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

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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/


Austingirl, I could not agree with you more.

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Aww, thanks! I appreciate that and no I don't mind you reposting it. I totally feel bittersweet about the shows being over as well...I'd love to fly to Europe to attend one, but right now it's not in the cards. Actually, we'll see, I'm going to remain hopeful. :D
 

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Aww, thanks! I appreciate that and no I don't mind you reposting it. I totally feel bittersweet about the shows being over as well...I'd love to fly to Europe to attend one, but right now it's not in the cards. Actually, we'll see, I'm going to remain hopeful. :D
Thanks, it's gracious of you to allow me to share your story with others. I just read it again, it is such a lovely story. I like how it shows how ironic life can be. It is also moving to read how Coldplay touched you and re-invigorated your passion for music. I feel that they are my muse as well. Coldplay's creativity mystifies me, like, "How do they come up with such wonderful music?"

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What a show these guys put up. I am not a particularly fond bloke of their music, but they do have some good tunes and I do like the way they arrange lyrics and prose. But now, I have to admit and kindda admire them. These four Brits do know how to interact with their audience.

Their showed kicked off around 8:45PM when the Sun was already saying goodbye to the Superpages Center (formerly known as the Smirnoff and Coca-Cola respectively) located somewhere in the south-east Dallas area. Coldplay treated us to the full array of their “classics” such as Yellow, Shiver, Clocks, and Politik -my personal favorite: I can’t help the shivers down my spine on the verse “give me strength, reserve control, give me heart and give me soul“; of course they flamboyantly played songs from their latest album, of which I have to admit…don’t like all too much. Perhaps I just gotta give them another year until I start to like them. Who knows.

Of the memorable moments: they did run up to two mini-stages setup right in the middle of the audience. One of them on the right side of the numbered seats area -for fancy people- and another one to the left by the lawn. Of which I was able to take a couple of decent photos and some OK video footage -some of which you can watch right here. Another conspicuos moment arrived when they rendered they own tribute to Michael Jackson by playing their own, brit-pop version of Billy Jean -Chris just missed grabbing his crotch and doing the moon-walk.

They vowed good-bye to the audience after almost two hours of music to the return for a little speech and two more songs. That marked the closing of a very interesting concert @ the Big-D. On our way out, we were treated with a free CD with a handful of their songs.

http://www.myrotarycar.com/blog/index.php/2009/07/23/coldplay-in-dallas-superpages-center/
 

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A few issues back, I used my column in The Philosopher's Magazine to lament the fact that I'd missed the Coldplay concert in the fall (and to confess that I am a Coldplay-lover), but now all is well. They were back in Dallas last night.

Here's the thing about hearing live music. It kind of disrupts a certain illusion that I enjoy. You see, Chris Martin and I have kind of a special connection. I understand him, and he understands me. In fact, he wrote many of his songs specifically for me--like "Clocks" and "Viva La Vida" and "Lost". So what are all those 20,000 other idiots doing there, acting like his greatest fans? How, in fact, do they even know his songs and the lyrics, considering that they're MY songs?

Sigh. The band was good. But back to the audience. Not only did they barge in on my special thing with Chris, but they made me notice that I'm no longer the age of a typical Coldplay fan. No, I'm not 24. I'm not even 34. One of the ways the 20,000 called this to my attention was by engaging in Strange Youth Behaviors.

Um, must one listen to music while waving around cellphones? I asked my two 12-year olds about this, because they got into the cellphone thing too. In fact, they took to it like...well, like ducks take to water. After the concert I attempted to provoke them by hypothesizing that this is all about the deep and intimate connection that people have with their phones these days. To hold your phone is practically like holding your heart in your hand, so raising it is a gesture of love and exultation.

But they wouldn't be provoked. In fact, they just looked at me like I was an ignoramus. The point is that the phone lights up, they said. It's like holding a candle. Sure. Whatever. I'm sure Chris thinks it's silly too. He encouraged it a bit, getting people to do that wave thing, but I think he was just pretending. He and I think just alike.

http://kazez.blogspot.com/2009/07/coldplay.html
 

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Review: Coldplay, winded but still winning

Coldplay returned to Dallas for their second, but less spectacular sold-out show in a year.

DALLAS -- Still coasting on the bold energy of last year's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Coldplay returned to the Metroplex Tuesday night, less than 12 months after it last visited.

Aside from the obvious changes (venue, season, some of the set list) and a surprisingly ragged first half, there wasn't a drastic difference between Coldplay at the end of 2008 and Coldplay in the middle of 2009.

