Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

Jul
19
1997

Rotterdam show - Bouncing in the rain.

19 July 1997
Rotterdam show - Bouncing in the rain.
Rotterdam show - Bouncing in the rain. Despite the rain the audience get into the PopMart spirit and thanks to the site's landfill foundations it's a moving event.

So, it rained. It rained a lot, all day, but in the end it didn't hurt us too much. The audience here in Rotterdam was so up for it that nothing was going to hold them back. From the minute Skunk Anansie opened the evening's proceedings (in the rain) it was clear this was an unstoppable crowd. As mercy would have it, the rain stopped the minute U2 set foot on stage and the show took flight. The stadium in Rotterdam is built on landfill, so when many thousands of people jump up and down at the same time the pitch really starts to bounce, like a sprung dance floor. It was mighty exciting watching the entire massive construction swaying to and fro. Four songs from the show were broadcast on live television all over Europe - Please, Streets, the Lemon sequence, Discotheque, Velvet Dress and part of With or Without you. OK, that's five and a half songs. Live broadcasting is always a nerve wracking affair, because any screw-ups go out on air, but then that's the whole point. What you see on TV is genuinely what was happening in the stadium. Mercifully, tonight it all went very well. 'Please' I think was given its finest looking performance to date - I love it when that happens.

After the show much jumping up and down and a feeling of anticipation as to how great these European shows are going to be. There is something which is inherently so exciting about seeing a crowd of thousands upon thousands of people jumping up and down together. Even when they are all a little on the damp side.

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