Nick Mason has recently sat down with Rolling Stone to revisit the long-running quarrel between his bandmates, Roger Waters and David Gilmour.
I think it’s really disappointing that these rather elderly gentlemen are still at loggerheads
Mason hopes that the two are able to put aside their differences before it's too late.
“I live in hope,” Mason tells Rolling Stone. “I mean, I don’t think we’re going to tour as Pink Floyd again. But it would seem silly at this stage of our lives to still be fighting.”
Mason thinks that Gilmour's decision to carry on as Pink Floyd without Waters in 1985 was the root of their quarrel.
“I think it rankles with Roger that he made a sort of error in a way that he left the band assuming that without him it would fold,” says Mason. “It’s a constant irritation, really, that he’s still going back to it. I’m hesitant to get too stuck into this one, just because it’s between the two of them rather than me. I actually get along with both of them, and I think it’s really disappointing that these rather elderly gentlemen are still at loggerheads.”
For about 20 years, Pink Floyd went on without Waters, causing more significant frictions between Waters and Gilmour. However, on a rare occasion in 2005, the two had come together for a triumphant reunion set at Live 8.
When Gilmour announced the one-off reunion set, he said, "Any squabbles Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in this context, and if re-forming for this concert will help focus attention then it's got to be worthwhile."
Mason will be going on a North American tour with his new band, Saucerful of Secrets, performing Pink Floyd music from the Syd Barrett-era. With the blessing of both of his ex-bandmates, Mason added that Waters jokingly said "he might come and guest for a song or two".