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Seriously Serious Concert No. 13: Coldplay, 8/7/09 by Barbecue Bros
August 10, 2009, 1:21 pm
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Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, Charlotte, NC

As I said in last Thursday’s music videos, it isn’t always cool to like Coldplay as they’ve become one of the biggest bands in the world since their confident debut album Parachutes (which is still one of my favorite albums of the decade). Their subsequent albums have brought their sound to a wider audience, but for me their sound had stagnated a bit until they worked with Brian Eno on their last album, Viva La Vida, or Death and All His Friends.

The one thing I didn’t remember when seeing them four years ago in Charlotte was the energy Chris Martin brings to their live show (I was at the edge of the lawn and didn’t have glasses and had been drinking a bit), leaping and dancing across all parts of the stage. The band played a pretty standard set list, hitting on their big songs and fan favorites. As expected, “Yellow” had the huge yellow balls filled with confetti (though none made their way over to our side of the lawn). “Fix You” and “Viva La Vida” both sounded huge live with apparently the entire sold-out crowd singing along.

The band switched it up halfway through their set and played on a small stage which included a nice, Chris Martin piano solo of “The Hardest Part.” Later in the set they also made their way over to a small stage in the middle of the lawn  (though on the other side of the lawn from us – again!) and played a medley of acoustic songs including the Will Champion-sung “Death Will Never Conquer” as well as “Billie Jean” before making their way back to the main stage for the rest of the show as well as encore.

The show had lots of energy and was just a generally fun time watching a band that has hit a nice groove with a very entertaining live show. It would be cool to see them a little closer up next time, however.

Next up: This had originally been the end of the Seriously Serious concert series, but a few shows were announced recently for this month: Fiery Furnaces/White Rabbits on 8/18 and Drive-by Truckers on 8/28. So it continues for now…

Set list after the jump, courtesy of  Creative Loafing:

Life In Technicolor
Violet Hill
In My Place
Glass of Water
Cemeteries of London
Fix You
Strawberry Swing

God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
The Hardest Part (Chris Solo Piano)
Postcards From Far Away (Chris Solo Piano)

Main stage
Viva La Vida

Lawn stage
Green Eyes (Acoustic)
Death Will Never Conquer (Acoustic, sung by Will)
Billie Jean (Acoustic)

Viva La Vida (Remix Interlude)

Main stage
Lovers In Japan
Death And All His Friends

The Scientist
Life In Technicolor ii
The Escapist (Outro)


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