• Roland Hohberg

Bruce Springsteen in East-Berlin

It was the biggest music event of my life.

On July 19, 1988 Bruce Springsteen gave the biggest concert of his career - and the biggest that ever took place in the GDR.

The Boss performed on the Weißensee Velodrome in Berlin in front of possibly more than 300,000 spectators.

I made my way from Leipzig to Berlin early in the morning. It was very warm and humid on this summer day.

We were tens of thousands of people in front of the entrance when the gates finally opened five hours before the show.

I managed to get very close to the stage and didn't move for about 9 hours.

Springsteen was so excited that he played one encore after the other and of course I knew the lyrics of the 36 songs he performed.

Bruce and the E-Street-Band played fantastic and the music gave me Woodstock feeling and so much freedom.

Before that, I was there at Bob Dylan's and Joe Cocker's concerts live, but Springsteen topped everything.