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April 13th - ORPHEUM THEATRE, BOSTON, MA, USA Print E-mail
Orpheum Boston
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Capacity: 2,500

Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: 1 Hamilton Pl, Boston, MA 02108, USA. MAP

Website: www.crossroadspresents.com

 

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When Nick Mason (during the press launch of the Rome staging of The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains) 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 in May 2018, held in small venues in Camden and Putney, a full European tour was announced for September. The expanded shows for the full tour were even more highly acclaimed, and it came as no surprise when further dates for 2019 were announced!

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 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5th at 10am (local time), via Ticketmaster. Please support Brain Damage by purchasing your tickets using this link - thanks, we really appreciate it!

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, Remember A Day, Arnold Layne, Vegetable Man, If/Atom Heart Mother/If Reprise, The Nile Song, Green Is The Colour, Let There Be More Light, Childhood's End, 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!

It was appropriate that the home of 'Cheers' (the TV show) was represented by the cheers of the audience, hugely appreciative of the evening's entertainment from Nick and his merry men.

Another fine performance; the band have a travelling day tomorrow, heading to Canada for a brace of shows, one in Montreal, the other in Toronto.

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 and PICTURE by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Terrence Reardon

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets - Boston, April 2019

Nick Mason of Pink Floyd's return to the Bay State for the first time since 1994 with the rest of Pink Floyd was well worth the wait.

When I first caught wind that Nick and his current band Saucerful of Secrets was playing New England for the first time since The Division Bell Tour, I was gung ho on going to the show. Was ready to get tickets then was sidelined with a bad cold that kept me bed bound for a while. Recently, I got better and then waited until the ticket prices dropped to get tickets for Nick and his band and this was probably one of my best concert experiences. Having seen Pink Floyd without Roger Waters in 1994 (see my review) and also Roger Waters five times (saw every tour from 1999-2012, I sat out Us and Them because of the "lip syncing" which irks me but that's just me) I was ready to see Nick again (when David Gilmour tours again I will go see him and pray I don't get the flu again which was why I missed the Rattle That Lock Tour in 2016).

I arrive at the Orpheum Theater for the show and was taken aback by the venue, it is a small theater of 2,200 seater and was admiring its history of bands who played there over the years (David Gilmour played three nights at the theater in 1984 on his About Face Tour, Rush in 1978, The Police in 1979, Genesis in 1976 and 1980, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in 1981 among many bands who played this prestigious hall). Now to see Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets play here was a major honor. Nick put himself together an amazing band of longtime Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt (a member of Floyd IMHO), guitarists Lee Harris (who was amazing) and Gary Kemp (also a great player) and keyboard player Dom Beken rounded out this amazing band.

The lights dimmed and after Hans' "Why is it so terribly loud" off to the races with "Interstellar Overdrive" and they played amazing. Lee's Telecaster went silent midway into the song and quickly switched to his Stratocaster without glitch and the song was an awesome opener. Then was "Astronomy Domine" which Nick hadn't played since 1994 (brought back memories to when I saw Pink Floyd in May, 1994 at Foxboro Stadium Night #2) and the performance was amazing. Then Nick said hello and his stage bantering (along with Guy's was pure comedy gold) and Lee brought up the last time Guy and Nick were in Boston was at Foxboro Stadium in 1994 which had major cheers from the crowd (me included) and he brought up the Boston Tea Party and Guy joked "Not the original Tea Party" and some were there who followed the band much longer than I have. Next was "Lucifer Sam" to complete the early Piper trifecta. Next was "Fearless" and Gary Kemp sang it amazingly and with passion and fire and joy.

With Nick's decision to stick to pre-Dark Side of the Moon era material was all I needed to go see this show and as far as I'm concerned, Nick Mason is Pink Floyd as he is the lone member of the band who was on every album. Seeing performances from Obscured by Clouds, Atom Heart Mother, More, Relics and The Early Years 1965-67 set and A Saucerful of Secrets. When Gary Kemp said that playing Boston was reminiscent of his home country and the enjoyed playing there. Nick even dedicated Arnold Layne and Vegetable Man to Syd and "Remember a Day" was for Rick Wright. Some minor glitched like Gary Kemp' guitar went dead after the gong section for "Set the Controls" but hey, it's Rock and Roll. Also Gary loved his experiences in Boston and they finished with three Syd tracks before closing with "One of These Days". Then the final goodbye. Then it was encore with Saucerful of Secrets and the last encore was "Point Me at the Sky" and a perfect way to end a magical night. The light show and music is proof that Nick Mason was the Pink Floyd link.

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 ( Monday, 22 April 2019 )
 
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