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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason honoured in New Year

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, to give it its full title), in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, for "services to music".

It caps an extraordinary year for Mason, who returned to active duty with his new outfit Saucerful Of Secrets in the summer. The band, who also feature Guy Pratt and Gary Kemp, toured the UK to much acclaim in September. They will also head out for North American and European dates in April next year.

Mason helped form Pink Floyd back in 1965 and remains the only band member to appear on every Pink Floyd album. He has also been a noted producer, working with the likes of Robert Wyatt, Gong, Steve Hillage and The Damned. A boxed set of Mason's solo work, Unattended Luggage, was released in August.

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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.