10 August 2012 - Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN, USA
- Mylo Xyloto
- Hurts Like Heaven
- In My Place
- Major Minus
- Lovers In Japan
- The Scientist
- Violet Hill
- God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
- Princess Of China
- Up In Flames
- Warning Sign
- Don't Let It Break Your Heart
- Viva La Vida
- Charlie Brown
- Us Against The World
- Speed Of Sound
- Fix You
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for St Paul. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1977
Videos from this show can be found in the first post of the Coldplaying forum live thread for this show at http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91932
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91932
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
Ok so this is my first post and I'm sooo excited to share my story!! My sister and I went to last night's concert in Minnesota with my mom. Just got back actually lol. It was my first concert and the greatest thing I've ever seen in my life! <3 The xylobands are the greatest thing to happen since sliced bread (yes, that good). Anyways, we had to drive back to Missouri today so we left a little bit early ):. I think right before the last song. After we got our car out of the parking lot and started to head away from the arena, we noticed a couple of black SUVs leaving the ramp going very fast. We jokingly said that was Coldplay and we should follow, so we did. Then we went to their hotel!! OMG At first we were hoping they wouldn't think we were like some crazy people, but when they got out they were sooo nice, it was totally awesome! They let us take a few pictures with them and Phil even took one of all of us with the band <3<3. We had to promise not to post any of the pictures though )): uber sad. They said it would encourage other people to do it, even though they didn't mind lol. I can't believe we got to see the best show ever and meet my favorite band. I never thought this would be possible. LOVE YOUR GUYS!! <3<3<3 Thank you Coldplay!! [thanks ColdplayGirl314]
The first time I remember hearing about Coldplay, was the video for Yellow – the guy just walking along the beach – the next thing I knew, they were this world famous group with several albums and multiple hits. I didn’t jump at the chance to see them live, but I’m glad I finally said, “yes,” and would certainly see them again.
When we first walked into the arena, they gave us all wristbands. One of the security people told us that the bands would light up during the show. “You’re sure they’re not for controlling our minds?” I asked him. “I hope not,” he replied. As it turns out, he was right, they were only for lighting up, and the effect was fantastic; making everyone a part of the show. There are plenty of cynical, preachy artists in the world. I love the fact that these guys come across as nice, good people, who enjoy what they do and just want to make their fans happy. If you get the chance to see them, don’t hesitate. [via  ]
Star Tribune: In the last leg of its North American tour, Coldplay delivers an invigorating show from beginning to end, with bright lights and lots of confetti.
The two biggest bands of the century couldn't be more disparate. Canada's Nickelback is proudly and dunderheadedly macho while England's Coldplay is strikingly and hopelessly feminine (the musical equivalent of chick flicks). Nickelback's frontman Chad Kroeger is all about drinking and getting laid. Coldplay's Chris Martin is all about emotions and caring about everything from relationships to world economic issues. In concert, Nickelback is all about pyro and explosions while Coldplay is about colors and confetti.
In fact, Coldplay couldn't wait to shower the confetti Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Most headliners save it for the end of the evening, but Coldplay fired the confetti cannons during the night's third selection, "In My Place." (By the way, the confetti was in the shape of butterflies, hearts, flowers, exclamation points, etc.) During the fifth number, giant multicolored balloons filled the arena. But the coolest special effect started on the very first song, "Mylo Xyloto," the title cut of Coldplay's current blockbuster album.
Every concertgoer was given a special wristband in a half-dozen different colors that blinked to the beat of the music (thanks to remote radio controls). The arena turned into a ginormous Lite Brite flickerathon as circles of day-glo colored lights flashed onstage, as well, along with various colors of laser lights. The first 15 minutes of the concert were more like a finale. In fact, this was more visually exciting than the Olympics Opening Ceremony.
While the special effects certainly invigorated the 15,000 fans, they didn't completely overshadow the music. No major rock band is more eager to please than Coldplay. The quartet borrows majesty from U2, arty sonics from Radiohead and pure poppyness from the Beatles to create a bright, shiny, breathtakingly pretty sound. Then factor in the hyper exuberance of the athletic Martin and you've got the most over-the-top pop band in the universe.
