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Sasquatch Festival Review

May 25, 2003 5:44 PM

I had the honor of seeing Coldplay perform at the Gorge Amphitheater yesterday as part of the Sasquatch Festival. If you've never been to the Gorge before, it could make any concert a memorable experience due to its fantastic view and atmosphere, so needless to say being in that type of setting seeing one of the greatest bands on earth was quite astounding.

After showing up at around noon and catching other acts like Jurassic 5, the Eisleys, Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips, the moment we all were waiting for came after dusk at around 9:30pm. Coldplay ran onto the stage and began with their usual opener, Politik. At first it seemed like we were in for another fantastic show from the band, but as it turned out we were in for more than that. Chris Martin was in high spirits last night and was full of energy. His voice sounded better than I have heard it at any concert, and I wouldn't just say that because I was there. After the fourth song in their set, 'Daylight,' Chris mentioned how beautiful a night it was and that everyone in attendance should appreciate what an experience they were having, so he asked that we all yell as loud as we could so that "they can hear us in San Francisco." The croud went nuts, and then Chris said "and now we're going to play 'The Scientist,' a song to get you all depressed."

The song was beautifully performed, and I was happy to hear 'A Rush of Blood to the Head,' shortly after. Chris once again asked us to yell and show our appreciation of the situation we were in and the beauty of our surroundings, before bolting out the lyrics to 'Don't Panic,' "...we live in a beautiful world." 'Everything's Not Lost' was not only played incredibly, but had a few extra lines added, such as "if you can't remember where your tent is" (in reference to the campsite adjacent to the Gorge Amphitheater. At the end of the song, Chris tagged on a few lines in honor of the Flaming Lips, singing "Oh Yoshimi, you won't let those robots defeat me." I'm sure the "Lips" were pleased.

Immediately after that song, Chris donned his electric guitar and the band broke into their new song, "Moses." I was excited to hear it, as I've only been able to hear some poorly recorded bootleg copies of the song prior to last night. The song is amazing and you can really tell the band has been building on it since they first began performing it. 'Yellow' and its mesmorizing orange and yellow lights followed, with another trademark sing-along from the crowd. After a beautiful rendition of 'Amsterdam,' the band left the stage.

After a frenzy of screaming and clapping from the crowd, the band retook the stage and performed two more songs, 'Clocks' and 'In My Place.' It was fun to see Chris dancing and hopping all over the stage, making his abundant energy and love for the music no secret. At one point he even started doing leg-kicks and said "Yoga" into the mic. Although the set was a bit shorter than I would have liked (this was to be expected, I suppose, since they were playing a festival with many other acts), I really was impressed by the energy the band, especially Chris, put into the music last night. It was also a real treat to hear some songs I hadn't heard live before, like 'ARoBttH,' 'Amsterdam,' and 'Moses.' For those of you who are still awaiting the band to come through your town, buckle your seatbelts 'cause you're in for an amazing experience.

Setlist
Politik
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
Spies
Daylight
The Scientist
One I Love
A Rush of Blood to the Head
Don't Panic
Everything's Not Lost
Moses
Yellow
Amsterdam

Clocks
In My Place

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Vancouver Review

May 25, 2003 4:28 PM

"Mrs. Wolverine" wrote in with a great review of her experience at Coldplay's latest gig in Vancouver:

About an hour ago, the concert ended. My friend and I were volunteers for 'Fair Trade', something that Chris Martin and the bands supports, and we were setting up before the concert at GM Place in Vancouver. We heard the pounding of the drums and the guitar, and I just felt all of the hairs on my body raise. Not only do I support Fair Trade, I also happen to be a huge Coldplay fan ! My friend and I put on our 'Make Trade Fair' t-shirts and said, what the hell, and went downstrairs, where, to our surprise, comes Chris! My friend started shaking while I just approached him very slowly. He seemed pretty tired, but he was extremely friendly and not ignorant or cocky at all, which I was surprised at.

After he signed my shirt and a couple of autographs for my friends, I told him that I really loved the band and that he has so much 'power' to do great things like support 'Fair Trade' as a 'star'. He looked at me and laughed briefly, saying "I'm not a star!" I don't know why I didn't fall down right there. He's such a great person, I never expected him to be so nice.

Later when the concert started, everything went smoothly except when Chris coughed when doing 'Amsterdam', and the crowd laughed with him. The songs that stood out were 'Scientist' (when ALL of the lighters came out), 'Clocks', and of course, 'Yellow'. Everyone stood up on their feet and sang along with Chris on 'Yellow', it was probably the best part of the show. Not only did I get to meet Chris, but because of my Fair Trade t-shirt, I got to push through and be right infront of the band! They're so awesome live- I think that it's one of the best concerts that I've been to!

For me, the best part was in the end. Everyone was clapping and I had to close my ears because of the noise the crowd made when Coldplay was leaving. They said a bunch of thank-you's and bowed, and then they pointed to us, in the white t-shirts, and said, thank you! I'm meltiiiiiing. They're such a great band AND they support organizations like Fair Trade. They're a bunch of simple guys with awesome band, that's all I gotta say. Coldplay will definitely be up there with the best rock bands, maybe soon as big as Radiohead.

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Digest This

May 23, 2003 11:24 PM

Coldplay gaining steam, fans in tour
A nice article about the road Coldplay has taken over the past few years, written in anticipation of their upcoming show at the Gorge Theater in George, Washington (May 24th).

Ivor Novello Awards
Coldplay, and Avril Lavigne were among the winners at the U.K.'s Ivor Novello Awards, which were handed out in London on Thursday, May 22. The awards, which recognize the best in British songwriting and composing, are named for the famous British composer/actor/playwright Ivor Novello.

With its second CD, Coldplay is still hot
"Coldplay is one of the hottest bands in rock music right now, enjoying the perfunctory bounce that comes from the Grammy spotlight. They've done it with good, old-fashioned melodicism, musicianship and the poetry of singer and lyricist Chris Martin."

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Shaw Conference Centre Review

May 21, 2003 9:05 PM

There's a pretty decent review of Coldplay's set at the Shaw Conference Centre last night over at the Edmonton Journal. According to the review, bands were treated to a new song last night, called "For Me," but I'm guessing it is the song "Poor Me" that most of us have already heard about. There are some other interesting tidbits as well, so be sure to read the review.

On another note, Toni wrote in to say the following:

"Coldplay is featured on week-ends, (Fri, Sat, Sun) for the whole month of May on the Freeview presentation on Directv, channel 103. It is their concert from the Vic Theatre last August, and it runs 55 minutes and features 3 songs that the MTV2 show did not have: Clocks, Spies and Shiver. Also, the camera angles are different. The program shares with another show, but is on continuously. Still a couple of week-ends left!!! If you know of anyone who would like to trade any VHS (or anything Coldplay) for a VHS copy of this show, please have them email me. Thanks!!!"

Thanks for the info, Toni. I actually managed to catch this Freeview special by accident a few days before I got the email, and I have to say it is a must-see. If you've got DirecTV, be sure to catch it before the promotion ends.

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Nationwide Broadcast

May 17, 2003 3:55 PM

Coldplay's May 31 show at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl will be broadcast live across the United States by radio syndicator Westwood One.

The two-hour special is set to air on more than 150 stations, including WXRK New York and KROQ Los Angeles.

The U.K. act will kick off its 17-date North American tour Tuesday (May 20) in Edmonton. The run, which comes in support of Coldplay's sophomore Capitol album "A Rush of Blood to the Head," will close June 13 in New York.

Released in September, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 1.58 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Latest single "The Scientist" is No. 23 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks airplay chart.

Source: Reuters

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