Coldplay's Viva La Vida tour continued through into Germany last night as they played at the newly named Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. The official Coldplay site provided fans with pictures and live blog updates before and during the concert - you can relive the blog discussion in its entirity at the Coldplay forum here (warning: 160+ pages!!). One change to the previous setlist - Til Kingdom Come (with Chris on vocals) replaced Green Eyes. Shortly before the show the Roadies removed the curtain which fell down onto the band in Hannover while they started to play Violet Hill on Tuesday. Meanwhile Chris Martin 'swapped' his shirt for 'some chocolate' from a lucky Coldplayer... see the evidence after the jump. [thanks Larry & aniskywalker]
[discussion] [photos] [videos] [wiki reviews/setlist] (updated over the next 24-48 hours)
Life In Technicolor
In My Place
Glass Of Water
Cemeteries Of London
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (techno version)
Talk (techno version)
The Hardest Part (Chris piano)
Postcards From Far Away (piano instrumental)
Viva La Vida
Til Kingdom Come (Acoustic, sung by Chris)
Death Will Never Conquer (Acoustic, sung by Will)
Viva La Vida (remix interlude)
Lovers In Japan
Death And All His Friends
Life in Technicolor ii
The Escapist (outro)
Picture by Gitta Rensolo
I just came back home. One word: Amazing. That's all I can say by now. The band was brilliant and so was the crowd. Can't say too much right now, because I'm exhausted and I've got to realise what happened. The setlist was as asual, with one exception: Til Kingdom Come (with Chris on vocals) replaced Green Eyes.
I'm happy and tired , so good night everybody. [thanks BlueberrySwing]
I´m also back at home already over an hour and I´m so tired but sad, because that was my last gig .. for now. My last gig with Coldplay. When I arrive at the stadion, it was great. An nice view to the arena and above the street stands "COLDPLAY ->" or so on. Nice. But the parking-logic for cars is VERY VERY BULLSHIT! But, shit happens Lets go on. On the way to our sits on the "Sparkassen Tribüne" we saw drink-stands where you can get drinks in special COLDPLAY-glasses (Glass of Water ). They´re awesome! But expensive. I have 2 right here at home. Then, we open the door to go outsite to the sits and open it... and are shocked! So amazing fucking big! Colourfull sits and so amazing. And then we saw the stage - amazing big as well. All amazing big but the people on the stage looked so small. Then, Howing Bells started their show. First, I saw the girl who's singing. She's cute And have a very nice voice. I am a drummer. Play myself at home and was happy aout the last 4 songs because they was more heavy to drum. Coldplay starts and I don´t know what to say. I was at the sky.. in dreams..in love... all together! It was awesome deluxe! The sound, the stage, the light-show, the fireworks, the crowd! My favorite: Life in Technicolor (start), Lost, Lovers in Japan, In my place, Life in Technicolor ii. [thanks Yellow la Guy]
This was such a fucking amazing day for me!!! The concert was great, I was front row, I met another nice Coldplayers and the best for me - I have Chris shirt!!! OMG, I have his shirt! Phil came to me during the show and gave me the shirt. He said, "It's from Chris for you". At the moment I'm the happiest woman in the world.
And I swear, this shirt you'll never found at ebay. Now I wait for my train and tomorrow ............. Coldplay in Munich [thanks aniskywalker]
what can I say? the guys and esp. Chris were in such a great mood. That*s what I loved most. Oh and the normal version of The Scientist. The crowd was amazing and Chris' german was amazing as well(esp. when he said we should a "Lola Welle"...) Maybe I will write a review but I am not sure yet.... Ooooooooooooooooooh...how could I forget: I made it to front row (in front of the left side of the stage...so the main stage was some meters away, but that was ok..I could see everything anyways....without any heads in front of me...)...I have waited for this for 4 years now and finally I made it... I didn't have a camera with me, only my mobile phone. So I took some crappy videos...one of Viva La Vida where Chris is dancing in front of us at the end...I think I will upload this one...
