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    [Live Review] Coldplay - O2 Arena, London, UK (14th December 2008)

    Coldplay played the first of three consecutive concerts at London's O2 Arena as they continue through towards the end of their UK leg of the Viva La Vida tour. Coldplay's friend, and British actor, Simon Pegg made an appearance on harmonica during the performance of Green Eyes on the C-Stage... and confirmed he was playing all three nights! [thanks mimixxx]




    Life In Technicolor

    Violet Hill


    In My Place

    Speed Of Sound


    Chinese Sleep Chant


    Fix You

    Strawberry Swing

    God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (techno version)

    Talk (techno version)

    The Hardest Part (Chris solo piano)

    Postcards From Far Away (piano instrumental)

    Viva La Vida


    Green Eyes (acoustic, ft Simon Pegg on harmonica)

    Death Will Never Conquer (acoustic - Will singing)

    Viva La Vida (remix interlude)



    Lovers In Japan

    Death And All His Friends


    The Scientist / Back For Good

    Life in Technicolor ii

    The Escapist (outro)


    Photo: peggster.net


    peggs2a.jpg[discussion] [photos] [videos] [wiki reviews/setlist] (updated over the next 24 hours)


    Meeting all the fellow Coldplayers (and a few more besides) was great, and the whole build-up to the concert was fantastic. However, it sounds like most of us ended up sitting/standing next to fuddy-duddies, which dulled the atmosphere somewhat.This has nothing to do with the band, who were fab as always. I had people either side of me who weren't very animated and didn't seem that "into" the show. The guy to my right informed me he hadn't even bothered listening to VLV (even though he had the album) and I even had to explain to him who Will was!! Furthermore, the woman to my left hardly left her seat, let alone be "animated". This is the problem with all-seater concerts, and this show has merely served to reinforce my negative opinion of them. I had so much more fun in Cologne because I was in the front standing area and therefore surrounded by like-minded individuals. There I was in a state of euphoria from start to finish, and that was far from the case this evening. At the 02 I even noticed that there were some people in the front row who weren't even animated. What a waste!! What a pity all the Coldplayers couldn't have stood together somewhere. That would have been far better for all of us, I'm sure. I had a good seat to the side of the stage (Block 114), and so count myself lucky in that respect, but I didn't leave the venue "on a high" as I did in Cologne (and indeed at every other Coldplay concert I've been to). At ALL of those other concerts I was standing, so that speaks for itself. However, I hope the band/promoters learn from this and never do all-seater concerts again. [thanks mc_squared]


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

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