[13-Nov-2012] Coldplay @ Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

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Coldplay, Etihad Stadium Melbourne – 13/11/12



Are you (the person reading this review) colourblind? If so, you really should have been at Coldplay‘s epic opening show of their Australian tour in Melbourne last night.

Why? Because the group, who have previously described themselves as ‘one of Britain’s premium soft rock bands’ and reluctant stadium fillers, put on a display that was bursting with so much colour, fireworks and bells and whistles that it probably would have cured you. In fact, anyone who wanted to see one of the world’s biggest bands cement themselves as bona-fide live superstars should have been there.

I walked into Etihad Stadium to the sounds of country-twanged New York sisters The Pierces. Their band was nice for about five minutes…then, it got a bit dreary. The girls were nice and interactive with the crowd; however, their tunes aren’t obviously built for stadiums yet. One of them mentioned that they were playing at the North-Coat (Northcote) Social Club on Thursday – any fans would probably be wise to see them there instead.

Constantly mentioning how good it was to be home, local boys The Temper Trap then flexed their muscles with a solid 50-minute set, which showed that they are slowly building a nice catalogue of arena-fillers. Cuts from their new self-titled album such as Rabbit Hole and Never Again slotted in nicely with early hits Fader and Love Lost, which were piled out early on. And naturally, leaving their biggest hit for last (Sweet Disposition) got everyone in a mighty good mood.

Making the move up to stadiums on this tour, I was worried Coldplay wouldn’t be able to put together a show that would be ideal and inclusive for a stadium-sized crowd. How wrong I was.

Aside from the awesome flashing wristbands that turned the place into a giant galaxy of colours – Coldplay bombarded us with an immersive experience full of fireworks, lasers, bright coloured graphics and paper butterflies. And that was only in the first three songs (Mylo Xyloto, Hurts Like Heaven and In My Place). Check out the video below for a small snippet of that.

Giant balloons and more confetti then made their way through the crowd for Lovers in Japan, and later in the night, stacks of giant glow-in-the-dark objects made their presence felt in the Etihad stands at the sides of the stage.

Yellow and a rowdy new version of God Put a Smile Upon Your Face (complete with guitar duelling and a guitar throw at the end of the song from Chris Martin) were as stadium-rock sounding as you could get. Later in the night, the flashing wristbands were fully utilised as the words “glowing in the dark” rang true during Charlie Brown, which was followed up by neon graphics en-masse in Paradise.

And, to show the love to the punters a bit further back, there was not just one, but two visits to other parts of the venue for some stripped-down segments. The first – at the end of the catwalk – featured Princess of China (with Rhianna singing on the big screen), Up in Flames, and the choice inclusion of ballad Warning Sign from 2002′s A Rush of Blood to the Head.

The second visit saw them venture to the back GA section for Us Against the World and an acoustic version of Speed of Sound (with a false start 20 seconds in!). The band then returned to the main stage to pile out the anthems – Clocks, Fix You and finishing with Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, which soundtracked another multicoloured apocalypse.

Chris Martin declared at the start of the night: “You’ve all made such a huge effort to come here, so we’re gonna repay you by trying to give you the best fucking concert you’ve ever seen”. I have no doubt quite a few thousand people walked out of Etihad Stadium last night feeling as though that promise was fulfilled.

Bono and U2, be scared. Be very scared. Because every time I see Coldplay (the band who idolise you) live, they take another step towards snatching your crown as the biggest band in the world. Based on the magic they created last night, consider this a giant one.

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Coldplay put on a hot show in Melbourne

He sang of ruling the world, but on Tuesday Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was ruling Melbourne with a light and sound stadium spectacular.

For just under two hours, the world's so called biggest band pulled out all stops in an awesome stage show, complete with fireworks, sprays of confetti, giant bouncing balls and wrist bands for everyone that lit up Etihad Stadium like a million Christmas trees.

The show opened with newer songs Mylo Xyloto and Hurts like Heaven, as fireworks shot up from the stage and wrist bands twinkled in a rainbow of colours.

