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
Robert_Jacobs - 21 July, 2009
Unforgettable fire
HOT HOT HOT The Arena rocked, the people rocked, the spacestation rocked U2 rocks on after so many years and years to come We have LIFT OFF..... What an "unforgettable fire"
Achtung327 - 21 July, 2009
Great night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was a great show ,especially the old songs MLK,Unforgettable fire etc. Magnificient!!!! Maurice
Robert Verbeek - 21 July, 2009
Unbelievable
Fan-bloody-tastic show. Great sound, great band, great setlist. WOW!!!!!!! Thanks a million. What a way for my 15 year old daughter to be introduced to a rock concert. It was my fourth and her first U2 concert, and definitely not the last. Guys, you've made our day!!!!!
MacApple - 21 July, 2009
Now we just need
Finally it seems that Mysterious Ways has become a part of the setlist, juhu :-) But I would very much like to hear Edge's sliding solo as it was played on the Vertigo tour, that would make the setlist perfect! Please do so in Gothenburg
vincent van der krogt - 21 July, 2009
How long we sing this song.......
What a show yesterday, we were in the inner circle with to many people, Hopefully tonight there are a few less in there. Bono make us crazy to start singing How long.... so everybody thought "40" is comming up. Don't make us crazy more then we are already, just give us the present we want. See you tonight
JohanMuit - 21 July, 2009
Best U2 concert ever
Great show, best sound quality ever in the Arena. Great mix of old and new songs. Full of highlights. Larry was impressive in "crazy". Swinging Mysterious ways. Massive show. Johan
bollemi - 21 July, 2009
WOW!
WOW! What a great concert, what a band! Still in the mood! Paris was great (and the sound was better, please leave the Arena for soccer, guys) but nothing beats the band playing in HOLLAND! U2 is rock & roll, U2 is house music, U2 is simply magnificent!
WillemW - 21 July, 2009
indescribable
This was really unbelievable, U2 showed us that even in a normal bad sound environment this does not count for U2. I was amazed how much energy came from the stage. All the memebers played like if they were just started with the band, like they were still 20. I can't say anymore, it was greater than great. I have seen allmost al their shows but this was 1 of the best! Thank you U2.
nickie73 - 21 July, 2009
Arena with blinding lights
Excellent show, songs like Sunday Bloody Sunday; Unforgettable Fire; Pride; still are awesome; Breathe and Magnificent both are fantastic. I pity the sound in the Arena, it feels like the earlier shows in de Kuip (Rotterdam) had a better sound. Anyway...U2 Rocks! Be there tonight again and now I take my family with me! I wish Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry all the best and thank you for your music.
jenny_4 - 21 July, 2009
i went crazy last night
If you think that the band can't get better, that they reached the absolute top, they surprise you with another fabulous show!!!! It was outragious!!! Hope to see them many tours.........starting tonight (again).
boy_girl - 21 July, 2009
GREAT GREAT GREAT
My first U2 show.. and it was awesome. We've been queueing from 9:00 till 18:15, but the waiting was worth every second. We were in the pit. Larry.. great especially on the catwalk Adam.. big smile.. and golfing with our beachball wich we threw on stage!! Edge.. haven't seen him much, but hearing him was great. Bono.. wauw, wat a frontman! And he sung great ofcourse!! Thank you!!
rsp - 21 July, 2009
turbo show!
great 1st night in amsterdam. Bono's voice very powerful! Band working hard and rockin': watch them smile :) even larry! See U2night...
Miriam Jonker - 21 July, 2009
Spectacular and superb
It was worth the wait outside, we had a terrific view next to the stage. The stage: a superinvention, cudoos to the designers, it worked tremendously for the fans. The setlist was superb, especially enjoyed The Unforgettable Fire, I heard it live for the first time. The remix of Go Cazy is a blast! U2 was in terrific shape, the stadion rocked!! Thank you so much!!!
GuidoWater - 21 July, 2009
Best show ever!
Not specialy because i'm a u2 fan but this was the best concert i've ever seen! Love thet new songs and specialy crazy tonight! What a fantastic songs they made of this! Looking more like techno then rock and roll! The arena is famous for bad sound quality but the U2 360 stage has made that rubbish! The sound was great and the show even greater! What a band! What a stage! What a Show! What a Sound! What a great great evening! Thanks a lot guys keep on rocking!
Oboema - 21 July, 2009
to go where no one has gone before....
Just amazing...,thank you for Ultraviolet Thank you for an awesome show We were flabbergasted! See you tonight,again
Ard75 - 21 July, 2009
Going Carzy
Thanks to the band and the crew for a truely magnificent performance in Amsterdam; better than 2005! And: thanks for playing Ultraviolet!!!! Suggestion: Moment of surrender didn't do it as a closer, in my view the song comes at the wrong time.
Nevrmor - 21 July, 2009
Magnificant
What an incredible show and performance. There's nothing to compare this kind of concerts with ... and then the big screen unfolds or expands, like it's going to eat the band :) See you next time, in a few years i hope ...
Pee4music - 21 July, 2009
respect for last night!
I only have one word for last night: WOW! Berlin was a great night but than came Amsterdam. It was really amazing and what a loud audience. It looks like U2 get better and better every night. "One" was really impressive last night. Again, thank you for bringing us so many great songs. See you again in Amsterdam tonight.
harold24 - 20 July, 2009
A Beautiful night in Amsterdam
What a night, what a band, what a noise, U2 Rules and no other band can't even come close to their live performances! Thank you for the music! See you tomorrow in Amsterdam for the second night.!
andwe - 20 July, 2009
AWSOME SHOW
Just came home..... still in the sound!
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