Swapping out a few tracks (Speed of Sound and Chinese Sleep Chant disappeared, while Trouble and a sharp cover of the late Michael Jackson's Billie Jean materialized) at Superpages.com Center helped renew the band's spirits, which flagged mightily early on. Coldplay prides itself on delivering a high-intensity, multimedia blitzkrieg; the pieces were in place but the British quartet didn't truly lock into its rhythmic and melodic groove until Fix You.

Once the swelling anthem from X&Y subsided, the band never really looked back, even scampering out to two different stages -- one near the middle of the pavilion and one out on the lawn -- which thrilled the sold-out crowd (although, to be fair, they screamed loudly for just about everything that happened).

It was on those stages, away from the lasers, projection screen globes and sprawling backdrops, where Coldplay appeared most on point, in tune with one another and freed from high-tech distraction.

Yet on the whole, the 2008 tour stop felt tighter and less labored than 2009; the band has flogged its new record mercilessly for well over a year now and has to be growing tired of the grind. Not content to rest on its laurels, Coldplay also had a free nine-track live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft, to give away as the audience filed out.

Frontman Chris Martin, who, at times, struggled to nail some of the more complex vocals and even mangled some falsetto moments, alluded to the band leaving everyone "alone for the next couple years," which would suggest they'll be heading back into the studio before terribly long.

However, a break might just be in order before turning out another record. Coldplay has weathered a decade in the ever-fickle music industry and managed to remain one of the most popular rock acts in the world. If that doesn't call for an extended vacation, what does?

The openers were a study in trendy curiosity: Kitty Daisy & Lewis, a rockabilly/Dixieland jazz-tinged trio (augmented with additional performers) hailing from London conjured a speakeasy vibe that was as unconventional as it was refreshingly weird. Bonus points to the outfit for trotting out a left-field rendition of Canned Heat's Going Up the Country.

Amadou & Mariam, a Malian duo that spiked its self-described "Afro-blues" grooves with funky washes of piano and shards of electric guitar, was a bracing delight. The crowd didn't quite know what to make of the pair, who utilized a pair of drummers and some enthusiastic back-up singers/dancers, but by the conclusion of Amadou & Mariam's eclectic, freewheeling set, the skeptical were waving their hands in the air like freshly converted fans.

http://www.dfw.com/117/story/156082.html

 

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Those were awesome!!! Especially the Chris pics :wink3:

Thanks for sharing!!!

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Thanks, Allegra!
:wink3: Indeed! :lol: I didn't get near as many wonderful Chris pics as I would have liked... he never stands still- even when he's sitting!! :rolleyes:
 

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Was finally able to upload my Dallas pics... here are a few:

Jonny looked right at me! :eek:
:stunned: Cool pic, I'm on flickr looking at the rest now!

:wink3: Indeed! :lol: I didn't get near as many wonderful Chris pics as I would have liked... he never stands still- even when he's sitting!! :rolleyes:
I know that "problem" too well!! :lol:
Always moving :heart:
He's like a rubber ball!!
 

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Thanks, Allegra!
:wink3: Indeed! :lol: I didn't get near as many wonderful Chris pics as I would have liked... he never stands still- even when he's sitting!! :rolleyes:
I know!

Well, I wished I had brought my camera because I was so close, but I know that since I was so close, I probably would have had the worst pics ever. :lol:

I need to learn how to set my camera to the highest sports setting. I've been able to take great shots of my kid with the flash off because he'll allow me to get them, but not Chris. There's no way! I'm glad I didn't waste my time messing with it. I think people that were a little further back from the rail got way better shots than I could have. You know...the further you're away from Chris the less blurry he becomes. I just really hate the delay I have on my digital camera. Sometimes I really miss my old 35mm. And of course they don't allow high powered cameras in only if you can sneek one in. I'm pretty sure that there are better pocket cameras out there than my 2004 Canon. I just can't see spending another $300. It still feels like I just bought the last one. Oh well.
 

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Austingirl, I found some clips of the ACL concert. They are simply exquisite, or I should say, Chris is. Note: they only play well in full screen on my computer, hit F11 if it only shows a tiny play screen initially:

Talk
http://www.babelgum.com/browser.php#play/SEARCH_SIMILAR,clipID:3012900,includeClip:true,order:MOST_RELEVANT/11,3023314

It began autoplaying other clips, here is another:

Square One:
http://www.babelgum.com/browser.php#play/SEARCH_SIMILAR,clipID:3012900,includeClip:true,order:MOST_RELEVANT/12,3023313

It looks as if the whole ACL show might be on there! I can see why you were "thoroughly impressed!" and how your bond was formed that night with Coldplay.