"Is there anybody out there?" Martin playfully taunted a roaring crowd, thanking them for making their way through the pesky city traffic for the show.

"It makes us feel incredible," he said. And after a false start to the next track, he added: "We're going to play the best f**king concert we've ever played in our lives."

While the tricks were at times big, the show was balanced with heartfelt and more stripped back versions of favourites such as The Scientist, a highlight which had Martin at the piano as the crowd sang in unison.

The hits rolled on, with Yellow, the song which shot them to international stardom, and Viva La Vida which got bottoms out of seats.

An energetic Martin, who had been dancing and jumping around the stage and at one time threw his guitar into the air rock style, was clearly tired as the song reached its end, collapsing on the ground and leaving the crowd to chant the rest.

Another clear favourite was Paradise, the band's first Australian hit.

"Thanks for being so incredible," Martin told fans. "You've given us the best job in the world."

Martin bade the crowd farewell but was back three minutes later, as fans called for an encore and wrist bands flashed through the stadium.

He suddenly reappeared, but this time in a back corner of the stadium.

"We can't see shit from over there, so we have to come visit," he joked as the masses swarmed towards him.

As the show neared its end, Martin kept up the crowd interaction, asking if they had time for more.

The favourable retort saw Martin launch into Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, draping himself in the Australian flag as he romped around the stage and later kissed the ground in his goodbye.
Judging by the response, it seems he and his band will definitely be back for more.

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Melbourne Victory demands pristine pitch at Etihad after Coldplay concert


Chris Martin fronting Coldplay at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night. Melbourne Victory will be inspecting the surface before this Sunday's match.

ETIHAD Stadium may have hosted a Coldplay concert on Tuesday night, but Melbourne Victory is expecting a pristine playing surface for Saturday night's clash with Central Coast.

Some 60,000 people converged on Docklands to see the British rock band and, while the stage itself was situated at the city end of the stadium, thousands general admission fans walked freely on the covered pitch.

Victory has held discussions with stadium management and will likely inspect the ground today.

The players will not have their usual familiarisation session at the ground tomorrow, but Victory football operations manager Paul Trimboli said that was not a concern.

"We expect that Etihad will prepare a pitch that's in keeping with the quality we need," Trimboli said.

"It's something that's out of our control anyway, so we don't focus on it too much.

"The pitch that we had last time out against Wellington the day before the (Melbourne) Cup was the best it's been this season, the players were really happy with that, so we're expecting it to be fairly similar.

"Obviously (stadium management) know we've got a game there on Saturday that's been locked in for a while so I'm assuming they planned the scaling down of the concert accordingly."

Meanwhile, Trimboli said he expects Archie Thompson and Marco Rojas to play against the Mariners barring any injuries picked up on international duty overnight.

The pair will arrive home tomorrow morning and train with teammates later in the day.

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I think something similar happened when ACDC was at Etihad in January, lol
 

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On-song Coldplay rocks Melbourne

World-renowned British rock band Coldplay performed in front of more than 60,000 screaming supporters on Tuesday night (November 13) and their exhilarating concert lit Etihad Stadiumon fire, literally.

From the foursome’s first appearance on stage, it was always going to be a show to remember. Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin thanked the crowd for making the effort of coming to their show and promised an equal effort in return to give Melbourne fans the best concert they’ve been too. And for many, if not all, they sure did.

After opening the night with the melodic sounds of Mylo Xyloto, the name of their latest album, the band transitioned straight into the big hit Hurts Like Heaven and fanatics were immediately assured of a good night ahead.

Accompanied by electrifying fireworks and colourful confetti flying in the air, the crowd was mesmerised by the unbelievable production that followed throughout the night.

It was all about colourful lights, giant balls bouncing across the jam-packed moshpit, fireworks, laser lights and best of all, some top-quality tunes.

Upon entry, fans were given wristbands that created sparkling light effects, visually and emotionally imitating the joyful atmosphere of a late-night Christmas Eve. And song after song, it just kept on getting better and better.

