[8-Jul-2012] Coldplay @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC, USA

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^^ Thanks, guys. :nice: I thought that the balloons were out during LiJ; I just couldn't remember.
(LiJ was the first Coldplay song that I heard that wasn't Clocks or VLV, so I have quite a bit of love for it :wacky:)
 

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__Still in AWE IN PHILLY!!! Wish I could follow you guys to every concert. Being a mom of a 5 yo does not lend itself to that lifestyle. :) ;);)
Not really related to this, but Shelli....you live in the same city that I do. :stunned:
 

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I'm always so happy when people get to meet Chris, or whomever they want to meet, but I have to admit I was ABSOLUTELY GUTTED that he came by AFTER I left last night! We hung around for as long as we could before the last train left the station at midnight, and if I didn't have others with me that I was responsible for, I would have stayed and called myself a cab, no matter the cost. So glad anyone that met him got the chance; I hope my chance comes around again!
 

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I know this is sort of a strange request, but can anyone help me figure out Wolf Gang and Robyn's setlists from two nights ago?
 

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Tonight, Sally and I attended the Coldplay concert at the Verizion Center in Washington, DC. It was an amazing concert and we truly lucked out with regards to where our seats were located. Where we were had a view that allowed us to have a full view of the stage and at a height which allowed you to have a great perspective of everything with out having to really look down from high above. But before I get carried away writing about Coldplay’s performance, they had two great opening acts. Sally and I caught the tail end of Wolf Gang, which was a young group, that had a great sound. Wolf Gang was followed by Robyn, an artist who had first appeared on the scene back in the 90′s with two songs, “Do You Know (what it takes)” and “Show me love”. Robyn hasn’t been active in the U.S. charts much, but she has continued to put out albums. Robyn released her latest album, “Body Talk” in late 2010 and performed a number of songs from the album. She was great at getting the crowd ready and put on a great show. Coldplay really put on quite a performance and for anyone who has seen their Austin City Limits performance that aired back on New Years Eve in 2011, their performance at the Verizion rose above what the delivered on PBS. They added a bit technology to the performance, at the entrance, everyone was given a coloured bracelet with a battery pack/radio receiver. During the performance, the bracelet was wirelessly activated and it would turn on a set of embedded lights sown within in the bracelet.
[ thanks Alex Rushton]
http://www.rushtonphotography.com/2012/07/08/coldplay-concert-july-8-2012/
 

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I just got home from the Coldplay concert, and I'm hyped. It was an awesome show! I think this is the fifth time I've seen them, and they don't disappoint. They really are strong musicians; It's fun just to hear them rock out during a show. What I loved about this concert was the the use of light and stage. We each got a bi-colored wristband upon entering the arena. (Mine was pink and blue chosen by yours truly.) During the show, these bracelets lit up in various colors, creating an awesome effect. At one point, our bracelets were lit, confetti was rapidly falling from the ceiling and massive balloons were being tossed about. It was magical. As to the stage, they performed on your usual stage, and then also played on an X that extended via a runway from the main stage. They performed part of their encore out in the audience on a make-shift platform created on a few seats within a section. It was fantastic to see them all around this massive arena (DC's Verizon Center). With the shouts of thousands, they performed their hearts out. Rock on Coldplay. [thanks Lauren] http://laurenincapitolhill.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/coldplay.html
 

