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

lotrobsessed101

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And also yeah his Dunder Mifflin Shirt is freaking awesome! I didn't notice it till I was looking at the pictures later. Lol! Shame on me!
 

Allegra

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Here's my short clip of Charlie Brown from the nosebleed section.

Hope you like!

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9esyCRSSQ8I"]Coldplay - Charlie Brown - Dallas, Texas - June 22, 2012.mov - YouTube[/ame]
 

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Hi Everyone!
I haven't been on here in a while, but I've loved reading everyone's reviews and all the pics and videos. I'm finally getting a chance to spend some time on here, and it's been a week since this show, and I figured I better sit down and write something out before much more time passes.

I bought the tickets to this show when they went on sale way back in February. We had originally planned on taking our kids to the show, so we settled for less expensive seats in section 324, thinking the kids would do better with a little distance from the stage. But as the show drew closer, I got worried that they would not be able to see, and that my youngest one just wouldn't be able to last for the whole thing. As a result, we ended up selling their two tickets to my friend, and I ended up disappointed that we were going to be so far back for no good reason.

My husband and I drove up to Dallas Friday afternoon and met up with my friend and her sister-in-law before the show. While I was waiting outside the venue, I began to realize that I was nervous. I was overflowing with nervous energy and just felt like I needed to be moving around doing something. We walked in and got our Xylobands, and that's when the excitement really hit me. I saw Coldplay back in September for Austin City Limits, when they had already begun incorporating a lot of the elements of the MX tour into the show. Of course, since it was a festival, they didn't do the Xylobands, so I was very eager to experience that for the first time. Before we made it to our seats, I got to meet up with fellow Coldplayers, Lauren and Jimmy. Lauren was in from California, so it was great to chat with her and catch up a bit and talk about our excitement for the show. I love that I've met so many wonderful people from all over through Coldplay, and that we occasionally get to meet up at shows!

We missed the first opener, Wolf Gang, but were present for the entirety of Robyn's set. Suffice it to say, we weren't big fans. After Robyn, quiet, atmospheric music began playing over the loud speakers while the roadies rushed about the stage getting things set up. It seemed to be taking longer than usual, and just as I was wondering whether the boys were still using 99 Problems as their lead-in, it started playing. That was when I lost what shreds of composure I had left. I started bouncing in my seat, a huge grin on my face, and my heart just racing. I told my husband I had finally realized that I ONLY get that feeling before a Coldplay show. I distinctly remember feeling that mix of excitement and anticipation before the Viva shows I went to, too. And though I always get excited for concerts I attend, it's never quite like that.

The lights dropped after 99 Problems and the Back to the Future theme began. The crowd was loud and the atmosphere was electric. We could see the guys make their way to the stage and even louder cheers went up. But when the first trills of MX started and the Xylobands began twinkling, there was a collective gasp from the audience (I swear you could hear it!) and everyone went wild. I'd seen videos of the Back to the Future/MX/Hurts Like Heaven Xyloband extravaganza, but even then, I was not fully prepared for experiencing it live and in person myself. It was just so amazingly perfect. The colors, the music, the energy from the guys and from the audience... it was truly magical. By the end of the song I may have gotten a little teary-eyed.

Before the show, I had really tried to steer clear from setlist postings and detailed reviews, because I wanted to retain an element of surprise for myself. I did know basically which songs they'd be playing, but not in what order, and I'm glad I'd kind of kept myself from memorizing the setlist, like I'd done for the Viva shows. I loved the confetti and balloons for In My Place and Lovers and Japan, the latter of which remains one of my favorite songs to hear live. I loved how they re-arranged Yellow, with Chris starting out alone on the piano; it was beautiful. I also love the new arrangement of GPASUYF with the building lead-in and Will just going crazy on the drums. But the highlights of the night for me were probably the absolutely gorgeous Warning Sign, which I'd never heard live before, and the acoustic version of Speed of Sound. I was so happy to hear them play it, since it was completely left out of the VLV tour, and that version was really lovely.

