The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Jul 29 2017
Amsterdam, NL / Amsterdam ArenA
with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

When & Where
Saturday, July 29th 2017, Amsterdam Arena, Night 1 in Amsterdam, 31st show of the #U2TheJoshuaTree2017

Set List 
Here's the complete set list from Amsterdam1 

The Holy Trinity (Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bad, and Pride) opened the first of two nights in the Amsterdam Arena. As Mothers of the Disappeared closed out The Joshua Tree album, Bono thanked the Dutch for 'for your open eyes, open hearts, open minds.' Mysterious Ways shimmied its way back into the encore and was accompanied by a dancer from the audience. The young woman wore a bomber jacket bearing the lyrics “the best things are easy to destroy" and by the end of the song, she had Bono on his knees. 'What's your name?' he called after her as security escorted the young lady off the stage.  

Social Posts
@MauritsvStuijvenberg: 'What a fantastic crowd tonight! #singing #balloons #dancer #banner #U2Amsterdam #U2TheJoshuaTree2017' 
'What a glorious show! It's impressive that a 30-year-old album sounds so fresh and relevant today,' 33-year-old Maurits went on to say. 'The band conquering the crowd at first just with great music without the need of a screen. Then a cinema, thanks to the beautiful footage of Anton Corbijn, like moving photographs. A club, during Elevation and Vertigo, dancing and shaking the floor like thunder. A church during 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,' and a news bulletin when the young refugee from Jordan (Omaima) told us about her dreams. 
'Amsterdam loves U2, singing our hearts out—what amazing energy! The great thing about U2 is they bring together young and old people, combining a great show with a deeper message of love and community,' said Maurits, who first encountered the band during the ATYCLB years. Saturday night was his sixth live show. 'I'm looking forward to things to come with the new album and the extension of the I+E Tour.'

Dutch voices on social media (via Twitter) : 
@niek_visser: 'Het kippenvel staat me nog steeds op de armen wat een optreden weer van @U2 #U2TheJoshuaTree2017 #genieten (I still have goosebumps on my arms, what a performance by U2)

@verhoefjeroen: 'Dit was de achtste tour die ik heb gezien van ze. En het blijft EPISCH. Dagen lang blijven de nummers nog door mijn hoofd galmen. #heerlijk' ('This was the eighth tour I've seen from them. And it remains EPIC. Days stay long the songs still echo through my head. ')

Bonus post from a Polish fan at the Amsterdam show (via Instagram): @callofbeauty7: 'Tego sie nie da opisać. Wzruszenia i emocje w zenicie. Przeżycie trochę odrealnione. Ciagle nie mogę uwierzyć ze byłam cząstka tego kilkudziesięciotysięcznego tłumu. Bylo cudownie. Bylo bosko. Prawie mistycznie. ('It beggars description. Emotions and emotions in the zenith. Survival a little unreal. I still cannot believe I was a part of this crowd of several thousand. It was wonderful. It was divine. Almost mystical.')

If You Had To Pick One Song 
Miss Sarajevo/Miss Syria

'Is there a time for first communion
A time for East 17
Is there time to turn to Mecca
Is there time to be a beauty queen'

From @MabelVanOranje: 'Miss Sarajevo has become Miss Syria. Whoever the people in need are, let's continue welcome them. '

What (else) did Bono Say?
Before launching into Bad Bono gave thanks to a few special people in the crowd: 'My brother Norman is here tonight. Not only did he give me my first guitar lesson, he introduced me to David Bowie's Hunky Dory and I thought it was a duo. Now, none of us in the band are self-made men. We owe our lives to each other, to family members who put their hands in their pockets, friends who kept us out of trouble, partners who saved us from ourselves. And of course, we owe this life to you.'

And introducing One Tree Hill, inspired by the loss of the band's friend Greg Carroll in 1986 not long before they began recording The Joshua Tree, Bono paid tribute those in the audience who had lost loved ones, particularly the Netherlands' Princess Mabel and her daughters, Luana and Zaria, who mourn the loss of their husband and father, Prince Friso, who died in 2013. 'See you again when stars fall from the sky.'

Review On 
WilK30.  'U2 the band of my life. First time U2 in 1981 with my friends at Pinkpop when I was 20 years old, now so many year later with my son who is now 22 celebrating 30 years the Joshua Tree. Seen U2 many teams through all these years, really the band of my life ! Never been so close to the stage, it was a great and amazing night to remember in Amsterdam.'

Other Noteworthy Stuff
Early in the show, Bono gave a shout out to Adrian Lovett, Europe executive director of the One Campaign. Several times he also celebrated the band's longtime collaboration with Dutch photographer Anton Corbjin, who was in the audience. 'Anton, you know how much we love you? Anton Corbjjn in the house: Dutch Master!' Bono said. Fans surprised the band by tossing balloons into the air at the start of 'Beautiful Day' prompting Bono to exclaim, 'What is this? Look at you!' 

