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Monday, September 23, 2019

Berlin Makes a Special Appearance at the Rock Hall to Perform and Make a Donation

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 2:08 PM

click to enlarge Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris and Berlin singer Terri Nunn. - COURTESY OF THE ROCK HALL
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  • Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris and Berlin singer Terri Nunn.

The New Wave band Berlin brought its anniversary tour to House of Blues last night, and before heading to New York today, the group made a special appearance today at the Rock Hall, where it donated an artifact and performed in the Rock Hall’s interactive Garage.

Rock Hall CEO and President Greg Harris introduced the band by saying he was “honored” to have the group at the museum. He put on white gloves and held up the black dress that singer Terri Nunn wore in the Bonnie and Clyde-themed 1984 music video for the hit song “No More Words.”

Berlin was one of New Wave's more commercially successful bands back in the '80s when it delivered hits such "No More Words" and the seductive "Sex (I'm A...)." Earlier this year, the band released Transcendence, a new studio album featuring original members, and embarked on a tour to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

“It’s not just a nostalgia tour,” Nunn said in a brief interview before the presentation of the artifact and performance. “Fans really love the new songs, and they seem to be connecting."

She also said she has a special reverence for Cleveland.

"When WMMS first played us, they took a chance," she said. "We were struggling, and what we played wasn't normal music during that time. There was power-pop and rock, but we were different, and they went for it. We're always grateful for Cleveland. You are progressive here in your musical taste. I don't remember our first-ever show in Cleveland, but we have played here numerous times over the years and feel enormous gratitude every time we play here.”

During a four-song acoustic segment in the Garage, Nunn and Co. played “Metro,” “No More Words,” “Show Me Tonight” and “Take My Breath Away.” Nunn dedicated “No More Words" to Harris and dedicated “Take My Breath Away” to her 84-year-old godfather, who was in attendance.

The appearance concluded with a meet-and-greet with fans.

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