Jul
20
2009
Amsterdam, NL (ArenA)
50
ArenA
Show Report
Loud show tonight: the Arena in Amsterdam is a stadium with a roof, so 360 came indoors for the first time.



As our clip shows it was a crazy night in Amsterdam - here's a few highlights we picked out. If you were at the ArenA tonight, add your reviews below.

* Ninth show of the tour and the first time that 360 has come indoors. The Dutch were some of the earliest fans of the band outside Ireland and the UK and have always been some of the loudest. Louder still when there's a roof overhead.

* 'See the world in green and blue/ Larry Mullen right in front of you'.

* 'Some funky stuff please..' Nothing is funkier than Mysterious Ways and as the groove gets going and a stadium gets moving, Bono pays thanks to this city and country. 'Thank you for so many nights in this city, the mysterious and magical port of Amsterdam. We've a lot of history here...' Some of that history, like photographer Anton Corbijn, is here for the show.

* It's the fortieth anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the face of the moon, a moment that impressed itself on a 9 year old future rock star. 'I remember it so well, an image of making the impossible possible and I've held on to that with more earthly problems...' Fittingly the astronauts from the International Space Station make a brief cameo on screen, holding up signs reading, 'The Future Needs A Big Kiss.'

* 'Keep On With The Force Don't Stop/Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough.' Angel of Harlem, first written for Billie Holliday, is back in the set tonight, a playful acoustic interlude and a tender tribute to the late, great Michael Jackson.

* 'We were teenagers when we first played the Paradiso, Larry still is a teenager. Apart from that everything's changed. Still got a long way to go, Adam, Larry, Edge and myself...' Bono's Auntie Eileen is not a teenager. She is in fact 80 years old and at the show. 'All the Hewsons in the house tonight!'

* What's the betting that with the down and dirty dub remix of 'I Know I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight' we are witnessing the birth of a stand-out track in the pantheon of great U2 songs. When Larry arrives on the b-stage with the djemba, it's the cue for all four band members to perform to all four quarters of the house. While Larry and Adam and Bono complete a lap of the b-stage, Edge goes one better, completing a double lap.

* Something of the Vertigo Tour about One, when the lights go down and 50,000 people take out their phones. 'There's planet earth... and here's the Milky Way...'

