As you might've guessed, they leaned heavily on material off of Viva La Vida, which was just fine by me, but several older favorites were scattered through-out the set, keeping the new and old fans cheering alike. The visual show was fantastic, with lasers and glowing orbs galore, but Chris Martin was jumping and running around enough to have put on a show enough without them. In fact, Chris's stage presence ended up being one of the highlights of the entire show for me. I've heard more than a few references to Coldplay's stab at being the new U2, and while I hear where they're coming from, I don't think I can agree. If for no other reason, just because there was a total lack of pretension on that stadium stage Saturday night. As big as this band is right now, they still had the air of four friends playing rock 'n roll together. Chris even introduced a song (The Hardest Part from X&Y) as "not the best Coldplay song - but not the worst Coldplay song". That kind of candidness was refreshing amidst all the pyrotechnics and swooning fans.
All the music was great, from past hits to the arena-ready anthems of Viva La Vida, and the band gave an energetic and passionate performance for each one. Although a little gimmick-y, there was a pretty fun little interlude when the band stepped down to play The Scientist and Death Will Never Conquer from a row of seats in the audience. Through it all, the band seemed to be having a genuine good time - which only fed the audience's excitement. For example, whenever they came to the chorus for In My Place, Chris would raise his arm like Mickey in Fantasia, only instead of conjuring fountains of water he was invoking thousands of singing "Oh's!" from an exuberant crowd. This kind of gleeful audience participation was common all night - and all I can say is, it's pretty cool to be Coldplay right now. http://whaleinacubicle.blogspot.com/2008/11/concert-its-pretty-cool-to-be-coldplay.html
This summer my friend asked me what one CD I would take with me if I were stranded on a desert island with only a boom box and unlimited batteries. (Yes, I just said boom box.)
My answer: Coldplay X&Y.
I had the opportunity to attend the Coldplay Viva la Vida concert in Salt Lake on Saturday night. My dear friend Cali won tickets on the radio and took ME....took me out of ALL the people she knows! I don't know what I did to deserve such an honor, but I will be forever thankful to Cali.
To be honest, concert-going will never be the same again. I've seen the likes of Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Collective Soul, Maroon 5.....but none have compared to Coldplay. These guys are talented beyond belief.
I was all ears from the moment Coldplay emerged playing "Life in Technicolor" amidst panels showing their rockin' sillouhettes to the final moments of the show when they played the sing-along favorite "Yellow."
I was on a total musical high while they belted out greats like "Viva la Vida", "Fix You", and "Clocks." One of my all-time favorites was when they played a more acoustic version of "The Scientist", complete with Chris Martin on the harmonica.
Along with four tickets, Cali also won the opportunity to take pictures at the front row press box for the first three songs....(hence the great shots above.)
She even got to touch Johnny (the guitarist) and dear, dear Chris Martin. She's never going to wash her hand again.
I loved every second of this show. I came away feeling inspired, uplifted, and more devoted to following the band. To quote my friend Matt, "Coldplay changes lives." Too dramatic? I think not.
Coldplay hit Salt Lake City on Saturday night and I'm still coming off the high. Wow! I've always heard they know how to put on a show and they sure do.
Life In Technicolor
In My Place
Speed Of Sound
Cemeteries Of London
Chinese Sleep Chant
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (techno version)
Talk (techno remix)
The Hardest Part
Postcards From Far Away (piano instrumental)
Viva La Vida
The Scientist (acoustic)
Death Will Never Conquer (acoustic - Will singing)
Lovers In Japan
Death And All His Friends
I don't even know where to begin. First, the (slight) disappointments, I guess.
They played for "just" 90 minutes. Perhap Rush, with their 3-hour shows, have spoiled me, but after paying $240 I would have expected a little more. I have four Coldplay bootlegs and they are all pretty much 90 minutes, so it's not like they intentionally shortchanged SLC. And...I guess one of the rules of entertainment is leave the audience wanting more.
