[24-Apr-2012] Coldplay @ Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR, USA

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The best pro photos taken so far that I've seen, thanks for finding them!
 

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Manda.
Aieidjeheifbs Coldplay just sound checked glass of water and strawberry swing and I am right outside the door

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Manda.
Those bastards just sound checked sparks.

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THey soundchecked Sparks in Vancouver too, so it must be planned for the setlist soon.
And I'd seen something about Glass Of Water, but couldn't confirm last night. VERY cool!:D
 

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I'm actually seeing them Saturday night in San Jose - my friend got 4th row tickets on Sunday and asked me if I wanted to go. How could I pass that up? Even though it is a 391 mile drive each way, LOL. Flying wasn't an option this close to the show date. I'm really excited!!! So I will get to see an arena show, and 2 outdoor shows, and a festival-type show, and then another arena show in Tampa in June - who knows what they will playing in June. LOL
WOW! You're going to see them 5 times. Lucky you! I'm going to the one next Friday at the bowl. My 1st time seeing them play live and I'll be in row#6. So so excited!:)
 

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Princess Of China

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Viva La Vida/Charlie Brown

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DLIBYH/Viva La Vida/Charlie Brown

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Compilation video

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The Scientist

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Yellow

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Live Review: Coldplay at the Rose Garden


Coldplay's Chris Martin and a bunch of pastel confetti shaped like hearts and butterflies and stuff, in Edmonton earlier on the tour that came to the Rose Garden on Tuesday night.

Chris Martin seems nice. This is something that is written almost every time he does an interview, and was especially prevalent in the coverage last fall when his band, Coldplay, released their latest record, "Mylo Xyloto."

USA Today led with how Martin turned tables and energetically questioned the questioner. The New York Times was fond of how he apologized for being late when he was five minutes early.

Seems like a relatively normal guy. Highly likable, which sounds like an awful thing to say about a rock star, but isn't. He probably does understand "all the crap" fans had to go through to see Coldplay at the Rose Garden on Tuesday night. All "the money, and the parking. And we hope we don't let you down," he said.

To that end, over the course of 90 minutes, Martin and friends employed lights and lasers, confetti and balloons, thousands of illuminating wristbands, a lot of sweat and 90-minutes of music that has made them one of the world's biggest bands. Which is to say anthemic arena sing-alongs. Coldplay writes ear-worming "whoa-oh-oh-oh-oah-ohs" as naturally as the rest of us write our names.

"No wonder you produce so many great bands," Martin said as the mass of voices faded out of "Major Minus" in a chorus of "ooh-oohs." Now, there's no way any one group of 15,000-20,000 people sounds any different than another. But whatever. The point is, the Rose Garden was nearly sold out.

Did you happen to see Chuck Klosterman's Grantland piece about going to see Creed and Nickelback on the same night in New York? It was passed around a lot yesterday. In it, he suggests that in the last 20 years, there have been five bands it's acceptable to "hate reflexively," without any need to justify. Those bands are: Bush, Hootie and the Blowfish, Limp Bizkit, Nickelback and Creed. All those band are also (or have been) very popular.

Coldplay, despite its popularity, is also plenty unpopular, and could have made the list. Then again, unpopular isn't the same as hate. "Meh" isn't "#$%! those guys." Still, with one ad-libbed from Seth Rogan to Paul Rudd in the "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," it became totally acceptable to slag Coldplay. "The Big Lebowski" did the same thing to the Eagles.

"Mylo Xyloto" is, loosely, a concept record about love and art in dystopian times. It's painted in pastels, as if a 13-year-old with his first black light got together with Ocean Pacific's design staff. It has all the musical trappings of a Coldplay record -- big arrangements, lofty melodies. It's made for the big stage, and there it does its job.

Entering the Rose Garden on Tuesday, everyone was handed a wristband. A few minutes before Coldplay took the stage, the video screens began flashing, in a rainbow of colors, the words, "Please Put On Your Wristbands. It's Part of the Show."

Then Jay-Z's "99 Problems"* was cranked up, followed by the theme music for "Back To The Future." Wristbands** flashed to life around the arena and Coldplay droned the 42-second instrumental title track to their new record and then launched into "Hurts Like Heaven."

(*The problem with using "99 Problems" the way Coldplay used it is this: They don't have a better song, which isn't meant as an insult. Most bands don't have a better song than "99 Problems.")

(**These wristbands, are they going to light up every time Coldplay plays anywhere in the world? Will they chase me with marketing pitches? Is this nice guy thing all just an act?On the last night of the tour, will they all explode at once while Martin travels via private jet to his super villain island lair built into a mountain carved into the shape of an apple? The mind wanders when entranced by lasers.)

"Yellow" -- the band's breakthrough 2000 single -- was given a little extra punch. Actually, most everything was given a little extra punch. Which was nice, and necessary. They were joined, via video, by Rihanna for "Princess of China." Martin sprinted and hopped and bounced around on his piano stool. He worked. Guitarist Jonny Buckland worked. Bassist Guy Berryman worked. Drummer Will Champion worked.

Having exhausted all the space on stage, they began the encore near the entrance to section 115, Martin explaining they had to run "about 600 meters" to get there. Which is, like, two gallons, or 15 feet or something. They played "Us Against The World."

Then sprinted back to the stage to work through "Clocks," "Fix You," and "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" in a wash of lasers and lights and more sweat, because they seemed genuinely not to want to let anyone down. It was big and fun and shiny. It was ... nice.

(P.S. In order to comply with the conventions of writing about Coldplay: Radiohead, U2, Gwyneth. Whew. Almost forgot.)

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MX/Hurts Like Heaven

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Major Minus/Lovers In Japan

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Yellow

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Paradise

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The Scientist

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Violet Hill

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Princess Of China

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Warning Sign

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DLIBYH/Viva La Vida

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Viva La Vida

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MX/Hurts Like Heaven/In My Place

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Fix You

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Paradise

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Us Against The World

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Princess Of China

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my photos on your forum.

It's fantastic to find a site like this dedicated to such an awesome band, I'm glad you found my photo's of your liking!

This was my fav of the bunch

 

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How dare they tease us by soundchecking Glass of freaking Water and not playing it?
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They soundchecked GOW!!?:eek: Hopefully this means a return later on in the tour ,Because if I remember correctly LiJ and DLIBYH were soundchecked too during the European Tour.:D
Well, they soundchecked Prospekt's March/Poppyfields on 2008, we've never heard that live did we?
 
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