22-Jul-09: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX - Tickets, Previews, Meetups, Reviews, Setli

jenflor

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Yay! I've had so much fun reading everyone's reviews and seeing all the pics and videos!!
So glad everyone had a great time!
MrMan, awesome pics and videos... in fact, I'm JUST outside the frame of your video of Death will never conquer!
Angie- Awesome high 5's and Jackie love!
Brenda- Gorgeous pics (great stuff for the Chris thread!! :D)

We were on the lawn this night, since we had been in PIT the night before. I must say, this was THE BEST lawn experience I've ever had. We were directly on the barricade for the c-stage, which meant I had a completely unobstructed view of the stage (though they were still tiny!). My only complaint was that when we first got there (right when lawn gates opened), they had a canopy set up over the c-stage, and we didn't know if they were going to take it down, so we took seats just to the left of the actual stage. This resulted in us getting to see mainly the guys' backs at the c-stage, but it was still awesome. More on that in a sec...

My husband and I were seated on the lawn by 5:40, so we settled in for a long wait. The security guy in front of us and I became great friends, chatting about the shows he's seen (he played with Gwen Stefani's kids when No Doubt was there last week!). We enjoyed the great opening acts. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis were AWESOME. Loved them. In fact, I need to go download their CD. Amadou and Mariam were also fun. About 20 minutes into our wait, a large cloud bank rolled in front of the sun, making things much more bearable. But that's also when I started to worry about rain.

Anyway, Magnificent came on, then Jay-Z and the Blue Danube and everyone around me was very excited. I love that they have a roadie leading claps for the Blue Danube now. They didn't do that when I saw them in SA. Finally, the lights went out, LIT began, and the sparklers came out! :dance: Though I was a mile away, the energy and excitement were electric. As in Dallas the night before, the band sounded awesome. Chris' voice is just gorgeous live and the guys seemed to be in high spirits. Around the beginning of the show, we began to feel random drops of rain and see BIG flashes of lightning. The lightning intensified throughout the show, which was a little scary (but also kind of cool), as we were literally standing on a metal barricade, but luckily, the storm seemed to move away from us and we never got more than a few random drops. The storm did keep a nice breeze blowing, so though the lawn was PACKED (sec. guy said it was completely sold out), it was actually quite pleasant out there (for a Houston night, anyway!).

The show progressed as normal (which is to say, it was fantastic) and I was excited to finally be able to really see the b-stage performance, as I had been in the PIT for Dallas and first row for SA and hadn't gotten to see it then. Loved GPASUYF and Talk, and HOPED that Chris would do Trouble again, but it was back to the Hardest Part. I knew we were getting close to c-stage time and started getting really excited. BTW, I was REALLY impressed by the crowd on the lawn. EVERYONE around me was standing the whole time and tons of people were singing their lungs out. From the very first words of Violet Hill I could hear people singing along. That was awesome.

So when it was c-stage time, the band walked up the steps to the stage right in front of me. They got set up and for Green Eyes they were all kind of moving around and turning looking in different directions, so I got to see all of them really well. After that, they settled into a formation of all looking out in the same general direction (away from me :( ) but I still loved it. I took video of basically the whole c-stage set, so I'll get that uploaded and posted here soon. We got some great shots here, too. I got a huge smile from Guy (well, not just me, but ya know :p) and Jonny was really cute dancing around with his tamborine. I was struck by how INCREDIBLY BLUE Chris' eyes were (sorry for the fangirly moment) and Will was AWESOME. He was back toward my end of the stage, so I really got to watch him. So cool. So when the set was over and the guys went running off (Chris is ridiculously fast- he flew down the steps and was gone before the others even made it to the steps), my friend, security guy, hands two girls guitar picks that had been left on the stage, and one of the girls (she was probably around 16 and IN LOVE with Chris- very cute) got a bottle of water that one of the guys had been drinking from. Then he came over to me and handed me a bottle of water from the stage (still sealed, though) AND a towel that had been used to wipe Chris' sweaty brow :wacky: My husband was laughing at me like I was crazy, but I loved it!!