"The Scientist" is my favorite Coldplay song...They did play it, but it was a stripped down version...After doing "Viva La Vida," the band quickly ran of the stage, went under the seats (maybe through the Jazz locker room?) and then emerged not far from us and went up into section 5 of the Delta Center. A small platform had been set up and the band did "The Scientist" and "Death Will Never Conquer" (with Will Champion, the drummer, singing).
Two other favorites, "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" and "Talk" were performed in techno-ish combined format which diminished both. Oh well.
The 2nd opener, a techno dude, sucked eggs. What crap!
That's about the only downers.
Highlights (in no particular order):
The set design. During "Clocks," five globes (for lack of a better word; three behind the stage and one on either side) descended from the rigging. These globes were probably a good 10 feet in diameter. I don't know how, but somehow video was projected...into(?) the globes. From what I could see, a video projector was mounted on the top of the globe...I assume there was some mechanism inside the globe that bent/projected the image and makign it visible on the outside. They weren't always present. Sometimes they were colored, sometimes there were abstract patterns.
I loved "42." During this song, we got our first look at a full-size video screen behind the stage, but it wasn't just basic video. It had some effects on it which perfectly complimented the song. Just before it got to the up-tempo freak out section, Chris Martin's eyes went wide in an almost pyschotic manner...because (I assume) of the freak out section. Great theater.
"Cemetaries of London" was full of atmosphere. The faces of the band members were projected onto the globes and they seemed a bit creepy. Very cool!
The first encore wrapped up with "Death and All of His Friends." This track is by no means my favorite on the new album, but the guys played it to perfection. The anthemic chorus, as such, was pure magic. Jonny Buckland nailed the notes on guitar.
The band did not let up one iota (which makes up for the 90 minute set). It was non-stop euphoria. How's this for a start? Life In Technicolor, Violet Hill, Clocks, In My Place, Speed Of Sound, Cemeteries Of London, Chinese Sleep Chant, 42, Fix You. WOW!!
Speaking of which...Clocks (probably my 2nd favorite Coldplay song) and In My Place were great...with the crowd singing the chorus. Thrilling!
Will Champion. He's a very energetic drummer and a fine singer. Lots of oopmh on the skins.
During "Lovers in Japan" a million (no joke!...well, that's my bold estimate) paper butterflies were shot out of the rigging over the floor. Some of them were kind of silky, some kind of metalic. When blacklights were turned on toward the end of the song, many of them glowed in the dark...as it were. Kim and I brought home a good 300 of them.
Just being there.
It just might have been the best concert I have ever seen. And, with some strategic earplugs and because I didn't shout too much, I left without ringing ears and without a sore throat. Brilliant!
For one of the largest music crowds at EnergySolutions Arena in recent memory, the British rock quartet Coldplay packed as much punch as they could in a surprisingly short set Saturday night.
The show aspired to be one of the biggest spectacles Utah had ever seen, as frontman Chris Martin said himself during the show. While it ultimately fell short of fulfilling Martin's prediction, it was nevertheless a performance with moments that would make even Bono envious.
The 100-minute show, with two encores, certainly showed a band trying hard to become the biggest band in the world. There was an elaborate stage production featuring six revolving globes and two video screens high in the rafters that showed images that were more like artistic concert film footage than the standard visuals of the lead singer singing. And near the end of the set, thousands of flourescent paper butterflies, reflected in the stage's lights, floated onto the crowd that created one of the most dazzling scenes of any concert this year.
But some problems popped up. For all of Martin's amiability, the band seemed to try too hard. The concert was bookended by pretentious recorded classical music accompanied by rising and falling curtains. Some of the more intimate songs, such as "Yellow" and "In My Place" were transformed into bombastic anthems that didn't suit the spirit of the simple love songs on record. Compounding the situation was the notorious sound problems of the arena which muddied the more orchestral numbers of the band like "Viva La Vida" and "Politik." Martin was talkative, but it was difficult deciphering what he was saying. And while the drummer was an amazing, hard-hitting musician, sidemen Jonny Buckland and Guy Berryman showed neither the personality nor the stagemanship that elevated the rest of the band.
