27 April 2012: HP Pavilion At San Jose, San Jose, CA, 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
- Fix You
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for San Jose. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1939
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=90965
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90965
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
Just got back to my hotel room. Me and Caroline waited for about an hour after the show but I guess the boys left right away. Anyway, the show was phenomenal, they really blew me away. I got tons of pics and video on my camera, which I will upload when I get home Sunday. I got goosebumps when the wristbands went off at the beginning, there are no words to describe it. No changes in the set list but I enjoyed the concert completely. We were right next to the xstage so when they came out to it, we went to the barrier and they were right in front of us, it was amazing. Getting to finally hear Warning Sign.. Amazing. DLIBYH is so good live, definitely a highlight for me.The crowd was great, which Chris commented on several times. The Paradise singalong at the show was one of the strongest I've ever heard from a crowd. That about sums it up. [thanks l0wxo2]
And then I had my first Coldplay concert. I'm just going to ramble in this review... First off, the only (small) complaint I have is the sound. Maybe it's because I sat on the side of the stage, which probably doesn't receive the best sound, but I really wish the vocals were louder and clearer. The overall mixing sounded a little distorted to me, but it wasn't too distracting. The band and the music itself were, well, explosive. That's probably not the best adjective, but I'm going to use it. Their sound hits you like some tidal wave and you're completely enveloped in the music. The boys just sounded so great together, and they put so much effort into their playing (after GPASUYF, Jonny has pretty much become my guitar hero). I will never understand how Chris has so much energy to leap, frolic, spin around, etc. throughout the gig. His enthusiasm was contagious, and his voice sounded pretty fantastic. I loved his falsetto during Up in Flames. Highlight of the night for me was definitely Warning Sign (is it routine for Chris to mess up in the middle of it now? his apology was pretty endearing). Beautiful acoustic-ish rendition (Jonny's guitar added so much to it ) with a very lovely piano outro. I also really liked the mellow piano-vocal intro to Yellow before Chris' acoustic guitar takes over. I think I'll stop now. ETA: Forgot to mention the LIGHTS. LASERS. XYLOBANDS. MIND-NUMBING AND DAZZLING COLORS EVERYWHERE. Those were great. [thanks dry_pretzels]
I was there last night! Hilariously, it looks like Tash got a photo from Twitter on the previous page of the thread, so I won't bother posting it again. (iPhone photos from the upper deck don't add that much anyway, right?) Man, what an incredible show. This was my 7th time seeing Coldplay, and it easily was the best. The setlist was generally spot on (I don't love Major Minus...and I think it could use more Parachutes and X&Y) and the visuals were just astounding. As everyone has said, seeing the Xylobands on film do nothing compared to actually seeing them in person. I'm pretty convinced that Charlie Brown with Xylobands is the single greatest live performance moment I've ever seen. [thanks polkahard]
Friday we high tailed it with Caitlin and Cyrous to San Jose to see Coldplay at the HP Pavilion. Their concerts are always so colorful and full of fun interactive surprises. We were pretty high up in the stands, but this is such a great venue, that they had huge monitors so you can see everything, even though they are the size of ants if you were to see them where we were seated. Maybe Coldplay brought these monitors as part of their concert, I"m not sure, but they were wonderful to have. Chris Martin was really having fun at our concert. There were beach balls coming down from the ceiling and more and more confetti. We were given these bracelets while we had dinner at the Pavilion, and the person said that they were part of the show, and to wear them through out. They some how activated everyones bracelet at certain times of the concert, and it was so pretty to see all of the twinkling lights! Well done Coldplay! Another thing Chris Martin and the band seems to like to do, is to surprise the audience by some how going to the back of the arena and mingle with the poor people, like us that aren't close to the stage. They popped up back here and the lights flipped on to reveal the band on one of the staircase landings. Lots of fun, and I remember they did this at the last concert, and we were super lucky that time, because they were next to us! [thanks Gossamer Wings http://elizabeth-mackey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/coldplay-fun.html ]
out cold(play) “Put on your wristbands; they’re part of the show.” Every few minutes, the circular screens would flash these words, eliciting an eruption of cheering, screaming, and hand-waving. My boyfriend Ben and I had been awaiting this moment with tranquility, meanwhile enjoying the opening acts of bands The Pierces and Metronomy. We’d made the drive down to San Jose through a stressful onslaught of Friday afternoon traffic; thankfully, our impatience had subsided. Personally, however, I’d convinced myself that this was just a concert despite adoring the main attraction for a decade. I’d forgotten that the music was buried within me, residing comfortably beside the high school memories I cherish beyond all others. I’d lulled myself into a false sense of disinterest. I suppose I was under the impression that I was about to be let down, as if that was ever possible. As I watched the members of Coldplay assemble onstage, I realized that I had forgotten the emotions that albums like Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head had stirred in the deepest center of my being. And suddenly, as the sounds began to swell, the stadium was glowing with the intensity of a million strands of