Although the set-list heavily leaned towards their new album – which may have surprised some – Coldplay did also play their all-time fan-favourites such as Yellow, The Scientist and tearjerker Fix You.

Their first number one single in Australia, Paradise, was one of the loudest sing-alongs amongst fans, who, like Chris Martin, did not want to stop singing. Charlie Brown and Princess of China, despite missing supporting artist Rihanna, also received an immense reaction from the crowd.

There’s no doubt Martin and the band went above and beyond and it seems that this band always aims to interact with their vast crowds. Using the tunnels of Etihad Stadium, the quartet disappeared off the main stage, soon to be found playing on a small riser mixed in a sea of fans.

Throughout the night Martin talked about the chemistry of the group, which is undoubtedly their strongest characteristic. But there was no doubt that the show revolved around their main man, and boy did he impress.

His stage presence replicates the confidence of a lion in its den. His contagious joker persona remains playful and enthusiastic throughout the almost two-hour set, ensuring the night ended at the speed of light, leaving fans wanting more of that sweet mellow symphony.

Luckily for the audience, the whole concert was filmed and it will be made available to the public, for those that want to re-live that unforgettable night.

Performing at their finest, Coldplay gave their best efforts as promised, leaving their Aussie fans with an experience that will last them a lifetime.

Soon after the two hours of blissfulness ended, Facebook and Twitter feeds were overflowing with mentions of Coldplay, with many describing the concert as ‘phenomenal’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘beyond amazing’.

After almost two decades since Martin, bass guitarist Guy Berryman, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland and drummer Will Champion first established Coldplay, the group has had its fair share of ups and downs.

The guys have continually tried to prove themselves as a world-class band and now after the release of their latest album, as well as the incredible world tour, the sometimes underrated British sensation can easily be named as one of the greatest performance acts that has ever played on Australian soil.

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Luckily for the audience, the whole concert was filmed and it will be made available to the public, for those that want to re-live that unforgettable night.
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Review: Coldplay @ Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (13/11/2012)

The Coldplay support slot was never going to be an easy one for The Temper Trap. However, as their recent AFL Grand Final appearance highlighted, the Melbournians are gradually moulding their sound to suit an arena setting – and it’s a getting better with every outing. Obvious choices ‘Trembling Hands,’ ‘Drum Song’ and ‘Sweet Disposition’ were perfect arena-fillers and were delivered without fault. However, the performance felt like it was lacking an element of unpredictability: A bit of audience participation, a jam, even a musical miss-step – just something to break up proceedings and inject something more “human” into the set.

When Coldplay landed, it illuminated the difference in calibre of the bands, literally. Having all been issued with colourful wristbands upon entry, the crowd transformed Ethiad Stadium into a capsized Christmas Tree as waving bangles flickered neon and the “kings of arena” appeared. Chris Martin commanded every inch of the venue as he galloped around each prong of the forked stage, blasting into Mylo Xyloto’s ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ as fireworks lit-up the sky in unison.

The whole show was a startling illustration of just how far Coldplay has come in the last 12 years. From the timid indie kids of yesteryear they have morphed into a choreographed, well-oiled machine that excels in this kind of environment.

With the smell of sulphur still lingering, the band navigated their way through explosions of confetti to a rendition of ‘In My Place’ which silenced any skeptics about Etihad Stadium’s sound. Will Champion’s behemoth drums boomed around the stadium, and this, along with ‘Yellow’ and ‘The Scientist’ were delivered with a confidence and aggression unapparent on original recordings.

‘Warning Sign’ was the wild card and potential highlight of the night as the oft-forgotten stunner kept the die-hard fans happy. But it was songs such as ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘Paradise’ which garnered the biggest screams of the night.

With such a catalogue of hits, it was easy to forget that this was a Mylo Xyloto tour first and foremost, however this became more apparent as the show progressed. Most of the lighting, special effects and giant bouncy balls were reserved for the new releases.

