Tag: Roger Waters

Wednesday 1/4/23 7pm ET: Feature LP: Roger Waters – The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984)

The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking is the debut solo studio album by English singer and musician Roger Waters; it was released April 30, 1984, the year before Waters announced his departure from Pink Floyd. The album was certified gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 1995.

  1. “4:30AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)” 3:12
  2. “4:33AM (Running Shoes)” 4:08
  3. “4:37AM (Arabs with Knives and West German Skies)” 2:17
  4. “4:39AM (For the First Time Today, Part 2)” 2:02
  5. “4:41AM (Sexual Revolution)” 4:49
  6. “4:47AM (The Remains of Our Love)” 3:09
  7. “4:50AM (Go Fishing)” 6:59
  8. “4:56AM (For the First Time Today, Part 1)” 1:38
  9. “4:58AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)” 3:03
  10. “5:01AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part 10)” 4:36
  11. “5:06AM (Every Stranger’s Eyes)” 4:48
  12. “5:11AM (The Moment of Clarity)” 1:28

Roger Waters – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, bass, tape effects, production, sleeve design
Eric Clapton – lead guitar, backing vocals, Roland guitar synthesizer
Andy Bown – Hammond organ, 12-string guitar
Michael Kamen – piano, production
Raphael Ravenscroft, Kevin Flanagan, Vic Sullivan – horns
David Sanborn – saxophone
Madeline Bell, Katie Kissoon, Doreen Chanter – backing vocals
Andy Newmark – drums, percussion
Ray Cooper – percussion
The National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted and arranged by Michael Kamen
Andy Quigley as ‘Welshman in Operating Theatre’
Beth Porter as ‘Wife’
Roger Waters as ‘Man’
Cherry Vanilla as ‘Hitch Hiker’ and ‘Waitress’
Manning Redwood and Ed Bishop as ‘Truck Drivers’
Jack Palance as ‘Hell’s Angel’
Madeline Bell as ‘Hell’s Angel’s Girlfriend’

Thursday 11/25/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Roger Waters – Radio K.A.O.S. (1987)

Radio K.A.O.S. is the second solo studio album by English rock musician Roger Waters. Released on June 15, 1987 in the United Kingdom and June 16 in the United States, it was Waters’ first solo album after his formal split from Pink Floyd in 1985. Like his previous and future studio albums and many works of his during his time with Pink Floyd, the album is a concept album based on a number of key topical subjects of the late 1980s, including monetarism and its effect on citizens, popular culture of the time, and the events and consequences of the Cold War. It also makes criticisms of Margaret Thatcher’s government, much like Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut (1983), another album conceived by Waters.

The album follows Billy, a mentally and physically disabled man from Wales, forced to live with his uncle David in Los Angeles after his brother Benny was sent to prison after an act intended to support striking coal miners results in the death of a taxi driver, following his dismissal from his mining job due to “market forces.” The album explores Billy’s mind and view on the world through an on-air conversation between him and Jim, a disc jockey at a local fictitious radio station named Radio KAOS.

  1. “Radio Waves” 4:58
  2. “Who Needs Information” 5:55
  3. “Me or Him” 5:23
  4. “The Powers That Be” 4:36
  5. “Sunset Strip” 4:45
  6. “Home” 6:00
  7. “Four Minutes” 4:00
  8. “The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)” 5:43

Roger Waters – vocals; acoustic and electric guitars; bass guitar; keyboards; shakuhachi
Graham Broad – percussion; drums
Mel Collins – saxophones
Nick Glennie-Smith – DX7 and E-mu on “Powers That Be”
Matt Irving – Hammond organ on “Powers That Be”
John Lingwood – drums on “Powers That Be”
Andy Fairweather Low – electric guitars
Suzanne Rhatigan – main background vocals on “Radio Waves”, “Me or Him”, “Sunset Strip” and “The Tide Is Turning”
Ian Ritchie – piano; keyboards; tenor saxophone; Fairlight programming; drum programming
Jay Stapley – electric guitars
John Thirkell – trumpet
Peter Thoms – trombone
Katie Kissoon, Doreen Chanter, Madeline Bell, Steve Langer & Vicki Brown – background vocals on “Who Needs Information”, “Powers That Be” and “Radio Waves”
Clare Torry – vocals on “Home” and “Four Minutes”
Paul Carrack – vocals on “The Powers That Be”
Pontarddulais Male Voice Choir – chorus

Sunday 11/29/2020 10am ET: Feature LP: Roger Waters – Us and Them (2019)

Roger Waters: Us + Them is a 2019 British concert film by English musician Roger Waters, founding member of Pink Floyd. The film was directed by Waters and Sean Evans, and it captures a truncated performance from Waters’ 2017–18 live tour.

The film features songs from Pink Floyd albums and Waters’ last album, Is This the Life We Really Want?. It also featured across the four shows from the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. The film starts focusing Roger Waters, Dave Kilminster, Jon Carin, Jonathan Wilson, Joey Waronker, Gus Seyffert, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe from the band Lucius, Bo Koster and Ian Ritchie.

