28 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/1940
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=
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
Wow! the concert was amazing. The guys were on great form and the crowd was awesome! I took my Mom for the first time and she said its the best concert she's ever been to. No changes in the set list! I took like 300 pictures, so I will upload them soon! [thanks Caroline]
Last night we went to the Coldplay concert and they were fantastic! Chris Martin totally sets the tone with such a good attitude. You can tell at times that he was super tired because he would collapse on the stage and huff out some sounds but everyone loved it. I always heard that their concerts are the best and it’s true! In the beginning, they gave us each these ’80s colored wristbands that each light up a different color and go with the music. What is it about flashing lights that make both animals and humans go wild? Laser beams! Don’t get a seizure. There were ambulances outside after the show. More laser beams! Also, I’ve never seen such a diverse crowd at a concert before. That was awesome. There was a mom with her two sons (or one son and a son’s friend) and all 3 of them were totally going nuts. I would love to be able to take my kids to a concert someday, given I can tolerate their music choice or vice versa. That’s something I missed out in high school. I desperately need a Spice Girls reunion again (I think they did one before). [thanks Shannon & Terry http://theparksandrecreation.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/concerts-concerts-concerts/ ]
The concert last night was my very first ever. It was louder than I expected! But nonetheless, I will never forget this concert. It was amazing. Before we had breakfast at the hotel, my dad, brother and I walked downtown to kill time, I picked up about 10 pieces of confetti( i picked up 7 last night on the way out) and brought them home. This morning, we were driving back home, i was listening to LIJ, and i was looking over at the hill to the north east of San Jose. I could see the sun breaking over the hills, it just reminded me how precious life is. We can expect many more great concerts from them. [thanks TecHniCoLoR_MX]
My sister and I literally were 10 feet away from them when they walked through the halls to start the acoustic set in the crowd. One of the ushers told us to come there when Paradise was ending and about 10 of us got to wave and cheer them on, and they waved back! [thanks coldplayforgauchos]
Last night, April 28th, was the second in two back-to-back performances by Coldplay at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA – part of their official Mylo Xyloto world tour. This was the sixth time I’ve seen Coldplay in the past six months (having seen their AMEX Unstaged show in Madrid, Spain in October, some of the special European tour dates at the O2 in London and the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy in December, and the special iHeartRadio charity gig at Club Nokia and the Jimmy Kimmel Live! block party in Los Angeles in February. As such, I don’t think I’m in a position to do a “normal” sort of review at this point, as I tend to subjectively compare to all of the other shows I’ve attended in the past year and beyond… but as I’ve come to expect, with last night’s gig, Coldplay put on a high energy show with a great mix of hits and new material. Watching many in the crowd seeing the show with “fresh eyes”, it was certain that the nearly 18,000 in attendance came away having shared an awesome experience with this fantastic concert. As I have reviewed a lot of Coldplay performances in the past (and adding on the three hour drive home, with a 3 am arrival time), I’ll keep this review a bit more brief than usual. I had originally expected more shows/fill in shows in this first leg of the North American show (which began in Canada and is currently working its way down the left coast of the U.S.), but San Jose was ultimately the closest to my home, and sold out long ago. Resale prices for tickets on this show (on the secondary market) have been extremely high, so I actually anticipated not seeing them this go round. However, a pair of tickets popped up on StubHub last week for 4th row floor, so I decided to buy them. My friend Dianne, who lives in Los Angeles and has attended many Coldplay concerts (I think we’ve been at three of the same ones) actually drove up from Southern California to meet me in San Jose for this show and to use the second ticket. We met up with another fan for dinner, and ultimately missed both opening acts (Metronomy and The Pierces), so I cannot include any thoughts or photos from their performances. I have never seen a concert at the HP Pavilion in San Jose before – it is a typical sports-oriented indoor stadium that can seat a large crowd. As we came fairly late (doors opened at 7:00 and we arrived at about 8:45, with Coldplay scheduled to hit the stage at or a little after 9:00), the “xylobands” had all been handed out. These are the custom wristbands designed to light up and blink at various points in the concert. These were first introduced at the AMEX Unstaged concert in Madrid. Though once we got in someone was nice enough to hook us up (thank you!). We eventually made our way to the seats, and I have to say I feel a bit spoiled by one of the last times I saw Coldplay, at Club Nokia from the front row, as the fourth row in a big stadium feels so far away by comparison! In any event, adversely, it was cool to see the giant stage with “X” runway, which gives Chris Martin a lot more room to run around and perform. So that stage