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Coldplay, Air Canada Centre Toronto, 7/23/12

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

2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta Set Times and Webcast Details

2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta Set Times and Webcast Details

You remember a few months ago when we shared with you details of the 2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta? With the show sold out for weeks chances are you won’t be getting into the venue formerly known as Irvine Meadows this weekend. Thankfully the fine folks over at KROQ have not only announced the set times for the show, they are going to webcast the entire thing. To watch this Saturday’s webcast, head over to KROQ.com on Saturday. To check out the set times, look down below. To read our review of the 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast, click here.

Bud Lite Stage Dos:

Walk the Moon 2:30 PM

Of Monsters and Men 3:00 PM

Grouplove 3:30 PM

AWOLNATION 4:00 PM

Main Stage:

Garbage 4:50 PM

The Dirty Heads 5:25 PM

Angels & Airwaves 6:00 PM

Pennywise 6:35 PM

Silversun Pickups 7:15 PM

The Offspring 7:55 PM

Incubus 8:45 PM

Coldplay 9:35 PM

 

Of course make sure to check out KROQ.com for all the up to the minute details on this annual event.

KROQ Announces Details For the 2012 Weenie Roast Y Fiesta

 

KROQ Announces Details For the 2012 Weenie Roast Y Fiesta

You’ve read about the KROQ Weenie Roast here at Concert Confessions in past years Known for groundbreaking lineups, were not 100% sure if this line up is going to blow anyone’s mind as hard as past years, but for your hard earned dollar you get a day in the sun with the likes of Coldplay, Incubus and The Offspring. Oh and for those of you who like Pennywise, there’s always that. With the event celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, we can only hope KROQ has some surprises up their sleeves. Perhaps unannounced performances from some of the bands that played the first Weenie Roast? Our vote is for Terrence Trent D’Arby.

Going down on Cinco De Mayo at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater  in Irvine, CA.

Tickets go on sale to KROQ Street Team members starting April 5th at noon via Live Nation/Ticketmaster. Tickets for the 2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta are sold out. Tickets up front will set you back $85.00 while the lawn at the very back of the corporate sponsored music venue will cost you $45.00. A complete lineup for the 2012 Weenie Roast Y Fiesta is down below. For up to the minute information including, please check out the KROQ website by clicking here. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to The Surfrider Foundation and Heal The Bay.

 

Coldplay

Incubus

Pennywise

The Offspring

Angels & Airwaves

Garbage

Silversun Pickups

Grouplove

Awolnation

The Dirty Heads

Walk the Moon

Of Monster & Men

 

Coldplay Announce 2012 North American Tour

Coldplay Announce 2012 North American Tour

Let’s be honest, we don’t like Coldplay. Sure, they have one or two songs that are tolerable but for the most part they are the UK’s version of Nickleback. That said, we do like traffic coming to the site, which is why we are sharing with you the dates of their 2012 North American tour.

04-17 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
04-18 Calgary, Alberta – Scotiabank Saddledome
04-20 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
04-24 Portland, OR – Rose Garden Arena
04-25 Seattle, WA – Key Arena
04-27 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
05-01-02 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
06-22 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
06-25 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
06-28 Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
06-29 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
07-02 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
07-05 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
07-08 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
07-23 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
07-26 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
07-29 Boston, MA – TD Garden
08-03 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
08-07 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-11 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

Hayley Williams Joins Deftones in Luxembourg

 

 

 

Clearly, I should have spent the weekend in Luxembourg instead of Ventura.  Somewhere in that pint-sized nation was an event called the Rock-A-Field Festival.  Not only did it feature the #1 band Concert Confessions would like to see play in America again, but those lucky Luxembourgers (is that a real word?  Fuck it – it is now) were treated to Lil Miss Hayley Williams of Paramore rocking “Passenger” with Deftones.

Sure, she may not be Maynard, but she has a much nice set of tits pipes than that ‘roid raging Coldplay look a like from Dillinger Escape Plan.





Coldplay 07/13/09: Shoreline Amphitheater – Mt. View, CA

Coldplay 07/13/2009

Shoreline Amphitheatre: Mt. View, CA

Words/Photos by Jhallead

Okay, so most of my friends are in love with Chris Martin.  They think he is the cat’s meow.  Me, not so much.  The only thing I can think of when I see him is how he is married to Gwyneth Paltrow and has a daughter named Apple. I would say I am a fan of Coldplay, but not a crazy super fan.  I was lucky enough to attend the concert with a few girlfriends who had been counting down the days to have their “Date with Chris Martin” as they explained it.  I had heard that Coldplay was amazing live and so I wanted to check it out for myself.
Coldplay's Chris Martin 07/13/09
Luckily we had seats.  Anyone from the Bay Area knows that though the lawn can be fun during day concerts, it is not the best place to be for a sold out show.  Unless you like tripping on people trying to get to your seat that is.  I used to love the lawn seats but I guess I have grown up a little and get cranky if I have to sit on a blanket.
Coldplay - 07/13/09 Mt. View, CA
I have to admit, Coldplay was awesome LIVE.  They did something special for each song.  For instance, they set off these HUGE yellow balloons during the song Yellow.  The picture is a little blurry but you get the idea.  They also made sure to give props to the large audience in the lawn and sang 4 songs up on a platform.  They did a cover of Billie Jean that was pretty good, though I wanted to punch the drunk gals behind me trying to sing along.  I noticed that the band liked to say “FUCK” a lot.  I guess that makes you a rock star?Chris also led the audience into a cell phone wave.  Ya know, the lights went off and everyone stuck their cell phone in the air, etc.  It really made me think about how much technology has changed since the my real concert days at the Shoreline.  I guess about 12 years ago everyone would have done a pager wave or something.  At the end of the show they gave out free CD’s to everyone.  Granted, you can download the cd free but still a nice gesture.
Yellow - Coldplay 07/13/2009
Overall, it was a good show and worth the price for good seats.  It is really great to be around such huge fans pouring their hearts out to their favorite band.  I am glad I was able to experience it with great friends!

 




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