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[23-Jul-2012] Coldplay @ Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada


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Coldplay brings high-energy show to ACC

 

Coldplay brings high-energy show to ACC

 

By Jane Stevenson ,QMI Agency

 

First posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:06 AM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:23 AM EDT

 

 

Colour me impressed.

 

British pop-rockers Coldplay touched down for the first show of two night stand at the Air Canada Centre on Monday night and treated a sold-out crowd to an intense yet artful music extravangaza.

 

The wow factor included twinkling, glow-in-the-dark multi-coloured wristbands worn by audience members, multi-coloured confetti - that blasted out several times during the second song and set highlight, In My Place, and multi-coloured balloons that dropped down during the fourth song, Lovers In Japan.

 

It was like one gigantic street art project with a lot of financial backing emphasized by Coldplay’s own enormous stage decorated by glow-in-the-dark, multi-coloured neon graffiti and a long catwalk that looked like a landing strip with a red ‘X’ at the end - a location where the group ventured early and often.

 

After treating hundreds of contest winners to an hour-long live televised show in the MuchMusic parking lot last September in the lead up to the October release of their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto - the weakest album in their discography in my opinion - Coldplay returned with their A game in a live setting.

 

Singer-pianist Chris Martin, a charming, lively Mexican jumping bean as usual on stage, made a bold pronouncement at the beginning of the show: “The four of us have decided to make this the best concert of our lives.”

 

And while it didn’t quite hit that mark it certainly had its moments.

 

Among the standouts, the crowd singing along to The Scientist - “We’ve got the best fans in the world and everybody knows it,” said Martin and the dedication of Yellow, which started soft before it went into high gear with guitarist’s Jonny Buckland’s well known hook, to the victims of the movie screening massacre last week.

 

“This song goes out to everybody in Colorado,” said Martin.

 

Also good was the muscular drumming of Will Champion during God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, with Martin, Buckland and bassist Guy Berryman all standing in line in front of his kit in a sign of respect, and Viva La Vida.

 

Another crowd pleaser was when the group emerged on a small stage in the back left corner of the audience to sing Us Against the World and Speed Of Sound, with Martin screwing up the beginning of the latter song and starting over again.

 

“Oh sorry, I f---ed that up. I was looking at someone. Please don’t put us on YouTube,” Martin joked.

 

When the foursome returned to the main stage for two more highlights - the piano-driven Clocks and Fix You - with Martin performing some Olympics worthy jumps on the catwalk as the latter song geared up in its second half - the only thing left to perform was Mylo Xyloto’s first single, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, which closed the show after a fast-paced hour and 45 minutes.

 

Opening were two of the UK’s more promising female newcomers.

 

First up was Scottish-raised, British based singer-songwriter Emeli Sande whose powerful voice was on full display as she sang material from her debut, Our Version of Events.

 

Sande was followed by the kookier if still talented Marina and the Diamonds from Wales, with the singer’s outfit of silver tinsel top, pink furry shoes, and a sash that read Miss Shellfish Beach, helping to represent her off the wall pop sound, along with her little stuffed animal - a pink dog named Marilyn.

 

SET LIST:

 

Mylo Xyloto

 

Hurts Like Heaven

 

In My Place

 

Major Minus

 

Lovers In Japan

 

The Scientist

 

Yellow

 

Violet Hill

 

God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

 

Princess of China

 

Up in Flames

 

Warning Sign

 

Don’t Let It Break Your Heart

 

Viva La Vida

 

Charlie Brown

 

Paradise

 

ENCORE:

 

Us Against the World

 

Speed Of Sound

 

Clocks

 

Fix You

 

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

 

Source: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/07/24/coldplay-brings-high-energy-show-to-acc

 

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Concert Review: Coldplay put on an ultimately forgettable show in Toronto

 

Concert Review: Coldplay put on an ultimately forgettable show in Toronto

 

Jon Dekel Jul 24, 2012 – 11:57 AM ET | Last Updated: Jul 24, 2012 1:09 PM ET

 

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Believe it or not there was a time when liking Coldplay was considered cool. But those days, like the majority of Chris Martin’s curly ‘fro and ability to come across as believably humble, went away as soon as the naturally diminutive Greek and Latin First Class honours grad decided to make declarative sentences his communicatus operandi — and, in turn, take his label’s financial fortune on his back.

