7 November 2008: Amway Arena, Orlando, FL, USA
- Life In Technicolor
- Violet Hill
- In My Place
- Speed Of Sound
- Cemeteries Of London
- Chinese Sleep Chant
- Fix You
- Strawberry Swing
- God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (techno version)
- Talk (techno remix)
- The Hardest Part
- Postcards From Far Away (piano instrumental)
- Viva La Vida
- The Scientist (acoustic)
- Death Will Never Conquer (acoustic - Will singing)
- Viva La Vida (remix interlude)
- Lovers In Japan
- Death And All His Friends
- The Escapist (outro)
Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for Orlando. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1546
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=44961
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread: http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44961
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
We got to the venue around 3:00pm to try to catch them coming in. The SUVs pulled in around 3:30 - two black SUVs and one black mini-bus. In the first SUV you could see Chris, Jonny, and Guy. We could not spot Will. Chris leaned over Jonny to wave at us as they passed. We were holding our Reign of Jonny banner, the Union Jack, and Angie was wearing her Southampton shirt. The cars pulled into the venue and we waited......
About 10 or 15 minutes later Afro lady - Jackie - came out and walked right to us. She was rather curt. First she asked if we were English. We said no but that Mich was. Then she asked if we had tickets. We told her that Angie, Lori, and I did but Mich did not. She said ok let's see if we can hook you up. Angie asked what her name was and she was not giving it up and asked why we wanted to know. Angie told her that she was in all of our pictures and that we just wanted to put a name to the face. She told us she didn't have a name - NOT TRUE! Then she asked us if we had anything we wanted signed. Angie gave her a Yellow single cover, Lori gave her a Jonny button, and I wanted them to sign my daughter's Coldplay t-shirt but she said no but took the picture I had of her in the shirt. Then she left and we waited some more.
After waiting for awhile, a security guard came out to ask Mich's full name and said that a ticket would be waiting for her at will call.
Lori and I had to leave to get to the box office to meet Pete for Oxfam volunteering. Mich and Angie waited back at the loading area and finally a different security woman came out with SOME of the signed stuff. She had Angie's cd cover and my picture but the Jonny button was curiously missing.....hmmmmm....
The Oxfam volunteering was fun and Pete was so nice. Angie was seated on Guy's side on a small riser in between the floor seats and the lower section - front row. Mich's ticket that she picked up at will call was 3rd row center!!! AWESOME!
Lori and I had seats across from Angie on Jonny's side - second row. We had a great view of the roadie pit so when we sat down we held up our Roadies Do It In The Dark banner. They saw it and were laughing and giving us the thumbs up. We saw the roadie girl who took us backstage in Detroit and when she saw the banner she came over to say hi. We asked her name - Marta - and introduced ourselves. She showed us another roadie banner a friend of hers made and then walked away. A few minutes later she came back with a folded piece of paper and handed it to me. She walked away again and when we opened it realized we were looking at the setlist that the roadies use to control the backdrops and magic balls. We stood up and thanked Marta for the setlist but she pointed over to the guys actually working the magic ball controls and said they had wanted us to have it. Very sweet of them.
The show was incredible. Chris sounded awesome - his voice was probably the best I have heard it so far. There were quite a few lyric changes regarding Florida and Orlando and the boys seemes to really be having a good time. Chris told us that we were best audience except for maybe Milan.
Setlist was the same. The boys came out wearing Orlando Magic jerseys for Yellow and then before leaving the stage threw them out into the crowd.
After the show, we headed back up to the Oxfam table to try and sign a few more people up after the show. Then we said goodbye to Pete and told him we'd swing by the Oxfam table in Ft. Lauderdale to say hello.
It was an awesome show and got to meet the legendary Angie and Mich, all the way from Liverpool wrapped in a British flag...what a great time! And sat with bta5857 with her daughter and jbarry (the originator of the Philly 2006 sign gang) It was a sign gang reunion! Mel and Lor, we didn't get to meet as they were at the Oxfam booth...maybe next show! We were in the sixth row, well, actually the fourth cause there were only like three seats in the first row and five or six in the second row on the ends. So close... was really totally unreal! Chris kept reading all of our signs ...we had alot of different funny stuff. We had him laughing to himself each time.
