Coldplay @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver, April 20 2012


I vaguely recall the first time I heard Yellow on the radio. It was right around the time I began playing guitar and thought the chords might be easy enough for me to give it a try.  I also remember thinking: Hey, I like this song. Probably just a one-hit-wonder, though...

Pretty sure that’s the most wrong I’ve ever been about anything I’ve ever thought in my life.  I think more people worship Coldplay these days than Jesus, Elvis and that guy from Breaker High combined.

Well, maybe not more than that guy from Breaker High.

Coldplay came cruising through Vancouver recently as part of their world tour in support of their most recent album, Mylo Xyloto. I was so generously given the opportunity to see them play the first of their two consecutive shows at Rogers Arena, and I’m really glad I didn’t say no.  I brought my beautiful wife along for the ride to share our first Coldplay ‘experience’ together.

And an experience, it was.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan, a casual listener, or a straight-up hater, you cannot deny the entertainment value Coldplay gives their ticket purchasers.  The tickets aren’t cheap, but wow—do they make it worth every penny.  You see, at every entry gate to get into Rogers Arena, each and every concert-goer was given a wristband.  The colours of the wristbands ranged from yellow to pink to green to blue to white to orange.  Once seated, the giant, round screens inside the venue flashed the message to put on your wristband as it is “part of the show”.

At 9:03, the house lights go out.  The crowd goes insane. A few fluorescent lights light up the back of the stage. The stage manager lights the path for arguably the world’s biggest band.  The band members take their places, and with the first kick of the drum, the entire Rogers Arena is alit with multi-coloured flashing wristband lights. Like a scene from a sci-fi flick, or a happy drug hallucination—and it being 4-20 day in Vancouver, likely the latter of the two.  Not only do the wristbands light up, but they pulse in time to the beat, sometimes alternating in tempo depending on colour and section.  My lousy photos don’t do it the visual justice. I was slightly impressed.

Ok, I was really impressed.

[These videos are from my iPhone.. again, apologies]

The visual theatrics continued. In My Place was the second (or third?) tune and as eccentric and wacky leader Chris Martin ran down the long runway of the modest stage, cannons shot up millions of pieces of large, mulit-coloured confetti, showering the stage and the crowd.  I really couldn’t wipe the smirk off my face if I tried.

**At this point in the blog post, I must admit to you all that I’m not the biggest Coldplay fan out there. I do enjoy their tunes and own an album or two, but have never seen them live. I’ve heard great things about their live show, but never imagined it would be quite like this. Never.**

Throughout the set, more visual treats ensued with about 20-30 giant ‘Mylo Xyloto’ beach ball were getting tossed around the arena while multiple laser lights, spotlights and strobe lights tantalized the crowd.

Oh yeah—the music. I do really enjoy some Coldplay tunes.  Of the tunes they played last night, I thoroughly enjoyed Violet Hill, God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, Clocks, Warning Sign and Fix You. I could have happily done without the Rihanna tune, but that’s just me being a music snob.

I really would have loved to have heard Shiver (the ode to Jeff Buckley), Talk, Don’t Panic, and Everything’s Not Lost. So yes, my only complaint with the show would be the set list. And yes, usually that would make for a mediocre review, but this show was about more than the music: it was about lights, confetti and balloons; it was about dancing; it was about proving your worth; it was about entertainment value; it was about pouring everything you’ve got into what you do.

From the beginning of the night, Chris Martin came across as a genuinely humbled musician, consistently thanking everyone for coming to see them play.  He also couldn’t help but state several times that they “have the best fucking job in the world!”

I would be hard-pressed to disagree.


(Pardon the iPhone photos; left my good camera at home)



~ by DR on April 21, 2012.

5 Responses to “Coldplay @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver, April 20 2012”

  1. Sounds like a good show, Sam is very jealous!

  2. Im heading down there tonight to see City and Colour AND Coldplay.

  3. Such an awesome concert. The wristband lights showed up pretty well on the video! So crazy to see live…

  4. Coldplay live performance at the Rogers Arena was great. I really enjoyed the night together with my friends. Watching Coldplay and jamming all night long. Really really great.

  5. Very nice review! I was there when that happen.

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