24 April 2012: Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR, USA
(to be confirmed)
- 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
- Fix You
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for Portland. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1937
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=90963
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90963
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
"99 Problems and the Bitch Ain't One" over the com just before the Back to the Future intro was a mild disappointment. [thanks GobBluth]
Coldplay is an amazing band. I’ve been to a lot of concerts and I don’t think I’ve seen or been part of a crowd that was crazy from floor to nose bleeds. I’ve seen Coldplay once before at the Clark County Amphitheater a few years ago and like this show, they put on a rock show. Before they even went on stage the Rose Garden blew up with flashing lights. They weren’t your normal camera or cell phone or lighter, they were these amazing wristbands that had a huge sponsor logo on them from Twitter. They were not just wristbands but they were controlled by remote. They would flash, they would stay on and they would turn off. All at various times during the show. It was like the applause sign at a live taping of a tv show. Almost reminding people to go crazy. It wasn’t like they needed it, Coldplay puts on one of the best live shows around. It’s been over 10 years since they played the Roseland Grill for their first show in the US. Yep, Coldplay played to what seemed like the most sold out show I’ve ever seen at the Rose Garden but their first show in the US was for a few dozen people at a venue’s 2nd stage for the radio station 94.7 KNRK over 10 years earlier. http://squidvicious.com/wordpress/2012/04/25/coldplay-rock-portland/
Coldplay Put a Smile Upon My Face Coldplay didn't exactly rock the Portland Rose Garden last night, but Chris Martin and co. sure know how to throw themselves into an energetic frenzy of anthemic pop/rock. After my past two attempts to see a Coldplay show fell through, the long awaited opportunity to see one of my favorite bands did not disappoint. Soaring melodies, gleeful dancing, and spectacular show production were the order of the night. The randomly flashing glow bracelets that were handed out before showtime illuminated the arena with a multicolored sea of lights. All of that hyperkinetic energy occasionally ebbed away to make room for the intimacy of "The Scientist” (one of the greatest ballads ever) and Chris' beautiful piano outro of "Amsterdam" (no, not a plug for my next BlogSpot post). Most of the show, however, was pure, bouncy pop bliss. Or maybe I should say, Paradise. [thanks Garth http://garthhamilton.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/coldplay-put-smile-upon-my-face.html ]
Last night was just another date night Tuesday evening... except for the fact that it was mine and Josh's first date night since December 2011 and oh, you know, we just happened to have COLDPLAY tickets to their Portland concert! (Tickets I had gotten Josh's for Christmas last year.) The concert was absolutely amazing. It was so just... magical. And happy. And amazing. It basically blew my mind. I wasn't that big of a Coldplay fan before the concert, I liked them well enough but wasn't crazy for them or anything, but oh man! Now? TOTALLY A SUPERFAN. [thanks Bethany http://everywhereismystudio.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/coldplay.html ]
Oregon Live.com: Chris Martin seems nice. This is something that is written almost every time he does an interview, and was especially prevalent in the coverage last fall when his band, Coldplay, released their latest record, "Mylo Xyloto".
USA Today led with how Martin turned tables and energetically questioned the questioner. The New York Times was fond of how he apologized for being late when he was five minutes early. Seems like a relatively normal guy. Highly likable, which sounds like an awful thing to say about a rock star, but isn't. He probably does understand "all the crap" fans had to go through to see Coldplay at the Rose Garden on Tuesday night. All "the money, and the parking. And we hope we don't let you down," he said.
To that end, over the course of 90 minutes, Martin and friends employed lights and lasers, confetti and balloons, thousands of illuminating wristbands, a lot of sweat and 90-minutes of music that has made them one of the world's biggest bands. Which is to say anthemic arena sing-alongs. Coldplay writes ear-worming "whoa-oh-oh-oh-oah-ohs" as naturally as the rest of us write our names.
"No wonder you produce so many great bands," Martin said as the mass of voices faded out of "Major Minus" in a chorus of "ooh-oohs." Now, there's no way any one group of 15,000-20,000 people sounds any different than another. But whatever. The point is, the Rose Garden was nearly sold out. Did you happen to see Chuck Klosterman's Grantland piece about going to see Creed and Nickelback on the same night in New York? It was passed around a lot yesterday. In it, he suggests that in the last 20 years, there have been five bands it's acceptable to "hate reflexively," without any need to justify. Those bands are: Bush, Hootie and the Blowfish, Limp Bizkit, Nickelback and Creed. All those band are also (or have been) very popular.
Coldplay, despite its popularity, is also plenty unpopular, and could have made the list. Then again, unpopular isn't the same as hate. "Meh" isn't "#$%! those guys." Still, with one ad-libbed from Seth Rogan to Paul Rudd in the "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," it became totally acceptable to slag Coldplay. "The Big Lebowski" did the same thing to the Eagles. "Mylo Xyloto" is, loosely, a concept record about love and art in dystopian times. It's painted in pastels, as if a 13-year-old with his first black light got together with Ocean Pacific's design staff. It has all the musical trappings of a Coldplay record -- big arrangements, lofty melodies. It's made for the big stage, and there it does its job.
Entering the Rose Garden on Tuesday, everyone was handed a wristband. A few minutes before Coldplay took the stage, the video screens began flashing, in a rainbow of colors, the words, "Please Put On Your Wristbands. It's Part of the Show."
