Roger Waters : The Wall – Live In Berlin 20th Anniversary

They Say :- Roger Waters’ seminal concert of The Wall before a live audience of 250,000 in Berlin and international live broadcast viewership of ½ billion is, arguably, the greatest concert event in history. Staged on vacant terrain between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it marks a momentous cultural and political landmark. Roger is taking a new production of The Wall on tour across Europe from March and to celebrate Universal Music are proud to present a repackaged, limited deluxe combo edition of the DVD and 2-CD live album.

Roger Says :- “30 years ago when I wrote The Wall, I was a frightened young man. Well, not that young, I was 36 years old. It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with its concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns: nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, whatever! All these issues and ‘isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.”

We say :- Well, as you’ve obviously heard The Wall I won’t try to add to the volumes and volumes of critique, analysis and pseudo-intellectual waffle that has piled up around Roger Water’s masterpiece. I’m pretty sure that if I ever built a time machine, or someone from the future popped back in time and sold me a ticket for theirs, my first musical port of call would definitely be the 7th Feb 1980 when Pink Floyd debuted this most spectacular of rock operas at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to an astonished audience.

By the time the Berlin Wall came down almost 10 years later Pink Floyd had come to an end quite spectacularly in a storm of court cases, acrimony and battles over who owned what and who could play what. It all ended badly, Waters fought to stop the rest of the band continuing as Pink Floyd and failed but in the settlement he retained control over the Wall theatrical concept.

The entire Wall spectacle was re-staged in Berlin soon after the wall came down in aid of charity. It was performed in front of a live audience estimated to be 350,000 and featured a number of guest star appearances including Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Cindi Lauper and The Scorpions performing various tracks from possibly the most famous album in history.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the original gig (and Waters’ upcoming tour where the full production of The Wall will be played for the last time) a “Limited Deluxe Tour Edition” 3-disk box set has been released. This includes the entire concert on DVD remastered in DTS 5.1 surround sound (As far as I can figure this is the same DVD that was released in 2004) along with the whole shebang on 2 audio CDs.

If you are a fan of Roger Waters or Pink Floyd then this is undeniably something you want to have in your collection, but then if you are you probably do already. To be honest I can’t really imagine listening to this concert on CD as I prefer the “original” but the DVD is certainly well worth watching, the concert itself is visually stunning and the bonus “Behind The Wall” documentary provides an interesting insight into what exactly was involved in staging the show.