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September 25th - BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND Print E-mail
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Birmingham concert ticket

Capacity: 2,262

Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA. MAP

Website: www.thsh.co.uk

 

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When Nick Mason made comments in Italy about heading out to small venues, to play early Pink Floyd songs, few took the remarks seriously. As unlikely as it seemed, Nick was entirely truthful and in the initial announcement a set of four shows in London were announced for his new band. Due to the critical success of those shows, held in small venues in Camden and Putney, a full European tour has been announced with this date one part of this.

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets brings together some familiar names, all great musicians: joining Nick are Gary Kemp and Lee Harris on guitars, Guy Pratt on bass, and Dom Beken on keyboards. Kemp is best known for his work with Spandau Ballet, Harris as having played guitar with The Blockheads (Ian Dury's band), Pratt needs no introduction, and Beken is principally known for his work with The Orb, and Transit Kings (with Pratt). The band will be playing early Pink Floyd songs.

This is a unique opportunity to experience Pink Floyd's celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums 'The Piper At The Gates of Dawn' and 'A Saucerful Of Secrets'.

The regular sale of tickets started on FRIDAY, MAY 25th at 9am (UK time), via Seetickets.com and also Ticketmaster.co.uk.

Our thanks to Paul Gribble for sending over the picture of the ticket, to the right.

SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
MAIN SET: Interstellar Overdrive, Astronomy Domine, Lucifer Sam, Fearless, Obscured By Clouds, When You're In, Arnold Layne, Vegetable Man, If/Atom Heart Mother/If Reprise, The Nile Song, Green Is The Colour, Let There Be More Light, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, See Emily Play, Bike, One Of These Days.
ENCORE:
A Saucerful Of Secrets, Point Me At The Sky.

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

Do not read on if you don't want surprises to be spoilt, regarding what the band played!

The third UK show in a row, which found the band having travelled up the motorway to the West Midlands city of Birmingham, and the rather lovely and plush setting of the Symphony Hall. Opening in 1991, it seemed a much more modern building than that - perhaps it has been refurbished recently? In any case, it proved to be a wonderful place to see the band.

The sound was exemplary - I found myself looking around for rear speakers, as the acoustics gave an immersive, surround feel to the music. Enveloped in the swirling chords, enchanted by the light show - it really doesn't get much better than this. Added to that, really comfortable seating; a concern that this would lead to a static audience, hard to rouse onto their feet, were unfounded. Of course, last night was on the whole, standing, with the expected dynamic that offers, but fears that the audience wouldn't react as well were dashed - the conclusion of pretty much every song was met with healthy numbers of the audience on their feet clapping and cheering.

For this latest show on the tour, during his customary initial thanks and welcome to the audience, Nick said: "Well, as I hope people now know, we are not the Australian Roger Waters, we are not the Danish David Gilmours. We are Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets. And very happy to be back here in Birmingham; some of you will know I was actually born in Birmingham, [puts on accent] but I lost the accent because people thought I was in The Move. I never wanted to leave Birmingham - I was dragged, kicking and screaming; I did my best, but I was only two years old, sadly. Anyway, on with the show..."

The band now have a deserved day off before they travel a few hours up the motorway to Manchester, for the first of a trio of shows over three days to conclude the 2018 tour.

We'd love to know from those attending how they felt the concert went. How was the show for you, if you were one of the fortunate ones to attend? Let us know what YOU thought!

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Heather Fenton

We decided on Birmingham with it being the Symphony Hall so the acoustics would be first class and to make a short break out of it. We were expecting something a bit low key but it was anything but. The performance was stunning. All the tracks covered were outstanding, some even better than the original, and to go from the whimsical vocals of the early Syd Barrett through to the melodic experimentation of space rock then onto all the neglected but wonderful epics like 'Atom Heart Mother' (whoever had the bright idea of bookending it between 'If' deserves a medal) and we got tracks from Meddle as well!

The concert covered a period of constant change and progression. Nick Mason as the archivist was the best person to put this show together and his playing was fantastic and it makes you realise just what a huge part he played in the early years as did Richard Wright.

The band were all first class going from tracks like Vegetable Man, Interstellar Overdrive and finishing of with the title track 'Saucerful of Secrets' and 'Point me at the Sky'......'all we have to say to you is goodbye' the audience did not want to say goodbye!

The accompanying light show was beautiful and the camaraderie between Guy and Gary Kemp was great to watch. All the band members were first class but Gary certainly stepped up to the role of being Syd and David. Nick though was definitely star of the show and after 52 years he was finally united with the gong! as well as a brilliant interpretation of 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.'

We could not believe what a brilliant show we were witnessing......this show could run and run year in and year out. It was so different but familiar and the infectious enthusiasm and sheer verve and joy at playing as well as the sheer delight of the audience hearing tracks live that they never expected to hear again added to the excitement of the five star show. Thank you Nick and all the Saucers!

We had a fantastic time and hopefully we can follow this up with another one!!!!

YOUR HELP NEEDED! We want to cover Nick's concerts the best we can, to share the experience with everyone, especially those who won't be able to attend the shows. We'd love to see ANY pictures, tickets scans, reviews, newspaper reports, and anything else you come across for this show - we look forward to hearing from you!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 October 2018 )
 
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