A global television broadcast of the event in which former Pink Floyd leader singer and composer Roger Waters led an all-star cast in a mammoth benefit performance of his acclaimed concept album/concert, The Wall, in support of The War Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief. Set in Berlin, Germany less than a year after the destruction of the hated Berlin Wall, Waters was accompanied by disparate talents such as Cyndi Lauper, James Galway, Joni Mitchell and Albert Finney in the classic dark musical tale of a rock star's descent into madness and back. The performance was subsequently released as a top-selling video. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This was an awesome concert! Almost everything about it is flawless. Roger's band, the great guests, and of course, Roger Waters himself. It does have its flaws, but it doesn't kill my 10 rating.
The Scorpions did a half decent "In The Flesh?" and I'm not a heavy metal fan. Ute Lemper did a good duet with Roger on "The Thin Ice." Garth Hudson (organist from The Band) did a nice sax solo on "Another Brick In The Wall, part 1." "Mother" is well executed by Sinead O'Connor, The Band, and The Hooters. Joni Mitchell pours her heart out on "Goodbye Blue Sky," while James Galway does a cute little flute solo. Bryan Adams's appearance during "Empty Spaces/What Shall We Do Now?" and "Young Lust" was cool. During "One Of My Turns," I like watching toss guitars and lamps out of a hotel room set in the wall (like Bob Geldof did in "Pink Floyd The Wall.") And I love watching the crew finish building the massive wall one brick at a time. It's amazing how they could build the whole thing in only one hour!
The second half is even better. "Hey You" was sung by Paul Carrack, the best guest at the whole show. I like the classical guitars on "Is There Anybody Out There?" as well as Snowy White's guitar solo on "Nobody Home." The military orchestra on "Bring the Boys Back Home" was outstanding. Van "the man" Morrison does a soulful version of "Comfortably Numb," with more good guitar solos by Rick DiFonzo and Snowy White (although not as good as David Gilmour's solo.)
The orchestra really adds some mmph on the second "In The Flesh." "Run Like Hell" was good, but it sounded weird when only sung by one person. I like watching that marching hammer animation in full (unlike in the movie.) "The Trial" was awesome, with Tim Curry, Thomas Dolby, Ute Lemper, Marrianne Faithful, and Albert Finney playing the different characters. It's really cool watching the entire wall get torn down before the eyes of 250,000 people. "The Tide Is Turning" made a great finale to a marvellous concert.
It does, however, have flaws. Cindi Lauper was a bad choice for "Another Brick in the Wall, part 2," although Thomas Dolby managed to save it from her wrath. "Nobody Home" became less of a powerful song in blues form. And I was disappointed to not here "Outside The Wall" at the end (although the video plays the movie version over the credits.)
This concert goes down easily into rock and roll history, as well as the history of Germany, as it's a celebration of the destruction of the real Berlin Wall. Leonard Cheshire does a nice intro by starting the show by blowing a war whistle.
If you're a Pink Floyd/Roger Waters fan, this is a must-see. Also, see P.U.L.S.E., a live Floyd concert which ranks up with this show. And of course, see the movie, "Pink Floyd The Wall."
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