The Wall – Live in Berlin
was a live concert performance of the Pink Floyd
studio album, The Wall
, held in Berlin, Germany, on 21 July 1990, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall
eight months earlier. A live album
of the concert was released in September 1990. A video
of the concert was also commercially released.
The concert was staged on vacant terrain between Potsdamer Platz
and the Brandenburg Gate
, a location that was part of the former "no-man's land" of the Berlin Wall. The Wall
was written by Roger Waters
when he was a member of Pink Floyd
in 1979 with a tour following in 1980 and 1981
The show had a sell-out crowd of over 250,000 people, and right before the performance started the gates were opened which enabled another 100,000 people to watch.According to Roger Waters' recollections in the documentary supplied with the DVD release of the film: "They stopped charging people when we got to 250-260,000, and like another 100,000 people came in...
" Fifty-two countries broadcast the two-hour event.
The event was produced and cast by British impresario and producer Tony Hollingsworth
. It was staged partly at Waters' expense. While he subsequently earned the money back from the sale of the CD and video releases of the album, the original plan was to donate all profits past his initial investment to the Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief, a UK charity founded by Leonard Cheshire
. However, audio and video sales came... Read More