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posted Friday, April 27, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 17
Coldplay dazzles Seattle fans
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Coldplay dazzles Seattle fans

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Coldplay
April 25
Key Arena


You won't hear Coldplay fans complain after seeing them in concert. That's because they get their money's worth, and then some.

One of the world's most celebrated rock bands, Coldplay was greeted by nearly 20,000 fans on Wednesday night when they came to town. The capacity crowd got exactly what they came for, a show filled with their favorite songs, a dazzling and neatly wrapped production, the opportunity to belt along to signature Coldplay tunes, and in-person sightings of cutie pie Chris Martin.

The night kicked off with two quick intros, the 'Back to the Future Theme' and 'Mylo Xyloto,' before the group dove headfirst into 'Hurts Like Heaven,' a track from their latest work (2011's Mylo Xyloto). Bracelets given to all concertgoers upon entry had been activated and were now flashing all around in pinks, blues, and yellows. The older stuff was just around the corner, like 'In My Place,' which saw thousands of butterfly-shaped confetti pieces blown throughout the arena. A couple of songs later, during 'Lovers in Japan,' more confetti was blasted throughout the lower levels, aside from a multi-colored assortment of large balloons that fans joyously slapped around.

'Thank you so much for coming out for us,' said a sincere Martin to everyone. 'Thank you for giving us your Wednesday.' The lead singer acknowledged this was the band's fifth time through Seattle.

'The Scientist' was performed beautifully with Martin on a mural-painted piano and thousands of fans singing along to it. 'Yellow' began slowly and softly, but then flourished into a power rock ballad. 'Violet Hill' featured Martin, in navy blue cargo pants and turquoise T-shirt, spinning around in circles on stage - and on the subject of pants, the bright blue pair worn by guitarist Jonny Buckland were pretty much brushed-on. They were so snug that I could tell where everything was behind the curtain, if you catch my drift.

'Princess of China,' the first of three hits performed at the edge of a long runway, included video footage of Rihanna, who duets on the original cut. The other two numbers played at this end were 'Up in Flames' and 'Warning Sign,' which Martin apologized for as it was so 'sad and depressing.' But he made no apologies for introducing a blushing Guy Berryman as the act's 'handsome' member.

The four-piece band performed in a front of a graffiti-splattered backboard as a giant drum-shaped video screen flashed images of them during the whole concert. A smaller video screen at the floor's midway point, and an even smaller one at the far end of the venue, were positioned up high to give everyone, including those in the nosebleed section, a glimpse of what was happening on stage. The larger drum-shaped screen also displayed digital swirls in fluorescent colors, like a big pinwheel or kaleidoscope.

On 'Viva La Vida,' percussionist Will Champion struck an actual bell during the chorus. 'Paradise' closed out the main set, and the audience was treated to a third downpour of confetti.

It took less than five minutes for Coldplay to reappear, this time across the arena nestled into the 100-level seats on a makeshift stage. They did an acoustic run-through of 'Us Against the World' and then ran back to the center stage to drill out 'Clocks' and 'Fix You,' both sounding amazing with a clutter of lights and lasers shooting in all directions.

'Do you have time for one more song?' asked Martin. When the crowd responded with intense cheer, the group ripped into 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.' This ended a terrific two-hour performance.

You can snub Coldplay for being too commercial or too pop. But you can never fault them for giving their very best at every show. After all, it's what their fans have come to expect.

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