The news was announced by the official Nick Mason Facebook account. “With a heavy heart our Pink Floyd family say(s) farewell to dear Clive Brooks, drum technician extraordinaire, who sadly passed away,” the post reads.
Brooks, a London native, was drummer with bands Uriel, Egg and The Groundhogs in the late-’60s through mid-’70s.
He became a drum technician for Pink Floyd in the ’80s, working on the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour, and The Division Bell album and tour.
He also served as drum tech for Jeff Wayne‘s 2007 “The War of the Worlds” tour, Toto, Robbie Williams and Floyd tribute act The Australian Pink Floyd Show.
According to Wikipedia, on June 13, 1981, opening night of the last leg of “The Wall tour,” Brooks filled in for surrogate band drummer Willie Wilson who was ill.
Phil Taylor has kindly sent us in some further information to share with you all “Clive Started with Pink Floyd in 1981 as the drum tech for the Wall shows and as you mentioned he did indeed fill in for Willie Wilson on one of the shows as Willie was taken ill just prior to the star, He was involved with Pink Floyd at the Live 8 reunion and also drum tech’ed with Leonard Cohen.”
In London 50 years ago photographer Colin Prime took Pink Floyd for their first official photoshoot. It took place in Ruskin Park in Denmark Hill and came about after Prime had met the band as an up and coming new group playing the London clubs—Prime was also a disc jockey as well as a photographer.
The photos see the band— Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright—larking about in jovial spirits in the park. Sitting on benches posing, or in or near the Ruskin Park Portico, a remaining part of the 18th century villas that once encircled Denmark Hill.
THE gardens of Middlewick House in Corsham will be open to the public again this summer, raising money for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Airbase Appeal.
The estate, which is now home to Nick Mason of Pink Floyd fame and his wife, actress Annette Lynton Mason, was formerly owned by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
The proceeds from the open gardens will be split between the two local charities. This will be the fourth year running that the couple have welcomed people in to raise money for charity.
Nick Mason said: “Annette and I are really looking forward to opening our garden again – it’s a really great way of supporting two of our favourite and enormously worthy local charities. Our visitors seem to enjoy the experience and it gives us a really good excuse to tidy the garden and polish the odd car!”
Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, as well as the chance to see the collection of wild animals. One of Bath’s leading fine art sculptors, Alan Dunn, will be showcasing some of his pieces and there will be a variety of stalls selling unique gifts and plants.
Cakes will be available along with other refreshments and a barbecue.
Jennie Shaw, director of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, said: “This will be the fourth year Mr and Mrs Mason have supported local charities, they have raised over £60,000. It’s a super weekend which thousands of people have attended. I do hope you can join us.”
Cheryl Johnson, head of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Airbase Appeal, said: “We are so grateful to Nick and Annette Mason. Our Airbase Appeal is raising the remaining £1.25 million needed to complete the building and equipping of our new airbase at Semington, near Melksham. Funds raised at the open gardens event will enable us to save lives for many more years to come, operating from our custom-built new airbase.”
The event on June 10-11 runs from 11am-4.30pm. Entry will cost £7 and the event is free to children under 12.
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