Tear Down This Wall, Mr. Bono

I wonder if this could be called a Bono no-no:

A U2 show marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has run into controversy – after organisers built a wall around the venue.

A two metre barrier has been erected around the Brandenburg gate to keep out people without tickets for the show.

“It’s a shame that a barrier has been set up. It’s stopping many Berliners from hearing the concert,” local politician Frank Henkel told the BBC.

The U2 show is part of the MTV Europe Music Awards, which take place later.

Ten thousand tickets were given away free online and snapped up within hours.

Now police in the city say they’re expecting as many as 100,000 people to descend on the square in front of the Brandenburg gate to try and catch a glimpse of U2.

Mr Henkel, Christian Democrat floor leader in the Berlin city-state parliament, said: “It would have been so much better if as many Berliners as possible could have taken part.

“We don’t know who’s responsible for this, whether it’s U2 or MTV.

He continued: “10,000 people is a lot, but U2 could have had an even bigger audience enjoying their music at this wonderful location.”

McGuinness said Berliners think it is “pretty ironic” that an event to
mark the falling of the wall has resulted in another one being

That’s an understatement, dude. It’s *fucking* ironic and may even qualify as an Edgy clusterfuck. Achtung, baby, my ass. Hmm, I wonder if the ghost of Ronnie is haunting U2 with long, boring stories about Jack Warner and Daryl Zanuck. A scary thought indeed.

Every time I contemplate the Berlin Wall, my thoughts turn to Billy Wilder’s hilarious filmOne, Two, Three. It’s a Cold War/Coca Cola imperialism comedy starring Jimmy Cagney talking a mile a minute and shouting at everyone within, uh, shouting distance. Here’s the trailer:

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  1. I met Bono in 1982 and again in 1983. He made such an impression that I started telling people all those years ago, “this guy is going to the top, their band is going to take over the world,” mostly to unbelieving ears. A great band, but they jumped the shark for me when I heard in 1986 or 87 about how they were charging then-astronomical prices of US $35 for tickets in a soccer stadium in their wage-depressed hometown of Dublin. Even after writing them off all those years ago, this story still appalls though. Watch however, most of the press will let them slide on it. That’s the advantage when you’re an institution.

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