Christmas lights, and all those feelings returned to me. Instantly. It’s difficult for me to accurately express the awe I felt in that moment, when the wristbands lit up in a flurried rainbow of excitement. Invisible canons fired waves of colorful confetti while Chris Martin leaped across stage with a controlled energy. The lead singer belted out Mylo Xloto hits “Hurts Like Heaven,” “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” “Princess of China,” and “Charlie Brown,” in addition to classics like “Viva La Vida,” and a heart-wrenching “The Scientist.” Martin’s endearing stumble through ”Warning Sign” created that unique performer-audience bond as he cussed and claimed that he’d almost had it. At points during the concert, he collapsed onto the stage as the lights dimmed. It was as if the high spirits were tangible weights bearing down on him at all times. There was always a smile on his face, however, like the exhaustion was a triumph. The band appeared in the stands for their encore, entering one by one throughout the song “Us Against the World.” Martin addressed the audience first, asking for due applause when each member arrived on the platform. Their finale continued back on the main stage, where they performed “Clocks” and topped it all off with “Paradise.” Martin’s passionate singing and the band’s appreciation for their fans was overwhelming. They thanked each and every one of us for shelling out the cash to attend their show in such harsh economic times. But Coldplay truly made it worth the while, going the extra mile to include their audience within the performance. April the 27th will go down in my book as one of the memorable nights to date. I wanted to live in those hours forever, but I knew that it would end all too soon and that I’d be recounting it longer than I felt it. It was almost like I was remembering it as it was happening. Now, I’m afraid I’ll never be able to comprehend all that it was. But I do know that it was not just a concert. It was an experience. [thanks http://modeandthelike.com/2012/3515/ ]
Review: Coldplay is on top of its game in San Jose (Mercury News)
There's long been one steadfast rule in the touring industry: You don't shoot the confetti cannons until the end of the show. Yet, there we were, just a few minutes into the Coldplay concert on Friday night at HP Pavilion in San Jose, being showered with massive amounts of confetti. The downpour seemed like it might never stop, as colorful cutouts of various shapes swirled about in the air, obscuring the view of the stage and creating a scene akin to a World Series victory parade. It was truly a climactic moment, one that seemed tailor-made for when a band plays its biggest hit as the final encore of the night. But, in this case, it was actually only the second song of the evening -- "Hurts Like Heaven," a recent single that never even charted in the U.S.
That's Coldplay in a nutshell. More than anything else -- or, for that matter, pretty much anyone else -- vocalist Chris Martin and crew simply want to please their fans. It doesn't matter if others (i.e. critics) think the group is making some wrong moves, Coldplay is going to fire those confetti cannons early and often if that's what it takes to satisfy the crowd. And it's certainly working for the British pop-rock quartet.
Coldplay charmed the masses right from the very start of its career, with its 2000 debut, "Parachutes," going on to sell nearly nine million copies. Now, it's pretty easy to make the case that Coldplay is the world's biggest rock band. Its latest release, "Mylo Xyloto," was the world's top-selling rock record of 2011. The two prior efforts, 2005's "X&Y" and 2008's "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends," were simply the world's best-selling records, of any genre, for their respective years.
Of course, you don't get that big without making quite a few enemies along the way. Many people love to hate Coldplay, blasting Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion for making what some perceive to be watered-down, bland and overly commercial pop. Yet, that's just another way of saying the band makes music that is suitable for mass consumption — and I think the Coldplay guys would be just fine with that description, since they seem to want to please as many people as possible. On Friday night, during the first half of a two-night stand at HP Pavilion, the 35-year-old Martin, who is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, went out of his way to show his gratitude to his fans. "I know it is a pain to go to concerts these days," said the vocalist-guitarist-pianist, noting the price of tickets and traffic as two of the prime pains. "All we can do is to give you everything we have (in return)."
The band would do just that as it rolled through an utterly professional 100-minute set that was filled with nearly two dozen solid songs and even more cool special effects -- including a wonderful laser light show and three different performance spaces, which allowed multiple fans to get up-close views of the group. Opening the show with the title track to "Mylo Xyloto," and quickly continuing through such longtime fan favorites as "In My Place" and "The Scientist," Coldplay went for broke on each tune. The band put equal emphasis on both its signature numbers, such as the breakthrough single "Yellow," and relatively obscure cuts, such as "Lovers in Japan."
While the performance level never varied, the quality of the actual material certainly did. Coldplay has a handful of truly magical compositions, which stand tall among the best alt-rock tunes of the last dozen years, and the ones performed live in San Jose certainly thrilled the 15,000-strong audience. The most memorable ones were the achingly beautiful "Fix You," the undeniably grand "Viva La Vida" and, of course, "Clocks," which still ticks with precision and power. The players came across more like regular Joes than rock stars. Studied individually, the musicians often seem quite ordinary -- there's not a single flashy player in the bunch. Yet, the whole manages to feel so much greater than the sum of its parts.
