28 June 2012: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL, 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 Tampa. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1958
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=90970
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90970
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just got back to gainesville from the show in Tampa. One word: TREMENDOUS!! I've seen them a few times now since 2003...and this was definitely one of the top live shows I've seen them in. I'll have vids up soon (uploading now). [thanks gatorsamiam]
Hello! Just back from THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE. God, this band is beyond awesome. So let me cut to the chase. Will and Guy THANKED ME for my dancing and singing at the end of the concert. IT WAS BEYOND AWESOME. I LOVE THOSE GUYS. And guess what, I was lucky enough to keep a balloon!!!! The concert was great again. If you are a true Coldplay fan, you can go everyday of your life to this concert and still have a GREAT time. Highlights were GPASUYF and Viva la Vida. It is UNBELIEVABLE how Will treats those drums. I mean, he is restless. Didn't hear how the crowd was because I was at the very front, but I don't think they were so good.
Met Dianne at the beginning of the concert and other guy (sorry, I don't remember your name) who was very nice. For that, a big THANK YOU. A BIG IDIOT who was drunk ruined for many of us A Warning Sign, since he was so drunk that actually had to walk out of the concert (while peeing himself). It was so disgusting to see my glass of water filled with pee. Luckily I did not drink it. I really don't understand why would you go to a Coldplay concert to get drunk! So sad. Well, see you tomorrow Miami. And please guys, do the impossible but do not miss this tour. It is the best thing our boys have done. No matter who criticized this album has been, the concert is really AWESOME and it is something you cannot miss. We are very LUCKY to be fans of such an amazing band. Cheers everybody and I hope you have liked my reviews so far. By the way, I overheard Jason Regler talking with a lady. He said something that they will be touring the East Coast of the US later this year. I don't know if he was referring to the August dates in Chicago, etc or a new leg. It sounded like that. Just so you know!!! [thanks the_escapist]
This was the 20th time I've seen Coldplay. At first I was a little disappointed that our seats seemed so far back because I have been spoiled and in the front so many times, but this show was so amazing that it really didn't matter where I was. I am so NOT an emotional person but I totally teared up during GPAS and then just lost it during Warning Sign and from then on, I was a mess. the tears wouldn't stop, I can't really explain it. It's not like I have t seen them before..so I don't know what it was.. Crowd was great, too, very loud. I met Gatorsam and his beautiful wife and the escapist, but I didn't get your name. We are volunteering with Oxfam in Miami tomorrow so that will be a long, but good day. [thanks LFDianne]
Ahhh cool, someone found my instagram pictures from last night, the three colorful collages. Thanks for posting those. The show was utterly spectacular. I've been wanting to see Coldplay since my college days back in ole Kentucky. I promised myself if I ever moved to a city where Coldplay was going to perform, I would do anything beyond any means to see them live. That dream came true last night, and it honestly didn't hit me until Clocks rocked the stage, and I found myself tearful of the fact I was in the presence of rock legends, and I had completed a bucket list. I can't begin to describe how humbled I was just to be in the same company of like minded people. Also here is a panorama from last night as well. [thanks rotcav]
10th time seeing them live and somehow I ended up as far away as I've ever been at a show. Of course it doesn't help that my first ever live experience was seeing them from about 5 feet away at the Today Show in 2008. I think I've been kind of spoiled since then. This show was also different in that instead of going with fellow Coldplayers I was there with my 6 year old daughter, which obviously made the experience altogether different. When I was at shows with fellow Coldplayers I was mainly interested in just having fun and singing along, getting vids and pics since I was ridiculously close. Going with my daughter rearranged my priorities - making sure her xyloband was on tight enough, making sure she could see and have fun, and constantly checking to make sure the coke hadn't been knocked over. It still was really fun though. We glammed up her old Coldplay shirt and made a poster with LED lights on it. We busted out the glow bracelets while listening to the songs before the start. I'd totally forgotten about 99 Problems...not the best song for a 6 year old!! Whoops!
