Veteran German punk group Die Toten Hosen is blazing a trail through the hearts of Central Asian rockers this week. It's the band's first visit to this part of the world and gives lovers of alternative music a rare chance to sample very different sounds from what's usually dished up in local bars and clubs.
Industrial giants Mercedes and Siemens and Germany's diplomatic missions in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are sponsoring the tour, which opened in Astana on September 21. Tickets are free.
Die Toten Hosen play in the open air on September 24 at Tashkent's Turkestan Theater and then move on to Samarkand's Mujiza Amphitheater on September 25. Tickets are available by registering online with the German Embassy in Tashkent.
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