6 July 2012: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, 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
- 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 Philadelphia. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1963
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=91178
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91178
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
While Thursday night happened spontaneous for me, Thursday night was planned since December when I originally received the tickets. What was funny about these tickets was that they were originally supposed to be on the floor, but Comcast Tix site crashed and two minutes later these were the best available. While I was upset, I couldn't really complain because any seat in an arena where Coldplay is playing is a great one. For the second night is a row they were perfect. They are masters of the live act and Chris Martin is the hardest working man in show business. I got a work out just watching him run around and jam out. I found myself for the second straight night in a world of pain after the concert. The whole show is one big party and everyone is constantly bouncing to the anthems being played to their ears.
The set list was the same as the night before except, Up in Flames was not played on the X stage due to Will's drums breaking, instead Chris Martin decided to play Trouble. I couldn't have had a better time those two nights. I wish I had the energy to stay at Xfinity Live afterwards and grab a few brews, but these shows drained me. I look forward to seeing them again during this tour, they usually come around for a second lap. If not I will surely see them on their next tour for their sixth album in a few years. I get a ton of criticism for liking this band. Agree or disagree you must admit that you can't attack someone for liking a band if their music truly strikes a chord with that individual. For me, Coldplay is that band. I have listened to them since they started and have followed their path to being one of the biggest bands in the world. Like me, the band brushes off the criticism and continues to make fun and uplifting songs that are the backdrop to many lives and relationships, like my own. [thanks marauder8112] http://ilivephillysports.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/second-concert-in-two-nights-coldplay.html
I have a video of 'Trouble', standing right behind Chris' back. Awesome seats. Were a present to my girlfriend who is a huge fan of the band. I only began to listen to them recently because of her. Quite taken by them. I will note Chris does comment, "we're having a bit of trouble with Will's drum machine". Was glad we got to see something special and different from the norm. I'll try to upload the video to the Tube later. We also got Chris' guitar pick! I'm glad it was a night she'll remember forever. Enjoyed the show thoroughly, besides that one annoying concert-goer. Some female who thought she owned the place, bumping everyone and obnoxiously screaming at Chris to "PLAY A MESSAGE, A MESSAGE, A MESSAGE, PLAY A MESSAGE, A MESSAGE, PLAY A MESSAGE." during his entire piano set at the end of the stage. [thanks 1TimeColdplayer]
In 2005 my Uncle Austin and my Aunt Anu introduced me to the band Coldplay with the album X&Y. This album lead me into the band’s past work on Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head. I found it all very compelling and after a period of devouring everything the band had done I continued to listen to them with frequency. In 2008, I was completely blown away by Viva La Vida or Death and All His friends. I loved the change from piano rock to a far more balanced and pure form of alternative rock. After this, “Christmas Lights” became one of my holiday must plays and it even ranked number 5 in Big Blue Bullfrog’s Christmas song countdown! Since I was introduced to Coldplay in 2005 I have longed to see them in concert as I had heard that they were outstanding live. Thanks to that very same Aunt and Uncle duo my dreams were made reality and I found myself sitting in the Wells Fargo Arena on July 6th watching Coldplay on their Mylo Xyloto tour. But did the experience live up to my expectations?
YES! I cannot say how ridiculously blown away I was by them. Before I get into that, I should touch upon the opening acts. Wolf Gang, an alternative British band, opened up the show well. They have a fairly eighties sound, but not in a bad way. I enjoyed their enthusiasm and excitement as they pounded away on the drums and got things started right. They were followed by Robyn…I don’t get her. She’s a Swedish techno chick, not my cup of tea. Finally the lights dimmed and…the Back To the Future theme played? I love that Coldplay chose to walk on stage to this particular tune. The stage began to light up and the graffiti on the stage began to glow. When the song “Mylo Xyloto” started, something I had never experienced at a concert happened. I was completely awed! Coldplay gave every member of the audience a “Xyloband” when they entered the arena. They were bracelets in a variety of colors and each one helped to light up the Wells Fargo arena like a Christmas tree! After giving the crowd some time to marvel at the spectacle the show really kicked off with; “Hurts like Heaven”.
I never thought I would ever see a performer anything like Jim Morrison or Freddie Mercury in person, but this past weekend I did. Chris Martin has a rare talent as a front man. At no point was I standing anywhere near him in the audience, but I always felt like he was right next to me. He raced around the stage like a man possessed and involved the audience in Coldplay’s songs at every turn. I walked out of the concert thinking that Chris Martin must be a damn delightful man in person. There were two points where he expertly ingratiated the audience. The first was when he said: "I don’t know if some of you had a shit day at work, maybe some of you had a great day, what every brought you here or whatever crap you had to go through to come to our concert we appreciate it. Last night we did a fantastic dress rehearsal for what’s gonna be tonight the best concert we’ve ever played in our lives. And they were incredible yesterday as an audience but I have a feeling you’re going to be slightly better than anyone else we’ve ever seen before..."
