Pink Floyd drummer NICK MASON recently e-mailed ED SHEERAN in response to the backlash generated by fans over the singer-songwriter's 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony performance of 'Wish You Were Here'.
Sheeran said: "The next tweet is an email I just it sent by Nick Mason from Pink Floyd, he asked me to share it... Hopefully that clears some stuff up. Nick is a top lad and a legend. Was a massive honour to play that song with him. And big love to Mike Rutherford and Richard Jones for being the amazing musicians that they are, as well as amazing people."
Mason's e-mail follows below:
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...
And feel free to circulate the above if you wish..."
Watch Ed's Pink Floyd cover below...