21-Jul-09: Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX - Tickets, Previews, Meetups, Reviews, Setlists, Photos

jenflor

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@Angie- awesome pics and great review! LOVED LOVED LOVED the costume!!

@VenusLoveBug2- I'm in Austin, too! I've bookmarked your blog :)

@Coldplaylover#1- Great pics! Thanks for sharing them!

:dance: great stuff, everyone!! :D
 

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Great review!

Sorry I missed you. I would have come by to say HI! I had no idea that I walked right passed you. :(
I saw you walk by now that I know it was you wearing that cowboy hat. :\
 

Allegra

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Pics!

The following pics were taken by my friend. You'll see her below...

#1 and #2 in line - Chris (right) and Mike (left)


PIT/Lawn is lining up


My friend Joyce (left) and Me (right)
 

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And now for the icing on the cake...Chris looks right into Joyce's camera!

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zspRTUNwaY0"]YouTube - Coldplay, Dallas 7/21/09, Viva La Vida (snippet)[/ame]

:shocked2:


Well, that's all we have folks. Hope you enjoyed them! And thanks again Joyce for doing all the pics and vid!
 

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The following pics were taken by my friend. You'll see her below...

#1 and #2 in line - Chris (right) and Mike (left)


PIT/Lawn is lining up


My friend Joyce (left) and Me (right)
That's my husband's head right above you! The tall one with the beard!

I've finally finished my review of the shows (reviewed both opening acts as well) and I have my pictures up too on my blog. www.austingirlmusicguide.com

Still working on the videos, but we've got a back up plan...hopefully should get them up this week. :D

Edited: @jenflor - awesome, thank you!
 

Allegra

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That's my husband's head right above you! The tall one with the beard!

I've finally finished my review of the shows (reviewed both opening acts as well) and I have my pictures up too on my blog. www.austingirlmusicguide.com

Still working on the videos, but we've got a back up plan...hopefully should get them up this week. :D

Edited: @jenflor - awesome, thank you!
Great review!

Still can't wait to see the rest of those vids!

And you saw them at Austin City Limits?! I'm so jealous. :stunned:
 

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Great review!

Still can't wait to see the rest of those vids!

And you saw them at Austin City Limits?! I'm so jealous. :stunned:
I saw them at the simulcast...I wasn't in the studio with them, but I was watching it live in an auditorium nearby. It was amazing!

In other news, some full HD videos are finally up!!! Woo hoo!! Check out my blog to see them. www.austingirlmusicguide.com.
 

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That's my husband's head right above you! The tall one with the beard!

I've finally finished my review of the shows (reviewed both opening acts as well) and I have my pictures up too on my blog. www.austingirlmusicguide.com

Still working on the videos, but we've got a back up plan...hopefully should get them up this week. :D

Edited: @jenflor - awesome, thank you!
venuslovebug2 aka austingirl:

Great review! I could relate to your account of how you more or less fell in love with Coldplay without even knowing much about who they were beforehand. How lucky of you! It's ironic that you went to see Michael Stipe, but after you saw Coldplay, Michael Stipe might have seemed a little less exciting! Maybe not, but that's how I would see it. I understand that all musical taste is personal.

Also, thanks for uploading the videos, and in HD, no less! Great job!

Here is a playlist of videos of the 7/14/09 concert in Wheatland, CA: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7278399C57085D21 from my channel http://www.youtube.com/user/beigecamouflage, which is devoted to Coldplay.
 

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venuslovebug2 aka austingirl:

Great review! I could relate to your account of how you more or less fell in love with Coldplay without even knowing much about who they were beforehand. How lucky of you! It's ironic that you went to see Michael Stipe, but after you saw Coldplay, Michael Stipe might have seemed a little less exciting! Maybe not, but that's how I would see it. I understand that all musical taste is personal.

Also, thanks for uploading the videos, and in HD, no less! Great job!

Here is a playlist of videos of the 7/14/09 concert in Wheatland, CA: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7278399C57085D21 from my channel http://www.youtube.com/user/beigecamouflage, which is devoted to Coldplay.
Thank you! Definitely, it's a Coldplay thing that I didn't get before seeing them live, and I'm so grateful for that experience. :wink: Thanks for the link and for responding!
 

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where exactly is the b-stage in this outdoor ampitheatre setup? about to buy tix and was curious what to shoot for... thanks!
 

