25 June 2012: Toyota Center, Houston, TX, 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 Houston. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1956
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=90969
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90969
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
Back home. We had seats way at the back on the floor so view for me was nonexistant. But I had an awesome time. Miller was there setting some stuff up in the sound booth when we got there so we got to say hi to him. Then I got to talk with Marta again. She is the person running the big camera during the show. Then I went to talk to Dan Green. Told him I really didn't think they could have topped their Viva shows, but the xylobands looks so amazing. Then he said he can't believe how many shows I go to. I told him this was my 40th show. He said I should get in for free....yes please. He said he could get me into any show I wanted. Don't know if he was just bullshitting me but I'm gonna check into it. I told him Jackie has all my info. After the show, he gave me his set list.
Yellow: mellow yellow intro! Thought the crowd sounded really good. Lots of singing. C Stage was on opposite side where we sat, but we walked over to get a closer look. Pic of Will is about the only one I took that came out worth a damn. We have better seats tomorrow night so I'll have more pics then. I thought it was funny that the ticketless seat location paper they give you at the door said Houston Rockets vs Coldplay. [thanks Texasluvsjonny]
Hello everybody! Very good show at Houston tonight, but for me it didn't beat the two Dallas shows (especially Saturday). You know, as I move with the tour, I learn that sometimes where you are makes a WHOLE difference. Tonight I was in the floor, pretty near the stage and I didn't felt so much energy and support like I have felt from "worse" seats. I have learned that I like my dancing space and the closer you are to the stage, the less space you have. It is a shame that some people go to the concert just for going and they just seat there and do not enjoy it.
A band like Coldplay should at least someday make a show only for HUGE fans. It would be unbelievable. Let's get to the show now. I really liked more the American Airlines Center than the Toyota Center. Much better in all ways from my point of view. Wolf Gang was pretty nice again, I think they are up to big things, once the time comes. They have several good songs in their catalog. Robyn was very applauded by the audience, and I have said before she has great dancing skills and some good songs. Regarding her cover of Every Teardrop is A Waterfall, I think it is a great cover, so different from the actual song that it does no harm playing it before the boys. What I think is that she shouldn't use the catwalk, as a sign for respect. But it is not a harmful thing, so let's better care about our favorite band!
Tonight, God Put A Smile Upon Your Face was BRILLIANT!!! The drums were sounding great during that one and ETIAW. To me the highlights of this show are In My Place, Major Minus, Yellow, The Scientist, GPASUYF, Warning Sign and especially Don't Let It Break Your Heart, which sounds MASSIVE live. I am so glad they wrote a song like that one. It is one to look forward to, without a doubt. Furthermore, I really like Us Against the World and especially Speed of Sound, which I think is a wonderful addition to the set-list, since it is a great song. As a HUGE fan, there's always songs you would like to hear, like A Message, 'Til Kingdom Come, U.F.O. and Shiver, but I understand that they are comfortable with things the way they are.
It was a great show, don't get me wrong, but I was surrounded by people who were not much into it and I could not move much, so there were some parts where I had to calm myself and try to see the things from a whole different perspective. Regarding the crowd, I still think Saturday's Dallas crowd is on top. Finally, a little gossip. Mr. Harvey is not on tour, since he is on holidays with his family. And I saw Chris's dad who had a Xyloband on and was cheering up during Clocks, Fix You and many other songs. It is AMAZING how this Sir keeps cheering after (I assume) seeing a whole tons of shows. That's true father love. Chris is a lucky fellow. To end, I met Kelly's sister, who sat right beside me with some family. She and her company were very nice and lovely. In short, COLDPLAY love all the way around. See ya tomorrow! [thanks the_escapist]
So I worked my best Houston charm for 2 hours promoting #lovefoodhateinjustice My crew were top notch! We had a blast! But not everyone is there for the same reasons, and that puts a damper on things, but the rest of us owned the Toyota Center! After volunteering they thanked us for our hard work and sent us off with tickets! I had already purchased a ticket so I went to my original spot which if you were to look at the stage from the audience, I was directly to the left of the stage where Guitar Roadie Matt’s layer of Jonny is located, so I got to watch the roadies dancing it out to 99 problems and watched as they prepared for the show to get underway. So I sat down with about 10 minuets to spare before the show starts and there was a couple next to me who commented on how I had just made it and we got to chatting. They kept asking questions about the band and songs and about the wristbands, I pointed out Miller who was on the stage taking the panorama and they thought that was “soooo cool” how they did that (they had already had a couple of beers to begin with)
Then comes 99 problems, and back to the future and I just lit up! Same set list, but it didn’t matter, the show was incredible! I’m pretty sure I gave the guy behind me a black eye when I jumped up and thrusted my fists in the air. Eh his fault. The lights were brilliant and bright, the sound was thrilling and the boys were on fire! Jonny would glance over at us and grin and Guy made his way around the back to say hello to our side during in my place when Chris took over his side. Will, sigh Will was beating his drums to the rhythm of my pulse. I wish I could have gotten a better shot of him with my camera, but he moves to fast ☺ Chris is great about including the folk behind the stage so major props to him!
