[22-Jun-2012] Coldplay @ American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX, USA

getithom

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That was my fear going into the concert, but she ended up getting really into it, so I was really glad.

Hell she LOVED Robyn too (I preferred Wolf Gang)
wat.

In all seriousness, I'm glad everything went well. They put on an extraordinary show.
 

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wat.

In all seriousness, I'm glad everything went well. They put on an extraordinary show.
She wanted to listen to Robyn in the car the other day. This is my nightmare! :confused:

Was my 5th time seeing Coldplay, and yet I love their shows more every time (although I wasn't a fan of the audience. Just didn't really seem into it)
 

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@Allegra would probably say it was because you were sitting with all the snobs! lol ;-)
Well, I tried saying it without saying it...don't know who's reading in here :p

But yes, if you were sitting in the lower balcony, you were among the most snobbiest people in Dallas...I didn't say all mind you! I know there are a few die hard Coldplay fans that can afford the lower level, and more power to them! It's just that most of the lower level is made up of season ticket holders that fancy themselves to every concert because they can...whether they know the band or not...or the lyrics. That's why I love U2 in this case and why Coldplay should follow...just let the floor be all GA at a reasonable price like $50 (that's what U2 charges)...let the real fans closer in next to the band...and charge an arm and a leg in the lower balcony (like U2 did for $250)...it's that simple! Stick it to the rich folks and let us real fans down closer to the band. Even Bono said he hates reserved seating because of this and got tired of the stiffs in the front few rows. So U2 hasn't had reserved seating since the POP tour of the late 90's. They've had GA on the floor at every show for the last 3 tours. Coldplay just needs to put their foot down and tell Ticketbastard/Live Nation that they aren't going to do it anymore. Shoot, even Bruce has GA on the floor. So I know it can be done.
 

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I emailed but they told me it hasn't even shipped yet :dozey:

and yeah I love it over there, it takes most of my time :rolleyes:
Email will get you nowhere fast.

You must call the 800 number in the shop. You'll get faster service by talking to a live person. In most cases they will send you another one. And then if the other one decides to finally show up...you'll have two! One to play and one to keep under wraps. :sneaky:
 

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Okay, so this is really late to write a review and show my pictures, but in my defense I did tweet the setlist live! :p First of all. I live in Dallas and this is my 5th time seeing Coldplay, the second time I've seen them at the AAC (I went in Nov. 2008 during Viva tour). I went to the 22nd show on Friday night and I had the best seats I've ever had for Coldplay, section 103 row U. Right on with the stage on Guy's side. Me and my friend were running late because of traffic and got to our seats right as Wolf Gang started. They were amazing! I saw them last year at T in the Park where they played the same day as Coldplay and I've been in love ever since. There were very few people here at this point and I seemed to be the only one up and dancing around in my section, but I didn't mind! Then Robyn came on and I distracted myself by talking with my friend and talking a bit to the girls who were sitting next to us. It was their first Coldplay concert. :)

Once 99 problems came on, everybody was up and ready for Coldplay. Then, the Back to the Future theme started we could see the band enter the stage from where we were. I was so excited!! The crowd exploded with delight when the Xylobands lit up for MX/HLH! It got the crowd up and moving, unlike in 2008 when it seemed nobody got out of their seats until VLV. As expected there were some wonderful Buckin' moments during IMP. And a TON of confetti. After this wonderful intro, Chris as usual, thanked us from going through the ticket prices and parking and whatever else we had to go through to get to the concert. Another highlight for me was when Jonny went out on the catwalk like the rockstar he is during his solo for GPASUYF. He's really gotten out of his shell! Chris came up and performed on the little plaform closest to our section several times. He also ran up on the back of the stage and performed for the people who bought seats from behind the stage, as did Jonny at one point. They really do a good job of trying to give everyone the best view that they could. Chris was adorable with his F***k up on the Hardest Part. LOL! I also really enjoyed the C stage set. It was so nice to hear Speed of Sound! I also really love that they just powered through the last few songs without the pretention of an "encore". Everbody who's a fan knows that their encores have always been planned out anyway!

Overall I have to say that this is one of my favorite times I've seen them. The crowd was good with lots of singing along and dancing, unlike some other times I've seen them. The band seemed to have a lot of energy and really enjoyed themselves up there. Also, the Xylobands have to have been the coolest thing I've ever experienced. Truly breathtaking! Now for some pictures! I didn't take to many, because these were the best seats I've ever had and I wanted to enjoy the show with my own eyes.





