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  1. On 10/21/2020 at 2:19 PM, lennyrott1 said:

    ^ LOVE THESE LIVE VERSIONS. Their studio masters tend to be pretty clean sounding by toning down lead instruments like guitar and strings. I am dying for them to release these versions of these tracks because they get the emotion across so much more. LIJ live is so blissful and lovely and Trouble in Town live feels much harsher and intense.

    This is so true, and if you listen to this live version of Army of One you'll probably hear all the electric guitar lines you never know were there, including in the album version!!

    Another fun thing about their handful of Army of One performances - Guy plays a sample pad (like Will), and I think he's using it to trigger the bass noise but possibly also some of the synths. Will is playing drums and some of Chris's vocal samples. You can see Will adding some extra vocal layers at the quiet bit of the bridge at 2:50. 


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  2. On 8/30/2020 at 11:44 AM, Gideon_Mx said:

    I'll start :grin:


    I found this HQ video of their performance of The Scientist from earlier this year at the Hollywood Palladium.

    As we all know (hopefully), during this song live Jonny always changes guitars for the big outro guitar riff, this happens at 3:32 (where the video starts!) but when Jonny starts playing the electric guitar I noticed somebody else backstage picks it up and continues to play the chords on the same acoustic guitar for the outro but we don't get to see it.

    I know this isn't the first performance of The Scientist where this happens but I decided to share it now because I finally found high quality footage where you can actually hear the acoustic really well! If you find it difficult to hear the acoustic guitar, go to: 4:15 and close your eyes for a few seconds and I'm sure you'll be able to hear it!

    That person who goes on is backstage but I've been wondering who it could be..... Do you think it's Matt McGinn, or Phil?



    Cool observation! I imagine this has to do with the fact that a lot of performances for Everyday Life had the live string section - so maybe they decided to do the live strings AND live acoustic guitar through the end? 

    Here's my tiny contribution (but I love the idea of this thread and have many things to add)...

    In this new performance of Trouble in Town, you can see that Jonny is playing slide guitar in the bridge just before his big solo, essentially doubling the string line with a much darker/haunting quality (he does NOT do this in 2019 performances). This is similar to what he does in live performances of Oceans where Jonny plays the string line with an ebow and slide. 


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  3. Love it. The lyrics remind me of A Bad Dream by Keane: "Where will I meet my fate? Baby I'm a man I was born to hate / when will I meet my end? In a better time, you could be my friend."


    "Hold on for Everyday Life" has this delightful melancholy power to it. It makes me think of "holding on" on a roller coaster or something, yet everyday life is about the most mundane thing. So it's holding on to the roller coaster that is everyday life. Cool eh?!


    Just saying that I was totally right on the second point since if you look in the music video, you see some little kids holding on to one of those spinny playground things during that line in the song (god what are those called)

  4. Great video! I'll come back with more detailed thoughts, but I'll say for now that this was beautiful.


    I'm wondering if anyone had a kneejerk reaction that this was poverty porn or something of that sort? (think HFTW video) I had a little bit of this, but also highly appreciate the intent of the video.

  5. From 1:59 until 2:05 it reminds me of an older Coldplay Song? Can You help me?


    GPASUYF is a good guess^^^.


    My other best guesses for musically similar moments:

    Prospekt's March right at 1:20



    Careful Where You Stand from 1:30 onwards in the chorus



    Speed of Sound in its bridge starting 3:30



    The guitar tone is also a bit like the chorus of All Your Friends or the bridge of True Love (but the chord changes are a bit different).

  6. OK, sorry I still haven't caught up entirely with this thread and I won't get round to writing up my adventures and impressions of that amazing day until maybe tomorrow or even later (I want to do a full report as well, and think it's gonna be interesting because my experience was so very different from Stephen's :D), BUT for the moment I'm gonna leave you with this full concert recording. I know the audio is not the best, but I hope you'll enjoy the video the more ! As always I gave my best to capture those little moments and facial expressions of the band members that make each concert unique.

    Four days later and I'm still so flashed from this concert and grateful that against all odds, I could go :heart: This meant and will forever mean a lot to me.



    Wow, when Coldplay shows are far and few between right now, this video was just what I needed to avoid re-watching the Jordan performance yet again. THANK YOU!!!!


    Church wasn't live again (playback)?


    ^Based on the above video, it sounds like Chris is singing 1 octave below the studio vocals. Unless Will is singing (couldn't confirm due to camera angle), then there are playback vocals there. :(

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  7. Now that we all legitimately have the album and have heard it multiple times im sure, rando question for yall.


    So, every era, I would try and use a snippet of a song to have as my ringtone:


    LP4 - Solo on Lost!

    LP5 - Solo on Major Minus

    LP6 - Dont recall

    LP7 - Adventure of a Lifetime


    So for Everyday Life, what do you think is a ~30 second snippet that would make a good ringtone? So far, I REALLY like the instrumental part of Trouble in Town.


    Suggestions: some silly, some serious :)

    -The last 15 seconds of Sunrise, as appeared in the first preview of the album.

    -The police brutality snippet on TiT...won't your colleagues just love hearing "WHAT'S THE X STAND FOR..FUCK.."

    -The last few notes of Daddy where the piano and xylophone play the same ascending melody

    -Horns from Arabesque

    -The intro to Eko (those guitars!)