Anyway, after that awesome moment, we were all pumped for the last few songs and the encore. Everyone was dancing around and singing. SO MUCH FUN. I was a little sad to see the concert end and have my summer of Coldplay come to a close, but everything was so fantastic. We have some awesome memories, and I've got some great souvenirs, too!! :D

Highlights of the show for me: Strawberry Swing, LIJ (always such a great moment) and C-STAGE!!!!!!
Video to come soon!!!
 

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The roadie leading the clapping during Blue Danube is Marta. I got on her in Dallas about why she wasn't out there leading the clapping any more. Woot for Marta!
 

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Go Angie! And yes, Woot for Marta!!! That really helps build excitement!


Thanks, Ian!! :D
I kept looking on the big screens to see if I could see you when they went to the lawn. Everyone was like this: :eek: and this :D
 

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I kept looking on the big screens to see if I could see you when they went to the lawn. Everyone was like this: :eek: and this :D
:lol: Yeah, it was funny. When I told the people around me (who got there early) that the band would be RIGHT THERE, no one believed me at first. I was honestly afraid the girl standing directly behind me was going to faint. When they started the walk up from the stage, she was like, "OMG OMG, CHRIS MARTIN IS COMING HERE!!! OMG!!!" You can hear her screaming throughout my video. :lol:

I went walking around looking for you, Angie, but I couldn't remember where you had said you were sitting. I was wearing a black tank top I decorated with a neon green LRLRL butterfly.
 

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The roadie leading the clapping during Blue Danube is Marta. I got on her in Dallas about why she wasn't out there leading the clapping any more. Woot for Marta!
she was the one with the red hair right? I had a nice conversation with her(she was standing right infront of me during the clapping). She was very lovely. She says the clapping and swaying of the arms during the Blue Danube really pumps up the boys:D:D:D
 

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Awesome review Jen !
I really love the C-stage part :wacky:
Coldplay karma was with you that night !
 

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I just realised in the frenzy of uploading pics and vids, that one has ALL of them in it on the main stage! I don't think I've ever managed that before! :smug:

 

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she was the one with the red hair right? I had a nice conversation with her(she was standing right infront of me during the clapping). She was very lovely. She says the clapping and swaying of the arms during the Blue Danube really pumps up the boys:D:D:D
Like bright red hair?!
I think she may be the one who upgraded me at my show... I asked if anyone knew who she was in the roadies thread- but no one knew!

Marta! I will eternally be grateful for you! :)


Jen- GREAT review! Now I wish I would have come down with you! haha


Great photos everyone!
Sounds like it was a blasssst!
 

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Yeah I remember her!
That was the best night ever and I'll say it again! It was even better cuz by best friend got to come too, and everyone knows COLDPLAY is about great friends and great music :)

Yeah, it was funny. When I told the people around me (who got there early) that the band would be RIGHT THERE, no one believed me at first. I was honestly afraid the girl standing directly behind me was going to faint. When they started the walk up from the stage, she was like, "OMG OMG, CHRIS MARTIN IS COMING HERE!!! OMG!!!" You can hear her screaming throughout my video.
LOL yeah when they came right to where I was and started playing ten feet infront of me I started doing the same thing. All i could say was OMG OMG OMG OMGx100, I was so shocked I was shaking and thought I might pass out at the sight of Chris, Jonny, Guy and Will right there in the fleah. I will remember that to the day I die.
 

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OK peeps. Here's my video of the c-stage. It's a bit washed out from the gigantic light that was shining in my face, and the quality is just so-so, but :wacky: what a moment!!!

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This is me and Marta in Dallas. She came and hung out with me during LIT. :dance:
 

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OMG Jen you got the Jonny Chrissy dancing at the beginning of DWNC! squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
 

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You need to get some ass zoom working on that camera woman! :wink3:
ugh. believe me, I tried. My camera is so old and crappy that once it's in video mode you can't zoom in w/out stopping it, zooming and re-starting. :(
 

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OK peeps. Here's my video of the c-stage. It's a bit washed out from the gigantic light that was shining in my face, and the quality is just so-so, but :wacky: what a moment!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dM_lTHKJhU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0XtfSNKpMs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGuzRiydxPo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBumQgi28hE
*favorites all of jen's videos*

in the second one there when someone (was it you?) called Guy's name did he give a little nod? :wacky:

and that jonny bit....:dead:
 
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