 

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Oh and I have another story to tell! LOL! I almost forgot! So me and my friend Emily, who went to the concert with me went back to the AAC the second night after the concert to try to meet Coldplay. So we went around the side to the crew exit and sure enough there were 3 other people waiting beside a partition. So we decided to hang around and see if we could meet the band. We wait for about 30 or 45 minutes and some guys start to walk out. My friend was like "Is that Wolf Gang?!" I wasn't sure, but sure enough some lady a little farther down stopped them for a picture. So we ran over just as they were about to walk away and said "Wait! Can we please have a picture?" They were so adorable. I don't think they are used to getting noticed, but they complied and let us take a picture with them. :) They didn't stay to talk, though. So we wait a little longer. And Matt McGinn walks out! I was so terribly nervous to talk to him that all I could say was "Hi!" and wave, to which he tiredly held up a hand and said "hi" quite annoyed sounding as he walked over to the bus he was staying. I really wanted to be like "I've read your book! It was fantastic!", but I just couldn't say anything lol! So then we waited again, talking to the security guard and two other people who were waiting and I see another familiar face, Hoppy. This time I had a little more courage saying, "Are you Hoppy?". He seemed surprised that I knew who he was as he slowly turned around and said, "Yes." as he kept walking. I waved and said, "It's nice to meet you!". Now it's around 1 or so and a crew member with an English accent (so I assumed Coldplay crew and not AA venue crew) says to us, "Who are you waiting for?". My friend replies, "Coldplay". and He's like "Oh yeah, they've been gone for a while. Left in the Limo through the crew door (you can drive underneath the venue). They're already back at the hotel." So no meeting Coldplay, but at least we met Wolf Gang and some of the crew!


Me and Wolf Gang!

Emily and Wolf Gang!
 

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But yes, if you were sitting in the lower balcony, you were among the most snobbiest people in Dallas...I didn't say all mind you! I know there are a few die hard Coldplay fans that can afford the lower level, and more power to them! It's just that most of the lower level is made up of season ticket holders that fancy themselves to every concert because they can...whether they know the band or not...or the lyrics. That's why I love U2 in this case and why Coldplay should follow...just let the floor be all GA at a reasonable price like $50 (that's what U2 charges)...let the real fans closer in next to the band...and charge an arm and a leg in the lower balcony (like U2 did for $250)...it's that simple! Stick it to the rich folks and let us real fans down closer to the band. Even Bono said he hates reserved seating because of this and got tired of the stiffs in the front few rows. So U2 hasn't had reserved seating since the POP tour of the late 90's. They've had GA on the floor at every show for the last 3 tours. Coldplay just needs to put their foot down and tell Ticketbastard/Live Nation that they aren't going to do it anymore. Shoot, even Bruce has GA on the floor. So I know it can be done.

EXACTLY!!!! I was in 120, row C for the Sat. show and me and my bestie were the only die hard fans around. Sure, there were drunk idiots (in their 50's, not 20's mind you) dancing around and being obnoxious. The lady next to me was nice enough, and she was asking me tons of questions. I didn't mind answering them, because she seemed genuine and interested in the show, but she obviously was not a die hard fan. It is just disheartening that real fans don't get to be up close (unless you are willing to fork out for VIP tix or deal with brokers). And, I know it's not really the bands fault, per se, I LOATHE ticketbastard/LN and thier thievery. I think a GA would be a fantastic idea, and I bet it's something they consider next tour.

I noticed on this tour, that they have eschewed a little bit of their self-deprecation, and acted like they commanded that stage and crowd :smug:
 

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Well, I tried saying it without saying it...don't know who's reading in here :p

But yes, if you were sitting in the lower balcony, you were among the most snobbiest people in Dallas...I didn't say all mind you! I know there are a few die hard Coldplay fans that can afford the lower level, and more power to them! It's just that most of the lower level is made up of season ticket holders that fancy themselves to every concert because they can...whether they know the band or not...or the lyrics. That's why I love U2 in this case and why Coldplay should follow...just let the floor be all GA at a reasonable price like $50 (that's what U2 charges)...let the real fans closer in next to the band...and charge an arm and a leg in the lower balcony (like U2 did for $250)...it's that simple! Stick it to the rich folks and let us real fans down closer to the band. Even Bono said he hates reserved seating because of this and got tired of the stiffs in the front few rows. So U2 hasn't had reserved seating since the POP tour of the late 90's. They've had GA on the floor at every show for the last 3 tours. Coldplay just needs to put their foot down and tell Ticketbastard/Live Nation that they aren't going to do it anymore. Shoot, even Bruce has GA on the floor. So I know it can be done.
I agree with you 100%. I've been to 3 general admission and 2 reserved for Coldplay, and the fans were SO MUCH BETTER in the GA shows.
 

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And, I know it's not really the bands fault, per se, I LOATHE ticketbastard/LN and thier thievery.
+10000

I hate Ticketmaster and their dirty tactics. Always have, always will. It's become legalized scalping now thanks to Congress approving the merger years ago, and basically creating a monopoly, despite their best attempts to distort the language and tell you everything's coming up roses.

But don't get me on my soapbox, I'll bore you all to tears with that....:D
 

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love this quote from today's HoustonPress:

"Oh, does your favorite band drench the crowd in confetti during the closing number? Coldplay does it the second song, bitches (and then again two songs later). Does your favorite band sell glow sticks to wave at random intervals? Coldplay gives away free bracelets that light up by remote control!"

