Oct 13 2015
Antwerp, BE / Sportpaleis

Opening Night in Belgium
'Remember Us? It's been a while...' First of two in Antwerp.

'Hello. Remember us? It’s been a while. We didn't intend to be away for so long. We got lost in our songs but somehow we've found our way back to Antwerp. To this small perfectly formed country of Belgium.

'We come from a small but perfectly formed country too and for the next few songs, we'd like to take you to our hometown, to the Northside of Dublin where myself and my bandmates are from because there's a part of us that's still there...'

It has been a while - almost a decade and a half since the band last played Antwerp, on the Elevation Tour in 2001. But if the temperature has fallen outside, with the journey from sunny Barcelona to chilly autumnal Antwerp, it was cooking inside the Sportpalais.

As BalazsHorvath put it, the first to post a comment on the show afterwards, 'Amazing night in Antwerp! Great set, good energies, wonderful sounds, voices, and visuals. This was my 5th U2 show and the 1st for my 17 year old son...'

The arena was packed, might have been the biggest capacity of the venues we've played this year, and the Belgians were well up for it. Technically it was a Tuesday night but as @SilRigote put it on Twitter,  'I love how it is always Friday or Saturday for Bono...'

The folks of @atu2 don't miss a trick, observing last night that 'at the start of Even Better Than The Real Thing Bono tells people to put their hands in the sky to feel the heartbeat of Innocence... ...and when the band exits the screen to the e-stage, it's feel the heartbeat of experience? Nice shift.'

More and more people online signing up for the Meerkat experience and this time Helen was up on stage (see video) to send Elevation around the world. 'Antwerp goes global' as @FabienneMartens put it.

Sweetest Thing was in the mix last night ('not bad for a two fingered piano player') before Every Breaking Wave took us into the special European sequence of tracks opening with October.

A beautiful little girl found herself centre stage for City of Blinding Lights - she knew the words and got to sit on the drum riser, the best seat in the house. 'See the world in green and blue - here's Lianna right in front of you...'

And Paul Simon's Mother and Child was dedicated to a beautiful new mother and her beautiful new daughter.
'I wanna dedicate this song to a strong, beautiful woman... who's always been our mother.. but just until the last hours she hadn't got a child.. the child's name is Grace... this is for you.... this is a Paul Simon song, we're stealing it to tell the tale...'

We were elevated in Belgium and if you were in the house, maybe you were lifted up too.  Add your own reviews and post your photos below

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What a nigth !!!
Plaisir insatiable...
Super Show
Maybe the best U2 live show i've never seen!!!!! For me it's the 8th concert....... this time i'm impressed for the power, the strenght they placed during the show. Set list....... simply fantastic!!!!! Thanks to exist
It was an marvellous night
Here are some pictures from the front :)
2 friends
2 friends singing together...
U2 Great Show
Applaus applaus
Great show thanks
Yellow Bono
Super show "1 night" but the second was even better!
great show
Opening night in Antwerp
Opening night Antwerp.
Two generations
Loved the show with my 17 year old son. I bought my first U2 album when I was 15, and it is obvious that U2, with their music made in the past 35 years, can build bridges between generations. It is a big thing these days. Can't wait to see you in London in a couple of weeks' time.
Antwerpen 13/10/2015
Super super super show.Next concert for me Paris Bercy 11/11/2015
Perfect show in Antwerp
Glad I was able to see them again after Amsterdam
Antwerp Concert
You are my real heroes! It was indescribable. Thank you
Thanks for the wonderfull night with u. It was a " Beautyfull Day "
U2 in Antwerpen
This was my 18th U2 gig in 23 years, but this one blew my mind! Thank you Bono for taking my lovely daughter Ileana for a tour on stage, we will never forget it. Her first U2 gig was in utero at Madison Square Garden 10 years ago and for her first U2 gig, as a child, you rewarded her on a beautiful way. What a beautiful evening. See you again in Paris!
Great moment
Great moment with Bono and the Edge!
one down, one to go
great show yesterday, hope for the same today!!!!
a night to remember
I can not believe that today I still can go to this wonderful concert, it was an incredible evening! Towards evening two .....
Thank you for the music
Amazing night in Antwerp! Great set, good energies, wonderful sounds, voices, and visuals. This was my 5th U2 show and the 1st for my 17 year old son. I loved the moment when the little girl appeared on stage: Bono's face showed so much love and care! No wonder why each concert is different. See you in London in 3 weeks' time!
Thank you !!!
It was a Great night and a Great show !!! Thank you very much for this miracle moment !!!
All I want is U2
All I want is U - hope you play it tonight!
Please play Bad !
Been injured at the back this week-end. Must remain laid-down. I've got ticket for the show tonight. I can't go but I want. HELP!
Music and sports unite
A fan for 30 years, can't wait to see you in Antwerp tomorrow ! It will be a great night for sure. But since there's so much going on in the world right now, I also want to ask you to do something you never did before.... Will you run ONE marathon with me ? ( to get more attention for the ONE campaign worldwide ) "Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else can. Sport can create hope where there was once only despair. It breaks down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all kinds of discrimination. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand." -Nelson Mandela-
Antwerp first show
Please play wild horses .bad,out of control........ See you tommorow
Dream come true
More than 15 years that I hope to see U2 (and that I try to buy ticket) and tomorow the dream will come true!
Party Girl
I hope that the band will play "Party Girl".
my wife comes also !
please for Antwerp all i want you ( favorite of my wife !) wensday wild horses plz ( my favorite why you'l never play ?) bad gloria
One tree hill
Leaving tomorrow morning from Italy for the show in Antwerp....... waiting for meeeee!!!!!
a day without me in Antwerp
please play a day without me in Antwerp
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