Jon Carin

Jon Carin (born October 21, 1964)[1] is a musician, singer, songwriter and producer who has been a longtime collaborator with the bands Pink Floyd and The Who, and the solo careers of David Gilmour and Roger Waters, Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, Kate Bush, and Richard Butler.

Jon Carin
Jon Carin
Jon Carin
Background information
Born (1964-10-21) October 21, 1964 (age 56)
New York City
GenresPop, synth-pop, new wave, rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, artist, producer, singer, engineer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, synthesizer, piano, guitar, drums, bass, lap steel guitar
Years active1981–present
Associated actsPink Floyd, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Industry, Richard Butler, The Who, The Psychedelic Furs, Gipsy Kings, Trashmonk


As a teenager, Jon Carin started his professional musical career with the band Industry as their lead singer, keyboardist and songwriter. During his time with the band, they had a hit single with "State of the Nation" in 1982, being followed by the album Stranger to Stranger.[2]

In 1982, he was asked by Industry's producer, Rhett Davies, to work with Bryan Ferry for his Boys and Girls album.[3] Later in 1985, he joined Bryan Ferry at Live Aid, where he first played with Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.[4]

The following year, Carin would collaborate as a musician and writer on the sessions for Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason album, receiving credit as a keyboardist on the 1987 release. He is a co-writer of the song "Learning to Fly" from that album, their first hit song since the departure of Roger Waters. He then participated in the support tour for the album, performing alongside returning keyboardist Richard Wright, and appeared on the 1988 Pink Floyd double live album, Delicate Sound of Thunder.[5] In 1992, Carin participated in the recording of the soundtrack for La Carrera Panamericana. Two years later, in 1994, Carin contributed keyboards to Pink Floyd's The Division Bell album.[6] He also participated on The Division Bell support tour and was featured on the Pulse CD and DVD.[7]

Carin performed with The Who, playing Quadrophenia in its entirety in the summer of 1996, at London's Hyde Park, which led to an extensive tour throughout much of 1996–97.

On August 16, 1998, he produced and played keyboards and drums for Pete Townshend for a concert to raise money for the Maryville Academy. In 1999, a CD of this concert was released, being produced by Carin.[8]

Throughout the summers of the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was on tour with former Pink Floyd bassist, Roger Waters, for his In the Flesh tour. This makes him one of few musicians who has played with both Roger Waters and Pink Floyd after Waters' departure from the band.

This tour is documented on the DVD/CD Roger Waters In The Flesh, which features Jon as a lead vocalist.

In October 2001, he performed with The Who at The Concert for New York City, a tribute concert to the lives lost on September 11. In January 2002, a recording of the tribute was released on CD and DVD.

He performed keyboards, Lap Steel guitar & vocals with Pink Floyd at their reunion with Roger Waters on July 2, 2005, for Live 8 at Hyde Park.

In 2005, a three-disc DVD recording of The Who's 1996 performance of Quadrophenia was released.

Carin played with David Gilmour in the 2006 tour, in support of On an Island.[9] From June 2006, he played on Roger Waters The Dark Side of the Moon Live tour, with dates in 2007 and 2008.[10]

Carin has worked with such organizations as Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and 4 Seasons of Hope for fundraising events, playing with Seal, Elvis Costello, the Chieftains, Spinal Tap, and many others.

In 2006, Carin worked on the self-titled solo album by The Psychedelic Furs' frontman Richard Butler. He wrote, arranged and played all of the instrumental parts, as well as producing and engineering the album. The album was co-dedicated to Carin's late father and Butler's late father.

On 10 May 2007, Carin was one of the performers at the Syd Barrett tribute concert, "Madcap's Last Laugh", at the Barbican Centre in London, performing with Roger Waters and - separately - the members of Pink Floyd (billed as Rick Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason) as well as with Captain Sensible. Two months later, Carin performed on keyboards, guitar and lead vocals with Roger Waters at the Live Earth event on 7 July 2007, at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

He has also programmed the sounds for The Rascals reunion shows in Port Chester, New York, the Capitol Theatre in December 2012.

Carin performed with Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder for the "12/12/12" Hurricane Sandy benefit concert.

He performed with Roger Waters tour "The Wall 2010–2013 Live" on keyboards, guitars, lap steel, and programming.

In 2014, Carin performed in Kate Bush's Before the Dawn concert series at Hammersmith Apollo, her first live shows in 35 years.

He then contributed to David Gilmour’s Rattle That Lock album, playing keyboards in 2015.

Carin performed with David Gilmour on his Rattle That Lock World Tour 2015–16.

In Autumn 2016, he performed with Roger Waters on a short tour of Mexico, then at Desert Trip in Coachella.

In 2018, completed the 157-show Us + Them Tour with Roger Waters.

Selected discographyEdit


Pink Floyd

Roger Waters

David Gilmour

The Who

Pete Townshend

Kate Bush

Richard Butler


Dream Academy

Martha Wainwright

Bryan Ferry

Soul Asylum

The Psychedelic Furs

Gipsy Kings


David Broza

  • Night Dawn, The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt

Fields of the Nephilim


Peter Perrett

  • How The West Was Won

Corey Feldman


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