Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason says he’s is glad to have sat in with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford for the performance of “Wish You Were Here” at the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies. WATCH VIDEO HERE.
In an email to Sheeran, Mason writes:
“Hi Ed, Really great experience, many thanks for a great performance. And a great day out!
“Following a bit of post show stuff with some of the PF fans getting outraged at people not realising the song was not your new release, I just wanted to go on record to suggest they chill on this.
“As far as I’m concerned what you did was a really great version of the song, and its one of the nicest tributes to have any artist choose to play another’s work, particularly an artist whose a great song writer in his own right. Personally I really enjoy re-interpretations of other peoples work, be it Joe Cocker (Little Help…) Jimmy Hendrix (All along the Watchtowers…) or Dub side of the Moon, Eric Pridz or the Scissor Sisters….
“Sooner or later people will work out the origin of the song, and who knows, maybe check out our catalogue, just as hopefully our fans might check out yours. Music doesn’t have to be entirely partisan – Or if it does, no one bothered to tell me…”
Fans of Sheeran angered loyal Floyd fans by thinking it was a new song from the young songwriter.
Sheeran made the post to his Twitter on Thursday, August 16th and later added “Hopefully that clears some stuff up. Nick is a top lad and a legend. Was a massive honour to play that song with him.”
Prior to the performance, Pink Floyd and Sheeran made international headlines following Sheeran’s appearance on an Australian radio program where he suggested that all three surviving members of Pink Floyd would be joining him on-stage for the Closing Ceremonies. A Pink Floyd rep shot down the claims immediately.