The encore saw the four Brits teleport to a tiny stage at the back of the stadium, huddling together to deliver a drum-less ‘Us Against The Worl’d and ‘Speed of Sound’, which gave a sense of faux-intimacy, before they raced back to the stage to cap off the night with ‘Clocks’, ‘Fix You’ and ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’.

The sheer ridiculousness of the lighting spectacle was so enthralling that at times it was easy to take Coldplay’s near-faultless performance for granted. It’s amazing that something as simple as a flashing wristband could transform what was a great performance into an experience for everybody to be a part of. It also made the most of the arena setting – no matter when you were located every spot had its advantage: Whether you were in the stalls dancing under a shower of confetti, or in the furthest corner of the arena, gazing across a beautiful sea of neon lights.

Most of us say it’s better to see a band in a small, intimate venue, but when a band does an arena show as well as that, it’s enough to make you reconsider.





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Coldplay Play Melbourne

Coldplay beat all big expectations by all those who bore witness to the elaborate spectacle that one of the world’s biggest bands put on for all who attended Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Tuesday the 13th of November were by far exceeded.

Lead by front man Chris Martin, Coldplay blew everyone away with their high energy on stage not to mention the fireworks, confetti cannons, beach balls that were thrown out into the crowd and the wrist bands distributed at the door which lit up to the sound of the beat of their songs.

The first support act were a two-piece act called The Pierces made up of sisters, Catherine and Allison Pierce. They definitely had powerful voices, a great folk/rock sound and not to mention pitch perfect harmonies, which are always beautiful to listen two but when communicating with the crowd, I found the girls too be so uncomfortable and awkward. They just did not know what to say which unfortunately resulted in “Gee, isn’t this a good-looking crowd?”… Please. They also didn’t communicate with one another whilst on stage. I would strongly advise them to rely on each other for support and the audience will relate to them better if they do. Their band were very impressive however, all clearly tremendously gifted players.

Next to take the stage was Australia’s own indie rock sensation, The Temper Trap. I can honestly say that this is one of the best bands this country has to offer in terms of large-scale live performance. From the moment they walked out on stage to their last song, they maintained a level of professionalism and entertainment that got the audience so very revved up. Singer, Dougy Mandagi, is truly a performer to be revered by all in the profession not only for his amazing voice but his consistently captivating stage presence and ability to capture the attention of everyone in the room or in this case, stadium. It was actually quite shocking to hear such a big voice come out of a pretty small guy.

“Love Lost” was definitely one of the biggest crowd responses, but sadly the responses for their newer singles were quite disappointing. The band we’re all just as entertaining throughout the set as well as being terrifically tight. For their last song which was obviously the hit that got them where they are, “Sweet Disposition”, they began with an original intro in which Mandagi played drums for and then the opening riff began, and while this did get a big crowd response, they could have dramatized it better. It came in right over the drums and it was unfortunately a little anti climactic, however they played the song fantastically and ended on a big note.

Considering the pre-empted excitement caused by the incredible back drop behind the stage and the elaborate stage design itself, it was no wonder that the tension began to build as more people poured into the stadium. The ambiance completely changed when the instrumental music that was being played between sets fell away and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” began to play which, ironically, got everyone more revved up than either of the previous bands. Finally the whole stadium light up and the band emerged as some huge fireworks went off. Amazingly, the afore mentioned wrist bands which were handed out upon arrival began to light up to the beat of their opening number which was spectacular. As soon as all of these spectacular show elements went off, I couldn’t help but wonder if they were in place to keep people distracted from there being little going on with the band. That thought quickly left my mind as they threw themselves right into their opening song, “Mylo Xyloto.” For their next trick, what seemed like 100 beach balls were thrown into the crowd which almost got the audience as excited as the fact that the next song that began was their beautiful track, “The Scientist” which Chris sat down at the piano for and was simply mesmerizing. The crowd absolutely sang their lungs out and became even more enthused when the rest of the band joined in. The band has such a unique tone that just about anyone would recognize a song of theirs even if they weren’t familiar with that particular song. Another huge crowd response was of course “Yellow” which surprisingly they played closer to the beginning of the set when it seems like a song they would save for the end.

