Coldplay ‘really nervous’ before homecoming UK concert in Manchester

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin revealed the band was “really nervous” before its homecoming gig at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Saturday night. It was the band’s first UK show this year, and Martin told the 50,000-strong crowd he did not know what to expect, writes the free Press Association.

“It feels like we have been away for a long time. The four of us were feeling really nervous about coming back home but you have given us a better reception than we could possibly have asked for. “It is a bit like when Stefan Dennis went back to Neighbours – he didn’t know what the reaction would be,” he said.

The Grammy-award winning band has been travelling the world on the Viva La Vida tour, which took their fourth studio album to the people. It began in June 2008 and will finish in London at Wembley Stadium on September 19. Guitarists Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion joined Martin on the Manchester stage, opening with Life In Technicolor and Violet Hill, the first single from their latest album.

Lasers, confetti, fireworks, fire torches and giant inflatable balls created a carnival atmosphere during the gig, which was the 155th on the 159-date tour. Martin said: “We have had 154 rehearsals around the world just to be good in Manchester. I had a message from Mr N Gallagher that this was one of the best places to play in the world.”

Photos of Coldplay at LCCC, Old Trafford, Manchester (12 September 2009):

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