Though our seats were far from perfect, we still had a really great view, and did really get to enjoy the light and stage show in all its glory. The lasers during Don't Let it Break Your Heart, and of course, Clocks were very cool. I also noticed big inflatable (I think) MX symbols positioned at different stairwells during DLIBYH. They were huge, and all lit-up, but the only one I could really make out from where I was was the Paradise butterfly. The others just looked like non-descript blobs from the angle I had. It was pretty cool, but it seemed kind of odd that they were only out for that one song, and that they weren't more scattered throughout the arena. From what I could tell, they were only in the 300 level... which now that I think about it is kind of cool... the guys' way of saying "hi" to us way up in the "cheap seats". ;)

As with everything you don't want to end, the show passed so quickly, and before I knew it, we were dancing around to Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. At the end of the night, the crowd was euphoric, the guys had sounded absolutely amazing- including Chris' voice, which was pretty much perfect- and I had a huge smile on my face. Though I wish I could have been there for the second Dallas show the following night, and the 2 shows in Houston, I am so thrilled I was there at all, and am so, so impressed with the show Coldplay put on. I think it'll be hard for them to top it going forward, but I can't wait to see them try!

I have a few not-so-good pictures and some shaky (couldn't stop dancing!) videos, that I'll try to post soon. :)
 

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Wow! The Xylobands look so pretty from where you are sitting. You really get the full effect! Thanks so much for posting. :D
You're welcome! Glad to share!

And yes...it was so hard to pay attention up there! The good thing was I was surrounded by real fans and nobody was drunk or spilt any beer down my back. Besides you're asking for a case of vertigo if you get drunk up there at that level!

Anyway, I was in sensory overload...shoot, it also didn't help that I'm a visual person as well! I couldn't remember the words to the songs, and I was debating taking pics or enjoying the show...I was a mess up there! I do have a butt-load of pics I took, but right now they are only loaded into my Facebook account. I would have to stop and upload them to my Photobucket account for all to see.

And too I have one more small clip to upload as well. I'm in the middle of it right now...damn, Youtube is slow all of the sudden!
 

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You're welcome! Glad to share!

And yes...it was so hard to pay attention up there! The good thing was I was surrounded by real fans and nobody was drunk or spilt any beer down my back. Besides you're asking for a case of vertigo if you get drunk up there at that level!

Anyway, I was in sensory overload...shoot, it also didn't help that I'm a visual person as well! I couldn't remember the words to the songs, and I was debating taking pics or enjoying the show...I was a mess up there! I do have a butt-load of pics I took, but right now they are only loaded into my Facebook account. I would have to stop and upload them to my Photobucket account for all to see.

And too I have one more small clip to upload as well. I'm in the middle of it right now...damn, Youtube is slow all of the sudden!
I know how you feel! I was debating about pictures or watching the show mostly with my own eyes. Just having a good time and watching prevailed, although I got some pictures and video, since the seats I had were the closest to the stage I've ever had before. No rush on your next video lol!
 

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And now, my second and final clip of the show.

Hope you enjoy this one as well!

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrL3GF3jJWs&feature=plcp"]Coldplay - Paradise - Dallas, Texas - June 22, 2012 - YouTube[/ame]
 

Allegra

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thanks for the awesome vids, @allegra
You're welcome! Glad you liked them!

Wish I had enough room to record the whole show, but I was running out of space due to the fact I take tons of pics of my son.

Next time I'll make sure to devote a whole card to it...especially now that I see how easy it is to take video with my Lumix...sorry folks I'm a little bit slow on technology but I'm learning! I'm more of a picture takin' kind of gal...you know old school.

:p
 

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My shaky video of the whole BTF/MX/HLH awesomeness.
Sorry for the shakiness... it's hard to stay still during all of that!

http://youtu.be/JiJtbjazusk

Edit: Sorry, I've forgotten how to embed the video... if someone can remind me, I'll fix it. thx.
 

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Here you go : )

[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiJtbjazusk[/ame]
 

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Thanks, Tash, and Thanks, Lauren!
Not the great view you had, but I still loved every second!
 

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And here's part of Warning Sign. Wish I had gotten the whole thing...
[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tIQazs9BIs[/ame]
 

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You're welcome! Glad you liked them!

Wish I had enough room to record the whole show, but I was running out of space due to the fact I take tons of pics of my son.

Next time I'll make sure to devote a whole card to it...especially now that I see how easy it is to take video with my Lumix...sorry folks I'm a little bit slow on technology but I'm learning! I'm more of a picture takin' kind of gal...you know old school.

