3 July 2012: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, 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 Charlotte. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1962
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=91664
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91664
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
AMAZING, SPECTACULAR show tonight!! It was everything I thought it would be and more! We must have been outside together because we also waited an hour and a half for the boys and joked with security the whole time that they didn't know what they were talking about. haha FINALLY, though, Matt came out, and we chatted with him and had a picture taken, and he said, "The band has indeed left" and then stopped and literally looked me in the eye and said, "It's true, I wouldn't lie to you." That's when I had to believe they were gone and sulked back to the hotel. I was disappointed. BUT it was the best show I've ever seen. I will post more later. Tired! [thanks LdySpace]
Fabulous fabulous fabulous show! Waited around after for an hour but Chris was a no show. Apparently they left a minute after the show was over (I don't trust security haha).... I'm very tired, I'll probably post something longer tomorrow! [thanks erynf_1996]
We just got a back from the concert, after hanging around for a few hours after the concert to absorb some of the downtown flavor. It was my first Coldplay concert in person, so I wasn't sure what to fully expect. First off, the people that are attracted to a Coldplay concert are by far and away the most interesting and coolest group of people I've ever encountered. They are all so considerate and polite... well, most of them Due to an unexpected trip to the drug store to buy a memory card for our camera, we got there about half way through Wolf Gang's performance, which I thought was pretty good. I'll give these guys a second look! As for Robyn.... (sigh) let me just say she isn't my slice of pie. The funky, techno production took any hint of musicality away from most of her performance, IMO. Her best song was her cover of Coldplay's Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. It actually sounded like she could possibly sing without having her voice modulated and processed to the nth degree. She actually hit the inflections of "raise" during the transition break in the song "so you can hurt, hurt me bad, still I *raise* the flag" quite well. Overall though, it was an assault on the senses, IMO.
Coldplay's show was a spectacle to behold. I wasn't quite prepared for the vastness and complexity of it all. The glowbands added a new dimension to concert going. I really think the crowd felt more immersed in the proceedings. The light show was superior to what I'd seen in the Pink Floyd concert I attended in '96. What I wasn't expecting was what I judged to be a percussion and bass dominated audio mix. It was bad enough during the Wolf Gang and Robyn performances, but the mix was so geared for percussion and bass that it was overbearing, much of the time. There was a harshness that came across in the audio mix that went beyond simply being just too loud, IMO. I never thought I'd be saying this, but my two favorite songs from the concert were God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, and Warning Sign. Close seconds were Us Against the World and Speed of Sound (acoustic numbers from the surprise satellite stage). This was a new arrangement of Speed of Sound, but I liked it better live than the electric versions I've heard them play live.
My biggest disappointment of the night was "Clocks"... it was easily the weakest version I've ever heard of my favorite song of all time. Not only did the percussion/bass heavy audio mix step all over the piano, guitar, and vocals; they did so to the point where many of the characteristic trademarks of the song were AWOL. Then there was the ethereal, warbling synthesizer break where a chilling reprise of the piano intro *used* to be, followed by an awkwardly premature ending that almost makes it sound like they got tired of playing it!? Fix You was decent, but there were new problems with the audio mix during it. Chris' mike got really hot and he went from sounding like he was singing to hollering in a few spots. The rousing closing verses of the song were once again impaired by the overbearing percussion and bass mix. Still, this is such a powerful song that it withstood the mix problems... it is without a doubt, the most emotional piece of music I've ever heard... well, in the rock/pop field anyway.
ETIAW was a fitting finale, even though its mix was once again, harshly heavy in the percussion and bass realms. I left the arena in a rather confused state about what I'd just experienced. Honestly, I've been more moved by their concert videos - at least in terms of audio - on my surround sound home theater system than the concert. It's mostly because I can hear everything in a proper balance, or at least adjust it to a proper balance on my home system. I'm not hating on percussion and bass, I just want to have them served to me in thier natural balance. On the other hand, there's nothing that sniffs being a substitute for the visceral "being there" experience of a Coldplay concert. As so many others have stated before, a Coldplay concert is a spiritual experience that can't be quantified or described... you have to experience for yourself - in person- to fully appreciate what I'm talking about.
