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    Coldplay Live Reviews and Setlist - Estadi Olimpic, Barcelona, Spain (4th September 2009)

    Coldplay's Viva La Vida stadium tour arrived in Spain as they played at the Estadi Olimpic in Barcelona. No major changes to the usual setlist, except for the addition of a 'rhyming song to the acoustic set which acted as an intro to Death Will Never Conquer. There were media interviews with fans in the queues as well as a Spanish review - you can watch the video here at the Lavanguardia.es website. Several twitters and Spanish media articles complained of bad sound problems, although our Coldplayers returning home said they were nothing more than a few one second electrical cuts in Life In Technicolor and Violet Hill. If there was going to be a DVD of this show, there won't be now.


    [discussion] [photos] [videos] [wiki reviews/setlist] (updated over the next 24-48 hours)




    Life In Technicolor

    Violet Hill


    In My Place


    Glass Of Water

    Cemeteries Of London


    Fix You

    Strawberry Swing

    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


    Green Eyes (acoustic)

    Rhyming Song (intro to DWNC) new81.gif

    Death Will Never Conquer (Acoustic, sung by Will)

    Billie Jean

    Viva La Vida (remix interlude)



    Lovers In Japan

    Death And All His Friends


    The Scientist

    Life in Technicolor ii

    The Escapist (outro)


    Foto: elpais.com


    I've just arrived home from the concert. First of all, the sound problems: at Life in Technicolor and Violet Hill there were some problems with the speakers (like little electricity cuts of 1 second), but after that they didn't appear again, maybe later in Strawberry Swing, I don't remember very well. In my place (not the song, more or less 50 meters away the stage) the rest of the concert the sound was OK (at least all you can expect in a big stadium). But it seems that in other parts of the stadium the sound was worse, a lot of people complained about that. Before the encore Chris apologised about that. The setlist, the same as previous days. Only after Green Eyes, on stage C, they played a song I can't identify. It seemed a traditional song, but I don't know... Maybe someone upload it to youtube and you could find out. For me the sound was correct almost all the time, but it's true that in other parts of the stadium it wasn't, I heard people saying that when we were leaving it. The setlist would be a loong discussion. 24 songs may sound fine but you shouldn't count as "normal" songs: God put a smile, Talk, that weird one, The escapist... And another ones are pretty short: Postcards, Death will never conquer ... I think they already have enough material for a concert of 2:15 - 2:30. But don't misunderstand me! I'm pretty happy with the show tonight! Near us there was a big crane with a camera moving above us and filming the stage and the crowd. [thanks ellis]


    I'M BAAACK! awesome show, im fucking tired. sound problems, just little cuts in violet hill, that was all. crowd was IN-CRE-DI-BLE, everybody standing up from damn beggining to damn end (i was in the seating zone), they knew a lot of songs (only Glass of Water failed a little in crowd response) and singing along veeeeeery loud. the cellphone wave was really cool, and the amount of people there was just INSANE! the pit was crowded, i'd never seen something like that. oh well, good night. [thanks strawberryswinger]

    I willl look for the positives in my review..... Will has learnt spanish.... he speaks better spanish than chris I think I am sure he is like me, and has seen the perfect one but she does not speak english... only spanish.. The sound issues where I was seemed very apearant, nad highlighted they were playing a Cd in the background. 75 euros is a lot of money, and its bad that ,was the average price to go in.. why ?? they need to play more music from parachuets... there are some great songs for the fans on there, but something tells me, coldplay can not be botherd, as the other songs from the other albums are way to easy to play... [thanks bart]


    Hello, I was standing, near the left catwalk. They experienced strong problems at the beginning of the concert, that happened when strong light where used => sound problems (no sound and a CRSSSCRCRCR!! sound each time that big lights shined), imagine glass of water with that problem. Suddenly the music volume was lowered in a few songs (I suppose while they where searching where the problem came from), and for more or less two song it was hard to listen Chris, But then all began to go perfect. I enjoyed this concert a lot although I was very worry for them at the beginning. After this problems all began to sound great. Don't believe people saying that or this was a shit. I was in the middle of morons (some of that commentaries must come from there, sure ) That didn't move or sing. But I could hear and see the stadium singing loud, dancing and enjoying this concert. My husband and me didn't stop dancing and singing. Good night to everybody (please, forgive me for my bad english) [thanks mygdalom]


    I think that Coldplay has not lived up to the expectations. The concert was supposed to be about listening to music. It is alright with the balloons, paper butterflies, fireworks and "eccentricity". Billie Jean was shit.... the concert should have lasted longer than Coldplay actually were on stage - referring to the wave created by mobile phones (Mexican Wave) and other issues, 2 hours (it was rather 1 hour, 50 min) was not much. Take the money and run. [from Lavanguardia.es / nancyk58]


    More on this concert including reviews, videos, pictures and tweets here onwards.



    Picture by Francisco961 @ Flickr



    Picture by Francisco961 @ Flickr




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