Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
Set List of Show:
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "Moment of Surrender"
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"Get Up Stand Up" (Bob Marley) /
"Blackbird" (The Beatles) /
U2 perform a short free concert with Jay-Z at Brandenberg gate to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, which is aired as part of the MTV Europe Music Awards.
On October 27, 2009 it was announced that U2 would perform a short set in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate as part of the celebrations for the 16th MTV Europe Music Awards. The performance was a free ticketed event, and one could register to attend the event via eventim.de. Tickets were available on a first come basis, and limited to two per person.
The Awards show itself was taking place at the O2 World in Berlin a little later in the evening. The Awards show, and U2’s performance celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The band sound check “One”, “Magnificent”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Moment of Surrender”, including a guest appearance by Jay-Z on “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. The show is scheduled to start at 6:30, and for those that do not get tickets, there are screens set up near the gate which will allow additional people to view the concert.
U2 took the stage at 7pm. The band opened with “One” with words appearing on the Brandenburg gate behind them stating “One” and “Freedom” before switching to views of fireworks as Bono wished Berlin a “Happy birhtday”.
The band played “One”, “Magnificent”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” with Jay-Z complete with “Get Up Stand Up” and some new lyrics written by Bono. The band then move into “Beautiful Day” with a snippet of “Blackbird”, then “Vertigo” and they finish out with “Moment of Surrender”.
In his tour diary for U2.com Willie Williams mentions, “The significance of the location was monumental and the lyrics of One pushed it into orbit, along with the absolutely stunning projections on the Gate (not created by me, I should add, so I feel entirely at liberty to rave about them). This was one of Those Moments. Simply a unique moment in time which encompasses far more than can be expressed in a few words.”
At the awards show itself U2 won “Best Live Act” at the MTV EMA’s. Larry and Adam accepted the award.
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