Finally, I was wondering if my experience with the audio mix had something to do with where we sat. We were in section 102. We were in the next to upper row of the lower mezzanine, about maybe 5 degrees from face center stage (from the opposite end of the arena). Anyone sit somewhere else in the arena where it didn't sound like you were in a bass and percussion well? [thanks OnlookerDelay]
Last night was without a doubt, hands down, no question, the best night of my life. I saw Coldplay for the second time in Charlotte. Obviously, I was crazy excited, since they are my favorite band and if you’re on my blog you should already know that so I don’t know why I typed that okay moving on. We got to the arena, got our xylobands, bought merch, and went on our way to our seats. Our tickets were for section 224 Row P seat 11 and 12. Basically, shitty nosebleed seats. But Jackie and I were still pumped out of our minds because we know that any seat for Coldplay is amazing. We got the the upper level and we were making our way to our section when this girl wearing Coldplay crew gear stopped us. “Would you girls say you’re massive Coldplay fans?” Oh my god. I knew from the Roadie #42 blog that this meant we were probably going to get upgraded, but I tried to stay calm. “Yes! They’re our favorite band! We love them so much!” She continued to ask us basic questions like what our favorite song was and our favorite album and how long we had been fans. Then she asked to see our tickets. I was about to explode.
“Well, unfortunately, I have a dilemma. The band doesn’t sell tickets for the first few rows and I still have some tickets I need to give away. Do you guys want to sit in the front row?” I immediately started bawling and tried to get out a “yes”. She took our old tickets and handed us beautiful, fantastic, lovely new ones. Jackie asked if we could hug her and she said we could so we both hugged her and cried and thanked her a million times. I could not believe it. We stumbled down to our new seats in shock. Seriously, we had the best seats in the house. We were in the very first row on Jonny’s side right next to the catwalk. I have never been more excited for anything in my life. Most of the concert itself is a blur. I was just so into it and excited and whatnot. It really felt like a dream. But I made eye contact with every one of the boys. Chris made a funny face at me because I was screaming so much. He like widened his eyes and he was like, “I see you looking at me!”
lkhaglkjagkjahgkaag also holy shit he’s so fucking hot in person I can’t even his arms and his face and he was all sweaty and oh god unf sorry. They were seriously on fire though. The show was fantastic and the crowd was amazing. They all looked so happy to be there which made me very happy so see them smiling so much. At the end when they were all waving goodbye, Will was right in front of us so we called out to him and he fucking threw us his drumsticks and smiled. I caught mine and flipped the fuck out. I was screaming and jumping up and down and going insane. When I turned back around Will and Guy were smiling at me. So I waved my drumstick in the air and screamed to Guy that I loved him. He laughed and nodded. Oh my god. I made him laugh. Ugh. That was so beautiful agjhsghlkaghagh I was trying to actually make a good post and now I’m just fangirling so I’m going to stop but it’s okay because the story is pretty much over anyway. We stayed by the stage door for two hours after the concert but they left to be with their families, so I can’t be upset about that. I can’t be upset about anything. It was the most perfect day. I still don’t believe any of it is real. [thanks i♥C.MART @ http://postcardsfromprospekt.tumblr.com/post/26537169546/my-concert-story]
Last night was great, I've been to X&Y, Viva La Vida, and now the tour for Mylo Xyloto, it wasn't my favorite of the three but I think it's only because I had 10th row seats for Viva La Vida and you can beat the experience that comes from being immersed in the moment by having floor seats and being able to literally reach out and touch Chris! [thanks ParaRushX&YVivaMylo]
On Tuesday morning we rushed back to Charlotte to get home in time for the Coldplay concert. I had gotten Kevin tickets for his birthday back in February and y'all he was so cute. He was SO excited about this concert! I loved seeing him so happy! I was lucky enough to get our company box tickets for us and our friends Jenn and David. They are huge Coldplay fans too. The seats were actually perfect. When we entered the arena, they gave us these wrist bands that lit up by some electronic signal or something. I'm sure my Dad could tell me. But it was so cool. Look at them all....they flashed and went along with the music. Very nice touch. To be honest, I didn't think I knew a single Coldplay song but I did recognize a few. And to be honest, the concert was so good that even if you hated Coldplay, you still would have enjoyed the show. I was really impressed. But I still like my country music! These guys and mostly Chris Martin just put so much emotion and passion into their music. It was pretty amazing. [thanks Classic Annie] http://anniesadventures16.blogspot.c...y-concert.html
Sound Bites (Charlotte Observer): Coldplay did its fans a big favor by holding Tuesday’s concert indoors at Time Warner Cable Arena during the hottest week in recent memory. That decision was probably dictated more by the glow-in-the-dark nature of the production than the temperature. Ticket holders were each given a fabric wrist band with a small hard plastic box attached to it upon entry. When Coldplay hit the stage with the upbeat title track to its latest album “Mylo Xyloto” following sets by London-based rock band, Wolf Gang and Swedish dance pop star Robyn, those bracelets lit up the arena with over 17,000 tiny colored lights. It was one of many ways Coldplay pulled its audience into the festivities and made the crowd feel less like spectators and more a part of the show. Lasers danced through the air and circular screens, including a large LED screen that hung over the stage, displayed dancing lights and stage footage.