 

The Chris Martin – and make no mistake, despite drummer Will Champion’s predilection for soccer-chanting choruses, as Martin goes, so goes Coldplay — that tumbles and looks bemused into the camera these days is neither cool nor humble, what Martin peddles in is earnestness (and how!). Luckily for him, earnestness sells, especially in a world where so little can truly be described as genuinely earnest – just ask Aaron Sorkin.

 

Likewise, Martin comes across as friendly and genuine in a way that makes hating him both easy and readily available (See: “You know how I know you’re gay?” from The 40 Year Old Virgin), and all of this works for everyone, until it simply runs out of steam. Which, if yesterday’s show is any indication, it might just be.

 

As Martin pointed out during yesterday’s sold out performance at the Air Canada Centre (the first of a two-night stand), this is “something like the 50th” performance the group has had in Toronto, and, despite a smorgasbord of shiny new toys — literally, the band gave every member of the audience a bracelet which lit up in sync to several of the numbers — the band themselves appeared to be tired of playing the same songs in a believably sincere manner.

 

By my count (and I’ve seen Coldplay seven times now), Martin tumbled about half as much as earlier in the same tour, while the rest of the band seemed to hardly muster the energy to reach the emotional peaks of songs such as Viva La Vida or even Fix You, during which bassist Guy Berryman looked utterly bored. As a band whose songs live or die by the heart they put into them live, most of last night’s effort seemed reserved and, dare I say, contrived.

 

Perhaps earlier in their career, Coldplay’s impressive stagecraft and visual acumen could traverse these lulls but they too came up short. While viscerally impressive, the lighted bracelets trick is just an extension of Arcade Fire’s lighted balls, the combination of confetti and balloons sprayed during In My Place was lacking, even by Flaming Lips D.I.Y. standards, and their stage show simply didn’t live up to the muster of the big pop acts (Katy Perry, for example) which employ bigger and better visual distraction. In theory, if one of these fails the other should prop it up, but yesterday’s performance was lackluster on both fronts, making for an enjoyable but ultimately forgettable show.

 

Luckily for the band, they were surrounded by a sold-out crowd.

 

“We’ve got the best fans in the world and everybody knows it,” Martin declared following a sing-a-long to 2004 standout single The Scientist. And he may be right because, for that night at least, they saved his earnest ass.

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqWLpTKBFcU&feature=player_embedded]Coldplay - The Scientist - YouTube[/ame]

 

SET LIST:

Mylo Xyloto

Hurts Like Heaven

In My Place

Major Minus

Lovers In Japan

The Scientist

Yellow

Violet Hill

God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

Princess of China

Up in Flames

Warning Sign

Don’t Let It Break Your Heart

Viva La Vida

Charlie Brown

Paradise

 

ENCORE:

Us Against the World

Speed Of Sound

Clocks

Fix You

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

 

 

Source: http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/07/24/concert-review-coldplay-put-on-an-ultimately-forgetful-show-in-toronto/

 

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"2004 standout single The Scientist"

 

:|

 

 

2004 ????!!!!!

 

:facepalm:

 

Yeah, clearly this guy knows enough about the band to offer an expert opinion,lol.:p I figured I'd post it for the sake of interest, but obviously he's seeing something that isn't there.

 

Probably a hipster that's bitter that the world discovered his little secret,lol.

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Yeah, clearly this guy knows enough about the band to offer an expert opinion,lol.:p I figured I'd post it for the sake of interest, but obviously he's seeing something that isn't there.

 

Probably a hipster that's bitter that the world discovered his little secret,lol.

 

Oh, you were definitely right to post it, it's good to have opinions from all sides. But that mistake kinda makes...him way less credible :lol:

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Coldplay concert: One grand mutual exchange of love

 

Coldplay concert: One grand mutual exchange of love

 

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Pawel Dwulit/TORONTO STAR

Lead singer of Coldplay Chris Martin sings on stage as confetti rains down around him during a performance at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, July 23, 2012.