Then Jay-Z's "99 Problems"* was cranked up, followed by the theme music for "Back To The Future." Wristbands** flashed to life around the arena and Coldplay droned the 42-second instrumental title track to their new record and then launched into "Hurts Like Heaven." (*The problem with using "99 Problems" the way Coldplay used it is this: They don't have a better song, which isn't meant as an insult. Most bands don't have a better song than "99 Problems.") (**These wristbands, are they going to light up every time Coldplay plays anywhere in the world? Will they chase me with marketing pitches? Is this nice guy thing all just an act?On the last night of the tour, will they all explode at once while Martin travels via private jet to his super villain island lair built into a mountain carved into the shape of an apple? The mind wanders when entranced by lasers.)
"Yellow" -- the band's breakthrough 2000 single -- was given a little extra punch. Actually, most everything was given a little extra punch. Which was nice, and necessary. They were joined, via video, by Rihanna for "Princess of China." Martin sprinted and hopped and bounced around on his piano stool. He worked. Guitarist Jonny Buckland worked. Bassist Guy Berryman worked. Drummer Will Champion worked. Having exhausted all the space on stage, they began the encore near the entrance to section 115, Martin explaining they had to run "about 600 meters" to get there. Which is, like, two gallons, or 15 feet or something. They played "Us Against The World." Then sprinted back to the stage to work through "Clocks," "Fix You," and "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" in a wash of lasers and lights and more sweat, because they seemed genuinely not to want to let anyone down. It was big and fun and shiny. It was ... nice.
(P.S. In order to comply with the conventions of writing about Coldplay: Radiohead, U2, Gwyneth. Whew. Almost forgot.) 
- @HeatherHDaniels: Taking our 4 yr old son to the @coldplay concert in Portland tonight. I'll put anything on the fact that he is their biggest fan!
- @adamblazers: Crew getting ready for #Coldplay concert tonight here at Rose Garden. Who's going? pic.twitter.com/9dywZcM8
- @Jayreg1969: Portland tonight !!!!!! Going be a good one i can feel it !!!!!
- @spraycansoul: Aieidjeheifbs Coldplay just sound checked glass of water and strawberry swing and I am right outside the door
- @spraycansoul: Those bastards just sound checked sparks
- @katherinejben: Music producer of Coldplay, Nicole, just asked to trade our tickets in the 300s for tickets in the front row! #FUCKYES
- @NateKarn: Got my tickets for coldplay got upgraded from upper level to front row #winning
- @_LupeJuarez: Waiting for @Coldplay #Portland instagr.am/p/J1BdgSCkFS/
- @sarahhechtNBA: Wristband light show!!! #coldplay pic.twitter.com/MzZbjrVX
- @JoannePDX: WOW! #Coldplay #Portland #Goosebumps #Amazing pic.twitter.com/gO3uFdja
- @drewfus919: @Coldplay in Portland. pic.twitter.com/itG8w1Yr
- @Catcruzship: "alright we've got one more slow song and then we've got to go fucking crazy so just relax" #coldplay #Portland
- @teamjacq: #coldplay about to bust the guitar #portland instagr.am/p/J1HK-Ji72y/
- @adamblazers: what a killer performance by Coldplay in PDX! So good live...great showmen! #coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/h8ah7Szi
- @JDbananington: @coldplay rocked it in Portland!
- @PapaCoopss: Coldplay decided to come in the crowd like 10 rows from us... Kinda freaked pic.twitter.com/fCSY5JPM
- @katyspray: Portland Coldplay concert was unreal. Surreal. Unbelievably awesome. Well done sirs. Well done. #coldplayfilm
- @coldplay: PORTLAND! thanks for giving us a fucking amazing start to our US tour. I'm buzzing. PH
- @katherinejben: Coldplay. Thank you manager of the band for trading out 300 section tickets for front row. instagr.am/p/J1SJdOlhgW/
- @NateKarn: @coldplay thanks for giving me a sick show. Front row courtesy of you guys was the best thing ever. #BestShowEver
- @EFajYETH: Wow. Just experienced the most beautiful evening at the Portland @Coldplay show in THE front row. Thank you, Nicole. #Unforgettable #YML
- @HallDunn: @coldplay Such a fantastic show in Portland tonight!! Thanks guys--you truly rock!!
- @hartalex: My view at @coldplay show in Portland tonight! Wow! pic.twitter.com/PxPv4Bal
- @coldplay: Soundcheck in Portland, Oregon. JB pic.twitter.com/zcFC8JgB
- @spraycansoul: Heading home from Portland, and an amazing @coldplay concert. We saw Jonny getting into the car, but I'm further convinced chris is a ninja
- @marinafontanari: No words can describe #coldplay #concert #portland #tour2012 #amazing instagr.am/p/J2MJjZm4a-/
- @harlanedlin: Chris Martin (close) and @coldplay from last night in Portland twitpic.com/9dqkop twitpic.com/9dqkoq
- @ImCumberbatched: At the wonderful Coldplay concert in Portland last night. #Coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/7JQWhtXU
- @JulioMost: ColdPlay's performance in Portland was amazing! What a show pic.twitter.com/bBBhHa59
- @ayyitslynn: @coldplay concert last night! #Portland #rosegarden instagr.am/p/J2T2RbqVcR/
- @DancerKelly44: Great show last night in Portland #Coldplay!!! pic.twitter.com/rmX7aLcl
- @klbraedt: @coldplay you were beautiful in Portland instagr.am/p/J2m6NVuwKm/
- @rancobb: Awesome Coldplay show in Portland last night! instagr.am/p/J2uBUbDqzU/
- @teamjacq: Last nights #coldplay #portland show was ridiculous!! instagr.am/p/J29YHeC75k/
- @babszeeie: @coldplay hands down the most amazing concert I have ever gone too here in Portland at the rose garden! Thanks for making my night!