If you are wondering “why Coldplay?,” well then, you probably aren’t aware of the slew of hits the British Band have produced since 2000. Coldplay (and Linkin Park) are undoubtedly two of the biggest bands to come out of the 2000s, and both are still going strong. Sales in excess of 50 million worldwide and hit singles from four studio albums — that is enough material for a tribute band to play in Coldplay’s honour.
I wasn’t expecting as many people as there were for the Breathe – The Floyd Sound concert, simply because Coldplay’s fanbase isn’t as big as a legendary band as Pink Floyd. Plus, April 2nd was the Cricket World Cup finals which India won, so most of the city was still reeling in the joy (and hangover) of last night’s match.
But being a massive Coldplay fan, there was no way I was going to miss this show.
The opening act was American solo artist Thom Chackon.
Here’s a video of some songs he performed:
Once Thom Chackon left, it wasn’t a long wait before Coldplayer hit the stage.
And they kicked things off with…
After “Politik,” the opening track from A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), next came:
I didn’t record “Violet Hill” in full because I needed to conserve space on my camera memory card.
One of Coldpay’s greatest songs – “Clocks”
More songs from A Rush of Blood to the Head (“In My Place” & “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face”)
“Trouble” and “Strawberry Swing”
(“Strawberry Swing” was performed two tracks later actually)
Moving on to my favourite Coldplay album, X & Y (2005)…
Coldplay’s epic “Fix You” (followed by “Talk”)
And then, the song everybody knew (most of) the words to…
My card got full halfway through the song and had to swap the second one in, thus the break in recording. No worries… as you’ll see down below 🙂
The band then left the stage after “Yellow,” which didn’t imply the show was over. There was no way a Coldplay tribute act was going to end a show in 2011 without playing “Viva La Vida“.
Besides “Don’t Panic,” they also sang “Green Eyes” and one other song which I wasn’t too familiar with.
“The Hardest Part/Postcards from Far Away” and that song which is now a Coldplay anthem…
From Vida or Death and All His Friends, they played “Lost,” “Strawberry Swing” and this:
But since the awesome crowd asked for more…
“Life in Technicolor II” (from the Prospekt’s March EP)
“Shivers” (from Parachutes)
For the final song of the night, since the reception this song got the first time was so good, Coldplayer ended their gig with an encore performance of Coldplay’s first hit single:
With that, Coldplayer bowed to the audience and finally left the stage — this time for real.
Gigbox’s third concert was yet another stellar show. Sure, the UB City amphitheatre wasn’t as packed as it was for Breathe – The Floyd Sound, but you really can’t compare the fanbase Pink Floyd has in the city to Coldplay. The crowd was a lot younger this time and as you heard from the videos, they were very receptive.
So after tribute acts for Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Coldplay… who is next?
Ireland’s biggest musical export — U2, played tribute by U2UK. May 7th, see you there 🙂