In the world of fashion there are waif girls who strut down the catwalk… and then there are Supermodels.
Likewise in the world of music there are those bands that pop up there heads from year to year and make some noise like “The Killers” did last year, and then there is that handful of undeniably ever-popular acts who rightly may be considered Superbands. You know, bands like the Rolling Stones, U2, Oasis and the seeming “heir apparent” to the title of biggest and best band in the world, Coldplay.
Note: Does anyone else find it slightly odd that all of the aforementioned acts are all from the UK/Ireland? Hmmm… says a lot to me “Mr American Music Industry”.
I’m the first to admit that I have already been very lucky with my “connections” here in Canada in terms of concert tickets etc, but yesterday I proved that it’s not always “who you know”, but sometimes “what you can do” that gets you where you want to be in this world. I had kind of been hoping all week that Ryan or Alex (the best two “connections” I have in terms of complimentary event tickets – God love ’em) were going to come through with the goods for either of Coldplay’s two “Twisted Logic Tour” Vancouver concerts, but with tickets being almost impossible to get your hands on I was still empty handed as of midday yesterday. Enter my good mate Aaron. He and his partner Amy had a couple of tickets spare for last night’s concert and after a little email communication between us, he offered them to me in exchange for some logo and design work for a start-up business he is working on. Needless to say, a little contra deal like that is every little bit as attractive as freebies so I jumped at the offer!
In our drunken Australia Day banter last night, Tess mentioned to me that she’d love to see Coldplay if it at all became an option so I straight away tried to call her to confirm that she would be able to make it. Of course her cell had gone dead and she didn’t have a charger on her so I spent the rest of the afternoon calling continuously and stressing about what other alternative options I had in terms of someone else to take along with me. Luckily for her, she was at home when I got there and didn’t have any plans so she scrambled to get ready following my revelation that I had tickets and notified her she had 30 minutes to get her act together.
We met Aaron and Amy for a quick beverage at the swanky “Section 3” bar in Yaletown and made the short walk West to GM Place where we took our seats while support act “Fiona Apple” wailed her, to be honest, crappy tunes to a largely disinterested audience. Regardless, the warm-up time we had available to us gave us plenty of opportunity to marvel at GM Place and really appreciate the awesome atmosphere that the Ice Hockey stadium presented.
There was a real buzz of excited anticipation as the house lights faded in drawn out stages and when Guy, Jonny, Will and Chris, took the stage, the stadium exploded and shook with the cheers and screams of a completely captivated crowd. For the next couple of hours, we were all treated to a string of certified hits accompanied by an incredible light show (the likes of which I’ve never seen before) consisting of strobes, multi-coloured spectrums, massive pillar mounted floodlights, computer graphic projections and two massive curved video screens beaming live footage and psychedelic kaleidoscopes of colour to the masses.
Highlights included their unmistakable anthem “Clocks”, the eb and flow of “Politik”, current hit and lovesong written for Chris’ wife Gwyneth Paltrow “Fix You” and of course the song that started it all for the superstar quartet “Yellow”. The performance of “Yellow” actually provided the strongest of the nights numerous “goose-bump” moments as hundreds of yellow ballooons appeared amongst the floor level crowd and huge yellow balloons that cascaded from the rafters, bounced around above everyone’s heads before bursting in showers of gold confetti.
The whole polished experience is one that I will NEVER forget and hope that I will be able to do again sometime real soon and if you are in Australia and there’s the unlikely chance that you can still get tickets, the Twisted Logic Tour makes it’s way into BrisVegas on June 23rd followed by Sydney on the 26th and Melbourne on Canada Day, July 1st.
PS. Thanks again Aaron and Amy. You’re a pair of dead set champions! Oh yeah… and thanks to Tess for the pics…