Coldplay's Viva La Vida tour arrived in Italy as they played at the Stadio Friuli in Udine. No major changes to the usual setlist - thanks to Coldplayzone for blogging the set in real time. Miller was seen filming the aforementioned balloons and crowns choreography, and the final verse of Violet Hill was dedicated to the Italian people. During the acoustic stage Chris Martin commented how much Italians like making love!
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
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 iriden
well.. the stadium was full of people and you could see italian and not fans waiting for them with a lot of balloons! Chris was sooo cute when he tried to speak in italian. i think when they played Viva La Vida every single person in that stadium was singing and dancing with Chris! such a beautiful moment! im sorry for the random comments but im still a bit shocked!! oh, and last thing.. i saw Guy, Will (twice) and Phil going in and out the backstage. [thanks giulls]
A truly wonderful show! I have plenty of pics and audio of the whole concert that I can upload when I get back to the states. Much thanks for the amazing choreography!!! They used the SoS video during another song (which I have video of, Curva Nord, butstill video). Loving the Coldplay love! I'll be at their next show on the east coast no matter what! [thanks jeffc418]
Hello world, slept only 4 hours tonight and am at work right now so I cannot post too much. I will try to be more detailed this evening when I'll be back home. It was a great gig (yeah ok I'm not really obejctive, I'm not able with them), being in the front rows is the way to go at Coldplay gigs. Loved their expression when they entered, haven't seen any video of life in technicolor yet but they showed the sea of crowns and balloons on the big videowall and it looked amazing. Chris seemed really happy but tired at the same time and said he had a sore throat (can't remember when exactly sorry), he should really just take his time and fully recover, cause I have a feeling it's the same problem that made them cancel Tampa. aaanyway I managed to get hold of a setlist from the same roadie who gave it me in Dublin last year and to whom I said to have one ready for me in Wembley. still pissed for our gate opened minutes after the other. [thanks iriden]
My friends and I arrived at Udine at around 9 am. There were quite few people already queuing. We then sat and waited and waited and waited. I never find waiting difficult but this time … well it was so hot, too hot. I didn’t want to drink too much cause I was afraid that during the concert I’ll have to go to the loo. I became slightly depressed but I kept saying to myself that after the concert I won’t even remember that part. Then around 3pm we could hear White Lies doing the sound check and I got in the better mood. Then around 4pm the gates opened. When I entered the stadium I was standing on the top of the seating area. I was so confused but then saw that I have to run down the stairs and around lots of barriers … I got their, few people were already there …I could stand in the front row in front of Chris but there was place just for one person and I didn’t want to be separated from my friends so I went more to the right (my point of the view). Honestly I was a bit disappointed but I had a great view there as well...
Around 7 pm Ministri started playing. They were an Italian indie rock band. My favourite type of music is indie rock so I liked them. I only didn’t like the part that they were singing in Italian (well I only like English lyrics). Nice one anyway! Then White Lies came on the stage. I completely adore them. They definitely warmed me up While I was singing and dancing along some people around me were giving me strange looks :S What a supporting band! Ooh and before their performance Miller came on stage he was adjusting some sort of camera I think. And I could see behind some curtains … and there was Arlene going around. And then … woooooo The moment we were waiting for. Well The usual 3 songs first to warm up the crowd and then Life in Technicolor … I believe you’ve heard that Italian fans were organizing choreography with balloons and crowns. We were all waving with balloons before guys came on stage. And then they came and I think that they completely loved it. Maybe it was just me but I saw how they were all laughing (in a good way) and rocking the LiT. Then they played Violet Hill and people were singing along like crazy. Behind me there were three people who were really upset. They didn’t like it that others were jumping, screaming … weird! Then they asked securities if they can get them out- I was happy when they left cause then the real party started. There setlist didn’t bring anything new so Clocks followed. I fell in love with Coldplay back then when I first heard that song. So, hearing it live … I have teary eyes even now. AMAZING. I’m not sure but I think that after Clocks Chris talked a bit. I can’t speak Italian, so somebody else will have to tell what he said. Well he was saying “grazia mille” (hope spelling is correct) a lot- these were the only words I could understand. [thanks _petra_]
So my whole Coldplay adventure began on Sunday when I came to Rijeka (its a city from where my bus was leaving to Udine). I could sleep at all that night, too. Anyway at 1pm on beautiful Monday we started what later became the best day of my life... We came to Udine around 4.20pm and as I said few times before that was too late. When we got in line there where 1000 people in front of us. While we waited this journalist came to me and asked if I can give him an interview for some Italian radio station. I was in such a great mood that I gave an interview (I felt like I was someone important). We got to the gate 20 min later. Got in and rush down on the field but there were already so many people so NO FRONT (or anything close) ROW!!!! The side where Guy stands was in the shadow so it was full! So we end up on the Jonny's side of the stage. We were in lets say 7th row. But when people stood up we were 3rd row and I was so crazy... It was too much for me I shook so much (you know how it is). Ministri some Italian band was first. Did not like them... Then White Lies came out. They were pretty good but there was something wrong with their mics so there was a lot of unwanted noise. They were done and now it was 40minutes or so and THEY WILL BE OUT!!!! Magnificent started I was out of the place. The Jay-Z's song (dont know its name). And the dancing roadie came out and dance on that part of the stage that was near us. He was really good...
Ooh yeah before all that that black thingy that falls down when they come out, FELL before they came. But never mind that. And than it started. And I was so crazy excited. I finally realized that Im on their concert after sooo much waiting!!!!!!!! I wont go trough the whole set list. But Chris and Jonny were soooo near us... Chris danced on our part of the stage during Fix You and In my place (I think. I was way to excited to remember everything) and Viva La Vida and Lover in Japan with that umbrella. During The Hardest Part he started to play and then stopped and said that that was it. We all laughed! On Death and all his friends he messed up lyrics. During Lovers in Japan the wind blew and all the butterflies went to the other side and I didnt catch any. But that was not my end with butterflies I had a bag just for them and I would not leave empty handed. B stage was really far from us so we watched on the screen. Will had some kind of hat . But he was really cute. In the end Guy came to our part of the stage I screamed so much and that was were my voice finally broke. They came back to encore and when The Escapist started that was it. I knew it that was the end, the end of the best night of my life. Back to butterflies. I pushed my way to the frot and asked the nice security guy to put few butterflies into my bag so he did. And I have lots and lots of them. I got my LRLRL cd. I bought Life in technicolor t-shirt. And it was great. I was so perfect. And as someone form C&C&friends thread once told me that when you see them live your love to them grows to a whole new level and my really really did. I cant believe it but it did. [thanks lndnsky]
More on this concert including reviews, videos, pictures and tweets here onwards.
Picture by iriden
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