Former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and his band Saucerful of Secrets were at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Thursday night for the latest stop on their North American tour. Unbeknownst to fans in the audience, the band, which performs Pink Floyd material from their pre-Dark Side of the Moon era, Roger Waters was also in the venue last night, and gave everyone a joyous surprise when he came out to sing on “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” towards the latter half of the set. The song originally appeared on the band’s 1968 album, A Saucerful of Secrets.Related: Forty-Two Years Later, The Message Of Pink Floyd’s “Animals” Still ResonatesThe rare reunion between former bandmates (the two’s first since 2011) began following an introduction of Waters to the stage by Mason, who banged away on a gong located behind his drumset during an ominous red-themed opening. The audience gradually erupted into applause as Waters made his way onto the stage to share a hug with his old friend. The thrilling performance of the mystic rock tune stretched out to a mesmerizing 13-minutes in length, with Waters finding his way over to the gong after finishing the song’s lyrical section. Fans can check out the video below to watch the entire reunion performance from Thursday’s show.Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets with Roger Waters – “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”[Video: allbearsrule]Waters would reportedly return to the stage to take a bow with the band following the show’s encore.Tickets for Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets’ sold-out return to the Beacon Theatre on Friday are likely in pretty high demand on the secondary market today following last night’s thrilling guest sit-in. The band will then head to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. this weekend for the final two shows of their winter/spring tour.[H/T BrooklynVegan]
View Comments An Oscar winner for The Deer Hunter, Walken is no stranger to bringing Broadway musicals to the screen, having starred in this summer’s Clint Eastwood-helmed Jersey Boys and the film adaptation of Hairspray (produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who will reunite with Walken for Peter Pan). Walken’s many films include Stand Up Guys, A Late Quartet and Seven Psychopaths. The actor began his career in the 1950s as a Broadway dancer. He received Tony nods for his performances in The Dead and A Behanding in Spokane. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour that the titular role will be played by a woman, as it is traditionally performed. The network honcho revealed that Frozen star Kristen Bell was at one point considered for Peter, saying, “she was interested but she’s doing House of Lies. It’s tricky finding the right person in the schedule that we need but we’re actually close.” “I started my career in musicals,” Walken said in a statement, “and it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after Hairspray. It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again.” A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. The musical has been revived five times on Broadway since. Who’s the swiniest swine in the world? Oscar winner and Tony nominee Christopher Walken will headline NBC’s previously announced Peter Pan Live!. Walken will take on the role of the self-proclaimed “greatest villain of all time,” Captain Hook. The Peacock Network’s follow-up to the highly rated Sound of Music Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood along with many Broadway favorites, Pan will broadcast on December 4. Additional casting will be revealed at a later date.