8 February 2012: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Mylo Xyloto
- Hurts Like Heaven
- In My Place
- Major Minus
- The Scientist
- God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
- Up In Flames
- Viva La Vida
- Charlie Brown
- Fix You
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
- Us Against The World
- Everything's Not Lost
Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for Club Nokia, LA. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1918
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=91722
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91722
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
It was an amazing show, I want to see it again. Very intimate and close encounter with Coldplay, first show in GA for me and two encores. Us Against The World and Everything's Not Lost. The crowd was so alive. Loved hearing everyone talking after about how great the show was. What songs they enjoyed. Walking away so happy Heard Paradise for the first time and Up In Flaaaammmes and finally grabbed a xyloband. Clocks really stuck out for me and Fix You. [thanks postcards]
Great show! It had been entirely too long since I'd had the privilege of seeing them live. It was well worth the wait. [thanks trojanchick99]
this show was AMAZING. the fans where so great. i bonded with all the people around me. at the end my friend and i ran to the stage and we where able to get a set list. it was pretty cool having two encores. there were two songs on the set list they didn't play, lost! and politik. all in all tied for the best show i've even been too! [thanks gotcheese2768]
Seriously, it was the best concert I've been to. Don't know if it was the delirium from waiting all day - I got there at 10:30 and met up with Jason, Mike, Angie and a few others - or just the sheer awesomeness of being *RIGHT THERE*. The boys seemed to be in an exceedingly good mood - lots of smiles and the "looks" we all know. I'm going through my pics now, some are pretty darn good. And I hope I didn't embarrass myself too bad on camera and god forbid, they better not have caught any of my singing. After the broadcasted part, ending with ETIAW, they came back and did Us Against the World and Everything's Not Lost. Chris is sitting on the edge of the stage for UATW. He just came over, sat down, and apologized for the sound - don't know why, it was amazing. Best show ever...Wow, I still can' t quite get my head around how incredible it was. And apparently, the cameraman was in my face more than I thought. The Nokia show for me was perfect, just perfect. Awesome crowd, great venue, and stellar performance. One of those nights you don't want to end, and hang onto as long as you can. It was so fun to share the experience with my friends from here, and I'm so glad that those of us who had waited the longest, made it to the front. Others have done an excellent job of summarizing, so I won't add to that. Certain performances touch me, and good lord, I feel like such a fangirl, but this performance really just put it all out there for me. Our boys are such awesome showmen, and truly brought their A-game that night. And it just honestly looked like they were enjoying themselves and that vibe carried to the audience. I guess I'm just as much about the feeling of the show as well as the music, if that makes sense. Just a happy-all-around atmosphere, and it just permeated throughout. I felt this crowd, and maybe it's just because I was surrounded by diehard fans, fed off the band's energy and they felt it back. [thanks LFDianne]
I was fortunate enough to attend a very special Coldplay benefit concert tonight, which took place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, in collaboration with iHeartRadio and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Los Angeles radio stations KIIS FM, 98-7FM and MYFM. The proceeds of the show benefit two charities – A Place Called Home and Youth Mentoring Connection. With regards to the concert itself, it sold out instantly (taking into account some technical issues which plagued the initial offering at the on sale date and time caused by Ticketmaster. In addition to benefiting important causes, the venue itself is extremely small. Many (myself included) initially confused with the much larger Nokia Theater – Club Nokia is a tiny venue, and it also had both Pit General Admission tickets (right in front of the stage, which is what I had purchased) and general admission behind that area, as well as nicely designed assigned seat in an upper level. It is a beautiful venue. The three radio stations involved also gave away many tickets.
