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Radrennbahn Weißensee

Radrennbahn Weissensee is a large cycling track located in the Weissensee district of Berlin.[1] It is north of the park containing the Weisser See.[2] It is also popular for inline skating and skateboarding.

During the time Radrennbahn Weissensee was part of East Berlin, it was also used as a concert venue.[2] Acts such as James Brown and ZZ Top played there, in an attempt to satisfy the musical desires of East German youth.[2] The most known concert held there, and the biggest concert in East German history, was the July 19, 1988 performance of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on their Tunnel of Love Express tour.[1] It attracted 160,000 fans and featured Springsteen introducing Bob Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom" by saying, "It's great to be in East Berlin. I want to tell you, I'm not here for or against any government. I came here to play rock-and-roll for you East Berliners in the hope that one day all the barriers will be torn down."[1] It subsequently hosted The Rolling Stones' Urban Jungle Tour in August 1990.


Coordinates: 52°33′52″N 13°27′28″E / 52.56444°N 13.45778°E / 52.56444; 13.45778

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