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Everything posted by dieselbenz

  1. Oh exactly, it's the whole package ... it's not just the eras of the band, but eras of my life, and the people and places that were in them, even different versions of myself. A lot of stuff changes that you just can't change back no matter how much you want. Sometimes (actually almost all the time) being able to "go back" via the songs is a blessing; but there are also times it can be very difficult emotionally.
  2. Awesome, I don't think I've actually seen this one before, or if I did it was a long time ago. I've been in a funk lately where I don't want to listen to my old favorites because they make me just feel sad that those eras have passed ... which is the worst kind of music funk to be in. Maybe this will help me snap out of it. X&Y always felt like peak Coldplay to me, even though AROBTTH was my favorite ... I guess since when X&Y came out it was the first release of theirs where I felt like part of the actual world, not just college, and I was a little more in tune (albeit not much) to what the band was doing other than just listening to the music. It was also the first era I really thought about wanting to go to a show even though I never did it. But just something about the whole vibe of that time stands out to me ... just like [uSER=109713]@A Guy Full of Stars[/uSER] said it is sort of their "core" sound. Maybe I will put this video on later and get lost in it to the point I forget how much they want to get away from it now.
  3. Congrats to everyone who won!
  4. Been listening to a lot of George Harrison lately. Loved The Beatles since childhood but only recently started listening to their solo stuff and George's is the best imo. I got a new turntable for my birthday/Christmas and I've been spinning Living In The Material World on it.
  5. Yes, I only got into Arctic Monkeys about four years ago but I got into them really fast, really hard haha. All their stuff is pretty much genius and I can't wait until the next album and tour. My favorite song is Love Is A Laserquest, then probably Do Me A Favour but they have so many good ones. Humbug and FWN are my favorite albums but I have loved their more recent stuff too.
  6. This, so much. Most of the time I just laugh because it's so predictable that any cover on YouTube will have 400 comments saying "the original was better" ... like it'll be a Queen song and someone will write, "this is nice but it's not as good as Freddie Mercury" ... as if everyone who does a Queen cover is aiming to be a better singer than Freddie Mercury. I mean, do people not understand covers? Do they not know that the person covering it is not, in fact, trying to replace the original performer? Haha. That said if the scenario you mention plays out and a chorus of Alexas or whatever creepy iteration of that we've replaced human beings with does a cover, I will whine and whine hard, just like I already whine about our bizarre determination to replace all human input with unfeeling AI. Also I will be very old and whine about everything because there will be nothing else to do. But I'll be thrilled if any human being with a guitar, bongo, kazoo, turntable, pair of sticks wants to pay tribute to Coldplay.
  7. I'm holding onto the faint hope they maybe do some shows where they prioritize the musical performance over the acrobatics. Though I do realize if they stay in stadiums, which is likely the most fair thing to allow more people to see them, you kind of need the bells and whistles to make it engaging for everyone in such a huge place. At this point, that's what they're known for and what most of their fans want. Not saying I don't enjoy it, the energy is thrilling and Chris's enthusiasm is infectious. I'm just saying I'd rather they rein it in a little to the point he doesn't have to take a pass on signing one of my favorite classics. But yeah, I'd settle for it just being done on different song than Clocks next round. I should be careful what I wish for, though ... watch it be The Scientist, my very favorite, next. :joy: The answer is probably in the future I should try harder to keep my head in the sand, lol.
  8. There were four songs from their first three albums regularly in their AHFOD set (not counting C stage), and they sacrificed one of them. So it's not that small to me. I mean, it's not the end of the world and I understand they're doing the best they can to make everyone happy, and yeah I get that I had many years to hear those songs and it's not their fault I was too dumb to. It's just kind of extra salt in the wound on top of the stuff that's most special to me already being near-irrelevant. For the record I feel much differently about backing tracks, and bits and pieces of vocals patched in; I expect that as part of any large show and it's not news to me at all that they use that and have for a while (so do most bands that size). A whole song lip-synced is a bit different. Like I've said before I can forgive it -- the man runs about a half-marathon every show and that energy is what most people come to see -- but it's discouraging that it had to be one of the dwindling oldies. I'm sure some of the reasoning was it's pretty easy to hide in the lasers and since he's seated and the piano is a bit tucked back, rather than not caring about the song. I dunno, it is what it is.
