04. 08. 2013

Penetration Euro-Street Tour: Berlin

burningboy blogs from the Tour

2nd August 2013 Berlin

Our first stop in Germany was in Frankfurt, just a stone’s throw from Strasbourg. We stayed over the night at Mikin’s place – he was our German connection and of course we wanted to perform in the evening. The circumstances were utmostly favourable as there were enough other buskers playing, dancing and performing on Zeil high street and for our deployment we managed to park as near as a hundred meters from our chosen place. Although there was a three-member band with a blonde violinist playing, when we turned up, they slowly started to pack so we went on to land our stuff. As soon as we finished, it came clear why they had finished. The police stopped them. When asked why, an obliging member of force explained they could play for twice 15 minutes with a break between. Then he added amplified music is not allowed in all the city. When he later saw my Roland it made him laugh and he went on to say I could only use my vocal chords.

Anyway, Frankurt is a very nice city, modern, no winding streets or leaning houses, just 21st century. Instead of performing we went to see the “bad side” of the river – Sachsenhausen district and enjoyed a bite from local nightlife. For a Thursday it was quite good!

Das grosse Finale

Penetration Euro-Street Tour

The next morning we said good bye to Mikin and set off towards Berlin – our ultimate destination! It is not close at all but German highways make it easier. I find it as if Germans were mocking the neighbouring countries saying: come try out how proper highways should work and don’t pay for it, it’s normal like that at us. Respect! (Even more so when you arrive in Czech, then you start to feel ashamed and beg for Anschluss.) We arrived around 6pm, checked in the hotel at the outskirts and were so knackered we had to have a nap, even though there was no time for it. (Somewhere we found that music can be played outdoors only up to 9pm, which we were hardly making.)

Berlin is the largest city we have visited on our tour, which brought about a question, where to perform actually. Google claimed Alexanderplatz for the second best busking spot in the world and as soon as my mind cleared I realized it was „the right place“! Facebook commentators threatened by excessive competition, I took it as my „final fight“, though, so regardless, I did not gave a fuck!

We parked just behind the corner from the square and found out there was a communal feast or something with stands and official program. There was even more people so and individual performers faded out in the bustle therefore we didn’t have to be afraid of disturbances. Nobody played beneath the time machine, just a couple of high dread-heads was about to initiate a romantic intercourse. I could not believe my eyes! I offered them our concert as the background for their activity, they gladly agreed and the spot was ours!

During unloading our stuff the pole slid out of the case and fell down on the ground from about a meter or so. It looked ok (what the hell can happen to a stainless piece of steel), but it was not, as we saw a moment later. After pulling all our equipment to the spot I turned on Roland and Eva started to assemble the X-stage pole. When the stage was finished and my shortened moisturize set was over, the pole turned out to be unable to be fitted to the stage (obviously resulting from the fall) and the MP3 player started indicating low battery. Scheisse! Besides, huge flames were thrown by some piro-equipment on the official stage just behind me and the time machine. My beat was outdone by the flamethrowers and people were overstimulated by all of it around so I hesitated for a while if it is worth trying. Eva was struggling to repair the pole (how do you want to repair a goddamn steel pole without visible damage??) and I went mechanically on waiting for my battery to go out.

Die froehliche Endung

The flames ceased, people begun to gather, a few of them sat down, some even offered help to Eva and my MP3player kept going. I introduced Penetration and explained it had been right there, in the underground, where I met Eva 6 and half years ago and that the tour is our honeymoon at the same time. Eva could miraculously make the pole cooperate and everything turned out better! An audience of about a hundred formed in front of us, mostly youngsters having a good time out, one of them poured all his wallet into our hat and we had a great gig in the end. A police car appeared, drove by and turned behind the corner a couple of policemen walked by a moment later and still without any problems. I gave an encore after which individual guys came to ask and chat. There was a splendid easy atmosphere with the TV tower winking at us from above. Gutte Nacht Berlin and we pack our stuff..

Penetration Euro-Street Tour