1988-07-19 Radrennbahn Weissensee, East Berlin, East Germany

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Scheduled: 19:00 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

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"Out In The Street" (in its only 1988 performance) and "The Promised Land" make their tour debuts and "Born To Run" is performed with the full band for the first time on the tour. "Adam Raised A Cain" includes "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "I'm A Man" in the outro. "Cover Me" includes "Gimme Shelter" in the outro. "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" includes the sung "Don't You Touch That Thing" intro. "Dancing In The Dark" includes "Lookin' For A Love" in the outro and "Light Of Day" includes "Land Of 1000 Dances". "Twist And Shout" includes "Having A Party". "Tunnel Of Love" and "Tougher Than The Rest" are each dropped for the first time on the tour. Oddly, this show was announced by the promoters as a "Concert for Nicaragua" (see ticket stub), which upset Bruce and prompted him to give his infamous German-language speech prior to "Chimes Of Freedom" about "not being here for or against any certain government, but to play rock 'n' roll for (you) East Berliners…in the hope that one day, all barriers will be torn down." A few minutes before the concert started, Bruce had the words translated and written down in phonetic spelling by his personal German driver, George Kerwinski, and the speech originally included the word "walls" instead of "barriers" – this was changed at the proverbial last minute because it was considered too delicate by Jon Landau. Kerwinski had to literally climb onstage during the show and tell Bruce to say "barrier". Bruce does his introduction in German while the band plays in the background. Of course, the entire speech was censored in the original East German television and radio broadcasts anyway, although it was shown on various TV news reports in West Germany.

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