Wembley Arena Review

Originally posted on October 24, 2002 12:51 AM

The following review comes to us thanks to Kumari:

s Kentish Town Forum. I was anxious that the band I had come to love unreservedly might somehow disappoint and be dwarfed by the huge auditorium. However, shortly after 9:00 all my fears were allayed. The band launched into a thunderous, crashing dissonance of out of tune guitars and piano as they began the intro to POLITIK. Chris seemed not so much to want to play the piano as to demolish it. His body, almost spasming with jerky, angular motions that conveyed the pain, anger and frustration of the lyrics. There was no doubt in my mind as the song effortlessly filled the cavernous auditorium and held the huge crowd spellbound that this band have grown into their space.


as the haunting, almost ethereal intro to YELLOW began. The lighting was amazing and we felt that we really were bathed as one in golden light. Chris jumped into the air, thrashing his guitar in what seemed like a gravity-defying feat. He literally seemed to be jumping for joy and revelling in the love of the audience.

recognition to the opening chords. Stomping versions of A RUSH OF BLOOD and CLOCKS followed which finished the main gig. The whole building seemed to be shaking as the crowd yelled and stomped for more. After a few minutes the band returned to rapturous applause for a real singalong version of IN MY PLACE and LIFE IS FOR LIVING. They then waved goodbye, sadly not doing their usual cover versions as an encore but that is a minor gripe since this was a gig to treasure.

m not sure, but I think this was the set list:

  • Politik
  • Shiver
  • Spies
  • Daylight
  • Trouble
  • The One I Love
  • Bones
  • s Not Lost
  • Green Eyes
  • God Put A Smile On Your Face
  • Yellow
  • The Scientist
  • A Rush Of Blood To The Head
  • Clocks
  • In My Place
  • Life Is For Living

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