Friday, July 29, 2005

U2 Vertigo Tour, 16-07-2005 Amsterdam Arena

As a music lover, a long time wish on my musical activities list was to see U2 perform on stage. They never made it to the Philippines and the only country in Asia they toured was Japan. Could it be because of budget limitations? Or were there not enough fans in Asia back then?

I am more into their old music, circa 1980’s to the early 1990’s and in fact in their newer late 90’s albums, I only liked a few songs.

That’s me in front of one of the entrances of the Arena Stadium in Amsterdam flashing the U2 concert ticket before the show started and the other foto shows litter all over the place!

I guess U2 struck me most amongst the foray of rock bands because they are quite unique. First, I love the distinct U2 tune of the lead guitar, played by Edge, the mutts wearing member. Once you hear the typical screeching tune of the electric guitar, you just know by heart and soul that it’s U2. Secondly, they tackle social and political issues in their music and use their fame as well to advance their social cause. Bono has been very active with these social causes and indeed their songs reflect the struggle in the society but honestly, I thought it was sometimes cheesy.

I think that to a large extent, Bono especially has become overly commercialized in his so-called passion to help save Africa, hobnobbing with presidents and political figures in high places or preaching to a bunch of nerds at Harvard. He is not just a musician afterall, he is a business man as well so I will surely not blink an eye even for a second if I found out that he actually cashes in lotsa money from these socio-political crusades. I bet you. But that doesn’t mean I won’t listen to their music and charge them with hypocrisy. No, Nope, Never. I like their music, just not the cheesy socio whatever they like to portray.

The theme of the VERTIGO TOUR: COEXIST. The people below at the back of the crowd behind those bars are the invalids, they have their own special place. Photo taken using Nokia (oops forgot the phone model?).

To see a short video of the U2 concert playing their latest hit, “City of Blinding Lights”, CLICK THIS PAGE, once there CLICK on WATCH MUSIC VIDEO.

The COEXIST theme has something to do with the ongoing war on freedom and religion. 9/11 in NEW YORK, Osama Bin Laden, the overstated USA - IRAQ and Afghan war (Saddam and Taleban), MADRID bomb attacks, LONDON suicide bomber attacks, Theo Van Gogh (Amsterdam), who filmed a movie on Moslem women oppression and also a columnist known to criticize Moslems was killed by a radical Moroccan Moslem, the never ending ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN war, the CATHOLIC IRA and the PROTESTANTS in Ireland, suicide bombers in the Middle East, the gap and strained relationship between Christians and Moslems, and so on....

Here is a nice bird’s eye view photo of the concert.

I would say that the most wild numbers during the concert were their old popular songs: One, Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Years Day, Pride, Where the Streets have no Name, Lemon, etc... Another nice thing, the group also showed a recap (one song each) of their previous tours. Zooropa and Achtung Baby tours were the most impressive numbers because of the play of lights, the texts, and the themes flashed on stage on screen. Such a rush of adrenalin!

It was quite interesting to note that most of the crowds there were quite older, in their 30’s and 40’s. It clearly shows that U2 fans are from the middle aged generation, haha, including us of course! I must say that Bono still had a good voice even if it was their 3rd day concert in a row.

More PHOTO LINKS HERE of the concert,
scroll down to WHATS NEW and CLICK on the AMSTERDAM PHOTOS. For the story on how we got the tickets, CHECK THIS OLD ENTRY.

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