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Austingirl's Review - Sad to see Coldplay leaving US

Austingirl, I hope you don't mind my re-posting your review here. It is too good for anyone to miss!

I looked on LiveNation today. It is sad that Coldplay's tour is winding down now, with the last show Sunday 08/09/09 at 7:00 PM, at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. That's only 11 days from today! How time flies! Then Coldplay will tour Europe for a few weeks, with the last show of the Viva La Vida tour at Wembley Stadium, England in September. I wonder how one gets tickets to that show? I know that TheAngie, a true die-hard Coldplay fan, is going to that last show.

I'm posting a copy of Austingirlmusicguide's review of the Texas shows here because it is too good to be missed. I hope it is as interesting -- fascinating is a better word -- to all of the true Coldplay fans of this forum as it was to me. For the original review and for links to her Coldplay videos, her blog is found at:


http://austingirlmusicguide.wordpres...uston-721-722/


CONCERT REVIEW: COLDPLAY (DALLAS/HOUSTON 7/21-7/22)
July 25, 2009, 4:42 pm



The very first time I listened to Coldplay was in December 2005 and coincidentally enough, it was at a simulcast of their taping of Austin City Limits. At the time, my husband became privy to the knowledge that Michael Stipe was going to be making a guest appearance during Coldplay’s set and worked quickly to secure us two tickets to the spare seating that had been set up in a nearby auditorium on the UT campus (the demand for tickets was so high, they filled up the ACL studio and the entire auditorium). It’s funny to think about now, but I couldn’t have cared in the least that Coldplay was going to perform; I literally only wanted to see Michael Stipe. I owned no Coldplay albums and was really only familiar with “Clocks” from the radio and “Speed of Sound” from its video. I vividly remembered reading an interview with Chris Martin from years earlier before the release of A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), where he claimed that he was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to write anything as good as “Yellow” ever again. That being during my grunge rock phase, I thought it was one of the most ridiculous things I’d ever heard. How much things can change…

My husband and I got set up with the free beers they use to lubricate the audience for ACL and waited for the show to begin. Coldplay started their set and pretty much immediately, we were both won over. What they show on television now is only a fraction of what they played that night; they played a full concert, nearly two hours of music, hitting a variety of songs from their three albums that had been released up to that point. I remember Chris being very charming; he was talkative, funny, and smart, and engaging with the small studio audience, wandering off the stage to high-five mayor Will Wynn much to the chagrin of the cameramen attempting to follow him. Of course, the highlight for me was when Michael Stipe came out and they played “In The Sun” and “Nightswimming”, but I specifically remember Coldplay’s performances of “Clocks” and “Talk” as well. After the final encore, Chris came back out and played “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” solo on the piano and that sealed the deal. I was thoroughly impressed.

I had seen Coldplay twice since then, once during the X&Y tour in early 2006, and once last year in November at the onset of the Viva tour. While both of those concerts were great, I was in no way prepared for how far they have come as a band in concert in the past eight months, and was blown away by the sheer spectacle of the show in both Dallas and Houston last week. It was a rare treat to see a huge band in a relatively small outdoor arena, and Coldplay goes to extremes to make sure all of the audience feels included. The main stage itself is impressive with the “magic balls” that project light and distorted images, their amazing laser light shows, and intricate backdrops, but the band also makes two trips off stage. First they play some techno-d up and highly danceable versions of “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” and “Talk”, followed by Chris on piano playing “Trouble” in Dallas during an impromptu setlist change, and then “The Hardest Part” in Houston. During their second trip into the audience, even closer to the lawn this time, they play a fun and jaunty acoustic set that includes drummer Will Champion singing on “Death Will Never Conquer” while Chris and guitarist Jonny Buckland dance merrily, and a crack version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” where Chris hits some killer falsetto notes and Jonny and Will provide excellent guitar riffs.

