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


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Ah finally a review+selected pics for Saturday from the internetz! (Okay, I agree, it's not much of an actual review)

 

From: http://2indie4indie.tumblr.com/

 

Concert Review: Coldplay @ Izod Center (Saturday)

In review, this is the best concert I’ve been to since 2008. Coldplay

sounds better live. I didn’t think that was possible! Make sure you catch them on their next tour!

 

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storytelling time! :awesome:

i wrote this this morning, so the last line is not exactly true anymore. my muscles are more cooperative and i'm starting to get my voice back. :P

 

 

 

My sister Liv and I got to the venue maybe a little under an hour or so before doors opened. Liv wanted to look at the merch they were selling just outside, so we went to look and both ended up buying $40 shirts. :P I also bought the tour program, which is beautiful. :blush: Anyway, then we went to wait for the doors to open. When they finally did, and we walked into the venue, the guy handing out the Xylobands on my side had a yellow one with the blue casing sort of thing on it, and I thought to myself THAT ONE IS MINE. So I asked him if I could have that one, and he seemed indifferent, but gave me it anyway. :P

 

That pretty much made my night right there... if I had left that venue only having gotten the exact Xyloband I wanted, I would have been happy. But this was just the beginning. Liv and I went in and bought a few more things from another merch stand (a nice poster and 3 really overpriced and cheaply made pins), had our pictures taken by some Oxfam volunteers (who gave us another pin for free, which in my opinion looks better made than the Coldplay ones, but anyway), and then headed to the bathroom so that Liv could change into the shirt she bought.

 

When she was done, we went to go find the section we were seated at, only to find that several cases for the C-stage equipment were sitting up against the wall between the two staircases. There were a few other people taking pictures, so we waited until they were done and then got a few pictures ourselves. It was at this point that I was recognized for the first time! A nice lady came up to me and asked if I was the one who posted about the Mylo doll on Coldplaying, to which I said yes. And then we started talking a little bit, but she never did give me her name. Anyway, nice lady, if you are reading this, hello, and I hope you were successful in trying to catch the band running to get to the C-stage! :P

 

After that we went up the staircase to see where exactly we would be seated. The venue didn't seem that big at all, so even though we were in the upper level, the stage still looked pretty close. The Coldplay boys might not have looked like ants from there.

 

But we never actually sat down. The upper level seats were quite high up; Liv has a terrible fear of heights, and I have to admit that at first even I was feeling a little woozy at the way the seats were set up. It probably would have been fine, but we still decided to go back into the little hall where all the vendors were – mostly because I knew roadies would be walking around giving out upgrades.

 

So we stood near the C-stage equipment and waited. I saw a bunch of Izod Center people walking around, but no one who looked like they were with the band. We waited, and after a while we decided it might be best to just go back to our seats. But Liv had to go to the bathroom again, and so she went in and I waited outside for her, which is when this one guy walked past me and my Mylo doll, then did sort of a double-take and walked over to me. He asked me about the doll, about the comic, about who I was with and where we were sitting. He said, “As soon as your sister comes back out, we'll talk some more,” and showed me his little Coldplay badge thing, to which I replied, “Yeah, I know who you are.” :P So then he asked me about that, how I knew about the upgrading stuff, and I told him I went on Coldplaying all the time, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, Liv came back out not long after, and this guy, who introduced himself as Brad but who I will probably refer to for a while as THE GREATEST DUDE EVER, exchanged our upper level seats for two FRONT ROW SEATS. Section 9, Row A, seats 3 and 4, so we were on Jonny's side. If I hadn't been shaking already, I was definitely shaking at this point.

 

We had to do quite a bit of traveling around the place to find out exactly where we were supposed to be seated, but eventually we did manage. And we were so close...

 

Brad had told us that he'd just upgraded two other guys, one of whom had already attended over 50 Coldplay concerts. This turned out to be, if I'm remembering names correctly, Jimmy (who was also the second person to recognize me from Coldplaying because of the doll), and his friend Hal. They had really awesome light-up shirts with pins that spelled out Coldplay. Very cool.

 

We all talked for a bit, Liv and I freaked out about being so close, and eventually the first opening act came on, Emeli Sande. MAN can that woman sing! I didn't realize it until she was halfway through singing Next To Me, the last song of her setlist, but they used to play that song on the TVs at my work. Anyway, she was really talented, and even though she didn't do a lot of dancing or anything like that, she put a lot of effort into her singing, which I thought was awesome.

 

Then more waiting until Marina and the Diamonds came on. I liked the music, and I think this Marina girl has some talent and is definitely charming, but I didn't really care for the way she presented herself. I don't know how to explain it, but she didn't seem too genuine to me. In any case, she and the rest of the band were all very relaxed and mellow except for the drummer, who was beating those drums like his name was Will Champion. :P

 

And then the final waiting, which felt like it dragged on FOREVER. We watched the roadies do their thing, watched Miller finally come out to take the pictures for the panoramic. 99 Problems came on and then we started to get REALLY EXCITED. Then the Back to the Future theme came on and I thought I was never going to stop hyperventilating. Before I knew it, the band were on stage, right there, living, breathing, before my very eyes and some of them only about ten feet away. I jumped and screamed and belted my heart out the entire time. I can remember lots of little moments from the performance, but it's difficult now to recall during which songs they happened. In any case, I will just sort of list them I guess.

