June 13, 2018 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NED

Show Notes:

Another polite but noticeably engaged crowd as the show begins with blue mood lighting and a confident Ed, arms up, eyes closed for Release. The song is very measured, and despite a few wavers, Ed hits the high notes. Unlike…

Show Notes: 

Another polite but noticeably engaged crowd as the show begins with blue mood lighting and a confident Ed, arms up, eyes closed for Release. The song is very measured, and despite a few wavers, Ed hits the high notes. Unlike the clear and plentiful tributes/dedications of the previous night, this show is subtly dedicated to Chris Cornell, with the band wearing various Soundgarden/Chris Cornell project t-shirts. Ed, eyes still closed, sings “Oh Kevin’s dad, can you hear us?” which is a nod to the father of one of the band’s good friends. Present Tense picks up the speed and aggression, with added F-bombs and use of the added industrial/strobe lighting, ending big as though it was the end of a first set. Super-tight drumming from Matt on Last Exit. Ed thanks the crowd in Dutch and shares a story of practicing guitar earlier that evening, reaching for a metal doorknob, and getting electrocuted, stating “it’s a once in a lifetime event that’s happened to me 3 times.” Not missing a dad-joke beat, Ed requests more electricity from the crowd for Lightning Bolt. Mike and Ed play off each other after Mike’s solo. During 1/2 Full, Ed holds up his blue Duesenberg guitar to shield himself from the spotlight (which reflects back up to the ceiling) during Mike’s solo. Ed channels his 90’s hand gestures and eye flutters during Even Flow, and Mike goes into a 3 minute solo with extra-long notes, fast runs and plenty of distortion. Audience takes the last chorus. Someone in the audience has a Green Disease t-shirt and Ed asks the band if they remember how to play it, and they toy with it for 20 seconds or so before rolling into Light Years. Ed compares the pure sound of Dutch children at a school near the hotel to the feeling of fear when thinking about US children and gun violence at schools and beyond. Ed states Holland is “a beacon of responsibility” and would rather have “the freedom to not be in fear” rather than gun ownership. Ed prefaces Can’t Deny Me as having “absolutely nothing to do with Trump” and calls him a “narcissistic motherfucker” just before hitting a cowbell hard. Porch ends the main set, starting off bluesy and speeding up in the second verse. Boom is more prominent on the keyboard, and Ed starts pouring wine for the audience, while he himself appears to be drinking tea or coffee. The band gathers around Matt and Ed smashes a mic stand. Man of the Hour is also dedicated to Kevin’s dad. Energy ramps up greatly for Rearviewmirror with total audience investment, a fast bridge, with Ed dancing, playing off Stone and windmilling on an extended outro, with a subtle “I will forgive.” Mike and Jeff switch out their instruments and Stone takes the solo on Rockin’ in the Free World. Ed acknowledges the 37 years Jeff and Stone have been playing together and the band’s 15 years with Boom. Ed vehemently tries to get a tambourine to a particular fan during Yellow Ledbetter, and when unsuccessful, decides to crowd-surf his way over, to the delight of the fans and amusement of the rest of the band. Comfortably Numb was on the setlist but not played.

Written by: Hillary Wood


June 12, 2018 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NED

Show Notes:

Decidedly mellow crowd and start to the show, with Ed reading a welcome and a thank you in Dutch, and dedicating this show to Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade. Song opener is a smooth, subdued Long Road. Color-changing globe…

Show Notes: 

Decidedly mellow crowd and start to the show, with Ed reading a welcome and a thank you in Dutch, and dedicating this show to Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade. Song opener is a smooth, subdued Long Road. Color-changing globe pendant lighting on set denotes the mood of each song. Jeff sings supporting vocals throughout Low Light. Ed and Stone are spotlighted for an early acoustic version of Elderly Woman, with the band joining in the 2nd verse. Ed tries to encourage the crowd with a scream-heavy rendition of Do The Evolution. Given To Fly finally gives way to crowd participation, Ed is super animated. Wishlist sees Ed on guitar, reminiscent of Pinkpop 2000, and extends the song:

I can’t wait for a new president

Lift this world back up again

For this hate and fear, it will not last

They will be relics of the past

It will be a relic of the past

We will survive, get this all behind us

It’s a world of pluses

And he’s a fucking minus

It’s time to act and no time for boredom

And someday we can again like the color orange

Mike solos for over 3 minutes on Even Flow, Ed closes it out strong. Again Today (from the Brandi Carlile covers record) is debuted and dedicated to “great girls who turned out to be great women.” A theatrical Better Man is dedicated to the people of Holland where they “feel welcome” and “at home.” Band is seated for Yellow Moon to begin the encore, with a nod to Eric and the people at the Tivoli. A whopping 6(!) Ten-era songs in a row follow, beginning with Footsteps. Ed plays bartender for the crowd during Why Go and Porch. Jam on Porch is spacey and melodic. Mike wails on the Black solo, emotive and powerful. Tambourines are out for Fuckin’ Up, and a singalong Indifference closes the night. Just Breathe and I Won’t Back Down are on the setlist but not played.

Written by: Hillary Wood