- Paradiso (Amsterdam)
Paradiso is a music venue and cultural center in
Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The venue is inside an old church, which has been transformed into a music venue. It is located on "de Weteringschans", bordering the " Leidseplein", one of the nightlife and tourism centers of the city. Outside, the building is somewhat dark and forbidding. The main venue in the former church interior has high ceilings and a balcony overlooking the stage area, with three large illuminated church windows above the stage. The acousticsare rather echoey, but improvements have been made over the years. In addition to the main venue, there is a smaller cafe stage on an upper floor and a cafe in the basement.
Paradiso was opened by the city in 1968 as a publicly-subsidized youth entertainment center. Along with the nearby
Melkweg(Milky Way), it soon became synonymous with the hippie countercultureand the rock music of that era. It was one of the first locations in which the use and sale of soft drugswas tolerated. From the mid-1970s, Paradiso became increasingly associated with punk and new wave music, although it continued to program a wide variety of artists. Glen Matlockplayed his last gig with the Sex Pistolsat the Paradiso. Starting in the 1980s, ravesand themed dance parties became frequent.
On May 26-27, 1995, the
Rolling Stonesplayed two semi-acoustic concerts at the Paradiso. Scalped tickets reportedly sold for many thousands of dollars. Recorded tracks from these concerts were released on the Stones' "Stripped" album later that year. Keith Richardssaid that the Paradiso concerts were the best live shows the Stones ever did.
In recent years, the venue has settled into an eclectic range of programming, which, besides rock, can include lectures, plays, classical music, and crossover artists such as
Willie Nelson, who filmed a concert DVDthere. Other artists who have recorded or filmed concerts at the Paradiso include Bad Brains, Nirvana, John Cale, the Soft Machine, Emilíana Torrini, Link Wray, Omar & the Howlers, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Beth Hart, Smoosh, Suzanne Vega, Amy Winehouse, Chris Brown, Epica, and Motorpsycho.The future of the Paradiso has at times been a political issue in Amsterdam. Some in the city council would like to relocate the venue and redevelop the property on which it sits. Fact|date=February 2007 However, because of its status as a cultural icon, the Paradiso has managed to survive so far.
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