Wow! What a night I just experienced! Carmen, TJ, Danica and I just witnessed one of the most entertaining concerts I think you can throw money down on these days. Coldplay rolled into town late last week and performed their way through not one, but two (by all accounts from last night) amazing concerts over the past two nights.
To add some icing on the cake, Danica received a call from a couple of friends half way through Snow Patrol’s equally impressive opening set, to let us know that there were 4 vacant spots in a corporate box if we wanted them. Ummm… errr… yes please! So we traded in our near-back-row seats side of stage for some great box seats right of stage where we took in the spectacle that played out in front of us.
The set list was a bumper load of old and new punctuated by lead man Chris’ personable banter that kept the Vancouver audience on a high. The complete list of songs from the night looked something like this (thanks to Coldplaying.com):
- Life In Technicolor
- Violet Hill
- In My Place
- Glass Of Water
- Cemeteries Of London
- Fix You
- Strawberry Swing
- God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (techno version)
- Talk (techno version)
- The Hardest Part (Chris piano)
- Postcards From Far Away (piano instrumental)
- Viva La Vida
- Green Eyes (acoustic)
- Death Will Never Conquer (acoustic – Will vocals)
- I’m A Believer (Neil Diamond Cover – acoustic)
- Lovers In Japan
- The Scientist
- Life in Technicolor ii
- The Escapist (outro)
The night had it all.
- Not one, but three stage settings positioned throughout the stadium, allowing for people with less than fantastic tickets to still get covered in Chris’ sweat as he flailed around in his typical entertaining fashion.
- Huge yellow balls bouncing their way into the crowd as the band broke into one of their truly lasting hits “Yellow”.
- A set of intriguing video balls that dipped and rose around the main stage throughout the night. TJ and I were trying to work out the physics involved all night… and we’re still baffled as to how it’s done.
- The announcement by Chris that the night’s performance was being filmed ready for a DVD release. There’s conflicting reports going around as to whether this means archive footage for the band, or if we indeed will be seeing a “Coldplay LIVE in Vancouver” DVD hitting the shelves in the future. There’s obviously high hopes around these parts that the latter will be the case.
- Will’s timpani drum, the bell, the awesomeness of “Viva la Vida”. What an amazing song that the crowd really embraced and lifted the roof with… wooohooo wooooah!
- The FREE live performance CD “LeftRightLeftRightLeft” handed out to EVERY ticket holder at the end of the night on our way out. Now that was a classy move!
I could go on and on with more highlights, but the final word should really go to the guys themselves who were quite glowing on their own Blog about how the night’s show went.
“The second filmed show is a stormer. Word has obviously got around that the shows are being filmed and the crowd are keen to put on a great performance. They sing like angels, they wave their cellphones like gurning ravers and it’s a solidly great gig, much to the relief of us all.”
With praise like that, I can only hope that the Coldplay circus rolls into town again real soon. I miss them already!