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The Wall Live in Berlin


Group Captain Leonard Cheshire was a decorated veteran bomber pilot of World War 2 and official British observer of the atomic bomb detonation in Nagasaki, a role he was forever to regret, dedicating the remainder of his life to charity. In 1989 he was looking for a suitable event to launch the Memorial Fund For Disaster Relief. This was to raise $10 for each of the 100 million lives lost in the wars of this century, the interest from which was to be used in the aid of disaster victims worldwide. Live-Aid promoter Mike Worwood suggested someone he thought appropriate to help Cheshire. He approached Roger Waters who had been thinking about re-staging his magnum opus The Wall again. The problem was where. Cheshire mentioned Berlin, but it was seen to be too inflammatory at the time. The Grand Canyon, the Gobi Desert in Asia, Red Square in Moscow, even Wall Street in New York (one of Waters' favourites) were considered. But, on November 9 1989 when the Berlin Wall opened after standing for 28 years, the decision was made for him: "If the Wall ever came down in Berlin, I said I would go there and perform the work again as an act of celebration of the freeing up of the feelings between the peoples of the East and the West."

While seeming to lose out on his disputes with the other members of Pink Floyd, Waters main desire was to retain The Wall concept. After looking at a number of Berlin sites, the open area of no man's land between the eastern and western part of the wall was deemed perfect. This area, called Potzdamer Platz, was once one of the busiest sections of Berlin, but had become the death strip patrolled by East German border guards and had been sealed for more than 30 years. Once permission was granted to us the site, it was necessary to clear the area of armaments dating back to World War 2. This included 12 mines, a Soviet rocket launcher, a 125 kilo bomb and a huge range of ammunition. A furnished Nazi bunker was also found which was filled in to prevent it becoming a shrine. Incidentally, contrary to many reports, this was not Hitler's bunker which was allegedly destroyed when the Allies overtook Berlin in 1945.

Production costs estimated at $6.5 million, spiralled to around $10 million. It was always destined to be a huge project, the scale being dictated by the huge site. Waters obtained the expertise of Mark Fisher and Jonathon Park, who designed the original Wall concerts. To concentrate on the concert. Waters took about 9 months off his current project which was working on the music to a French opera called CA IRA , written by his friend Etienne Roda-Gil. These 9 months were extremely difficult and stressful for Waters with full permission by the East German government to use the site not given until April 20 1990. With such a limited time to work with for such a massive project, the pressure was intense to complete everything on time, but they managed to complete the project with only two and a half months to get it built, and rehearsed, with only one month on the site itself.

The largest musical production ever all came together on July 21 for a live audience of around 250,000 plus countless millions on TV. A production crew of over 600 worked on the project, with 50 men building 2,500 bricks along a 168m long and 25m high stage, while 100 others worked various stage effects. Also making an appearance was an 80 piece East Berlin Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, 150 person East Berlin Radio Choir plus a 100 piece Marching Band of the Combined Soviet Forces. Many musical artists were approached to be a part of this event, with varying degrees of interest. In fact, no stars were mentioned until all were confirmed thus leading to wild speculation in the press. A preview ad on a radio station in South Australia broadcasted the special guests as Steve Winwood, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Don Henley, and Stevie Wonder. Who knows where they got their information from! Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, Cyndi Lauper, The Scorpions, Thomas Dolby, Ute Lemper, Tim Curry, Marianne Faithfull, Albert Finney and Jerry Hall were on hand to join in, with the aid of The Bleeding Heart Band.

Media interest in this concert was huge, and was promised to continue long after the last brick had been carried away from Potsdamer Platz. The album, released in the UK on August 27, and the video, released September 24, was to have huge promotional backing, as promised in distributed promotional booklets. The live video was premiered at the National Film Theatre on September 16 in the UK, while Polygram held a press reception in the US on board the USS Intrepid on October 3. Yet the album proved to be less than a success. A major drawback was the inevitable comparisons between this live album and the original Wall. Another Brick In The Wall part 2 was released as a single, but with Cyndi Lauper not being a popular choice to sing the best known Pink Floyd song, the single bombed. A second single The Tide Is Turning, only appeared for a short time, thus adding to its collectability.