 

Ah, why struggle against it?

 

I’ve been so desperate to find something original to say about Coldplay’s Monday-night gig at the Air Canada Centre that I’ve resorted, since getting home nearly three hours ago, to thumbing through a dictionary of literary quotations set on “love” in search of what professional journalists such as me call a “lede.”

 

This is the best I could come up with. I’ve absolutely no business invoking Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound in relation to the work of Chris Martin — absolutely no business at all, and may the deluge of justifiable hate-Tweets thusly accumulate in kind — but I still believe the following verse applies to what Martin et al. are up to on their current Mylo Xyloto tour:

 

All love is sweet,

 

Given or returned. Common as light is

 

Love,

 

And its familiar voice wearies not ever.

 

They who inspire it are most fortunate,

 

As I am now; but those who feel it most

 

Are happier still.

 

Coldplay at the ACC on Monday night was an ultraviolet-lit, confetti-spewing arena-rock love machine. If you didn’t feel like loving it and being believably loved in return going in, there were enough high- and low-tech distractions — sawing lasers, bounding beach balls, inflatable glowing objects scattered hither and thither in the stands and thousands of dollars’ worth of blinking LED bracelets handed out to patrons on their way into the venue — operating in service of one grand, mutual exchange of love that you had to allow yourself to succumb to the larger process or risk feeling less than human.

 

My bracelet didn’t work, for the record, but why should a single, doubting, maybe-karmic wardrobe malfunction detract from the overall, undeniable spiritual elevation of some 20,000 other doting fans? From up-jackin’ openers “Hurts Like Heaven” and “In My Place” through such knowingly “whoa-ooh-ooah”-ing, throng-acknowledged soccer-pitch keepers as “Yellow,” “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face” and “Paradise” to surrender-or-die encore must-haves as “Clocks,” “Fix You” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” — and that damned “Fix You” knocks me to my knees as swiftly and as capably as any power ballad I’ve encountered during my 37 years on this planet — the British quartet worked as hard as it could to make you feel like this was, as front man Martin put it early in the evening, “the best concert we’ve ever played in our lives.”

 

Every single tune was delivered full at full, everybody-in throttle, as Martin bounded up and down the neon-lit proscenium like the world’s most tireless summer-camp facilitator. Every available space in the script or opportunity for an impromptu hometown slant in the lyric sheet was given over to letting Toronto know how much Coldplay appreciated — and loved — its Toronto fans for being a part of this monstrous explosion of fannish love for Coldplay and the appreciative love-in-return that Coldplay felt for its Toronto fans.

 

It was an ebullient, on-your-feet, eruptive kinda night out from start to finish, and that’s a tough bill of goods to sell believably on a city-by-city basis when your touring itinerary is set out in front of you for well in excess of a single calendar year. I’ve no idea how these four likeable blokes translate the Everyman-ish OK-ness of what they do together into proper tent-revival mania every time they come to town, but they do it very well. And that’s perfectly . . . OK.

 

Source: http://www.toronto.com/article/738949--coldplay-concert-one-grand-mutual-exchange-of-love

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Nice to find a review that was just the opposite of the last one. See, Jon? People DO believe the band is sincere, despite playing the same songs over and over again. And I can tell you from experience that if you love the songs you play, you never get tired of them.:D

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Coldplay concert: One grand mutual exchange of love[/size][/b]

 

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Pawel Dwulit/TORONTO STAR

Lead singer of Coldplay Chris Martin sings on stage as confetti rains down around him during a performance at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, July 23, 2012.

 

Ah, why struggle against it?

 

I’ve been so desperate to find something original to say about Coldplay’s Monday-night gig at the Air Canada Centre that I’ve resorted, since getting home nearly three hours ago, to thumbing through a dictionary of literary quotations set on “love” in search of what professional journalists such as me call a “lede.”

 

This is the best I could come up with. I’ve absolutely no business invoking Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound in relation to the work of Chris Martin — absolutely no business at all, and may the deluge of justifiable hate-Tweets thusly accumulate in kind — but I still believe the following verse applies to what Martin et al. are up to on their current Mylo Xyloto tour:

 

All love is sweet,

 

Given or returned. Common as light is

 

Love,

 

And its familiar voice wearies not ever.