50  Fan Reviews
party_girl73 - 27 August, 2011
I did go but.....
but guess I am an old school fan. Even this tour can\'t top my first encounter with U2. U2 is and was my first \"love\" and will remain and I did enjoy the concert but just don\'t dig the stadium concerts. I don\'t need all the hoopla to be entertained, I just want to see 4 guys on stage playing their hearts out. I miss the \"old\" U2 but still love the music. I will never stop trying to go to gigs of my \"heroes\" from my past. Hope that one day they will return to their normal self and play smaller venues again.
Flix - 20 July, 2010
1st time!
It was magnificent! Not only because it was my first time I saw U2, but also because.... it was a great show!! I'm 14 years old so it's a shame I didn't know U2 earlier than 2007..... But the show was awsome!!
nkokic - 28 June, 2010
magic sound
that's you...... thank you for this beautiful night.....
Evelyn@U2 - 27 May, 2010
Fantastic - we were in front of the stag
Was there with a friend Vivienne. For her it was the first time that she went to a U2 gig. I asume she is an addict now!! She couldn't imagine what a great impact it has on your musiclife. After Amsterdam I was in Dublin with NZ friends and in Chicago with my friend for life Jason. For me this was one of the best ones... when you're in front of the stage the sound it's so much better. And you feel the vibes from the band and the crowd. Amazing. I am sure they will be performing till they have the age of 100 something.... Keep on Rocking Evie ps have great pics but size too big
debarjyo - 21 October, 2009
A trip to heaven and back!
We waited all our lives. We travelled 30000 miles all the way from Bombay, India to watch U2 Live. At Amsterdam Arena, we were finally in the presence of the lords and their might. The stage, the lights, the sound, the anthems, the antics, the crowd, the moment and now the memories. We were in heaven!
johanherman - 16 October, 2009
Jonas in Amsterdam
Great show in Amsterdam
Rolling jos - 27 September, 2009
Rolling Jos
It is already some time ago now but still have very good memories of this concert. It was spectacular to see U2 live again and this time my daughter joined us as well. A great show and the sound was for a stadium very good. Hope you guys will come back next year to Amsterdam again. Then I will be there for sure! Keep Rolling! Jos
christiaandehaan - 20 September, 2009
christiaan de haan
Great show!!!!!!!! with the songs Unforgettable fire,Moment of surrender,and No line on the horizon as highpoints of the show. The Claw is a beautifull stage. Great band,great show.
vincentcork - 17 September, 2009
Amazing Amazing
Went to Amsterdam, What a city, Then it was time to see my favourite band U2 and what a show.. Got up really close and was shocked at the size of the stage... Been to Slane, that holds a special place thanks to the DVD and been to the last three shows in Croke park back in 2005 but this was amazing and i was smiling all the way to Dublin to see the Friday and Sat show then back home to Cork. Thanks lads great great show, the only pity is, ye will never see yourselves in concert like you fans to truly see how amazing ye are.
Nafze - 27 July, 2009
Faraway so close...
For the first time in 4 years we 'meet' again, so nervous I could hardly eat anything. We sat pretty close, but they still were far away, will I ever have a close encounter? Hope so, dreaming on. The show was extatic I think. Loved the intro, almost in tears with In a little while, Unknown caller was miraculous and The Unforgettable Fire... Need I say more? Jumping on the cm2 on Where The Streets Have No Name and surrendered... at the Moment of Surrender. So gload we will see them twice, CU tomorrow! Over-enthousiastic perhaps, so let it be ;-) I was in heaven for 2 nights and thank god (or whoever) for internet :-)
henksabine - 23 July, 2009
Walk on!
Great performance of I'll go crazy with Larry on the drum. Thanks for getting tickets via U2.com. I would not missed it.
stressedclaire - 23 July, 2009
what a trip!
Just back to UK after a trip to the Dam to see the gig on Monday night. What a fantastic gig, thought the atmosphere was going to be a bit lacking at first but it soon rocked up...first gig outside the UK and trying to remember how many times seen you guys live now (first time at Elland Road, Leeds in 87!)...now counting the days till Sheffield next month for the next instalment!
brick2707 - 22 July, 2009
360 View
We were a bit naughty and managed to get a number of views of the band from various parts of the stadium. The stage set is awesome and allows for everyone to enjoy the show, real credit to the designers and of course Bono,Edge, Larry and Adam...thank you for putting on an awesome gig
Peke - 22 July, 2009
Awsome stage and concert
After 2 days still enjoying the thoughts. After all these years still the best rock band in the world. Keep on going!
Niall OFarrell - 22 July, 2009
Been at better!
