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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.

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Comment by J. M. B. on January 25, 2013 at 4:39am

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As you introduce the word 'sad', my mind goes to the exclusion of The Moody Blues from the Rock Hall, though perhaps 'travesty' is more fitting since they in fact were one of the originators of the concept album with their 1967 release, Days of Future Passed. Of course there was also Sgt. Peppers, The Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request, and The Doors' Strange Days, all recorded and released that same year, but the Moody Blues' contribution also includes what I like to refer to as the second instance of Spoken Word vocals (with the first being 'Horse Latitudes' on Strange Days). Jim recorded his vocals in the Spring of that year, while the Moody Blues tracked their work in the Fall.

The stated reason why the Moody Blues are kept out of the Rock Hall is because of a supposed lack of generational influence.... something that obviously Pink Floyd has no problem re-achieving year after year.

From Dark Side in 1973 through The Wall in 1979, those recordings have not aged a bit, and remain just as modern as anything out today, if not moreso. Stuff from the 80s sounds more out of date than Animals and Wish You Were Here ever would. [I am partial to The Wall since we are both the same age; Floyd was tracking in May/June of '79 while I was just starting life]. At the time of my birth in February 1980, I was on Earth at the same time that both John Lennon and Bob Marley were here, which to me means that I shared the physical world with them, albeit for only a brief year or so. It must be even more amazing for Matt Sorum since he was here even before The Beatles were The Beatles, before Janis Joplin left Texas for San Francisco, and before The Beach Boys "caught their first wave".

How many times in a row can you say 'The Beatles' before it stops making sense? I am at about 15 times before it melts.

What does the Moody Blues being in the Rock Hall mean to us? It means nothing.... it means everything ( logic from the film, Kingdom of Heaven).

Is it possible to make The Moody Blues relevant today? I am not talking about a 'mash up', but rather a Moody Blues cover song recorded in a way that makes the band part of today..... even a Techno cover could theoretically suffice as proof of relevance and influence.

The only direction in which to look for new inspiration is backwards into the past; so hence there will be a day when Classic Rock is needed again.... if it isn't already desperately needed now.

As for 'getting anyone', drugs can't be the answer. People relate to music despite the drugs, but not because of them.....if that makes sense ;-). I have heard people say how they "never got into The Grateful Dead", as if listenership is limited to those who dedicate themselves to physically following the band around, or as if it is an implication that one must do drugs in order to appreciate Jerry Garcia's great contribution to Americana.

The Beatles served a purpose and fulfilled Rock and Roll's destiny. Another 'Beatles' is not even needed, and it would be redundant on top of that.

I am probably sounding like a 'throw back to the 60s' right about now, but the Classic Rock timeline is like outer-space where it is said to fold over on itself and thus theoretically allow travel to Jimi's far-off galaxy off Black Blues.

Comment by Mia on December 22, 2012 at 2:04am

I like your thinking. While "The Wall" is concidered more of a conceptual album, no one in the '80's would have the patience to really absorb a concept album after them. The '80's kind of coined the phrase "One hit wonder" because it had so many of them. LOL I am still a huge Pink Floyd fan although I could never get into Syd Barrett's music on his own. I never did enough drugs to "get" him. The Beatles too...real artists. You just don't see that anymore. Very sad, the death of classic rock for sure.

Comment by J. M. B. on December 21, 2012 at 11:01pm

'The Wall' should be considered the last Classic Rock album, among any other Rock LPs released in 1980.

 I set the opening parameter of Classic Rock as 1962 because this is the year The Beatles made their first recording, and in essence the first Classic Rock record. It is fitting that Floyd should close out the era in 1980, the same year we lose Lennon. The sound in 1981 changes and Rock is no longer Classic.

No new Classic Rock can be made, and the closest we can get to it is 'The Wall' since it really is the most recent change in Rock.'The Wall' marks where music changes, and Roger Waters built it into the music on this album. On certain songs, it is as if it is the sound of the death of Classic Rock.




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