show seemed to be a pretty standard performance given the live video’s
I’ve seen, and the set list was the same as the Sydney gig on the 21st
except for the inclusion of Gravity as a third encore.
The crowd excitement level and participation level was appallingly nonexistent
– Chris even stopped through a song (Daylight I think) to remind the crowd
they were allowed to sing along. Chris seemed to be giving Gwyneth (whom
I saw peeking through a set of curtains at the show) a lot of attention
throughout the performance, especially on lines that had romantic / relationship
The concert was in a warehouse so it was not as intimate as the Logan
Campbell Centre next door or the Auckland Town Hall and this may have
reduced the atmosphere somewhat. I wasn’t as close to the front as I would
of liked where it looked marginally better (people were actually moving
to the music). It is also a good thing it was a fine evening because it
had rained the tin roof would have made an absolute racket. There were
quite a few fixed cameras on stage (including one looking along the keys
of Chris’s piano) and were hooked up to four projectors mounted on the
lighting rack and four screens on the back of the set to help the people
at the back see. During the concert Chris used the set up to show everyone
his receding hairline and commented that “we’re the new REM, but not a
There was a false start for God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, when Chris
signalled to the roadies to increase the volume but instead they readjusted
the height of his microphone stand and made a mess of it. Just before
Trouble was played, Chris apologised about the depressing set and said
that it would get better and more exciting afterwards (I have forgotten
the exact quote), and said that they would start using the projectors
(which they only seemed to be operating for certain songs, and showing
media player esq. visual effects for the rest).
Overall the concert was enjoyable, I was hoping for a brand new – never
been played before - song but the version of Gravity played at the end
was mesmerising (Jonny’s ambient guitar effects were more prominent).
Chris introduced it as “a good songs for boys to kiss girls with”. The
lack of enthusiasm of the crowd finally paid dividends as someone must
have a mint recording (touch wood) with almost perfect silence bar some
drunken whore yelling 2 or 3 random obscenities. At 19 songs for 75 dollars
(if you were lucky enough to get a ticket from ticketek first hand, it
worked out to be just under 4 dollars a song – good value for money compared
to some concerts that I have been to that have lasted all of 30 minutes.
The only downside was finding that my friend’s car had been broken into
while we were being entertained… with wallets, cell phones and school
books all taken… Assholes!
Thank you Coldplay for a great evening. Come again soon please.
coldplayfan_akl: ahh my ears are still ringing from
the concert. heres my brief 5 cents worth (forgive me i'm not that great
at explanations lol)...
well I have to say it was a pretty good show, a slight let down, but only
due to the fact that ive been waiting since the '01 gig to see them again
nothing would have probably satisfied me hehe.
Betchadupa opened and played for about an hour. Great stuff, bunch of
very talented guys, but pity i didnt know much of their stuff so I couldnt
really get into it. During Betcha me and a mate swore we could see Gwyneth
looking down from upstairs beside a drawn curtain, but maybe it wasnt
as we saw another lady up there after the show which definately wasnt
her. Looked like her sillouhette would look hehe. I didnt notice Chris
looking that way during songs.
Coldplay came out after what seemed like a very long sound check..but
it was great when they did, everyone went wild
skipping a few details....Im glad they played see you soon! love that
song. Great set list, but wow did they really play that many songs? It
all seemed to go so fast! too fast
I was hoping to hear some rare or b-sides..I knew they would play Moses
but I was hoping for some of my faves like Crest of Waves, Ladder to the
Sun or Lips like Sugar.
Gravity was perfect! a bitter sweet ending and then they all took a bow.
for me the crowd played an important part in the enjoyment of the gig
...i was 2nd row left behind some older people who had ear plugs in their
ears! which annoyed me because why go to a concert to wear ear plugs?
we had a great view, directly behind a speaker and in front of Jonny.
no one immediately around us was really getting into it, which was sad
and it was only until Yellow played that everyone knew a song lol. Slack
Waited nearly an hour after the show for a possible run in with the band,
but no luck! saw Jonny in a van leaving with possibly Guy on the other
side of him (not sure) but it didnt seem right to run up and attack them
Security before the show was ruthless, they binned my sharpies (for signatures
not tagging!@#$@) and luckily my camera wasnt taken off me as i had it
in a secret pouch in my bag. But damn the security guy in front of me
at the show, who would have taken it off me if i pulled it out and took
I brought my Yellow single hoping i'd get it signed, but I woulda had
more luck in '01 if only i had stuck around then.
Raylene: My thoughts...
I'd have loved to see them perform in a lounge type scenario. You know,
around a table with friends, having a few drinks, candles, low lit room
etc etc. The intimacy would have been really enjoyable. (wishful thinking
never hurt anyone) Because Coldplay just aren't "GA", stand
up and rock your ass off material. GA venues are more for rock bands I
feel. (I felt cold in that warehouse, and I was amongst 5,000 people..
that says something!) ie - audience participation sux0rz! (bar a small
portion of the centre front)
Gotta admit, Chris was a good sport about the (often) lack of crowd enthusiasm.
