I too, love Amsterdam ... spent several weeks there a few years ago. The weed is indeed legal and very potent (although I hear from a fellow board member they might be closing the coffee shops soon, so THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN, GO!).
I found the music at the time ('99) to be a bit harder and more techy than here, but that was several years ago, and it sounds like things have changed! [img]graemlins/OLA.gif[/img]
One of my most fun memories was playing at this Coffee Shop called Prix D'Amix (sp?) I believe that means something like "the price of friendship" ... anyway, I had a gig that got postponed in Paris and I was kinda stuck in Amsterdam with like an extra week before I was gonna play, and unfortunately I really didn't have a lot of cash - at least not for a whole week of "enjoying" Amsterdam ;) , but I had records, so I go into this coffeeshop and the guy has a FULL DJ rig set up (nice, too!) - guess he was a DJ. I said, "ya know, that there hash is lookin' kinda tasty - how bout I play some music in exchange for some "treats" from behind the counter?"
Well, it ended up being an all-night set, and I left with enough weed & hash in my pocket to keep me coooool until I got to Paris and put some $$ in my pocket. That was some fun $hit.
"MAY YOU LIVE AS LONG AS YOU WANT, BUT NEVER WANT AS LONG AS YOU LIVE. MAY YOU LIVE TO BE 100, & ME 100 BUT MINUS A DAY, SO THAT I'LL KNOW THAT NICE PEOPLE LIKE YOU, HAVE PASSED MY WAY. AND REMEMBER, WHEN FRANKIE CROCKER ISN'T ON YOUR RADIO, YOUR RADIO JUST ISN'T REALLY ON."