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British supergroup Coldplay paid tribute to the Socceroos when they opened their Australian tour in Brisbane on Friday night.
Frontman Chris Martin made reference to Australia's qualification to the second round of the World Cup following the 2-2 draw with Croatia. Martin changed the lyrics in the song Politik with a verse saying, "Give Harry Kewell Australia's second goal".
In front of 12,000 fans, at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre complete with a mosh pit, the band started their performance with Square One, the opening track of their latest album X&Y, which was the world's best-selling album last year.Fans were treated to songs from the band's three albums, including their first international hit "Yellow".
Aiming to rival Irish rockers U2 as the world's top band, Coldplay are making their first major concert tour of Australia since initially coming Down Under for Big Day Out in 2001.
They were last in Australia three years ago for the Splendour in the Grass festival at Byron Bay.
This time they are packing out concert venues and their act features a spectacular light show, panoramic video screens and computer graphic projection.
Coldplay's set featured major hits Clocks and In My Place and the three song encore closed with Fix You - the band's favourite track from their current album.
Coldplay, who are supported by Sydney band Youth Group - enjoying success with their cover of Forever Young - play a second show in Brisbane on Saturday night before performing three times at the Sydney Entertainment Centre next week.
The band also plays the first of three shows at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena next Saturday before travelling to Adelaide and Perth the following week.
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