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[3-Aug-2012] Coldplay @ Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ, USA


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I love this definition... And it's so true too :heart:

 

 

 

 

 

:laugh3: Me too!

 

 

 

Anyway... Chris, you'll get a bit predictable if you keep hugging/kissing Gwyneth at every concert she's at! :lol:

 

Joking, that's so sweet :nice:

 

Hahahaha! Remember when fans used to complain that Chris & Gwyn were so secretive and fans wanted to see more of them? Now we're getting bored with their predictability!:lol:

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This concert was the best night of my life! We got upgraded to row three from our section 209 seats! Here are two videos, one from the opening and the other from In My Place with the confetti! (sorry for the shakiness, I was VERY excited)

 

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From: http://yesgoodmusic.com/2012/08/05/coldplay-live-at-izod-center/

Coldplay Live at Izod Center Review & Footage

August 5, 2012 By KhatchMusic

 

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Every once in a while I attend a concert that takes me away from the real world for a couple of hours and causes me to have no cares on my mind. A show that takes me out of my shell, gives me the chills throughout and brings a smile to each and every person in the audience. Friday, August 3rd Coldplay delivered just that show.

 

Coldplay returned to the Izod Center in NJ on Friday, August 3rd. It was the fifth time I’ve seen the British rock band live and it might have just been the best. I was running late to the concert since I got off at the wrong stop on the NJ transit, but once I made it inside the venue and heard the music playing in the background, I had a feeling that I was in for a treat. I walked in as the band was playing “Yellow” and was amazed by the crowds energy during this slow paced song. The whole audience was singing along and on their feet. The band then transitioned into “Violet Hill” then into “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face.” The beginning of “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” was performed acoustically and then around a minute in, the track picked up backed by Will Champion’s drumming and by the bright light show. Chris Martin slowed it down by going into “Princess Of China.” Martin’s pitch seemed to be a little off at the beginning of the track, but that didn’t take away from the overall performance. Martin smiled, but kept it going. Nobody is perfect. Chris then played the piano while singing “Up In Flames” then “Warning Sign.”

 

Watch part of Coldplay’s performance of “Princess of China” below.

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After Chris played the piano through a few slower songs, the energy picked back up with the new lasers appearing and confetti falling from the ceiling. ”What a fantastic audience you have been so far, you make us feel like a billion dollars,” Chris said. The band then went through “Viva La Vida”, “Charlie Brown”, and one of my favorites, “Paradise.” Coldplay was really able to make this arena sized show feel more intimate with their inclusion of bracelets that lit up on their call during certain tracks. Coldplay’s stage production during this Mylo Xyloto tour was most likely influenced by recent Electronic Dance Music concerts. I could almost compare the light show to the light show I had seen at Swedish House Mafia at Madison Square Garden. Coldplay puts everything into their performance. It is great to see a band that genuinely loves what they do. From just sitting down and playing the piano to jumping around while singing; Chris Martin knows how to put on a good show.

 

Watch Coldplay perform “Viva La Vida” and “Charlie Brown” below.

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Coldplay ended off the night by going into one of the upper sections to perform “Us Against the World” and “Speed of Sound.” I love how the band was able to interact with all corners of the crowd through their lights, music and energy. Coldplay finished their encore up on stage after performing “Clocks”, “Fix You”, and the energetic single “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.” If you have a chance to see Coldplay on any of their upcoming tour stops, I would highly recommend it.

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Here's what the view looked like from behind the stage

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7ZmDerR9oY]Coldplay in New Jersey - MX/Hurts Like Heaven/In My Place - YouTube[/ame]

 

Uhh, sorry about the shakiness... you can set it to a higher quality... and there's more on my youtube channel. This was the last time I'll be seeing Coldplay this tour so I went a little overboard with the camera ;)

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Chris Martin of Coldplay braves the confetti blizzard.

 

Coldplay, specialists in euphoria, rock the Meadowlands

 

In the middle of a long catwalk, the grinning pop star lay flat on his back.

 

Confetti had hung thick in the air during "In My Place," blasting out of cannons on the first downbeat of the choruses and catching in the hair of happy concert-goers. It fell like a pastel blizzard on the Izod Center stage, and there Chris Martin of the British pop-rock group Coldplay was a kid, making snow angels. On a lark, he handed the microphone to his longtime bandmate Jonny Buckland and let the guitarist finish the final chorus. Then he sprang to his feet and sprinted back to the center position on the stage, arms outstretched, ready to put his magnanimity in action.

 

Martin thanked the capacity crowd for giving him the best job in the world. Nobody could have doubted the sincerity of his gratitude or located any ambivalence there.

 

It would be wrong to call Martin an unlikely pop star: His talent was evident from his first single, and his ability to connect with millions made it certain that Coldplay would be a presence for years to come. But he is one of pop’s nonconformists. A vegetarian, teetotaler and yoga practitioner, he has no interest in the effrontery that usually accompanies rock performance. Aggression holds no value for him. So attracted is he to the generosity of the grand singalong chorus that his band’s songs connect hook to glittering hook, making no detours into dissonance or difficulty.

 

Coldplay asks nothing but that you sit back and enjoy the ride, and attempt to get your heart to brim over with love, just as Martin’s does.

 

Coldplay is touring behind "Mylo Xyloto," its fifth album and a modest but significant departure from expectations. Although it is allegedly a concept set about a revolutionary movement akin to Occupy Wall Street, there is not an ounce of resistance in it. Instead, it is an enthusiastic (everything Coldplay does is enthusiastic) embrace of radio pop and Eurodance music. Many of the songs have machine beats and thick disco synthesizers; Rihanna, who appeared pre-recorded at the concert via video screen, features on one of them.

