|Coldplay Viva La Vida Concert Tour 2009|
|REVIEWS - LIVE|
|Written by Tessa Perkins|
|Wednesday, 24 June 2009 22:51|
Viva la Vida Tour
Artists: Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Howling Bells
Venue: GM Place, Vancouver
When: June 21st 2009
Reviewed by: Tessa Perkins (Vancouver)
On the last Canadian date of their Viva la Vida tour, these three bands treated “Vancouverians,” as Chris Martin called us, to a spectacular show that will definitely a lasting memory in the minds of all those who attended.
The Howling Bells started the night off with their electronica rock and helped to warm up the crowd along with Snow Patrol. Chris Martin highly recommended the song “Nightingale” by Howling Bells and he gave both opening bands great praise as well as thanks for joining them on the tour. Snow Patrol did a wonderful job of getting the audience excited for Coldplay; “That’s our job,” they said. Snow Patrol played their most popular hits, “Chasing Cars,” “You’re All I Have,” and “Crack the Shutters” which had the crowd out of their seats and ready to welcome Coldplay to the stage.
With the military theme of their latest album, the backdrop of the stage was an old-fashioned battle scene featuring a soldier on a horse. The band members were also dressed in military style jackets for most of the show. In complete contrast to this, the concert also had a butterfly theme with butter fly confetti that rained down on the crowd at one point and butterflies on one of their concert t-shirts. The lighting for the show was very good and not to distracting as complicated lights displays at concerts can sometimes be. In addition to the two big screens showing what the band was doing on stage, there were a few Spherical screens hanging from the ceiling that displayed everything from illegible words to an image of the earth.
They opened the concert with “Violet Hill” which had the audience on their feet and singing along. Chris Martin flung himself from one side of the stage to the other throughout the show and seemed genuinely exhausted after each song as he was putting every ounce of energy he had into giving the fans a great show and ensuring that the whole stadium was involved in the performance. He even gave a shout out to the people in the back as he modified the lyrics of “Fix You” to say “When you’re sitting at the back of a Coldplay show” instead of “When you’re too in love to let it go.” The band was gracious enough to play a few songs from a spot nestled in the crowd at the back of the stadium which allowed the other half of the audience a better overall experience.
The band played an almost equal mix of old such as “Fix You,” “The Scientist,” “Hardest Part,” “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face,” “Yellow,” “Clocks,” and “I’m a Believer,” and new songs such as “Violet Hill,” “Viva la Vida,” and “Lovers in Japan” which was accompanied by a beautiful video montage. They did a wonderful job of creating a memorable concert with their ability to unite the crowd and involve them in the performance. For the song “Yellow,” the sold out GM Place was filled with giant yellow balloons stock full of confetti which bounced around until bursting causing a shower of confetti. Another very cool thing to experience was the “Cell Phone Wave.” The band asked for the lights to be turned off and everyone in the crowd used a phone or lighter to create a shimmering wave of light which travelled from one end of the arena around to the other and up the centre. The audience also participated in a few songs by singing a particular note and it was a wonderful experience to have that many people in one place all singing the same note at once.
I was extremely impressed with Coldplay’s efforts to connect with the whole audience and create a show that made even those in the back row feel involved. Their music instils a sense of unity, peace, hope, and stability into their listeners, and their songs are classics that will be listened to for generations. They also clearly wanted their fans to leave their concert with a lasting impression of how they care as we were each handed a free CD to take home with us. The CD had a butterfly on each side of the cover and is titled Left Right Left Right Left. The album can be downloaded for free at their website as well: www.coldplay.com. As we walked out of the stadium, resounding Ooooh-Oooh-Ooohs of “Viva La Vida” could be heard from contented fans and I had gained a stronger appreciation for this great band.
Track Listing for Left Right Left Right Left:
1. Glass of Water
4. Strawberry Swing
5. The Hardest Part/Postcards From Far Away
6. Viva La Vida
7. Death Will Never Conquer
8. Fix You
9. Death and All His Friends