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    Hong Kong Review: Coldplay is hot and absolutely cool

    magicball4.jpgIf there were any lingering doubts in the backs of the minds of Coldplay fans that the band is the coolest on the planet, the Grammy Award-winning rock band consigned them to oblivion with its Viva La Vida concert on Wednesday, reports Hong Kong's The Standard.


    Chris Martin was the consummate entertainer throughout, using his ultimate insider's knowledge to rib bass player Guy Berryman, guitarist Jonny Buckland and drummer Will Champion between numbers and create an intimate atmosphere.


    But when it came time to pump up the volume, the band did it at full strength, complete with Martin's signature voice and dances, flickering strobe beams and six video orbs for dramatic effect to fuel the high-octane event.

    It was intense. The audience went crazy at the first notes of Yellow, the song that thrust the band into massive popularity nine years ago. It was accompanied by an array of giant yellow balls filled with confetti bouncing from the stage. From then on, the band bombarded the fans with hits like Clocks, In My Place and Strawberry Swing, before leading them to sing along for Fix You.


    Martin went unplugged for a piano solo in The Hardest Part. That just made the adrenaline rush even stronger for the climax: Viva La Vida. The crowd sang so loudly it almost drowned out the band. Just when you thought the show couldn't get any better, the four strolled to the back of the AsiaWorld-Arena hall, where Martin led the crowd in a Mexican wave of illuminated phones to The Monkees' I'm A Believer.


    The thrill didn't end there. Thousands of butterfly confetti fell from the ceiling for Lovers In Japan at the end. As the fans tried hard to catch one, the band hid coyly under Japanese parasols.


    By then, the show had already gone on for 1 hours. The fans still hadn't gotten enough. They cheered on the band for a three-song encore that included The Scientist.


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