Coldplay was the biggest rock band on the planet last year. So what better time for the British foursome to cash in, say, by launching an arena tour in Seattle just months after the band conquered America’s amphitheaters?
Hence, Wednesday night’s headlining date at KeyArena, witnessed by about 13,000 ecstatic fans just months after Coldplay’s August stop at Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre. And for those who caught the latter but not the former, you really only missed out on three noteworthy perks.
One: You wouldn’t have had to endure the aneurysm-inducing traffic at White River, which caused last summer’s show to start late. Coldplay mouthpiece Chris Martin felt compelled to apologize about that Wednesday. “It took us, like, seven years to get home after that,” he quipped.
Two: You would have gotten to hear a new song. Well, not an entirely new song, but a nonalbum track released since the last show. The maudlin, midtempo number “How You See the World No. 2” – the song about how you “just wanna get it right sometimes” – was issued on the charity CD “Help: A Day in the Life” last October, for those who didn’t recognize it.
Three: Most importantly, you would have gotten to see comeback kid Fiona Apple deliver an intense, show-stealing set as the opener. More on that in a sec.
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