 

They who inspire it are most fortunate,

 

As I am now; but those who feel it most

 

Are happier still.

 

Coldplay at the ACC on Monday night was an ultraviolet-lit, confetti-spewing arena-rock love machine. If you didn’t feel like loving it and being believably loved in return going in, there were enough high- and low-tech distractions — sawing lasers, bounding beach balls, inflatable glowing objects scattered hither and thither in the stands and thousands of dollars’ worth of blinking LED bracelets handed out to patrons on their way into the venue — operating in service of one grand, mutual exchange of love that you had to allow yourself to succumb to the larger process or risk feeling less than human.

 

My bracelet didn’t work, for the record, but why should a single, doubting, maybe-karmic wardrobe malfunction detract from the overall, undeniable spiritual elevation of some 20,000 other doting fans? From up-jackin’ openers “Hurts Like Heaven” and “In My Place” through such knowingly “whoa-ooh-ooah”-ing, throng-acknowledged soccer-pitch keepers as “Yellow,” “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face” and “Paradise” to surrender-or-die encore must-haves as “Clocks,” “Fix You” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” — and that damned “Fix You” knocks me to my knees as swiftly and as capably as any power ballad I’ve encountered during my 37 years on this planet — the British quartet worked as hard as it could to make you feel like this was, as front man Martin put it early in the evening, “the best concert we’ve ever played in our lives.”

 

Every single tune was delivered full at full, everybody-in throttle, as Martin bounded up and down the neon-lit proscenium like the world’s most tireless summer-camp facilitator. Every available space in the script or opportunity for an impromptu hometown slant in the lyric sheet was given over to letting Toronto know how much Coldplay appreciated — and loved — its Toronto fans for being a part of this monstrous explosion of fannish love for Coldplay and the appreciative love-in-return that Coldplay felt for its Toronto fans.

 

It was an ebullient, on-your-feet, eruptive kinda night out from start to finish, and that’s a tough bill of goods to sell believably on a city-by-city basis when your touring itinerary is set out in front of you for well in excess of a single calendar year. I’ve no idea how these four likeable blokes translate the Everyman-ish OK-ness of what they do together into proper tent-revival mania every time they come to town, but they do it very well. And that’s perfectly . . . OK.

 

Source: http://www.toronto.com/article/738949--coldplay-concert-one-grand-mutual-exchange-of-love

 

 

 

What a great review :) Makes me feel happy

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This was written in an update posted by a girls parents on Facebook who got to be one of the lucky ones to meet Chris at Sick Kids! :) It is a public page with 2500 followers from around the world, so I feel ok sharing it!

 

 

This morning we were told that Chris Martin of Coldplay would be visiting the hospital and meeting with teenagers in Marnie's Lounge at 5pm. Only one parent could go and Sinead was also allowed. We were sworn to secrecy. We couldn't even tell our nurse. I got to accompany the girls in. It was so exciting! It was a small group. Chris was chatty and happy. He had visited some kids in their rooms before coming to the Lounge. He answered some questions and ask some as well. He encouraged one 14 y/o boy who played guitar, wrote songs and had formed a band with a couple of friends.

 

"We'll see you at the Juno's in a few years." Chris told him.

 

"I hope so." The boy answered.

 

"No, you have to know. You have to believe you will be there."

 

Then he complemented Sinead on her pink hair and asked why she choose that colour. The fact that she did it because she saw it in Shopper's, with her friend, and they decided to just do it seemed like a good reason to him. Then he sang "Paradise", which always chokes me up these days. There was a group photo taken. We were not allowed to take our own pictures. On the way out everyone got a loot bag. It was a good one! Autographed picture, latest CD, a large book of coloured pictures of the band and stories, a nice sketch pad, pencil crayons, an iPod shuffle and some other things.

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This was written in an update posted by a girls parents on Facebook who got to be one of the lucky ones to meet Chris at Sick Kids! :) It is a public page with 2500 followers from around the world, so I feel ok sharing it!

