Pink Floyd dummer Nick Mason went back to his roots recently when he purchased the music store at which he bought his first drum kit, ensuring that the business will continue to operate for years to come.
In 1958, Mason walked into Foote’s music shop on the East End of London, where he purchased his first drum set for 7.50 pounds (pretty good deal, from where we stand.) From there, he went on to become one of the world’s most popular drummers in one of the biggest-selling bands of all time…well, you all know that part.
Foote’s was about to go under after they were denied a business loan, but the drummer’s involvement was deemed essential by store sales director Rob Wilson. “Without him and our generous collective of investors, Foote’s would be no more,” Wilson told Musical Instrument Professional.
When asked why he got involved, Mason said that the shop’s importance extended further beyond just buying an instrument. “It’s an opportunity to catch up on any new ideas from manufacturers, new sounds that you can’t appreciate online and, of course, to talk drums and equipment with an expert.”