Media reviews of the album and video seemed less than enthusiastic. Many journalists focussed on Waters less than successful solo career as compared to the reformed Pink Floyd, with some seeing The Wall in Berlin as simply a way of boosting his popularity. Less focus was put on the charity event for which the event was organised, and the Memorial Fund For Disaster Relief did not seem to take hold in the public's imagination for much longer than the concert itself. Backing for the concert was to come in the form of a $5 million advance from Polygram, guaranteed TV sales of $5 million (only a fraction of which was eventually recovered), $850,000 of Waters publishing advance, plus the sale of tickets. Despite 180,000 tickets being sold and the widespread publicity, there was a $1 million loss after the concert once all the bills were paid. The expected $9 million revenue from the concert was not to eventuate with less than $1 million being collected 2 years after the concert with the sale of the album and video.

LP

THE WALL - LIVE IN BERLIN
(Argentina: Mercury 846 613-1)
(Argentina: Mercury 846 613-1) promo label
(Australia: Mercury 846 611-1) limited edition sticker on cover, came with free Wall 1990 poster
(Australia: Mercury 846 611-1)
(Brazil: Mercury 846 611-1)
(Czechoslovakia: Popron 50054-1
(Holland: Mercury 846 611-1)
(South Africa: Mercury DARL 3016)
(USA: Mercury 846 611-1)
(USA: Mercury 846 611-1) gold promo stamp on cover
(Venezuela: Mercury 90142)

CD

THE WALL - LIVE IN BERLIN
(USA: Mercury 846 611-2 {846 612-2/846 613-2})
(UK: Mercury 846 611-2 )
(Netherands: Mercury 846 611-2 {846 612-2/846 613-2}) double disk in single width jewel case

12 INCH

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 (edited) / RUN LIKE HELL (Potsdamer mix) / ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 (full version)
(Holland: Mercury 878 185-1) p/s
(Spain: Mercury 878 185-1) p/s
(UK: Mercury MERX 332) p/s cover says Holland

THE TIDE IS TURNING (7" version) / NOBODY HOME / THE TIDE IS TURNING (LP version)
(Holland: Mercury 878-549-1)
(UK: Mercury MERX 336) p/s

7 INCH

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 / RUN LIKE HELL

(Australia: Polygram 8781847) white label promo only
(France: Mercury 1323) promo with unique p/s
(France: Mercury 878 184-7) p/s
(Germany: Mercury 878 187-7) p/s
(Germany: Mercury 878 187-7) p/s, with info sheet
(Holland: Mercury 878 184-7) p/s
(Spain: Mercury 878 184-7) p/s
(UK: Mercury MER 332) release date sticker on p/s
(UK: Mercury MER 332) p/s

THE TIDE IS TURNING (7" version) / NOBODY HOME
(Germany: Mercury 878-548-7) p/s (Germany: Mercury 878-548-7) p/s, with info sheet (Holland: Mercury 878-548-7) p/s (UK: Mercury MER 336) p/s (UK: Mercury MER 336) promo with p/s

CD SINGLES

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 (edited version) / RUN LIKE HELL (Potsdamer mix) / ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 (full version)
(Holland: Mercury 878 185-2)
(UK: Mercury MERCD 332)

      

THE TIDE IS TURNING (7" version) / THE TIDE IS TURNING (LP version)

(Holland: Mercury 878-549-2)
(UK: Mercury MERCD 336)

PROMO CD

THE WALL BERLIN 90: ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 (1990 version) / HEY YOU / WHEN THE TIGERS BROKE FREE / THE GUNNERS DREAM / EVERY STRANGERS EYES / THE TIDE IS TURNING
(USA: Mercury CSK 2126) contains studio tracks with Another Brick re-recorded with The Bleeding Heart Band, with insert
YOUNG LUST / ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 / RUN LIKE HELL / BRING THE BOYS BACK HOME
(USA: Mercury CDP 318), 15:02, brick wall picture disc

