07-Aug-09: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC - Tickets, Previews, Meetups, Reviews, Setli

Jenjie

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We all desire to experience something greater than ourselves. I think that’s why we go to concerts.

Last Friday, I took a trip down to Charlotte with my friend Jill Nance, to see what ended up being the last stop of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida tour in the U.S. The concert was amazing. Coldplay delivered an incredible experience, both musically and visually. But there was a little surprise that made the night all that more special. And it happened like this… When we first found our seats we were a little disappointed. We were off to the side and far from the stage. Not the seats we thought we had.

And there was this huge box right in front of us.

I made a comment about the box blocking our view, and the lady sitting next to us leaned over and said, “Don’t complain. You won’t be disappointed.” She spoke like someone who knew something we didn’t. She had this subdued excitement, but she wasn’t subduing it very well. Then I noticed there was a foot switch on the box. Rumors spread. Anticipation grew. There was chatter. Interrogations. Tweets. Then suddenly, life was in Technicolor…

Halfway into the show, while we were all tweeting and losing ourselves in the Strawberry Swing, I stopped for a moment to contemplate the similarities between rock concerts and religion. Something about the way the guy next to me with the Bud Light was lifting his hands.

Then there was commotion by the box. Some roadies next to us began to lift tarps, revealing a piano and guitars. The crowd around us started to stir, and suddenly the box in front of us lit up, and two roadies lifted the piano onto it. Coldplay finished playing Strawberry Swing, stepped off the main stage, and walked all the way over to our little box. The entire band performed two songs five feet in front of us! I don’t even remember what the first song was. The second was a piano-solo rendition of The Hardest Part. Standing next to a professional photographer, who at this point was finding it unbearable that all she could bring into the show was a cheap point and shoot, I tried my best to capture the moment via cell phone.

It’s an interesting thing to me that Chris actually looked bigger on that little stage. It was the way the energy of the crowd surrounded him. In that moment, he was larger than life. I kept having to tell myself he’s just a guy. More talented and harder working is all. But the music has a way of tricking you. I am convinced that the music and spectacle we create are reflections of something greater, something we can’t quite put our finger on. It’s beyond any one person. We are drawn to it. That’s why, among other things, we go to concerts. I use to think those girls at The Beatles shows – the sobbing, screaming fans that maul each other for a closer look – were ridiculous. And they are. But in the same way we all are. We are all drawn to something greater than ourselves. I will not judge them again.

http://www.justinsnyder.net/2009/08/14/coldplay-concert-in-charlotte/
 

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Jenjie, I could not agree with those sentiments more! :)

Everyone should check out the bootleg!! It's worth a listen, and the best part is — you can listen to it as many times as you want! I myself, am working on my third time through :D

One of my favorite parts about listening to the music, is matching it up with the videos that I took. It really helps to bring the whole experience back... And who wouldn't want to do that?!
 

Yellow Strawberry

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I wasnt there but trying to download the boot... so I can experience it.. hehe If I can figure out this RAR stuff... I cant wait to hear it though!!
 

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Hey guys!!

Thanks, bbb, for the links!!!

I am having trouble working with the .flac files. I did figure out through google how to open the .rar folder and then the .flac files in windows media player. I have to play one at a time, though, because it will not recognize the file type into a playlist or play the whole folder.

Does anyone know how to open .flac files in itunes??? Cannot get that to work. Also, how much is the sound quality degraded by converting to mp3??? Would love to get this on ipod and also burn a cd without losing quality.

Thanks to whoever taped this!!! It's great to be able to listen to the concert again!!! Btw, who is the girl in the background who sounds like she is being murdered??? lol


Thunder
 

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Forget crappy Windows Media Player and use WinAmp instead!!

You can convert those files for your personal use with SUPER or XMedia Recode.
Both Freeware.

The download links I gave you are German sites, but the programs are in English.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
 

LFDianne

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Forget crappy Windows Media Player and use WinAmp instead!!

You can convert those files for your personal use with SUPER or XMedia Recode.
Both Freeware.

The download links I gave you are German sites, but the programs are in English.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
If you have a mac, I used UnRarX to open the .rar and convert to .flac. Then I used a free program called Fluke to convert .flac files for itunes. To put them on an ipod, go to itunes preferences, import settings, then apple lossless. It worked for me with the July 19 concert, and it sounds great.
 

Snowplay

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So does the bootleg have video or just audio?? Im downloading the parts right now! o.o having a hard time converting the files... can somebody upload the videos in a format that works with itunes?

And how did some people meet Chris Martin? Did they have backstage passes or what?

Next time i go to their show ill have to meet up with somebody from here! I was at the front of section 5, so i was pretty close, but the PIT must have been AMAZING. lol.. Too bad my camera blows, or my pics and videos would have been better
 

moses910

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Just now downloading this show....great to see a tape came from it. I'm so used to the Dave Matthews Band community where all American shows are taped and available via BitTorrent the next day. Whoever taped it has done well. I haven't heard the quality, but I can tell he/she is not a newby at taping by the txt file.
 
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