The second was after a technical malfunction. He quickly saved the day and did a great rendition of ‘Trouble’ which can be seen below despite his desire for it to not appear online:
The extravaganza didn’t end there through! Beach balls fell from the sky and confetti exploded from the stage. All the while, I was most impressed with how much better Coldplay sounded in concert. I have often dealt with people calling Coldplay soft, but after seeing “In My Place” live, I am prepared to debate that accusation to the bitter end! Songs I found only mildly entertaining on Mylo Xyloto were given new depth and life live, such as “Major Minus”. The band did a great mix of older and newer material to give the audience a concert that truly fulfilled them. “Lovers in Japan” was another major highlight of the concert because it’s a great gem that doesn’t get enough recognition from Viva La Vida. Of course, Coldplay did an awesome encore too…IN THE AUDIENCE! The highlight of the entire encore was when the band returned to the stage for an emotional and beautiful performance of “Fix You”. My only complaint would be that the concert felt short at around an hour and half, but this didn’t leave me feeling unfulfilled, just desiring more.
There wasn’t a dull moment in the concert. I got to sing along with the one of my all time favorite songs, “The Scientist”, I got to pantomime “Viva La Vida” along with Chris Martin and I got to enjoy “Speed of Sound” with the people who introduced me to it back in 2005. 
Examiner: Coldplay packed the 20,000-seat Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for two nights July 5th and 6th as part of their 2012 Mylo Xyloto North American Tour that began April 17 in Edmonton, AB. The show was heavy on visuals and the new album. The band played nearly every track from Mylo Xyloto (2011), along with some of the older standards like “Clocks,” “Fix You,” “Yellow” and “Viva La Vida,” the song that took the Grammy in 2009 for Song of the Year. But the visuals are what made this live concert experience so unique. Everyone in the audience was given a wristband or “Xyloband” that would light up during certain songs, creating a colorful, changing light show in the audience. Add all the lasers and highly artsy filmography going on in large round hanging video screens, some major confetti on the second song, along with flying beach balls, and you have a visual experience like no other.
Earlier this year, Coldplay appeared at the Grammys and introduced the Xylobands during their performance. The colorful lit-up wristbands made a huge impression with the music industry audience. The stage was shaped like a guitar with the head at the stage and the long neck reaching into the audience in the form of a runway; the frets provided a spot for Chris Martin to play his piano surrounded entirely by fans. 
Phillyburbs: It’s a visual world for acts on a scale with Coldplay. Eye candy was ubiquitous when England’s biggest band kicked off a two-night set at a sold-out Wells Fargo Center last week. The band, which performed Thursday and Friday at the South Philly arena, played before five giant video screens. Lights and lasers more than complemented what the band delivered. “Xylobands” were given to all of the concertgoers. The wireless treats lit up in a spectrum of colors at certain points of the evening. And while the glitz was nice, it wasn’t the reason to venture to the arena. You see, Coldplay’s melodic and often-moving songs stole the show. Led by vocalist-pianist Chris Martin, Coldplay mixed songs from its latest album, the terrific “Mylo Xyloto,” with tunes from its preceding four releases. Some of the new tunes are among Martin’s finest work. “Paradise,” the hit from the latest disc, is right up there with “Viva La Vida,” Coldplay’s smash.
Martin is hardly Bob Dylan when it comes to lyrics, but he does have a way with a melody. Coldplay’s finest tunes, such as “Yellow,” “Clocks” and “The Scientist” are filled with hooks that get stuck in your head. The band doesn’t have much more brawn live, but fans of well-constructed pop songs can’t help but groove to Coldplay live. The band gives its audience what it wants — terrific pop tunes — and something extra: lots of visuals that are positively superfluous. 
Phillyburbs (updated): On July 4, 2010, I told some friends about my love for Coldplay. I remember it distinctly. There was a Coldplay marathon on the radio as we drove back from Philadelphia, and I told them about my complete obsession with its music and how much I wanted to see the band in concert. Little did I know, exactly two years and one day later, I would do just that. Coldplay performed at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia last Thursday and Friday, and if you didn’t go, you missed out. Big time. I’ve been to quite a few concerts — acts ranging from the Backstreet Boys to Bruce Springsteen to Dave Matthews. But no concert has proved equal to the performance Coldplay gave in Philadelphia last week.
I’ll admit I’m slightly biased. I’ve dreamed of seeing Coldplay in concert for three years. My friend and I had been keeping a countdown to the Coldplay concert since Christmas. Hearing Chris Martin serenading us live was a highly anticipated event. But for once, reality surpassed my imagination. After a solid performance by British band Wolf Gang and a ... well ... interesting performance by Swedish singer Robyn that left me utterly confused, Coldplay took the stage, opening with “Hurts Like Heaven,” a song from its newest album, “Mylo Xyloto.”
