Rogers Arena- Vancouver, BC
Coldplay pulled out all the stops last night at their first of two shows supporting their latest album Mylo Xyloto. in Vancouver. Each person walking into the arena was handed a wristband, with the hashtag #coldplayfilm printed on it, leaving fans wondering what was going on. #coldplay film refers to Coldplay’s forthcoming live DVD that will be filmed at an unknown date during this tour.
Later fans discovered that the wrist band was more than an advertisement when it turned the arena into thousands of multi-colored specks, allowing each person in attendance to become part of the over-the-top visual element that also included confetti canons and a laser light show.
It did not take long for the confetti canons to go off, covering fans in confetti shaped like hearts, butterflies, teardrops and flowers as Chris Martin made his way down the catwalk to the x-shaped stage during “In My Place,” but not before Martin serenaded his fans from behind his neon paint-splattered piano first.
“Yellow” was still the most respected and responsive song of the evening, more than a decade later. “Paradise” and “The Scientist” also received quite the sing-along.
The stage design allowed the most fans possible to get a closer view of these brit rock stars. The end of the catwalk was used to showcase Princess Of China, with Rihanna’s vocals added in and her presence shown by video images on screen.
A small performance was also done on ‘stage two’ that was located in the back corner of Rogers Arena.
The encore consisting of Clocks, Fix You and Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall ended the evening nicely as each fan left with a huge smile. It was the over-the-top enthusiasm of the band and crowd pleasing fun that made the evening so enjoyable.
Watching Martin on stage is mesmerizing. He had the brightest smile throughout the whole performance, his movements were fun to watch, and he really seemed awed by the power of song. Martin knows how to connect with an audience, and that is really what made the show spectacular (with all of the fun confetti, lasers and the like aside)
“Thank you for giving us the best job in the world,” Martin said before leaving the stage. It was hard not to notice the sincerity and overall true appreciation in his voice.
Opening for Coldplay were Metronomy and The Pierces.
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Photos: Debbie Fettback