By: Annie Scaramuzzino
When you become a famous rock star, forgetting your roots and the people who helped you realize your dream is probably fairly easy.
But for Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, forgetting was not an option.
After finding out that the London shop that sold him his first drum kit was in financial trouble, Mason stepped to help keep the doors open.
He tells ITV that when he heard Foote’s was closing, he couldn’t help but intervene, having remembered all of the fond memories the store provided him with when he was getting his start as a young drummer.
Mason also states the importance of having actual drum shops for budding musicians to visit, as opposed to buying parts on the internet, explaining, “The drum shop is the place where information gets passed around. You hear about new things, if you need a drum lesson, the best place to go is probably a drum shop and ask them for advice. There's a drum culture that is centered on drum shops.”
With the funds provided by Mason, Foote’s was able to re-open their store, which is now located at 41 Store Street in Bloomsbury, London. Despite his financial hand in the store, the humble rocker warns not to expect him behind the counter anytime soon, though you could catch him there “keeping an eye on things” every now and again.
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