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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."
This video will inspire the Pink Floyd and Roger Waters fan. The production values are very high, but the video is not overproduced. You will get a birds eye view of one of the best concerts of all time. Most of the guest musicians perform brilliantly and with feeling (E.G. Sinead O Conner, Bryan Adams ,Cyndi Lauper and Thomas Dolby). If you own the album 'The Wall' you must own this video. Become one of the 300,000+ audience members as you experience the wall built in front of your eyes. Even if you prefer David Gilmour's take on Pink Floyd you will appreciate this rendition as a powerful tribute to the album.
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
absolutely fabulous! Watched the tape till it wore out. now the DVD is absolutely wonderful. the graphics and sound amazing. If you are a true fan, this is a must have. Crystal clear video, Dolby surround fills the room, like being there. The historical info is well done and the bonus material informative.
Wow! This is the best concert I've ever seen.Roger Waters vocals are amazing and the other singers like Cyndi Lauper and Brian Adams did a magnificent job.Rogers vocals really shined on this night. If you are a Roger fan or a Floyd fan this is a must have.The projections are great and the creativity of "The Wall" is unbelievable.Must have this great concert!!!!!!!!!! First time i watched this concert I was in shock.Even though Van Morrison was slurring his word Comforably Numb was still great.The Tide IS Turning live after aid was breathtaking.Would make a great gift.The Wall falling in such a place that it did fall was historic. Joni and Sinead did OK and Paul Carrack was great.Scorpians did a fantastic job.This is a must have. My vote is a perfect 10 of 10.
I see only one other report on this and can't disagree more. I was fortunate enough to see Floyd perform The Wall live at the LA Sports Arena in 1979. I'm told that, due to stage size requirements, they only "built" the full wall on stage in LA and NY. The performance in Berlin in 1990 is the closest one can get to what they might have seen in '79. The sound on the DVD is excellent and the cinematography was nothing short of outstanding. Having the variety of musicians and vocalists involved was terrific with the sole exception of Van Morrison, who gave an extremely weak performance for Comfortably Numb, which on the album is one of the highlight songs. This DVD is absolutely worth the price and can be enjoyed many times. For comparison, watch the theatrical version which delves deeply into the trauma of "Pink's" life, played wonderfully by Bob Geldorf of the Boomtown Rats.
Today I have watched this concert maybe for the twentieth time. It is one of the best concerts ever made. Roger Waters and all the participants are perfect. Mandatory for those who appreciate excellent musicians. My vote is ten.
The Wall is, indeed, one of the most awe-inspiring feats from the 70's
rock scene. It may not be Pink Floyd's best work, but on the form of
ambition it could rightly rank with (or some would argue above) Dark
Side of the Moon. It's engaging (if a little obvious) with its messages
on education, sex, the drainage of rock and roll, psychology, and the
breakdown of society through fascism. It's more of a sensory experience
than something traditional, like with the Who's rock operas. So here,
shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Roger Waters brought forth a
worldwide broadcast of the wall, complete with a spectacle for millions
to experience, and of course not alone. Here he is joined by such
musicians as Bryan Adams, The Band (of Last Waltz 'Band' I mean), Cyndi
Lauper, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and the Scorpions among others. On
top of this is the complete stage-show of the Wall that made waves when
first done in 1980.
It's the kind of live concert one wishes was experiences in person as opposed to on the screen; like with the live show in other venues with the complete Pink Floyd, something is lost when experienced at home (the film is another matter, which is for my money one of the top 5 "expensive student films" ever made). On top of this there is also the factor of the special guests, and even the whole spectacle itself, getting in the way of what Waters does best. In fact, while he is usually singing the songs (there's a great bit when he's in part of the Wall right before, or after, the hotel-room smashing), the other acts sometimes steal the show, for better or worse. Mitchell is good, the Band does a terrific job, and the Scorpions are hit or miss depending on how much of a fan you are.
But that this is such an ambitious show, with such a huge, overpowering audience, is enough to suffice. The Gerald Scarfe production design/animations are a wonder to behold for the fans, and there are a few other surprises as well. There is also an interesting, if not perfect, rendition of 'the Trial sequence' featuring a funny, scathing Tim Curry and judge played by Albert Finney. So, like other Pink Floyd or Waters endeavors, it's stretching the boundaries of what can be done, and more often than not it succeeded, in the wake of a triumphant fall of the real wall in Berlin.
What an incredible double feature this concert is! The most incredible Pink Floyd concept album is brought to Berlin Germany and played out with an all star cast live under the supervision of former Floyd frontman Roger Waters. There was also a cause for celebration in the air as the previous year saw the break up of a divided Germany and the Berlin Wall was dismantled for good. This live show is a must see for new Floyd/Waters fans that probably were not even born when the original album came out in 1979. A brilliant show that captures the beauty of Waters lyrics and perceptions! Look out for Jerry Hall as the party girl who wants to take a bath with Old Pink. Also stars Joni Mitchel, Bryan Adams, Van Morrison, Sinead O' Connor, Cindi Lauper, Tim Currey, Albert Finney and Thomas Dolby.
Most enjoyable concert with loads of big name stars wearing funny get-ups and singing the utterly unique Roger Waters productions. I loved watching the Wall being built right there stone by stone and was captivated by the thing being dismantled rapidly in a falling thunder. Must have taken lots of time and energy to build this set, and even more to rehearse all the complicated numbers. Very expensive looking props were used which includes much more than the costumes: lots of trucks, flying machines, gun toting players running to and fro, and, of course, Cyndi's glorious wig. I gotta wonder at the mentality of someone who can come up with this much eccentricity in one program; is Waters a genius or just some p*ssed off 60's jamboy?
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