PHILADELPHIA - Fans sat elbow to elbow in the packed Wachovia Center on April 4 waiting eagerly for Coldplay to take the stage. A mixed crowd-teenagers and adults alike-came to wish the band a memorable farewell on the last stop of their 2006 U.S. tour.
Sweaty palmed and ready to stand and cheer, I anxiously awaited the British quartet. The lights were dimmed for close to ten minutes while stage workers set and checked every guitar, microphone and especially lead vocalist Chris Martin's piano.
As the stage lights sparked on, drummer Will Champion, bassist Guy Berryman and lead guitarist Johnny Buckland entered from upstage. Seconds later, Martin, as if propelled from a canon, leaped from the cover of backstage and landed in the center of a single spotlight.
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