 

Gone are the attempts to imitate the solemn grandeur of U2 and Radiohead. (They aren’t missed.) Instead, Martin and his bandmates have freed themselves to chase the pure, unfettered euphoria associated with arena electronica.

 

Often, the Friday night concert — the first of two that Coldplay presented at the arena — sounded like rock but looked like a rave. Coldplay distributed blinking remote-controlled bracelets to all concert-goers, and — politely, of course — requested that fans put them on ("they are part of the show," explained the message flashed on the video screens before the concert started). Once the lights went down, the arena came alive with thousands of firefly flashes of illumination.

 

This was immersive, but the effect was not particularly novel: It resembled the forest of glowsticks at dance-inspired pop shows. Coldplay also swept the crowd with the low, broad laser lights characteristic of deejay sets, and backed these up with psychedelic projections.

 

These visual nods to club culture only accompanied the songs from "Mylo Xyloto." When Coldplay turned to older material — mostly traditional arena power ballads in the style of Oasis, Travis and the Verve — the wristbands and the lasers switched off. If this production decision threatened to darken the dividing line between the new songs and the rest of the band’s catalog, Coldplay compensated by storming through the "Mylo" material with a ferocity absent from the album. For a group of nice guys, Coldplay rocks pretty hard.

 

This includes Martin, whose soulful piano playing on "Paradise" suggested he’s learned something from his collaborations with Jay-Z and Kanye West. But most of the credit goes to drummer and polymath Will Champion, who matched Martin’s enthusiasm for the songs, and who remains an undersung driver of Coldplay’s mass appeal. Champion mashed the accelerator on "Charlie Brown," pounded the tympani on "Viva La Vida," picked up an acoustic guitar for "Up in Flames" and added angelic vocal harmonies whenever he was allowed. Relegated to electronic pads on the synthpop "Mylo" song "Princess of China," Champion made the best of it, but looked as if he desperately wanted to get back behind the kit and bash stuff as hard as he could.

 

The only thing the show lacked was the tension that has always made pop-rock indispensable. Instead, Coldplay flutters straight to the release and hovers there, frustrating those who expect something a little more dangerous from a pop-rock group. This is a band that gives and gives; they’re a heaping slice of apple pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. It is probably not in Martin’s nature to be anything but, so it is pointless to hope that he acquires an edge. Instead, it’s best to celebrate his band for what it is: a ruthlessly effective generator of cost-free ecstasy.

 

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2012/08/coldplay_specialists_in_euphor.html

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Another fan review (and upgrade experience) from here: http://coldplayingparadise.tumblr.com/

(click on her review for more pics)

 

Coldplay Concert at Izod Center (Friday August 3, 2012)

 

I had no idea that I was going to go, but my cousin bought us last-minute cheap tickets to the concert! miadufnjkd I was so happy, I can’t even explain to you! So, we started to make our MX shirts, and I really love mine (it glows in the dark):

 

The front:

 

 

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The back:

 

 

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On the way to the concert, we were blasting Coldplay, but we got there late because of the traffic. We arrived around 7:45, and we got our tickets scanned and all. MY HEART WAS POUNDING, I WAS GOING TO BE BREATHING THE SAME AIR IN THE SAME ROOM AS COLDPLAY.

 

So, we headed inside, and they handed us our xylobands, I got a blue, and my cousin got a green one. Then we went up the escalator, and went to the merch booth because i wanted to get some stuff. AFTER TWO MINUTES OF WAITING IN LINE, A GUY IN ALL BLACK CAME UP TO US!!!!! He said we had cool shirts, asked us how long it took, and if we were also big Coldplay fans, WE SAID OF COURSE!! He asked us some other questions, and he turned out to be a ROADIE!! HIS NAME WAS BRAD (BLESS HIS SOUL FOR GIVING US THE BEST NIGHT OF OUR LIVES) WE EXCHANGED OUR TICKETS AND HE GAVE US SECOND ROW TICKETS!! I WAS SO HAPPY, I COULDN’T EVEN BREATHE OR SPEAK, MY HEART WAS POUNDING SO HARD, AND I GAVE BRAD A HUG

 

Then he left, and we were still waiting in line, (which was pretty long too) After four minutes, BRAD CAME BACK TO US AND SAID THAT WE DID LOOK LIKE HUGE COLDPLAY FANS AND GAVE US FIRST FUCKING ROW TICKETS!!! IT WAS THE FIRST SEAT!!!!!!! IUABHDJNKASDHBFASHIJFND WE KEPT THANKING HIS ENDLESSLY, AND JUMPING iasnjkdbhfsjfnk I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT, HE DOUBLE UPGRADED US!!

 

Then, I got some merch, and a couple of people told me and my cousin that we had cool shirts as we were walking to our section. We FINALLY reached our seats while Marina and the Diamonds were still playing, and they were pretty good. I WAS HYPERVENTILATING BECAUSE WE WERE GOING TO BE LESS THAT TWO FEET AWAY FROM JONNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

We were talking to the people next to us, who were all really nice by the way. Once the roadies came on stage to prepare for Coldplay, BRAD CAME BACK! He upgraded the people that were near us and we were all just talking to him about how it was to work for Coldplay, (he said he started working for them in April, and worked on the release of the balloons and confetti)

 

Also, a setlist pic:

 

 

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For the full review and pics - click on her link :)

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