Also have to hand it to him.. he really knew how to work the crowd. I've
been to concerts where the front man was more or less a statue. *yawn*
:::boring::: Watching him in action was entertaining and fun.
You guys forgot to mention that Chris and Gwyneth did a duet - "Cruising"
PS - I saw Anika Moa (she's so tiny!) at the gig too.
PPS - So did anyone get a guitar pick? Because I'm pretty sure Chris threw
that for me, and errr, I think it's in your best interests if you give
it to it's intended recipient. (for the dummies - I am the intended recipient
Gman3k: Ok that setlist
is wrong! They did NOT play life is for living and did not do three encores
(you must have been hollucinating) trust me I wrote down each song as
it started.. here is my account of the show as posted on the nzgames.com
I arrived about 6:30 at which point the venue was about a 5th full or
so. People were milling around and buying t-shirts, having a drink etc.
On my way in I got ambushed to sign a petition regarding maketradefair.com..
no surprize, coldplay are big supporters of this. The songs playing over
the speakers were bouncing off the wall quite noticibly and I had my doubt
about the acoustics of the venue.
Anyway bang on 7:30 Betchadup came on and played for about 40 minutes..
they were ok, a little better than I was expecting but still I found myself
wishing they would hurry up and finish (there set included - Rain, Spill
the Light, Feed the Dogs, Sleep News, Empty Head, Super Day and some others
I didn't know).
After they went of stage the crew did the finishing touches on the stage
for Coldplay (including bringing the Piano on and seting up the spotlights).
Just before 9pm the lights when down and everyone cheered. Chris said
"They told us to expect the best audience in the world, so far so
This was a good opener but not quite as good as I expected. Chris apologised
for the "room" here I think.
God Put a Smile on Your Face:
They started playing and Chris signalled for his michrophone to be turned
up and the crew member thought he meant to physically lift it up.. amongst
the confusion they stopped the song and said "pretend that didn't
happen" the crowd laughed and the song started again. This was a
pretty good song live.
A Rush of Blood to the Head:
After this Chris asked if everyone in the back was Ok and apoligised if
they couldn't see and said after the next song there would be things on
the video screen so they could see their balding heads better.
Before this song he said it would be a depressing song and that after
it all the songs would be happy and everyone would go home feeling good.
During the song he invited the audience to sing the "spun a web"
One I Love:
I thought this was particulary good live.. a highlight of the show.
A slightly more 'lazier' version live with a bit on the harmonica in the
See You Soon:
He said it was "as old as the hills.. I'm not sure how old the hills
are but this is an old song."
Everything's Not Lost:
When the song would normally end Chris kept tinkering on the piano and
invited the audience to sing along.. I think he said somthing like "Seeing
we only get a chance to come down here every two years it would make us
happy if you could sing this as loud as you can" or words to that
effect. The song was replayed from about half way through to the end again.
I had heard it before from bootleg recordings.. well played, a good song
This had a short sort of ambient-ish intro.. the song was quite a crowd
pleaser.. they had lost of yellow lights on during this.
What a Wonderful World:
Chris added a verse to this short rendition of the origional that went
somthing like "We love it when every one sings, in the country were
they filmed most of Lord of the Rings" that sent up a cheer.
The band left the stage and return shortly later.
In My Place
These were crowd favourites.. I think Chris said somthing about being
happy they were met with such a wonderful recpetion after this song.
During this I think somebody said somthing about Chris going bald cos
he stopped playing and rubbed his head, laughed and said somthing which
I don't recall.
After this he said "We are meant to finish here but make some noise
and as soon as wel leave we'll come straight back on.
I hadn't heard this before. Chris explained that they usually ended with
a rocky track (which Gravity isn't) and that this was a new song.
They thanked the crowd again put there amrs over each others shoulder
and bowed before leaving the stage.
All in all a great show. I didn't really notice any celebrities there..
people were in a private area above and to the side of the stage but I
couldn't make out who they were. O, I did see the lead singer from Jester
leaving the show (he used to be Waverly's boyfriend on Shortland Street)
I overheard him saying how bad somthing was.
Cpfanz: Yeah, it was pretty
awesome. I was at the very front with about 5 other mates. I think things
musta been waaaaaaaay more enthusiastic from up the front. I was right
in front of Chris, nearly touched him too.
Alexips: Boys done good. But he still dances
like a monkey climbing bars. He did it at V2001 2yrs ago & when I
saw them at the Festival Hall Gig in London for Meltdown last year (albeit
less so). And it looked like he only limited it mostly to Yellow (the
ambient intro someone referred to is from the Alpha remix - it's out there
on Kazaa) which was a good thing. Just don't let him get away from his
piano or his guitar or he starts doing his crazy dancing. Must be the
macrobiotic diet. Certainly not helping to keep his hair in. And I saw
them both on Ponsonby Rd the next day. Love's young dream. Aaaahhh