The Wall – Live in Berlin
|The Wall - Live in Berlin|
Original 1990 cover
|Live album by Roger Waters|
|Released||10 September 1990|
23 June 2003 (reissue)
|Recorded||21 July 1990|
|Roger Waters chronology|
Reissued 2003 cover
- "In the Flesh?" by Scorpions
- "The Thin Ice" by Ute Lemper & Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
- "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)" by Roger Waters; sax solo by Garth Hudson
- "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" by Roger Waters
- "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" by Cyndi Lauper; guitar solos by Rick DiFonzo & Snowy White, synth solo by Thomas Dolby
- "Mother" by Sinéad O'Connor & The Band; accordion by Garth Hudson, vocals by Rick Danko & Levon Helm; acoustic instruments by The Hooters.
- "Goodbye Blue Sky" by Joni Mitchell & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir ; flute by James Galway
- "Empty Spaces/What Shall We Do Now?" by Bryan Adams, Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
- "Young Lust" by Bryan Adams, guitar solos by Rick DiFonzo & Snowy White
- "Oh My God - What a Fabulous Room" by Jerry Hall (intro to "One of My Turns")
- "One of My Turns" by Roger Waters
- "Don't Leave Me Now" by Roger Waters
- "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 3)" by Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
- "The Last Few Bricks"
- "Goodbye Cruel World" by Roger Waters
- "Hey You" by Paul Carrack
- "Is There Anybody Out There?" by The Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir; classical guitars by Rick DiFonzo & Snowy White
- "Nobody Home" by Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir, guitar solos by Snowy White
- "Vera" by Roger Waters & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir
- "Bring the Boys Back Home" by The Rundfunk, Band of the Combined Soviet Forces in Germany & Red Army Chorus
- "Comfortably Numb" by Van Morrison, Roger Waters & The Band & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir, guitar solos by Rick DiFonzo & Snowy White
- "In the Flesh" by Roger Waters, Scorpions, the Rundfunk Orchestra and Choir
- "Run Like Hell" by Roger Waters and Scorpions
- "Waiting for the Worms" by Roger Waters, Scorpions and the Rundfunk Orchestra and Choir
- "Stop" by Roger Waters
- "The Trial" by The Rundfunk Orchestra and Choir, featuring:
- "The Tide is Turning (After Live Aid)" by the Company (lead vocals by Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams, Van Morrison and Paul Carrack.) & the Rundfunk Orchestra & Choir.
- Roger Waters: Vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar on "Mother", rhythm guitar on "Hey You."
- Ute Lemper: Vocals.
- Cyndi Lauper: Percussion, vocals.
- Thomas Dolby: Synthesizer, vocals.
- Sinéad O'Connor: Vocals.
- The Band:
- The Hooters:
- Joni Mitchell: Vocals.
- James Galway: Flute.
- Bryan Adams: Guitar, vocals.
- Jerry Hall: Vocals.
- Paul Carrack: Vocals.
- Van Morrison: Vocals.
- Tim Curry: Vocals.
- Marianne Faithfull: Vocals.
- Albert Finney: Vocals.
- Rick Difonzo: Guitars.
- Snowy White: Guitars.
- Andy Fairweather-Low: Bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals.
- Peter Wood: keyboards, organ, synthesizers.
- Nick Glennie-Smith: Keyboards, organ, synthesizers.
- Graham Broad: Drums, electronic percussion.
- Stan Farber: Backing vocals (credited as Jim Farber).
- Joe Chemay: Backing vocals.
- Jim Haas: Backing vocals.
- John Joyce: Backing vocals.
- The Rundfunk Orchestra, directed by Michael Kamen.
- The Rundfunk Choir.
- The Marching Band of the Combined Soviet Forces in Germany (alternatingly credited on the 2003 reissue DVD as The Military Orchestra of the Soviet Army) and the Red Army Chorus.
- Paddy Moloney (member of The Chieftains. Listed in album credits, but contribution is unknown.)
- Before the beginning of the show, brief performances by The Hooters, The Band and The Chieftains (with guest James Galway) were held, but none of these songs were ever officially released.
