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The Berlin Wall
« on: July 19, 2021, 07:59:28 pm »
31 years ago, on the 21 July 1990, I was in Berlin specifically to see Roger Waters and assorted musicians perform The Wall concert on 'no man's land' between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate - to mark the toppling of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier.

This recording of the full concert is a must watch.


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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2021, 11:04:56 pm »
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Bummer, from what I recalls it was very moving and ethereal !
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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2021, 11:50:19 pm »
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Bummer, from what I recalls it was very moving and ethereal !
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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2021, 04:06:09 pm »
Working for me although I will I think try and get a better source to watch it...Pink Floyd are one of those bands that complete passed me by as a kids of the 80s...it's only since I've been playing guitar I've really got into them. I was still at Uni in 1990 but I remember clearly the wall slowly coming down...an unbelievable moment in history.
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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2021, 04:17:19 pm »
OK all is working well and this has been parked in Watch Later. Which means I can watch in comfort on the TV, which after last night's work load I will do this evening. Much needed after an intensive week, working on the OM3 songs, then deciding to diarise one ala MMS. Fetch me a beer and a sofa please !!  8)
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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2021, 09:10:40 pm »
I'm glad it is working for you all.

This memory was sparked by something LievenDV posted on social media about a first memory of a big news story - he remembered the fall of the Berlin Wall. It prompted me to look up the Wall concert which, by coincidence, is almost at its 31st anniversary.
It is a musical masterpiece and a theatrical spectacle and a symbolic work of art seeking peace or hope.

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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2021, 10:34:23 pm »
Well that was a bit spectacular !! Must have been incredible to see the show live and such a cast as well.
Been a while since I played the album end to end so that's been bank for now. But I did a wee bit of digging on YT and found the 1980 Earls Court Show, obviously pre-Gilmour Walters fallout and the full Pink line up.
Could be tomorrow evenings viewing ? Back to back Walls ? Why not !

Thanks for the share Richard.  8)
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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2021, 11:32:46 pm »
Thanks Richard, bookmarked for later. What a time that was.
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Re: The Berlin Wall
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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2021, 05:10:08 pm »
http://imgur.com/gallery/YPVLke4  ;)

They only took that wall down knowing one day a Larsen would stray to the dark side Eastern side. Coz we know they are everywhere !

For 31 years the cast of Aufiderzen Pet have been waiting in the Potsdamer shadows for that moment. To burst out with mortar and trowel and resurrect the wall and capture a Danarish bard for probing. Toot sweet as they say in Germany   ;)

Hope you are having nice jollies, squire !! And if you see Brandenburg, don't forget to close the gate.

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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2021, 08:55:09 pm »
What an epic feat!
I was only 8 so I probably wouldn't appreciate it but damn!
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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2021, 10:06:45 pm »
Here is my story - I will try to make it brief.
I am going off memories dating back over 30 years too so I hope this is about accurate.
I want you all to remember too this was 1990.
There was no internet, no smart phones, no mobile phones.
There was TV, word of mouth among fellow travelers and phrase books to try to speak the language of whichever country you were visiting. For money you were best advised to carry traveler cheques in US Dollars. I had these securely secreted in a hidden part of my rucksack which never left my side. I slept on it.

In early 1990 I flew with a friend from Manchester to Tel Aviv and then on to Eilat to work on a Kibbutz. It was situated on the Red Sea Coast and the border with Jordan. We spent several months there before eventually taking a ferry from Haifa across the Mediterranean to Istanbul, Turkey. My friend had to fly home so I traveled solo through western Turkey, and a couple of Greek islands. It was there that I heard the news that Roger Waters was going to play The Wall concert in Berlin. I knew I had to get there, somehow, someway. I discovered that I would need a visa to enter that part of Berlin. I learned that I could get one stamped into my passport in Belgrade - now the capital of Serbia, in 1990 it was within Yugoslavia.
I can't remember my exact route - perhaps a ferry to Thessaloniki to make a connection. I definitely arrived in Belgrade by train late in the evening and ended up sleeping on the station. There I met and befriended Jesper - a Danish national returning home from his own travels. We struck up conversation as we were both wearing an item of clothing recognisably bought in the Egyptian Red Sea coastal town of Dahab. It was once a must visit traveler hippy-hangout before the big hotels and tourism apparently swamped it.
The date of the concert was a few days away. Jesper kindly invited me to travel from Belgrade back to stay with his family in Denmark for a short stay. From there he told me it was possible to take a train down through what was still officially East Germany to Berlin.
A night train through the Austrian alps (with suitably mesmerising donner und blitzen) and Germany took us to Denmark - where i was fed and cleaned and watered most hospitably.
A couple of days later I was arriving in Berlin from the 'communist east'.

