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Roger Waters

Steve Turner, Radio Times, 25 May 1990

RW: I did an interview a couple of years ago for a guy called Red Beard who worked for a radio station in Dallas and he does long productions on the making of classic rock albums and then puts them out on CD. At the end of the interview he said "Would you ever perform The Wall again on stage?" and I said, "No." He asked me why and I said that indoors it made no sense financially – it’s too expensive, and as it’s partially an attack on the inherently greedy nature of stadium rock shows it would be wrong to do it in stadiums. In fact, when I did it in 1980 they were begging for me to do it in stadiums but I said no. I couldn’t possibly do that. He said, "Oh. That’s a shame," and I said, "Well. I might do it outdoors if they ever take the wall down in Berlin." This got picked up by the Hollywood Reporter and the Daily Mail printed something as well and a few people saw it. Then the Memorial Fund was in a council meeting and felt they needed some kind of an event to focus attention on it and so Mick came and asked me. So I agreed to have a meeting with Leonard and I was very impressed and said I would do what I could although I thought it was very unlikely that it would come off [last September]. This was before Berlin opened up and so we were looking at other venues. Then in November, when the wall started coming down, we started negotiating with everybody.

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