When the lights went out and Back to the Future started the crowd went crazy. And I'll admit that as Hurts Like Heaven began I couldn't stop myself from tearing up. I'll blame it on my 10 week old son and the accompanying hormones! Anyway I'm not going to rehash the whole show. There's better reviews out there than what I could write up. Highlights for me:
- the opening notes of HLH - tears and goosebumps
- GPASUYF - that version is awesome and Jonny was going bonkers on the catwalk. He's come a long way from just standing in the shadows!
- Viva singalong sounded pretty spectacular from where I was sitting
- hearing Warning Sign...shamefully it took me a few notes to realize that's what it was!
- major highlight - UATW after Chris fucked it up - Will and Chris going totally a Capella - goosebumps - just lovely
- absolute best moment - Charlie Brown - the xylobands, the song, the lightshow. Crowd went wild - finally got everyone up out of their seats. A truly awesome spectacle. Everyone should experience that once.
ETIAW ended and the lights came up and sadly the magic started to fade away. It came back a little this morning though when my daughter told me that even when she was 25 she'd always remember yesterday as the greatest day. Crappy arena food - $14; Concert tickets - hundreds of dollars; The look of joy on my daughters face when her pink xyloband started flashing- priceless. [thanks melanieau]
Just under 24 hours after the show. I am STILL on a high! Watching some of the videos I took! I really saw Coldplay for the 3rd time in my life! It was a very different experience. The first time was in 2008 @ BankAtlantic Center and I spent over $200 for seats on the floor. Last year, I saw them @ ACL Festival on Friday night...amongst the ENTIRE WORLD it felt. Last night was different being so far away. While the opening acts did their thing, I lamented the fact I wasn't down there in the mix, so to speak. Been through some trying times recently, and I needed to see this show for my soul... All of that changed once 99 Problems came on. I immediately realized, "I'm about to see my favorite band! Doesn't matter, you are here!" I thought I was Jay-Z for a minute because I went verse for verse, word for word because I knew the boys were coming!
And now the show...
- "Mylo Xyloto/Hurts Like Heaven": THE XYLOBANDS WERE AMAZING! I was taking video once "Back to the Future" was playing. However, I became an amateur once "Mylo Xyloto" started and the bands lit up. I was shaking so bad! I was overcome with how beautiful it all was! "Hurts Like Heaven" is so sneaky good. It brings a smile to my face.
- "In My Place": Chris with his vocals and Jonny on the guitar. That song oozes perfection through pleas of self-awareness and a heart to make things right. One of their best songs live. Period.
- "Major Minus": The first time I heard it live, at ACL last, I feel immediately in love. Still hasn't changed. I know those seated around me were annoyed with my shrieking during this tune!
- "Lovers In Japan": One my favorites from the Viva la Vida Tour. Chris improvises this one and the "dreaming in the Tampa Bay sun." To me, this is the original confetti song due to the VLV Tour.
- "The Scientist": No dry eyes.
- "Yellow": To me, this is the song that brought Coldplay to the U.S. It was their staple song for so long. Now, it is a throw in track at the beginning. I still kinda miss it being a closing song. Yet, it is a classic!
- "Violet Hill": The most played song on my iTunes. I love this song! I danced and jumped and screamed! Hearing that guitar solo live is unreal!
- "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face": I call this "a kick in the seat of your pants in your ears" good! They did it similar at ACL, but it seemed to boom in that arena! It was the 2nd best part of the night to me!
- "Princess of China": The Coldplay song you are most likely to hate, whether you love the boys or loathe them. This song has grown on me. I love it. I had read previous complaints of the sync with Rihanna's recorded version live. Flowed VERY well. Sang like a giddy teenager!
- "Up In Flames/Warning Sign": This is my only real issue from the show. It seemed like the brakes were slammed instead up applied. I love both songs, no questions asked. However, I was a bit dismayed seeing people sit and the mood just go flat.
- "A Hopeful Tranmission/Don't Let It Break Your Heart": Felt a bit along the slow vein, but it seemed like the boys kicked up the singing and dancing.
