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Chester Kamen
Background information
Birth name Chester Kamen
Origin UK
Occupation Musician
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts Roger Waters
Bryan Ferry
Robbie Williams
Duran Duran

Chester Kamen (born in Hackney, London) is an English session guitarist, whose work has included performing on Duran Duran's Big Thing album.


Chester started playing guitar aged 11, and at 18, turned professional. His first recording was with a band called, Numbers. Chester and Numbers singer, Ouida, teamed up and were discovered by Bryan Ferry who produced their self penned single entitled, "Pick Up In A Nightclub".

He performed on stage a Live Aid alongside Dave Gilmour as part of Bryan Ferry's band, first playing with Bryan on his Boys And Girls album in 1985. He continued to work with Bryan into the '90s. Checter joined him for the 1989 dates of his Bête Noire tour and was the lead guitarist on the 1994 dates of his Mamouna tour. Chester also co-wrote and co-produced some of the tracks on Bryan's Bête Noire album including the song "Seven Deadly Sins" along with Guy Pratt.

In 2002, when Roger Waters continued his In The Flesh Tour, Chester was brought on board to replace Doyle Bramhall II, who had other commitments and could not commit to the tour. Prior to joining Roger Waters on his In The Flesh World tour, Chester has been working with Texan singer, Shea Seger.

Chester has also worked with Paul McCartney, Bob Geldof, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Seal, Massive Attack and Gabrielle to name but a few.

A selection of credits[]

  • Big Thing - Duran Duran
  • Boys and Girls - Bryan Ferry
  • Bête Noire - Bryan Ferry
  • "Angels" - Robbie Williams
  • "Let Me Entertain You" - Robbie Williams
  • "Rise" - Gabrielle
  • "Galore" - Kirsty McColl
  • "Protection" - Massive Attack
  • "Like A Prayer" - Madonna
  • "Fear No Evil" - Jimmy Nail
  • "Imagination" - Belouis Some