I didn’t find him overly talkative though; he through in a couple Houston’s and sing this with me bits, but nothing to really shout about. Highlights for tonight had to be a warning sign, and us against the world. Beautiful! Oh before he began fix you, he tossed in a bit of Beyonce, seeing as this her home town. Also to the guys who sit way up with the spotlights! Y’all have balls of steal! And to the roadie who chilled behind Will all night, you have one blessed ass to view! Envy to the max! Great night and I can’t wait to do it all over again tonight! I’ll be on the floor so a different view indeed! Oh also saw Hoppy before they opened the doors, I called out to him but he gave me a double take, probably because I said his name and because I was dressed as a chili pepper. [thanks kjones31]
The lights dimmed and soon I saw 4 guys getting into their spots. It was truly amazing, I've watched thousands of their live clips on YouTube and to finally see them in real life was unreal. As soon as MX began, the Xylobands flashed on and everything went nuts. The transition from MX to Hurts Like Heaven was absolutely awesome because of the way Will's drums sounded. I knew it was going to be a great night. As soon as Hurts Like Heaven ended, Will started bashing the drums again and soon enough In My Place was booming from the speakers. Jonny boy sounded great and as soon as the 'yeah's of In My Place began, confetti was raining down everywhere. I gotta say, it's alot harder catching them as they fall down than it looks haha. Soon Chris was jumping all around the X stage and came right to the part where I was, I reached my hand out as far as it could go, which was touching the top of the X stage, trying to touch Chris. Before I knew it, I made direct eye contact with Chris and he high fived me, WHICH WAS SOMETHING I'LL NEVER FORGET.
The concert continued with the usual set list, the lasers/lights during Major Minus are pretty cool and blinding too haha. Lovers In Japan is such a great song, so glad that they have it back in the set again. I got to bounce a couple of the balloons which was pretty awesome. The 'Mellow Yellow' intro of Yellow is really good and sounds great. Will made GPASUYF sound amazing, he's such a fantastic drummer. The X stage portion of the set came up next, it's so awesome for them to move right into the floor crowd. Will was literally an arm's reach away and I'd be lying if I said I didn't scream out his name a few times lol. The only bad part was that some drunken idiot came right up next to us and was spilling beer all over the place. He was trying to take picture while holding his phone upside down lol.
DLIBYH is really awesome live due to the drums and how the lasers go with the theme of the song. The blow up song symbols look cool too since they pretty much pop out of no where. It's a great addition to the set list and definitely better live than the recorded version. Viva la Vida really got the crowd going crazy and singing. Will's bell has like dust or something powder that blows off of it every time he gives it a whack. The 'ohhhhh' chants were ridiculously loud and crazy. Charlie Brown and Paradise are both major crowd favorites and both sound equally amazing live. They said goodnight after Paradise and acted like they left, which they've been doing since the festival shows and is honestly kinda dumb. They soon popped up way back somewhere in the 110s section. Us Against the World was pretty normal and nothing really that special. Speed of Sound acoustic was awesome and it was definitely another crowd favorite.
The band then ran back to the main stage to play their final 3 songs. Clocks was definitely much better than I expected and the lasers made it pretty epic. Jonny's solo part on Fix You was amazing and Chris was jumping around on the X stage during that too, so I was able to take a few pictures of him. Before I knew it, the night was coming to an end, MMIX started and I knew that they would soon be playing their greatest song in my opinion, Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall. The drums soared during it and the 'wa wa wa wa's were great, the last minute of that song is absolutely wild and it got the whole place going crazy. All in all it was a pretty epic night and something I won't be forgetting for a while, especially the high five. Chris bring so much energy to the crowd with all his weird jumps and twirls. I didn't take many pictures, but the few that I took turned out terrible. I'll upload the 2-3 decent ones in a bit. Thanks for reading! [thanks golfing7861]
Okay so I consider myself a huge Coldplay fan! Their music has calmed me during breakups, a divorce, etc... So of course I was emotional last night! When they sang Fix You, I literally started crying! I hope I didn't completely embarrass my fiancé haha but yes, I cried like a baby! The whole experience was surreal! The confetti was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! The energy was electric. I warned the people sitting next to me that I will sing every lyric and dance my a** off! They were dancing and singing along as well! Last night was the first concert of any kind or my sisters and I was so happy to see them having such a good time! The attendants were very helpful I directing where to go. It was visually the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! Those of you going to the concert tonight are in for a real treat! The videos and pictures don't give the concert any justice! You have to be there to see how truly beautiful the show is! My only complaint is About Robyn. She def looked like she was on something and her music was terrible. Other than that, had the time of my life! [thanks Rockpaperjazz]
CultureMap: Entering Toyota Center, I almost didn't take the wristband that the ticket taker offered. That would have been a mistake. Even before the first song of the Coldplay concert Monday night, a recorded version of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" boomed through the stadium and activated the sound-sensitive wristbands into a glow that enveloped the massive arena. And a magical night of confetti in neon colors, flashing lights, bouncing rubber balls and songs that everyone at the sold-out concert knew every word to by heart began — and it was pure delight.