  9. I actually think the live, slightly imperfect one sounds much better. Because it sounds live. Maybe at this point they were just experimenting with it and using it as a backup in case he struggled with his voice (iirc there were points he struggled with his voice a little last year, like maybe was under the weather). You could tell he was singing even in the broadcast, because you can see his breath ... but until the crowd video above I didn't realize it was what the live crowd was hearing. Interesting. Yeah, it's weird. My guess would be they played around with it a while, and then just decided to bag it and use the lip-sync the rest of the tour. Unfortunately. I hope that will change next tour, but I'm guessing we'll see more of it ... the tours are long, he's not that young, and they prioritize the bouncing-around songs to the point they'll sacrifice the old songs. Discouraging to me, but honestly most people have no idea and I'm fine with letting them stay that way ... I hear so many people over the moon they heard Clocks after the shows. Wish I were none-the-wiser too but it kind of got obvious, even if I hadn't seen this thread.
  10. I love this version. I feel like Yes is kind of underrated, I always liked it a lot but this version is even better. Also, this was actually my first show and only of that era. :heart:
  11. If you have not heard it yet, they did actually quietly put out a stand-alone song last year, for a movie, it's called "Tear Up This Town". It was just a one-off thing (I think they were friends with the director maybe) but it gives me some hope they may do something again someday. I hope they will at least do some reunion shows or something.
  12. On A Day Like Today is another of my favorites. It was not part of the album in the US so I discovered it on Limewire but I burned it on so many CDs. Nowadays it is always one of my top-played on iTunes. What a great song and you're right about how it builds.
  13. Welcome. I'm middle of the pack age-wise (35), but when I first got into Coldplay my dad was your age and he always loved them when I would bring their CDs around or Live 2003 DVD. He felt the same way, that they had a sound that reminded him of the way he enjoyed bands in the 60s and 70s. He doesn't listen to music a lot these days but he did call me during their Super Bowl performance to tell me he was watching. :) Good music knows know age. As for Keane, sadly I don't think they are reuniting anytime soon. They were my second favorite to Coldplay a long time and always one of my most special bands. Tom Chaplin seems pretty set on his solo career and there seems to be some awkwardness between him and Tim as far as if and how they would move forward with Keane. I really hope someday they do. I miss them terribly. Check out Tom's solo music if you haven't, though, and also Tim and Jesse's band Mt. Desolation will have a new album out early next year I believe. Edit: I will be sure to check out your cover when I get a chance!
  14. Welcome and thanks for sharing your story ... it's great to hear you're finding your way. It's amazing the power that music has on so many different levels.
  15. Oh that's definitely a bummer. I think over life we all end up with a few of those things. You always look back and think, that job wasn't worth it, but when you're in that situation you know you also have to be responsible and that work ethic is important, etc. We don't get the benefit of looking ahead and knowing if jobs are going to fizzle, or knowing if opportunities will not come again. At the time I wouldn't have thought Coldplay was going to change, so, I could just see them later and it would be the same. I hope in your case you will get a chance to see some of those bands from the NOS Alive lineup another time.
  16. One of many mistakes. Kicker is that my career sank like a concrete block and I have nothing to show for a decade of self-deprivation. I had other issues too though, what can you do. Best I can do is try to get as much right as I can now. Just sucks a lot of opportunities are gone. For me, regret is the hardest emotion to deal with, big or small. But it's funny I dwell on the band-relates ones the most. Priorities. :joy: Edit: funny aside to that regret is that my sister and her husband left before the encore because they didn't like the pot smell in the lawn. I like to hope they wouldn't have made me leave since I was a big fan, but given that they could both be quite strong-willed and I was a wimp, they really might have. I would never have forgiven them. My family would be torn apart. Maybe worth it, though?
  17. Honestly I could write an honors thesis on why Politik should be in the set. Maybe I should do it and drop it off at The Bakery next time I'm in London. With a painting of one of Guy's cars to sweeten the pot.
  18. If only. :sob: I know they don't like it, but come on fellas, I just want to be able to exonerate myself from the eternal regret of not going when my sister and her husband offered for me to go with them in 2005 but I didn't because I "had to work" and lived three hours away. In hindsight I'd go to Antarctica to see an X&Y era show. Hell if I could just hear What If and A Message ... *sigh*.
  19. I would say pretty soon right after that page. Wouldn't even begin to be able to pinpoint it myself but here's a capture of the site from Sept. 2010 which has it. https://web.archive.org/web/20100922055609/http://coldplay.com/. Looking back I wish I saved every Messenger email. I have the first one and a couple other random ones still in my inbox but if I had all of them it'd be fun to look through them and remember. Edit: here's a thread from the forum on the HF https://coldplaying.com/forum/index.php?threads/hypnofeed.91936/ ... I guess it was later that it started hosting fan submissions and sort of merged with the Exhibition thing. But I think it started out as the random news feed as in the 2010 page. Tbh I don't really remember well. I had really gotten into Muse by then so I wasn't paying as much attention through MX but I also just have a crap memory. :expressionless: I'm sure someone else has a better recall of it.