That was worth making all of them. Tons and tons of butterflies covered everything... that was pretty dramatic! The encore started and out came the band in Orlando Magic jerseys ... were really nice blue with long purple sleeves with their personal name on back...Orlando loves Coldplay and Coldplay must love Orlando... second time they took off their shirts and threw them to the crowd. Chris threw his to a young boy who got moved from somewhere up high to the first row and made some nice thumbs up gestures to him during the show.
Then at the end he went directly to the boy to give him his shirt and some stupid guy jumped in front and snatched the shirt and Chris yelled at the guy "Ah, c'mon!" and Chris had a disappointed look as he really wanted the kid to have it. Orlando show rocks once again!
Now it's onward for the second leg of Florida... to Ft. Lauderdale... Coldplay Shines in the Florida Sun!
I was there last night and it was amazing. This was my first concert and im glad I didnt settle for the rest, but went with the BEST. It was absolutely amazing. The lights the sound, Chris was, as usual, hilarious and full of energy.
Everytime you thought that they did a great song, they came back with a better performance. I loved each and every performance they did, except Violet Hill. I kinda think they do that song just because it was the first single from VLV. Its not a great live song.
Overall, I was so excited about everything with the show, and if Coldplay come back to FL, Ill be there for sure. The energy was everything I had imagined and more.
Also about that kid that chris tried to give his shirt to. He was sitting 2 rows in front of me, and two people a girl and a guy. I heard her say they were brother and sister, and part of the VLV crew. She told them that if they answered a Coldplay Q correct they would trade tickets. It was a easy Q and she gave them second row tickets. Pretty sweet stuff. Thanks for the videos, i love reliving the experience.
OMG.....last night was the absolutly best concert ever....Coldplay totally kicked ass and rocked the house. My seats were awesome and well worth the money. The guys were so filled with energy and the crowd totally fed off of them. Chris said that we were probably the best audience since Milan. I took lots of pics and a few videos and I will try and up load them later. I thought that the Orlando Magic jerseys during Yellow were a nice touch. I had some drunk jackass behind me that kept hollaring Freebird when Chris was trying to play The Hardest Part. And we were right there by the stage where he was playing.
Signed up for an account just to post this, I've been following coldplayign for a while since I got my "low-end" tickets back in May for the Orlando show.
Coldplay played such an amazing show this tour around. Me and My sister had tickets way up and in the back when a backstage member coming up our aisle asked to come with us us, "there were problems with our tickets", and then upgraded us to 3rd row right in front of the stage and next to the catwalk! Same was the case for about 20-25 more 'hardcore' fans, all sitting from crappy seats all over the arena into these AMAZING seats for free. I don't know if something that goes on at every show but I sure love the band even more for pulling something like this off.
Really awesome show! Ok, just had to get it off my chest.
This was my first Coldplay concert and it definitely lived up to the hype. Absolutely amazing! My girlfriend and I got to touch Chris' sweaty arm, haha. So cool. The setlist was the same as I've been seeing listed. We didn't bring a camera cause it said not to right on the ticket and we thought it'd be confiscated, but we seemed to be the only people without one! Too bad because we would've had some great close-up shots. I hope someone else posts some good ones. But again, incredible show. I loved Chris' energy, especially on "In My Place" and Viva La Vida." It was refreshing to see that he didn't care about technical perfection, but about entertaining and energizing the crowd the whole time, which in turn made the show perfect. And the glowing butterflies were very cool. We got so distracted looking at them plague the crowd that when we looked at the stage again, Chris was right next to us, haha. OK, that's about it. Orlando=Great Show! Goodnight.
andddddddd OMFG AWESOME CONCERT!! When the band came to play up in the seats..yea I was right there! I was the hysterically crying/shaking girl with the jacket like theirs [cept not all decorated like theirs] but yea omg best concert ever!! I went alone but I was totally fine with it!! AHHHH *CRIES* i got a program bc I had already bought a shirt and poster from online & tomorrow morning i'm ordering the hoodie bc i have a coupon from the last stuff I ordered! I have tons of pictures and video I"ll upload them soon!
