Rolling Stone Reviews Coachella

Originally posted on May 02, 2005 9:57 AM

Rolling Stone has a review of Coldplay's performance at the Coachella Festival up on their site today:

An estimated 50,000 people descended on the grassy Empire Polo Field in Indio, California, for the two-day, sixth-annual Coachella Valley Music Festival. And while the post-punk sounds of the Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and the Futureheads are the sound du jour, this year's festival celebrated the genre's originators with headlining sets by New Wave icons New Order and reunions by post-punk architects Gang of Four and goth-rock pioneers Bauhaus. For contemporary heavyweights, this year brought Coldplay, Wilco, Weezer and Nine Inch Nails.

Coldplay, Saturday's headliners, entered to an ethereal chant. The stage was flanked with images of the band's new album cover, X & Y, which, with its colorfully retro symbols, resembles an early Atari logo. Coldplay began with the new song "Square One," its moody, churning melody swelling as black-clad frontman Chris Martin pounded away on his piano. "It doesn't matter who you are," he sang, as red and blue spotlights probed. The band then kicked the set up another notch with a revved-up version of "Politik."

"Thank you for waiting for us," Martin said to the crowd early on. "I hope we are worth it for you." Throughout the set, Coldplay mixed new material, like their lilting new single "Speed of Sound," with hits like "Yellow," which Martin turned into a sing-along. In it, he substituted the word "Coachella" for "yellow" to the crowd's delight. As an introduction to the song, Martin explained, "Every band has a song that took them to where they are, and this is ours." The show's emotional highlight came midway through the set as Martin delivered a moving version of "The Scientist," with its delicate piano intro.

For more about the show, be sure to read the article.

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