26 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/1957
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=91652
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91652
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
Just got back. And that was it Texas, Mylo Xyloto Tour. Probably the best show of this year and probably of the decade. Florida get ready because the boys are in GREAT shape! Same set-list all over again, but it works so GOOD that you don't even notice. Everything goes so fast that it seems that two hours went by in merely fifteen minutes. Chris fucked up twice and joked about it, requesting everybody not to upload the videos to YouTube (classic line). I think he needs to talk a little bit more and also to say different things in each concert, it is not that difficult. But who cares? I am in for the MUSIC, not to hear Chris talk. The show is so GOOD that you unconsciously try to find the downsides, because your brain cannot believe how good it is.
The Xylobands are the greatest invention ever (thank you Jason) and they will be MISSED very much when they are gone. It will never be the same without them! It you would ask me to highlight a single song, I would say that the best song of the set is God Put A Smile Upon Your Face or Don't Let It Break Your Heart. It is AMAZING what they did with GPASUYF. It is going to become a new favorite with this new version they are playing live. I have heard the song live recorded many many times, but believe me, to see it and hear live it is a whole different experience. Will is out of his cocoon. It is sad they are not doing the encore, because I think that the crowd must earn to hear Clocks, Fix You and ETIAW, which was massive tonight. Other songs you will love are Paradise (which is a thousand times better live), obviously Charlie Brown and Yellow with the mellow intro is a true gem.
At the gates the security staff were saying that this was COLDPLAY's last concert in Texas since they were splitting up. I had to tell them: are you NUTS? When you hear how they have changed old songs and what has come out (Yellow, GPASUYF) you know that this band has so much to give us that it will be a long time before they truly gone. I really enjoyed my days in Texas and for me the best show was Dallas on Saturday. Today was second best. Texas crowds are amazing and I really hope to be back one day to see another Coldplay concert here. Thanks for everything guys, take care and let's goooooo Tampa!!!! [thanks the_escapist]
Show #41 done and dusted. We sat right next to stage and I have some awesome pics, just a s soon as photobucket wants to stop being ****s, I'll upload them. Wolf Gang were again awesome. Robyn was again horrid. What opening act goes around using the band they are opening for closing song as their semi closing song. I just don't get her. She doesn't have an amazing voice, can't write songs. can't dance for shit and is no fucking looker so WTF people. How did she even get anywhere. I mean usually you need to have at least one of those going for you.
Chris was so ready to go tonight. Hopping like a mad man before MX could even start. The band look so relaxed and like they are just having the time of their life. I think the would have fun even if no one showed up for the show. The people in the crowd just get so lost into the show. Hard core fan, casual fan, people drug their against their will.....they all just go mad for it. Before the show starts, during the final check by the roadies, the one that tests Chris' transmitter pack goes around the whole stage and makes sure that 1. we'll be able to hear Chris no matter where he roams and 2. there are NO pieces of confetti on the stage. He picked up, pushed off every single one he found. Which is crazy cuz in about 15 minutes, the entire stage will be buried under about 2" of the stuff.
I have said it before and I will say it again, Will Champions beats the living shit out of those drums! The crowd didn't sound as loud to me tonight but I think that was just because of my location. Last night we were at the back on the floor and got a better mix from the crowd I think. Next stop Washington DC. The tour rolls on.............. [thanks Texasluvsjonny]
I gotta say there are a lot of songs on MX that I don't like, but hearing them live makes them 10 times better! They were obviously written to be played live! GPASUYF was sick tonight! Will was kicking the trash out of his kit and the guys were wailing on their guitars! I really do enjoy the new version of speed of sound, it is great to hear theses songs in new lights. Highlights of the night: Chris' Fuck ups, GPASUYF, and in my place. To top it all off, I was walking past the sound both and I asked one of the nice men back there if they had any setlists and he smiled and handed me his. I was very grateful and told him how I appreciate their hard work to make the show incredible, he seemed very taken back. [thanks kjones31]
I just had to come on here and post about how good a show Coldplay puts on. I went to both shows this week. They were my 4th and 5th time to see the band play. The first time I saw them was nearly 7 years ago in the fall of '05 (wow didn't realize it had been that long). Since then I've seen them every time they've been in Houston. This show was seriously amazing. The first time I saw them they were playing X&Y. The intro to that show was really neat. They had a countdown going on a big screen behind the stage. When it hit 0.00 Chris jumped out and they went right into Square One. To this day any time I hear that song it immediately brings me back to that moment.
