The Wall – Live in Berlin

The Wall – Live in Berlin  was a live concert performance by Roger Waters and numerous guest artists, of the Pink Floyd studio album The Wall, itself largely written by Waters during his time with the band.  The show was held in Berlin on 21 July 1990, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier.  A live album of the concert was released 21 August 1990.  A video of the concert was also commercially released.  (More from Wikipedia)


The concert event The Wall – Live in Berlin, a July 1990 performance of the 1980 Pink Floyd album The Wall took place at the site of the Berlin Wall that had come down eight months previously.  The concert was organized by Roger Waters, who had been the frontman for the band during their hitmaking period in the 1970's and early 1980's, though he left Pink Floyd in 1985 over creative differences and attempted to prevent the other bandmembers from continuing to use the name (they settled out of court in 1987). 


Roger Waters had said during an interview in July 1989 that the only way he would perform The Wall live again was "if the Berlin Wall came down" – and four months later, it did.  Attendance at the concert site itself was a record-breaking 450,000, and it was also broadcast live worldwide.  Scorpions opened the concert with "In the Flesh" and also performed on three other songs.  Guest artists included Cyndi LauperMarianne FaithfullThomas DolbySinéad O'ConnorJoni MitchellVan MorrisonBryan Adams, and Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band.  Tim CurryAlbert FinneyUte Lemper and Jerry Hall are actors who also performed, mostly during "the Trial" sequence toward the end.  As the concert was performed, a gigantic wall (550 feet long and 82 feet high) that appeared to be made of large styrofoam blocks was completed; at the end of the trial, the judge declared:  "Tear down the Wall!", and the wall was pushed over, row by row. 


(April 2013)


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