Coldplay played the second of their two stadium concerts in South Africa as they played the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg last night (8th October 2011). They now home to the UK before heading back to the US for the Today Show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York on 21st October - and then the release of their fifth album, Mylo Xyloto on 24th October (except in Japan, of course!)
Chris told the Johannesburg crowd that Will Champion had suggested shooting a music video in South Africa, saying: "It's so much sunnier and warmer than where we come from." He then asked the crowd: "Would you like to be in the video?" The band then proceeded to place huge elephant masks over their heads. "When you're not as attractive as Beyoncé you got to do what you can ... please don't put this on YouTube," he joked. The stadium exploded into cheers and screams. Chris explained a minute-long clip would be shot for the end of their video for their new song Paradise.
It was another fantastically received concert by the majority of Twitter reviewers, however some still had cause for concern over sound problems. according to some on Twitter, with most complaints coming from the back of the stadium. @Jaimesmix wrote: ";@BigConcerts cant imagine the effort behind any bigconcert, pity 1000's of @coldplay fans in the stands were let down last nite by poor sound," and this by deedotjee: "Pathetic sound at @BigConcerts Coldplay tonight. Did anyone even bother to check the sound for the seated tickets before the show? #Coldplay"
We're not sure yet about the setlist as there are no reports of any changes except the possibility of the return of The Hardest Part. The setlist below is that of Cape Town so far. More live discussion on this show is at the Coldplay Live forum (reviews start around page 6 onwards). Thanks to everyone who has contributed on the forums, Youtube and twitters. We'll have more on this show over the next few hours/days!
Setlist (updated): [thanks fairycat101]
Hurts Like Heaven
In My Place
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
Paradise (music video shoot)
The Hardest Part (acoustic)
(Mexican phone wave)
'Til Kingdom Come (acoustic)
Viva La Vida
Life Is For Living
(Amy Winehouse - Rehab cover intro)
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
A blaze of fireworks kicked off British rock band Coldplay's Johannesburg concert at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday night. Frontman Chris Martin and his band opened the concert with a song from their upcoming fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto, which would be released later this month. The audience didn't have to wait long to hear some of their old favourites, with Coldplay launching straight into its first top 10 hit single Yellow. In keeping with the theme, the stadium lit up with yellow lights, lasers, large balloons and beach balls, as the crowd sang along. About 62 000 people packed into the stands and field to witness the band's first tour in South Africa. On Tuesday, Coldplay wowed Cape Town fans. Martin told the Johannesburg crowd that the band's drummer Will Champion had suggested shooting a music video in South Africa, saying: "It's so much sunnier and warmer than where we come from." He then asked the crowd: "Would you like to be in the video?"
The stadium exploded into cheers and screams. Martin explained a minute-long clip would be shot for the end of their new song Paradise. The band then proceeded to place huge elephant masks over their heads. "When you're not as attractive as Beyoncé you got to do what you can ... please don't put this on YouTube," he joked. The mood remained upbeat through the set with a Mexican wave of cellphone lights around the calabash stadium. In keeping with the sporty spirit of the weekend, Martin replaced lyrics of God Put a Smile Upon Your Face with: "and maybe give the Springboks the World Cup", to the delight of the crowd. Coldplay ended the concert with a spectacular three song encore with Clocks, Fix You with the intro to the late Amy Winehouse's Rehab, the new hit Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, and an amazing fireworks display. [via mg.co.za]
a bunch of my mates just spent time with chris at a club in joburg called latinova. one friend of mine came down for the cape town concert too, he says cape town was far better, but he asked chris what he thought and he said joburg, maybe cos of the bigger stadium who knows? [thanks lutzno]
Sorry but I can't accept that there are sound problems tonight too. The people paid so much money to spend some time with the band (not so long with regard to the tiny setlist) and they deserve at least good sound. They should definitely care about the problems and take them serious! [thanks Major_Love]
It's not the organisers. They have almost nothing to do with the sound setup. It's a sports stadium. It may not be Coldplay directly, but it's their team and they should apologise if it was bad enough to spoil the show for anyone who paid a great deal of time and money to see them, especially since this is the second time running. [thanks Mimixxx]
I don't disagree that they should apologise if there were still sound issues. But I believe it's the organisers responsibility to make sure the venue has the tools to accommodate the bands they invite. I know South Africa is the most developed of all African Nations but it is still a 1/3 world country (and before anyone jumps on me for saying so, I'm African by origins, and I've lived in those conditions). You have to ask yourself why there were no sound issues in Japan, Australia, USA, Brazil, etc. [thanks coldplaymom]
Coldplayer reviews to follow...
New photos of Coldplay @ FNB Stadium (Soccer City), Johannesburg, South Africa (8th October 2011): (via Twitter)