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Amsterdam ArenA
Amsterdam, Holland
Thursday July 2, 1998

Review by Angelique van der Heide, Holland

What a night, as good as last night, better sound, maybe better show. I was at the gates at 9.30 am, 7th person from the fence. After waiting 8,5 hours (chatting, sleeping, chatting) we ran to the field, Keef's side. White wristbands (my third...).

They started at 9.42 pm. I was front row, against the fence. Nobody in front of me accept for the security and the Stones! I was almost in the corner near the catwalk. The best spot. After the 4 usual songs, I was wondering what they would do next. But, unfortunately, they did Memory Motel again with Dave Matthews. I really love that song, but I'd rather hear Mick sing it, allthough Dave was much better by voice than yesterday. Keef's singing was great and the crowd cheered every time when Keef came to the edge.

Then a surprise: they did Respectable. Fast, loud and dirty. I loved it. Saint of Me was a succes again, great version, lots of crowd singing and like yesterday, Mick couldn't stop us. Out of Control was wild. Mick was so into the magic, that he moved his body in the most weird corners.

Then the web vote, Under my thumb. Mick really didn't have to sing, the crowd did it for him. I'm not really fond of this choice, but hey, you can't always get what you want (which they don't do in Europe...).

After Miss You, very strong middle part of the song and a dirty acting Lisa (with the cameraman) and Ronnie sneaking off to the right ramp, the band intro. Again, like last night, Mick announced Ronnie in Dutch and he got a big applause. And Charlie of course.

Keef did You don't have to mean it and Wanna hold You and said: "I feel like moving in here". He really loves playing Amsterdam the whole week. Monday he said about the newly built ArenA: "I really love your new home. Especially if you're with it...". Leah Wood didn't do backup, like yesterday. But she was in front of me in the security section, watching Keef sing.

Center stage was Little Queenie. Then, like my friend Marco and I prayed for, Crazy Mama. So great. Then of course Like a Rolling Stone, and 50,000 voices sounded in the air.

Back to the main stage. The people in the front section started the whoo whoos. Sympathy and the rest were perfect. Keef enjoyed fireing up the audience by playing the first accords from Start me up a few times. Honky Tonk Women was dirty (they showed my face among others on the screen) and JJF was even dirtier. I didn't have any breath left. They came back for Brown Sugar and the fooled a round during the last bows. Mick was talking to Ronnie and laughing.

What a night! I just came home and can't keep my eyes open anymore. Waiting the whole day is very nice, but tiring.

So, I can be found in the front section next sunday in AMSTERDAM!

Yeah, oh yeah....

Start time: 21:45
End time  : 00:00

The set list:

  1. Satisfaction
  2. Let's Spend The Night Together
  3. Flip The Switch
  4. Gimme Shelter
  5. Memory Motel (with Dave Matthews)
  6. Respectable
  7. Saint Of Me
  8. Out Of Control
  9. Under My Thumb (web choice)
  10. Miss You
    -- Introductions --
  11. You Don't Have To Mean It (Keith)
  12. Wanna Hold You (Keith)
  13. Little Queenie (center stage)
  14. Crazy Mama (center stage)
  15. Like A Rolling Stone (center stage)
  16. Sympathy For The Devil
  17. Tumbling Dice
  18. Honky Tonk Women
  19. Start Me Up
  20. Jumping Jack Flash
  21. Brown Sugar (encore)

Review by Ed Beaver, Stonesland

I knew it would be hard to top yesterday's performance, but today's show really got close!

Memory Motel seems to have found a permanent spot as number five in the set now, which is great, but I do actually prefer the version with Mick on the el-piano rather than with Dave Matthews on guest vocals. Still, the song is great, and I just can't get enough of it.

Respectable was next, replacing Live With Me from yesterday. A great track, and I thought it needed to be on the small stage to do well - but it did fine on the large stage as well!

Under My Thumb was today's web choice. To those of us who see more than just one show on this tour we may be look for other tracks, but most people only see one show, and to the average fan, Under My Thumb is very popular, that's for sure!

Keith did You Don't Have To Mean It this time. I love this reggae song, and it's funny to know that some like this one best, while others love Thief In The Night. I guess that's why Keith alternate between these two songs every night.

The small stage gave us the usual ones plus Crazy Mama. There were some great guitar playing, even if they seemed to have some minor problems with the PA. But all of the Stones seemed to enjoy it on the small stage. And Like A Rolling Stones made it hot there as usual.

