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The Bleeding Hearts Band




"The Pros and Cons of HitchHiking" began as a concept in 1978, and was finally realized in 1984, as Roger Waters first solo album.

Pros and Cons is a fascinating story of relationships and sexual angst. The lyrics are fantastic as usual, if abundant. Without Pink Floyd, Roger, gathered and honed a band of some of the greatest studio musicians with whom he had become acquainted over the years. The album concept, story and the concerts and tours which followed were extremely complex and detailed. Much of these details and trivia are covered elsewhere.

The Album:

*The Bleeding Hearts Band were:
  • Roger Waters - Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Vocals
  • Erick Clapton - Lead Guitar
  • Michael Kamen - Piano, Orchestra Conductor and Orchestral Arrangements
  • Andy Newmark - Drums
  • David Sanborn - Saxophones
  • Andy Bown - Hammond Organ and Twelve String Guitar
  • Ray Cooper - Percussion
  • Madeline Bell - Backing Vocals
  • Doreen Chanter - Backing Vocals
  • Katie Kissoon - Backing Vocals
  • Raphael Ravenscroft - Horns
  • Kevin Flanigan - Horns
  • Vic Sullivan - Horns
  • The National Philharmonic Orchestra
The 1984 Tour:

*The Bleeding Hearts Band were:
  • Roger Waters - Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Vocals
  • Erick Clapton - Lead Guitar
  • Michael Kamen - Keyboards
  • Andy Newmark - Drums
  • Mel Collins - Saxophones
  • Chris Stainton - Keyboards and Bass Guitar
  • Tim Renwick - Guitar and Bass Guitar
  • Doreen Chanter - Backing Vocals
  • Katie Kissoon - Backing Vocals

The 1985 Tour:

*The Bleeding Hearts Band were:
  • Roger Waters - Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Vocals
  • Jay Stapley - Lead Guitar
  • Michael Kamen - Keyboards
  • Andy Newmark - Drums
  • Mel Collins - Saxophones
  • Andy FairWeather Low - Guitars and Bass Guitar
  • Doreen Chanter - Backing Vocals
  • Katie Kissoon - Backing Vocals

Roger also utilized his relationships with some of the main people responsible for much of the creation and success of "The Wall".
Mark Fisher and Jonathan Park, who designed the stage show for "The Wall" were also hired to do the stage design for the Pros and Cons tour. And Gerald Scarfe, who created the graphics, animations, and designs for "The Wall" album, movie, and tour, would also design the graphics and animation for The Pros and Cons of HitchHiking album, and stage shows.

This is the Bleeding Hearts Band, as Gerald Scarfe sees it.

These are the caricatures he drew of all the band members. From the caricature of Rog, the character of Reg was spawned. It was Reg who became the main character of the story for the Pros and Cons of HitchHiking album and tour.


Rog



Eric Clapton



Michael Kamen and Mel Collins



Andy Newmark



Jay Stapley



Andy FairWeather Low



Dorreen Chanter and Katie Kissoon




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