- "Viva la Vida": Warning: this is complete lunacy to most who read this. This might be their best song live. You can't match the enthusiasm this song brings. All 3 Coldplay shows I've seen, this song is the highlight! Section 328 and our neighbors erupted once this was on.
- "Charlie Brown": Warning: a hater's post. First time hearing this at ACL, and when Chris told the fans to jump, I was not a fan of this song. Also, I didn't know the words then as well. That, of course, was pre-Xyloband. Thanks to ESPN's Euro 2012 and Xyloband, this is song I cannot live without. It's all in the melody. The boys love performing this! This is Viva la Vida, part 2.
- "Paradise": If you happened to read my post about this song, you'll know I listened to this song 12 straight times the first time I heard it. I love this song. I loved it live! I cry hearing it. It is a magical song.
- "Us Against the World/Speed of Sound": The boys hit the alternate stage and caused hysteria from what I could see with these two selections. My friends were down there amongst that crowd. Safe to say I was a tad jealous. Chris saying I (flubbed) up during UATW was my laugh of the night. Speed of Sound was stripped down and gorgeous.
- "Clocks": The greatest song ever made. My favorite song. My highlight of the night. Probably cried more than I sang. That is the norm with this song. Chris and that piano riff will live on for generations.
- "Fix You": You got the feeling Chris was singing to us all personally as if we had to find our way through the storms of life. Chris did this well and brought the energy.
- "MMIX/Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall": This is how you close a show! Unreal! With the death of my camera battery and cell phone, I just cut loose and sang as loud as possible! It was a refreshing feeling.
To close, I have seen Coldplay at better angles and with more pricey tickets. However, I think it was a night they boys caught my heart at a different angle. An angle of hope and belief that the tough times in life don't last always. Maybe that lull wasn't a bad thing; it could have been a chance to take it all in. I had to say I was glad to be a part of it! Chris said, "We have the best fans in the world" at one point. You know, he's right! We are great fans! I am honored and proud to be one of them! 8 Last, but not least! How 'bout the Tampa Curse FINALLY BEING LIFTED!!!! [thanks Malleywood]
Today I am posting about Coldplay's concert!! I went to Coldplay's concert in Tampa around a week ago. It was the best concert I have ever seen in my life! I love Coldplay and their songs<3. I really enjoy the first part of the concert because they were playing my fave songs, such as: Lovers in Japan, Yellow, Paradise, The Scientist, and others. There were also many surprises came up during the show. We got a Coldplay bracelet. Anddd... When the band were singing at the beginning and end of the show, the bracelet blink colorfully according to the music beat. Isn't that amazing?! I literary almost cried that part during the show because I have never seen such amazing thing like that in a music concert. And I had goose bumps when they were singing "Yellow" because its my favorite song above all of my Coldplay favorites. Months ago, I posted about how I like Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto album. I think it has a cool design. I love the color choices for the artwork of the album. Yeap, during the concert, they brought those colors to the lighting of the show and also to blinking bracelet color. For about 2 hours, I really felt like I was in a "Paradise". I was being treated amazingly by both, visually and music-wise. It was an amazing night. Really. The other surprise was toward the ending of the show because the band re-appeared on different stage (Not main stage). They played at a mini stage which is located in the middle of the audience. AAh! And the White piano that Chris Martin used when he played it while singing Fix You, was full of graffiti like the album artwork too! I was so amazed. Different kind of "amazing" like when I was at LMFAO's or any other music concert that were also amazing. That Coldplay's "amazing" feeling was like.. yes.. like you are watching a music concert at a para-para-paradise. [thanks Miss Tahir] http://www.janemtahir.com/2012/07/para-para-paradise.html
Tampa Bay Times: Coldplay is stone-cold rousing and huggable...
