[23-Jul-2012] Coldplay @ Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Coldplay light up the Air Canada Centre

Coldplay light up the Air Canada Centre

Posted by Roger Cullman / July 25, 2012



Coldplay really lit up the Air Canada Centre on Monday night. And likely Tuesday as well, if they followed suit in the second of back-to-back shows in Toronto.

Upon entry, attendees were given a Twitter-branded LED wristband that, when triggered, lit up the entire ACC like a sparkling, multicoloured Christmas tree. Perhaps it was a gimmicky stadium trick, which Coldplay didn't really need to do, but this was a big money show, after all. They commanded the audience from the get go with their well-penned songs and rousing choruses.



And then there's frontman Chris Martin, who pranced around the stage like a kid in a bouncy castle, enjoying every moment. He won the crowd early on, singing "Where do we go nobody knows? Play a concert tonight in Ontario," altering the lyrics from God Put a Smile Upon Your Face.



Martin also made good use of the catwalk that jutted out into the centre of the stadium, giving more fans a closer look.



At one stage, the entire band took a spot at the edge of the catwalk and played a few songs from this spot.



An amazing burst of energy hit the crowd at the start of In My Place, about the third song in, as confetti cannons shot bursts of colourful shapes that mimicked the Mylo Xyloto album that Coldplay are touring.



Most bands break out this sort of fanfare at the encore. But not Coldplay. They busted out of the gates running, with a handful of hits, including Yellow from their debut album Parachutes, which started out all quiet and introspective, but achieved massive singalong status in no time.



The stage lit up too, with fluorescent Spirograph-like shapes behind a grafitti-styled backdrop.



Bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion kept the rhythm section tight throughout the set.



Guitarist Jonny Buckland occasionally rocked out with Martin and you could tell they were enjoying the show as much as the audience. After playing 16 songs, Coldplay disappeared from the stage, leaving the crowd alone with their light-up bracelets, cheering for more.



Martin quickly reappeared in the middle of the audience near the cheaper seats and thanked the crowd, saying "It doesn't feel like a Monday night, it feels like fucking Christmas, so thank you so much." The band joined him one by one to sing Us Against the World.

Martin then screws up the beginning of Speed of Sound and asks the crowd not to put it on YouTube. Oops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J2CnFQBzmi4



Aah, that's better. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAbR6EL-9q8"]Coldplay @Toronto 2012 Speed of Sound Live - YouTube[/ame]



My favourite Coldplay song, Fix You followed, with the band back on stage. And I must say, it was awesome to witness in a stadium setting for the first time, with Martin jumping for joy on the catwalk and fans singing along en massse. Quite the magic moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ON6TYYRhsOA



Coldplay ended the hour-and-45-minute show with Mylo Xyloto's first single, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, with fans all waving their light-up wristbands in unison.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pzUFys56O50
Coldplay ended the hour-and-45-minute show with Mylo Xyloto's first single, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, with fans all waving their light-up wristbands in unison.

Photos by Roger Cullman Photography.
 

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Coldplay brings high-energy show to ACC

Coldplay brings high-energy show to ACC

By Jane Stevenson ,QMI Agency

First posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:06 AM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:23 AM EDT


Colour me impressed.

British pop-rockers Coldplay touched down for the first show of two night stand at the Air Canada Centre on Monday night and treated a sold-out crowd to an intense yet artful music extravangaza.

The wow factor included twinkling, glow-in-the-dark multi-coloured wristbands worn by audience members, multi-coloured confetti - that blasted out several times during the second song and set highlight, In My Place, and multi-coloured balloons that dropped down during the fourth song, Lovers In Japan.

It was like one gigantic street art project with a lot of financial backing emphasized by Coldplay’s own enormous stage decorated by glow-in-the-dark, multi-coloured neon graffiti and a long catwalk that looked like a landing strip with a red ‘X’ at the end - a location where the group ventured early and often.

After treating hundreds of contest winners to an hour-long live televised show in the MuchMusic parking lot last September in the lead up to the October release of their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto - the weakest album in their discography in my opinion - Coldplay returned with their A game in a live setting.

