German band gives first Western pop concerts in Iran in 39 years

German band gives first Western pop concerts in Iran in 39 years

German electronic band Schiller will become the first pop group to perform in Iran's capital, Tehran, since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Two-hour concerts are planned for all five nights. 

The two first concerts on Mondays and Tuesday at the Keshvar Big Hall are sold out, Deutsche Welle reported.

Iran's clerics see Western music as part of a conspiracy leading to the "cultural invasion" of their Islamic country.

In 2008, Iranian music company TS had already attempted to organize a concert with Irish singer Chris de Burgh. The concert organizers had obtained a permit from the Ministry of Culture and de Burgh was already in Tehran by the time the country's ultra-conservative clerics vetoed the event, cancelling the gig at the last minute.

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