In Dallas, we were lucky enough to be at the front of the pit, so we really got to see some of the inner workings of the show and it’s clear that Coldplay works very hard at their jobs. From the very second the concert starts, with the dancing roadie and “Blue Danube” intro, the show is dramatic, finding the band coming out in silhoutte behind a screen waving sparklers before starting the first number, the instrumental version of “Life in Technicolor”. The set is two hours long, and it’s nearly non-stop, with only two short breaks, and the setlist itself is full of their most interesting tracks, enormous crowd-pleasers and rock numbers alike. Every member of the band is a key to the puzzle; we got to witness the knowing eye contacts and silent cues they’d give each other and it’s totally gratifying to see that they’re in synch like clockwork. Will drums like a machine, literally carrying the beat and turning out unbelievable performances during “Viva la Vida” and “Politik”, bassist Guy Berryman is steady and self-assured on his instrument, and Jonny completely rocks out during songs like “42″ and makes guitar lines like the one in “Strawberry Swing” look effortless and easy.

As a frontman, Chris is confident and affable; he comes across as down-to-earth and genuinely absorbed in entertaining the audience. His voice for both shows was in top form, transitioning between high and low notes smoothly. His musical skills are also highly admirable, especially his piano playing, which has become more classically influenced over the years with lovely numbers like “Postcards From Far Away”. He switches back and forth between piano, guitar, and manning the mic throughout the show, and does it all with boundless energy; running, jumping, and dancing, and whether it’s goofy or inspired, it’s always captivating.




Despite sitting in the back of the left side of the arena in Houston, I actually thought the Houston show was marginally better than the Dallas one. The crowd seemed to be a lot more lively in Houston, and the band responded well to that. All told, there isn’t much the band could do to improve; they’re performing at their absolute best each night, and that combined with all the other fantastic elements of their show – witty stage banter, falling neon butterflies, confetti filled yellow balloons, and silly fun like the orchestrated cell phone wave – make Coldplay’s concerts immensely exhilarating.

My long anecdote at the intro is the beginning of the story of how Coldplay became one of my all-time favorite bands. But that night was also sort of an important turning point for me musically. I was stuck in this weird in-between stage of musical taste; I’d been all Bob Marley’d out during college, and yet, I hadn’t discovered any new music for years because I hated the radio. I rarely ever listened to music at all. Seeing Coldplay live the first time reinvigorated my interest and passion for music; they’re are a huge part of the reason why I’ve gone so far as to have a music blog. Seeing them in Dallas and Houston during this tour was just icing on the cake.
Enjoy some more of my Dallas pictures here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/austingirl.mg/ColdplayDallas721?feat=embedwebsite#

Coldplay – Dallas (7/21)




More to come later and hopefully, video too.
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Austingirl, I could not agree with you more.

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I looked on LiveNation today. It is sad that Coldplay's tour is winding down now, with the last show Sunday 08/09/09 at 7:00 PM, at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. That's only 11 days from today! How time flies! Then Coldplay will tour Europe for a few weeks, with the last show of the Viva La Vida tour at Wembley Stadium, England in September. I wonder how one gets tickets to that show? I know that TheAngie, a true die-hard Coldplay fan, is going to that last show.
I will be going to the last US show in Tampa and the last two shows at Wembley in London. And I'm eyeing maybe Dublin. :uhoh2:
 

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I will be going to the last US show in Tampa and the last two shows at Wembley in London. And I'm eyeing maybe Dublin. :uhoh2:
Congratulations, Angie! I just checked and both London shows at Wembley are completely sold out :cry: I see Jay-Zee is the opening act, that probably helps explain why, apart from those being the last two chances to see Coldplay in their Viva La Vida tour. Jay-Zee will probably sing Lost+ with Coldplay.

But the other two shows, in Old Trafford and Glasgow have tickets. The prices there for STANDING & LEVEL 1 UNRESERVED are much less expensive than here, about $80. For seating, at about 53.83 pounds, it would be like $97 here (with the 5.40 "service charge" apparently every country has that), but the reserved seats are more costly. The pound is worth about $1.64 now. Still, I don't know how I'd get there as I've never even been to Europe before, and I don't know where would I stay? :thinking:

The gigsandtours.com website doesn't seem as user friendly as LiveNation, no seating charts or other useful tools, unless I just haven't learned how to use it or where to look. :rolleyes:

I just checked, and www.ticketmaster.co.uk has a seating chart of the stadium, but as in the U.S., ticketmaster doesn't give the "Clink 'n Pick" option that LiveNation does. Sucks. Wow, Wembley is a huge stadium! and it's all sold out. Oh well, I don't think I could handle seeing Coldplay in a stadium anyway.

You are adventurous to go there! I admire and envy you at the same time!

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