 

The first thing I will talk about is when Chris changed his shirt right on stage, because WOW. OK, so he was hiding over by Will, but I could still see his back perfectly from where I was standing, and the man has such beautiful shoulder blades, geeeeeez. I may love Coldplay more for their music, but I'm not going to deny that they ALL have rockin' bodies. And I don't know if it's just me, but they all look much skinnier in real life??? Like, Chris's biceps didn't look like cinder blocks from that close. :P

 

OK, on to the next thing. There was much Buckin Love going on, almost like they KNEW I was there. Chris was very smiley the whole concert, which was great, and there was one time I caught him groping Jonny, but he also sort of groped Guy and I think perhaps at one point actually grabbed Guy's butt? It was hard to see that side of the stage at times, and I glanced over very quickly to see Chris's hand down near that general area, but I wouldn't put it past him to do that. :P

 

At the beginning of Fix You, I looked up at Jonny and saw that he was smiling for EVER. Liv and I wondered who he was smiling at, so we looked over and saw, standing off to the side in between the barrier and the stage, a woman who I believe was the lovely Chloe. :blush: So that was really cute. :wacky:

 

The Xylobands were neat, of course, but I have to say that I didn't pay so much attention to them, because I was focusing too hard on the band themselves. :P Major Minus, GPASUYF, always great songs live, same with DLIBYH and Speed of Sound fjdashfiodjsackda. If I'm being honest all of the songs were spectacular, so. :P

 

This is the last thing I will talk about. For almost the entire concert, I had my hands in the air and was waving around the Mylo doll. I tried to look at all of the band members instead of focusing just on Chris, but I think that eventually he did see me, because I thought at one point he looked over at me, but it was hard to tell. :P

 

In any case, after Charlie Brown, Chris said something to the audience about having a good evening or whatever, and then the lights went down a bit and the boys started preparing for the next song. Chris walked over toward Jonny's side, but was facing the front seats. His arm went out into the air, and then seconds later I felt something hit my shoulder. I flung my hand over the spot, but whatever hit me had already fallen on the other side of the barrier. Luckily, the security guy who was standing there was able to shine his flashlight on the ground, and we found it – Chris's guitar pick. :o:o:o So, I don't know if he meant to throw it to me specifically, or if it was just pure luck that it hit me, but I have it now and it will have a safe home with my harmonica. :blush:

 

OH AND I PUSHED ONE OF THE BALLOONS ON STAGE DURING LOVERS IN JAPAN AND IT ALMOST HIT JONNY IN THE FACE. Whoops. Sorry Jonny. :P

 

And now, almost twelve hours later, my muscles and throat are still very sore, but it was all worth it.

 

 

 

pictures coming up next...

 

It was so nice to meet you and your sister! Once again, I loved the doll. You are super creative and it came out great. The Xyloband on it was the icing on the cake. I'm glad you two got upgraded. It was a great time. Maybe we'll run into each other again at a show.

 

 

Here are some of my pics from the night. I'm usually not on Jonny's side, so I was able to get some cool shots of him. He was very interactive, and got a good chuckle when he first came out and saw my version 1 Xyloshirt. I'm still recovering from a week of very little sleep so I can't recall much at the moment other than how amazing it was.

 

Coldplay - IZOD Center 8/4/2012

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It was so nice to meet you and your sister! Once again, I loved the doll. You are super creative and it came out great. The Xyloband on it was the icing on the cake. I'm glad you two got upgraded. It was a great time. Maybe we'll run into each other again at a show.

 

 

Here are some of my pics from the night. I'm usually not on Jonny's side, so I was able to get some cool shots of him. He was very interactive, and got a good chuckle when he first came out and saw my version 1 Xyloshirt. I'm still recovering from a week of very little sleep so I can't recall much at the moment other than how amazing it was.

 

Coldplay - IZOD Center 8/4/2012

 

:blush: it was nice to meet you, too! and thank you. your shirts were also awesome. :wacky:

 

and now i'm going to steal all of your pictures. :P

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Did anybody record the show's audio in full for this magical night? There is a bootleg for August 3 but it is not quite the same as hearing the same night we went to. If not, I am tempted to rip the audio in setlist order from the best quality YouTube videos I can find then master that. I will make sure to share that here if I do!

 

I will share some pictures from three rows behind the stage too, as perfect of a view as you can get really besides being in the first few floor rows! They do all walk around so their backs aren't to you the entire show, they all came within at least ten feet of us! Amazing show!

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