    -The autotuned voice of "cry cry cryyyyy" over and over again

    -The intro to Orphans


    Speaking of ringtones, this is one of my favourite videos of all time - pay attention to the first few seconds:


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  8. I actually quite like this version of Fix You. :D


    It's fun but I definitely prefer the original, with the organ and the big kickass drums. The Midnight-crossover version's pretty good too. :) This version is really interesting though because it's not just acoustic guitar, it's like actively FOLKSY acoustic guitar kind of like on Till Kingdom Come. I wonder if more of X&Y started that way than we think. Or maybe they're just trying a thing out. What if the next album is aggressively folk rock, like an album's worth of the Goldrush?!

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  9. Thanks to those who recorded! Weird broadcast order. :/ The actual show had a very good setlist.


    Ah the wedding era must've been when Christmas Lights came out (they were wearing that stuff from the music video). Wedding Bells was written around that time too! As a random sidenote - I believe this is the first appearance of the Fender Stratocaster Jonny used for the first half of the MX tour, as yet unpainted in this performance:


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  10. These are some very interesting ideas but I wouldn't go as far as calling a Coldplay concert a 'necessary evil' for raising money for environmental charity groups (some of which are advocating violence). As Chris said, we shouldn't be over-zealous. We live in a digital age where real life matters less and less. A live concert by Coldplay is still something that I wouldn't like to miss out on.


    Agreed but I think some of the ethics DOES boil down to this - everything we do can either increase or decrease the speed of climate change. And everything we do either increases or decreases our enjoyment of life. A Coldplay concert right now probably contributes to climate change AND increases our enjoyment of life. If we can move the needle towards preventing climate change then we're doing better, and that can take various forms. But it doesn't change the fact that right now it takes coal-and-oil electricity to power a Coldplay concert, jet fuel and cars to get them places, etc.

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  11. So what's the likelihood that the band would hire a team of us to help them figure this out?! This topic is actually very close to what I study (food policy and the connection between agriculture, food systems, and health).


    They've had Oxfam on tour with them for years now, and also Global Citizen (I remember signing one of their petitions in reward for a fancy temporary tattoo while queuing in Amsterdam in 2016) so asking people to register to vote could be a good addition to that, in countries where registering to vote is a thing that is.


    Good point (and valid nuances to add!). I wonder if Chris telling audiences to eat more chocolate is very sustainable though. ;P

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  12. Good ideas. There's a lot to consider here.


    Getting carbon-neutral could be possible by doing offsets and trying to reduce transportation, but honestly offsets are really difficult and not well regulated. Radiohead might already do this.


    I think there are micro and macro stuff that needs to happen.


    Micro - Get rid of all plastics. Create online carpool systems for people getting to the show. Include offsets in the ticket price., so maybe each ticket has a $5 sustainability fee which goes to planting trees or renewable energy projects in other countries. Carbon offsets for band travel and electric buses. Energy efficient shows.


    Macro - Advocate for environmental candidates and causes. Partner with Greenpeace or Sierra Club or Sunrise Movement or Extinction Rebellion or better yet, local climate groups, to get people coming to the concert involved (add them to email lists, donations, share out branding). Be really outward and clear about the climate initiatives people should pay attention.


    The biggest thing for me is make the tours non-profit! I'm sorry, but we aren't going to stop climate change so long as profit-driven, corporate driven capitalism keeps going. So all "profits' of the tour shouldn't go to the already wealthy band members. They should go to the community of the show.


    A page out of Ariana Grande's book - her concerts have partnered with a nonprofit to register thousands of young people to vote: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ariana-grande-bernie-sanders-photo_n_5dd5c1eae4b010f3f1d22e35


    Similarly, Coldplay concerts could register young people to vote, who are on average the most likely to vote for pro-climate policies like the Green New Deal (and support Greta Thunberg and the like).


    B, fans should be priority


    The band would ask you, "WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO YOU WANT IT TO BE?"

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  13. Another idea - more cinema showings of live DVDs + VR touring. There was that Chicago VR show during the AHFOD tour. While this is kind of an unsavoury option, the reality is that a lot of electronic artists are just playing recordings anyways.

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  14. These are amazing ideas and I bet you could start a boutique consulting company just operationalizing these!!!!! Here are some of mine:


    -Sustainable food at shows (in addition to the water!) - Require venues to not serve meat products or only sustainable meat products, at least for the day Coldplay comes but ideally for every show. There's no need for those crappy barely-food hot dogs. Also, banning sugary beverages goes a long way towards sustainability because sugary beverages tend to waste water supplies in making the plastic bottles, using water, sugar/corn syrup production, etc in a more resource intensive way than just providing people clean water. Coldplay already has a history of sustainable catering for its own members and crew, so why not apply that reasoning to the whole show.


    -Make everything powered by solar panels. Not sure how the band could do this since they'd have to travel with them? But if they could convince a set of venues to invest in a microgrid that charges batteries all day and then gets used for the show??


    -Train and boat travel ONLY for the band. And then livestream shows from the boat?!


    -Reduce plastics seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately they should probably not do confetti or balloons either. Xylobands might be a better bet from a sustainability front?


    -Donate proceeds to environmental activism: at least turn concerts into a necessary evil of raising money for groups like Greenpeace, Sunrise, Exctinction Rebellion, the UN, local indigenous groups, etc. (many more to name)


    -Agreed on reimbursements for use of public transport


    -Agreed on festivals and co-touring (also leads to cool collaborations?!)


    -Carbon offsets. These don't solve anyone's problems, but it's something *shrug*.

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