That is not to say that the show was disappointing. Martin is a frontman in the best sense of the word, when he isn't playing piano or guitar. He frequently twirled around in circles with arms flailing, stopping only to thrust his fingers into the air as if he was the conductor of both his band and the adoring audience. The huge backdrop behind the stage changed regularly between video screens, complete darkness, the album cover and the slogan "Viva." Rather than staying in place for the entirety of the show, the band regularly used two side stages that extended into the audience. In one of the most unusual but fun parts of the concert, the band went to seats near the rear of the arena and performed two acoustic songs, including the gorgeous "The Scientist," while surprised fans surrounded them.
For all of the buildup, the concert seemed to end too soon, as the classical music blared and the house lights came up. It was as if the crowd had been promised a life-changing experience, but in the end, all we had was a long traffic jam to revel in.
On Saturday night after the Gunshow From Hell 2008 my wife and I went to the Coldplay concert in Salt Lake. I had gotten some free tickets, shout out to 101.9 The End. I was not a Coldplay fan, but Mrs. Correia loves them.
I wasn’t expecting much, as I’d heard their music, and it seemed kind of sedate. Live however, they were absolutely awesome. It was one of the better shows that I had seen. They were energetic and fun. At one point the band went out and played a couple of songs in the audience. We were about five feet away for that bit. Mrs. Correia noted that the bouncers kept an eye on me because apparently I was the scariest looking person in touching distance.
I was so not a Coldplay fan that I actually didn’t even know they were from until they spoke. ( “Hey, I didn’t know they were English” and all the fans around me look at me like I’m stupid) I’d have to say that I’m a fan now though. The last time I had an experience like this was with Radiohead, not that they were English, I knew that, I just wasn’t expecting much, and instead got an absolutely awesome show.
And that was despite the lousy acoustics of the Energy Solutions Arena. That building has the worst sound of anyplace I’ve ever heard a concert. A wall of thunder descends from the ceiling and bludgeons your ears the entire time. You get a sound like a lumbering brontosaurus bouncing off the walls and they still managed to sound good.
The first opening act was a band from Texas called Sleeper Car. They were pretty good. Then the second opening act sucked beyond all comprehension. I don’t know what the guy’s name was, and that’s probably a good thing, because I’d be cursing it right now.
Basically it was some sort of 30 minute techno song/performance video. The cartoon reminded me of Adult Swim’s Super Jail, only Super Jail is more interesting, and it is over in less time. It had this repetitive beat that would die down, and we would all cheer, thinking that it was actually over, then Fooooooom Foooooom it would start again. Then weird cartoons would play flashing colors and words like FANTASY and crap like that. Since I hadn’t eaten any psychedelic mushrooms and still have all of my frontal lobe intact, I didn’t really get anything out of it. I got bored and went and got a $4.00 coke so I missed the big finale. Thank goodness.
So the opening act was good, the next act was painful, and the main show was excellent. Overall, it was a great night. Coldplay surprised the hell out of me.
I was yelling exactly what the title is of this post for almost the entire time of the concert. I had SO much fun. I went with my mom (which was the best I could get for this concert... No offense mom!) to it and had a blast. In all concerts, there is an opening band that plays to get the crowd warmed up. The first opener, was Sleeper Car. They're from Texas and their music was a mix between Country and Alternative. I thought they were really good for an opening band. However, the second one..... Not so much... It started out with this guy (who every one thought he was part of Coldplay, which was why every one was cheering really loud when he came out) who walked onto the stage right up to a big electrical device looking thing. This music started play and a few moments later, images and little videos started to play on this screen which was to the left of him. Now, the music that was playing wasn't really all that bad. It was the images that were. Imagine a cross between like those erotic, Japanese anime movies. The ones filled with all the gore and.... bad stuff... (you know what I'm talking about...) So anyways, a cross between the Japanese anime; an EXTREMELY creepy Dr. Seuss book; and mix it all together with M.C. Escher's pattern like images. It didn't have any "bad stuff" in it, but it was definitely creepy... And after around 30 minutes of this guy, he finally stopped.
