21 December 2011: O2 World Arena, Berlin, Germany
- Mylo Xyloto
- Hurts Like Heaven
- In My Place
- Major Minus
- The Scientist
- Violet Hill
- God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
- Up In Flames
- Us Against The World
- Viva La Vida
- Charlie Brown
- White Christmas*
- Fix You
- Christmas Lights**
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
(*Oxfam on Tour presents Coldplay's White Christmas):
Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for Berlin. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1893
Videos from this show can be found in the Coldplaying forum live thread for this show at http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=88645&page=6 (page 6 onwards)
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=88645
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I was at the soundcheck... :-) My sisters, Mum and I were helping testing the wristbands together with eight others before the show and therefore got to go to Coldplays 2nd soundcheck, with Will drumming this new song Roadie has written about in his new blog! But from just hearing the drumbeat you can't really judge the song - I can't anyway. ;-) But anyway, I wanted to know whether the Italien couple is here on Coldplaying? We got your names to add on facebook after the show but then lost them. :-( Please pm me if you see this! [thanks RoosAnne]
I was very fortunate and extremely excited to watch the soundcheck in Berlin yesterday together with the other guys who helped with the wristbands. They first did 'Christmas Lights' and then started with the new "song". It was only the sound files first and they all listened to it and then joined in with their instruments. It sounded pretty cool, but don't ask me to describe it. I'm not able to I'm afraid. There were no lyrics yet and they all just seemed to experiment and see where it's going. Chris jumped off the stage while the others continued playing and had a chat with Phil who was watching from the sound control area. Chris seemed pretty excited about the song. Will then hit the drums alone for several minutes and it was pretty cool as Miller wrote. A lot of energy. Towards the end Chris went back to the stage area leaning against the runway and watched Will with quite a lot of admiration. A nice moment. [thanks Stephie]
Roadie #42 blogs while in Berlin
I hadn’t thought about it until Chris mentioned it on the B-stage. He thanks the Frankfurt crowd and mentions that Germany is where this tour really started, back on Rock im Park all those months ago. Fitting then, that we bring the show back here just before we break for Christmas. I don’t think there can be anyone not going home from this tour not feeling as though they’ve been hit by a truck (or indeed, by a dozen of them, or however many it is we’re up to now). It’s been an utterly bonkers six or seven months, but looking at the way the record has been taken to people’s hearts and how joyous the shows are, you can’t help but conclude it’s been worthwhile.
I’m going to keep this one brief. Primarily because in the rush to get out of the back door in the runner to the airport, I left my memory card in my camera, which means all my photographic evidence from the past few days is on a truck to Abu Dhabi. (I promise I’ll dig a few things out for you once we hit new year.) I should probably tell you that we had a rather interesting soundcheck in Berlin today, with a bunch of files finding their way over the internet to me from the studio for the fellas to work on before doors. It’s not a song that’s likely to be in the set for a good while. I’d say that once they’ve finished writing and recording it though, it’s got a good chance…
Order of business today was mainly Will’s drums. There’s something about the sound of a drumkit exploding through an enormous PA in an empty arena that no amount of studio gimmickry is going to be able to beat. So the work in progress track is fed to Will’s ears and he slams into it, shaking the dust from the highest rafters. 
Media Reviews (in English and German)
- Coldplay, O2 World Arena, Berlin (Wednesday, December 21)
When Coldplay rocked the Burswood Dome two years ago it was, well, all yellow but fans can expect a riot of colour if – or most likely when – the British uber-band bring their Mylo Xyloto tour to Australia. Flashing wristbands handed out at the door helped light up the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany, like a Christmas tree on the last night of Coldplay’s European tour for 2011 on Wednesday. In fact, from the graffiti-splattered backdrop – in keeping with the street artwork on a restored section of the Berlin Wall across the road from the O2 – to multi-coloured lasers that shot out across the audience it was a sensory overload for much of the 19-song set. And fans will be pleased to know that the show included tunes from all five of the band’s studio albums. Hits such as The Scientist, Clocks, Fix You and the anthemic Viva La Vida were given stellar treatment by the always on-form frontman Chris Mart in and his band of merry men. But Coldplay have upped the ante with a concert that’s as much about the spectacle as the songs, with giant balls falling from the ceiling during crowd favourite Yellow and confetti bursting from the stage during the chorus of In My Place.
It was the tunes from latest album Mylo Xyloto, released in October, which triggered those wristbands to start flashing – that’s one hell of a souvenir. There were other treats for the crowd, with Martin delivering an acoustic version of White Christmas and, during the encore, Coldplay’s 2010 festive offering, Christmas Lights. This was followed by the thumping new track Every Teardrop is a Waterfall to close the concert. According to Martin, Mylo Xyloto is based on a love story with a happy ending. Judging by the smiles on the faces of fans as they headed to the S-Bahn rail network on their way home, should Coldplay reach our shores the tour is likely to be a bestseller. Wunderbar. “Coldplay have upped the ante with a concert that’s as much about the spectacle as the songs.” 
- Coldplay begeistert mit bunten Konzert-Highlights!
Die Musiker von Coldplay haben bisweilen den Ruf, die Meister der Melancholie zu sein. Doch wer glaubt, dass sich die britische Band überwiegend durch Schwermütigkeit auszeichnet, der war definitiv keiner der rund 17.000 Fans auf dem gestrigen Konzert in der Berliner O2 World. Versucht man, die 90-minütige Show mit nur wenigen Worten zu beschreiben, dann sollten folgende Adjektive auf keinen Fall fehlen: laut, einfallsreich und vor allem bunt!
Mit ihrem fünften Studioalbum „Mylo Xyloto“ im Gepäck begeisterten Chris Martin (34), Jonny Buckland (34), Will Champion (33) und Guy Berryman (33) das Publikum in der restlos ausverkauften Halle. Nicht zuletzt die ausgefallene Bühnenshow sorgte für Staunen bei den Anhängern der Briten, denn das Publikum wurde Teil des im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes lebendigen Leuchtspektakels. Jeder Fan bekam am Eingang ein Armband, das im Rhythmus der Musik blinkte und die Arena in ein farbenfrohes Lichtermeer tauchte. Promiflash überzeugte sich live vor Ort davon, dass selbst riesige Luftballons, minutenlanger Konfettiregen und zahlreiche Videoleinwände nicht von Chris Martins unverwechselbarer Stimme ablenken konnten. Mit einem gelungenen Mix aus alten und neuen Hits sorgte die Band mehr als einmal für Gänsehaut-Feeling. Bei ihrem letzten Auftritt vor den Festtagen haben es sich die Jungs zudem nicht nehmen lassen, zwei X-Mas-Songs zu spielen. Nach den besinnlichen Klängen von „Christmas Lights“ und „White Christmas“ in Piano-Begleitung des Frontmanns dürfte auch der letzte Wintermuffel in Weihnachtsstimmung gekommen sein.
Die Engländer haben einmal mehr bewiesen, dass sie zurecht bis heute etwa 66 Millionen Tonträger verkauft haben und nach unzähligen Grammys und Brit Awards zu den erfolgreichsten Bands weltweit gehören. Für alle, die diese Tour verpasst haben, gibt es ein kleines Trostpflaster, denn im kommenden Jahr beehrt uns die Band für vier weitere Konzerte in Deutschland.