and maybe I will also upload some of my bad pics..... it is so strange....I am not excited anymore and I do not really feel like listening to Coldplay for the next few days... but it was a great show and The Scientist and LIT2 actually made me almost cry. the support acts were really good. Kilians are a really nice and likeable band and I really really enjoyed Howling Bells...good choice. I think the setlist was the same as in the last shows, but they played Til Kingdom come instead of Green Eyes... [thanks Gitta Rensolo]
AWESOME! But it's kind of sad that they left out the song I've been looking forward to the most. I already heard them play Til Kongdom Come, but no Green Eyes. Anyways it was just ...wow. And I still hope for Wembley to hear Green Eyes and Trouble. Also great was that I already knew some people from other concerts and got to meet some new ones. Hello to everybody I met. [thanks r25d01]
I'm back from Düsseldorf! I'm too exhausted to write a review right now, but the journey to Düsseldorf and back took ages. Lots of road works here and there thanks to the economic stimulus package. All I can say is that I managed to get front row thanks to the other coldplayers I met and a good shape haha. I had a very nice time and one of us got a lot of presents from the roadies afterwards. Chris mentioned at the end of the concert that everyone backstage said it was one of the best gigs they've ever done. It definitely was! Haha, Chris spoke a lot more German in Düsseldorf than he did in Hannover. He often said "Hallo, wie geht's meine Freunde" (Hello, how's it going my friends) and he talked a lot in German when he tried to do the Mexican mobile phone wave. Sadly he didn't tell the audience from where the wave should have started. So everyone was a bit confused lol. But I really liked listening to his German, although he did some mistakes. But it's a difficult language. Oh btw, shortly before the show, they removed the curtain which fell down onto the band in Hannover while they started to play Violet Hill on Tuesday. I guess they were afraid lol. More to follow... good night! [thanks Larry]
OMG So guys I'm sorry that I didn't write anything yesterday, but I was just too tired. I arrived at 1 am at home and then I was so exhausted that I just fell onto my bed. OK! IT WAS FUCKING INCREDIBLE!!! Even if I think that the whole adience were not as good as in Cologne last year. I stood at the front with Mark, Phil, Nicole, katjaand a lot more. Because of that this the atmosphere was actually ok around me. Next to Thalia and me stood an older woman with whom we talked and who also had a lot of fun. She was excited like we were and she also sang along with almost every song. The first thing was that when we started to go to Düsseldorf we lost our way on the highway and suddenly we were through Düsseldorf, but fortuneately we found the right way back an arrived at about 2.45 pm. Then we went to the entrance and there were already a lot of people. Not very much, but we couldn't really go to the front, but Nicole was there and she told us that the others were at the North-West entrance, so we went there and found them. I guess at this entrance there were only about 15 people at this time and we stood in the front of the gates. When the security people came I really got excited. I think we all did AND I when they let us in I could see that Mark really does marathon because he is really fast. Thalia and I tried to keep up with them but we just couldn't...
At the end we found them again in front of the stage. Two yellow wembley t-shirts which means that there were Mark and Phil. A good thing is that we didn't get bracelets to get into the golden circle. We just had to get some if we wanted to get out of it to buy something to drink or anything. (they were orange). So and then started the long time of waiting for the kilians and the howling bells. A lot people sat down, but because we could talk a lot the time passed by quite fast. My personal opinion is that the kilians were quite ok. There music was nice, but I didn't really like the howling bells. I don't know. But it was quite sad that not many people applauded. I guess it was also because the arena wasn't full at the time. Most people with seat tickets just arrived shortly before Coldplay started. Oh and when the Howling bells finished playing, Thalia and I were looking for the roadies and after some time. Phil also came with a camera on the stage. We called him all together and he saw us and grinned...
