Nucleus of the Nena band
In staggering distance to the Bermuda Triangle [LINK] on the banks of the Elber was the disco Madison. For the music and culture scene of the early 80s, Hagen was the central place to go out, dance and make contacts. Here they met after the long days in the rehearsal room. The bands knew the staff and the doorman, which saved money. Extrabreit even managed to get their own shelf with their own whiskey bottles with name tags on it. The epitome of "man hat es geschafft". The Madison has become a pop historical legend, because it comes to a groundbreaking discovery here. The entourage of the Hagen-based proto-punk band The Ramblers is also a regular guest at Madison. One evening Ramblers-Roadie Rainer Kitzmann discovers the dancing Gabriele Susanne Kerner. He chooses her as the front woman of his band The Stripes. This band, which succeeds in a few TV appearances, becomes the nucleus of the Nena Band. And the former Ramblers guitarist Carlo Karges writes the lyrics for them. Including one of the greatest German hits of all time: "99 Luftballons".
Elbersufer, 54095 Hagen