Coldplay at the Fillmore

Originally posted on May 05, 2005 7:14 AM

In the same week that Coldplay headlined the massive Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Southern California and became the first British band since The Beatles to have a new single debut in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, the four-piece group played a surprise show at the Fillmore.

The heavily-hyped Wednesday night gig at the relatively intimate venue, which put fans in a ticket feeding-frenzy and drew out celebrities like Robin Williams and former 49ers quarterback Steve Young, provided just the right amount of buzz for the British band just before the June 7 release of X&Y," its first studio album since 2002's "A Rush of Blood To The Head."

Singer Chris Martin, who is married to Gwyneth Paltrow, expressed his gratitude to the rapt crowd several times throughout the set.

"Thanks for having us and thanks for remembering who we are," he said, as the band charged through 90-minutes of material, including a handful of powerful new tracks such as "Square One" and the single "Speed of Sound."

But it was the older piano ballads like "Yellow" and "Clocks" that inspired loud audience singalongs and Martin to break into his inimitable dance routines, in which he hopped on one leg, wobbled his head and banged on the piano. The band briefly veered off the set-list for an endearing but disastrous run through the five-year-old track, "Don't Panic," which Martin cut off midway.

"That's why we're the third best band in the world," he laughed.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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