U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011

Jul
20
1997

Rotterdam show - Radar rock.

20 July 1997
Rotterdam show - Radar rock.
Rotterdam show - Radar rock. Edge precipitates a uniquely Dutch moment of national unity.

Rotterdam show number two, which seemed a much more relaxed affair now that the whole BBC TV crew has left us. Its just the band and the audience, for a private show. Great show too, with an unforgettable karaoke moment. The most famous song, internationally, by any Dutch band ever has to be "Radar Love" by Golden Earing. Yesterday we had talked about getting The Edge to do a karaoke version by way of tribute, but there were a couple of potential problems with the song. For starters, it was recorded an awfully long time ago, so you have to wonder if the younger audience members would know it, and in any case the song is nearly six minutes long, doesn't have a sing-a-long chorus, starts with a minute long guitar solo and has a three minute drum solo in the middle. It would be a brave man indeed who would attempt such a feat in public. Photographer Anton Corbijn, who is Dutch, assured us that this would be no problem and that the crowd would love it. This was encouraging, but all the same, you couldn't help but wonder what would happen on the night. In short, it was a sensation. Bono and The Edge finished their beautiful, delicate rendition of 'Staring at the Sun', then up on screen it comes, with its Dutchly familiar opening guitar chords. The audience were stunned into silence for a moment then when they realised what was happening, quite simply, they went berserk. The entire stadium joined as one and sang every single note in unison. Very loudly. It was such a fantastic moment of national unity that think it was all Edge could do to not laugh out loud. The gig practically never recovered from it.

Related Topics

Current News

16 Apr, 2013
We've got winners in our #U2FTGU competition.
12
11 Mar, 2013
Photos and clips 'from the ground up' arriving every day. Love your work...
24
18 Feb, 2013
Ever made anything From The Ground Up? (See what we did there?) Check out our latest competition.
11
29 Jan, 2013
Those five bonus downloads when you subscribe to U2.com? All you need to know.
17
18 Dec, 2012
It opens with Breathe and closes with "40" - but what are the other thirteen tracks on Edge's Picks?
96
15 Nov, 2012
Fifteen tracks selected by The Edge... but what are they?
108
14 Nov, 2012
'From The Ground Up' is the inside story of U2360° and in this exclusive extract we go backstage with Adam.
9
27 Jun, 2012
Saturday marks three years since U2360 took off - we're hosting 'U22 Day' to celebrate.
61

Current News

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.
6
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.
183
02 Dec, 2014
U2 Minus 1 hosted some pretty special guests to mark World AIDS Day.
17
01 Dec, 2014
Friends step in to save U2’s surprise World AIDS Day (RED) performance...
34
27 Nov, 2014
Live From the MTV EMA in Glasgow. Every Breaking Wave.
31
25 Nov, 2014
Rare live set from 1980, now on double vinyl and digitally remastered. Introducing our 2014/15 subscription offer.