Coldplay rounded off the first day at Glastonbury 2002 with a set showcasing songs from their new album.
Frontman Chris Martin thanked the audience for making the festival so special as they watched the band headline the Pyramid Stage. He said Coldplay had effectively been preparing for this concert for 25 years.
Chris was in good humour on stage, apologising several times for not being Rod Stewart - who is due to play at the festival later in the weekend. He also jokingly referred to the strict new security measures implemented this year by changing the lyrics to one track and singing, "If you're outside the fence without a ticket, you'll have to watch it on... telly."This set was the highlight of the opening day of Glastonbury 2002, who delivered a career defining performance headlining the main stage.
In one of those Glastonbury 'moments' that brought to mind previous triumphs from the likes of Radiohead and Pulp, lead singer Chris Martin frequently appeared lost for words. A daring set - equal parts new and familiar material - was lapped up by a crowd too often served meat and two veg in the coveted slot.
Surprisingly, the highlights came from the new material, which was a revelation, including a triumphant rendition of forthcoming single, 'In My Place'.
In the run-up to the event Chris Martin revealed that the band were taking the gig very seriously. "It's all we've been thinking about for a year," he told the Glastonbury programme.
"While we were making the new record we knew we'd have the chance of headlining Glastonbury and I think deep down that really energised me."
Friday night at Glastonbury for the band is being heralded as a major success by fans and critics alike. Before the gig Chris Martin had described the headlining slot as ‘the most important day of our lives.’
The full track listing from Coldplay’s Glastonbury headline slot:
One I Love
Everything’s Not Lost
See You Soon
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
In My Place
Life Is For Living