is absolutely massive compared to the small space in Club Nokia; in fact, the foot print of the entire stage may be around the same size as the footprint of the entire venue at Club Nokia, so it’s just a totally different type of concert, with last night’s obviously being on a much more grand scale. Having seen the band so much lately, there weren’t too many surprises with the show, as the other gigs, extensive festival run in 2011, and pre-Tour dates in Europe at the end of last year really served to build their formal Xylo Myloto Tour which is now in full swing. In addition to the cool light-up wristbands, there are some other elements which make the entire concert much more interactive – the bursts of endless confetti and giant bouncing balls, as well as performances on the “X” stage (at the end of the runway protruding out into the floor seating) and the “C” stage, which is something that started with the Viva tour and makes a reappearance here, wherein Coldplay leave the stage and play a song in a somewhat random area at the back of the venue, amidst the crowd. It was actually fun for me to look around and see other fans of the band experiencing all of this for the first time. There were also a good number of kids and younger fans in attendance, and given the number of years its been since the Viva la Vida Tour, it is certain this was the first time seeing the band perform live for many of them. As a performing group, Coldplay have not only a huge library of catchy and anthemic music, but understand how to provide entertainment and a unique experience on a number of levels. Once they take the stage, they really captivate the audience and create a memorable event. The set list hasn’t varied too much from what has been in rotation for the past year – the notable additions being a reappearance by “Lovers in Japan” from Viva la Vida, and the addition of “Princess of China” from the new album (with Rihanna appearing on video screens, as she provides vocals on the studio version of the song), “Warning Sign” from A Rush of Blood to the Head, and “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart” from Mylo Xyloto. I expect some of the non-MX songs will vary and change throughout the tour. t was a very enjoyable concert, and I’m sure fans will love the experience as it makes its way around the world. After the show, funny enough, out of nearly 18,000 people in attendance, I start talking to another fan after wading through the crowd to the sound mixing area, and we look at each other and laugh, because we had actually been the first to show up at The Ting Ting’s concert in San Francisco last month, and both ended up front center stage in the GA venue… and we just happened to run into each other again here at this show. I’ve found it’s a small world with people who go to lots of shows. Shortly after that, via my friend Dianne, I had a chance to meet and talk with Jason Regler, who is the inventor of the xylobands. There is a great interview with him on Coldplay.com that talks about his story and how he came to create these devices for Coldplay. Funny enough, as was the case with my friend Amanda, he had tickets for the special Crisis “Hidden Gig” in Newcastle, England with a meet and greet with the band and never made it due to the harsh weather conditions. You can read his interview for the rest of the story… in any event, below is a photo of Jason (left) with Kim (right) – funny side note, I spoke with Kim, who also works for Coldplay, at the L.A. shows in February, and he remembered me as the guy who kind of looks like Johnny Buckland (even without the hat! LOL) [thanks Jason http://rocksubculture.com/2012/04/29/coldplay-at-the-hp-pavilion-san-jose-ca-4282012/ ]
Coldplay Turns the Audience Into the Light Show
It's been a ferocious month for great music all over Santa Cruz and a bit beyond. Visually, Coldplay took the prize. You've got to love a band like Coldplay that gives back. I'm not talking about music here, because no one can top Bruce Springsteen, who gave three solid hours of big band playing at the San Jose Arena Tuesday night (attended by many Santa Cruz fans.) But visually, Coldplay took the prize with a gimmick I'd never seen at a rock show before. Every person entering what fans will always think of as the Shark Tank (despite whatever corporate sponsor bought the naming rights this year), was given a wristband. There were signs telling them not to throw them away because they were part of the show.
Yeah, it was a corporate wristband, plugging Coldplay on one side and Twitter on the other, but it wasn't offensive. Having seen pictures from the Friday show and Madonna at the Super Bowl, I knew what was going to happen. But, I still wasn't prepared for the way the wall between performer and audience fell when the house lights went down and the wristbands lit up in bright colors. It was the technological equivalent of doing the wave. The audience was now part of the show. See shaky video here. The lights flickered in time with the music and they weren't used all the time, but as an accent, like fireworks, during big crescendos. Nice trick. Wonder how much it cost? With prices ranging from $61 to $167 a ticket with service charges, they could afford the nick nack, no doubt most ungreenly imported from China. But it gave something a rock audience may not have seen before and will be talking about for a long time. Too bad they stopped working when you left the arena. Coldplay, the English band that broke onto the world stage with the alternative hit "Yellow" in 2000, has been on a tightly-controlled and shameless path to follow in the footsteps of U2 and become one of the last big rock bands.
