U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011


Rotterdam pre-show - Europe live.

18 July 1997
Rotterdam pre-show - Europe live.
Rotterdam pre-show - Europe live. The first European show goes live on TV to the whole of Europe. No pressure.

Rotterdam and we are back to work. It never ceases to amaze me how easy it becomes to switch back and forth between work mode and play mode. After a week off everyone is much rested, but now we are back together again its like we never left. Same faces, same environment - stage, catering, dressing room, production office, trucks, buses, mix position out in the field. Except of course that we are thousands of miles from our last gig and in a different continent, but such things are of little real consequence when you're on a rock & roll tour.

The stage loaded in to the Feynoord Stadium in Rotterdam a couple of days ago. This is where we debuted the Zooropa tour, so it is very much home territory. Mr MacPhisto was born in the dressing room here. Not being a band to shy away from a high pressure challenge, U2 have opted to open the European tour with a live TV broadcast being fed to the whole of Europe. Consequently we are here with a whole pile of additional cameras, lights, mobile recording trucks, etc. Tonight was a full rehearsal run through, which was pretty uneventful. After the run through the band stayed to play 'Please' through a couple of times more, to shoot some close-ups which aren't possible during an actual show. There may be a video clip to be had out of this.

So tomorrow we start again, giving PopMart to the Dutch. This European leg will be a wild ride - shows here have such a different vibe to America. Its all so civilised in the U.S., with rows of seats and popcorn stands. The Euro crowd are nowhere near as organised and the resulting energy level is way higher. The only potential set back is the weather looks like it could be pretty awful. Not that this has ever held U2 back before now. Say a couple of prayers and remember Red Rocks.

Related Topics

Current News

16 Apr, 2013
We've got winners in our #U2FTGU competition.
11 Mar, 2013
Photos and clips 'from the ground up' arriving every day. Love your work...
18 Feb, 2013
Ever made anything From The Ground Up? (See what we did there?) Check out our latest competition.
29 Jan, 2013
Those five bonus downloads when you subscribe to U2.com? All you need to know.
18 Dec, 2012
It opens with Breathe and closes with "40" - but what are the other thirteen tracks on Edge's Picks?
15 Nov, 2012
Fifteen tracks selected by The Edge... but what are they?
14 Nov, 2012
'From The Ground Up' is the inside story of U2360° and in this exclusive extract we go backstage with Adam.
27 Jun, 2012
Saturday marks three years since U2360 took off - we're hosting 'U22 Day' to celebrate.

Current News

27 Jan, 2015
'Get out of the conscious mind...' Edge on creativity with Feedback Kitchen's Mario Batali.
26 Jan, 2015
 New dates are being added to this year's iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour.
23 Dec, 2014
It started with 'Ordinary Love' and ended with news of the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015. Twelve months we were waiting for.
08 Dec, 2014
Additional dates confirmed in New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris.
08 Dec, 2014
11 Films of Innocence airing for 24 hours ... plus 12th, special to U2.com subscribers.
08 Dec, 2014
Tickets for the U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour on general sale this morning.
03 Dec, 2014
On the road in 2015, playing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade. Cities, dates, tickets, presales.