- In the actual concert on live television, the second song, "The Thin Ice" and part of the third song, "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)", were disrupted when a circuit breaker tripped. It was reset, but immediately tripped again so they had to rewire some equipment. Those two songs had to be re-recorded for the issue of the videotape. After 'The Thin Ice' was interrupted, the original, live American broadcast of the show said: "This is radio-aid live in Berlin. If you're wondering what's happening, is, a production involving some thousands of people, has stopped. And when that has to happen, Roger walked out in front of the crowd, sort of waved to them and said, 'Oh well, this happened a couple of times during rehearsal' - in fact, if you were lucky enough to have seen 'The Wall' in L.A., when it was performed, I think, the second night, there was a curtain that caught fire, some very similar situation has happening [sic] here. They have to back up tapes, they have to re-cue lighting, get everybody ready, and then they're gonna roll it. He's actually kind of jovial about the whole thing, he's walking across the stage and just kinda went 'Aw, shucks,' and the crowd is laughing, they know what happened, that somebody missed a cue and they're gonna rewind, uh, get everything going again, and take the film back...because this is what happens with The Wall...is so tall...they end up using it as a kind of like a drive-in movie projector - uh, screen, rather - they project images on it and everything, so there's a lot of things that have to be re-wound, re-cued...and then they're gonna re-start it and then they're gonna come back to it....You're listening to 'The Wall, Live from Berlin' on the Global Satellite Network. And the reason we're here is for the 'Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief.' And if you'd like to help out, they're trying to get together and - unless you can write a check for $800 million - they're trying to get together some money that will be in a permanent account, and this money will then go whenever there's a disaster, whenever it's needed, somewhere in the world. And you can send your check into for 'the Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief' P.O. Box 4383 Hollywood, California 90078 - and i think we're doing the show again! Let's go back live to the stage! 'The Wall, Live from Berlin'"
- The live performance of "Mother" was also hounded by a power failure. Roger Waters tried to get Sinéad O'Connor to sing her parts anyway, or mime the song, while the error was being fixed. Offended by being asked to mime, she didn't return after the show to re-record the performance (which is how "The Thin Ice" was saved for the CD/Video release.) Instead, the release version of "Mother" comes from the dress rehearsal on the previous night before the concert. Consequently, the large projection of Gerald Scarfe's mother character that was projected on the screen during the concert cannot be seen on the video or DVD versions.
- Film director Ian Emes was hired to shoot live footage originally intended to be included in the program. Emes devised a film around the character of Pink, performed by Rupert Everett, and of Pink's mother, played by Marianne Faithfull, and shot the sequences in East Berlin during the concert preparations. Only a small segment of the film was used in the performance.
- Bryan Adams appeared to be miming his guitar-playing in Young Lust, and the Scorpions appear to be doing the same on all their instruments during the fascist rally sequence, as can be observed on the video.
- The vocals that are heard through the megaphone in Waiting for the Worms are supposed to be coming through a rolled piece of cardboard (imitating a megaphone) that Roger Waters is singing to. However, in the beginning of the solo, the vocals that come through the megaphone are heard although Roger Waters was still picking up the paper megaphone from the floor, so it was obvious that the megaphone vocals are lipsynced.
- The Wife's part of "The Trial" was reshot at London's Brixton Academy after the original sequence was deemed to be of insufficient quality due to camera shake. What is seen in the video issue is a close-up of Ute Lemper, shot against a dark background, lip-syncing to the original live sound.
- Shot on Potsdamer Platz, the no man's land between East and West Germany, the producers didn't know if the area would be filled with mines - no one did. Before setting up, they did a sweep of the area and found a cache of munitions and a previously unknown SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler bunker. TheLeibstandarte Adolf Hitler started as Hitler's elite personal bodyguard but were later diverted to Eastern and Western fronts. There is a misconception probably due to the SS division's name that the bunker found was the Führerbunker or the place were Adolf Hitler committed suicide which is false. The Führerbunkerwas in another location.
- At the request of the concert producers, part of the Berlin Wall was kept in place as a security fence behind the stage.
- Paddy Moloney, bandleader for The Chieftains, is listed as a guest performer in the show. Although The Chieftains played a daytime set before the concert, his solo contribution to the main show remains a mystery.
- During the final chanting of "Tear down the wall!" in the Trial sequence, the wall has a projection of a concrete and graffiti marked semblance of the Berlin Wall, just before it is torn down.
- At the beginning of "Bring The Boys Back Home", a section of the Vietnam War Memorial was projected onto the wall, producing a chilling cross-image ofVietnam War lost American soldiers, Pink Floyd's album, and the Berlin Wall itself, sections of which were still standing near the concert site. These comments are from someone that attended the show.
- The live Van Morrison version of "Comfortably Numb" is used in the Martin Scorsese film The Departed. It is later used in HBO's 'The Sopranos'. Morrison also performed this version on his 2008 concerts.
- Rights in the event are held by Tribute Inspirations Limited.