As reported over at ContactMusic, Nick Mason has been talking about his performance as part of the Olympics Closing Ceremony, and in particular responding to some of the criticism levelled either at Ed Sheeran's decent performance of Wish You Were Here, or at Ed's fans who were new to the song and thought it might have been one of his new songs. [The nice picture to the right is from Ed's Twitter page]
Nick emailed Ed thus, and suggested Ed shared it: "Hi Ed, Really great experience, many thanks for a great performance. And a great day out!
"Following a bit of post show stuff with some of the PF fans getting outraged at people not realising the song was not your new release, I just wanted to go on record to suggest they chill on this.
"As far as I'm concerned what you did was a really great version of the song, and its one of the nicest tributes to have any artist choose to play another's work, particularly an artist whose a great song writer in his own right. Personally I really enjoy re-interpretations of other peoples work, be it Joe Cocker (Little Help...) Jimmy Hendrix (All along the Watchtowers...) or Dub side of the Moon, Eric Pridz or the Scissor Sisters....
"Sooner or later people will work out the origin of the song, and who knows, maybe check out our catalogue, just as hopefully our fans might check out yours. Music doesn't have to be entirely partisan – Or if it does, no one bothered to tell me..."