Twisted Logic Tour


Twisted Logic redirects here. For the song, see X&Y.

The Twisted Logic Tour was a global concert tour in support of Coldplay’s third album, X&Y. The year-long tour took the band across Europe and their native Britain, as well as to the United States and Canada. The tour concluded in July 2006 with dates in Australia, South East Asia and Japan.

Pollstar reported that the 2005 North American leg grossed an estimated $24.1 million dollars. [1]The second leg of the North American tour ended April 6, 2006 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

Footage was filmed at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, on March 22 and 23, 2006, but (despite having announced a DVD release in March) they have shown the concert in Canada on Much Music. The airing date was Thursday December 14th, 2006 at 9pm and replays occurred at midnight and 3:30pm on Friday December 15th, 2006. Footage has also been shown on Spanish television and have plans to air it in other, non-specified countries. The entire concert was also leaked onto the internet almost immediately after.

This is Coldplay’s first tour not named after the album it was promoting.


“Yellow” being performed at the Air Canada Centre, 2006.The performance of Talk features a bear wandering in circles.

The Twisted Logic Tour is noted for its use of extravagant stage effects. Strobe lights and other fixtures are used to create an elaborate light show. The back of the stage contains a two story panoramic video panel that displays live footage and computer generated images, from video of a bear wandering aimlessly during “Talk” to a montage of coloured blocks from the cover of X&Y during the song “Clocks”.

Other concert highlights include:

  • A digital countdown display shown on the panoramic video screen during the song “Square One” as the band enter the stage. The timer reaches zero at the song’s explosive first chorus, followed by the crowd getting showered by red, green, and blue lights.

  • Chris Martin changing a lyric section of “Politik” or “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” into something related to the venue or a recent news event.

  • Confetti and balloons filled with gold glitter showered on the audience during the song “Yellow” (an homage to the The Flaming Lips).

  • During Coachella 2005 Martin sang the outro to “The Scientist” backwards, reminiscent of the song’s music video. During other shows it is the track played backwards live. The Charles and Ray Eames video “Powers of Ten” plays in the background.

  • Martin running into the crowd during “In My Place” to sing with the audience.

  • Band members taking photographs before and during the show with disposable cameras before throwing them into the crowd. This was bassist Guy Berryman’s idea.

  • The band taking to the edge of the stage and performing an acoustic set of 2-3 of the following songs: “‘Til Kingdom Come”, “Don’t Panic”, “Green Eyes” and/or a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” or Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate”.

  • Martin encouraging the audience to let their camera flashes off simultaneously as the band picks up during the bridge of “Talk”, but also done during “Low” via a message on the main screen behind the band, resulting in a dramatic explosion of light. “Talk” also featured Martin taking an audience member’s mobile phone and singing to the person on the other end.

  • Martin swinging a suspended lightbulb above his head after the second chorus of “Fix You”, followed, in outdoor shows, by fireworks as the drum fill begins.

  • A laser light show during “Clocks”, with red lasers shooting out in different directions. These were reintroduced during the second North American leg of the tour.

  • A handwritten list of songs being projected toward the stage during “Swallowed In The Sea”. This may have been an early lineup for X&Y.

  • Gradually increasing the speed of “Clocks” at the end until it abruptly concludes at a ridiculous tempo.

  • During the Australian leg of the tour, the band made several references to the Socceroos in the 2006 FIFA World Cup by altering lyrics of the songs. On the final night of the Sydney concert, the group performed the Kylie Minogue hit “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” as a tribute to Australia and its music industry.

  • At some concerts in Germany, Chris Martin askes the audience in German “Wo geht es zum Bahnhof?” (“Where is the next train station?”). This may be a reference to the U2 song Zoo Station.


The Twisted Logic Tour’s setlist was heavily weighted towards tracks from X&Y. The remaining material was mostly from A Rush of Blood to the Head with “Yellow” and to a lesser extent “Don’t Panic” or “Trouble” being the only holdovers from Parachutes being played with regularity. The only new song played on the tour was “How You See the World No. 2” which was from the “Help: A Day in the Life” benefit album. Earlier tours such as those in the Parachutes era debuted work-in-progress versions of tracks that would appear on A Rush of Blood to the Head. Likewise, Coldplay’s newest compositions during the A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour were included as B-sides to X&Y’s singles.

The introductory music played at the start of each concert is either Brand Nubian|Brand Nubian’s “Meaning of the 5%” or “Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles. The closing music is “Good Night” by The Beatles.

The following is a sample setlist of a concert at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway on October 31, 2005.

Main set

The Oracle on the Twisted Logic Tour

November 24, 2010 – submitted by Anna Maria, United States of America

Q. I’m sure you’re going to get a lot of this, but Coldplay did play X&Y live on the Twisted Logic Tour. It’s all over YouTube¬†:/

The Oracle replies:

No Anna Marie; just you. If you re-read the original question you will see that they were asking if Twisted Logic was played, NOT X&Y…

November 16, 2010 – submitted by Greg, United States of America

Q. Since the X&Y tour was named Twisted Logic, did the band ever play the song by that name live?

The Oracle replies:

Strange as it may seem they did not actually perform that song live at all on the Twisted Logic tour. Some may call that twisted logic…

June 5, 2009 – submitted by mei, Malaysia

Q. Do you know if there is going to be any DVD for the Twisted Logic tour soon?

The Oracle replies:

No, that DVD was shelved and there are no plans for a release.

March 23, 2009 – submitted by Amadieu, Netherland Antilles

Q. Dear Oracle, I have an interesting question for you. As a Lampie (or light technician) myself, I really like the light bulb effect in Fix You in the Twisted Logic tour! So how did they do it and what was the idea behind it? And what happend to it in this tour? Will it ever return during one of the tours/concerts? I hope you will answer my question! Greetings from Holland!

The Oracle replies:

During preparations for the Twisted Logic Tour Chris drew sketches of various ideas; the swinging light bulb being one of them. At rehearsals the light proved difficult to integrate into the set. It wasn’t originally planned to use it during Fix You but the more practice, the more it seemed to fit perfectly well with the climax of the song. There was no turning back. However as is usual with tour production, it’s rare to repeat exact effects with the exception of large balloons during Yellow which were brought back as they worked so well and give a great audience participation opportunity.