Coldplay is the only band that turns love ballads into anthems. That happened Friday with "Yellow," the group's 2000 breakthrough hit, and "Paradise," a hit from the current album. Coldplay is easily the most jovial band from across the pond. Martin, 35, and company simply sold happiness and positivity -- whether he was talking about a merger of the U.S. and U.K. water polo teams, promising to party like it's 1999 (without mentioning Prince) or standing in the bowl end among the crowd to play the first encore.
The 95-minute set may have seemed front-loaded with hits and bogged down by two consecutive ballads played on the end of the runway. But the bouncy "Viva La Vida," the elegantly lovely "Clocks" and the soaring, bracelet-blinking finale of "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" with its ringing U2-like guitar were highlights from the second half. With this tour (which concludes its North American leg Saturday in St. Paul), Coldplay hasn't shaken the albatross of comparison to U2. But they've demonstrated that they, not Nickelback, deserve to be the halftime entertainment at the next Super Bowl. Or why wait? How about Sunday's closing Olympics ceremonies? 
TwinCities.com (Pioneer): It's easy to hate Coldplay, but it's even easier to kind of like them. That helps to explain how these soft-rock merchants are a wuss-rock punchline, yet can still headline two nights at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. (Madonna and Bruce Springsteen will do the same later this year.) Coldplay specialize in perfectly pleasant, mid-tempo pop music, the perfect soundtrack for cruising Pinterest on your iPad while sipping a latte in your Restoration Hardware deck chair.
Yet Friday, Aug. 10, Coldplay proved they're more than just snoozy radio fare in front of 15,000 giddy fans. From the very start, a dozen years back when "Yellow" put them on the map, these guys have known how to put on a show. They may make semi-boring music, but they're anything but in concert.
To wit, the band created one of the most fan-friendly, upbeat and interactive arena shows in recent memory. Ushers distributed free wristbands at the door embedded with (possibly) magic technology that made them flash at key points in the concert, during crowd favorites like "In My Place," "Paradise" and "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." If it sounds like a gimmick, well, it is. But it was also breathtakingly cool, especially when combined with lasers, confetti and songs even your mom knows blasting through every corner of the place.
A series of massive, circular screens suspended from the ceiling ensured even the cheapest seats got a gander of the hard-working foursome, who were already sweating three minutes into the evening. Just in case, lead singer Chris Martin even took the band out to the far end of the floor to play a few songs in seats right in the middle of a sea of fans. Martin and company clearly look to U2 for inspiration, and Friday's concert boasted the same majestic sweep Bono and the Edge have long since trademarked. Martin was all smiles, sprinting up and down the catwalk, often collapsing into the bed of confetti that blanketed the stage. Jonny Buckland rarely gets much credit, but acts as the ideal foil for Martin, filling in Martin's harmonies with Edge-style guitar heroics. And Will Champion drives it all home behind the drums.
Nearly all of Coldplay's fifth album, "Mylo Xyloto," made the set list, including "Princess of China," with Rihanna joining the band via tape and the big screens. "Paradise" -- an almost disturbingly infectious song on par with Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" -- fared best of the bunch and already sounds at home with the other big hitters of the night, like "Yellow" and "Fix You."
Rumor has it that Coldplay will take a red-eye back to England after Saturday's second X show to take part in the Summer Olympics closing ceremony. Expect them to take home the gold. 
KSTP: Coldplay fans of all ages gathered at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Friday night, the first of two shows completing the band's North American tour. Frontman, Chris Martin and his Grammy-winning band mates delivered an energy-packed show from start to finish. Several themes of the night included glowing neon, colorful confetti and balloons of all shapes and sizes.