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2012/06/coldplay_toyota_center_june_25.php
 

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^Excellent! :laugh3:

Everyone's got amazing reviews! Argh, every time I read one, it makes even more impatient! Can't wait for September 2nd! :dance:
 

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EXACTLY!!!! I was in 120, row C for the Sat. show and me and my bestie were the only die hard fans around. Sure, there were drunk idiots (in their 50's, not 20's mind you) dancing around and being obnoxious. The lady next to me was nice enough, and she was asking me tons of questions. I didn't mind answering them, because she seemed genuine and interested in the show, but she obviously was not a die hard fan. It is just disheartening that real fans don't get to be up close (unless you are willing to fork out for VIP tix or deal with brokers). And, I know it's not really the bands fault, per se, I LOATHE ticketbastard/LN and thier thievery. I think a GA would be a fantastic idea, and I bet it's something they consider next tour.

I noticed on this tour, that they have eschewed a little bit of their self-deprecation, and acted like they commanded that stage and crowd :smug:
Yeah sadly this is the case. The guy in front of me kept getting beers passed to him from a guy behind me. :/ so annoying!!! Also I hate how the majority of people who have tickets for the 100s and floor level seats don't show up till Coldplay starts. I alway feel bad for the openers for that reason. There did seem to be a small group of dedicated fans on the floor who were out of their seats and next to the catwalk the whole time though, which made me a little happier.
 

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Oh and I have another story to tell! LOL! I almost forgot! So me and my friend Emily, who went to the concert with me went back to the AAC the second night after the concert to try to meet Coldplay. So we went around the side to the crew exit and sure enough there were 3 other people waiting beside a partition. So we decided to hang around and see if we could meet the band. We wait for about 30 or 45 minutes and some guys start to walk out. My friend was like "Is that Wolf Gang?!" I wasn't sure, but sure enough some lady a little farther down stopped them for a picture. So we ran over just as they were about to walk away and said "Wait! Can we please have a picture?" They were so adorable. I don't think they are used to getting noticed, but they complied and let us take a picture with them. :) They didn't stay to talk, though. So we wait a little longer. And Matt McGinn walks out! I was so terribly nervous to talk to him that all I could say was "Hi!" and wave, to which he tiredly held up a hand and said "hi" quite annoyed sounding as he walked over to the bus he was staying. I really wanted to be like "I've read your book! It was fantastic!", but I just couldn't say anything lol! So then we waited again, talking to the security guard and two other people who were waiting and I see another familiar face, Hoppy. This time I had a little more courage saying, "Are you Hoppy?". He seemed surprised that I knew who he was as he slowly turned around and said, "Yes." as he kept walking. I waved and said, "It's nice to meet you!". Now it's around 1 or so and a crew member with an English accent (so I assumed Coldplay crew and not AA venue crew) says to us, "Who are you waiting for?". My friend replies, "Coldplay". and He's like "Oh yeah, they've been gone for a while. Left in the Limo through the crew door (you can drive underneath the venue). They're already back at the hotel." So no meeting Coldplay, but at least we met Wolf Gang and some of the crew!


Me and Wolf Gang!

Emily and Wolf Gang!
Hahaha, I'm loving the Dunder Mifflin shirt. Props to Wolf Gang.

Yeah sadly this is the case. The guy in front of me kept getting beers passed to him from a guy behind me. :/ so annoying!!! Also I hate how the majority of people who have tickets for the 100s and floor level seats don't show up till Coldplay starts. I alway feel bad for the openers for that reason. There did seem to be a small group of dedicated fans on the floor who were out of their seats and next to the catwalk the whole time though, which made me a little happier.
I had this guy sitting behind me - who wasn't even supposed to be in the 300's, but in the 100's - who kept getting drunk and spilt beer on me and my friends. Really annoying.
 

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I had this guy sitting behind me - who wasn't even supposed to be in the 300's, but in the 100's - who kept getting drunk and spilt beer on me and my friends. Really annoying.

I can't stand that! I had a stretch of about 4-5 concerts in a row, where this would happen to me :angry: The worst being at Depeche Mode, this idiot drunk girl dumped 1/2 her beer on my suede Doc sandals, then looked at me like I did something wrong...grrrr.
 

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I can't stand that! I had a stretch of about 4-5 concerts in a row, where this would happen to me :angry: The worst being at Depeche Mode, this idiot drunk girl dumped 1/2 her beer on my suede Doc sandals, then looked at me like I did something wrong...grrrr.
Wow. What a bunch of idiots.

Initially, the guy was like, "I'M SO SORRY MAN. LEMME BUY YOU A PRETZEL OR A BEER.", but then he started talking shit about us, when he was right behind us. What a dick.

But, it was funny, because his wife fell down the steps drunk during The Scientist and he left.
 

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Hahaha, I'm loving the Dunder Mifflin shirt. Props to Wolf Gang.



I had this guy sitting behind me - who wasn't even supposed to be in the 300's, but in the 100's - who kept getting drunk and spilt beer on me and my friends. Really annoying.
That sucks! That's the last thing I want is to leave the venue soaked and reeking of beer! I'm sorry. :( Luckily no beer was spilt on me but they blocked my view and distracted me.
 
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