The 60’s psychedelic progressive rock group Pink Floyd will go down as one of the best both musically and showmanship wise. Their theatrical stage performances and unique compositions made them a strong force to be reckoned with. Their albums crushed the record charts every time a new one was released and by 2013, they had “sold more than 250 million records worldwide.” They released a few of the most powerful and iconic albums in rock’s existence. Some of these titles include: The Piper At The Gates of Dawn, Animals, Wish You Were Here, Dark Side of The Moon, and, The Wall. The latter two would later be two of the bestselling albums of all time.
The 1979 rock opera The Wall was the final studio album featuring all original members. The original lineup had toured successfully for 11 years before bassist Roger Waters fired keyboardist Rick Wright. Due to creative differences and a falling out with lead singer and guitarist David Gilmour, Roger Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 to pursue a solo career.
One standout performance by Roger Waters after his tenure with Pink Floyd was his show of The Wall on July 21, 1990. This was a particularly memorable event because it was held in Berlin, Germany to “commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier.” The wall was one of the most infamous blockades in history and created a lot of tension in the world and especially Germany, for almost 30 years. Once the wall was torn down in 1990, it signified unification, both physically and ideologically, for east and west Berlin. The concert featured many guest artists and an elaborate stage was constructed on a piece of land formally named ‘no man’s land.’
The concert was a major success, with over 450,000 people in attendance. This was the perfect way to culminate the destruction of something that caused so much divide and hatred.