The show kicked off with a fun surprise for 15,000 concertgoers who were given a Xyloband (wristband) at the entrance with #Coldplay Film written on it. As the band rocked out to their first song, "Mylo Xyloto," the remote-controlled bracelets blinked in all different colors -- that combined with bright lasers created an incredible light show for the fans and Coldplay as they gazed all around the venue. Typically, confetti showers the crowd at the end of a concert, but during the third song of the night, "In My Place," it rained colorful butterflies, exclamation points, hearts and flowers. Chris Martin playfully dove through the neon confetti that blanketed the stage several times!
Kudos to the creative director and stage people for designing the most fan-friendly atmosphere. Chris Martin sprinted across every inch of the stage, including the walk-way that wrapped around the back end of the stage. He and his mates paid plenty of giddy-fans a visit who sat back there! Huge circular screens were suspended from the ceiling with constant video flashing so people could get a glimpse of the action no matter how near or far they were sitting from the stage. This is Coldplay's first North American tour in nearly three years.
The band is touring to promote it's fifth and latest Platinum record, "Mylo Xyloto," which topped the charts in 34 countries. Band members include Chris Martin (married to Gwenyth Paltrow), Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion. The 95-minute set is chock-full of latest hits such as "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" and "Paradise," both of which have received Grammy nominations. The second half of the show also includes popular hits such as "Fix You, Viva La Vida, Clocks and Yellow." http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2724892.shtml]
- @XcelEnergyCtr: Happy @Coldplay weekend!
- @oxfamontour: Coldplay at Xcel Centre, St Paul instagr.am/p/OKVzJ6gkMV/
- @angelica_ds: Listening To @Coldplay in sound test at xcel energy center MN. My heart already bursting of emotion.
- @XcelEnergyCtr: Get your #Xylobands when you walk in the door for the @Coldplay concert tonight. It's going to be a great light show! pic.twitter.com/Pi4oHnmj
- @JmpseatTherpist: Just got my #coldplayfilm bracelet! So excited! This show is going to rock!
- @brianmcmillin: Interesting openers at the @coldplay concert. Marina and the Diamonds #nowplaying #coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/8Tl4AL2t
- @iowabackroads: First wristband lights, now crazy confetti. #coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/jtQdk5sa
- @JakeEnglin: This is the best show i've ever been to by far!! #ColdplayFilm #greatnight pic.twitter.com/6nGGofpo
- @urnotjana: Coldplay on fire in st Paul! instagr.am/p/OK8SRpBcyx/
- @cbetancourtPR: Fun with balloons at @coldplay show at @xcelenergyctr :) #coldplayfilm #sofun instagr.am/p/OK8vQHj0Wc/
- @cbetancourtPR: Wow! @coldplay is amazing live! @XcelEnergyCtr #coldplayfilm
- @VforVannelli: #coldplayfilm best concert ever! #amazing @ Saint Paul, MN instagr.am/p/OLBpcQyPdS/
- @AnnieSandell: Greatest concert of my life #Coldplayfilm #holycrap #amazing pic.twitter.com/UDzmyQDT
- @Macky1_1: #coldplayfilm most amazing and eventful concert I've ever been to. I don't think much can top that.
- @JenD323: One of the best concerts I've ever been to. @coldplay @XcelEnergyCtr pic.twitter.com/QcpMnGR9
- @XcelEnergyCtr: @Coldplay knows how to put on a show!! Tonight was paradise complete with confetti, balloons and a sea of colorful light up wristbands ..
- @93bunny: Thx #Coldplay for an entertaining show tonight in St. Paul. Loved the confetti, beach ball balloons & #coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/qEHgZmHX
- @rocknviking: Coldplay was simply amazing tonight in St. Paul! So much energy and spot on songs make me wish I was going back for Saturdays show!
- @shuZammm: @coldplay was completely AMAZING 2nite in St Paul. Those guys played/sang their hearts out! Unbelievable energy. Thx 4 the beautiful music!
- @ajolivette: Coldplay put on a really fun show in St Paul tonight. Shout out to whoever created the bracelets that made Xcel look & feel like Christmas.
- @coldplay: Crowd panorama from the first night in the final venue of Coldplay's N.American tour (hi-res at cldp.ly/xcelpano) A pic.twitter.com/B5zz3zGd