There was lots of dynamic variation through their set; there was evidently a lot of thought as to which songs to play when and it really kept the crowd on their feet. Its nice to go to a concert and have everything be unpredictable. Chris Martin as well as being a talented vocalist was just a humble charming person and no matter what he was doing be it jumping around playing guitar, singing at the piano or getting some crowd participation going, he was always the focus and kept the set interesting. The definite crowd favourite of the evening was “Viva La Viva” where everyone rose to their feet and sang at the top of their lungs. Chris Martin Walked down the catwalk in this song and really stayed with the audience. At the end of the song he lay down on the stage as the audience still continued to sing the bridge section. It was unbelievable. This was definitely the high point of the show and the energy in the crowd was only sustained as they continued.

The song they played before their encore was their hugely popular hit from 2011, “Paradise” and again the crowd were uplifted. For the encore the band all made their way to a stage at the back of the arena and played two acoustic songs, as if they hadn’t made the set intimate enough for the fans. They returned to the stage for the moment I had been most anticipating, they played their smash hits and the songs they are certainly known for, “Fix You” and “Clocks”. Everyone was on their feet having such a great time. They then finished on “Every Teardrop” which brought the house down and of course Chris Martin wore the Australian Flag around his shoulders. The audience’s applause seemed endless as the band thanked the crowd took a bow and made their way off the stage.

Coldplay are such a well rounded accomplished band who have really perfected their sound and who’s music are certainly part of the anthem compellation for Generation Y. If ever Coldplay should come to your town, purchasing a ticket to a show would definitely be a good investment. This band really knows how to put on one hell of a show.

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I feel like I had been planning this for years, but last Tuesday I saw Coldplay live at Etihad Stadium for their only Melbourne show.
Everyone was given a wrist band as went they entered Etihad which would be a part of an interactive show. The atmosphere was more than electric as I made my way to Mosh Pit A.
The stadium was packed with people ready to see the support band but there was still enough room to push to the front.
The first support band was The Pierces, an American band made up of two sisters Allison and Margret. Their song Secret is the theme for the TV show Pretty Little Liars. Next up was Melbourne band The Temper Trap. By this point the crowd was starting to get revved up. People were more familiar with The Temper Trap, who performed at this year’s AFL Grand Final, so there was more singing from the audience.
The stage got dark and I was about to explode with excitement. The theme to Back to the Future started playing and I started screaming. It flowed into Mylo Xyloto and then Hurts like Heaven and I almost fainted out of joy. I’d never been that excited in my life. Fireworks were ignited off the top of the stadium and every pair of eyes followed the bright lights. They lit up the night sky and, for me at least, it was like everything in the world had stopped. At that moment it didn’t matter that I was being crushed into some guys armpit, or that I had lost my friends in the crowd or even that I couldn’t e see the band. I was at a Coldplay concert and I had no intention to waste a second of it. So I sang at the top of my lungs with everyone else and kept accidently hitting this poor woman in front of me. I even swear at one point I started a clapping chain that echoed throughout the crowd.
The interactive part of the show was that the wrist bans we were given lit up with the beat of the music. The stadium was illuminated by the different colours of the wristbands and it made the stadium glow.
Everyone had their camera phones high in the air, so if I really couldn’t see I would just watch the concert through their screens.The performance was a great one to be in the mosh pit. During In My Place confetti cannons were firing into the sky and multi coloured butterflies and dragonflies fell among the crowd. Everyone reached out to grab what they could and it felt wonderful to have them in my hair.
My favourite song performed was Viva La Vida. The crowd went nuts. Everyone was singing and not holding back. The best part was when the song was over, but the crowd kept singing without the music. I could hear Chris Martin laughing at us and trying to move onto the next song, but everyone just kept getting louder and louder.
I will never forget this concert. I’ve watch the Youtube clips so many times since then, trying to re-live the best experience of my life.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, I eventually did find my friends. I thought you might have been worried about me so I wanted to put your minds at ease. [thanks e-Box Updates] [4]
 
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