Singer-pianist Chris Martin, a charming, lively Mexican jumping bean as usual on stage, made a bold pronouncement at the beginning of the show: “The four of us have decided to make this the best concert of our lives.”

And while it didn’t quite hit that mark it certainly had its moments.

Among the standouts, the crowd singing along to The Scientist - “We’ve got the best fans in the world and everybody knows it,” said Martin and the dedication of Yellow, which started soft before it went into high gear with guitarist’s Jonny Buckland’s well known hook, to the victims of the movie screening massacre last week.

“This song goes out to everybody in Colorado,” said Martin.

Also good was the muscular drumming of Will Champion during God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, with Martin, Buckland and bassist Guy Berryman all standing in line in front of his kit in a sign of respect, and Viva La Vida.

Another crowd pleaser was when the group emerged on a small stage in the back left corner of the audience to sing Us Against the World and Speed Of Sound, with Martin screwing up the beginning of the latter song and starting over again.

“Oh sorry, I f---ed that up. I was looking at someone. Please don’t put us on YouTube,” Martin joked.

When the foursome returned to the main stage for two more highlights - the piano-driven Clocks and Fix You - with Martin performing some Olympics worthy jumps on the catwalk as the latter song geared up in its second half - the only thing left to perform was Mylo Xyloto’s first single, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, which closed the show after a fast-paced hour and 45 minutes.

Opening were two of the UK’s more promising female newcomers.

First up was Scottish-raised, British based singer-songwriter Emeli Sande whose powerful voice was on full display as she sang material from her debut, Our Version of Events.

Sande was followed by the kookier if still talented Marina and the Diamonds from Wales, with the singer’s outfit of silver tinsel top, pink furry shoes, and a sash that read Miss Shellfish Beach, helping to represent her off the wall pop sound, along with her little stuffed animal - a pink dog named Marilyn.

SET LIST:

Mylo Xyloto

Hurts Like Heaven

In My Place

Major Minus

Lovers In Japan

The Scientist

Yellow

Violet Hill

God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

Princess of China

Up in Flames

Warning Sign

Don’t Let It Break Your Heart

Viva La Vida

Charlie Brown

Paradise

ENCORE:

Us Against the World

Speed Of Sound

Clocks

Fix You

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

Source: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/07/24/coldplay-brings-high-energy-show-to-acc










 

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Concert Review: Coldplay put on an ultimately forgettable show in Toronto

Concert Review: Coldplay put on an ultimately forgettable show in Toronto

Jon Dekel Jul 24, 2012 – 11:57 AM ET | Last Updated: Jul 24, 2012 1:09 PM ET



Believe it or not there was a time when liking Coldplay was considered cool. But those days, like the majority of Chris Martin’s curly ‘fro and ability to come across as believably humble, went away as soon as the naturally diminutive Greek and Latin First Class honours grad decided to make declarative sentences his communicatus operandi — and, in turn, take his label’s financial fortune on his back.

The Chris Martin – and make no mistake, despite drummer Will Champion’s predilection for soccer-chanting choruses, as Martin goes, so goes Coldplay — that tumbles and looks bemused into the camera these days is neither cool nor humble, what Martin peddles in is earnestness (and how!). Luckily for him, earnestness sells, especially in a world where so little can truly be described as genuinely earnest – just ask Aaron Sorkin.

Likewise, Martin comes across as friendly and genuine in a way that makes hating him both easy and readily available (See: “You know how I know you’re gay?” from The 40 Year Old Virgin), and all of this works for everyone, until it simply runs out of steam. Which, if yesterday’s show is any indication, it might just be.

As Martin pointed out during yesterday’s sold out performance at the Air Canada Centre (the first of a two-night stand), this is “something like the 50th” performance the group has had in Toronto, and, despite a smorgasbord of shiny new toys — literally, the band gave every member of the audience a bracelet which lit up in sync to several of the numbers — the band themselves appeared to be tired of playing the same songs in a believably sincere manner.

