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[9-Sep-2012] Coldplay @ Paralympics Closing Ceremony, London, UK (please post your reviews for Wiki,

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I really enjoyed the closing ceremony. Thank you very much to my fellow Coldplayers for keeping me awake. I am very glad to have shared such a wonderful time even though we are all over the world. I hope we will get together some time in the near future soon.

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Since I'm in the US, I could only watch the live stream--did Brits get to watch on TV? There was nothing at all about the entire Paralympics in the US, it's kind of shameful.


Our boys were brilliant. It was the kind of venue and production they deserve, and they put on the show that the athletes deserve. I thought I was going to cry at UATW. I'm really glad I got to see it.

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What a great show! They sounded perfect, and the visuals were awesome as well!:) They all looked so happy to be there to. What an honor that must be (especially if you saw till the very end they were doing the Viva chant in the stadium!:D


Absolutely fantastic!:D

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Here's my review:


First of all, what a privilege it was to have been inside the stadium tonight. It was fantastic to have seen Coldplay perform what has to have been the most important gig of their lives.


And what a setlist too! After seeing the leaks online I knew they'd be taking a centre stage, but I don't think anyone expected a full 16 songs! Not only that, but it was great to see a few of the lesser known songs played, especially the comeback for 42.


Being in the top tier it wasn't easy to get a close-up view of the band, but tonight was more about taking in the whole spectacle, the stadium filled with lights, wonderful imagery and of course, the music of Coldplay throughout.


Unfortunately the Xylobands were limited to just the athletes on the field, although of course the pixel squares behind every seat provided more than enough colour. That being said, it was a shame that the announcer told everyone to remain seated during the ceremony; I had to curtail my instincts to jump up at every Coldplay song!


The crowd were of course not a Coldplay crowd and so some songs were met with more excitement than others. Interestingly, Clocks got one of the loudest cheers of the night; suggesting it's still one of Coldplay's most recognisable songs despite the success of Paradise and Viva La Vida. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall was the only song for which the whole crowd were standing, and despite not being my favourite Coldplay track, it worked perfectly as a closing song.


Thankfully I think the Rihanna and Jay-Z collaborations worked really well. I especially liked the version of Paradise with Jay-Z. Hopefully we might hear more it?


On a final note, a man I started talking to on the way home mentioned he had seen Coldplay before at Wembley and then talked about the LeftRightLeftRight album. I said I had been at the Wembley gig too but hadn't managed to grab a copy of the free CD. He then said he had a few spare copies, and would be happy to give me one! It turned out he works literally a minute away from my house, and so he gave me his business card so I could visit him to collect the CD!


All in all it was incredible ceremony. A proud night to be British, a proud night to be a Coldplayer.

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Adam White ‏@AdamWhite144


@coldplay That was immense!!! Especially my all time favourite song...Yellow... #Paralympics http://pic.twitter.com/099bwl1q




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I liked a @YouTube video http://youtu.be/iUrSjeJoYr4?a Coldplay - Charlie Brown (Live from Paralympics closing ceremon

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(I haven't checked these out yet.)


janebuckeye ‏@janebuckeye


@pipsytip A link to Paralympics closing ceremony pictures. There might be some Coldplay pics in there. ;) http://www.buzzfeed.com/steampunk/the-epic-paralympics-games-steampunk-closing-cerem-3n9d


EDIT: There are a couple of nice Chris/RiRi pics in there. And lots of the acrobats etc.:)

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Paralympics 2012 closing ceremony – music review Olympic Stadium, London


Paralympics 2012 closing ceremony – music review


Olympic Stadium, London




Alexis Petridis

The Guardian, Monday 10 September 201




It was hard not to approach the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games with some trepidation.


The equivalent event at the Olympics had felt slightly underwhelming, perhaps because no spectacle could possibly live up to the athletic spectacles that had preceded it, partly because the air of mystery surrounding what was going to take place led people to expect a surprise that never actually came: if you'd listened to the wild talk of appearances by David Bowie and Kate Bush and holograms of Freddie Mercury, it was hard not to be even more disappointed when it became apparent what you were actually going to get was Jessie J.


The latter issue was circumvented here by announcing who was going to be performing in advance. Nevertheless, you didn't have to be one of those people who thinks Coldplay are the cloven-hoofed musical emissaries of satan himself to have been slightly concerned about how appropriate a booking they were.


On one hand, they are one of the biggest bands in the world – a suitably global success for a global event – they stir vast stadiums full of people for a living, and it is a churlish character that claims they are anything other than very good at it. On the other, the key piece of music at the Paralympic opening ceremony – the track that seemed to hit on something vital about the Games to come – was Orbital and the Graeae Theatre Company's retooling of Ian Dury's Spasticus Autisticus, a song that is brutal, startling, furious and many other things that Coldplay's music are not. Thanks to their ubiquity on TV soundtracks – tinkling away as someone departs The X Factor or the DIY SOS tells their tragic back story – a lot of their songs have become musical shorthand for "oh, isn't it a pity", designed to elicit sympathy for whoever is on screen. The Paralympics have incited a vast array of emotions in viewers, but pity isn't among them, as anyone who caught a glimpse of the frankly terrifying wheelchair rugby will attest.


As it turned out, their set got better the more upbeat it became: the triumphant arena-filling guitar riff of Charlie Brown seemed to fit the event more than the more ponderous ballads, while it would take an effort almost as superhuman as the athletes had put in over recent days not to be moved by their collaboration with the Paraorchestra on Strawberry Swing, -– one of their loveliest songs, its melody boasting a subtlety that the bands' detractors would have you believe they don't possess – or the crowd singing along with Viva La Vida while fireworks exploded and confetti fluttered from above.


The staging meanwhile, felt noticeably darker, less cosy and self-congratulatory than the Olympic closing ceremony. There was a lot of stuff with fire and steampunk costumes, rusty vehicles cannibalised from old cars and farm machinery and people pretending to be crows on stilts.


A seasoned festival-goer might note that it all had a whiff of the kind of thing you see at 3am in the outlying fields at Glastonbury: a definite improvement on the Olympic closing ceremony, which carried a whiff of a bad night at the Brits.


In the event that you felt bored by Coldplay, there was always something to distract your attention: ice skating, high-wire artists dangling from motorbikes, aerialists twirling from bunches of oversized light bulbs that sprayed out fire, people running out of the mouth of a giant fish carrying huge cardboard cutouts of insects on sticks. There was interpretative dance, which was nowhere near as disheartening as interpretative dance to Coldplay looks on paper.


The same was true of Rihanna's solo appearance. We Found Love is a decent pop song that's become rather a victim of its own success: one way of giving it some added interest in the teeth of its ubiquity is to have her perform it while flying around the stadium on what looked like a vast garden swing.


The other special guest was Jay-Z. With Rihanna and Coldplay, he played Run This Town. Not the most obvious choice, but recontextualized by its surroundings it felt weirdly appropriate: as anyone who visited London during the Games and noted an almost tangible sense of excitement in the air knows, that's precisely what the Paralympics appeared to do.


Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/sep/10/paralympics-closing-ceremony-coldplay-review?CMP=twt_gu

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