On a mad mission, crossing hundreds of miles and several countries in pursuit of some golden prize I had arrived at 'the place'.
Wow. Amazing. I could not believe it. It was July 20th, one day before the actual concert.
Ah - okay - what now?
How about I try to get from where I was to where the concert was going to be held next day.

I had virtually no German apart from the very basic guten tag, danke, bitte, wo ist. And that was about it.  I did have a multi-language phrase book however with a section on German phrases and vocabulary. That was all I needed fortunately. And some good luck. And some very kind and helpful people.

I arrived at the perimeter fence of the site as the evening was drawing out and walked around what seemed many miles until I found what appeared to be an entrance with some activity. Then it happened. And I struck gold. I mean golden nuggets the size of a house brick. First I heard the opening bars of The Wall start up ... the song In The Flesh booming loud and clear and lights and whatnot just a few hundred feet away, on the other side of the perimeter fence.
WOW. Is that for real?
I sat. I was tired, thirsty and hungry. And what I was sure was the rehearsal had just started up not very far away from me at all.
So, I sat on a rough bit of ground at the road side and decided to just enjoy that moment.
It only got better though.
I had found a large piece of card and - using my phrase book - wrote 'suche karte' - thinking it translated as 'I want a ticket'. Apparently it did not but what the heck.  My luck was in. Someone approached me after the rehearsal had been going for about 10-15 minutes. It was a woman - holding out her hand and saying something I did not understand. She quickly realsied I was English so she switched to speaking English and explained ... she was a music journalist, she had a courtesy ticket to watch the rehearsal but decided to come out. Would I like her ticket?
Oh my holy jeez YES YES YES. Would I like her ticket! A ticket to go in to the concert arena and watch a full dress rehearsal of The Wall? You've got to be kidding me.
It was amazing. It was beyond amazing. There were just several hundred people inside and we could mingle and get up really close to the stage.
What an experience. Just WOW.
Once over, people were leaving, chatting etc. Someone spoke to me and again I had to excuse y lack of German. Again, to their immense credit and generosity, they started to talk to me in English. About the show at first. Then in general - how did I get there, was I alone, where was I staying. I had nowhere to stay and had no idea where to go. This extraordinarily kind and trusting woman invited me to stay at her apartment in the city for the night. I was given  a bed, a hot shower, supper, breakfast and to top it all off a packed lunch to take with me next day. What amazing and unbelievable kindness.
She then dropped me back near the concert venue next day as she knew that I was going to try to get a ticket for the actual concert.
I was feeling blessed.
And, would you believe my luck, I found an official kiosk that had just opened and had some tickets left.
Those travelers cheques converted to Deutschmarks did me good.
I had a ticket. I had my golden ticket.
I scouted around for places to eat and stock up on provisions then went inside. It was a hot day. The crowd was enormous. The ground was dry mud and dusty. Everyone was buzzing with excitement. The hours passed and then - for the second evening in a row - I saw The Wall.

I didn't have a camera. I have no photos. I do have memorabilia somewhere in the loft - a cardboard mask given with tickets which the crowd were asked to hold to their faces during two songs. I have my passport with visa stamp and stamp from travel through East Germany. I have my memories.

That night I - along with thousands of Pink Floyd fans - slept within the enormous central station in Berlin.

Next day, in a cafe eating breakfast I met an Austrian woman who obviously took a shine to me and she invited me to travel with her and her friend, first to her family home in Austria, then we had a summer romance as we took trains through Spain and Portugal. But that, and subsequent tales are for another time.

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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2021, 11:03:39 pm »
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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2021, 01:15:15 am »
What a story Richard, I read it with my jaw wide opened. Adventure I can only wish for, a true tressure to keep and share with others!

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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2021, 04:07:33 am »
Richard what a marvellous, epic tale. Thankyou so much for sharing this piece of your life. You paint the picture so well.
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Re: The Berlin Wall
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2021, 06:11:53 am »
What a tale, Richard., what wonderful memories.

Must be something in the blood of maths teachers, for that sounded just like the many travel tales of wonder and fortune that my brother loves to tell.

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« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2021, 04:26:55 pm »
What a story Richard! :D
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