Pics and videos will have to wait my connection is dodgy. I'm stealing one of Mel's neighbors unsecure network and keep loosing it. Awesome show. Band sounded really good. Jonny was very dancy. We all got kick ass videos. And we managed to get Mich upgraded by band to the front. And I got my Yellow CD signed. Oh by the way, the Afro woman's name is Jackie.
Wore my Southampton footie shirt and had 2 different guys from Southampton come up and talk me. One had to have a pic with me. hehe UP THE SAINTS!
Shout out to all the Orlando peeps I met. Hope you guys had a great time.
FANTASTIC show. My DAMN DAMN camera erased 100 pics or so including the ones on the right catwalk where I was right there in the front row....BAH!
Nevertheless, a fabulous show and they all got Orlando Magic jerseys that they then threw out to the crowd.
After months of sitting in my sock drawer, I finally took out my Coldplay ticket. What an amazing night, with a crowd just as, if not more, excited as the last time they came here! I was all the way at the top, and sadly the crowd up there was a bit dead- Believe it or not, I saw some people sitting down and texting during the show!!!
But the actual show was beautiful, the orbs were so awesome to see in person, and the side stage was really cool looking too. Chris was also very, very talkative last night, and during the side stage mini-set, he wouldn't stop talking. After he introduced the band, he noticed the group in the front with the sign that said "We're from Devon," and he goes, "Hey! They're from my hometown!"
Before he started "The Hardest Part" he said a bunch of little things, mainly probably talking to himself. I wish I could remember everything he said, but he did say he had never heard a crowd sing as good as the Orlando crowd. He introduced "The Hardest Part," by saying it wasn't the best Coldplay song. Not even first or second best....more like 17th best, he said. He changed the words to "God Put a Smile.." to say something about Florida which this morning after the show I cannot remember, but the crowd went crazy. The techno Talk was so damn good, my friend and I loved it so much. During the show, Chris mentioned how it was great to be in the states during this historic week, and I think during "Talk" he changed the lyrics from "I'm so scared about the future" to "I'm not scared about the future." Chris loves Barack Obama!
I like to think that "Lovers in Japan" became "Lovers in Orlando" last night, because Chris changed the lyrics to say, "dreaming in the Orlando sun." I don't know if the crowd got that, but I went nuts! If I heard right, he dedicated the song to John Lennon. GIANT sing along during "Fix You," which surprised me.
When they went to the back for the acoustic set, the crowd went absolutely insane. It was probably the loudest reaction of the night. Chris introduced "The Scientist" by talking about Joe the Plumber. Apparently he was once a member of Coldplay, and wrote the song, but was let go when he didn't want to spread the wealth! He didn't say what song it actually was until it started, and instead he sang "I'm...Joe the Plumber." The crowd started laughing, and he said something like "ok, ok, just kidding! this is a serious song." Lots didn't know "Death Will Never Conquer," but Chris is right: Will sounds like an angel. I loooooooved it.
Also, I just gotta say, stopping the show after that acoustic set, and then starting it back up with "Politk" is genius. To me "Politik" is an opener, not for the middle of the set, so to start it up again like that? I was shaking it and jumping like a psycho, I loved it. And they closed with my Viva La Vida favorite, so it was perfect
They didn't play "Yes," but the encore kicked ass purely for the diplomatic efforts shown by Jonny, Guy, Chris and Will with the Magic jerseys...again! Yeah!
Great night. FANTASTIC. Can't wait for another round tomorrow in Sunrise! Thank you Coldplay for just coming here and looking like you absolutely loved it.
I hope everyone here loved last night as much as I did.
Hey guys. I just registered here so that I could make this post. Last night was the first time I've seen Coldplay in concert. I've been a fan for years but this was the first year that I promised myself I WOULD get tickets. Me and my boyfriend drove to Orlando from Tallahassee and got there around 7 pm.
