A new musical consciousness
When I was a kid, I used to collect magazines. Mostly based on who was on the cover, or how many posters I could cut out and tape to my walls. I chose from Bass Player, Guitar Player, 16 Magazine, Billboard, Interview....the list goes on. While moving recently I found a couple of old magazines and saw this article that I obviously cut out and saved for the fact I was a big Pink Floyd fan. Not even sure what magazine it was from but it read:
"July 21, 1990
Potzdamer Platz, W. Berlin
Of all the open-air music events this summer, this has to be the most ambitious and historically interesting. Former leader of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, will be performing the group's famous rock opea The Wall at the no-man's land which separated the east and west parts of the city along the Berlin Wall. Appearing for this gigantic theatrical event will be Waters' special band, special guests, a symphony orchestra, military bands and a choir. During the performance a wall 600 feet long and 60 feet high will be built during the concert and then torn down at the end. Organizers expect 200, 000 spectators for the show and there has been talk of live TV coverage. A live album and video will be made. Tickets cost DM 35. They will be available at all major outlets."
Now, I have seen this video made during this performance. I own it. MTV carried the performance live! Roger Waters planned the event as a fund raiser for the Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief. Despite the huge media attention and a list of special guest performances from Brian Adams, Cyndi Lauper, The Scorpions, Joni Mitchel, Van Morrison, Thomas Dolby, Marianne Faithful, etc.. The event actually LOST millions of dollars. The live performance album did poorly next to the original.
Such a shame because never had the social and political message of Pink Floyd been so relevant to this fans' generation then at that moment in history. Do yourself a favor and buy this video. It's a piece of musical history for a worthy cause.