"We handled Syd Barrett very badly" admits Pink Floyd drummer

News 16/09/2020

Pink Floyd original front man, Syd Barrett was with the band from '65 - '68 before he left due to some mental health issues which unfortunately he fought until the end of his life in 2006.

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has been performing material from the early stages of Floyd with his current psychedelic rock band 'Saucerful of Secrets'. When asked about his thoughts and feelings about Barrett's early songs and how he views them in 2020, Nick replied:

I think there's a lot of mixed emotions with the whole Syd thing. Because in some ways, he was so smart in so many ways. I think there's a bit of sadness now looking back on it - and a little bit of guilt.

Not really guilt, but we handled Syd very badly. We had no idea - and still don't really know - what the real problem was, whether it was LSD or whether it was something in his character anyway

Or whether, in fact, he was probably clearer than we ever perceived and he just didn't actually want to be in a band, necessarily.

While we thought if he didn't want to be in a band, it was a sign of madness - because we were all at that point, absolutely committed to doing it.

But I think he maybe just thought, 'Well, I've done that. I don't really want to do any more of it.' But instead of just going... we should have probably let him go much earlier or separated from him earlier. But as I say, we had no idea at the time.