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Royal Albert Hall - Monday 24 March 2003


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Well where to begin? It all happened last night - despite not being well in the morning, after resting out i pulled myself together and headed into London. After meeting up with my friend at Waterloo and then a slightly confused tube ride across to East London and a much needed Pizza since I had not eaten properly all day (MMMmmmmm Pizza), we finally arrived near the Royal Albert Hall. After walking along Hyde park (a beautiful place at night with the lit statues), we finally came up to the Hall, which if you know it at all is quite a building!

 

Since I had never been to the Royal Albert Hall before, lets just say my jaw dropped when we got inside - the place is HUGE, its like being in an indoor circular version of a football stadium, only in the form of a theatre with stalls and tiers. Our seats were in the Choir East section which means that we were just above and around the side of the bands. What I later found out was that not only did we have excellent views of the whole stage, but Chris' piano would actually be facing us and at the best points of the gig we essentially got to see what the band could see - no wonder they keep saying they have the best jobs in the world - looking out at the entire RAH sold out and dancing is breathtaking!!!

 

I won't go into details of the opening act but essentially it was lounge music for parents. Not all bad and a fairly good mood setter but the lead singers sheffield drawl kinda made it a bit dull. And so there was a 20 minute stage change and then all of a sudden off went the lights and on came the intro music. To say I was excited is like saying that kids dont like candy and from the opening sounds of Politik I was bouncing up and down like a rabbit on speed :D

 

While I can't remember the whole set the highlights were for me: Ladder to the Sun, a excellent performance of Poor Me (I mistook it for Animals in the first few chords but then quickly realised what it was - that song is REALLY growing on me), Yellow (with the entire venue on its feet dancing and singing), The Scientist (I had to lean forward so my m8 didn't see my watery eyes!) and In My Place (everybody dancing again). Perhaps the only thing lacking was Gravity, and its made me determined to make a nice big banner to try and get it played at Earls Court :)

 

Chris' energy during the night was unbelievable, he was dancing all over the stage, spinning and doing his best impression of the Status Quo rock-out guitar throws. At the first encore on his return he even vaulted the piano! It was great to see but it could go soooo wrong one day - Chris keep some control m8 - we dont want u being taken off in an ambulance! The other boys really seemed to enjoy it too and they got a total standing ovation which was completely deafening as a send off :D

 

I left the gig feeling on top of the world, and my m8 who is not the biggest fan absolutely loved it too. This was right up there with seeing Radiohead at South Park. My conclusions where that I had just seen the best single band performance at a gig in my expereince of some 20 odd gigs :)

 

2 words: ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT

 

I can't wait for the next one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That sounds AWESOME Simon!!! Bless you for actually using paragraphs when you wrote that b/c some people don't!! hahaha...glad that you had an amazing time!! Here's a tissue for those watery eyes! :D

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That's why I am a tad worried bout the TO show. Like it's the second last date of the tour, they will be dead tired. I paid $62 for these tickets...But I still think it will be good, and it will be a big improvement for me from the ACC show cos my seats weren't so great. I had the last row of the 100 section.

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Yup, it was my first Coldplay gig so I guess it was bound to be extra special - you have a point about the limits of stretching a fairly low volume of material too far with repeat performance but I think their love of what they do to shines through and you can't help but love them for that!

 

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Oh my God I'm so excited now about going to Earls Court!!! Si, thank you for that wonderful description - it really brought it alive for me and I felt like I was there too! I can almost hear the music and the audience! Fantastic! :-D 8) :P

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my first one was march 6th and i have already posted it in this forum......::::cough my detalied experience::: :lol: mine was a rollercoaster....it was great tho...chris did dance around alot hehe....im not gonna be able to see them until their new album comes out.....the only places i can is places liike birmingham....new orleans....and atlanta....im sure my mum will take me again cuz she had a blast!

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The T.O date is the second last date?? WOW!!! I'm sure they'll pull through' date=' they'll want to end off with a bang!! Just imagine all the potential new songs you'll hear... :)[/quote']

 

t.o. is the second last date and new york city is the last date of this north american tour.

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I tried, and failed, to get a ticket for the show, and spent the entire night feeling very jealous of all you lucky people that were there. Bu, I have to say that having seen a couple of other bands at RAH I was not at all impressed with the sound quality of the venue. But, having read a few reviews of the show it appears that the band overcame this. I am going to Earls Court on the 17th and just cannot wait....

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Oh Well, never mind. I've been to a lot of gigs on my own in the past and I'm sure I'll cope but it would be nice to have some people to enjoy the gig with. Please don't think I'm a sad no-mates guy but no matter how hard I try I just cannot find anyone to come with me - and FOUR spare tickets as well!! I mentioned in an earlier post that I was selling the four spares and nobody has bitten - so If i don't have any joy I am going to take the spares with me on the night and hopefully I can make four ticketless fans very happy!!! Hope you enjoy the gig on the 16th, and if you would be so kind as to post a little review the following morning that would get me even more in the mood for a brilliant gig that evening.

 

Cheers all....Lewis

 

'Never eat anything you can't lift' - Miss Piggy

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im glad that the uk fans are being able to see them.. cuz they have been in us so long.....but i think they are doing really well over here.....the venues that they play are huge and sold out! hope u have a good time at all the shows...be sure to write a review for me!

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