Oh and by the way while we were waiting the whole time for the bands they played good music in the background. Ulrich Schnauss, John Hopkins, Sigur Ros... It was great and of course it was amazing when Coldplay came on stage. It was already dark at that time. Before the concert I was a bit worried that it could still be bright because of the open air. So, what else can I say. It was great and funny when Chris said "oh jesus" because the mobile wave didn't work. All the Germans were confused where to start so it ended up a lot were just holding there mobiles up in the air. Unfortunately I couldn't see Coldplay when they played gpasuyf, dwnc and so on because I'm too small. All in all it was fantastic but ended too fast. Oh and by the way while we were waiting the whole time for the bands they played good music in the background. Ulrich Schnauss, John Hopkins, Sigur Ros...
It was great and of course it was amazing when Coldplay came on stage. It was already dark at that time. Before the concert I was a bit worried that it could still be bright because of the open air. So, what else can I say. It was great and funny when Chris said "oh jesus" because the mobile wave didn't work. All the Germans were confused where to start so it ended up a lot were just holding there mobiles up in the air. Unfortunately I couldn't see Coldplay when they played gpasuyf, dwnc and so on because I'm too small. All in all it was fantastic but ended too fast. [thanks Dark_Sofie]
Best Coldplay concert I've been to so far, for a number of reasons. Great to be able to "stand" again after the huge disappointment of the all-seater 02 concerts in December. I had already arranged to meet Phil (r25d01) and as I had been to the venue before (for The Police last year) I already knew where I could park "for free" about a ten-minute walk away. The weather was fantastic (sunny with a mainly blue sky), but not too hot, so ideal for queuing. When we arrived there were only a handful of people there in either queue, and we had more than enough snacks with us to keep us going. It was hours before anyone else showed up at our entrance, and the queue didn't really start to form until about an hour before the gig, which I was pretty surprised about. We all know that's not going to happen at Wembley...
The queuing organisation was a shambles, however, as just minutes before we were allowed in the security decided to close off three of the lanes (including ours), so all of us at the front of these lanes then had to squeeze into the front of the adjoining lanes (assisted by the goodwill of the people in those lanes). Then when the gates finally opened, we found some of the security (including our guy) to be especially difficult, which cost us precious seconds. And as if that wasn't enough of a pain, after enduring the long sprint to get inside, it was clear that the other entrance had been opened at least a minute or two before ours, putting us at a great disadvantage. Nearly all the front places had already been taken, and there were even people who were already sitting down, indicating they had already been there a minute or so at least. However, despite all these issues, we still managed to secure a front place between us, directly in front of Jonny, so there was ultimately no harm done...
The fantastic thing was that several of us Coldplayers (including Twisted Mind, Dark_Sofie, Echolot and AniSkywalker) all ended up together, which helped create a fantastic atmosphere, something which was sadly impossible at the 02.
The difference was that although there were still some motionless "zombies" near us, we were able to compensate for them with our collective energy. This definitely bodes well for Wembley. The Esprit Arena is an impressive venue, and the fact the roof was open (it was closed for The Police concert) and you could see the stars, added an extra dimension. As for the concert itself, I thought the Kilians were pretty good, but the Howling Bells a bit "depressing". I felt it would have been better for the Kilians to have been on second, as their sound was far more "upbeat"...
Still far better than what we had in either Cologne or at the 02 though. Pity there were no real surprises in the Coldplay setlist, but nevertheless the boys were on cracking form and I had a fantastic time, helped in no small way by our Coldplaying "collective". It seems that Chris really meant it when he said the crowd was "one of the best ever". Yellow balls and butterflies excellent again. "Lovers In Japan" superb as always. "The Scientist" and "Politik" also stood out for me. As always the time flew by and it was all over way too fast. Managed to get my CD afterwards, although it was necessary to get in a "scrum" to do so! Phil was interviewed by EinsLive as he came out, so if anyone comes across a link to that, they should post it!! I felt really tired afterwards as it had been a long day (though not as long as it had been for some others ), but thankfully I didn't have to endure the car park chaos and was able to make a quick getaway. Now all I can say is - roll on Wembley! More of the same, please!! [thanks mc_squared]
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