By my count (and I’ve seen Coldplay seven times now), Martin tumbled about half as much as earlier in the same tour, while the rest of the band seemed to hardly muster the energy to reach the emotional peaks of songs such as Viva La Vida or even Fix You, during which bassist Guy Berryman looked utterly bored. As a band whose songs live or die by the heart they put into them live, most of last night’s effort seemed reserved and, dare I say, contrived.

Perhaps earlier in their career, Coldplay’s impressive stagecraft and visual acumen could traverse these lulls but they too came up short. While viscerally impressive, the lighted bracelets trick is just an extension of Arcade Fire’s lighted balls, the combination of confetti and balloons sprayed during In My Place was lacking, even by Flaming Lips D.I.Y. standards, and their stage show simply didn’t live up to the muster of the big pop acts (Katy Perry, for example) which employ bigger and better visual distraction. In theory, if one of these fails the other should prop it up, but yesterday’s performance was lackluster on both fronts, making for an enjoyable but ultimately forgettable show.

Luckily for the band, they were surrounded by a sold-out crowd.

“We’ve got the best fans in the world and everybody knows it,” Martin declared following a sing-a-long to 2004 standout single The Scientist. And he may be right because, for that night at least, they saved his earnest ass.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqWLpTKBFcU&feature=player_embedded"]Coldplay - The Scientist - YouTube[/ame]

SET LIST:
Mylo Xyloto
Hurts Like Heaven
In My Place
Major Minus
Lovers In Japan
The Scientist
Yellow
Violet Hill
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
Princess of China
Up in Flames
Warning Sign
Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
Viva La Vida
Charlie Brown
Paradise

ENCORE:
Us Against the World
Speed Of Sound
Clocks
Fix You
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall


Source: http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/07/24/concert-review-coldplay-put-on-an-ultimately-forgetful-show-in-toronto/

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^ I saw that review earlier and I am so confused at how one can see it so differently than all of the others.
 

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"2004 standout single The Scientist"

:|


2004 ????!!!!!

:facepalm:
 

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"2004 standout single The Scientist"

:|


2004 ????!!!!!

:facepalm:
Yeah, clearly this guy knows enough about the band to offer an expert opinion,lol.:p I figured I'd post it for the sake of interest, but obviously he's seeing something that isn't there.

Probably a hipster that's bitter that the world discovered his little secret,lol.
 

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Yeah, clearly this guy knows enough about the band to offer an expert opinion,lol.:p I figured I'd post it for the sake of interest, but obviously he's seeing something that isn't there.

Probably a hipster that's bitter that the world discovered his little secret,lol.
Oh, you were definitely right to post it, it's good to have opinions from all sides. But that mistake kinda makes...him way less credible :lol:
 

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Coldplay concert: One grand mutual exchange of love

Coldplay concert: One grand mutual exchange of love


Pawel Dwulit/TORONTO STAR
Lead singer of Coldplay Chris Martin sings on stage as confetti rains down around him during a performance at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, July 23, 2012.


Ah, why struggle against it?

I’ve been so desperate to find something original to say about Coldplay’s Monday-night gig at the Air Canada Centre that I’ve resorted, since getting home nearly three hours ago, to thumbing through a dictionary of literary quotations set on “love” in search of what professional journalists such as me call a “lede.”

This is the best I could come up with. I’ve absolutely no business invoking Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound in relation to the work of Chris Martin — absolutely no business at all, and may the deluge of justifiable hate-Tweets thusly accumulate in kind — but I still believe the following verse applies to what Martin et al. are up to on their current Mylo Xyloto tour:

All love is sweet,

Given or returned. Common as light is

Love,

And its familiar voice wearies not ever.

They who inspire it are most fortunate,

As I am now; but those who feel it most

Are happier still.

Coldplay at the ACC on Monday night was an ultraviolet-lit, confetti-spewing arena-rock love machine. If you didn’t feel like loving it and being believably loved in return going in, there were enough high- and low-tech distractions — sawing lasers, bounding beach balls, inflatable glowing objects scattered hither and thither in the stands and thousands of dollars’ worth of blinking LED bracelets handed out to patrons on their way into the venue — operating in service of one grand, mutual exchange of love that you had to allow yourself to succumb to the larger process or risk feeling less than human.