Coldplay stepped onto the stage to the theme of Back to the Future, which segued into the opening track, "Hurts Like Heaven," from the band's fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, released in late 2011; the audience, waving glittering, glowing wristbands in unison, immediately felt a part of the experience. (The band estimates they spend $640,000 per concert on the electronic wristbands — most of the tour's profits — but are hesitant to give them up because "it just feels so magical," guitarist Johnny Buckland said.) After the end of the second song of the set — "In My Place" from 2002's A Rush of Blood to the Head — I was curious to see where the concert could possibly go from there, since lead singer Chris Martin was already positioned in a near-backbend, swimming in a sea of confetti. I shouldn't have doubted. From there, following Martin's lead, the band took the audience through a decade-long catalog of songs, from "Major Minus" to "Lovers in Japan" to such resonant hits as "The Scientist" and "Yellow," mixing in thoughtful piano solos with high-energy rock tunes, all accompanied by stunning lights and visuals.
Early on Martin thanked the audience for "taking all the crap" of finding a parking spot, slogging through the crowds, paying too much for tickets and overpriced food — all on a Monday night — to come hear the band and promised, "We're going to try to make this the best fucking show we ever had." Then he delivered. A nonstop whirling dervish of energy throughout the 90-minute set, Martin continually ran around the circular stage and catwalk piled high with confetti debris, piano and guitars defaced with the same type of neon paint that I used to graffiti my junior high desk. He leapt on risers to get closer to the audience, he jumped up and down in pure unadulterated joy, he did gravity-defying kneebends and, at times, sprawled out on the floor at the end of a song as if thoroughly spent before the audience's energy willed him back into action.
If, at times, his voice cracked under the strain of singing so enthusiastically for so long — he sang 21 songs (an unusually large number for a singer of his stature in an arena concert) — it didn't matter. Though he's a superstar singer with a movie-star wife, at heart, he's really just a working class guy determined to give the crowd their money's worth — and more. Midway through the evening, the band set up at the end of the catwalk for a mix of songs, and then returned to the main stage for a renditions of a drum-laden "Viva La Vida" (with surely one of the all-time great sing-along refrains), a graphics-accompanied "Charlie Brown" and a hard-hitting "Paradise," where the audience again sang along in unison. At the conclusion of the song, Martin said, "You're making me feel like this is a holiday."
After what felt like an encore pause, the band reappeared in the middle of the audience in the cheaper, higher seats away from the action — complete with an upright piano — for two heart-wrenching acoustic songs, "Us Against the World" and "Speed of Sound," before returning to the stage for a real finale triad: "Clocks," "Fix You" and "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall." Then, the four-member band who have known each other since college, stayed on stage for several minutes and cheered the audience in return, as if they were reluctant to leave. It was that kind of night. 
Rocks Off has to admit, Coldplay puts on a hell of a show. It was obvious even as the last chords of Robyn's opening set were fading out and the coverall-clad roadies started setting up that we were in for an audio/visual feast, and they didn't disappoint. At heart, we suspect Martin and company know it would be hard to hold a modern crowd's attention through portions of their catalog, so they charge out of the gate and grab you by the throat from the outset. Oh, does your favorite band drench the crowd in confetti during the closing number? Coldplay does it the second song, bitches (and then again two songs later). Does your favorite band sell glow sticks to wave at random intervals? Coldplay gives away free bracelets that light up by remote control!