We headed to our seats and were surprised to find out that they "didn't exist." We were row P in section 104 but got moved up to R. I was hoping the woman would say our seats were upgraded, but after I discovered where I was, I wouldn't have traded my seat for any other one. When we went to sit down, our eyes were immediately drawn to this platform set up on the seats right in front of us.
We asked the security guard what this was about and he said it was a surprise. A very nice couple next to us were saying that the long, skinny object was, unmistakably, a mic stand. I didn't want to get my hopes up so I tried to keep my excitement down, but from then on I couldn't stop thinking about it. It was hard to believe though, because how could I have gotten so lucky? This always happens to other people, not to you! It was undeniable. Chris, Jonny, Will, and Guy were going to be right in front of me. I still couldn't fully grasp or believe it, not until they were actually right there. Soon enough, they were headed towards us!!!!
Here we are in the picture that Texasluvsjonny posted!
Whenever I think about this part I get butterflies. It was truly one of the luckiest, most amazing times in my life. When does this stuff happen?! Anyways, they started on an acoustic version of The Scientist, and near the end of the song, my boyfriend is trying to get my camera so he can take a picture of us. He sticks the camera out a little too far and Chris hits my camera and knocks it down on the stage. For those of you who noticed that Chris stopped singing during The Scientist and bent over, that was my boyfriend's fault, haha! He handed it to me and said he was sorry. A little later on, he turned back to ask me if it was ok. You can't really tell what he's saying, but he's asking me if my camera is ok.
And, to top it all off, after they finished Death Will Never Conquer, Chris gave me his harmonica he had used! It is now sitting safely on my desk. I will frame it in a shadowbox frame soon.
I just want to say that I feel so incredibly grateful and lucky for this. I never thought anything like this would ever happen to me. It's nice to share this with you guys and I hope you enjoyed my videos and photos (even though they weren't as great as others').
I've been to my fair share of Coldplay concerts, mostly in Philly and Jersey, since I'm from PA, but I go to school at the University of Florida. =] Back to the point, the concert in Orlando was amazing. It was pretty close to the last concert I went to which was the last US tour date in 2006 in Philly, energy wise, but Chris' vocals were unbelievable. Granted he was nearly dead at the last concert I went to, the band just seemed different to me. I don't know about some of you, but I seriously get severely depressed after the concert is over. It's almost like I lost my best friend once it's over, and I'll never get them back. Having attended the show with a good friend, it was difficult to explain my feelings, but coming on here and reading these amazing stories cheered me up, and also caused me a heart attack since I was at the arena at 2:30, but chose to hang out in downtown Orlando, so I missed the boys by an hour. (should've went to the later class! haha) Either way, I just wanted to thank everyone for stories, pictures, comments, and the like for helping me through my Coldplay grieving process. haha
On the chilly night of November 7th, 2008 fans slowly pour into Orlando Florida’s enormous Amway Arena. The smell of overpriced hot dogs and bourbon chicken float through the smoky air as old and young take their seats. Six giant achromatic globes hang from the ceilings.
Finally the first notes of “Life In Technicolor,” the first track off the new album Viva La Vida blast through the wide open space. All the lights dim except for a few small flashing blue lights at the back of the stage. The shadows of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion skirt across the stage. The screams of the crowd are painful, or pleasing to the ears solely based on their excitement. The hanging globes fill with light. Champion wallops on his drums and the lights flash in time. Finally the music calms and the four members of Coldplay break into Viva La Vida’s first single “Violet Hill.” Martin’s energy seems to be warming up as he runs back and forth across the stage.
A few minutes later flashes of red, green, and yellow lasers shoot from stage to roof, to kick off the song “Clocks,” with a scene that resembled to a tee the 2002 music video. Martin crouches down behind his piano, the word “VIVA” painted along its back, to tear up the popular reverberating riff. After assuring the crowd was having a good time, Champion again cracks on his drums with a larger than life sound to start up “In My Place.” Martin, never ceasing to bounce leads the audience like a conductor. From the front of the stage he shoots his right arm into the air in time with Buckland’s essential guitar, and an expertly crafted light show.