Then we waited... Kept on waiting... And even more waiting.... After 45 minutes of waiting, Coldplay finally came out. They went in the Viva la Vida album order of the songs. Starting out with Life in Technicolor, moving onto Lost!, and then Clocks!!! After those we moved to Cemeteries of London (which was awesome!!), then 42, and then Yes, and then Speed of Sound!!!! I liked Speed of Sound and Cemeteries of London best out of that section. Then we had a little 5 minute break.
When they came back, they played Viva la Vida!!!! Sure it might have only been half of the song, but it was still the best. Then they did Violet Hill, moved onto Lovers in Japan, and then Strawberry Swing. Then they were done.... Or so it seemed... We waited for about 10 minutes this time and while they were gone, they played like a Karaoke version of Viva la Vida on the speakers and they dimmed the lights way down. More and more people gradually started pulling out their cell phones and swinging them in the air slowly. It looked so cool. With all the lights turned off, the place looked seriously like how a starry night sky looks at Lake Powell. I'll post my pictures of the concert in my next post.
Then the best part of the concert happened. We saw a single spot light go on and point to the band. Then, they started walking up to where me and my mom were sitting... Don't call me a girl for this, but me and her both screamed at a really high note. Then, once they had finally reached their destination in the audience, Chris spoke. He said "now this is the section of the concert we like to call Play an Instrument You Don't Know How to Play... Except for So-and-So (I forgot what the name was but it was the drummer) here." Chris was on the Harmonica and the drummer and one of the guitarists were on rock guitars. The other guitarist was on a Sitar, which is kind of like a guitar in India. They played an awesome song, but I didn't catch the name of it. I was too busy snapping pictures. After that, the drummer sang a song where occasionally, Chris and the others played their instrument. After that, they went back down and a section of the stage lit up. There was a lone piano in the light.
They all went down and the 3 disappeared... Except for Chris. He walked right down to the piano and talked a little bit. Cracked a little joke and told us he was going to play a song called The Hardest Part, which is in the X&Y album. What was awesome though, was that it was just piano and singing the entire time. Chris sang for a little bit and then another spotlight shown on the drummer and he accompanied Chris with is voice as well. Then after about a minute, the spotlight went only to Chris again. He finished up and THEN every one thought that the concert was over... Which it originally was. But we just kept on clapping, and a minute later, Coldplay came back out.
Chris spoke again saying "Well Salt Lake City. You guys just keep on wanting more, so we'll play one more song. It's one of our favorite songs. It's called... Yellow." Every one cheered. The lights in the stage just went entirely Yellow and they started playing. The song ended and so did the concert.
I just entirely loved tis concert and I can't wait until the next time they do another. Even if my parents don't pay for me, I'm still going. Well, this post needs to get wrapped up so in conclusion...
Traci and I needed to be blown away by Coldplay after a not-so-impressive dinner at Outback, as well as a previously unannounced opening act that sucked, hard. This guy gets on the stage, and basically did really bad techno accompanied by some really pscyodelic/nausiating graphics behind him. It seemed that the audience all thought he was Chris Martin just trying out some new material, so he received some really heavy applauds during the first two songs. Once the guy kept going after about 15 minutes the applauds died down and many confused faces started to set. It was horrible.
Then, Coldplay took the stage. Mmmmm. Soo goood. They basically did all of their hits, but included a ton of reworked versions of their songs. Chris Martin did "The Hardest Part" on piano only, they did a techno version of "God Put A Smile On Your Face," and did a short interlude techno version of "Viva la Vida." At one point the band dissappeared, only to reappear IN THE AUDIENCE about 50 feet below us!! AAAAA!!! They then did an acoustic version of "The Scientist" followed by a song that Will Champion, the drummer, wrote and sang.
The set up was fantastic. We were near the nosebleads, but still had great seats because of the set up. The band had a huge stage which they ran all over and had two huge screens going all time which made it look like we were watching a live DVD of the band. It was really, really, good. Sound was great, and light show was awesome.