 

 

This morning we were told that Chris Martin of Coldplay would be visiting the hospital and meeting with teenagers in Marnie's Lounge at 5pm. Only one parent could go and Sinead was also allowed. We were sworn to secrecy. We couldn't even tell our nurse. I got to accompany the girls in. It was so exciting! It was a small group. Chris was chatty and happy. He had visited some kids in their rooms before coming to the Lounge. He answered some questions and ask some as well. He encouraged one 14 y/o boy who played guitar, wrote songs and had formed a band with a couple of friends.

 

"We'll see you at the Juno's in a few years." Chris told him.

 

"I hope so." The boy answered.

 

"No, you have to know. You have to believe you will be there."

 

Then he complemented Sinead on her pink hair and asked why she choose that colour. The fact that she did it because she saw it in Shopper's, with her friend, and they decided to just do it seemed like a good reason to him. Then he sang "Paradise", which always chokes me up these days. There was a group photo taken. We were not allowed to take our own pictures. On the way out everyone got a loot bag. It was a good one! Autographed picture, latest CD, a large book of coloured pictures of the band and stories, a nice sketch pad, pencil crayons, an iPod shuffle and some other things.

 

 

That's beautiful

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well i won't tell anyone :cool: ... I don't know anyone personally who likes Coldplay (as much as I do anyway) so Chris' "secret" is safe. it really shows humility - sweet. as a "sorta new" Coldplay fan it's really nice to hear about. (tho I've enjoyed their songs for years - seeing them in concert on July 23 really made me a real fan). I work at a hospital (no I'm not a nurse). Chris' encouragement & positive comments to that 14 year old probably was just as good as medicine :sunny:

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All I can say is WOW what an amazing experience! I don't even know how to put it in words how much I loved that show. I even got choked up during Yellow. That's the song that started it all for me, and to have them singing it live in front of me, and then to hear the whole audience singing along and to be part of that; just wow.

 

I was a bit worried about my seats (section 118) because we were on the side, but it was a great view. Although I would have loved to have been closer...what's better than being in front on the floor?

 

We got there just before the show started as we really wanted to see Marina and the Diamonds. While we were waiting for the show to start I was watching up in the 300s because I had read the stories of people being upgraded. Sure enough, I spot a guy in black shirt and shorts, he kept popping up in each section, looking around, then he got in about 307 and he started talking to this couple. Then I saw them get up and follow him, and a while later they appeared down below me in the second row. Lucky buggers! I have to admit that while I was happy for them, I was a bit jealous. I was wondering if they were as big a fan as me, and that yes, my seats weren't in the nose bleed section, but I would LOVE to be moved to the floor. Why not me? Selfish I know. :embarrassed:

 

Also, I had bought two seats in the same row, but not together and was worried how I was going to work that out as I was taking my 14 year old daughter and wanted us to sit together. But everyone was pretty cool about moving down one seat. Except this one guy who was a bit of a jerk about it. But he seemed to be a jerk in general. He kept drinking all night and getting louder and more obnoxious. He was so LOUD during Up in Flames that I almost told him to shut up.

 

But all those things aside it was a fantastic evening. I screamed with excitement the first time we all lit up. So cool. I sang, I danced, I cried. I just couldn't stop thinking "wow, that is actually Coldplay live and in person down there singing for me" (and thousands others) That was so worth every penny getting from Halifax to TO for one night. Can't wait to do it again, only wish I could have afforded both nights.

 

I haven't even looked at my pictures yet but if I have any decent ones I'll post them. My daughter took some videos too so we'll see how they turn out.

 

* I forgot to mention about the xyloband. After the show we went to the floor to collect some confetti, and on the way back up we found two xylobands on the floor. I brought them home figuring I could give them away on the xyloband thread. When I got home my youngest daughter really wanted one, so I let her have one, and as soon as she put it on it turned on! It was so weird! I had her put on the other ones, but they didn't turn on. The lights stayed on for about 8 hours before the batteries died.

 

hey mamgirl - I flew in from Halifax for just the concert too! You aren't alone in your crazy Coldplay love! Concert was amazing - so worth it

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