U2 Concert

Trip Start Oct 31, 2009
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Trip End Nov 16, 2009


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Thursday, November 5, 2009

As it turned out, MTV was hosting the European Music Awards in Berlin as part of the celebration of the day the wall came down (Nov 9, 1989). In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of that historic event, U2 staged a free concert at the Brandenburg Gate. They gave away 10,000 free tickets the week before we arrived but we decided to crash the party. A group of 5 of us (Derek, Scott, Jeremy, Ivan, and I) jumped on the transit system and made our way to Unter den Linden, the boulevard that leads through Pariserplatz to the Brandenburg Gate. The organizers had set up a jumbotron and auxiliary speakers near Madame Tussaude's and we found ourselves a perfect spot to view the spectacle. While a couple of us stood in line for bratwurst, and another purchased some Beck's, Jeremy explored further ahead. He found he was able to bypass what little security was in place and get right into the main area reserved for ticket holders. Although he did not have a great view of the band, he reported that the sound and the atmosphere was fabulous. The rest of us stayed by the jumbotron where we got great visuals but less good sound. All in all it was an electric atmosphere. The band were originally scheduled to play just 4 songs, but Bono and the boys extended it to six. At one point, they were joined on stage by Jay-Z who interwove a rendition of Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" while the band riffed on "Sunday, Bloody Sunday". WOW!!!

Anyway, I took images that Derek shot on his video camera and edited it together with video I shot on my point and shoot camera and cut that with live audio and a recording by U2 to compile a 4 minute clip. Take a look and share the night with us.
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