I had scoped out the venue with a friend the night before, and arrived very early this morning to wait in line for the best position, hoping to secure placement directly in front of the stage. My friend was the first to arrive at 6:00 am (for a concert scheduled to start at 9:00 pm) and I arrived at 8:00 am, with her and two others in front of me. The staff for Club Nokia were extremely nice, but it seemed obvious from the start that this was going to be a bit of an organizational nightmare. We were told at various times, by various unrelated parties that we could not line up, and had to “walk around”… in any event, we independently kept track of the order in which each of us arrived and mostly managed ourselves. The tickets were all sold as ‘will call, pick up only’ (to attempt to curb scalping), which added another layer of challenges to the process. Ultimately, we did receive our tickets from a prompt to will call off site, and then made our way up to the third floor of the building where Club Nokia is to start yet another line. Most frustrating is that it was designed to feed people into five different entrances for the eventual security check, which meant that people who had just showed up a little earlier (say 3:00 and later) had placement in line equivalent to those of us who had waited in line(s) for 8 hours and more longer… But again, it much of this didn’t seem too well thought out and a bit makeshift. One element on the plus side is that audio from the soundcheck was pumped out to us waiting via the Club Nokia speaker system. And I swear one of the bits I heard was Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger”.
Adding to the fun, Coldplay were introduced to the stage by none other than Mr. Ryan Seacrest (who is involved in many things in the entertainment industry, but instantly recognizable to anyone who watches American Idol, as he serves as host). Given the special nature of the show, there was no opening act – just Coldplay – which was fantastic. Everything was set up and ready to go (though we waited about another two hours once inside the venue). I saw Coldplay quite a few times last year (Los Angeles, Madrid, London, Paris), so it is always interesting to compare and contrast experiences. Given the size of the venue, my proximity to the stage, and the sheer energy of the band (I don’t think I’ve ever seen them this happy – they were truly beaming with joy), I think I can say this is absolutely my favorite show I’ve been to, as far as the show itself goes and my own personal enjoyment during the show (to factor in the ‘before’ and ‘after’ and other variables, I would have to favor my “Hidden Gig” events in December 2010 in Liverpool and Newcastle).
This concert featured more or less their standard set list of late, framed by the newest album Mylo Xyloto with many of the older fan favorites mixed in, sans “LOST!” and “Politik” (though the latter appear as the midsection of the encore on Guy’s set list (see photos below), which I was able to obtain after the show). The biggest bonus was closing out with the older “Everything’s Not Lost”, which was the one song I captured (mostly) in its entirety on video, as Chris Maritn had said the encore was not being broadcast via iHeartRadio (though the technicians were still filming it). Given the broadcast, I took almost entirely still photos, since it was being professionally filmed. Hopefully the broadcast will be made available in some manner in the future. It was a great, energetic crowd which enjoyed some of the interactive staples that have evolved from their tours over the years, the highlight being the light-up interactive bracelets which flash on cue with different songs (and some background on the inventor of these was recently published on the official Coldplay website): Interview: Xylobands inventor Jason Regler
This is the closest I’ve been to the band for a full concert performance, and it was really just amazing. I was right in front of Chris Martin, and was so close to the stage (which is unusually small for the high energy and acrobatic frontman) that I found myself splashed with his sweat several times! Among many personal highlights for me during the show (and there were many), the best moment for me was when the band came out to pay some gratitude to the crowd following the first set, guitarist Jonny Buckland locked on my face and pointed at me smiling for quite a while. I don’t know if he remembered me from my meet and greet with him a few years ago, in which I had let him know that I won his “VIVA” guitar at their charity auction and discussed it with he, Chris Martin, and Jonny’s guitar tech Matt McGinn earlier that day, or if maybe he just kind of recognized me and couldn’t place why or how. Then again, it was a long day of standing around, and it’s now 4am, and I’m maybe a bit delirious… I’ll probably never know, but it was a truly surreal moment and just very cool whether it was real or imagined on my part.
Another really awesome moment was when Chris Martin came out by himself to open the encore, sat down right in front of us at the edge of the stage, and performed “Us Against The World” with his acoustic guitar (joined in by the rest of the band a bit into it). Something incredible to experience, standing just a couple feet away. Concerts in general and experiences like this as what motivates me to share them with my readers, and fans of bands that might stumble across this website… what is so unique about rock/pop music in general and what separates it from the other popular arts is the truly rare experience fans of bands and their music can have – it is such an interactive experience. You get to witness and in many ways experience these artists recreating their work right in front of you, which is not something that can be done with other contemporary mediums like film and television. But with music, you can, and there is just such a wide range of special experiences that you can open yourself up to if you make the effort to support music and attend some live performances. And it makes these artists and bands so accessible in a way that is unique to this business and music culture.
