Live 2012: Coldplayers’ reviews of the cinema screenings worldwide (part 3)

Coldplay’s Live 2012 concert film, which has now been released worldwide, documents the Mylo Xyloto world tour, which has been seen by more than three million people since it began in June 2011. The disc includes footage from Coldplay’s shows at Paris’s Stade de France, Montreal’s Bell Centre and the band’s Pyramid Stage headline performance at Glastonbury 2011.

Last month, Coldplayers around the world watched the Live 2012 cinema screening ahead of the physical release, and this article focuses on the many reviews coming in from fans who went to see the new Live 2012 concert film in theatres around the world. You can read lots more at the Coldplay Live 2012 movie premiere thread in the Coldplay forum now.

We had so many reviews, we decided to spread them about a bit over several articles – read on for our second selection of reviews and images from around the globe…

That was really really good. The filming was fantastic, as was the recording. Loved the effects too, especially the slow-mos of Chris jumping during IMP. Only criticism is that the film didn’t build up the momentum of the actual concert because it kept stopping for interviews (which got a bit silly by the end). Don’t get me wrong, they certainly added something, but there were too many of them and some were a bit long. Thought the length was perfect, and on reflection, it was probably wise to leave out a few songs with the interviews included. One more thing… stay till after the credits have finished!!!! [thanks AlfredB]


An amazing spectacle which Coldplay and their team have put together for us adoring Coldplay fans, something that we should all appreciate. In regards to the film itself, I thought it was edited superbly. The slow motions of Chris jumping in In My Place were brilliant, the cut from Madrid to Paris in Major Minus, the graffiti before Paradise, the camera Chris held whilst running to the C Stage, the cuts towards the end of ETIAW! Everything was great; these are just a few effects I remember.

I was mystified as to why they put Up In Flames in black & white, and Us Against The World too! Also, why did they put UATW in a square box and make that black & white too? I probably would rather have seen both of these in their natural beauty as I did with the rest of them, but never mind. I was disappointed that they left songs such as Lovers In Japan, Speed Of Sound, Warning Sign The Scientist and Don’t Let It Break Your Heart out, although I was aware of this before I went to see the film, and I’m also aware that the latter two are to be on the DVD as an extra. Showing the Glastonbury performance of Viva La Vida left me somewhat perplexed, because I thought it would have been great to see one of their most successful songs performed inside the Stade De France like most of the other songs.

I found it hilariously funny when Chris hopped onto the golf buggie and decided to take matters into his own hands and drive the thing himself ! What a legend! Sticking his tongue out whilst he turns the corner! He looked like he was enjoying himself there! Haha. The bit at the end when they are in the car and Will says: “Thank you for watching the film” in a pretty humorous way. Oh, and for those of you who left before the END of the credits, you missed out on something very special. Chris said something along the lines of: “Here I am sat eating Cadbury’s chocolate buttons, and I’ll be looking back at this in the year of 2032 and wondering if we could inject these through our nose to digest them.” Hahaha What the hell? Absolutely priceless! Brilliant!

In terms of the atmosphere inside the cinema, it was pretty quiet actually. But for Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall everyone started clapping and singing. I sung throughout the whole thing, but I did have to hold myself back a bit and not sing as loud as I could and wanted to because I didn’t want to spoil it for others. I suppose this took the gloss off it very slightly. I did, however, do the ‘woooooahhhhhhh’ anthem for Viva La Vida very loud when Will did it at the end! Hahahaha. But nontheless, I still managed to sing at a respectable volume, but didn’t manage to get out of my seat and jump around everywhere as I had wished, but I can save that for home when the DVD comes out on Monday!

