Pity poor Coldplay! Not a single Brit award, despite all those nominations, writes the Telegraph today. Still, to distract themselves from their catalogue of failure, they headlined this late-night gig which simultaneously marked the 15th anniversary of the War Child charity while boosting brand awareness for the newly-named O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, now part of the O2/Live Nation juggernaut.
They took the stage after a rousing introduction from Al "Pub Landlord" Murray, who declared them "probably the greatest band in the world since Queen". But Chris Martin seemed not entirely chuffed with his band's timetable of disaster at Earls Court ("We lost all the Brits and it's been a s--- day, frankly," he grunted at one point), which may have accounted for the distracted air of his performance. He skidded across the stage on one leg, whirled on the spot and bent over backwards as if afflicted with St Vitus' Dance, while nervously jabbering a mixture of nonsense and expletives into the microphone.
However, in between, the band managed to gather their senses sufficiently to whip through a compressed set of Coldplavian highlights. They pulled off the ballad-to-hard-rock switch in 42 with aplomb, waxed soulful in Yellow and In My Place, and wheeled out a timpani and a large bell for drummer Will Champion to wallop in Viva La Vida. But they had the most fun singing along with Gary Barlow on Take That's poptabulous Back for Good, which went over big with a small-hours audience by now beginning to resemble a well-refreshed wedding party.
The show had started with an opening set from fellow Brits under-achievers the Killers. With their mix of disco, glam and Eighties rock, they're like a freak amalgam of the Cars and the Scissor Sisters, not least when Brandon Flowers is prancing about wearing feathery epaulettes, but they know how to bash out a chorus.
They did this to gale-force effect in Somebody Told Me, the evergreen Mr Brightside and Read My Mind, though Are We Human will always be nonsense however much they wind up its palpitating amyl-nitrate beat ("Are we human or are we dancer"? Pull yourself together, man).
For the grand finale, the entire cast joined forces for the Killers' All These Things That I've Done, which afforded the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle of Flowers, Gary Barlow, Chris Martin and a suddenly-materialising Bono lined up across the stage bawling "I got soul but I'm not a soldier." It sounded awful, but it was a camera-phone moment to die for.
Source: The Daily Telegraph
You can see the full War Child photo album at the Coldplaying Gallery here [more to be added over the next 24 hours)