U2’s “Free” Concert: You’re Doing it Wrong

Blair Hanley Frank

To celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago today, world-famous rock group U2 held a free concert at the Brandenburg Gate. Free, in this case, means that the tickets were free of charge, not that anyone could go and see the aforementioned concert. In fact, in a case of what I certainly hope is unintentional irony, MTV (the producer of said concert) erected a large temporary wall around the venue itself, complete with white tarp to block any non-ticket-holding spectators from viewing the concert.

So let me get this straight: holding a free concert to celebrate the tearing down of a wall means that the producer must put up a wall around said concert. Well hello irony.