26-Oct-08: East Rutherford, NJ (1st night) - Tickets, Preview, Meetups, Review/Photos

halokiti

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My wife and I went to the show last night. Our original seats were section 241 row 24. Some guy came up to us and started asking us questions and tells us he works for the band. Asked us to sing fix you so we did and he gave us front row tickets. It was one of the most amazing things to ever happen to us. It was special because the tickets were an anniversary gift for my wife. I wish I would have asked him for his name but we were both in shock. It was a great show.
Thanks so funny, I think me and the other 2 oxfam volunteers I was hanging out with ended up with those tickets. The other girl I was with, Diana, says that Garth Brooks does something similar and gives a pick-up truck to a lucky fan too. I'm so glad that some of the lucky fans shared their experiences here.
 

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My wife and I went to the show last night. Our original seats were section 241 row 24. Some guy came up to us and started asking us questions and tells us he works for the band. Asked us to sing fix you so we did and he gave us front row tickets. It was one of the most amazing things to ever happen to us. It was special because the tickets were an anniversary gift for my wife. I wish I would have asked him for his name but we were both in shock. It was a great show.
yay! you met Roadie 42 :D congratulations!
 

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Coldplay @ the Izod Center (night 1), NJ - pics

Of all things to do yesterday/Sunday (October 26), the day after he got no sleep for 5 straight CMJ days in a row, Kyle went to NJ to see/shoot Coldplay who were playing their first of two shows in a row at the venue formerly known as Continental Airlines Arena.

Coldplay also performed in NYC during CMJ - a private TV show taping - at Hammerstein Ballroom. Their last, semi-proper NYC show was the free one they did at MSG.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2008/10/coldplay_the_iz.html









 

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^Great photos :wideeyed:

Coldplay conquers Izod




Before playing harmonica on "Death Will Never Conquer," Sunday night at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin apologized. "You paid good money to hear someone play an instrument very badly," he said. Then he proceeded to play it perfectly well.

It was still a sharp move to apologize. Coldplay is one of the popular rock bands in the world, and Martin's lyrics sometimes seem self-absorbed, so anything he can do to make himself and the band appear down-to-earth works in his favor.

Martin literally dropped to his knees when thanking the crowd for coming, toward the end of the evening. And "Death Will Never Conquer" was part of a segment (also including "The Scientist") where the band ventured into section 104 of the arena -- located a long way from the stage -- and played there. They stood shoulder-to-shoulder, as they did in another part of the show that took place on a small stage at the end of a ramp that extended onto the arena floor.

Throughout the show, the British quartet, which was also scheduled to perform at the arena last night, mixed loud, aggressive rock with ethereal ballads. It's no wonder the band describes its music, on its official MySpace page, as "very heavy soft rock."

Two of the most explosive numbers came from the band's June album, "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends." On the soaring "Viva la Vida," Will Champion stepped out from behind his drum kit to pound on a huge bass drum, and the crowd sang along enthusiastically. For "Lovers in Japan," which has an upbeat, celebratory vibe, thousands of glow-in-the-dark, butterfly-shaped pieces of confetti dropped from the rafters.

Among the other new songs, "Strawberry Swing" had a lighter, almost lilting feel, while "42" and "Cemeteries of London" were darker in tone. Both these songs also had some perfect-for-Halloween-season lyrics.

"Those who are dead are not dead/They're just living in my head," sang Martin in the former, while the latter was full of lines like: "We rode down to the river/Where Victorian ghosts pray/For their curses to be broken."

This show rarely stayed gloomy for long. Martin is too much of a crowd-pleaser for that: he bounced around the stage all evening, pumping up the capacity crowd. And while his bandmates (guitarist Jonny Buckland and bassist Guy Berryman, in addition to Champion) seemed happy to let him be the focus of attention, they did generate a big, propulsive wall of sound on songs like "Life in Technicolor," "Chinese Sleep Chant" and "Politik." Lasers and videos (sometimes projected onto six huge balls hovering over the stage and the crowd) made the show into a spectacle.

These guys aren't the most original musicians in the world. Martin sometimes seems like a more pop-friendly version of Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Buckland borrows too many of his guitar riffs from U2's The Edge, and Berryman and Champion do their respective jobs with little flash. Yet over the course of their four albums they have generated lots of memorable songs.

Derivative or not, they have managed to put together a nearly two-hour show that is devoid of dull spots. Except, maybe, for the lull that came when they were returning from section 104.

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2008/10/coldplay_conquers_izod.html
 

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Haha, I cant believe you saw that Chavi!!!

Does she usually go to the shows?
 

