With his leathery, whiskered features, his braided ponytails, and an acoustic guitar so well-worn that it's got a hole in it from decades of playing, Willie Nelson has grown so casual in his later years that it's easy to overlook his consummate musicianship. Kicking off their European tour in Amsterdam on June 7, 2000, Nelson and his traveling "family" of bandmates range through 30 songs and medleys with no-nonsense precision, and for the most part it's business as usual--just good ol' country music in an intimate setting, captured simply but efficiently with three-camera video and expert sound recording. Nelson amp; family know their repertoire front and back, and although Willie's voice seems to lack the subtle sweetness it had in the 1970s and '80s, it's still consistently smooth and inviting, and Nelson introduces just enough improvisational variation to keep his best-known hits fresh and timelessly vital. They're all here, from "Whiskey River" to "On the Road Again" and every favorite in between, and while this career-spanning concert offers flawless performance with no particular highlights, it clearly displays the veteran professionalism and underrated guitar licks that have kept Nelson in the spotlight for decades. From country classics to the more introspective work of his recent albums, Nelson rides high in the saddle, never taking his global audience for granted. --Jeff Shannon
Willie Nelson has won the admiration of fans all over the world with his long and diverse career. This one-of-a-kind video marks the kick-off of Nelson's European tour on June 7, 2000, with an intimate concert at the Paradiso Theatre in Amsterdam. This amazing evening spans Willie's incredible career and includes many of his most loved hits. Capturing the magic of this country music legend, "Live in Amsterdam" is Willie Nelson at his best! Songs: Whiskey River/Stay All Night, Good Hearted Woman, Funny How Time Slips Away, Crazy/Night Life, Help Me Make It Through the Night, Fast Train to Georgia, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Blue Skies, Georgia on My Mind, All of Me, Stardust, Me and Paul, The Gypsy, If You Got the Money, My Bucket Has a Hole in It/Jambalaya, Walkin' the Floor Over You, Vous and Moi, 7 Spanish Angels, City of New Orleans, To All the Girls I Loved Before/Luckenbach/Whiskey River (Revisited), Still is Still Movin' to Me, Milk Cow Blues, Pancho and Lefty, Till I Gain Control, Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground, On the Road Again, Always on My Mind, I Never Cared For You, Please Don't Talk About Me When Gone, Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms. 109 minutes.