U2 film for the “Best Thing”
Original story by Aaron J. Sams (2017-07-31)
Amsterdam is awash with joy as U2 performed on Saturday and Sunday night. While they were in town they filmed some content for a video identified as “Best Thing” in signs posted at the Amsterdam ArenA.
On Saturday, prior to the show small stencils started appearing around the venue reading “The Best Things Are Easy to Destroy” with a heart above the words. These lyrics are from U2’s song, previously called “You’re The Best Thing” and leaked last August when DJ Kygo played a remix of the song live at a festival in Norway.
There are reports that some filming took place as the crowd started to arrive for the concert on Saturday night at the same locations of these painted stencils. This filming took place at approximately 5pm in the afternoon just as the GA queue was being let into the stadium. There was also footage filmed of a young girl entering the stadium being done.
Once inside there were reports of additional filming taking place during the concert. This filming took place near the edges of Adam’s side of the stage and included footage of a young girl holding up a sign and a young guy holding up a sign. There was also some shooting done in the stands in section 119 of the stadium. The girl in this footage was different than the girl who later appeared on stage and her sign said “I can see what you can’t see”.
Another girl was later “chosen” to be the guest on stage for “Mysterious Ways”. On the back of her jacket were the same lyrics, done in the same graphic manner as the stencils outside the stadium, “The Best Things Are Easy to Destroy.”
She was filmed coming from Adams side of the stage and was seen being carried “bridal style” to the front of the barrier just before the start of “Mysterious Ways”. Those on the rail when she brought up had been warned this would happen in advance. Once on stage, concert goers could tell she wasn’t a typical stage crasher as she barely paid a minimum of attention to Bono. She was dancing frenetically to the song and having fun, and Bono was watching her throughout. The typical stage props for “Mysterious Ways” were used including Bono making mini films of her dancing.
When the performance was finished she was escorted off the stage and did not return to the crowd.
There are reports that U2 may have had an active weekend in Amsterdam and that they may have done additional filming for other projects while in town.
Many thanks to Alan, Amra, Amy, U2Start.Com and G’lies for their assistance with this piece.)