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now my song by song breakdown
Life in technicolor-Good choice for an opener. crowd was jumping like crazy and we all screamed the "woah". would have been better for me if two annoying girls weren't sneaking into my row wit htheir fake tickets
Violet Hill- Awesome. Jonny rocked the solo as i expected he would. As the first song where we could sing along it was great to hear the crowd as loud as we were.
Clocks- As i thought when i first saw them, for as popular as a song as it is it really loses something live for me. Lights though were awesome and it was still great.
In My Place- Who doesn't love this song, especially with the crowd singing along like crazy. Awesomeness.
Speed of Sound-This song just shouldn't be played. There are other songs i'd rather hear that are left out because this has to get played. Regardless, it was enjoyable and i liked it.
Cemetaries of London- Flawless. I feel bad for those of you who didn't see this one live. can't imagine a set list without it. IT was AMAZING.
Chinese Sleep Chant- This was probably the low point for the crowd during the show but i thought it was great. That song is truly rockerish!!!
42- Phenominal!!!! So good!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!! That pretty much sums it up.
Fix You- The one flaw with fix you was its placement in the set list. In my opinion it should be the last song or not played at all. Having siad that, it was fucking unbelievable and they nailed it as they always do live.
Strawberry Swing- Not neccesarily sure i would right that song into the set list if i was making it, even though i love the song. It loses something live in my opinion. But as all the songs were, it was really good!!
G-d Put A Smile... and Talk (Techno)-This was the low point of the concert. I wish they would play the original version of gpasuyf and just get rid of talk completely. It was good, but not comparitive with the rest of the show...
The Hardest Part (Piano Only)- It was funny with the Joe the Plumber intro. And then also when he said "i messed up the lyric". But this was the song i was least looking forward to but it turned out to be one of the highs. Chris seemed to be very passionate singing it and it was just great.
Postcards From Far Away- I'm not really sure why they play this every night, but it is pretty and i like hearing it. I'd rather amsterdam though...
Viva La Vida- I'm so confused how it can sound so bad on tv on snl and then sound unbelievable the next night live. I got a cramp jumping around during this song. Thats never happened to me at a concert before.
Lost!- This song is sooooo good live. Guy flung his drumstick off of the big drum and some guy sitting like 2 seats to the right of me in the row in front of me made a nice snag. Chelsea nad i looked at each other in insane jealousy. People thought Jayz might come out. I'm glad he didn't. It was awesome.
The Scientist Acoustic- This was probably my favorite pre-encore part of the show. IT was beautiful. It touched me more than it ever did. Loved it. Completely changed my perspective of the song.
Death Will Never Conquer (Will)- I love this version. So much better than the piano version with chris singing. Will's voice is so good. Great addition to the setlist.
Viva La Vida Remix INterlude- What's to be said? It was fun i guess but i was so pumped up for the encore i wasn't even thinking about that part...
Politik-Why does this song insist on being so good live? The bridge part at the end gives me the chills. I almost broke dwon. IT was amazing. Truly amazing. Best part of the show for me. Also during this song i yelled to jonny and he smiled at me!!! Chris played a cool piano interlude at the end, not sure what it was, kinda dark and creepy, i loved it!!
Lovers In Japan-This was probably the crowd highlight of the show. The butterflies were so cool. The crowd was just wild. Unbelievable energy from the band. Amazing.
Death and All His Friends- This is my favorite song on the album so i might be a bit biased but it was awesomeness. When the crowd started singing the ending part it was unbelievable. Soooo Good!!!!!!
Yellow- The best thing about yellow was how they started without the acoustic intro and went right into the intense part. Caught me by surprise. Awesome live as always.
The Escapist- I didn't realize they weren't on stage for this and it was a recording. It was nice but i wish they were onstage for it.

Overall my two complaints- the techno part. Not needed. And the fact that prospekts march/dubliners was on the setlist but didn't get played!!!
regardlessk, BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!!! Unbelievable. Can't wait to see them agian.
excellent review thanks! D
 

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is this Gwyneth we can see there ? :uhoh:
haha, nice job chavi!! it is :nice:

she was so cute with blythe, dancing like fools before the show even started and getting really into it from what i could see :D

ok, here is my facebook album of photos from the second row, if anyone's interested. i wish there was some way i could have brought in my SLR instead of just a point and shoot, because the pictures would be 50 times better, but hey, i can't complain :p

i'm going to gradually try to get the videos up too :D
 

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Does anyone have the Viva la Vida remix they played between encores? AMAZING.

<3 Coldplay, ty for such a great show.
 

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Hey guys, first time posting on here for a fan whose been browsing this forum for a couple of months now!

Even though I was in the nose bleeds with my BF, we still had an amazing time!

Highlight of the show: Sprinting down the stairs (And I mean, full on I'M TRYING TO RUN MY BEST TIME IN TRACK SPRINTING) to the level below us to watch the guys play from the audience, if I jumped down I would have landed right over Mr. Berryman LOLO

I've got some great pics of that (Guy kept turning around, so I've got some pics of him staring right up at us while the rest of the band looks out over the crowd)
 
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