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East bands rock on long after Wall fellThey have been rocking arenas nearly as long as the Rolling Stones but unlike Mick and Keith, they're from a country that no longer exists. Meet the Puhdys, East Germany's most successful band, which is still performing to capacity crowds 25 years after the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.With their headbanger hair, black leather jackets and motorcycle boots, the look of the kings of "Ostrock" hasn't changed much although the core members are 70 and over.And with over 20 million records sold over their 45-year-long career, neither has their sound, which taps a rich vein of "Ostalgie," nostalgia for East Germany, a country which only managed to see its 41st birthday.In an interview ahead of a sold-out show at Berlin's O2 arena, a 17,000-capacity venue big enough to host superstars like Beyonce and Lady Gaga, the band said this was their last hurrah before retirement next year.The fall of the Berlin Wall was disastrous for many eastern bands, with fans, finally given a choice, running out to buy albums from acts like Genesis, Tina Turner and the Stones.
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