That sense of synergy, even more so than a few confetti cannons, is what truly makes a Coldplay concert special. 
Literally. And, honestly, there aren’t many other ways to describe the Coldplay concert in San Jose on Friday night. At times, I felt I was inside a massive arena-sized kaleidoscope of spinning, twirling, flashing colors. The band had distributed thousands of multicolored wrist-bands at the entrances which were controlled with a cheap plastic radio signal so when the band took the stage and during carious songs throughout the night, the entire audience lit up like a human piñata. During the opening number, "Hurts Like Heaven," massive plumes of colored confetti rained over the audience and the arena crowd looked a bit like a multi-layered cake covered with candy sprinkles and the stage looked like it was painted by a graffiti artist. The spectacle almost created a sensory overload. In fact, after the first two songs, I thought the band had nowhere else to go.
I have frequently denigrated Coldplay’s music. Some have called it ‘weepy chick rock’ or music that forgot the melody (or stole it). I have called Coldplay ‘excellent background music’ which is a pretty harsh indictment. Much of it is free from the usual hooks of pop-music which is both a strength and weakness. However, the extravagant lightshow was well-adapted to big, open cinematic sound and large crescendos that characterize most of CP’s music. So, the night was quite a bit of fun and only enhanced by my concert-going companions. All of whom had great suggestions for this MV&R entry but which were lost at a Café Leila breakfast.
Nevertheless, there were many favorite moments including the release of dozens of giant beach balls from the rafters of the arena, "Yellow," the first encore song being played from the back of the arena before the band sprinted back to the stage through the crowd, large tear-shaped psychedelic colored balloons that lit up around the upper level during the song, “Every Tear is a Waterfall.” Our seats were rather high up in the front row of the upper deck but this also gave us a wonderful, unobstructed vantage point for the entire concert.
I would not consider myself a Coldplay-convert after the live experience which I was assured was a religious experience. But, I can better appreciate why others adore the band. I still find the music a bit forgettable but the band puts a huge amount of energy and effort into pleasing their audience. So, I would definitely recommend the concert and for real CP-fans, I am sure that it will be a great experience.
- @MyloXylobroski: Gonna go watch @coldplay 's concert in San Jose tonight! #cantwait
- @TheMatthewVC: In 12 hours I'll be watching @coldplay at the HP. I can't even describe how excited I am.
- @tvham: Super excited to see @coldplay tonight in San Jose! My 6th Coldplay show since first seeing them at Bimbo's in 2002
- @oxfamontour: Welcome to HP Pavillion, San Jose pic.twitter.com/OTCgWQFX
- @mikting: 8 HRS til Coldplay Concert in San Jose, starting to get excited
- @CamachoRich: Coldplay concert tonight!!!
- @maryanneizbicki: We're going to see #Coldplay perform tonight at the HP Pavilion! Penthouse box seats, y'all!
- @ssavitsky: going to see @coldplay tonight in san jose. this will be my 7th time. #notashamed
- @The_Mr_K: @coldplay concert in San Jose tonight! Woot!
- @peteleni: @coldplay concert at the HP pavillion tonight!!!
- @jessandrea: Finally found out my birthday surprise! Seeing COLDPLAY tonight in San Jose. Freaking Out! #PARADISE
- @luminouswired: Venue looks huge! instagr.am/p/J8PX90FdsF/
- @anacaren08: Theyre playing @coldplay outside the HP!!! So freakin excited!!!
- @sidnangia: Going for Coldplay at HP Pavilion tonight. Expecting good times.
- @jetsam: HP Pavilion. Going to see @coldplay with my wife. twitpic.com/9ej6mt
- @allieschiff: At HP Pavilion, can hardly wait till the @coldplay show starts! Love the wristbands! Love you boys!!!!!!!
- @anacaren08: @coldplay just saw R42 pass by me :-)
- @RGUpdate: After a good 4hr ride around San Jose, now in the HP Pavilion to see #Coldplay #a_bit_early #excited - moby.to/p9kyfn
- @lisagpatino: Not sure what this is but we got it on the way in. #coldplay #concert @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J8jSJjxcqh/
- @Sarahbuscus09: At HP Pavillion waiting for Coldplay but watching The Pierces. So talented
- @rhpsfan91: I'm at the Coldplay concert in San Jose! So excited!!!
