Wire & Einstürzende Neubauten – gig to be shown on TV
Wire 'Red Barked Tree'

German TV station ZDF Kulturkanal today confirmed that it is to broadcast in full a recent gig featuring Einstürzende Neubauten, Wire and Caspar Brötzmann

Berlin Live will be broadcast via German TV station ZDF Kulturkanal on the 3rd December 2011 at 21.00hrs (CET) and will also be available to watch online.

The show was filmed on the 15th September 2011 at Trafo in Berlin ”“ Trafo is an extraordinary location for a concert, having once been a former power plant, and provides 7,000 m² of raw industrial space on three main levels, which well compliments the artists featured.

Caspar Brötzmann Massaker ”Ëœplayed’ for 30 minutes and performed just two songs/compositions.
Wire performed a selection of tracks culled from their extensive career ranging from ”ËœPink Flag’ and through to the recent acclaimed ‘Red Barked Tree’ album. (LTW interviewed Wire in Jan 2011)Einstürzende Neubauten performed their ”Ëœhits’ including Let’s Do It A Dada, and Sabrina ”“ the stage was suitably filled with metal that Blixa Bargeld used for percussion.

Wire & Einstürzende Neubauten – gig to be shown on TV
Einstürzende Neubauten

The gig also includes interviews with each of the groups by German presenter Silke Super (surely not his real name?)

Full details of the online broadcast of the show will be added to a Facebook Events page in the coming weeks.

ZDF Kulturkanal can be viewed in the UK via the ASTRA 1H satellite; sadly not on your Sky+ box then”¦

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. […] I\’d been to Berlin before. A few times. It was a weird freak island surrounded by the grey mass of East Germany. A strange place full of paranoia and dance till the apocolypse 24/7 lifestyles. A mixture of paranoia and hedonsim, a western edngame perfectly captured by the genius music of Einsterzende Neubaten. […]

  2. The full 88 minute show is now up on the ZDFkultur site httpss://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/beitrag/video/1495398/Berlin-Live-am-3.-Dezember-2011?setTime=7#/beitrag/video/1495398/Berlin-Live-am-3.-Dezember-2011


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