Yeah, okay, it is 4 am and I've been writing an article about this concert, after showing up at the venue at 8 am (now yesterday) and standing around for 13 hours... it was that freaking good! I really can't express - it was just an amazing concert. The venue - incredible. The band - seriously at their most jubilant - they just exuded joy with every bit and nuance of their performance. It was just stunning. Since I've been going to so many concerts lately, I've been putting up articles about them on my website, along with photos and videos (though I only shot one video here, since it was being professionally filmed, which I hope will be available at some point so I can watch it and relive it!). Published a ton of pics - nearly 200 - all from front row center. Seriously, if you ever have an opportunity to get right to the front at a venue like this, the horrific prospect of standing in line all day staring you in the face... totally worth it. People like to throw around the word Epic a lot. This show was freaking Epic. Incredible. I do try to take nice pics at concerts, but some of these are really some of the best I've done of Coldplay (because I was so freaking close - not a result of any special skill on my part). [thanks Jason-DeBord]
THIS IS INCREDIBLE, JASON!!! I'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ALL MORNING!!! gonna be taking your pictures, just so you know! (but i'll give you all the credit) so glad i met you and dianne! you guys are officially my new "freaky coldplay friends"! wish they had done lost! and politik, but hey I CAN'T COMPLAIN. i must say, i've been to many shows in my time, both in arenas and intimate settings, festivals, indoors and outdoors -- many were out the this world; many have been all of fun and unforgettable, BUT I CAN HONESTLY SAY LAST NIGHT WAS LIFE-ALTERING. AND NOTHING WILL EVER BE ABLE TO TOUCH IT. check my twitter for some more pictures from last night! username: soradiculous. if anyone wants, i'll upload us against the world and everything's not lost -- i've got those in it's entirety! DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE STREAMING LAST NIGHT HAS BEEN RIPPED AND READY FOR DOWNLOAD??? tuesday night i couldn't sleep 'cause i was having nightmares that i was gonna be the 100th person in line at 7am... but LAST night, i couldn't sleep because i'm on too much of high! [thanks soradiculous]
Long travel day back to Texas and some sleep. Feeling much better now. First as a venue, this Club is amazing. Great sound. GA section behind the PIT is raised some so people in the back can still see. Balcony is close to stage but not as high as House of Blues, so I would think a better view. On the down side, employees are clueless. Nothing was organized or even given the slightest thought prior to show day. No one knew what was going on. No info was given out. Complete cluster fuck! The show was amazing. I seen a few comments that Chris looked sick......WTF. Where you people looking at the same show? The man never let up! I see sick every day, that's not what sick looks like. He was very silly and frisky. During Viva sneaking up behind Guy crouching down by his butt, til Guy started laughing....then over messing with Will by pushing the riser holding the kettle drum and bell (earthquake!!!!!) .....the C&J love was flowing. Making Jonny sing. It's always the simple things that I remember and make shows special. The guitar pick on the floor and us trying to tell that security dude to get it for us, him not understanding or not giving a damn and it getting lost forever in an avalanche of confetti. And I do mean avalanche. I thought we might get burried alive. The horror of getting to first row only to find out some camera man might be blocking your view all night and the joy when you see him and he's so short. and he looks like a transformer or borg when he straps on all his gear. Hearing them sound check Get Back when the club is upstairs from the Grammy Museum where they are having the George Harrison exhibit. If they could have only gone on the roof to play it. This old dude who came out to shoot pics. He was shooting all Chris and I tapped him on his shoulder and told him to shoot pics of Jonny and he took a whole bunch and would show me each one on his viewer. And him going crazy and jumping and fist pumping with the crowd.... Mike got an awesome video of him. I made the decision not to bring my camera. If it was there I would have spent too much time looking at a view screen and not enough jumping and clapping. I did shoot a few pics with my phone and video of UATW. Great day hanging out with you guys. Wish I could have stayed and went to JKL, but I had to come back home for work. Hope you had a slammin time and didn't have to go through all the stress we did at Nokia. [thanks Texasluvsjonny]