- @snazzygina: Pre show. #coldplay #nosebleed @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J8mfiajeXo/
- @lindaole: Love The Pierces opening for @Coldplay at HP Pavilion
- @mopehead: Coldplay at HP Pavilion - looking forward to a great show
- @WorldLitBooks: #Coldplay I'm about to see my favorite band at hp pavillion in San Jose. Woohoo
- @luminouswired: Right next to x-stage!!! instagr.am/p/J8p46qldnX/
- @coldplay: What? Never seen someone dressed as a lion dancing to Metronomy before? Right now, San Jose. R42 moby.to/q9a0co
- @wondergus: Tonight. Coldplay. @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J8u1mxB79Z/
- @levperrey: Jump #coldplay @ HP Pavilion instagr.am/p/J8zEyNhiXO/
- @RogerKnott: Awesome start to the @coldplay show in San Jose. #coldplayfilm
- @BilalNaseer: Chris Martin of Coldplay live in San Jose instagr.am/p/J8zZX3xK4F/
- @maricopolyana: At the hp pavillion for @Coldplay! Love that their doing songs from Rush of Blood to the Head
- @levperrey: And again @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J825RNBiYu/
- @JimmyDushku: Chris just messed up Warning Sign. Funny moment. Crowd loved it. #Coldplay
- @oxfamontour: Paradise is playing, here's a pic for all you not here pic.twitter.com/oxZLauxt
- @levperrey: Last song #coldplay @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J88Qw1BiaK/
- @rich_chou: Colorful crowd tonight at the HP #coldplay instagr.am/p/J88hKGN1mF/
- @NatalieAnnSF: @coldplay in san jose was AMAZE! I wish I could go again tomorrow! I was in paradise!
- @luminouswired: No words for the Coldplay show tonight. I am blown away. Waiting at the gate for them to come out in hopes of meeting them.
- @lavogel17: @coldplay thanks for a kick ass Friday night in San Jose! Kids had an awesome time, killer light show, killer songs, legendary band!!!!
- @caliloveisluck: First @coldplay concert tonight at hp!The best part was chris's screw up! Ahh best experience EVER!Thanks for giving us an incredible show!!
- @Jayreg1969: san jose was great show - great crowd !!!
- @MyloXylobroski: Leaving the @Coldplay concert in San Jose. Best night of my life. #bestbandintheworld
- @gomerts: Coldplay. Ridiculous lighting. @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J8_88DqJsc/
- @TiffanyTang: Thanks Coldplay for an amazing concert! @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J9AF6RjEn8/
- @buzzspinner: Coldplay in San Jose - a great way to end the day instagr.am/p/J9AkfODzw_/
- @icha143: One of those days u will never forget. That is Tonight. thanks @coldplay for an awesome night at San Jose!!
- @darrenmason: Incredible show by Coldplay tonight #coldplayfilm #sanjose @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J9E_IOrSQH/
- @raresunshine: Boom goes the confetti! #coldplay @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J9FAR1nST1/
- @Legalmarathoner: @coldplay Amazing show tonight in San Jose. Please come back soon!
- @luminouswired: Thank you Coldplay for an unforgettable night. http://instagr.am/p/J9HhpcFdhL/
- @hthughes: @coldplay unbelievable concert tonight in San Jose. #awesome
- @twitchy_1701: @Coldplay in San Jose, one of the most visually stunning and amazing concerts I've ever been too. #sogladiwent
- @mikting: Well done Coldplay, Hp Pavillion' acoustics suck but they played like a great band does no matter what they play in #coldplayfilm
- @Tracyrichelieu: @coldplay best.concert.ever! San Jose 4/27. Now if I die tomorrow, it would be ok. :-) pic.twitter.com/XVsMqQzE
- @LucasJFranklin: Coldplay concert was hands down the best concert EVER!!!!! #AWESOME #UNFORGETABLE #COLDPLAY #SAN JOSE
- @nenaalovely: @coldplay was amazing last night in San Jose!! I had so much fun!!Omg I'd SO go to one of their concerts again in a heartbeat
- @SjSharks408: The concert yestrday in San Jose was freakin AMAZING!! love you guys!:)@coldplay
- @thMalas: @coldplay Incredible performance at San Jose, never saw someone put so much heart and effort to put on a good show. Thank you!
- @lordsshrivas: @coldplay amazing concert last night. You guys rocked San Jose. Synchronized Wristbands we're awesome.
- @sfgiantsfan55: Phenomenal show last night in San Jose. #coldplay @coldplay Had such a great time. pic.twitter.com/OlMU8FQu
- @dylanclarey: Coldplay live= incredible. An experience I can never forget! Chris Martin and the boys blew it up in San Jose. #Coldplayfilm
- @SoccerColdplay: @coldplay Amazing night in San Jose! My daughter and I Can't wait to see you guys again soon!
- @misseditor_jen: Coldplay put on a good show in San Jose last night. Faves of the night: Fix You, Yellow, and Clocks.
- @cneeners88: @coldplay you guys put on an amazing show in San Jose Friday!!!!!