Chris Martin also included several nice Salt Lake City references. For example, during "Fix You," instead of singing "When you're too in love to get it gooooo...." he sang "When you're in Salt Lake City at the Coldplay shoooooowwww...."
Oh, dear. I am in love with Coldplay. Um. Really in love.
I took a ton of photos and videos with my phone, but none of them really turned out. I'll throw in two below, but no more, just because of how bad the quality is.
They did a really sweet confetti explosion during "Lovers in Japan" :
And for the encore, they did "Yellow," which is Traci's personal favorite. Also, you can't see it in the video, but yesterday Traci got her hair colored and got highlights, which means that she is no longer a hottie. She is a now a SUPER-hottie.
I went to the greatly anticipated Coldplay concert last night with Ryan and Melissa! We bought tickets so long ago that I thought the excitement was starting to wear off, just about until we got to the venue, then it started kicking in again. It was at Energy Solutions, which I was a little disappointed with because the acoustics there are pretty bad and it's such a large venue. But I was just happy they were coming to Salt Lake! It has been a really long time since I've been to a concert in such a big venue. I wish they weren't so popular!
Anyway, the opening bands were ok! The first one was called something Train, I can't remember the name. They were a band from Texas and were actually pretty good. The next "band" was this really interesting uhh electronic guy. I can't really explain it. hehe. The most interesting part of his was this graphics show going on behind him. At first I really liked it, there were some really obscure graphics and they went along with his beats, but the longer he went on, the weirder the graphics got and they almost turned creepy. As did the music. It was kind of strange! But somehow the whole thing was really hypnotic and I felt like I was in some sort of daze watching it.
Then out came Coldplay! They had a really cool set this tour, they had the stage set up so it kind of forked and they were able to go out about halfway into the floored seating. I remember reading an article where Chris Martin said they were going to do all they could to make their venues feel smaller and I can see how they accomplished that with the stage set up the way they did. And then in another interview about their tour set, all he said was "We have some incredible balls". I thought he was just trying to make an off color joke, but they had these giant balls hung from the ceiling and they had different things, like videos and graphics projected on to them.
I'm trying to remember what song they started out with and I think it was Life In Technicolor. It was a really good song to start with. They had the "Liberty Leading the People" by Delacroix as their backdrop and they were all decked out in their revolutionary looking uniforms. I can't really remember all the songs they played and in what order they played them because they played for a solid two hours! They played a little sampling from all their previous albums, like The Scientist, Clocks, Politik, Yellow, Fix You, The Hardest Part, Speed of Sound....all of which were excellent. I always tend to like their older music the very best, although there really isn't a song of theirs I don't love. I loved hearing Politik though because it reminded me of the concert me and Anj went to a few years ago and that song was so good live! Wasn't it Anj! I think it might have been the first song they played at that show. For some reason it sounds so much better live than on the album. I was hoping they'd play Daylight and Warning Sign too but that's ok.
I think they played pretty much every song on their new album, and my favorite from that was definitely Viva La Vida and Lovers in Japan. When they started the intro to Viva La Vida the crowd just went crazy. Myself included, hehe. They just put on such a good show, you can't help but get really into it. They sound so good live and it's not only how great they sound but their overall performance, like the lasers they had going. You can just really feel the music when they play. And they all look so passionate about what they're doing. If you watch each band member individually for awhile they are so into what they're doing. Will is so much fun to watch on the drums, and last night he even sang a solo, he has an awesome voice. I think Chris needs to give him some more mic time Johnny is so fun to watch on the guitar, he's just so good. Guy is always so fun to watch, Anj would agree with me on that He really doesn't move around much but the way he plays the bass is mesmerizing. hehe. And for a side note, Anj, he was in a shirt that looked almost like his sexy brown shirt from the last concert! I thought of you when I saw that. hehe. Chris Martin is so entertaining to watch. Sometimes when he's flailing around the stage or looking like he's having convulsions whilst playing piano, I wonder to myself if he's completely drunk. But he's a denouncer of alcohol, so I'm then left in awe and wonder at how he manages to act so silly without any help. Maybe it's caffeine? Either way, it's really entertaining and he knows how to get the crowd going.