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Last night at the Verizon Center in D.C., I finally got to see a live Coldplay concert (their Mylo Xyloto Tour). I love the band, devour all of their music, and have watched many of their concert DVDs--so I had a feeling it would be a good show. . . and I was right! (Even today's Washington Post rained praise on the show). It was such a good show. There is a huge different between listening to their music on the radio and hearing them play it live. First, they are all incredibly muscians. I love love love Chris Martin on the piano. But a lot of their music comes off as pretty mellow when you listen to it on CD. Live, however, it is so powerful. The concert was a super, mega-show. Lots of lights, lasers, raining confetti, fun. As the Post article describes, "Plainly, Coldplay’s current tour takes arena rock production to new levels. As Martin et al kicked into the set-opener “Hurts Like Heaven,” the LEDs on the thousands of wristbands, called Xylobands, that were being given away at the entrances were activated simultaneously by remote control, instantly transforming the huge sports arena into a psychedelicatessen of moving multicolored lights. (The UK press reported a few months ago that Coldplay is an owner of the company that manufactures the accessories.) Lasers shot from the stage to the roof and back. The next tune, “In My Place,” featured not one, but two, massive confetti blizzards, with day-glo-colored paper cutouts of animals and stars filling the room. Shortly thereafter came “Lovers in Japan,” during which fans got treated to a balloon-drop worthy of a political convention and yet another confetti blizzard." It was super fun. Then! Toward the end of the show, the band left the main stage and popped up on a little side stage in the middle of the arena--and just 30 ft from us! It was so awesome. They had an intimiate little mini concert in the back of the arena (nothing like the lasers/lights/mega-show that was the rest of the night). [thanks multitudes] http://ebmultitudes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/coldplay.html
 

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More photos, these from niles38 @ Flickr

[ame="http://www.flickr.com/photos/niles38/sets/72157630506195398/show/"]Coldplay Concert 7/8/2012[/ame]
 

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and rushtonphotography @ Flickr

[ame="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rushtonphotography/sets/72157630504536098/show/"]Coldplay - Images from 8 July 2012[/ame]
 

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I'm always so happy when people get to meet Chris, or whomever they want to meet, but I have to admit I was ABSOLUTELY GUTTED that he came by AFTER I left last night! We hung around for as long as we could before the last train left the station at midnight, and if I didn't have others with me that I was responsible for, I would have stayed and called myself a cab, no matter the cost. So glad anyone that met him got the chance; I hope my chance comes around again!
I know me too :( I regret the last 2 hours of that night. That was the night my friend and I were upgraded to front row so my mind was already blown away. I knew that if I didn't wait to meet them on the 8th, that I'd still be attending the 9th show assuming that they'd come outside both times. On top of that, it was storming pretty bad at times that night so I assumed they wouldn't come out. I did however wait on the 9th and since Coldplay had a 2 week break after our shows in D.C, everyone said they left the Verizon Center asap. On the plus side we did get to meet Wolf Gang! I'm considering going to either the NJ or Boston shows to test my chances of meeting them after the concert there.
 

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Roadie #42 - Blog #175
15 July 2012 8:36 pm
#42, the DC close shave and the return of Oldplay


Good grief - here we are at the last show of the leg and I’ve got a bag full of untold stories and observations from along the way.

I must apologise for the radio silence of late. I won’t make excuses - hows about I tell you about right now and then when I get home I’ll start picking through some stuff I missed out along the way?

We’re in Washington DC right now - although for a little while, it did feel as though maybe we wouldn’t be.

We were all set for the trip down to DC from the day off in NYC. We get as far as the fasten seatbelts sign before the pilot comes over the bing-bong to tell us that there are storms in DC and the airport has temporarily stopped all air traffic. Shouldn’t be a problem, but for a half hour, we’ll be going nowhere. Get comfy.



Half an hour turns into slightly longer. The clock ticks onwards from “early afternoon on gig day” to “worryingly closer to showtime” - quite literally with every second. Tour Manager Marguerite swings into “this cannot fuck up” mode. There’s talk of trains, there’s talk of Baltimore - there’s probably talk of a lot else besides, but I decide to keep my head down and stay out of the way. Too many cooks and all that.

Eventually, the storm clears (both literally and metaphorically) and we’re taxiing towards a non-cancelled show. Near-misses it seems, don’t only occur in the air…

Arriving late means that the first DC show day is a complete blur for me. Wolf Gang are well underway by the time we get in, meaning we’re straight into show-prep and done before you know it.

