November 9th will mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The short (six-songs) U2 concert that took place at the Brandenburg Gate yesterday ran into some trouble after — no lie — a huge wall was constructed to keep non-ticket holders from watching the free concert.
Controversy aside, Jay-Z does little but his presence adds a certain amount of swagger to this already swaggering song. It’s easy to hate on U2 — the conventional argument is that the band hasn’t done anything worthwhile in nearly 1.5 decades. But that’s bound to happen to any band that’s been together and still playing after 30 years. It’s impossible, I say, to watch the above clip and not get goose-pimples, to not marvel at just how huge U2 and Jay-Z are as cultural ambassadors.