The crowd exploded with energy as soon as the band took the stage, with the special effects adding even more excitement. The wristbands each person received upon entering the arena, which were controlled by the lighting crew, enhanced the performance by illuminating the audience at particularly high-energy moments. Confetti fell onto the audience during the second song. Giant beach balls seemed to shoot up from the floor soon after. There were times when I literally stood frozen, in awe of the amount of energy that surrounded me. After a spectacular two hours, Coldplay ended the night with the crowd-favorite “Fix You” and a more recent hit “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” However, “Viva La Vida” echoed through the corridors of the Wells Fargo Center as the crowd sung at the top of its lungs while leaving the show.
So I’ve crossed seeing Coldplay live off my bucket list. And if it wasn’t on your bucket list to begin with, put it at the top — right between skydiving and marrying Blake Shelton (yes, this also may be a bit biased). Regardless of what else you want to do before you die, I promise you won’t regret experiencing Coldplay live. It was truly a taste of (warning: if you’re not a Coldplay fan, you probably won’t understand this …) PARA-PARA-PARADISE! 
- @oxfamontour: Ready for a new day and second night in #Philly. I wonder who will come say hello tonight. If you're heading down come see @oxfamamerica
- @Caratsarsis: Seeing Coldplay in Philly. I think today marks the best day of my life
- @CrackerFarrell: Got my bracelet! Excited is now an understatement!!! #coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/7j58QUDt
- @thedevanm: Coldplay!!! So weird being at the Wells Fargo Center for something other than a game!! pic.twitter.com/L1zfyYYE
- @mmr717: Britain you have amazing bands!! #Coldplay #Philadelphia #Wolfgang
- @EthanFreeMNiD: @coldplay can you ask everyone in philadelphia to stand when you start. A #coldplay set sitting down would not be as fun!
- @Benisjahmin: I can not wait to see Coldplay! #coldplayfilm
- @JeannineFalcone: Getting ready to glow in the dark #coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/kiVCqlKK
- @embrown13: at the Coldplay concert #coldplayfilm getting pumped to watch their butts from behind pic.twitter.com/xdLmOeFv
- @DJsQwareD: The openers for the Coldplay show were awesome which means Coldplay will be even more so! #coldplayfilm
- @kaitbates: inside wells fargo for coldplay. so. much. excitement. #coldplayfilm
- @douglaskev: Waiting for coldplay to come on...not sure why robyn opened... light up braclets in the arena should be fun though #coldplayfilm
- @oxfamontour: The boys are playing trouble! Wow it blew me away!
- @MichaelinPhilly: This is my idea of #Paradise!!! #Coldplay #Philly pic.twitter.com/dWuAnNNL
- @ecait21: Coldplay is a really cool band. Played their encore in the middle of the audience. All about the fans! #coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/THGlpBrN
- @jub_strategies: Great @Coldplay concert in Philly. Favorite song tonight was the acoustic version of Trouble.
- @noprosjustCONs: "let's keep this one between the 16000 of us" chris martin I love you so much #coldplay #bestconcertever pic.twitter.com/HurBKD1o
- @jbates01: Awesome Coldplay show in Philly last night. Lots of energy and a good setlist. pic.twitter.com/iNGf5XnH
- @_anastasia14: wow what a night!! @coldplay is fuckin amazing. & i have Chris Martin's pick pic.twitter.com/j3ZTpAEE
- @ReguLAUR_girl: Chris Martin came right in front of me! Best moment of my life. <3 instagr.am/p/Mw7dxhufUa/
- @orbination: Just got my mind blown by Coldplay in Philly. Truly a concert I won't forget for years to come. #ColdplayFilm
- @benhchow: amazing concert tonight, @coldplay really knows how to put on a show! thanks for rockin philly! #fridaywellspent
- @shlomedog_milli: From nose-bleed seats to second row floor seats, baby i'm in paradise! #bestnightofmylife #Coldplayfilm #MYLOXYLOTOTOUR
- @acarella1014: @coldplay Killed it in Philadelphia tonight. Awesome show!!! pic.twitter.com/VQ3kcMZF
- @real_steele29: Most insane concert tonight! Thank you @coldplay for a wonderful night in Philadelphia! #rockyoursocksoff
- @hayhaykk2: This @coldplay show in philadelphia was ridiculously amazing! pic.twitter.com/1DL6Ij26
- @cferreri13: @coldplay Thanks for moving us to the 3rd row show was great!! #coldplay #Philly
- @tictacConDore: @coldplay #coldplayfilm neon wristbands lit up simultaneously...so. Freaking. AWESOME!!! Wells Fargo Center was wild! pic.twitter.com/PUWoF5xy
- @coldplay: Here's the crowd panorama shot from last night's second Philly show (see it hi-res at cldp.ly/philpana1) A pic.twitter.com/WIcF1h1S