At one point in the show we were pleasantly surprised to find they had set up a little mini platform in the nosebleeds not far from us! They came up and said they wanted to reach the back of the audience, so they sang a couple songs up there. I thought that was so cool. Too bad I was too busy fumbling with my phone's camera to really take it all in. I was trying to figure out how to zoom in with my camera, and never could figure it out. It was nice not having to squint or rely on the big screens to see them!
During Lovers in Japan they had a really cool video playing in back of them of footage of Osaka, and some other random things. It was really neat, and then during the middle of the song they started releasing confetti, but I realized after awhile the confetti's were all in the shape of butterflies. It was so cool. You can actually see that on the first picture I posted. By the way, none of these pictures are mine. hehe. They are from previous concerts and I figure they're a lot better than anything I could have taken with my phone anyway
Lost was another great one. It was really fun watching Chris during that. I'm trying to think of what song they ended with. This is going to bug me all day. I think it was Death and All His Friends. That was pretty amazing too. I loved the end of it. That was a great live song. And when they left the stage I felt so sad! But they came back and sang an encore of Yellow. I was kind of bummed they chose to end with Yellow of all songs! But that's ok. I think I gain a whole new appreciation for all their songs when I see them live, they're just so good! I can't get over it. Like I said about their last concert, it was like a spiritual experience for me. hehe. What an awesome show. And what awesome guys. I think they're the most gracious group out there. I mean they stood there for about five minutes on the stage applauding and thanking the audience for "missing whatever you're missing to be here". Coldplay never disappoints. The only thing that would have made it better would be if Anj could have come with us!
On June 28, 2008, I was on my way to Warped Tour and talking to my mom on the phone. I was trying to get a good seat to the Coldplay concert on November 22, 2008 and the general sale started at 10 a.m. So far I haven't figured out how to be in 2 places at once. If anyone masters that one, I'd be happy to hear all about it!
Best Buy had a presale for the show a little earlier, but the best I could pull up exactly at ten with everything going perfectly at my end was Row 24. That's when I decided to wait for the general sale. At the general sale, I (or my mom on my behalf, actually) pretty much pulled up the exact spot. SO I debated whether or not to get a floor seat or pay less and sit a bit further up. In the end, I opted for the floor.
I arrived at the venue and parked in the lot across the street just a little before 6 and went to line up at the entrance. The doors were to open at 6:30 and I braced myself to face the chill for another half an hour. At 6:13, Hell froze over, and the doors opened. Of course, I am kidding here. Really, how often do the doors to a show open early? I can think of two other times. Both times it was raining.
I did the ladies room thing, bought some stickers for $8 at the merch table (yeah... a page with about 5 stickers cost $8)and was planning to find my seat. The doors to the arena itself still were closed as it wasn't 6:30, so I just talked to a venue employee for a while until I could head for my seat. I found my seat rather quickly and then went to look for a friend in the nosebleeds. When I was almost to Section 102, I heard screaming. It was the second time, so I went to see what was up. The first time I thought they were starting early and I was no where near where I was supposed to be. LOL As it turns out, Matt, was in the process of upgrading some gals in the nosebleeds to Row 3 (yes, I ashamedly admit my jealousy LOL) I took a pic of the girls with him and followed him for a few doors and chatted. I asked if he was the emcee or something because I liked his voice. He had a nice British accent. Imagine that, an employee for Coldplay with a British accent? Then I figured I was close enough to Sec 102 and ducked out. Section 102 was completely empty. I was told by one of the ushers that all of Section 102 was relocated because of the huge "balls" that were part of the set blocking visibility. I saw Matt give another couple an upgrade on the floor. I walked by and he was just telling them what he was doing, and then I said, "Oh, that's why no screaming yet, you hadn't told them." LOL That must be the fun part of his job - giving people upgrades. It would be for me. They must have given out a few. I heard more than one set of squeals, and there was a gal giving them away also.