Coldplay looked like it just came from a paintball fight. By the number of glow-in-the-dark paint blobs on their loose fitting pants and casual t-shirts, it looked like Martin lost and bassist Guy Berryman won. Will Champion’s resounding beat signaled “Mylo’s” next track “Hurts Like Heaven.” Confetti burst from cannons as the song’s chorus kicked in. Coldplay’s use of electronic touches on “Mylo Xyloto” has been both criticized and embraced, but other current influences were on display during those newer tracks as guitarist Jonny Buckland’s intricate finger work echoed lesser known modern bands like instrumental act Explosions in the Sky. “Heaven” ended with Martin in a backbend on the stage, already glistening with sweat. He thanked the crowd and promised the best concert of their lives. While that is a tall order, Coldplay proved again that it’s a phenomenal live band.
The mood escalated as it reached back to 2002’s “In My Place.” That song with its familiar guitar intro was another example of Coldplay making beautiful often subdued albums that play well on radio, but in a live setting those songs become more dynamic and grander. “Major Minus,” “Lovers in Japan” and “The Scientist” followed as the group approached another peak with its earliest hit “Yellow.” Martin began the song quietly on his graffiti-covered piano tinkling against the hum of Buckland’s guitar. Martin switched to his acoustic as the anthem kicked in and yellow light cast over the crowd. The band gathered at the end of the catwalk for three songs including the Rihanna-aided “Princess of China” (her vocals were piped in as she appeared on screen). It was probably the most electronic feeling segment with Champion clicking time on an electronic drum pad.
The group was off to the finish beginning with the familiar strains of “Viva La Vida.” Champion pummeled kettle drums and thrashed a big Liberty-style bell. That gave way to the Cure-like guitar work of “Charlie Brown” and the anthemic “Paradise,” which closed the set with a giant sing along. The band appeared in the audience toward the back of the arena where it began its encore with “Us Against the World” and a partly acoustic version of “Speed of Sound” before running back to the stage. There they ended with the one-two-three punch of “Clocks,” the moving fan favorite “Fix You” (probably one of the most well written love songs in recent memory) and ended with the danceable single “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.”
While glowing bracelets would’ve betrayed anyone attempting an early exit, few dared. Coldplay gave little reason to scoot out early. As with its 2009 concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Coldplay embraced its audience and wouldn’t let it go. “Thank you for the best job in the world,” Martin said before exiting the stage following “Paradise.” It is easy to imagine that his is just that.
As for its reputation for booking stellar opening acts, Coldplay didn’t disappoint. Wolf Gang struggled through sound issues rarely seen on a tour of this size, but despite an unresponsive piano the quintet’s bouncy Euro rock and catchy single “The King and All His Men” (currently in rotation on Sirius/XM alternative stations) served it well as an opener. With her daring fashion (she began her set in a ballooning silver skirt and “Thunderdome”-like vest), futuristic sound and original dance moves, Robyn can be a polarizing performer. She turned in a set that at times felt more club than arena. The robotic vocals of minimalist tracks like “We Dance to the Beat” and “Fembot” (which are probably the coldest songs on her fantastic electro-R&B 2010 dance album “Body Talk”) may have seemed an unusual introduction to those who weren’t familiar with her. She did deliver more popular singles such as 2005’s “Cobrastyle,” and the more current “Dancing on My Own,” “Indestructible” and “Girlfriend” which had girls in our row copping her dance moves and singing the lyrics long after she’d left the stage. 
Upon entering Time Warner Cable Arena on July 3, 2012, each person was given a woven bracelet. Concert-goers were informed it was part of the sold-out show and instructions on large video screens within the arena only said to put the colored band on before the event started. As the lights went down and Coldplay hit the stage to perform two hours of its pop brand of rock, thousands of bracelets lit up, blinked in time with the music and were waved in the air by the arms that wore them.