  20. That's actually a really cool parallel to have, even though I know it's scary. College is where I started with them -- Parachutes came out when I was 18 -- so for me the parallel is like their evolution has been my whole adult life. I'm sort of dreading my next chapter so I think that paints my reaction to the idea of Coldplay starting a new one. I hope for you college turns out to be an exciting and hopeful change. College had its rough patches for me but it was also one of my best times; it felt like I could be anything and I loved just being immersed in learning. Like I said somewhere above, sometimes not knowing can be exhilarating even if unnerving. Hopefully whatever Coldplay does will give you a link between your new world and old.
  21. Oh I don't doubt for a second he still has the struggles and dark feelings, but that doesn't mean it's not genuine that he chose to group all the positive ones onto one album. I don't think he tries to be happy all the time, he's actually said otherwise in relatively recent interviews. I think the happiness is what he chooses to reflect artistically. I mean, The National chooses to reflect misery most of all the time, but they are usually happy, hilarious guys ... are they not genuine? Like anyone, the struggle sometimes and they cope with it by using it as musical inspiration. I think Chris reflected a lot of his lower moments on GS but once he'd started to turn a corner he decided to do the opposite for the next album. Personally, sure, I wish deeply that he'd dump some of the less-happy moments he inevitably has on us, because sad music is how I cope and I also think it's artistically more interesting. Or that he'd still chose some deeper, more difficult thoughts as subject. But I don't think it's fair to say there's pretense in basing a period of artistic output on one group of feelings instead of another. I.e., if they made a totally pensive, sad album, would anyone say "that's BS, he's not pensive and sad all the time"? Don't get me wrong, I know where you're coming from because I have similar feelings sometimes ... it's just I catch myself and realize I'm not being particularly fair.
  22. Yeah if there's one thing I never question, it's that what he's espousing is genuine. I don't think that's changed. And honestly I think he's always had a sense of fun and playfulness, even when the music was darker. He seems to have just found a groove that works for him in the positivity thing. On some level it makes me smile. He's such a good soul and if he's found that peace, why wouldn't I want that for him? It's just that I'm smiling from another planet, because that is not the one I'm on.
  23. I wouldn't go that far personally, because I love Chris's determination to see good in a garbage world, I guess because everyone else is so determined to be angry at everything. Sometimes it's been really refreshing. But I also get where you're coming from. There's a point where I look ahead at what I'm dealing with and what's ahead of me and what a failure my life is so far, and it's just insulting to be told anything is possible if I never give up, or that I can be the next Mohammed Ali or Ghandi if I believe in myself. On the other hand sometimes Chris has a way with words that does make me feel realistically hopeful, and feel like I'm a valued person, and I appreciate that. But yeah, the final speech made me feel more left behind. I wish I could feel the way about it as others who are so enthusiastic. Maybe I'm just sad about the feeling it's even more the end of something. When Chris said it's the end of a chapter, that hit me like a ton of bricks and not in a good way. They already seem so far from where we started, and like they want to put their early eras behind them, and it seems like now they want to get farther from it. Then again, I'm really down lately so maybe I'm just being overly negative and that's not what he meant at all (I mean let's face it, it might have just been a "Chrisism" lol). I didn't think I'd like the AHFOD era at all but I actually had some incredible times, plus 3/5 of the EP songs were brilliant, so maybe it will be OK. Maybe it will be better than OK. Maybe I should enjoy the possibility that it could be anything at this point, because you only get to not know for so long.
  24. Man I'd totally forgotten the exhibition room thing and this look of the website. I remember well the VLV design, and the later layout when the deglo apocalypse began (kidding, sort of), but totally forgot this in-between one. It's funny how quickly looking at old web designs takes you back to something you'd totally forgotten. Thanks for the nostalgia I didn't know I needed!
  25. The video from the Instagram post I shared a few posts back is finally up on Ferrari magazine's site and even though it's only a minute long, it's glorious. http://magazine.ferrari.com/en/people/2017/11/09/news/guy_berryman_s_love_of_ferrari-34616/ ... Guy hanging out with Nick Mason and Nick's cars, LaFerrari, 250 GTO and I think the grey one is an F12 (and a couple of Austins in the background). Wish I could see all the photos and interview (if there was one), but the video is pretty nice!
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