Near the end of Coldplay's show tonight at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Pelham, blizzards of paper butterflies came hurtling from the sides of the stage, reports al.com blogs. Soon enough, the lower part of the audience was engulfed in the pretty confetti, which provided a joyful, glow-in-the dark accompaniment to "Lovers in Japan."
I'm a sucker for any concert that uses well-designed visuals as an exciting adjunct to the music (Flaming Lips, anyone?) and Coldplay's 9:15 p.m. show gave me plenty to look at while I was listening. Examples: a dynamic light show, hallucinogenic lasers, jump-cut videos, giant yellow balloons, screens that resembled Japanese lanterns and the dramatic antics of frontman Chris Martin.
I'm still sorting through the imagery, as well as the set list, but the overall effect was positive and somehow life-affirming. That's no surprise, perhaps, on a tour called "Viva la Vida."
Some fan reviews:
I saw Coldplay in Las Vegas last July and also last night. They may be the best performers that I have ever seen. I truly was expecting to be let down at the Bham show b/c the Vegas show was so incredible, but to my suprise it was almost as good. I may just have to make the drive to Atlanta. [beliscd]
I have been a fan for years, but last night was my first time to see them live. Fantastic Show !! Fun, uplifting, no preaching. Chris Martin is a freakin hoot. I just love that during a solo he stopped, said oh, I "messed up" and then finished the song. Viva La Vida !!! [murnerone]
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