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U2 to play free Berlin concert on MTV awards night

IRISH rock band U2 will perform a free concert in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate next week to coincide with the MTV Europe Music Awards being held in the city on the same night, organisers said today.

The Nov. 5 event comes four days before the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the Cold War that had split the city and Germany.

The barrier was peacefully swept away in the months that followed and the two countries reunited 11 months later in 1990.

"It'll be an exciting spot to be in, 20 years almost to the day since the wall came down," said U2's manager Paul McGuinness. "Should be fun."

According to MTV Networks International, owned by Viacom Inc, tickets to attend the gig will be free of charge and are available on and from 0800 GMT today.

Jay-Z and Robbie Williams are among the acts due to perform at the annual MTV show, one of the biggest pop music awards ceremonies to be held outside the United States.


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