PIECES FROM THE WALL: ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 (edit) / YOUNG LUST (edit) / RUN LIKE HELL / IN THE FLESH?
(UK: Mercury 878 147-2), 17:00, with insert

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 (edit)
(USA: Mercury CDP 342), 04:05, cardboard sleeve comes in a stencilled foam brick

HEY YOU / ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 (LP version)

(USA: Mercury CDP 349), 11:35, brick wall picture disc
THE TIDE IS TURNING
(USA: Mercury CDP 367), 04:37 brick wall picture disc with back cover only
THE WALL BERLIN 90 BOX SET
Special limited edition of 50 with double CD and video of the concert plus 12 page LP size booklet housed in a 12"x12" box
(USA:  Mercury 082 730-0) CDx2+VHS
(UK: Mercury 15 082 73C-0 {846 611-2+082 649-3}) CDx2+NTSC

RADIO SHOW CD

HIT DISC
(USA) show 855B, broadcast August 31 1991, various artist show with Young Lust live in Berlin

SAMPLER CD

PHONOGRAM NEWS 1/91

(Germany: Phonogram 848 340-2), 63:33, 14 Tracks with The Tide Is Turning live in Berlin

TOUR MERCHANDISE

TOUR PROGRAM
This quite common item contains 66 glossy pages covering all aspects of the event. Included are profiles of Roger and the Bleeding Hearts Band plus all guest artists, information on The Memorial Fund For Disaster Relief, the history of the Berlin Wall including its demise, a synopsis of The Wall album with lyrics, plus full production credits. A pink mask as seen in the audience during the concert footage of Empty Spaces and Waiting For The Worms was given out before this concert also.
T-SHIRTS
- White T-shirt with a Scarfe drawing of the pig on the front
- Black T-shirt with Scarfe drawing of the teacher on the front
- Black hooded sweatshirt with Wall logo
OTHER MERCHANDISE
- Poster of the Scarfe pig with date and full artist listing
- metal pin on badge
- Wall mask given out at the gate
- authentic piece of the Berlin Wall in a commemorative presentation box
- official set of 75 photographs of the dress rehearsal and live show personally picked by Waters

VIDEO

This event was well publicised so there are countless video clips to obtain. The items included here, therefore, only provide an indication of what is out there. OFFICIAL

THE WALL BERLIN 1990 (114m)

- available on laserdisc: Japan and USA (NTSC) and Europe (PAL)
- available on all formats of video, some videos include an 8 page colour booklet and double folded inlay
- coupled with the film version of The Wall for video reissue in Holland
PROMOS (see REG 5)
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL, PART 2 (6m) new 1990 version with The Bleeding Heart Band
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL, PART 2 (4m) "Video Hits", Channel 10, Australian TV, 1990 version with concert footage
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL, PART 2 (4m) live single version with Cyndi Lauper
PREVIEW REPORTS AND ADS

A video press release was made for use by the various TV stations to promote the concert, and provided the video footage over which they dubbed their preview report:

- Waters and Leonard Cheshire walking along the Berlin Wall and view of concert site (30sec)
- interviews with Waters and Cheshire
- promotional photos taken of Waters and Cheshire in front of teacher puppet (30sec)
- press conference
- Empty Spaces from the Wall film (30sec)
- The Happiest Days Of Our Lives (live from 1980) (30sec)
- original sketch drawings of the Wall stage shown while Another Brick (pt 2) live from 1980 is being played (30sec)
- ad for The Memorial Fund For Disaster Relief (1m)
"Headliners" MTV (Europe) 1990 (30sec) mentions Waters will perform The Wall in Berlin
Preview Report, UK TV, 1990 (3m) footage from video press release
Preview Report, MTV,1990 (2m) footage from video press release
"MTV News", MTV (Europe), 1990 (3m) footage from video press release
Preview Report with Rona Elliot, NBC, USA TV, 1990 (3m) with Waters and Cheshire interviews, and preparations
Preview Report with Rona Elliot, Channel 7, Australian TV, 1990 (4m) as above but with Australian introduction
"The World Tonight", Channel 7 Australian TV, 1990 (4m) preview of concert and Animation Art auction
"Special: Before The Wall", Canale 5, Italian TV July 9 1990 (10m)
Channel 4 News, UK TV, July 10 1990 - includes interview with Gerald Scarfe and Jonathon Park
Ad for the concert, Canale 1, Italian TV, 1990 (30sec)
Ad for the concert, Veronica, Dutch TV, 1990 (30sec)
"MTV News", July 20 1990 (1m) Waters interview from video press release
REHEARSALS (see REG 15)