Two shows in one city always means the chance for a bit of mischief after the first show. For the band party, there is no runner as we’re staying in the city. For the crew party, there is no load-out after the show and even better, no load-in the following morning. All of this makes it seem rude not to get together and write off the following morning. And so it is in DC. Mags has organised an end of tour-leg party for all. I’m not a big one for hanging out in noisy rooms after noisy pop concerts, but this is a gathering of the tour family and as such pretty much unmissable.

This is probably the happiest and warmest touring family I can ever remember being part of, so the opportunity to all hang out in a room together with our hair let well down is truly wonderful. I’m starting to realise how much I’m going to miss this tour (or more importantly my friends on it) when it’s over, so I’m trying to force myself from hotel-room hermitage and out to enjoy as much of it as I can while we’re still out here.

As is the nature of these things, my memories are somewhat blurry of the evening - and it’s probably best for all concerned that photographic evidence is minimal. I do remember the 3am champagne toast, complete with squalls of feedback from the karaoke mic (prompting inevitable screams for the audio department to get a grip). I remember Robyn and her folks turning up moments after the DJ had played her track Dancing On My Own and her proceeding to commandeer the decks for a DJ set of her own.



(And I may be mistaken, but I swear I remember the same song of hers being put on later by the resident DJ, prompting the wonderfully bizarre sight of her dancing on the bar while the video version of herself sang the tune on the screens behind her.)

Unsurprisingly, the following morning doesn’t start until the following afternoon. Most conversations in the venue begin with “what time did you leave?”.

I’m in the midst of one of these conversations in catering when through the walls comes an explosion of punk rock mayhem. This can mean only one thing.

Oldlay.

For many years, there has been a “crew band” comprised mainly of the backline department, but filled out by anyone who fancies getting involved. Robyn’s tour manager it seems, is none other than Ali McMordie, from seminal punk heroes Stiff Little Fingers. He’s taken the bass spot on the stage and I arrive on the arena floor just as they finish a rousing cover of Anarchy In The UK (complete with Nicole from production and Tiff from wardrobe dancing up a storm).

It’s too good for just one tune and they plough through another as I reach for the camera. No better way to blow away the morning after cobwebs!

Like a Halley’s Comet sighting, it came from nowhere and disappears every bit as fast. When they’ll grace the Coldplay stage again, I have no idea, but in the meantime, I give you the July 2012 incarnation of Oldlay. Contact Steve Strange at X-Ray for booking details…



On the subject of folks getting up and doing their own thing, I should mention how many great outfits folks have been wearing to the shows on this tour. The whole graffiti theme of the record screams of self-expression and creativity, so seeing folks arriving in their own Mylo outfits is a superb strengthening of all of that.

Trainer Dan pointed this guy out to me before one of the recent shows - apparently this fella has been to a bunch of Coldplay shows and even kept the butterflies from a Viva show he saw a couple years ago to make the hat he wore this time around - good work!



Another Trainer Dan spot was these two young ladies who created their own entire outfits for the show they came to



All this talk of unusual attire would of course be incomplete without this crew contribution from that most happy-go-lucky of lampies, Phil Sharpe.



I *think* this may have had something to do with Oxfam, but as ever, it feels more fun not knowing.

So that’s the crew and the fans - what of the band? Well, it’s been a family-tastic tour, with the band enjoying a lot of time with loved ones, whilst in some of the more lovely parts of the USA. This always results in huge smiling faces and fully enthused shows.





They’re hugely on form and they’re enjoying every minute of it, it would seem. Perhaps they too realise how wonderful what’s going on here is. Whatever the reason, the shows have been belters.





I’ve been on the road for over twenty years and I can recall plenty of that time that’s been a struggle. What’s going on here though is very special and supremely enjoyable. These are friendships that will endure until all of this is just a “do you remember when?”.



I’ll remember this for the rest of my life - and for that, I feel very fortunate.

R42
 
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