My bracelet didn’t work, for the record, but why should a single, doubting, maybe-karmic wardrobe malfunction detract from the overall, undeniable spiritual elevation of some 20,000 other doting fans? From up-jackin’ openers “Hurts Like Heaven” and “In My Place” through such knowingly “whoa-ooh-ooah”-ing, throng-acknowledged soccer-pitch keepers as “Yellow,” “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face” and “Paradise” to surrender-or-die encore must-haves as “Clocks,” “Fix You” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” — and that damned “Fix You” knocks me to my knees as swiftly and as capably as any power ballad I’ve encountered during my 37 years on this planet — the British quartet worked as hard as it could to make you feel like this was, as front man Martin put it early in the evening, “the best concert we’ve ever played in our lives.”

Every single tune was delivered full at full, everybody-in throttle, as Martin bounded up and down the neon-lit proscenium like the world’s most tireless summer-camp facilitator. Every available space in the script or opportunity for an impromptu hometown slant in the lyric sheet was given over to letting Toronto know how much Coldplay appreciated — and loved — its Toronto fans for being a part of this monstrous explosion of fannish love for Coldplay and the appreciative love-in-return that Coldplay felt for its Toronto fans.

It was an ebullient, on-your-feet, eruptive kinda night out from start to finish, and that’s a tough bill of goods to sell believably on a city-by-city basis when your touring itinerary is set out in front of you for well in excess of a single calendar year. I’ve no idea how these four likeable blokes translate the Everyman-ish OK-ness of what they do together into proper tent-revival mania every time they come to town, but they do it very well. And that’s perfectly . . . OK.

Source: http://www.toronto.com/article/738949--coldplay-concert-one-grand-mutual-exchange-of-love
 

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Nice to find a review that was just the opposite of the last one. See, Jon? People DO believe the band is sincere, despite playing the same songs over and over again. And I can tell you from experience that if you love the songs you play, you never get tired of them.:D
 

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Coldplay concert: One grand mutual exchange of love


Pawel Dwulit/TORONTO STAR
Lead singer of Coldplay Chris Martin sings on stage as confetti rains down around him during a performance at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, July 23, 2012.


Ah, why struggle against it?

I’ve been so desperate to find something original to say about Coldplay’s Monday-night gig at the Air Canada Centre that I’ve resorted, since getting home nearly three hours ago, to thumbing through a dictionary of literary quotations set on “love” in search of what professional journalists such as me call a “lede.”

This is the best I could come up with. I’ve absolutely no business invoking Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound in relation to the work of Chris Martin — absolutely no business at all, and may the deluge of justifiable hate-Tweets thusly accumulate in kind — but I still believe the following verse applies to what Martin et al. are up to on their current Mylo Xyloto tour:

All love is sweet,

Given or returned. Common as light is

Love,

And its familiar voice wearies not ever.

They who inspire it are most fortunate,

As I am now; but those who feel it most

Are happier still.

Coldplay at the ACC on Monday night was an ultraviolet-lit, confetti-spewing arena-rock love machine. If you didn’t feel like loving it and being believably loved in return going in, there were enough high- and low-tech distractions — sawing lasers, bounding beach balls, inflatable glowing objects scattered hither and thither in the stands and thousands of dollars’ worth of blinking LED bracelets handed out to patrons on their way into the venue — operating in service of one grand, mutual exchange of love that you had to allow yourself to succumb to the larger process or risk feeling less than human.

My bracelet didn’t work, for the record, but why should a single, doubting, maybe-karmic wardrobe malfunction detract from the overall, undeniable spiritual elevation of some 20,000 other doting fans? From up-jackin’ openers “Hurts Like Heaven” and “In My Place” through such knowingly “whoa-ooh-ooah”-ing, throng-acknowledged soccer-pitch keepers as “Yellow,” “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face” and “Paradise” to surrender-or-die encore must-haves as “Clocks,” “Fix You” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” — and that damned “Fix You” knocks me to my knees as swiftly and as capably as any power ballad I’ve encountered during my 37 years on this planet — the British quartet worked as hard as it could to make you feel like this was, as front man Martin put it early in the evening, “the best concert we’ve ever played in our lives.”