The interviews were very heartfelt. I could totally sympathise with Will when he was commenting on how hard it is sometimes being away from home at the other end of the world away from your families. Especially when his daughter was in hospital ill and he as way over in Los Angeles! I felt a great deal of sympathy for him. The interviews do give us a great insight, including how Chris tells us he can look fans in the eye, how Guy enjoys playing Charlie Brown most, and how Jonny knows there’s still a long way for the band to go, although I suppose all four members were trying to get this across really. I thought they did well to credit those people behind the scenes such as Phil Harvey and all of the crew. They showcased what hard work they put in and gave them the recognition they deserved! [thanks ColdplaySheffield]

Coldplay Live 2012 captures perfectly the experience and emotion of going to see their concerts. Whether your with 80,000 people in the Emirates, or with 80 people in the cinema, their MyloTour is jaw dropping. When your all there in that one place for the same reason united by a love of all their songs, everything the band stand for etc, its just BRILLIANT! From the enchanting (almost magical) buildup of MX and Hurts like heaven through to some old classics, Mylo Xyloto never sounded better. Almost had an eargasm from the cinemas sound system on songs like GPASUYF and Paradise. Loved the shots of the crowd wearing their Xylobands, the emotion on peoples faces incredible. The interviews were brilliant, hearing Chris talk about the band and how he feels during a gig was heartwarming, seeing the confusion caused when Coldplay dissapear from the main stage and run aroundf the entire stadium to appear right at the back amongst the crowd was just as remembered. Fucking amazing. It was a little subdued however, I got the feeling everyone in the cinema wanted to get up, and sing and dance, i could see people waving their arms, and tapping their hands and feet, the seating made it a little awkward, created conflict between what would normally be a quiet sat down respectfull experience with everyone wanting to stand up and dance I guess…. anyway…. [thanks Jack1505]

So I saw it at the Movie Tavern which allows you to order meals and adult beverages There were some old couples in front of us knocking them back and lets just say I felt like I was back in the Toyota Center with the old drunk people! This lady handed out glow sticks to all 12 of us in the theater and then she danced and waved her hands around during viva la vida, it was quite amusing! I was really annoyed at the theater with their poor poor sound quality, all through out the movie their speakers were fuzzy and had that annoying crackling sound.

Oh the movie. Sigh. I really enjoyed the camera work, well done on that front, but the best parts were when they had the voice overs of the guys and the behind the scenes clips, those were the special moments. My heart melted when Will was talking about being in Las Vegas and getting a call that one of his kids was in hospital. You felt their joys and their triumphs and then you felt their lows and sorrows. I really enjoyed it and yes the end car scene just made me smile! Great film! Can’t wait to get my DVD in the mail! It will probably arrive before my calendar does.. [thanks kjones31]

Just came back from the movie premier! I really liked the film and the xylobands are so pretty. My brother said “They must have spend so much money on making those and then for people to take them home.” I said “They bought the firm that makes them but yeah” The only thing that I did not like about the film was that it focused so much on Paris. I wanted to see maybe more Madrid and other places. I want to go see them again but luckly, I’ll be able to do that once I get my dvd! [thanks LiquidSky]

The film is so amazing! Really! I got really teary-eyed and goosebumps during MX (if I hadn’t gone with my mum I think I would have cried! ) Loved the film parts between the songs, but a little more of Phil wouldn’t hurt! The backstage images were very good also (not extremely private, but a little more than just the backstage room) and I loved hearing them tell what they feel and think. Audience wise: it was pretty calm, I could see some people really wanted to get up and dance; but it was mostly only quiet singing and occasionally clapping from some persons. Plus the quiet giggles whenever the elephant costume came up and the “omg! askjdsj” noises from girls whenever Guy came on
And the random message after the credits. I loved it! I can’t wait to see it again! [thanks Arantza]

My first impression was WOW, in my lifetime I want to go to a concert like the one at Paris, and stand at the stage when I’m at it. The scale, the enthusiasm, the pretty girls , everything looked just so grand and amazing…and you guys were LOUD as well! My teeny tiny Seattle concert just pales in comparison. Like everyone else said, I am very pleased with the production values, the editing and the directing of this film – everything was very slick and felt right. The documentary clearly showed everyone’s roles within the band…especially highlighting Chris the enthusiastic clown and Will the, well, champion! I loved how Jonny’s eyes just lit up at so many points and Guy just looked around in awe of the audience. It was amazing living a concert through their eyes, and I truly appreciate the effort all of them, including Phil and the roadies put into making the concert such a memorable experience for us. I loved all the shots of the audience, real people like us, having the time of their life. Plus, Chris describing eyesex…wowza. The only misstep is the omission of the songs we all know about, and hopefully those are DVD extras. I also understand why they went with the venues that they did, I guess, but it would have been nice to acknowledge the other places they went to on the tour as well. And yes, my stupid cinema did cut out the last part after the credits. They didn’t even let the credits roll all the way. I can’t wait to analyze everything on the DVD! I have officially spent a lot of money on Coldplay this year. [thanks wabbit]