Unlike U2, there is little substance in their songs, which are the musical equivalent of French onion dip and chips or chocolate covered Twinkies, depending on your junk food addiction of choice. Their whole catalog, with only a few exceptions, is catchy as hell, but lyrically resembles the poems in a junior high school student's diary. The tunes are deceptively simple, but layered in bolder experiments, cornerstone guitar licks here, challenging stops and starts there. Like little movie soundtracks they sound great while they are playing, but I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone sing one later. The recordings, like U2's, are produced by Brian Eno, who adds enough layers of glimmer to give them some depth, beneath the sugar coat. Overall, they are less like U2 than they are the current equivalent to old FM standards Journey or Supertramp. They aren't breaking ground so much as putting a shiny patina on it. That said, their hour and 40 minutes on stage passed in the blink of an eye, one sparkly hit after another with frosted birthday cake visuals to keep everyone happy. (And to cover up the fact that Chris Martin has got NO dance game. He moves more like Elaine from Seinfeld than Mick Jagger. By comparison Bono, with his steelworker frame, seems like a ballerina.)
The set, which was identical both nights in San Jose, covered all but two songs off the new disk, Mylo Xyloto (a cryptic name with no meaning but to be cryptic). But the easy-listening hits were there from their four other albums: "Clocks," "Yellow" (which started dirgelike and acoustic and then built up to the grandeur), "The Scientist," "Fix You." And they gave. Singer Chris Martin thanked the audience for braving the same traffic they faced getting there. "I know it's a hassle to get to a big show," he said, probably commuting by private jet from L.A. and facing traffic from the San Jose Jet Center. They played on a B stage in the middle of the hall, and a C stage out in the back of the room, giving fans some intimacy in the hockey tank. They also triggered confetti twice, at a cost of $5,000 a pop to pay for clean up. The visuals were spectacular, the music lush and easy.
Yeah, it's a guilty pleasure to go to a concert that is not the least bit challenging, but simply good fun. That said, the opening bands had some kick. I will buy discs by Metronomy, a band that definitely challenged the audience with the kind of electronic prog rock popularized by early Genesis and David Bowie and later acts like Muse or Ratatat. See Video. It was refreshingly complex and not easy listening, but the audience seemed to really like them. The Pierces also played, a sister-fronted band that had a few intriguing tunes. I'd buy them too. What more could an opening band want than to find some new fans in an echoey arena. It worked. (Vid of my favorite song by them..sounds like something from Disney). PS: The show was said to be sold out and on Friday the only tickets available were behind the stage. On Saturday afternoon, however, there were great center seats available at Ticketmaster. 
- @dtlie1: On my way to San Jose California! Woohoo! Seeing #Coldplay tonight :)
- @LFDianne: I know the way to San Jose. @coldplay, see you in 367 miles and 6 hours.
- @JoshSouthworth: off to San Jose for @coldplay #firsttime #bringit
- @kateruichen: On my way to San Jose, Coldplay!
- @helloitsjanice: Off to San Jose for Coldplay!
- @RockSubculture: Just arrived in San Jose to see Coldplay tonight... @coldplay @coldplaying - will have review up in the early morning (long drive)
- @shylalaa: On our way to San Jose for the Coldplay concert! Super excited!
- @boler0: The view isn't as bad as I expected. #coldplay #hppavilion @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_EcI3G4_z/
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- @leemhester: At HP Pavilion in San Jose tonight to see Coldplay. pic.twitter.com/XlTJpZSV
- @News10Sean: In San Jose, about to see Coldplay for the first time!
- @MikelynnRomero: Ready to see Coldplay at the San Jose Pavilion! #Coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/QLA1hu9W
- @MeldaErbatur: countdown for Coldplay! @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_IPNIJuHM/
- @claudiadelgadom: Ready! Seating at the HP Pavilion waiting for Coldplay
- @JoelFarbman: Couldn't be more excited. #Coldplay @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_LYVtK-LT/
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- @museicxfuhnatic: Sweet bracelets #coldplayfilm @coldplay ! Come out and play already! San Jose is eagerly waiting
- @vlod: In hp pavilion (san jose) waiting for coldplay to start
- @bobkocher: @Coldplay in San Jose. This gonna be great! pic.twitter.com/42ET1kXy
- @sunpech: In San Jose for #Coldplay concert! pic.twitter.com/oiheY5sz
- @kskeltis: Countdown to #Coldplay @ HP Pavilion in San Jose. Can't wait!
- @LisaSacT: Coldplay concert here in San Jose is off the hook!