As the show continues, Martin moves out into the center of the crowded floor to take to a second piano set on a tiny stage. Here the spotlight floods the tiny area in a sea of elated onlookers. The crowd remains quiet during the piano heavy “Hardest Part.” After a vehemently energized performance of “Viva La Vida” the four members run into the pit, the audience unaware of where they are headed. A spotlight follows as they reach the second level to another mini-stage. Here, Champion and Berryman play guitar and bass respectively, while Buckland strums acoustic along with Martins vocals for an unusually serene “The Scientist.” The eyes of the second level patrons glow as they accept that Coldplay is performing three feet from their not-so-front-row seats.
Returning to the stage the men perform “Politik” with more absurd amounts of energy. Seconds later red, purple, yellow, and blue confetti the same colors of Martins reoccurring, black, sleeve decorated jacket, drops from the ceiling. As it falls upon the faces of hundreds of screaming, ecstatic fans, “Lovers In Japan,” begins at a high. The giant screen behind the stage flashes sped up scenes of travel through bright lit Tokyo streets. The band shreds through the track, and as the song comes to a close, the four take a bow and walk humbly off the stage waving.
The lights dim and echoed chants of “Coldplay, Coldplay, Coldplay” bounce off the walls. The blood curdling screams from the floor to follow signal only one thing: the band is back. Yellow lights begin to spin around the stage as the single that brought them to their fame begins. Again, still full of energy Martin prances around stage as if in a state of pure ecstasy. The energy is bigger than ever, and a song that on its own leans more towards acoustic comes to life stronger than any Coldplay song yet as it’s played live. Chris, Guy, Jonny, and Will sport Orlando Magic basketball jerseys. The loudest and most powerful track saved for the encore closes the show with a sense of renewal, not conclusion. Martin thanks the audience for their energy and singing, alludes to the “gigs” truthful finish and once again exits the stage. As the crowd disperses muffled talks of the shows energy and perfection can be overheard. One by one the crowd returns back out into Orlando’s chilly night.
Despite its success, Coldplay is perhaps destined to remain the poor man’s U2, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
In a spirited performance on Friday at Amway Arena, however, the band enlivened its grand songs with an obvious sense of frivolity. With self-importance scraped away, the band is easier to like. "Whatever you’re doing, do it with enjoyment," singer Chris Martin told the packed house in the early going. He was obviously ready to follow his own advice.
For 90 minutes, Martin was a kinetic presence, bouncing around, taking big looping waist-high strides, falling to his knees and rolling on his back as if he were Bruce Springsteen. After addressing the band’s new Viva La Vida album in the opening moments with a somewhat moody "Violet Hill," the band offered a crowd-pleasing dip into the hits.
"Clocks" elicited one of many sing-alongs, although the real highlight was the harmonies on stage between Martin and drummer Will Champion. It was Champion’s hard-pounding beat that introduced "In My Place," another song that allowed Martin to release energy. Thrusting his arms skyward, he savored leading the crowd in yet another anthemic chorus. In a big finish, he collapsed to his knees and rolled over on his back.
Each time the melodrama threatened to become too much, Martin was ready with a nod or a wink. Several times, he expressed astonishment at the raucous reception: "Are you sure you didn’t get us confused with the Jonas Brothers?" he asked. At one point, the band left the stage to perform acoustically in a section of the lower bowl. There, Martin was sassy again, crediting John McCain’s "Joe the Plumber" with writing 'The Scientist'. "We asked him if he would share the wealth with us," Martin told the crowd, "but he refused. So he was out of the band."
If the band’s approach was exuberant and fun, the elaborate stage setting was beautiful. Above the audience, there were beams from multi-colored lasers as well as half a dozen giant orange orbs that framed wild graphics and images of the band members.
And don’t forget the massive confetti drop of shiny paper butterflies that left the floor a colorful mess for the encore of "Yellow."
Yeah, that song is perhaps as vapid as it gets, but the whimsy fit nicely. It wasn’t a grand statement, in the U2 mold, but something equally fine: It was a spectacle and it was fun.