Anyway, it was about time for the show to start, so I headed back to my seat. I texted another friend, Lauralee a few times to figure out where she was sitting. She called me on my cell just as the show started, and I couldn't hear a thing. LOL The first band, Sleepercar was actually pretty good. I never did see any merch for them anywhere as I might have picked up their cd. They did a cover of Wild Horses that was well done, I thought.
After a short intermission that I spent looking for (and finally finding) Lauralee, John Hopkins came on stage. He was on a keyboard/mixer on the far right of the stage in bright lights. On the left was a screen with animation. My first thought was that it looked like a cross between a cartoon and someone's bad dream. My second thought was that the animation looked like a bad acid trip. Both times I shared this with the gal next to me and she laughed and said that she had just told her friend the exact same thing. His music was very "experimental". I didn't mind the first song too much, but it was really a bit "sterile" for me - as in no real interaction.
Once John's set ended it was finally time for Coldplay to set up. It wasn't long and they were on stage to a standing ovation and raucous applause. It was clear that no one planned to sit anytime soon. I had mixed feelings about that one. I really didn't have good visibility, although sometimes I could see the drummer well.
The stage setup was awesome, though. There were 5 large "balls" from the ceiling that were raised and lowered. At least for one or two songs, you could see the face of the lead singer and his hands playing guitar. There was a large screen to the back, a small television and they both had the same thing on. I liked it best when the band was on the screen as then I could see better. Most of the night, I was on my toes and trying to see around the 6 foot plus dude three rows up. I so wanted him to sit down for one song. LOL At one point during the concert Coldplay went up into the second level balcony (middle level) and set up and played. It was awesome as it was just behind me and the best view I had all night! LOL
As for the music, it was pretty incredible! They did quite a few songs off X&Y, which is great, since I love the whole cd. I really love the song, I Will Try to Fix You, and even though I knew it was on the set list (thanks to Ethan Luck), I was filled with excitement on hearing the first notes. The lighting was all in blues and lavenders with faint, almost shadowy, images of the band in triplicate. The song brought chills, and Chris complimented everyone's beautiful singing. It was stunning to say the least. Another very cool moment in the show was when Chris played Hardest Part and everyone sang along going into the next song.
At one point in the concert thousands and thousands of butterflies made from tissue and a think plastic all fluttered from the ceiling. They were everywhere around me. At first the lights were on, but they soon changed to flouresent and a second wave of butteriflies floated to the tops of heads, landed on shoulders, inside coat pockets and purses, and covered the floor in a sea of color. It was really something to see! I brought a purseful home with me.
Just as the last song was playing the two gals next to me left, and I picked up my things and moved over. As the last note was played, I excused myself and followed the security guys towards the front in hopes of nagging a set list. I asked someone and he just said he didn't have one. Then I spotted Matt, and the three girls I saw him with told him thanks again and showed them the pick they were able to get. Then another gal asked him for a pick, so I asked him about a set list, and he went and brought her a pick and was looking for a set list. Just as he was getting it for me a security guy tried to get me to leave and he arrived back with it in the nick of time. I thanked him and told him he was an angel (and I meant it!) He was really a nice guy and he made my night!!
So then I headed out to the lot, got turned around and walked a block in the wrong direction, and headed back again. As I arrived to the lot, I saw a young girl and her grandmother (I think she said it was her granddaughter) and her car was not in the lot anymore. I have had my car stolen from a restaurant lot before, and I KNOW what it feels like, so I stayed until their friend arrived. I tried to tell her as much as I could what should happen next, but her friend was an ex police officer who was going to help. Once he arrived, I headed for home.
It was another great show, but a little bittersweet, as this is the first time in a long while that I haven't had a ticket on my desk to an upcoming show. But all is not lost - I saw Sam during one of the intermissions, and he gave me a flyer for a Jonathan Jones on Dec. 4 (and which I passed along to the couple behind me who promised to check him out.) Looks like a December concert could be in the works after all?