Holy Crap!!! Coldplay are absolutely phenomenal live. Just wow! Wow wow wow!
I knew this, I’ve seen them live before, but a part of me forgot JUST how good. I even almost didn’t buy tickets for this concert. I’ve spent a fortune on live music lately and I am well aware of the impending U2 Songs of Experience tour, taunting me on the horizon, for which I will likely drop scads of money that I need to save.
So I thought, oh I better calm down on the live music, probably on music in general. (Gawd there is so much good music coming out these year! and so many back catalogs I’m inspired to catch up on!) No Coldplay tickets. No Imagine Dragons. No Arcade Fire… no no no!
But I’m obsessive and a researcher, so I keep looking at Ticketmaster… and found really cheap tickets to this Coldplay show. So I bought one. And went.
Holy crap, I will never miss another Coldplay tour if I can help it! Life IS short! Buy the damn concert tickets! They are just that good live! Their energy, the bright colours, the joy, the music, of course the music, the lights, the confetti, just everything!
The concert began with two opening acts – Alina Baraz and Tove Lo, both beautiful voices. I may just have to buy their albums (crap! you see how this works?! so much for saving money… I might have a music addiction…)
The stage and execution of A Head Full of Dreams is very similar to the Mylo Xyloto Tour (which was the first and only other Coldplay tour I’ve seen), keeping all the best parts: wristbands for everyone that light up, the confetti (so very much confetti! And even the same confetti shapes, if I am not mistaken), the runway to B-stage, and a ‘C stage’ on the steps in the midst of the audience!
The wristbands are so super cool! They light up and flash in different colors at different moments, creating a sea of lights coordinated to the song being played. The audience becomes a part of the show in a whole different light (a ha ha!). Sadly my wristband did not work, which was slightly disappointing, but not controllable so whatevs… Really there was so much going on so much to see and enjoy that I forgot it wasn’t working.
The setlist for Coldplay was fabulous. All the favorite songs, new and old. And the band were on fire. They really are superb performers! I was worried before my first ever Coldplay concert, no, not worried – just curious, on how a Coldplay show would go down. I’ve always loved their music and we know by now that I love live music, so I was excited to see them live, but they are a much more melodic band than others I have seen live, so I was wondering if the show would be quieter, more sit down, less energetic than a stereotypical rock show.
Boy, did I ever not need to be concerned. Chris Martin is a crazy ball of energy. I think he needs to bottle that up and sell it! He is all over the place, jumping so very high, rolling in the confetti, twirling, dancing, bouncing. A whirlwind of activity. Fun to try to capture on film. Seriously, the confetti though! There were at least four blasts of confetti throughout the night, the stage was thick with it and Chris kept rolling in it. 😛
Next time, I’m gonna get floor seats near the stage – It must be so fun to be drenched in confetti!
Or in the lower bowl right side towards the back, where they close show up on the steps and play a few songs…
My seat at Rogers Place this time were way up on the second bowl again and to the side, almost inline with the side of the main stage. This high up I had some blocked views due to the sound system and lighting stuff hanging from the rafters. (This would be why the seat was so cheap). When Chris played the piano, which was on the other side of the main stage, I could not see him at all. Still pretty good, though some of what would have been my favorite photos from the night were blocked. Including this one:
AHHH so close to an awesome in air shot! And this one:
I forgot to mention there were also beach balls. Many many beach balls. Colourful bouncing, huge beach balls! What a site!
Not sure what happened but after the first line or two of Charlie Brown, they stopped and huddled around the drums for a quick conversation. Chris then said they’ve just received a phone call from Guinness (World Records, not the beer) saying that this audience was the best audience ever. He then asked that for this song everyone put their phones away and just enjoy the moment.
Man – There were just soooo many memorable moments that I have so many more photos! You can check the rest out in my Photo Gallery.
Here is the setlist, courtesy of Setlist.fm:
A Head Full of Dreams
(extended intro with Charlie Chaplin speech)
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
Birds (with “Oceans” excerpt in intro)
Paradise (with Tiësto Remix outro)
Always in My Head
Clocks (with “Army of One” excerpt in intro)
Hymn for the Weekend
Fix You (with “Midnight” excerpt in intro)
Viva la Vida
Adventure of a Lifetime
*C-Stage (acoustic – in the middle of the audience, lower bowl)*
In My Place
Don’t Panic (Will on lead vocals)
Green Eyes (Chris only)
Something Just Like This
A Sky Full of Stars
Up&Up (extended outro)