26 May 2009
111. Coldplay live (5.24.09) @ Hershey Park Stadium (Hershey Park, Pa)
Taken before the show but this is what I felt the crowd was doing for most of it. Just no energy at all.
I enjoyed myself, it being my first time seeing them live and despite being in section 26(!). Aside from 2 girls sitting in front of me singing to every song and screaming as if a Jonas brother was nearby, most of the section remained quiet or sat during most of the show. It almost felt like they've seen Coldplay many times before and what they were seeing was nothing new. No chant after "Viva La Vida", very little crowd participation but they only managed to get the most excited when they did a Monkees cover (go figure). I hope they got their $100 worth. But I didn't go to see the crowd, it just would have helped had the less active portion of the crowd been more into it and the band felt the body language (or lack thereof).
As for the band itself, Coldplay was as good as advertised. Fresh off of a quick thunderstorm that shortened Pete Yorn's set and canceled Holwing Bells', they were energetic and on point. At the very beginning of the show, during "Life In Technicolor", Chris Martin burned himself on the hand (probably due to the pyro) and seemed a bit annoyed by it. As I mentioned before, after performing their biggest hit to date, "Viva La Vida", there was no encore chant and Chris Martin proceeded to fall on the floor, almost playing dead. When they realized the end of song chant wasn't going the way they'd hoped for (I was shocked myself), Chris springs right back up and on to the next record they went.
My 3 key highlights
- Free "LeftRightLeftRightLeft" live cd (even though I had the album on my ipod nearly 2 weeks ago).
- Not letting my section spoil my fun, I sang at the top of my lungs to every song.
- The upbeat, techno version of "God Put A Smile On Your Face" and "Talk". Hopefully it's available for download somewhere.
*- Note that the first 3 photos are mine but the live ones of the band were courtesy of some friends at Coldplaying.com. My seats weren't close enough to get detailed ones.