:p
That's awesome footage! I was too damn excited to hand the camera still. :lol:

And also yeah his Dunder Mifflin Shirt is freaking awesome! I didn't notice it till I was looking at the pictures later. Lol! Shame on me!
Lol. They're :awesome: in my books!
 

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Before the show, I had really tried to steer clear from setlist postings and detailed reviews, because I wanted to retain an element of surprise for myself. I did know basically which songs they'd be playing, but not in what order, and I'm glad I'd kind of kept myself from memorizing the setlist, like I'd done for the Viva shows. I loved the confetti and balloons for In My Place and Lovers and Japan, the latter of which remains one of my favorite songs to hear live. I loved how they re-arranged Yellow, with Chris starting out alone on the piano; it was beautiful. I also love the new arrangement of GPASUYF with the building lead-in and Will just going crazy on the drums. But the highlights of the night for me were probably the absolutely gorgeous Warning Sign, which I'd never heard live before, and the acoustic version of Speed of Sound. I was so happy to hear them play it, since it was completely left out of the VLV tour, and that version was really lovely.

Though our seats were far from perfect, we still had a really great view, and did really get to enjoy the light and stage show in all its glory. The lasers during Don't Let it Break Your Heart, and of course, Clocks were very cool. I also noticed big inflatable (I think) MX symbols positioned at different stairwells during DLIBYH. They were huge, and all lit-up, but the only one I could really make out from where I was was the Paradise butterfly. The others just looked like non-descript blobs from the angle I had. It was pretty cool, but it seemed kind of odd that they were only out for that one song, and that they weren't more scattered throughout the arena. From what I could tell, they were only in the 300 level... which now that I think about it is kind of cool... the guys' way of saying "hi" to us way up in the "cheap seats". ;)

As with everything you don't want to end, the show passed so quickly, and before I knew it, we were dancing around to Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. At the end of the night, the crowd was euphoric, the guys had sounded absolutely amazing- including Chris' voice, which was pretty much perfect- and I had a huge smile on my face. Though I wish I could have been there for the second Dallas show the following night, and the 2 shows in Houston, I am so thrilled I was there at all, and am so, so impressed with the show Coldplay put on. I think it'll be hard for them to top it going forward, but I can't wait to see them try!

I have a few not-so-good pictures and some shaky (couldn't stop dancing!) videos, that I'll try to post soon. :)
I did the same thing with the setlist. I forced myself to stop paying attention to what was being played. Of course, I knew what they would play, but like you, was surprised with the order. It helped give (some) surprise for the night!

My friends who were with me kept saying, "Oh, I hope they play _____ tonight!". Of course, these were songs like Yellow, The Scientist, etc. so I had to reassure them they'd be played. :lol:

I noticed the MX symbols at the stairwells towards the end of the songs. They were actually really cool! I wish they stayed longer, though.

Great review! Well-written, too.
 

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^Thanks!
yeah, I decided I wanted to be a little surprised this time around. I had checked earlier in the tour, and happened to see a show where they didn't play LIJ, so I wasn't expecting it, so I was actually pleasantly surprised to hear it in Dallas.
 

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^Thanks!
yeah, I decided I wanted to be a little surprised this time around. I had checked earlier in the tour, and happened to see a show where they didn't play LIJ, so I wasn't expecting it, so I was actually pleasantly surprised to hear it in Dallas.
Lovers in Japan was what I was waiting for for a very long time. :p

Here are some videos I've uploaded so far. I was going to upload Charlie Brown, but for some odd reason, I can't upload it to iPhoto from my iPhone. :sad:

Anyways, videos. Ignore my voice.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rPwzqeVWgc&feature=plcp"]"Speed of Sound" Coldplay - American Airlines Center (June 22, 2012) - YouTube[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlBdnm4NG0A&feature=context-chv"]"Lovers in Japan" Coldplay - American Airlines Center (June 22, 2012) - YouTube[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1HcL9qx5GU&feature=context-chv"]"Lovers in Japan" (2) Coldplay - American Airlines Center (June 22, 2012) - YouTube[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcHS_T6JUJQ&feature=context-chv"]"Paradise" Coldplay - American Airlines Center (June 22, 2012) - YouTube[/ame]
 

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So this is a cool compilation of highlights video from the Dallas show on the 22nd! Maybe you guys can enjoy... :)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDTk2K6Y8Ts"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDTk2K6Y8Ts[/ame]
 
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