El Ray Theater Review

Originally posted on August 21, 2002 4:39 PM

Coldplay closed out its brief U.S. club tour at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles Tuesday (August 20) with a raucous performance that didn't seem to want to end.

The British quartet played 17 songs in the better part of two hours, with frontman Chris Martin telling the packed house late in the show that the "official concert is over," but that fans were welcome to stick around for a few more songs. The concert showcased much of both the group's 2000 debut album, Parachutes, and the upcoming A Rush Of Blood To The Head, which arrives next week (August 27) from Capitol Records.

Still, Coldplay found time for its cover of Echo & the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar," a rare early composition by Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland titled "See You Soon," and the new "One I Love," a B-side for the U.K. release of the band's current single, "In My Place."

The crowd included several well-known faces, including actresses Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Minnie Driver, and members of R.E.M. Martin acknowledged the show's Los Angeles setting several times, joking at one point that perhaps fans had inadvertently happened across the gig instead of their planned night out seeing Spider-Man. Later, he dedicated the song "Everything's Not Lost" to "all the actors" and altered the words by singing, "If you've still not won an Oscar, everything's not lost."

Coldplay will return to North America next month for a tour of larger venues, beginning September 4 at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.

Source: Yahoo! News

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