Coldplay takes a lot of hits for being overly gushy, overly sensitive, overly over the top-top-top. And yet, as the oh-so-emotional Brit-poppers showed at a packed, roaring Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday, they're sincere in their swoony manipulations. In other words, the best-selling Grammy winners believe every sappy seduction they sing. For almost two robust hours, Chris Martin & Co. wore their hearts on their sleeves, and the quartet demanded that the near-sold-out crowd of 18,402 did as well. Well, at least on their wrists. Each ticket came with a Xyloband, a blinking bracelet synced with much of the anthemic 21-song set list, which never lacked for crescendoes and sing-alongs and lead singer Martin pointing into the nosebleeds as if he were nasally crooning for them, just them.
With all the lights and lasers and neon kapow, the joint looked like the most mellow rave in history — or maybe Christmas in June — sparkly-eyed women swaying in unison with their loyal, trying-to-stay-macho dates (who might not admit to their fellow dudes that they dig Coldplay. (It's okay fellas, I really like 'em, too). Coldplay put on the equivalent of a 21st century embrace. This is the kind of band that launches confetti three songs into the show. There were balloons a couple songs later. Seriously, there hasn't been this much stuff launched into a crowd since GWAR roamed the planet. From the opening number, the instrumental title cut from new album Mylo Xyloto (a concept LP about star-crossed lovers), the band aimed to crowd-please. "We're going to try and play the best (bleepin') show of our lives," Martin said. "We're already having a great time."
Of course they were. A few of the anthems played like Coldplay Mad Libs. Paradise was cloying, although that was, admittedly, an eye-popping Xyloband moment. But thanks to underrated guitarist Jonny Buckland and his prickly riffs, more songs than not were altogether rousing. The one-two punch of The Scientist, a truly devastating breakup tune, and Yellow, their slow-build, hammering first big hit, made for a transcendent tandem. And God Put a Smile Upon Your Face was an altogether slamming rock song, a true star moment for Buckland.
So eager to please, Coldplay performed on a main stage, then a middle "X" stage, where, with the help of Rihanna on a video screen, they performed gut-check duet Princess of China. Later, Martin appeared with an acoustic guitar on a makeshift stage smack-dab in the middle of the throngs toward the back of the venue, playing Us Against the World and Speed of Sound. For the encore — more lasers! more Xylobands! — the band, always bouncing these blokes, unloaded a steroidal Clocks (awesome), the utterly Coldplayian Fix You (meh) and the take-this-U2 explosion of Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall. Oh, it was sweet, and it was sappy. But hey, in this cynical cynical world, who couldn't use a good hug now and then? 
At roughly 9:07 p.m., electronic wristbands on every fan started to glow as the theme from"Back to the Future" faded into the title track from "Mylo Xyloto" and "Hurts Like Heaven," a beautiful sight to behold, even if the Forum looked like a Lite Brite. It was the first of many such spectacles, some of which would not have been out of place at a Flaming Lips show, including confetti bombs, beach balls and a light show that would have impressed a jaded U2 fan. An endearingly goofy dancer, Martin, dressed in a simple T-shirt and jeans, was a crowd pleasing carnival barker with a remarkable live voice. He mentioned Tampa every chance he got, while encouraging sing-a-longs and thanking the crowd profusely for giving him the best job in the world. The sound was impeccable, besides a few times the vocals were low in the mix. However, the crowd didn't care as long as Martin gave them what they wanted, including highlights "The Scientist," "Violet Hill" and "Viva La Vida."
The first set ended with the visually stunning light show connected to the song "Paradise," which will be a concert-ending staple for years to come. The crowd, already hanging on the band's every move, sang as if they were enraptured by a heavenly presence. The encore started in the middle of the cheap seats for a semi acoustic set in which Martin flubbed the words to "Us against the World," but no one cared. After a jaunt through the crowd, the band ended with the very singable "Clocks, Fix You" and "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall," easily the best choice they could have made for an ending song. A Coldplay show is everything its fans want it to be and everything its critics hate. They will never convert the music snobs with their crowd pleasing clichés. However, with fans like those gathered Thursday night, they will never have to. 
