[29-Dec-2012] Coldplay @ Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT, USA

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CONCERT REVIEW: Coldplay at Mohegan Sun Arena



UNCASVILLE _ Chris Martin wanted to make Dec. 29 a date to remember. The lead singer of Coldplay used his bully pulpit at the sold out Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night to lobby for “humble Dec. 29” to be revered in the way we think of more prominent annual dates like Dec. 25, Dec. 31, and July 4.

“We want to make this the most memorable night of your life,” he declared at the outset of a 90 minute performance. “So every year when Dec. 29 rolls around, you will celebrate.”

Whether or not the 10,000 or so fans gathered in the Connecticut woods will be holding an annual celebration remains to be seen, but Coldplay made a solid effort at turning an ordinary arena concert into something memorable.

Yes there were a lot of props and lasers and suspended video boards that some might consider gimmicky. But sometimes gimmicky equates to memorable.

The pomp and circumstance began at the front door, where each patron was handed a Coldplay-labeled bracelet. It continued when those bracelets lit up on musical cue to the opening song “Hurts Like Heaven” and the arena was drenched in brilliant, bouncing colored lights.

The confetti cannons were emptied next, colors equally bright, creating a buoyant feeling in the room during “In My Place.”

In a move that seemed like they were emptying every arrow from the quiver, the band released giant inflatable globes that bounded across the top of the crowd during “Lovers in Japan.”

The music was fine. The pageantry was stunning.

There were quieter, more musical moments, just to remind the faithful that this is a solid band with live performing chops and songs that have a flow and grandeur. The best of those moments included “Yellow” which started on Martin’s piano before the band joined in, and “Warning Sign” which was sung with the whole group out at the end of a catwalk that extended across the arena floor.

The band saved the last surprise for the encore, appearing out at the back of the hall to play acoustically on songs like “Us Against The World” and “Speed of Sound."

They made their way back through the crowd to ignite the main stage with closing songs “Clocks” and “Fix You.”

Naturally 7 performed an opening set of acapella, beat box and R&B-styled songs that included a cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” and the George Harrison-penned Beatles song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

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Part of In My Place
[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmgGToUljVg[/ame]
 

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Back To The Future intro/MX/Hurts Like Heaven
[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu3jS1mSAc0[/ame]

Clocks
[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=glGg7iyB9Rc[/ame]
 

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A lot of respect for Coldplay for bringing some sandy hook kids backstage and doing more songs than usual last night for them

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Props to Coldplay for recognizing the Sandy Hook students last night at their concert in Mohegan Sun.

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^Apparently it was the regular setlist, no change.
 

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Seriously?

How is that possible? haha
Well, the show was a part of the MX tour, and they almost never changed the setlist during this tour.
Of course I imagine the setlist on the 31st will be different, because it's for a special event. The 2 concerts before that aren't a "special" event (except for all the fans of course because ohmygod Coldplay are awesome :awesome: )
 

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Another amazing show and my first at Mohegan Sun. It's a great venue;feels smaller and more intimate than the other venues I've seen them in. I was in section 26 on the left side of the stage so I had a great view of Jonny. The band seemed in great spirit,full of energy after some well deserved time off.
It was fun to see Matt McGinn and one of the women on the crew having a blast dancing and goofing around a few minutes before the boys went on. Only wish I'd brought along my copy of Roadie to see if he'd sign it.
Not at all surprised to hear the band met up with some Sandy Hook kids beforehand(maybe that's why they were late coming onstage). It's in their nature and not splashing it all over the media themselves is yet another example of how selfless they are.
Don't think I'll be able to go to either Barclay show.:( The withdrawal symptoms have already started setting in! I've got my fingers crossed that the Latin America tour will happen after all!!
 
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