By Sympathy For The Devil they had turned up the volume to maximum. Everyone was on their feet, and it was simply a matter of finishing yet another great show with style.

I am sorry all I can say the show was great. Sure I am biased, but I really would like to give some neutral and balance reports. Still, as long as the Stones play as they do these days, there is not much more I can do than enjoy the shows, and tell you how great they were. Hopefully there won't be any bad shows at all!

Now it's a two days break with world cup matches before the Stones finish off with two more shows on Sunday and Monday here in Amsterdam. See you on Sunday!

Review by Dirk Snapper, Holland

Wow, am I glad I took this week off! We had a terrific show again with some great surprises!! Today my wife (Anny, yes you know her) and two of our three daughters came along. It was cloudy all day but no rain. We arrived at the stadium at 10 a.m. We had a good spot. Only some 15 people (x 6 gates!) in front of us. Today I met a lot of nice people again (Hi Shirley from New Jersey and Vernon Purnell). Gates opened again at 6 p.m. (I still can't figure it out why the do that) and after the usual rush to "the best spot" in the front ring, we only had to sit and wait for 2 more hours. Dave Matthews was a little late but he stopped in time. He had changed HIS set! (I wonder how many of us noticed it...)

The Stones started Satisfaction at 21.40 and you could see it almost immediately (the way they play and move): this was going to be a great show again. I had my doubts about Keith having one drink too many (just one), because he wasn't standing very firm. And specially Ronnie was very good tonight. He wasn't fooling around, he just played the stars off of the sky, really great. I new he could do it like this :-)

The sound in the ArenA was much better than it was last Monday, but it still can be better :-( It IS possible to open the roof, so please DO it!! Mick was doing again some Dutch lines and he is doing it better every time. We all had a great time. Our youngest daughter (Laura) was on the video screen for four times (the camera guy must have liked her) and she caught a guitarpic from Keith! Our second daughter (Eline) could grab Darrell's hand while he was passing by (returning from the center stage) and Anny got hand kisses from Ronnie for her banner ("Breathe On Me, Woody").

The setlist: (I Can't Get No)Satisfaction; Let's Spend The Night Together; Flip The Switch; Gimme Shelter; Memory Motel (with again Dave Matthews on vocals together with Mick. If only he tried to learn his lines...); Respectable (Wow! What a surprise!! ); Miss You ("Willen jullie met mij zingen"); Keith did his reggae You Don't Have To Mean It and the steady Wanna Hold You; On the center stage they played Little Queenie (I can't get enough of this one!) and again a surprise. For the first time in Europe (they rehearsed it already in Düsseldorf) Crazy Mama and the third one Like A Rolling Stone. The grand final: Sympathy For The Devil Tumbling Dice Honky Tonk Women Start Me Up ( The crowd's favourite!) Jumpin' Jack Flash, and the encore Brown Sugar

Although I'm still hoping for You Can't Always Get What You Want, it was a great show with a great final.

Next Saturday (4th of July) there will be a contest for Stones cover bands in the Paradiso and of course we are expecting some surprise...! I will report about it if something special happened, of course. Dirk

Review by Hendrik Mulder, Holland

It's july 2; Getting ready for the third Stones show. Also this time not a front row because we (Kees de Jong and me) had a special pass. We had dinner at a lounge somewhere in the Arena and I finally met Ed Beaver. Just before the show we were directed to our excellent seats and again Keith kicked off Satisfaction at 21.40. The sound was really great.

Song number 5 was again Memory motel with Dave Matthews; great song, great version. After Memory motel Jagger got a guitar and finally they played the song which they rehearsed on monday: Respectable! The following songs were the usual BTB songs: Saint of me and Out of control. Then came the web choice: By scrolling the songs Jagger mentioned that they already did Respectable. The song which just didn't made it was She's a rainbow but fortunately they did this one yesterday. The winner was Under my thumb; everybody was clapping and singing with this one.

The surprise on the center stage was Crazy mama; very loud guitars, excellent version. Then again Like a rolling stone; great version but I really hope they will change this one because I heard this one plenty of times during their Voodoo Lounge European tour. (When the whip comes down will fit very well on the small stage). Again four breaks in the Start me up riff; I love it! After Jumpin' jack flash they did Brown sugar. I really hope that they will add You can't always get what you want to the encore the next few days. Anyway, this was another great show and Amsterdam got now 28 different songs.

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