It's a first in the concert-going world and was nothing short of impressive to see live. Gone are the days of lighters or held up cell phones (unless you're trying to film the band, which it seems everyone tries to do) - this is the next grand step, but one that doesn't come cheaply. Coldplay is reportedly spending more than $600,000 each night to equip their fans with the devices that were used during a handful of songs in the performance. The red, pink, white, blue, yellow and green lights would stay on or occasionally blink with the drums - there's no way for a fan to turn them on or off.
Emblazoned with the Twitter and Coldplay logos and "#coldplayfilm," the wristbands are a clever piece of marketing, a brilliant piece of technology which incorporates fans into the concert - but is it worth it? It's a novelty souvenir, but not one you'd ever wear again due to its over-sized strap and inability to light up. As part of the show, however, it sure was fun to watch: 
After brief sets by Wolf Gang and Robyn, Chris Martin - there might be three other guys in the band - appeared and made the most of the extended stage as lasers danced above him and confetti flew overhead. Coldplay performed a brief stripped down set - "Princes of China," "Up in Flames" and "Warning Sign" - at the end of the ramp, and two more songs - "Us Against the World" and "Speed of Sound" - on a small stage at the back of the arena, giving those fans a closer look. "Princes" included a video of Rihanna timed perfectly to sing along with the music. Musically, the concert was as expected - Coldplay is about as safe as living next to a police station. The band's pop-rock is infused with hints of emotion, strong hook-filled choruses that invite sing-alongs and catchy rhythms that the packed arena including plenty of middle-aged men - and their wristbands - dancing like no one was watching. 
- @mylesjrobinson: Stage preparations being made at the Arena preparing for tonight's @Coldplay concert! @TWCArena @Bobcats pic.twitter.com/HdGPWw9o
- @DonniePeters: At the @coldplay concert in Charlotte!! Not sure what these are for but I’m wearing it!! pic.twitter.com/GD1qaIAZ
- @PaigeAubree: I think #Charlotte is ready to see #Coldplay pic.twitter.com/5uCohDh9
- @SZimmy94: Free tickets! AHHHHH #coldplay #concert #Charlotte #inheaven instagr.am/p/Mo81qkFvnh/
- @TheGreat_Katzby: “in return for your Tuesday we’re gonna give you the best fucking concert we’ve ever played in our entire lives.” #coldplay #charlotte
- @moxiebetty: Beyond impressed with how entertaining Coldplay is. They really know how to throw a party!
- @SilentxSymphony: Coldplay in Charlotte! Most beautiful set I've ever seen!! #coldplay #coldplayfilm lockerz.com/s/222102040 lockerz.com/s/222102081
- @oxfamontour: The charlotte crowd are on fire for @coldplay twitpic.com/a3mq9s
- @_beebelle: looks like outer space. But it's the arena... lights everywhere. Beautiful! #Coldplay instagr.am/p/MpK1vwzQdw/
- @bradspink: @Coldplay just killed it in Charlotte. Great show!! #paradise
- @KRBBee: Thank you for a wonderful night in Charlotte, #Coldplay!!!! Awesome show!
- @Nic_Isom: I'd like to dedicate this tweet to everyone who had to clean up the 17.3 tons of confetti that Coldplay blew into TWC Arena tonight.
- @Jodi_LeAllyn: Too pumped to go to sleep. Can I please rewind the last 12 hrs and do it over again?? #IDontWantThisNightToEnd @coldplay #Charlotte
- @coldplay: Check out our pre-show panorama photo from last night's Charlotte show (full hi-res version at cldp.ly/charpana) A pic.twitter.com/HnfC5Iv6
The Oracle on 3 July 2012: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, USA
July 5, 2012 - submitted by Meagan, United States of America
Q. Hi Oracle! I was at the concert in Charlotte yesterday (3rd) and it was absolutely fantastic! I wanted to ask, when Chris messed up during Us Against the World, what happened? I wasn't close enough to see and didn't hear anything go wrong. Again, such a great show and I can't wait to see you all again.
The Oracle replies:
You can watch it here. As you will see around the 1'45 it wasn't as bad as Chris seemed to think - I'm not even sure why he stopped. I LOVE this song though so it was a nice excuse to watch it on a Thursday afternoon.