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The Wall: Live in Berlin (1990)

A recording of the 1990 Berlin benefit concert in which Roger Waters leads an all star cast in performing his famous concept album.

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The Band
The Bleeding Heart Band
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Paul Carrack ...
Himself
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Introduction (as Group Captain Leonard Cheshire)
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The Prosecutor
Rick Danko ...
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Andy Fairweather Low
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The Mother (act two)
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Jim Haas
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The performance of "Mother" used on the video, laserdisc and DVD releases was from the previous day's full dress rehearsal. The concert performance of this song, featuring Sinéad O'Connor and The Band, had been spoiled by technical difficulties rendering it unusable so as planned the song, and others that had suffered from technical problems, was to be performed once more straight after the concert itself had ended. However despite taking part in the encore performance of "The Tide Is Turning" Sinead O'Connor was nowhere to be found backstage, apparently having been offended by Waters' request that "If need be just mime". It is also noticeable during the video version of the song that several members of The Band are reading their parts from lyric sheets placed near their feet. It is doubtful they would have used such props at the concert itself. See more »

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Version of Pink Floyd The Wall Redux (2002) See more »

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One Of The Greatest Most Bizarre Concerts In History
15 January 2006 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

By the Summer of 1990 the cold war had ended thus saving mankind from the threat of thermo-nuclear conflict , the Berlin wall had been knocked down and the unification of Germany was underway and how did humanity celebrate these Earth shattering historical events ?

With a rock concert !

But it wasn't just any rock concert , it was a rock concert performed by Roger Waters and friends of their own interpretation of Water's masterpiece album THE WALL an album I fell deeply in love with a couple of years previously . Strange as it may seem I never thought about attending the concert in the flesh ( great title for a song BTW ) because the thought of travelling halfway across Europe was somewhat daunting and the thought of watching a concept album about alienation and social isolation being performed alongside 300,000 would have been too ironic even for me so I decided to watch it on television even though the signs weren't good since Phil Collins and a few other big names invited to attend snubbed the event and Waters replaced them with little known acts namely Sinead O' Connor , Bryan Adams and The Scorpions

The concert was opened by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC who spent much of the second world war bombing Nazi Germany back to the stone age and who spent the remainder of his life as a selfless charity worker . No doubt this apt introduction revolves around the idea of reconciliation and a new way forward for Europe . Then the concert proper started which was a strange mix of the good , bad and sublime

The Good : A Russian red army band performing a rousing version of Bring The Boys Back Home with the wall in the background illuminated with photographs of war , Waters performing his own penned tracks like Another Brick In The Wall Part Three and as a fascist dictator Waiting For The Worms

The Bad: I know it's a live concert performed to a worldwide audience of tens of millions and accidents do happen but many of the early tracks were ruined by technical difficulties . Some of the guests were inappropriate like Thomas Dolby and Cyndi Lauper

The Sublime : Albert Finney and Tim curry camping it up during the prosecution sequence . The wall being demolished ion stage as Pink breaks out of his barrier of isolation

All in all ( Geddit ? ) one of the most spectacular , memorable and just plain bizarre concerts ever performed


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