What if you had a party, but everyone was wearing shoes that made them the same height. That would be a weird party. Social dynamics would be all askew… The above photo is from a 1997 party thrown by Berlin artist Hans Hmmert. Not sure what ever came of it.
20 years ago, East German officials made the decision that East German citizens would be allowed to visit West Germany and West Berlin. East Berliners streamed to the Berlin Wall and West Berliners greeted them warmly on the other side.
10 years ago, I was in Berlin on the anniversary, and saw The Scorpions play ‘Winds of Change’ at the Brandenburg Gate accompanied by Mstislav Rostropovich and 165 other cellists. It was the most metal moment of my life. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any video or photos of the event.
This year, they celebrated with U2, for whom, ironically, a wall was PUT UP.