The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (tour)

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The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Tour by Roger Waters
Associated album The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Start date 16 June 1984
End date 14 April 1985
Legs 2
No. of shows 36
Roger Waters concert chronology

The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking was the first solo concert tour by Roger Waters. It included performances of some of his songs from his previous band, Pink Floyd, and a full performance of his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. The tour, despite featuring Eric Clapton (who was present on the 1984 dates only), under-sold tickets, but did better during 1985[1]

Tour set list[edit]

A typical set list for the tour:

1984

Set One

Set Two

  • "4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)"
  • "4:33 AM (Running Shoes)"
  • "4:37 AM (Arabs with Knives and West German Skies)"
  • "4:39 AM (For the First Time Today, Part 2)"
  • "4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution)"
  • "4:47 AM (The Remains of Our Love)"
  • "4:50 AM (Go Fishing)"
  • "4:56 AM (For the First Time Today, Part 1)"
  • "4:58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)"
  • "5:01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part 10)"
  • "5:06 AM (Every Stranger's Eyes)"
  • "5:11 AM (The Moment of Clarity)"

Encore

1985

Set One

Set Two

  • "4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)"
  • "4:33 AM (Running Shoes)"
  • "4:37 AM (Arabs with Knives and West German Skies)"
  • "4:39 AM (For the First Time Today, Part 2)"
  • "4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution)"
  • "4:47 AM (The Remains of Our Love)"
  • "4:50 AM (Go Fishing)"
  • "4:56 AM (For the First Time Today, Part 1)"
  • "4:58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)"
  • "5:01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part 10)"
  • "5:06 AM (Every Stranger's Eyes)"
  • "5:11 AM (The Moment of Clarity)"

Encore

  • "Brain Damage"
  • "Eclipse"

Backdrop projections[edit]

The backdrop projection was directed by Nicolas Roeg and between 1984 and 1985, combining Gerald Scarfe's animations and Roeg's live action footage.

"He [Nicolas Roeg] came to america and all the stuff he shot in america... Yeah. I told him what I wanted but, I mean, very broadly. I said 'I want trucks, truck stops, people get on and off buses, deserted cabins...' You know. After the going to the country dream has gone sour. Just broad stuff like that, but I never expected him to arrive back with these fantastic kind of circling helicopter shots of broken down cabins in the middle of the desert and things like that. He actually went there to shoot the clip from "Pros and Cons" and so, he stayed on for an extra three days or something, just shot a whole bunch of footage and came back and said 'There you are!'"

The 1984 tour featured footage during "Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad", "Running Shoes", "Arabs With Knives (and West German Skies)", "For the First Time Today, Part 2", "The Remains of Our Love", "Go Fishing", "For the First Time Today, Part 2", "Dunroamin, Ducarin, Dunlivin" and "Every Strangers's Eyes" while the 1985 tour had uninterrupted footage during the full piece. The first set featured the original 1974 Pink Floyd footage for "Money" and the original 1977 Pink Floyd footage for "Welcome to the Machine". The film used in "Wish You Were Here" is the same that was used for "Us and Them" on the 1974 Pink Floyd tour. "Pigs on the Wing" featured footage of the inflatable pig suspended over Battersea Power Station. "In the Flesh" used the footage of "Waiting For The Worms" from the original 1980-81 Wall shows and movie. "The Gunner's Dream" was a completely new video featuring stock footage and the photographs from "The Final Cut". "Brain Damage / Eclipse" featured the same footage as on the original 1974 Pink Floyd tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold / available Revenue
Europe
16 June 1984 Stockholm Sweden Isstadion
17 June 1984
19 June 1984 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
21 June 1984 London England Earls Court
22 June 1984
26 June 1984 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
27 June 1984
3 July 1984 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
6 July 1984 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
North America (1984)
17 July 1984 Hartford, Connecticut United States Hartford Civic Center 17,754 / 23,500 $292,941
18 July 1984
20 July 1984 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena 42,000 / 42,000 $788,000
21 July 1984
22 July 1984
24 July 1984 Philadelphia The Spectrum 12,867 / 12,867 $215,425
26 July 1984 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
28 July 1984 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens 17,932 / 20,000 $321,199
29 July 1984
31 July 1984 Montreal Montreal Forum
North America (1985)
19 March 1985 Detroit, Michigan United States Joe Louis Arena
20 March 1985 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
21 March 1985 Buffalo, New York Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 11,000 / 11,000 $159,059
23 March 1985 Toronto, Ontario Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
26 March 1985 New York City United States Radio City Music Hall 16,297 / 17,400 $349,880
27 March 1985
28 March 1985
29 March 1985 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum 13,713 / 13,713 $218,655
30 March 1985 Worcester, Massachusetts The Centrum
3 April 1985 Oakland, California Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
4 April 1985 Inglewood, California The Forum
6 April 1985 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
8 April 1985 Houston, Texas The Summit
9 April 1985 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center 7,378 / 12,503 $100,266
11 April 1985 Atlanta The Omni
13 April 1985 Pembroke Pines, Florida Hollywood Sportatorium
14 April 1985 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Civic Center

Tour band[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carruthers, Bob (2011). "The Wall". Pink Floyd – Uncensored on the Record (E-book ed.). Cooda Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-908538-27-7. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 

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