Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason spoke to Matt Pinfield on New & Approved and shared important details about Pink Floyd’s iconic album, ‘The Wall.’ Mason revealed some of former leader Roger Waters’ projects concerning the record and how one of them went wrong.
As you may know, Pink Floyd released their eleventh studio album entitled ‘The Wall’ on November 30, 1979. The album received critical acclaim and reached the top on different charts worldwide while becoming the band’s most popular album. ‘The Wall’ was followed by a tour and a movie under the same concept, all planned by Roger Waters.
Pink Floyd’s The Wall Tour started on February 7, 1980, in Los Angeles and ended on June 17, 1981, in London. During the band’s stage performances, they decorated the stage with a giant wall, constructed as if they were about to perform a play at the theatre. Also, ‘The Wall’ became a psychological drama musical ‘Pink Floyd – The Wall,’ written by Roger Waters and directed by Alan Parker.
During his appearance, Nick Mason unveiled that the movie’s director was supposed to be Gerald Scarf, but then Waters’ plan went wrong about the director and the movie itself. In addition, Mason defined ‘The Wall’ and the other projects linked to it as Roger Waters’ babies, even though he couldn’t accomplish some of them.
The host’s question read:
“When it got to ‘The Wall,’ you had that incredibly ambitious wall and everything that was built with the live show. How much were you guys really involved in the conceptual side of the live show when that tour first took place?”
Mason responded saying:
“I think one would have to say it was primarily Roger’s baby, but there were elements of it that we were certainly involved in, things like the Gerald Scarf, the graphics that he did became very much part of what we did. I’d been friends with Gerald for a few years from ‘Wish You Were Here’ days when he’d done some film for the live show for that.
However, Roger had very much come up with a timeline almost of how we were going to do this, and make the record, and then do the show, and then do a film, all of which would sort of plan to link into each other.
In fact, it didn’t quite work out like that, and the film became a rather different thing and ended up with Alan Parker directing it and Bob Geldof playing the lead.”
You can check out the interview below.