Insite Gainsville: Coldplay takes a lot of criticism for their maudlin, over-the-top sound and predictable moves, but they do put on a great concert, as demonstrated last week at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The show was overflowing with arena spectacle, including lasers, confetti, balloons and lighting effects. Robyn played a nice set as an opener, but it was nothing compared to the Coldplay sensory overload.
Each ticket came with a xyloband, a blinking bracelet synced with many of Coldplay's songs. So, while the band was shooting lasers into the rafters, the fans were part of the show as their wrists blinked in different colors. Even though Coldplay is not one of the rave bands that attract fans with glow sticks and LED gloves, their fans were glowing at times like it was a rave for almost two hours. The xylobands were just a small part of the spectacle though. Within the first five songs, the floor had been generously covered with confetti and large balloons. Usually confetti is at the end of a show, but I guess they didn't get the memo. Fortunately they haven't discovered Faygo, and they don't throw food on the fans like Steve Aoki or Southern Culture on the Skids. That would be too messy, especially if they did it early in the show.
Coldplay does like to be close to the fans, and they had a long ramp extending to a stage in the middle of the arena where they could venture during songs or perform "Princess of China" with Rihanna (no, not in person, on a video screen). Later in the set, Chris Martin appeared in the middle of the fans at the back of the arena with an acoustic guitar. The rest of the band then appeared with him as they played "Us Against the World" and "Speed of Sound." Fans were definitely enjoying that and testing their cellphone cameras. After that, there was an encore with "Clocks," "Fix You" and "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," as well as more lasers and xyloband fun. 
Creative Loafing: I like to think of myself as someone with relatively good taste in music. This is why it's always a little difficult for me to come out to my friends as a Coldplay fan. The most common reaction I get is a look of sympathy and an apology, as if I'd just admitted I was diagnosed with a terrible, incurable illness. But I don't care. I love the band's interplay of melodies, Chris Martin's lyrics, the grandiose piano ... all of it. So I was stoked to finally see them again this past Thursday night at Tampa Bay Times Forum. [Text by Marci, photos by Chris.]
British indie band Wolf Gang played first, and their sound was very much reminiscent of an younger Coldplay. The foursome delivered a solid performance to a still mostly-empty arena. Up next was Swedish Europop diva Robyn, an odd act to find sandwiched in between two Brit alt rock bands. And the crowd took a while to warm up to her. The pulsing "Fembot" got a few people dancing, but in general, all around me, the only other people actually on their feet were the ones who just hadn't found their seats yet. Robyn remained unfazed by the general disinterest, playfully hopping across the stage in her gold velveteen yoga pants. Her cover of Coldplay's "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" finally caught the crowd’s attention just in time for her to close with her chart-topping UK hit and arguably her best-known U.S. single, "With Every Heartbeat."
In the time between acts, I watched the stagehands climbing rope ladders and swinging from huge racks of lights until Jay-Z's "99 Problems" interrupted the generic indie background music, the lights dimmed and Coldplay took to the stage to the triumphant orchestral instrumental of "Mylo Xyloto" and then threw themselves into "Hurts Like Heaven" without so much as a hello. As fans entered the venue, we were given colorful bracelets and were finally enlightened about what they were for. As the song kicked in, the entire third level of the venue started twinkling with blue, pink, yellow, and green lights as the bracelets began going off simultaneously; I later found out that their seeming independent blinking was controlled by radio frequencies.
My mind was still reeling from taking in all the sparkling colors when "In My Place" began and blizzards of confetti were fired from cannons to flicker down onto the crowd.
Lead singer Chris Martin was 110-percent on this night, as if he'd been even more excited about the concert than the room full of people who'd paid to watch it. Another big spectacle came during Coldplay's performance of "Lovers in Japan," which featured giant balloons filled with confetti thrown out to the audience and even more confetti cannon actio, the paper cutouts wafting down in shapes inspired by the artwork on Mylo Xyloto. The only moment of the show that left me cold was during "Princess of China," which featured projected guest Rihanna singing her part of the song. Come on guys — hologram duets are sooo two months ago.
