Coldplay. Barclay’s Center. 12.30.12
Hurts Like Heaven
In My Place
Lovers in Japan
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
Princess of China
Up in Flames
Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
Viva La Vida
Us Against the World
Speed of Sound
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
Favorite Song Performed: Viva La Vida
Least Favorite Song Performed: n/a
Sound Check Length/Wait Time: 30 minutes
Set Design: ★★★★★
Crowd energy: ★★★★★
Band Energy: ★★★★★
Sound Quality: ★★★★★
Thoughts: My Coldplay tickets were the biggest thing underneath my Christmas tree. I was ecstatic! I have been a fan of Coldplay since the Vida La Vida era and have wanted to see them live since forever. I’d planned to see them in Boston this summer, but because I was at camp at Exeter staring at New Hampshire tide pools for marine biology, I missed Coldplay.
New Year’s Eve eve arrived and I could hardly contain myself. At 6:30 my best friend and I caught Manhattan’s IRT 2 train to the venue, the newly opened Barclay’s center. “Jay-Z’s Barclay Center” (as it’s known in Brooklyn) is mammoth and was as lit up as the Rockefeller tree. The venue handed out Xylobands, which are radio controlled LED wristbands that light up to the beat of the song. Next stop: merch table! I spent $40 on a black and white tee with tour dates as proof I’d been to heaven. The food options at Barclays were mostly Brooklyn based, they had iconic brands like Nathan’s and Junior’s cheesecake. Me and my bestie devoured mexican style roasted corn with mayonaise, cheese and paprika. Our seats had an amazing view of both the stage and the catwalk as well as the large circular screens hanging from the ceiling which were used to project live feed from the stage (and Rihanna during “Princess of China”).
The opener, an all acapella group of seven guys seemed a bit out of place. They definitely weren’t what I expected. I had expected someone like Snow Patrol or any other rock band in the same vein as Coldplay, not an R&B influenced acapella group who sang what seemed a ten minute song about Jesus. I blocked most of their 30 minute set out.
Coldplay however, had me at full attention.
From “Mylo Xyloto” to “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” the whole stadium was on their feet and in a bit of a trance. A Coldplay concert is more than just a show, it is an experience. Chris Martin and the rest of the guys really love what they do, and it shows. Especially Chris Martin’s “dancing.” Watching Chris Martin jump, somersault and throw himself across the stage filled me with a weird sense of glee even as I quietly worried for his safety (he nearly tripped over his own feet at least 20 times during the show). Chris Martin’s energy, the laser lights, Xylobands, the custom confetti made into the symbols of Mylo Xyloto, beach balls the audience participation…I’ll never forget this show.