Every single tune was delivered full at full, everybody-in throttle, as Martin bounded up and down the neon-lit proscenium like the world’s most tireless summer-camp facilitator. Every available space in the script or opportunity for an impromptu hometown slant in the lyric sheet was given over to letting Toronto know how much Coldplay appreciated — and loved — its Toronto fans for being a part of this monstrous explosion of fannish love for Coldplay and the appreciative love-in-return that Coldplay felt for its Toronto fans.

It was an ebullient, on-your-feet, eruptive kinda night out from start to finish, and that’s a tough bill of goods to sell believably on a city-by-city basis when your touring itinerary is set out in front of you for well in excess of a single calendar year. I’ve no idea how these four likeable blokes translate the Everyman-ish OK-ness of what they do together into proper tent-revival mania every time they come to town, but they do it very well. And that’s perfectly . . . OK.

Source: http://www.toronto.com/article/738949--coldplay-concert-one-grand-mutual-exchange-of-love


What a great review :) Makes me feel happy
 

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This was written in an update posted by a girls parents on Facebook who got to be one of the lucky ones to meet Chris at Sick Kids! :) It is a public page with 2500 followers from around the world, so I feel ok sharing it!


This morning we were told that Chris Martin of Coldplay would be visiting the hospital and meeting with teenagers in Marnie's Lounge at 5pm. Only one parent could go and Sinead was also allowed. We were sworn to secrecy. We couldn't even tell our nurse. I got to accompany the girls in. It was so exciting! It was a small group. Chris was chatty and happy. He had visited some kids in their rooms before coming to the Lounge. He answered some questions and ask some as well. He encouraged one 14 y/o boy who played guitar, wrote songs and had formed a band with a couple of friends.

"We'll see you at the Juno's in a few years." Chris told him.

"I hope so." The boy answered.

"No, you have to know. You have to believe you will be there."

Then he complemented Sinead on her pink hair and asked why she choose that colour. The fact that she did it because she saw it in Shopper's, with her friend, and they decided to just do it seemed like a good reason to him. Then he sang "Paradise", which always chokes me up these days. There was a group photo taken. We were not allowed to take our own pictures. On the way out everyone got a loot bag. It was a good one! Autographed picture, latest CD, a large book of coloured pictures of the band and stories, a nice sketch pad, pencil crayons, an iPod shuffle and some other things.
 

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This was written in an update posted by a girls parents on Facebook who got to be one of the lucky ones to meet Chris at Sick Kids! :) It is a public page with 2500 followers from around the world, so I feel ok sharing it!


This morning we were told that Chris Martin of Coldplay would be visiting the hospital and meeting with teenagers in Marnie's Lounge at 5pm. Only one parent could go and Sinead was also allowed. We were sworn to secrecy. We couldn't even tell our nurse. I got to accompany the girls in. It was so exciting! It was a small group. Chris was chatty and happy. He had visited some kids in their rooms before coming to the Lounge. He answered some questions and ask some as well. He encouraged one 14 y/o boy who played guitar, wrote songs and had formed a band with a couple of friends.

"We'll see you at the Juno's in a few years." Chris told him.

"I hope so." The boy answered.

"No, you have to know. You have to believe you will be there."

Then he complemented Sinead on her pink hair and asked why she choose that colour. The fact that she did it because she saw it in Shopper's, with her friend, and they decided to just do it seemed like a good reason to him. Then he sang "Paradise", which always chokes me up these days. There was a group photo taken. We were not allowed to take our own pictures. On the way out everyone got a loot bag. It was a good one! Autographed picture, latest CD, a large book of coloured pictures of the band and stories, a nice sketch pad, pencil crayons, an iPod shuffle and some other things.

That's beautiful
 

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that is truly wonderful. and the fact that it went unpublicized makes it even more special for those kids. wow. am so glad I <3 Coldplay :dazzled:
 

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or at least pubicized like in the Toronto Star or something. I had heard nothing of this until I read it here. shows what a great bunch of down-to-earth guys they are, and Chris' comment to the 14 year old boy regarding the Junos ... wow. shows he's a real sweetheart :heart:
 
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