Radio K.A.O.S. (tour)

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K.A.O.S. On the Road
Tour by Roger Waters
Associated albumRadio K.A.O.S.
Start date14 August 1987 (1987-08-14)
End date22 November 1987 (1987-11-22)
No. of shows37
Roger Waters concert chronology

K.A.O.S. On the Road was a concert tour performed by Roger Waters in 1987 in support of the album Radio K.A.O.S. (1987).[1] The shows included material from the album as well as songs from well known Pink Floyd albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975) and The Wall (1979).[1] The tour started in North America on 14 August 1987 and ended on the 22 November 1987 with two performances at Wembley Arena in London, England.[1]

The show included designs by Mark Fisher such as circular screens, quadrophonic sounds, back projections and in some cases introductions to the show by radio DJ Jim Ladd.[1] A telephone booth allowed the audience to direct questions at Waters.[1]

Performers and presentation[edit]

Unlike The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking tour in 1984, the Radio K.A.O.S. tour established The Bleeding Heart band. A number of these musicians would continue to play or be involved with Roger Waters over the next 20 years. Both Doreen Chanter and Katie Kissoon had performed on the 1984 tour.[1]

Also unlike Waters's previous solo tours (or his last several tours with Pink Floyd), the Radio K.A.O.S. concept and storyline was presented with fan-favourite Pink Floyd material integrated into the set list, rather than dividing the show in two, with the new album played in its entirety and in its precise running order.[1] "Going to Live in L.A.", a b-side to the single "Radio Waves", was also performed, as well as live exclusive "Molly's Song", which was also released as a b-side to the single "Who Needs Information" after the tour.

Some of Waters's "old Pink Floyd stuff" was significantly revamped, with the female backing vocalists taking a more prominent role, Paul Carrack singing David Gilmour's parts in a "blue-eyed soul" style, funk-style bass playing from Andy Fairweather-Low, and saxophone solos added to songs like "Welcome to the Machine".

With a few exceptions, the Pink Floyd songs Waters chose for his set list were those written by him alone, rather than material like "Comfortably Numb", or other songs co-written with David Gilmour or Rick Wright.[1] However, in response to requests from fans using the telephone booth, he promised to include "Comfortably Numb" in future tours.[1]

Tour band[edit]

The band featured:[1]


Set One
  1. Jim Ladd introduction
  2. Audience Calls
  3. "Club Nowhere" (mock commercial)
  4. Audience Calls
  5. "Tempted" (Paul Carrack solo performance)
  6. "Radio Waves"
  7. "Welcome to the Machine"
  8. "Who Needs Information"
  9. "Money"
  10. "The Professional Bimbo School" (mock commercial)
  11. "In the Flesh"
  12. "Have a Cigar"
  13. "Pigs (Three Different Ones)"
  14. "Wish You Were Here"
  15. "Mother"
  16. "Molly's Song"
  17. "Me or Him"
  18. "The Powers That Be"
Set Two
  1. Audience Calls
  2. "Shredding Alternative" (mock commercial)
  3. "Going to Live in L.A."
  4. "Sunset Strip"
  5. "5:01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking)" (dropped after a month in favour of "Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert" and "Southampton Dock")
  6. "Arnold Layne" (video "played" by Billy for the audience)
  7. "If"
  8. "5:06 AM (Every Strangers Eyes)"
  9. "Not Now John"
  10. "Another Brick in the Wall, Part I"
  11. "The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
  12. "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II"
  13. "Nobody Home"
  14. "Home"
  15. "Four Minutes"
  16. "The Tide Is Turning"
  1. "Breathe"
  2. "The Great Gig in the Sky" (performed at both Wembley Arena shows and at Madison Square Garden, New York)
  3. "Brain Damage"
  4. "Eclipse"
  5. "Outside the Wall" (performed at The Forum, Inglewood, California)

Note – "In the Flesh", "Have a Cigar", "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" and "Wish You Were Here" were performed as a medley.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold / available Revenue
North America
14 August 1987 Providence, Rhode Island United States Providence Civic Center 8,512 / 9,400 $140,448
15 August 1987 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
17 August 1987 Vaughan, Ontario Canada Kingswood Music Theatre
19 August 1987 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio United States Blossom Music Center
20 August 1987 Buffalo, New York Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
22 August 1987 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods
24 August 1987 Philadelphia The Spectrum
26 August 1987 New York City Madison Square Garden 16,000 / 16,000 $300,000
28 August 1987 Saratoga Springs, New York Saratoga Performing Arts Center
30 August 1987 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
2 September 1987 Atlanta The Omni
4 September 1987 St. Louis Fox Theatre
5 September 1987 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
6 September 1987 Columbus, Ohio Battelle Hall
8 September 1987 Clarkston, Michigan Pine Knob Music Theatre
9 September 1987 Hoffman Estates, Illinois Poplar Creek Music Theater
10 September 1987 Minneapolis Met Center
12 September 1987 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
14 September 1987 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center 5,275 / 6,091 $77,364
15 September 1987 Dallas Reunion Arena
17 September 1987 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum 8,344 / 12,195 $137,676
20 September 1987 Inglewood, California The Forum
23 September 1987 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
26 September 1987 Oakland, California Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena 9,028 / 11,000 $157,990
28 September 1987 Seattle Seattle Center Arena
29 September 1987 Vancouver Canada Vancouver Expo Stage after the Vancouver Expo
3 November 1987 Portland, Maine United States Cumberland County Civic Center
4 November 1987 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena 13,517 / 14,953 $233,334
6 November 1987 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum
7 November 1987 Quebec City Colisée de Québec
9 November 1987 Ottawa Ottawa Civic Centre
10 November 1987 Hamilton, Ontario Copps Coliseum 8,768 / 10,800 $121,826
13 November 1987 Milwaukee United States MECCA Arena
14 November 1987 Chicago Arie Crown Theater
16 November 1987 Worcester, Massachusetts The Centrum 9,212 / 9,274 $161,210
21 November 1987 London England Wembley Arena
22 November 1987


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Miles, Barry; Andy Mabbett (1994). Pink Floyd – The Visual Documentary. London: Omnibus. ISBN 0711941092.

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