After a gorgeous performance of "Paradise" signaled the close of the main part of the show, the band ran off the stage. I, along with the rest of the crowd, watched and waited for them to return for an encore, but instead, they popped up in section 102, played two acoustic songs, and then jetted back to the main stage, high-fiving the crowd along either side of their path on the way. The last three songs proved perfect closers, especially the heart-wrenching "Fix You," its a capella start erupting into crashing drums and layers upon layers of guitars.
An amazing show from an amazing band, and I'm finally ready to stand up and proudly pledge my allegiance: "Hi, my name is Marci, and I'm a Coldplay fan." 
- @Jayreg1969: Setup already to go in Tampa !!!!!!
- @PASMAN7777: Waiting for Coldplay to start! #coldplay #tampa pic.twitter.com/q3r3Gc46
- @LFDianne: Got my pink x-band, my cool light up thing, a drink. Bring it on @coldplay
- @Sweetale4u: #robyn taking stage. Crowd is pumped!! #Coldplay #Tampa
- @rotcav: @coldplay @coldplaying #ColdplayFilm can't wait to see my favorite band rock the stage here in Tampa. #excited #giddy
- @Rommy81: Can't wait for the concert to start #coldplay #coldplayfilm #tampa
- @jamestutten: Robyn has a.. unique performance style, to say the least. #Coldplay #Tampa
- @bricegramm: The anticipation! #Coldplay @ Tampa Bay Times Forum instagr.am/p/McA_g_hqAT/
- @sarah_liz42: Waiting on Coldplay to come on!!! @ Tampa Bay Times Forum instagr.am/p/McEI36Epzl/
- @morganmayerMM: #TBTF is packed for Coldplay in Tampa #Coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/KUzIVnSG
- @bricegramm: It's on! #Coldplay @ Tampa Bay Times Forum instagr.am/p/McFlZnhqCo/
- @tbtimesforum: .@coldplay takes the stage and #Tampa you look beautiful! instagr.am/p/McGJ7vh2nw/
- @kayladelarosa: Might be a little high up but have an amazing view! Great opening song! Coldplay is @ Tampa Bay Times Forum instagr.am/p/McG8SNu0lA/
- @carriepratt: Chris Martin snow storm #tampabaylive @ Tampa Bay Times Forum instagr.am/p/McHQxZFZ-X/
- @carriepratt: Beach ball party at Coldplay #tampabaylive instagr.am/p/McKEENFZwi/
- @Harry_Styles: Icon. @Coldplay were in another class tonight!! instagr.am/p/McPyt0DCXC/
- @haley_oyo: @Coldplay knows how to put on a fucking show. Made me sad to leave Tampa. Awesome job you guys, you KILLED it.
- @coldplay: Hey Tampa folks. If you found my camera after it flew off Chris’s guitar, can you shout up? Use hashtag #42cam Thx! R42 pic.twitter.com/VTF6qlcr
- @todd_robbins: Thank you @coldplay for the most amazing show ever #tampa
- @oxfamontour: What a great show! Thank you Tampa. Thank you @coldplay fans for signing up with Oxfam tonight.you are awesome! #lovefoodhateinjustice
- @icy304: Thank You @coldplay. Best Concert Ever! #coldplay #tampa
- @Curt_Cornell: Lasers, confettit, LED bracelets, bouncy balls from the ceiling, video screens Tampa @Coldplay show #legendary pic.twitter.com/h1dKOd6k
- @taylorbgordon: Oh My Goodness! Coldplay was absolutely amazing. They ROCKED Tampa! I am still so excited!!! #coldplayfilm
- @taylorbgordon: Anddd Chris improving after almost falling off the mini-stage was so funny... #Tampa #coldplayfilm #Coldplay
- @meka999: #Coldplay #Tampa #TBTimesForum UNBELIEVABLE show. Ears still ringing... pic.twitter.com/cyawUAL5
- @coldplay: Here's the crowd panorama shot from last night's terrific Tampa Bay show (hi-res version at cldp.ly/TBpana) A pic.twitter.com/Gjc70SC3