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Written by Matt   
Sunday, 03 April 2005

Pink Floyd are not calling it quits just yet, according to longtime drummer Nick Mason in a new interview with, the internet arm of the long-running magazine.

They report that, despite no new tour or material since The Division Bell in 1994, Mason maintains that the Floyd are currently keeping their options open. "Last year [David] really had no interest in revitalizing the band," Mason told Rolling Stone. "But I think it's interesting that he also hasn't declared it over. No one has actually said never again."

As he has stated in other interviews, the continuation of the band is up to Gilmour. "I think David realized just how much Roger carried on his shoulders, because David suddenly was the frontman," Mason says. "It's a hell of a responsibility. I think he came away from it without much enthusiasm to do it again. But I think time changes people's perceptions, so you never know."

In the interview, Nick talks of the ten years he has spent on his great new book, "Inside Out - A Personal History Of Pink Floyd". He said: "When I started it, I thought this was going to be the official band history, and it just became apparent that whatever I wrote was never going to be acceptable to everyone [in the band]. It was resolved by calling it 'a personal history.' With the publication of the book I didn't lose the friendship of Roger, David or Richard [keyboardist Wright]."

He continued: "I wanted to tell the story in a slightly different way," he says. "It's hopefully a rather funny book about a serious band." He didn't want to turn the book into a sordid tell-all, and he offers these reasons: "You have to remember the three guys are still my friends, and they've all got families. Most of them are bigger than I am, and they have better lawyers."

Later in the interview, Mason talks of his reconciliation with Roger Waters, three years ago, and the chances that his other bandmates will make their peace with Waters: "I think anything is possible," he says.

The interview can be read in full through this link at

If you haven't already got your copy of Nick's book, it really is an essential purchase. Amazon are promoting the book heavily on their websites, currently offering it at a well discounted price.

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