Udo Lindenberg is honored by his adopted home of Hamburg: the musician is made an honorary citizen at the beginning of September.

Finally, Udo Lindenberg (76) becomes an honorary citizen of Hamburg. After Mayor Dr. Peter Tschentscher (56, SPD) had already suggested this in May 2021 on the occasion of the musician’s 75th birthday, after a long wait due to the corona restrictions, there is now an appointment: the artist will be given the opportunity on September 7th during the first citizenship meeting awarded honorary citizenship. The city announced this on its online portal.

Udo Lindenberg was born in 1946 in Gronau, Westphalia, but started his career in Hamburg. The city’s statement on Lindenberg’s award states that Lindenberg’s distinctive voice and time-related lyrics helped German-language rock music to achieve a breakthrough. His efforts to achieve understanding within Germany were also part of the history of reunification.

Udo Lindenberg and his Hamburg story

The person Udo Lindenberg and his artistic work have been associated with Hamburg internationally and nationally for years, it is said. His extraordinary commitment to the Hanseatic city also makes him an outstanding personality, who is now to be honored with the “highest homage in the city”.

Lindenberg moved to Hamburg in 1968 and has mostly lived there ever since. In the Winterhude district, he shared a flat with comedian Otto Waalkes (73) and musician colleague Marius Müller-Westernhagen (73) in the famous “Villa Kunterbunt”. Since the mid-1990s, Lindenberg has mainly lived in a suite in the posh Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg’s St. Georg district.