More Coldplayer reviews of Live 2012 to follow in part 4…

Images from around the world during the cinema screenings of Live 2012 on 13th November 2012:

Don’t forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting Coldplay tickets or just getting excited for the European & North American 2012 shows and other forthcoming appearances:

FEBRUARY 2012
8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia (iHeartRadio) [discussion]
9 Los Angeles, CA @ Jimmy Kimmel Live [discussion]
10 Los Angeles, CA @ GRAMMY Week MusiCares Person of the Year tribute [discussion]
12 Los Angeles, CA @ 54th Grammy Awards, Staples Center [discussion]
16 Sydney, Australia @ 2DayFM, Mobile Live Set (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]
17 Sydney, Australia @ Sunrise (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]
21 London @ Brit Awards 2012, O2 Arena [discussion]

MARCH 2012
2 New York, NY @ Good Morning America [discussion]
4 New York, NY @ The Secret Policeman’s Ball, Radio City Music Hall (Amnesty International) [discussion]

APRIL 2012
17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]
18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]
20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]
21 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]
24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]
25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]
27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]
28 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

MAY 2012
1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
3 Los Angeles, CA @ American Idol show [discussion]
4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
5 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ’s Weenie Roast y Fiesta [discussion]
18 Porto, Portugal @ Dragao Stadium [discussion]
20 Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Vicente Calderón [discussion]
22 Nice, France @ Stade Charles Herman / Nikaia [discussion]
24 Turin, Italy @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]
26 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund [discussion]
29 Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium [discussion]

JUNE 2012
1 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
2 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
4 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]
9 London, UK @ Wembley Stadium (Capital FM’s Summertime Ball 2012) [discussion]
9 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
10 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]
23 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]
25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]
26 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]
28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]
29 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena [discussion]

JULY 2012
2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]
3 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena [discussion]
5 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]
6 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]
8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]
9 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]
23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]
24 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]
26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]
27 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]
29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]
30 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

AUGUST 2012
1 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills [discussion]
3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]
4 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]
7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]
8 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]
10 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]
11 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]
28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium [discussion]
30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]

SEPTEMBER 2012
2 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]
4 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]
6 The Hague, Netherlands @ Malieveld [discussion]
7 Los Angeles, US @ Shrine Auditorium (Stand Up To Cancer) [discussion]
9 London, UK @ Paralympics Closing Ceremony [discussion]
12 Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion [discussion]
14 Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Stadium [discussion]
16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Eden Stadium [discussion]
19 Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium [discussion]
22 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Arena [discussion]

NOVEMBER 2012
10 Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt Smart Stadium [discussion]
12 Sydney, Australia @ MAX TV intimate show [discussion] [NEW!]
13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]
17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]
18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]
21 Brisbane, Australia @ Suncorp Stadium [discussion]

DECEMBER 2012:
29 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena [discussion] [NEW!]
30 New York, NY @ Barclays Center [discussion] [NEW!]
31 New York, NY @ Barclays Center (with Jay-Z) [discussion] [NEW!]

Read also: European Stadium Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the Europe tour)
Read also: North America Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the US/Canada tour)
Read also: 2012: Live Appearances – Easy Thread Finder (last updated – 12th January 2012)
Read also: 2012 tour date rumours (please post dates for ALL countries in here)

Kit yourself up for the forthcoming MX tour and get spotted with Coldplaying’s new range of merchandise! [click on the items for the full shop]

The new range of Coldplaying merchanise (unofficial of course to the official shop) has hit our stores, with our biggest range of goods so far. Prices are as low as they can be for a Cafepress shop so more people will be able to afford them. We don’t take any profits for the sale of the merchandise as a result. Take a browse in one of the online stores nearest to you: UK | US | Canada | Australia | European (shipping is worldwide, but you can choose what currency to pay in) – simply alter the country dropdown menu at the top of the shop page. [thanks to TracieMorgan and zzz]