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5.0 out of 5 stars I was also there in Potsdamer Platz., 24 Sep 2007
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This review is from: The Wall - Live in Berlin [DVD] (DVD)
By good fortune I went with two Dutch friends who speak perfect German
and we arrived in the morning so was able to get very close to the huge stage.

Held in Potsdamer Platz (a location which was part of the former "no-man's land" of the Berlin Wall), this concert was even bigger than the Pink Floyd era ones, as Waters built a 550-foot long and 82-foot high wall, which was broken down in the same show.

The show had a sell-out crowd of over 200,000 people, and right before the performance started the gates were opened to the concert and an additional 100,000 to 500,000 (estimates vary) people were able to enter for free so we are talking about a huge audience.

To Clear up the issue about ' technical failures ' I had a friend
record the whole show in Holland { unlike the UK in Holland they covered it live ' from start to finish } so I did watch it after the event and I do know the broadcast was marred with a few drop's in sound but we { the audience } watching it live were unaware about any problems ' apart ' from 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 DVD.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.

I went to a local party in East Berlin and around one hour later we could hear them repeating the part that had been broken up before .

Its impossible to spot when you watch the DVD and even although I was thirty foot from the stage I cant even spot the splice.

I work in the music festival field so I do get to see many Live events but The Wall Concert in Berlin on 21 July 1990 was the best Concert I have ever seen and even although its now over seventeen years later I can still remember it as if it was yesterday.

Really this DVD should be in ever fan's collection.

ps

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. The Leibstandarte 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 Führerbunker was 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.
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