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U2 to mark Wall anniversary with free concert in Berlin

AFP · 28 Oct 2009, 08:07

Published: 28 Oct 2009 08:07 GMT+01:00

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The Irish rockers will perform in front of the landmark in the German capital on November 5 as part of the MTV Europe Music Awards, the group announced on their website.

The performance will be a prelude to the "fall of the wall" celebrations in Berlin and will be beamed in to the televised broadcast of the awards.

"It'll be an exciting spot to be in, 20 years almost to the day since the wall came down." said U2 manager Paul McGuinness. "Should be fun."

U2 relocated to Berlin in 1990 in the months after the wall fell to reinvent their sound on the "Achtung Baby" album, recording at the Hansa Studios close to where the wall stood.

Tickets to attend the concert will be free and fans can register at www.u2.com or www.mtvema.com from Wednesday.

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"This year's awards will be remembered as the night when the world's major music players came together against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall to celebrate music, freedom and the birth of a new age in Europe," said Antonio Campo Dall'Orto, executive producer of the awards.

Germany marks 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the country's reunification on November 9.

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11:48 October 28, 2009 by nilweiss
Nooooooo. The most overrated band in history! Why not a German band?

Bonehead stinks with his arrogance.
13:29 October 28, 2009 by berniebird
Ticket booking with Eventim only worked if you already had a membership with them, and the English site wouldn't even work.... so it was a waste of time even trying to get tickets.... rigged!
14:00 October 28, 2009 by dcgi
@berniebird: not true I bagged 2 tickets and wasn't registered (I got cookie errors on trying to complete the order but managed to get past that eventually). The site was pretty non-responsive at 9am CET but I tried again an hour later and it was working ok, from what I can see now all tickets have been got, but feel free to try yourself.
14:08 October 28, 2009 by berniebird
Sold out now :(
16:23 October 28, 2009 by berlinski
Robbie Williams gave a free concert within 5 minutes walk from my apartment last week and I didn't bother going. I can say the same about U2, I wouldn't even cross the road to see them for free. They were good in the 80s and early 90s, but now are a complete has-been band. Having said that, they were part of history when playing the concert here 20 years ago, so it is a good choice to have them again for the celebrations.
19:55 October 28, 2009 by lordkorner
Well maybe nilweiss has a point,maybe they should use a German band for this world event,lets see,who? Boney M,naw most people think they are either British or American, David hasellhoff,well his surname sounds about right and after all they did use him all those years ago when the wall did come down,Scorpions..who?.U2,they have been around a long time,sang out against apartheid in South Africa when it probably wasn't a cool thing to do,made millions of fans aware of the situation down there, sang out about the troubles in northern Ireland, what ever you think of U2 they have done there bit in their own way to make the world a better place and yeh i can here the cynics laughing in the back ground.U2 are in my opinion the best live band in the world,probably the only band that can go on tour for almost two years filling large stadiums at a time and I think Berlin should be grateful that Bono and the boys have agreed to come and play for free in this grand city,God knows they don't need the publicity . By the way Berlinski, to quote from Pulp Fiction,comparing Robbie williams and U2,ain't the same game,ain't the same ball park,sh1t mother fuc*er ain't even the same sport.
10:58 October 30, 2009 by William Thirteen
no surprise that U2 is trying to horn in on any newsworthy event. perhaps we could launch them into space the next time ESA has something to send up...
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