Published Nov 06, 2009Though they were allegedly there to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's collapse, U2's free concert in the city on Thursday (November 5) was marred by the inclusion of a new sort of Berlin wall. The area where they performed their 30-minute set was set up in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, but was enclosed by a large, obstructive wall.
As CBC News reports, the performance was meant to coincide with the MTV European Music Awards, and the large network was responsible for installing the wall. The purpose of the "tarp-draped metal fence" was, according to MTV, "to ensure the safety and security of the attendees at the event as well as residents and businesses in the area."
Naturally, Berliners were a little chaffed by the irony of this new wall, and a number of tourists who had hoped to catch the concert from a distance could neither see nor hear anything going on. "It would be nice if as many Berliners as possible could take part," parliamentarian Frank Henkel told the local press. "It would be great if the organizers would avoid barriers of any kind."
Of course, if they weren't mixing their self-serving moral statements with paradoxical actions, they just wouldn't be U2.