U2360° TOUR Leg 1: 2009

Aug
18
1997

Nuremburg show - Rally the thoughts.

18 August 1997
Nuremburg show - Rally the thoughts.
Nuremburg show - Rally the thoughts. The gig is on the site of Hitlers famous rallies, loaded with memories and the contrast with PopMart is very strange.

Gig in Nurnburg in Germany, on the very field where Hitler held his rallies.. The whole stone tribune where he made his speeches is still there - live from 'Triumph of the Will', straight out of every photo you ever saw. Chilling. Talk about vibe off the place - the stone is alive with it. In front and to one side of this hideous monument sits the PopMart stage. A giant Lemon now stands in front of where Hitler stirred a nation to violence. Here, right here where I'm standing, is where it all went on. To watch 'Bullet the Blue Sky' with its 'cathedral of light' searchlight beams heading off into the night sky - the original of which happened in this very field... thoughts run wild. A giant stuffed olive stands proudly above where tanks and troops once saluted Nazi leaders. Thank God the world turned out this way. Surrealism may not be much of a weapon, but in this instance it became part of a celebration. Very heavy place. Apparently, they don't know what to do with it, given its enormous historical significance. You can understand the hesitation to destroy it, but on the other hand what could it ever become, other than a shrine for shaven headed morons? One suggestion was to turn it into a shopping mall. Can you imagine? I'm saying they should just level the place and have done with it.

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