THE WALL REHEARSALS VOLUME 1

- July 18 1990 (35m) day and night rehearsals
- July 19 1990 (70m)
- July 20 1990 (10m) day rehearsals
- footage of the Christies Animation Art Auction September 21 1990 (12m)
- footage of people taking pieces out of the Berlin Wall (1m)
THE WALL REHEARSALS VOLUME 2
- Full Dress Rehearsal 20/7/90 (120m)
BERLIN WALL REHEARSALS
- 60 minute combination of the above two volumes
THE CONCERT
The show from July 21 was broadcast live throughout Europe. Those who have only seen the officially released version may be surprised with the differences to the TV broadcast. Since it was beamed out live, there was no room for error, but luck was not to be on their side with power failures during The Thin Ice and Mother. Re-recorded versions after the crowd went home, as well as some footage from the dress rehearsal was used in the official release to cover for the problems. Other features of the TV broadcast include additional filmed footage during Mother, Don't Leave Me Now and Nobody Home which was not included in the official release, and some very poor singing and lack of synchronisation which was rectified later with the aid of remixing. Some broadcasts, such as the Italian one, also include a great introduction featuring the history of the Berlin Wall. Beware of copies from places such as the UK which missed parts of the show due to the demands of advertisements.
LIVE
Bootleg video version filmed at the concert, July 21 1990 (120m)
CONCERT REPORTS (see REG 5)
"MTV News" July 21 1990 (8m)
"The Today Show", NBC, USA TV, July 22 1990 (5m) concert report
NBC News, USA, July 22 1990 (1m) concert footage and interviews with Leonard Cheshire and the Scorpions
Channel 9 News, Australian TV, July 22 1990 (1m) concert footage
Channel 10 News, Australian TV, July 22 1990 (2m) concert footage beginning with a brief dub of Learning To Fly!
Reports, TF1 / A2 / la5, French TV, July 22 1990 (8m)
News Report, "TG 1", RAI 1, Italian TV, July 22 1990 (2m) concert footage
News Report, "TG 2", RAI 2, Italian TV, July 22 1990 (4m) concert footage and crowd interviews in Italian
"MTV News", MTV Australia, July 1990 (3m) concert footage and brief interviews with some of the performers
Report, la5, French TV, July 25 1990 (2m)
Report, Italia 1, Italian TV, July 26 1990 (10m)
MTV, USA, July 27 1990 (6m) report an the concert including interviews
DOCUMENTARIES AND ALBUM ADS
"The Wall" documentary, 3 SAT, German TV, July 21 1990 (30m) shown before the concert
Ad for the upcoming delayed broadcast of concert, Canale 5, Italian TV, 1990 (1m) with footage of the Berlin Wall
MTV Documentary, 1990 (21m) with interviews of all involved and concert footage
"Be Bop A Lula" with Red Ronnie, Canale 1, Italian TV, November 10 1990 (38m) The Wall special
Ad for video, A2, French TV, October 6 1990 (30sec)
Ad for album, Channel 6, French TV, October 1990 (30sec)
Ad for single, French TV, October 1990 (30sec)
"Third International Rock Awards" June 13 1991 (1m) Waters receives "Media Event Of The Year" award

AUDIO

LIVE RADIO BROADCAST
Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany, July 7 1990 (110m) different mix to the released album and with mistakes
SELECTED AUDIO INTERVIEWS
"Rockline", USA radio, July 2 1990 (90m)
"Behind The Wall", with Ray White, Global Satellite Network, USA radio, July 14 1990



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