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depeche-mode-east-berlin-concert

If you’ve seen our film, you’ll know all about Depeche Mode’s astonishing concert in Communist East Berlin in 1988.

The photo above is of some of the fans at the concert, it really looks like it could have been taken in the 1960s. It was as if Beatlemania had broken out!

I will credit the photographer when I can find his details. He took some other great images from the gig, which are included in our film.

Here’s a clip of the concert itself, I remember seeing this when we were researching our film. There’s an interview with Dave Gahan and Alan Wilder – although its in German and there’s no subtitles I’m afraid. The only proper footage from the concert is the wide shot at the start – and the music isn’t actually from the concert! This was East Germany before the wall came down, and they only had one camera to film the concert with. The concert footage at the end is apparently from another TV show that Depeche performed on. 


depeche mode 7.märz 1988 Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle

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The concert was astonishing for a number of reasons. For an alternative band to play in East Berlin was groundbreaking. You couldn’t buy tickets for the concert, you had to ‘win’ them. 

Part of the reason for their large following was a greatest hits compilation that was released in East Germany on the Amiga record label in 1987:

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For more of a taste of the concert, and some first hand accounts of how some boys from Basildon effected people’s lives around the world, see our film!

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