“Speak to Me” (Played on tape, with parts of the vocal track from “When We Were Young”)
“One of These Days”
“Time / Breathe (Reprise)”
“The Great Gig in the Sky”
“Welcome to the Machine”
“When We Were Young” (Shortened version without the vocal track)
“Déjà Vu”
“The Last Refugee”
“Picture That”
“Wish You Were Here”
“The Happiest Days of Our Lives”
“Another Brick in the Wall (Parts II & III)”
“Pigs (Three Different Ones)”
“Us and Them”
“Brain Damage” (with vocal intro)

Friday 2pm: Feature Artist – Roger Waters / Pink Floyd

George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English songwriter, singer, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Waters initially served solely as the bassist, but following the departure of songwriter Syd Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader.

Pink Floyd achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979). By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups in popular music; by 2013, they had sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. Amid creative differences, Waters left in 1985 and began a legal dispute with the remaining members over the use of the band’s name and material. They settled out of court in 1987.

Waters’ solo work includes the studio albums The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984), Radio K.A.O.S. (1987), Amused to Death (1992), and Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017). In 2005, he released Ça Ira, an opera translated from Étienne and Nadine Roda-Gils’ libretto about the French Revolution.

In 1990, Waters staged one of the largest rock concerts in history, The Wall – Live in Berlin, with an attendance of 450,000. As a member of Pink Floyd, he was inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Later that year, he reunited with Pink Floyd bandmates Mason, Wright and David Gilmour for the Live 8 global awareness event, the group’s first appearance with Waters since 1981. He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999; he performed The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tour of 2006–2008, and the Wall Live tour of 2010–13 was the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist at the time.

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1965. Gaining a following as a psychedelic band, they were distinguished for their extended compositions, sonic experimentation, philosophical lyrics and elaborate live shows, and became a leading band of the progressive rock genre. They are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in popular music history.

Pink Floyd were founded by students Syd Barrett (guitar and lead vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass and vocals), and Richard Wright (keyboards and vocals). Under Barrett’s leadership, they released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters became their primary lyricist and thematic leader, devising the concepts behind the albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983). The band also composed several film scores.

Following personal tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd, joined later by Wright. The three produced two more albums—A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994)—and continued to tour before quietly disbanding in 1995. In 2005, all the members except Barrett reunited for a one-off performance at the global awareness event Live 8. Barrett died in 2006, and Wright in 2008. The last Pink Floyd studio album, The Endless River (2014), was recorded without Waters and based almost entirely on unreleased material from The Division Bell recording sessions.

Pink Floyd are considered one of the first groups of British psychedelia and are credited with inspiring the development of genres such as progressive rock and ambient music. They had four albums that topped US or UK record charts; the songs “See Emily Play” (1967) and “Another Brick in the Wall” (1982) were the group’s only top 10 singles in either territory. The band were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. By 2013, they had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, with The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall two of the best-selling albums of all time.

Artist Countdown: Pink Floyd Top 25 – 6pm ET @RadioMax

PinkFloydPink Floyd were an English rock band that achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and musically influential groups in the history of popular music.

Founded in 1965, the band originally consisted of students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. They first gained popularity performing in London’s underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett’s creative leadership they released two charting singles and a successful debut album. David Gilmour joined as a fifth member in December 1967, and Barrett left the band in April 1968 due to his deteriorating mental health. After Barrett’s departure, Waters became the band’s primary lyricist and by the mid-1970s, their dominant songwriter, devising the original concepts behind their critically and commercially acclaimed albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983).

Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd and Wright subsequently joined them as a paid musician. They continued to record and tour through 1994; two more albums followed, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994). Inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, as of 2013 they have sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 74.5 million certified units in the United States.

After nearly two decades of acrimony, they reunited in 2005 for a performance at the global awareness event Live 8. Barrett died in 2006 and Wright in 2008. In 2011, Gilmour and Mason joined Waters at one of his The Wall Tour shows at The O2 Arena in London. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Another Brick in the Wall
2 Take It Back
3 High Hopes
4 Wish You Were Here
5 On the Turning Away
6 Learning to Fly
7 Money
8 Run Like Hell
9 See Emily Play
10 Not Now John
11 Arnold Layne
12 One Slip
13 Keep Talking
14 Your Possible Pasts
15 Jugband Blues
16 What Do You Want from Me 
17 Lost for Words
18 Comfortably Numb
19 The Dogs of War
20 The Hero’s Return
21 Sorrow
22 Us and Them
23 Time
24 Have a Cigar
25 Welcome to the Machine

Feature LP: 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief 9pm ET

121212Concert12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief was a benefit concert that took place on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The concert was held in response to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated portions of Northeastern United States, the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic in late October 2012 and cost an estimated $63 billion in damage in the United States. The concert was broadcast live via television, radio, movie theaters and the Internet across six continents. Proceeds from the event were collected by the Robin Hood Relief Fund to benefit victims of the hurricane in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Many famous performers took part in the charity event, including Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, and, for the first time in eighteen years, the surviving members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) who performed together in a collaboration with Paul McCartney during his show-closing set. -Wikipedia


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