What's everyone's problem with Coldplay?
OPINION: Who would have thought a band as outwardly innocent as Coldplay could divide a nation?
Not me, that's for sure. But news of their return to Auckland has created feelings akin to those felt for the GC.
Here's a sample of the comments on Auckland Now's story announcing the show:
"It's obvious some of you have not seen Coldplay in a concert, they are massive to say the least when they play live. Right up there with U2" versus ...
"How come we are doing everything in our power to stop fruitfly, but are unable to stop Coldplay coming into the country?"
That was my absolute favourite by the way - good use of topical subject matter, well thought out and not overtly critical. Totally ten out of ten.
See what I mean about splitting opinion? Here I was thinking they were a nice band that could do quite well in the awesome (and somewhat under utilised) outdoor setting of Mt Smart Stadium. Turns out, maybe not. Turns out, in fact, more people decided to log in and take the time to comment on how much they dislike the idea of seeing Coldplay back on these shores.
The thing is, I like Coldplay. Or a slightly more correct statement would be "I like the old Coldplay". Give me Parachutes to swoon over any day, or let me listen to A Rush Of Blood To The Head while driving on a gravel country road in the rain.*
But I kind of stopped listening (and caring) after X & Y was released.
After that they got "experimental" (which is actually code for, well, a bit up their own bums) and while I'm not one to attribute blame, America has a lot to answer for: cough*Gwyneth*cough.
All that aside though, I have seen Mister Christopher Martin and the boys live - it was at the Big Day Out and the bass player wore a pink cowboy hat - and they were great. I've seen recent footage and they still sound incredible, and people who went to their last show at Vector still crow about it.
So how will they go at Mt Smart in November? Public semi-hatred aside, you get the sense it's always the haters that yell the loudest. Everyone else who is excited by the idea of singing along to Yellow or sobbing quietly to Fix You is busy plotting when to get tickets and if they will need to wear sunscreen at that time of year.
Will there be people camped out overnight for tickets a la U2? No, probably not. Will there be the mad rush just like Radiohead (who, incidentally are in Auckland just a few days before Coldplay and just after The Black Keys. Heck November is going to be a busy one), again I'd say no. Are they going to reinvent the musical wheel? Again, I doubt it. But will they sell out Mt Smart and put on a rather good show? Yeah I reckon they just might, and I'm pretty excited to see it.
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*This is an actual memory thing. It was pretty much like being in a movie, or an episode of Top Gear, if I wasn't driving a 1992 Toyota Corolla.