22-Jul-08: Chicago - Tickets, Preview, Meetups, Review/Photos

Jenjie

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Coldplay mixes Big Music with a little goofiness

On its 2006 tour, Coldplay figured out how to supersize its shows. Once a fluff-up-the-pillow band of balladeers, built on Chris Martin's falsetto voice and upright piano, the British quartet muscled up and swung for the rafters, in keeping with its status as a multimillion-selling franchise capable of filling sports arenas around the globe.

With its fourth and latest album, the cumbersomely titled "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," Coldplay tackles big subjects (death, the afterlife) with an equally big sound, brimming with nuances sculpted by producer Brian Eno.

It's the type of album designed to fill stadiums, and Coldplay swept into the United Center on Tuesday for the first of two concerts with a certain been-there, done-that confidence, if not swagger. "Swagger" and "Coldplay" are words that rarely belong in the same sentence, because Martin and his bandmates have always carried themselves with a scruffy, almost sheepish charm. Yet with "In My Place," Martin was winding up his left arm and thrusting it skyward like he was throwing uppercuts at the heavens each time the chorus kicked in.

At other moments, he was the slightly goofy, ever-smiling, ever-earnest cheerleader, U.K. rock's answer to dithering actor Hugh Grant. Martin pranced around the stage with gawky enthusiasm, leading singalongs at every opportunity and waving his arms like a traffic cop at a busy intersection. It all worked because he's got the Big Music to back it up. Drummer Will Champion rattled his drum kit with eye-catching flourishes, jutting his left arm upward before bringing it down. Guitarist Jonny Buckland is not a speed guitarist; rather, in the grandiose tradition of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, U2's the Edge or Oasis' Noel Gallagher, he played patiently, framing each note and riff with lots of dramatic space. Nor did bassist Guy Berryman overplay. That role was left to the myriad backing recordings the band used to fatten its sound.



The quartet's latest trick, honed with Eno, is to cobble together bits of what sound like different songs into epic statements. In another time and place, this might've been called progressive rock, but with Coldplay it's more about creating contrasts and mood swings than showing off their instrumental technique. This approach worked particularly well on "42," which veered from Coldplay's balladeer comfort zone into more dissident terrain and then back again.

If there's a weakness, it's that Coldplay tries to create a sense of profundity where there isn't any. What's with the French Revolution-era painting as a backdrop and the tattered neo-military get-ups? They're really nothing more than eye candy, just like the green lasers and giant orbs that doubled as video screens. Martin's lyrics toss around big concepts, but he's best when he sticks to good, old-fashioned heartbreak as a subject.

Not that it mattered. In an arena, it's all about creating an event. And Coldplay did so; it sang two acoustic songs amid the audience in the first balcony, and two more on a small stage on the floor. It also turned the audience into eager accomplices for " Lost," which was performed twice for a future video.

The song warns against taking anything for granted. It's advice Coldplay has taken to heart as it works the big rooms.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/chi-coldplay-ovn-0724jul24,0,2169831.story
 

gvargas

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With those reviews, I cannot wait to see the show tonight (t-minus 11.5 hours)!!!


How strict were the security guards about searching and letting people bring cameras in? I have a digital SLR with a zoom lens that takes AMAZING pictures (which I would post, of course) but it's rather big. I was thinking either put it in my purse or wrap it in my sweatshirt in the bottom of my backpack. Thoughts?
They were not very strict with checking my purse. I put a small camera in there. I think they were checking for major things. All I did was open it, he glanced in and that was it. I was wondering about that too. How to bring in an SLR. But, I was way in back this time and wouldn't have gotten any good upclose pictures of the band with the lens that I have.

But, maybe if you have a bigger bag, you could pull it off. I would be too worried if they found it. I supose they wouldn't take it away. But, those cameras are much more expensive so I don't know if I would take the chance, unless I found out someone else was able to already.

I don't know if they see you in the audience with a camera like that if they would care or not. I supose you could always try. :)
 

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^Here's one of my pre-show pictures for you to see and check:



The other (Farther) ramp is the one with the stage.

And yay for 1076 signatures!
Faith, that gives an excellent visual my for daydreams
 

gvargas

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Yes, its true. I saw Guy walking by himself on Michigan Avenue. I totally did a double take - not believing that I had actually just seen Guy. But there is no doubt - it was him. He had on a minty green tshirt and his black vest....damn the free trolleys!! If it hadn't been there we would've been walking on the same side and run right into him!!!


GAH!
Oh, how I wish I worked downtown! But, I have to be 30 minutes away! If I worked downtown I could eat out and walk down Michigan for lunch. Oh well! I wonder if he was looking for Virgin records that is no longer there. Sad for that! Actually I was wondering if he'd be looking for some old record shops.
 

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any one does have any near clarity videos for songs!

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpZ5hjsB2Wg[/media]

Life in technicolor and violet hill video.
 

robby91

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When did they come on last night??

Hi all,

I am going tonight. But i am work right now. I need to know how late i can arrive. I dont care to see the opening acts.

Anyone know what time Coldplay came on last night?
 

CRYSTAL

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[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S_bQAjeNRI[/media]

death and all his friends video.
 

Faith Akiyama

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^:laugh3: It's great!

Last five Chicago videos:

Will singing "Death will Never Conquer"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KFl6bNewkE


Politik
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9iEToYB1QI


Lovers in Japan (Beautiful performance, background film, and confetti; horrible sound quality :( )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCVwKZsbVik


Death and All His Friends
(Already posted above by Pallavi) :laugh3:


Encore - Will and Chris - Green Eyes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxGQAlJ9DVc


Kudos to the July 22nd crowd for making the concert such a wonderful experience! :D
 

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:DWay to go girls! I knew this would be a magical night for you all, and hope tonight is even better!!
For the boys sake, I am soooo happy to see the crowd so pumped!...As it should be!

<<Bites nails waiting for report of ROUND 2:lol:
 
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