The coolness of seeing this multicolor display last night was only slightly tempered by the nagging suspicion that the goddamn thing is now broadcasting images of my bedroom back to some giant marketing conglomerate. Or maybe the bracelet thing was for the band's own amusement. We didn't major in psychology. Are all of these -- confetti ("In My Place"), giant balloons ("The Scientist"), and singalongs ("Yellow," "Violet Hill") -- not-so-cheap parlor tricks designed to distract an audience from occasionally over-precious songwriting? Perhaps, but they worked. Rocks Off won't claim the roars of approval were louder than Sunday night's One Direction show (though probably less high-pitched), but by the sound of it, whatever Martin and the boys were selling, most of us were buying it.
It would be easy to mistake Coldplay for "Chris Martin and Friends," but the band's sound owes as much to guitarist (and co-founding member) Jonny Buckland as Martin's falsetto. His distinctive riffs were in evidence in everything from "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" to "Speed of Sound" (one of only two X&Y tracks that made the Mylo Xyloto/Viva La Vida-heavy set list). The rhythm section of drummer Will Champion and bassist Guy Berryman have also been around since the band's late-'90s formative years. No band defections in a 16-year history are fairly unusual, but evident in their onstage cohesiveness. For most of the show, Martin roamed a Day-Glo set that resembled something out of To Live and Die in L.A. (with a lighting rig a friend of mine described as "Pink Floyd, circa 1972"). He cuts an athletic if goofy figure: capering jerkily, arms outstretched, occasionally collapsing to the ground (overcome by the adulation, no doubt). And the crowd-pleasing didn't stop with confetti cannons (luckily for Toyota Center, Houston has an ample supply of leaf blowers). The band set up at the end of the stage runway that extended out to section E for a three-song set consisting of "Princess of China" (with video accompaniment by Rihanna), "Up in Flames," and "Warning Sign." They returned to the main area for four more songs (including "Paradise," another audience participation number), then popped up in section 112 at the back of the arena to do a quick two-fer of "Us Against the World" and "Speed of Sound."
The crowd, already eating out of Martin's hand, were firmly in his grip for the encore of "Clocks," "Fix You," and "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" (including intro track "M.M.I.X."). All told, not quite an hour and 45 minutes of show, but nobody was complaining. Martin and company were locked in from the get-go and clearly have got their act down to a science, you'll excuse the pun. They say one of the hallmarks of a true Svengali is leaving those in thrall unaware and/or uncaring that they've ever been manipulated. Well played, Chris Martin. Well played.
Personal Bias: Honestly disappointed at the underrepresentation of X&Y. Not that we'd ever admit to liking X&Y. Heavens, no.
The Crowd: Step right up, step right up: fun for the while family.
Overheard In The Crowd: "Fuck Dallas!", in response to Martin asking us to "make some Houston noise"
Random Notebook Dump: "Is there any job less stressful than floor security at a Coldplay concert?" 
- @AngieBuckland: Quick pass by Toyota center. Coldplay trucks there and roadies seen crossing the road.
- @coldplay: Hello Houston. So far Texas audiences have been wonderful. We can't wait for tonight! CM pic.twitter.com
- @RayMillerIV: @coldplay Chris Martin just hanging outside the Toyota Center! #fb pic.twitter.com/X3DTgYyj
- @Nickiii010: #Coldplay :) #Live #Houston instagr.am/p/MUJ644nK-k/
- @syrenblade: At the Coldplay concert here in Houston. It's going to be Paradise. #Coldplay
- @jellison86: Looking above the Coldplay concert at the Toyota Center...its still so surreal that I'm actually here. :) :) :) pic.twitter.com/2nAiuMz6
- @Jayreg1969: Houston is ready to Glow :)
- @JimmyDushku: Let's just say Robyn isn't that popular in Houston lol. #Coldplay
- @brian_demski: At #Coldplay in Houston pic.twitter.com/5y9YsSAy
- @RenelianNation: Chris Martin singin 'Yellow' <3 @coldplay Houston, TX pic.twitter.com/9Vk0yUbI
- @JayVeePea: Will killed the drums!! @coldplay - God Put A Smile on Your Face. Love this version!! #ColdplayFilm #Houston
- @GeneTNBARockBox: @coldplay Thanks for putting on a great show in Houston Amazing
- @yami33: @coldplay thank you for an amazing night in Houston
- @LiveNationHOU: Wow, thank you Coldplay and thank you Houston! What an incredible show!
- @LeLeWatson: @coldplay Amazing concert in Houston tonite! You guys never disappoint!
- @carolynboardman: Coldplay was fab ! @coldplay #houston pic.twitter.com/RiuHWdVM
- @jemurgatroyd: @coldplay Def got picked for front row with my three other friends in Houston tonight!! Best performance I've seen in my life! <3 you guys!!
- @coldplay: Crowd panorama shot from last night's great Houston show (go to cldp.ly/houspana for the hi-res version) A pic.twitter.com/hkGveepR