On Sunday night, May 31, U2 debuted a new feature on the Innocence + Experience tour. It’s kind of graffiti wall. What used to be a plain yellow wash on the giant screen during the beginning of “Invisible” is now a collage of scribbles, drawings and quotes in multiple languages.
One quote, appearing in the upper right-hand area says, “Tear down the wall and all the others will fall.”
Another is in German: VIELE KLIENE LEUTE DIE IN VIELEN KLEINEN ORTEN VIELE KLEINE DINGE TUN, KONNEN DAS DESICHT DER WELT VERANDERN, which means, “MANY SMALL PEOPLE WHO IN MANY SMALL PLACES DO MANY SMALL THINGS THAT CAN ALTER THE FACE OF THE WORLD.”
The quote in German is taken from an actual painting on the east side of the Berlin Wall, an iconic landmark that was so inspiring to U2 during the crafting of Actung Baby.
UPDATE, June 2:
It’s now clear that most of the imagery on U2’s graffiti wall originates at the Berlin Wall’s East Side Gallery, a section of the wall that features over 100 artists’ efforts from 1990 to commemorate the fall of the wall.
The profile of Russia’s Leonid Brezhnev can clearly be seen in the upper right corner of the screen, taken from the painting, “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love,” a depiction of the infamous moment Brezhnev greeted Honecker in celebration of Communist East Germany.
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