If you were at the first night in Amsterdam, tell us all about it. Add your own reviews and photos below

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    Thank you soo much for the briliant show last night. U2 one day, U2 forever!
    Awesome concert, thanks to the best Band
    After seeing the Band in Dublin, i had planned another venue in Amsterdam and it was amazing.
    U2 the band of my life
    First time U2 in 1981 with my friends at Pinkpop when I was 20 years old, now so many year later with my son who is now 22 celebrating 30 years the Joshua Tree. Seen U2 many teams through all these years, really the band of my life ! Never been so close to the stage, it was a great and amazing night to remember in Amsterdam.
    Green tree in Amsterdam
    Gree Joshua tree in Amsterdam
    We had an amazing night! The outside rain didn't influence the crowd, roof was closed and show went off with Sunday Bloody Sunday. All the way the One just ONE amazing night!
    Dear U2 ... i've been following you since 1984 Ahoy Rotterdam. Lets come to an agreement, i'm from Rotterdam, i've got memories of you playing the "Kuip" and Ahoy but also Gelredome, Goffertpark and Amsterdam Ziggo and JohanCruyffArena (dont count the foreign concerts), nevermind, please dont ever play the JCArena again. Play in Amsterdam, I dont care, play the Ziggo dome ( yes please) play the Ahoy !!!!!! or even play the Groningen Stadium, but do not put us through another concert in this stadium ( not an concert hall) ..... Please, i dont care what you play ...but please please pretty please dont play it there.... thank U2
    The first time with all of us! What a show!
    Guys, the concert that you give last night was incredible. What a fantastic show it is. I feld that i was back in the 80's. I was there with my son, he's thirteen now. It was very special for me to show him what kind of music i like and make him part of it. The look on his face on the beginning of the show untill the end, will Always be a memory for him of joy and happiness . the next generation
    Greg Bisaro
    Travelled 2 days from South Africa to watch U 2 in Amsterdam, what an amazing experience and privilege. The songs from Joshua Tree hold very special memories and hearing them live was awesome. Fantastic, thank you !!!
    We had a blast
    Last night I took my family to the show. As a fan following U2 for over 30 years this was a show to remember. Seeing your kids next to you singing along with all the songs gives you a proud feeling, We raised them well :) Thanks guys for the show and the songs that been in my life for over 30 years. Like Bono said last night, see ya all in 2047 :)
    Beautiful Balloons!
    What a show! Optima performa with a very energetic crowd! The coloured balloons during Beautiful Day were a very cool effect. I guess it was even a surprise to Bono, hence his reaction "what is this?"
    Amazing concert!!!
    U2 has given us a great concert to remember! Best band in the world
    From Italy. Her first show... thanks Bono, thanks U2!
    Dear U2, thank you for the incredible show last night in Amsterdam.
    From Uruguay to Amstedam
    I came specially for tomorrow's concert. Saw 3 concerts in Buenos Aires and thought you weren't coming for The Joshua Tree so came here. Then you announced the Buenos Aires dates in August!! I'll also go there of course. Can't wait till tomorrow!
    30 years old hello
    sandra anderson
    Coming, going, gone to the Amsterdam show. Rock on U2
    Let's go to amsterdam arena. COME ON BOYS!
    there again...after all these years
    30 years ago, I was there, in de Kuip in Rotterdam..and my love too. But not together, different tickets. Shortly after we became a couple, exactly on July the 29th!, had three children...divorced 2 years ago, and now I am here, on our day, without that love but with our children. The love for U2 stayed and lives on. Last concert was full of memories (what an oldtime songs on that list), 1st time without the partner at the concert, this one will sweep us way back in time. Leaving my sickbed, t6aking pills, not in front for the first time because of my fever, but i'll be there!!!
    Pure Gentlemen
    Thanks for all your time tonight in Westerpark , time for everyone even after a day's work .Really looking forward to the concerts in Amsterdam this weekend.
    How Nice to see that there are more parents who do the same. Our daughter asked us from the age of 6 when she also could meet God (that is what I told her when we went to a concert of U2) This time we are so lucky to go with here both days in Amsterdam. First night seating places. Second night we have tickets to the red zone. A dream comes true to go with her and let her experience the magic of U2. She is thirteen now and really excited about it, just like us. Looking forward to the shows
    26 years after...
    ...Vienna, Danube Island - and again with my old friend Robert! Yes!!!
    Can't Wait
    2 more nights and than U2 in Amsterdam. I was there in 1987 and can't wait to see them 30 years later
    Got a 1987 T-shirt coming with me from P
    Back in 1987 had no chance of seeing U2 live in concert. A few years ago I purchased the original T-shirt of that tour in ... Nirvana museum in Seattle. Never thought this T-shirt would kind of travel back in time to re-live Joshua Tree! And here it is coming with me from Poland to Amsterdam now.
    Pi Hoo Sun
    Listen to that crowd!
    30 years ago, during an interview with Adam Curry in Rotterdam, you said: 'Listen to that crowd!'. We'll make you listen again!
    We'll bring some New young U2fans to Ams
    After we were at the epic night in Dublin our children (9 and 11 years old) asked us... Can we please also see U2? They really like the music and saw our pictures and movies from Dublin. So we searched for tickets and yesterday we found 4 seating places on the left on Sunday in Amsterdam. Very exciting to see you/U2 again and Let our children experience your concert! See you and we will wave..
    Will soon be on my way....
    Suitcase packed, ready for flight tomorrow morning from Aberdeen to Amsterdam for both Saturday and Sunday's concerts. Can't wait to hear The Whole of the Moon start up.........!
    Going to be there on Saturday hope you will play "A sort of homecoming" again because that's what it feels like "homecoming" after my first U2 concert back in 1987.
    Please close with "40" to experience Rot
    Can you guys please close this show with "40" , just to experience the aftermath of the 1987 Rotterdam concert again? After the 1987 Rotterdam show you could hear fans singing "How long to sing this song" all around Rotterdam for hours after the show! Would be great to experience that moment again!
    Peter Klein
    Prayer: Please play Bad on the 1st night!
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