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Nick Mason recalls first time meeting Roger Waters and Rick Wright

News 23/10/2019

In a new interview, drummer Nick Mason recalled meeting his future Pink Floyd bandmates, Roger Waters and Rick Wright.

In the latest episode of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson's Life on the Road TV series, Nick Mason said that he met Waters and Wright at Regent Street Polytechnic. "We were all training to be architects. It was architecture's loss when the music took off – or not!" he said.

Waters was aware that Mason had a car which led to the pair to meet. "I'm not sure he knew what the car was. … Actually, it was an Austin 7 Chummy with a top speed of 20 mph and [it] had no brakes. But when he asked if I might lend it to him, I said no," Mason reminisced.

"… He also tried to get a cigarette off Rick, and famously, Rick went no – which sort of set the pattern really for the next 50 years."

Reflecting on that encounter, Mason noted, "It was an important moment because if it hadn't been for that, we might not be sitting here now."

Previously, Brian Johnson had world-class rockstars guests on his show like Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, The Who's Roger Daltrey... and even Sting.