Now, thanks to this show, I have a new moment. I will never hear MX/Hurts Like Heaven (and probably Charlie Brown) again without being brought back to the image of thousands of light bands filling and entire arena. That was seriously the coolest thing I've ever seen at a concert. I don't think I'll be able to go to another show again without thinking, why don't they have light up wrist bands like Coldplay this sucks. If I had the time and resources to travel with the band to all their shows I would in a heartbeat. I could go to that show every night of the week. Truly brilliant. I can't wait till Coldplay is back in Houston. I'll be there without a doubt. Thank you to everyone for posting such great photos/videos. And thank you to Coldplay for always giving us your best and putting on such an unbelievable show! Till next time... [thanks Davi017]
Houston.culturemap: Coldplay's Houston adventure attracts Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly and the band's biggest fan
I admit I am a Coldplay groupie. Possibly the oldest Coldplay groupie living. No, I don't wait outside the stage door or visit their famous recording studio, a former bakery in a working class section of London, but I do look at the concert schedule and will try to conjure ways my business trips could align with the band's appearances. Lucky me. I have seen them in Wembley Stadium, San Jose, Los Angeles and a couple of other places. I was lucky enough to be at the open-air Hollywood Bowl last month when the band performed. An outdoor venue has pluses — an amazing fireworks display that couldn't happen in an indoor facility like Toyota Center, along with the expected light bands and confetti which only amped up the sensory experience.
But going to a concert alone is not the same as sharing it with friends. I attended both Houston concerts. When someone asked me, "What did you get from Tuesday night that you could not get from Monday?" I replied, "It is a totally different experience. "
On Monday night, when I attended with my best friend, my seats were 20 rows up in the section closest to the band. From that vantage point, you can see the entire spectacle, all of the audience jumping in unison to the music, lights flashing from electronic wristbands, and both stages. You can also hear Chris Martin a little more clearly and notice the piano seemed a little tinny in spots. Tuesday night my assistant landed floor seats on row 3 for a few clients and those in our office who were fans. The first thing that strikes you on the floor is the noise! It is much louder, harder to tell a mis-key. But the best part was having the band sing within three feet — a thrill all its own. And the light show that critics rave about is much more noticeable from the floor.
By the end of the second song there was so much confetti in our hair, chairs and floor that we looked like we had all gotten married. And goodness it is fun to sing the words of the songs at the top of our lungs as a group with wristbands and cameras flashing. While standing in line I chatted up a source close to the group who said that Martin's wife, actress Gywneth Paltrow, did not attend the Houston gigs but that Chris's father, Anthony Martin, a retired accountant did. Perhaps that is why Chris Martin cleaned up his language in his Tuesday night performance. (On Monday night, he let the F-word slip a couple of times; his parents are known to hate off-color language.)
The insider also showed me a photo of Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, who were backstage for Monday night's concert. Giffords and Paltrow are related. Paltrow's late father, Bruce Paltrow, and Giffords' father, Spencer Giffords, were first cousins. Unlike the nearly flawless performance Monday night, Chris and the boys had a couple of miscues on the quieter songs on Tuesday night. After flubbing the start of one song, Chris laughed and said, "Let's start that again. Please everyone I hope this doesn't show up on YouTube because people would think we were not professional musicians."
He laughed again when it happened again as the band launched into "Speed of Sound."The audience laughed and cheered his unpretentious explanation. Afte the Monday show ended, concertgoers lingered at the Toyota Center savoring the experience. Not so on Tuesday. About 10 minutes after the concert ended, the ubiquitous security guards told us to move out because the set was being broken up. Indeed it was as the tour moves on. Houston is a warm memory. But is anyone up for Thursday night in Tampa? Friday in Miami? I'm game if you are. 
- @JimmyDushku: yfrog.com/es88yxjj view of the Toyota Center before the doors open. #Coldplay
- @Ebs42: Tonight should be fun #Coldplay Houston pic.twitter.com/Ovjz5PEb
- @JayVeePea: God put a smile on my face and so did Chris, Will, Guy & Jonny @coldplay #ColdplayFilm #Houston :D
- @Conspicious3303: @coldplay thank you so much for playing Warning Sign in Houston. Brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful show. You never disappoint.
- @1LitChick: Those tiny little wristbands make for an awesome light show. #coldplay #houston instagr.am/p/MXRXlPHrQQ/
- @pierrepham: Amazing performance by Coldplay tonight in Houston. #Coldplay #Houston #Toyotacenter pic.twitter.com/IN25fSoH
- @KieronAchara: Had a great time watching @coldplay tonight in Houston. Was an unbelievable experience!!!!
- @Brystad: Tonight was seriously amazing...being moved from last row nosebleeds to 2nd row by Chris Martin's dad...the show itself...top to bottom
- @alyssamgee: AMAZING show by @coldplay tonight in Houston,TX! One of the best and most beautiful live shows i've ever seen.
- @coldplay: Panorama shot of the crowd at Tuesday's Houston show - click cldp.ly/houspana2 to see the full hi-res version. A pic.twitter.com/Xo1tWHkb