Big U2 fan but was kind of let down with the first Amsterdam concert, thought the atmosphere was poor. Closed roof didn't help the sound. Crazy tonight remix isn't a patch on the original - why ruin a great song! 360 design brillant but the boys spent most of the time in the centre stage....
annemarijn_bongers - 21 July, 2009
Magic
I attended last night's performance in Amsterdam. For me it was my 4th U2 concert ever to have experienced. The '93 ZooTV tour was the first and I can say there was no dissapointment what so ever. The stage, sound and visuals were amazing. My hart beated at the sound of Larry's drums, Bono's voice crawled under my skin, Edges guitar and Adam's bass were ringing in my head. It was truly a magical night. Thanx for once more a truly magnificent experience!!!!!
SteffanJ - 21 July, 2009
Loved it
My first time at a U2 concert. I was expecting a great night despite being way in the back, but you guys really blew me away even more than I expected! You are truly the greatest band in the world!
- 21 July, 2009
BEST ROCKGROUP IN THE WORLD!!!
I'have been yesterday to the concert,and it was in ONE word,FANTASTIC!!! ooo,what an great evening/night it was! I'll remember this night for a long time. U2 is back home,where they belong,where it al started,in the Netherlands/Holland. We would never let you down guys,and you never let us down!!! another great,and amazing performence,thank you so much for the fantastic evening,and keep on rocking all around the world! give the people the pleasure,that you given to me! see ya.....
zino314 - 21 July, 2009
Magnificent
Great show, great feeling when a whole stadium unites and feels the energy. Rock on!
onetreehill0497 - 21 July, 2009
what a show!!!!!!!!!!
great sound, perfect light, great audience. is there anyone who can tell how these four irish guys achieve it to create something new from tour to tour. thank you U2
Struive - 21 July, 2009
Baby, light my way!
With the adrenaline still going strong from last nights experience, I just want to say: MAGNIFICENT on all accounts!!! (plus: thanks for playing Ultraviolet, that was electical, guys!)
muts - 21 July, 2009
Amazing
I'm still not back on earth! The sound was really good compared to 4 years ago. Your technicians did a good job! Being there together with my 24-year old son made it even more special. Come back soon!
gouwelos - 21 July, 2009
A great night with U2
I was a little afraid before the show about the sound in the Arena.But beyond my expectations the sound was very good en the show was amazing.Thank you guys for all your great music and enthousiasm,I had a wonderful evening with the greateast rock band ever. Rob From Ridderkerk
chris_71 - 21 July, 2009
next time please in Rotterdam (KUIP)
enjoyed the concert! beautiful stage but the sound in the Amsterdam ArenA is not good. Never has been. Despite i'm an Ajax-fan i prefer feyenoord stadium De Kuip for a superband as U2. U2 and their fans deserve better than the ArenA!
sandra anderson - 21 July, 2009
A night to remember
4 hours of traffic jam just to get there and 5 hours return journey. Worth every second! I'll go crazy if i don't see a second show soon. Man, you guys simply rock! i'm sure the staduim move with the rhythm when you played!
Evelyn@U2 - 21 July, 2009
AMAZING
We were just in front of the stage.... which side. Awsome .... everybody had an amazing view, the whole show. I love a lot of bands but U ... U2 are still the greatest. Thank u for the One message. It is helpfull for me to Walk On and not giving up the projects I am in. C U in Dublin Have a pleasant stay in Amsterdam E
Bikedrifter - 21 July, 2009
Amsterdam Arena sounds great!
It was my first live-show since Zoo-tv. Me and my girl went totally crazy last night. Get On Your Boots really blew the roof off of the Arena, yet another great live rock song. Magnificient. Allthough I really miss my altime favourite combi Bullet The Blue Sky/Running To Stand Still. Thanx to all the technicians to make the Arena sound so good! You've done a great job.
thomaZ - 21 July, 2009
Rare songs please !!!
Fantastic show, best band ever but one BIG request for the future: Please stop playing the likes of Pride or Sunday Bloody Sunday (fanstactic songs but too much heard live and I could feel the band's drop of energy at that moment as in Paris). Give space for more surprises (Electric Storm, 11 o clock tick tock, Stay, Please ... there are so many!)!! You public is made 100% of fans who know all your songs by heart. Please surprise them !!!!
- 21 July, 2009
Amazing!!!
I was there last night and it was truly an amazing evening!!! I had a great time and the show was incredible! But I was a little dissapointed that Bono didn't spend any time at the (for him) right side of the stage... I hope he did read my 'Bono, I love you!' sign!
Htenkate - 21 July, 2009
Great Show
Thanks guys and all the crew for the great show, again a night to remember:) Pleas put the I'll go grazy remix, with larry on the djemba, on record. It was so cool. Thanks for the amazing night.
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