Louisville Review and Setlist
March 17, 2003 9:04 PM
Kyle was kind enough to write in with a review and setlist of the March 10th gig in Louisville. His review is as follows:
Hi, I was lucky enough to witness the Louisville 3-10-03 show and wanted to pass along the setlist and a few quick thoughts.
The Louisville Palace is a beautiful concert hall (check out some pics of the theater at the website www.louisvillepalace.com) and I am so glad Louisville was lucky enough to host them. We had great seats (2nd row, center stage) thanks to the pre-sale warning from the Coldplay newsletter. The opening act, The Music, were very cool-- very Led Zeppelin like and a great jam band. Nothing could prepare me for the main event, though.
I've seen many great concerts-- Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band (3 times), U2, Prince (6 times), Foo Fighters,... Maybe I'm still in shock, but this may be my favorite concert experience so far. Okay, at least in the top 3. Witness Prince play guitar is still number one. At any rate, I was moved. This concert was a spiritual-like experience that I will never forget. The show was broadcast live on WFPK 91.9FM Louisville and rebroadcast after the concert. It was great to hear it again on the ride home.
The band was tight and delivered a powerful performance, without missing a beat. The end of the show was cool. Chris came out alone for a 2nd encore and played a new song, "Proof," with acoustic guitar-- a great song.
The only downer for the night-- I paid $30 for a concert tee only to find too late that the date printed for my Louisville show is wrong (listed as 3-20-03 instead of the 10th).
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
One I Love
Rush Of Blood To The Head
Everything's Not Lost
In My Place
Ladder to the Sun
Proof (Chris on acoustic guitar, solo)
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Pittsburgh and Columbus Reviews
March 17, 2003 8:57 PM
Jonathan wrote in last week to share his review of both the Pittsburgh (March 2nd) and Columbus (March 9th) shows. His reviews go as follows:
I saw Coldplay both last Sunday in Pittsburgh at the AJ Palumbo center and also last night at the PromoWest Provilion in Columbus. So the Pittsburgh show was really good. I don't have set lists (sorry) but can tell you that it is pretty much like there first trip through the States. Songs that came to mind: opening with Politik, a nice playing of Warning Signs, the new Moses and Ladder to the Sun. Chris also played solo on the keys, a song he said he recently wrote called Waterfalls and that when it would be recorded, there would be a lot of trumpets and horns involved. For the encore they opened with Clocks I believe, played In My Place and a few others. What was also a big note is that it was Chris's birthday that night (March 2nd) and everyone sang happy birthday to him before the encore.
To top all of THAT off, where our seats were ( last row on the floor, far left) we were positioned by this make-shift back stage area. Well, about 3/4th's of the way into it, I look behind us, past the barricade and see Chris's girlfriend, none other than Gwenyth Paltrow catching the last few songs. I have to say, she wasn't all dolled up Hollywood style and she was dancing around like a fool, but what the hell. That was somewhat a thrill. Word was out that since the show sold out, the local station aired it live on the radio so hopefully some bootlegs will start surfacing.
The Columbus show as good again last night but shorter. All the same songs played although this time A Rush Of Blood to the Head was played which I believe was left out in Pittsburgh. Chris had trouble getting through the Scientist ( I believe ) and a few other songs due to the giggles. He mentioned that they were getting close to the end of the tour and were giggling a lot. For the first encore they came out and played Clocks and then In My Place and surprisingly left right after that. Well, enough fans screamed loud and long enough so Chris came out solo and played one last song on his acoustic. He gave no name to the song other than admitting it was for his girlfriend.
Thanks Jonathan for the great reviews!
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Chris Martin Secret Guest?
March 16, 2003 8:20 PM
Coldplay's Chris Martin was the surprise "secret guest" at last night's "ONE BIG NO" anti-war show in London, where he teamed up with Ian Mcculloch for a cover of Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side'.
Martin, who turned up backstage with girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow, performed two songs, 'In My Place' and 'Yellow', both reworked as slow ballads for piano. Before 'Yellow', Martin joked that the song almost turned them into "one hit wonders", and cheekily blended Wigfield's 'Saturday Night' into the ending bars.
After a short break, he then got back on piano for a short performance by the Echo And The Bunnymen singer, who is a noted influence on Coldplay's hugely successful second album 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head', even being present in some of the sessions. The pair dueted on 'Walk On The Wild Side', which got one of the biggest cheers of the evening.
The gig, at the London Shepherds Bush Empire, was put together by Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis, and aimed to raise funds for CND and the Stop The War Coalition, who have between them organised various demonstrations and events opposing any war on Iraq.
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Milwaukee Show Review
March 13, 2003 11:45 PM
Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood to the Head" was surely the most artful pop-rock album of last year.
Judging from the packed and adoring house Wednesday night at the Eagles Ballroom at the Rave, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" has rightfully catapulted Coldplay into a very hot commodity. Oasis may have finally sunk beneath the waves of its multiple pathologies, but Coldplay appears more than primed to step into the gap.
The virtues that defined "Rush of Blood" on disc - soaring melodies, chiming guitars, deft song craft and emotionally charged singing - carry over abundantly to Coldplay's live show.
But there is much more.
Early in the show, frontman Chris Martin made a passing joke about "reserved and boring Englishmen." If that stereotype is true, Martin is clearly of a mutant strain of Brit. Any parent concerned about the future of a hyperactive child need only to look to Martin for hope. Someday all that excess energy may fuel a rock star. On stage, Martin is frantic almost to the point of comedy: spinning, leaping, jabbing, bobbing, weaving. . . . You have the sense you could lose five pounds just watching him for two hours.
Although hardly overproduced, the Coldplay stage show is intelligently and effectively staged. Further enhancing the show was an exceptional light show that actually served to illustrate the music. On "Daylight," the stage was bathed in emerald light and then turned an orange glow when the lyric evoked the power of sunlight. For a portion of the show, the four players were all projected in black and white on separate screens, a stark effect that heightened the moody beauty of songs like "Clocks" and "In My Place."
Of course, if the songs weren't compelling, the stagecraft would be mere empty glitter. Fortunately, the songs are stellar and they draw from a varied emotional palette. "A Rush of Blood to the Head" is a fantasy of vengeance served cold. Premeditated musical violence. On the other end of the spectrum, "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" balances divine blessings and curses with a spiritual verve reminiscent of U2.
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Will not Impressed with Censors
March 13, 2003 11:34 PM
Rockers Coldplay have slammed last month's Grammy Awards as "fascist" and "f***ing outrageous" - for banning them for making any political comments.
The British Yellow stars were warned before America's premiere music awards - broadcast live - if they repeated any of their Anti-War views they would be taken off air.
Drummer Will Champion responds, "I think that's absolutely disgusting. I think it really is foul and totally fascist.
"The award ceremonies are about a celebration of artistic integrity and people playing music, and people with ideas, and people with passion, and if you stop someone from saying what they want to say, then you may as well just steal their art from them. It's f***ing outrageous."
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