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Nick Mason: ‘Bastard’ Bandmates Reason for Pink Floyd’s Success

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason says he and his bandmates were ‘bastards’ to each other at times, but adds that the tough-love approach was a big reason behind the group’s success.

“If you live with people for a long time, which we did, you end up knowing each other really well and getting on each other’s nerves,” explains Mason to Spinner. “But on the other hand, if we weren’t how we were, we wouldn’t have achieved what we had. You just have live with the fact that you have to work with bastards to do anything good.”

Mason once again dismissed talk of any further Pink Floyd reunions, only saying he hopes to play with Roger Waters and David Gilmour again following their recent mini-reunion in May. “I don’t think any of us wants to set off, in any shape or form, on a year and a half of touring,” says Mason. “It would be to do more things for the right reasons that would sort of stir the soul.”

Meanwhile, in discussing the upcoming deluxe reissues of the band’s albums, Mason admits that there is something to the popular pairing of the music of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ with the visuals of the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ “It is extraordinary, and it does sort of work, but much more worrying is that someone spent all that time trying to line that up.”

Pink Floyd’s series of reissues starts with the Sept. 27 release of a ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ box set and digitally remastered editions of all 14 of the band’s studio albums.

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