For those who didn't know, the group was Linde, Alette, Martin, and me. We all met in Rotterdam, laughed over the fact that Linde and I were dressed almost exactly alike, then went to McDonalds and then got ice cream. We took the tram to the stadium (after L and A almost got run over by a car...), waited in line for 30-40 minutes, finally got inside, then went in the wrong direction. We eventually got straightened out, but we collected about ten little keychain lamps in the process, because they were giving them out at every door. (Americans: during slow numbers, people often light their cigarette lighters and wave them slowly in the air, so these lights were a safer substitute.) Then we plopped down on the ground, slightly left of center and about ten meters back, and waited.
First came the 'All-Star Band' at 19.30, very short performances by a number of people, including Veldhuis & Kemper and Boris. Marco came on at 20.30. There was a big silver satellite-dish-looking thing in the middle of the stage (the whole thing was done in silver, white, and purple) and as the music swelled, it slowly turned around, and Marco turned out to be inside it. Then he 'flew' out towards us (harness) and the show began! He started with 'Laat me gaan', and after that I lost track. I called Liselotte during 'Zonder jou' and 'Afscheid nemen bestaat niet' and let her hear bits of them. (Everybody was doing that; Linde and Alette were calling their little sister at, like, every other song to let her hear bits, because she had so badly wanted to come.) Lotte SMSed back with, "Sounds good!" The two best songs were 'Je hoeft niet naar huis vannacht' (where L and A and I were jumping up and down and screaming with our arms around each other... that number is just so much better live!) and 'Afscheid nemen bestaat niet' (where M and I stood the whole time with our arms around each other, thinking 'If only that were true...')
Oh, and we're on the DVD! I guess they're doing it in pieces this time, a bit from every night, instead of just taping one night... Marco got on the mic a little less than halfway through and said that he loved hearing us sing along with him, but that he wanted to hear us sing by ourselves. So we all sang 'De bestemming' (with our swaying lights, of course), and he said afterwards that that would be on the DVD. So: COOL! I don't know when that's coming out, but I might actually be able to find myself... just look for two people in lime green shirts (me and Linde) right next to each other.
Anyway, I took my digital camera along (stuffed it in my pants while we went through security) but it was hard to get very good pictures of what was happening on the stage; there were too many people in front of me and we were a bit too far back. Martin had better luck - he's taller and could aim the camera a bit better without having to hold it over his head - but by that time it was getting dark and the pictures weren't coming out at all anymore. The two best photos were one of me, Linde, and Alette in the tram, and one of Martin and me sitting on the ground waiting for the show to start.
If you are the author of one of the two e-mails sitting in my Inbox, I apologize that I can't read them. In twelve days, I will finally be away from this cursed Internet. If it's important, call or SMS.
I'm leaving for Paris in approximately 15 minutes, so you won't hear from me for a few days. How will you all survive? ;)