Warmly,

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Austingirl, I found some clips of the ACL concert. They are simply exquisite, or I should say, Chris is. Note: they only play well in full screen on my computer, hit F11 if it only shows a tiny play screen initially:

Talk
http://www.babelgum.com/browser.php#play/SEARCH_SIMILAR,clipID:3012900,includeClip:true,order:MOST_RELEVANT/11,3023314

It began autoplaying other clips, here is another:

Square One:
http://www.babelgum.com/browser.php#play/SEARCH_SIMILAR,clipID:3012900,includeClip:true,order:MOST_RELEVANT/12,3023313

It looks as if the whole ACL show might be on there! I can see why you were "thoroughly impressed!" and how your bond was formed that night with Coldplay.

Warmly,

Starfish42
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Nice! I've really been wanting to see that episode again! It seems like every time they're going to show it in Austin I'm out of town or something. Thanks so much for the links!

Edit: I really wish that ACL would sell an unedited version of the show. It was so great and they really trimmed a lot out for television. Plus, the sound was better than what you'll hear on TV because we were hearing it through a professional sound system. This is definitely better then nothing though!
 

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Nice! I've really been wanting to see that episode again! It seems like every time they're going to show it in Austin I'm out of town or something. Thanks so much for the links!

Edit: I really wish that ACL would sell an unedited version of the show. It was so great and they really trimmed a lot out for television. Plus, the sound was better than what you'll hear on TV because we were hearing it through a professional sound system. This is definitely better then nothing though!
These are the songs for which I found clips of the ACL concert on Babelgum. They autoplay in loosely consecutive order:

1. Speed of Sound
2. Square One
3. Clocks
4. ‘Til Kingdom Come
5. X & Y
6. Fix You

Roughly calculating this appears to be about 30-35 mins, which was about half of the show. I'm aware there were a couple songs in which Michael Stipe accompanied Coldplay, which aren't in the playlist on Babel.

Unfortunately, these are streaming videos (as opposed to those cached in Temporary Files,) and I do not know any way to save them.

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I have the full show audio bootleg of the ACL taping including the songs that they didn't air.
 

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This is very, very late, but I recently posted an edited video called Coldplay in 10 on my blog and it's a summary of this show and the Houston one. It's on my blog at http://austingirlmusicguide.wordpress.com/.

Also, I finally finished uploading ALL of the concert videos to You Tube. Check out, http://www.youtube.com/user/AustinGirlMusicGuide to see full length videos and my personal You Tube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/virginiarh22, to see all the snippets and short clips.
Austingirl, how nice to hear from you that you have posted all your clips from the show. It is quite an unusual but pleasant coincidence that I was just listening to your clips this morning. It proves the interrelatedness of all things. :)

I promote your blog and clips at any opportunity that I can because they are excellent. Thanks again for being such a great Coldplay fan and for writing such an articulate review and history of your Coldplay experience. :hug:

I see that you also have a wide range of musical tastes, which is very healthy. It was thoughtful of you to give Coldplay credit for re-invigorating your passion for music that led to your creating a musical review blog. I found your story about how you discovered Coldplay almost by pure chance to be fascinatng because it is similar to my own.
The difference is that I felt an uncomfortable attraction to them for many years, but resisted it. That all changed with Viva La Vida. :drummer::dance::chris::guitarist: With it, they broke through my resistance and touched me in a very sensitive place. From that point forward, I finally completely surrendered my heart to them and opened myself up to their wide repertoire of music.

I saw their performance on a repeat showing of Saturday Night Live a week ago, which was the show in which Chris Martin originally "grabbed" me. (I believe that the original airing of that show was 10/25/08, just before the election.) After that, I could never walk away from them again. Yet, watching the rerun of that show, I was surprised at how subdued Chris' performance was on that show, in which they sang 4 songs instead of the usual 2: Viva La Vida; Lost!; Yellow (at the end of which, Chris sang "Barrack Obama") and "Lovers In Japan" during the closing credits.

On SNL, Chris almost seemed afraid to sing too loud, or to dance too wildly, as if he is afraid he might knock something over if he moves as much as he does in live concerts. There, he's completely in his own element, like a king in his castle, and he throws his whole heart and soul into the performance and sings (or belts out) the songs with full passion. Still, without realizing how relatively subdued he was, he captured my heart and soul with that SNL performance and I am forever grateful that happened. I'm still deeply moved to tears welling in my eyes when I see clips of their live performances, remembering my own magical night with them on 7/14/09. :love::cry:
 

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Nice! I've really been wanting to see that episode again! It seems like every time they're going to show it in Austin I'm out of town or something. Thanks so much for the links!

Edit: I really wish that ACL would sell an unedited version of the show. It was so great and they really trimmed a lot out for television. Plus, the sound was better than what you'll hear on TV because we were hearing it through a professional sound system. This is definitely better then nothing though!
I'm trying to find a way to capture the streaming video, not for any purpose other than my own personal entertainment. I think it's important for people to keep copies of these kinds of gems so that they are never lost from the world.
 
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