There was never any doubt in my head that this show would be worth the drive to Toronto, and in retrospect, my only regret is that I couldn’t stay for the second show the next night (which I heard was just as good). Coldplay pretty much always delivers in terms of filling the entire evening with wall-to-wall entertainment, but this time it really went above and beyond.

First of all, there were the bracelets. These were given out to audience members upon entering the venue, with instructions everywhere to wear them, as they were part of the show. And indeed they were – lighting up to the delight and amazement of the crowd, even though some complained that their bracelets weren’t working. It was an amazing effect overall.

Secondly, the energy was amazing from start to finish, and ranged from everyone-out-of-their-seats to overwhelmingly touching. Chris dedicated “Yellow” to the victims of the Aurora shootings and their families, and the song started with a slow reverence, and then opened up into the usual familiar beat.

The effects were impressive, especially for a band that doesn’t actually need them in order to entertain. But showmanship has become an important part of Coldplay shows over the years, and it seems now like they try to outdo themselves every time. I do wonder if at some point it will turn from grand gestures to self-parody, but I think they really hit the balance right this time around.

My only slight gripe had to do with the playlist; I could have done without a couple of the songs, but in the end it comes down to personal preference and they did play a lot of my favorites, as well.

The opening acts were both pretty good, and couldn’t have been more different from each other. The first was a girl singer named Emeli Sande, and she had a big, soulful voice. The second was the group Marina and the Diamonds, who did hard pop tunes but had sort of a strange Nicki Minaj thing going on with lots of glitz, pink, and blonde. Still, they were both really good and certainly each owned the stage in a different way.

We’d heard about people having their seats upgraded; sadly, that didn’t happen to us, but we had a good time anyway despite a few people looking inexplicably bored, like seeing Coldplay live was the dullest thing ever to happen to them (so why did they go?). Again, I wish I’d gotten tickets for the second night, but at least I know next time to buy tickets for each of the shows if there’s more than one in whichever city I end up in.

Setlist
1. Mylo Xyloto
2. Hurts Like Heaven
3. In My Place
4. Major Minus
5. Lovers in Japan
6. The Scientist
7. Yellow
8. Violet Hill
9. God Put a Smile upon Your Face
10. Princess of China
11. Up In Flames
12. Warning Sign
13. Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
14. Viva La Vida
15. Charlie Brown
16. Paradise
17. Us Against the World
18. Speed of Sound
19. Clocks
20. Fix You
21. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 9:19 am.
Categories: Reviews.

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