LIVE REVIEW: THE NATIONAL – HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL – AMSTERDAM

The National Heineken Music Hall

I recently attended the The National ‘s Amsterdam leg of their Trouble Will Find Me tour and reviewed it over at Clash Magazine.

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EXTRACT – “They finish with ‘Terrible Love’ – how could they not? Its title, its lyrics, it themes – they’re all illustrative of the contradictory duality at the heart of The National. Tonight, Berninger is introvert and extrovert, supergeek and superstar, manic depressive and life-and-soul: all at the same time. The National’s live performance scorches because – seemingly wracked by insecurity and wholly unsure of what he wants to be – Matt Berninger becomes everything, all at once.”

The below pic isn’t in the review, it’s a cheeky snap I took… During ‘Mr November’, frontman Matt basically crowd surfed/ made his way to the bar, crawled along it, grabbed a drink, surfed back to the stage, and threw the beer in the air just as the track ended. Rock n Roll! Lucky for me he picked the spot at the bar right next to me…

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