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Not the most technical player but like others have said perfect for Pink Floyd.

A big compliment I can say is that I never listen to his drumming and pick faults in it or think "he should have done this instead" his playing is very classy and perfect for the song so I have nothing but respect for his playing.

Came across really well in his autobiography, loved that he could poke fun in himself and his playing at times. Shows a really good (and dry) sense of humour in the book.

I've also met him in person and he was a nice chap to both myself and my partner. A signed drum clock/head hangs proudly in my drum room.

Great musical drummer. Much respect to him.
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Old 04-24-2017, 10:12 PM
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Hey guys thanks for all the posts, and also the title of his book.

I found another forum's topic on this:

http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/thread...rummer.265165/

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Old 04-24-2017, 10:48 PM
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The same with most Floyd songs.


I remember coming off stage at a festival a few years back, a brief conversation with another (slightly cocky) drummer went something like this;

Drummer: Don't you get bored playing Comfortably Numb?

Me: Why would you ask that?

Drummer: Because it's so slow & simple, I think I'd fall asleep.

Me: Have you ever played that song?

Drummer: No.

Me: Come & speak to me again when you have, & it sounded good.

Very well said, slow with space is very difficult, your last comment captures that perfectly
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:27 PM
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Nicks playing never steps on the beauty of the music he is involved with.

He makes clear statements on songs like Speak To Me (opening track to Dark Side Of The Moon) that are easy to digest by a non-musician audience without sounding condescending or simplistic.

He selected tambres that were unique (roto-toms, bells, etc) and adventurous at the time.

I would say that Nick is a quality musician worth study and respect.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:23 AM
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I think Nick was pleased not to play on The Final Cut as, apparently, Waters was so far up his own a**e by that point that even the very mild mannered Gilmour said "It was a horrible album to make". My least favorite Floyd album as I see it more of a Roger Waters solo rant.
True, and I wouldn't say all of Roger Waters' solo stuff is great (although all of it is interesting and "Amused to Death" IS great) ...

But for the same reason, once Waters left Floyd I found it a pretty lame band. With Mason off driving cars it was really Gilmour's solo band by then.
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Old 04-25-2017, 10:48 AM
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True, and I wouldn't say all of Roger Waters' solo stuff is great (although all of it is interesting and "Amused to Death" IS great) ...

But for the same reason, once Waters left Floyd I found it a pretty lame band. With Mason off driving cars it was really Gilmour's solo band by then.
I think every band has an era and Floyds was up before Waters left. Having said that The Division Bell is a cracking album, and the Pulse tour was for me one of there best.
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Personally, I think Nick Mason is a great drummer and a good friend of mine.

HAHAHA I was waiting for someone to bring that up.

I think Floyd Mason needs to change his name.
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:27 AM
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I think every band has an era and Floyds was up before Waters left. Having said that The Division Bell is a cracking album, .
^ This.

I agree the Final Cut is a Water's solo album under the Pink Floyd name. And not a very good album.

I'd also agree A Momentary Lapse of Reason is essentially a Gilmour solo album, and while decent enough, isn't very Pink Floyd like.

But The Division Bell is really good. Likely due to the fact it was the first album in a long time that Gilmour, Mason and Wright actually collaborated like a band.
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Old 04-26-2017, 04:40 PM
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I don't know what you guys are talking about. I love The Final Cut. The strife in the band doesn't bother me, I just love the music.
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Old 04-26-2017, 06:49 PM
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If I could play like Nick Mason, I wouldn't be making cymbals.

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Old 04-26-2017, 07:03 PM
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I don't know what you guys are talking about. I love The Final Cut. The strife in the band doesn't bother me, I just love the music.
I think The Final Cut makes a lot more sense if you're an British leftie. It might translate but most of the songs are born of Water's Socialist leanings and a lot of it refers to events in British history from the Second World War onwards.

Works for me! But then, I am pretty much the target audience - just the wrong age.
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:21 PM
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PS is my "desert isle" band.

If you ask me about the drummer Mason, I say is a very lame drummer. Not always in time, not good-sounding, often making mistakes live. (Pompeii in one of these days, a lot of bootleg cano only confir that).
If I were a musician, I would have hider mason to record a record? Surely not.

If you ask me about the Musician, his role and "fit" in the Pink Floyd, is a great part of that sound. One of the four parts that made that sound and songs UNIQUE.
Pink Floyd without Mason will be as unique as they were (for me, till 1983)? No, the same if you put apart Gilmour, Waters, Wright.


Generally speaking: music is always tecnique. Is mainly emotion and genius. That was Mason WITH the PF.
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:52 PM
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Floyd fan here. Only been playing about 15 months so far. Comfortably Numb was the first song I learned to play all the way through. Yeah, it's pretty easy but it taught me how to play deliberately softer (especially on my ride) and control cymbal wash...

My wife likes it when I play Floyd, it's much quieter in the house.

I want to learn Us & Them but the chorus parts are killing me..I can't hear the drums that well, even in a good recording of the song, during the chorus so I can't figure out the timing...
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:23 AM
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I just leave this here.

Nick Mason and Gary wallis during my favorite concert, the "The Division Bell Tour" (so sad I didn't got to be there).

The master and the apprentice, who became the master himself by teaching his master when they embarked on a world tour. This because the master wasn't quite up to the task for it at the start. However Its said that he got back into shape very quick and played a lot more and steady as the tour went on.

Floydian for life. Went on a road trip to Gilmour in Belgium. Trip of my life. Best concert ive went too (rain and all during Comfortably Numb in the dark knight))
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