- @LeslieBulbuk: At HP Pavilion for Coldplay #coldplayfilm
- @eldrix4: #Coldplay San Jose, not long... pic.twitter.com/dFSTDLLX
- @NakedBoyNews: Getting ready for Coldplay... #ColdPlayFilm in San Jose! instagr.am/p/J_UC9PsEbz/
- @NatashaM: @coldplay I'm pretty sure San Jose is ready for u! pic.twitter.com/Hady260g
- @News10Sean: Coldplay stage taken in San Jose pic.twitter.com/MHDIb2UT
- @jameslocke: The always amazing Coldplay! @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_W6FENcWA/
- @eldrix4: #Coldplay San Jose Wicked show pic.twitter.com/HHXYQ3qr
- @FonzOlvera: Coldplay en San Jose, CA. pic.twitter.com/UOOeVqMh
- @News10Sean: Coldplay "yellow" on san Jose pic.twitter.com/Beo3re92
- @fowlinator: Coldplay in San Jose on a beautiful Saturday. pic.twitter.com/dMJUQrI2
- @FonzOlvera: Coldplay @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_eNxrJMum/
- @Paula_Steele: Coldplay concert with cool computer driven lighted wristbands that lit up the are @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_eEKpmuF_/
- @oxfamontour: A picture to leave San Jose with.The band were awesome tonight!! pic.twitter.com/OS9zZCl7
- @janbelke: #Coldplay concert in San Jose Fun! pic.twitter.com/EbH3roJG
- @Malarchuck: Thank you @Coldplay! What a great performance tonight in San Jose. Perfect!
- @CrystalMage: @coldplay Glorious. Thank you from San Jose.<3 #Coldplay
- @ybudman: Amazing Coldplay show tonight! #coldplay #concert #sofun #igerssf #nofilters @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_jGyzka5_/
- @HollyMicheff: Freaking amazing concert!!!! @ Coldplay San Jose instagr.am/p/J_joW9F7cr/
- @HollyMicheff: Oh hey Chris Martin just pop up right next to us!!!!! #meanttobe @ Coldplay San Jose instagr.am/p/J_j0DSF7cw/
- @sanfrannative: Coldplay at HP pavilion San Jose. What a great show.
- @royermathias: Coldplay's concert, speechless @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_j9pwwD_U/
- @zacharyadam: Coldplay/Mylo Xyloto Tour/April 28, 2012/HP Pavilion #showaweek2012 #coldplay #livemusic #myloxyloto #sanjos instagr.am/p/J_kExmkc9Q/
- @LisaSacT: Had so much fun at the Coldplay concert here in San Jose #epic
- @nelsonchin: One of the best concerts I've been to! @coldplay got down @ #HPPavilion in San Jose, CA.
- @joeracer: Coldplay is a truly amazing band, but San Jose Arena is a truly shitty venue for a concert. Reverb! pic.twitter.com/CD86pvdf
- @Adansaw: @coldplay loved the san jose show. Awesome and amazing. Thank you!
- @JoelFarbman: #Coldplay - No words can describe this life changing #concert. @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_rdmJK-H2/
- @chagadelic: @coldplay at HP Pavilion tonite - amazing show! See them if you can! #coldplaymovie
- @sharksgirl04: @Coldplay best concert evr. Luvd bracelets. Thanks for always being awesome. Comeback anytime to San Jose lockerz.com/s/205032937
- @ebhanson1: @coldplay Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant show in San Jose! My voice is gone from singing.
- @rachaelkalicun: Really great time at the Coldplay concert in San Jose tonight. Chris Martin gave it his all. Until next tour..
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- @Heryerdeonline: Best concert I've been to! #coldplay @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_vZfaNEc7/
- @CeciGaga420: @coldplay You rocked San Jose so hard tonight! I think I'm still having a seizure from your amazing light show!! I'm in love!
- @almabritselma: Cried 3 times tonight. Coldplay was so overwhelmingly amazing. San Jose was legit. So, so happy!
- @Briangilroy: #coldplay Show was awesome! @ HP Pavilion at San Jose instagr.am/p/J_6rwQqW31/
- @Braymaster597: @coldplay the show last nite at HP PAvillion San Jose California was awesome
- @CjGroom: @coldplay you guys played the best live show I will ever see last night!! Im so proud of you guys! Have a great tour! :D san jose!
- @rklau: Took my son to see @coldplay last night in San Jose for his 12th birthday. What a great show! He's still on cloud 9.
- @Wellness_PhD: Saw #Coldplay live last night in San Jose. Best performance I have seen in my life. Great energy, amazing effects & Chris Martin is so NICE
- @Smiffleblurf: Coldplay was amazing last night in San Jose. pic.twitter.com/JPGJLSGF
- LFDianne: Walking around Downtown San Jose before I start the 6 hour drive home. SO worth all the driving. Thanks for an amazing night @coldplay
- @al3xk3ir: Hands down the most amazing night of my life. #coldplay #chrismartin #concert #hppav @ HP Pavilion San Jose instagr.am/p/KAyJXRF7W1/
- @jesslv74: @coldplay Amazing show last night in San Jose. I had SO MUCH fun. Thank you!!!
- @lumosings: @coldplay in san jose 4/28 ~ AKA BEST DAY OF MY LIFE pic.twitter.com/e2aqpkx5
- @MsBehavinMarin: One of best concerts ever #Coldplay in San Jose last nite. Great energy. Catch it if u can in a town near u pic.twitter.com/vseNf77e