Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Coldplay at the Sprint Center

The concert was awesome ... OK, I have to be honest-  I probably would have given the overall concert a rating of "above average", but Brian, Frank, Lynn and I were some of the lucky audience members that experienced a close-up acoustic performance of The Scientist! Towards the end of the concert Coldplay ran out into the audience and I was lucky enough to touch each band member as they ran by (thanks Frank)!  So as you can see, my original rating of awesome is a little biased. :)

The night started off well with dinner at our house.  I made salmon burgers with sour cream-cream cheese sauce, roasted red potatoes, and spinach strawberry and walnut salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing.  We left for the concert in Frank and Lynn's Prius after stuffing ourselves and getting a few glasses of wine down.

I really like the Sprint Center, it's nice, it's very clean, and the seats are cushioned, but they could have used a parking garage near the building.  We had to park a couple of blocks away and pay $10 (once again ... thanks Frank).

Once we got inside (after going through a metal detector- no pat downs!) we had to find a Quiktrip so Frank could get a donut.

The Quiktrip idea is brilliant because they sell a lot of the same food and drinks as the concession stands, but at Quiktrip prices.  Unfortunately Brian and I were only interested buying beer, which they do not sell.  Brian and I bought ourselves two 20oz. beers for $15 and made our way to our seats.

We were in section 105 (lower level) seats 1-4.  I was actually kind of disappointed with our seats.  They were pretty far away for how much we paid for them, and we also bought them right when they went on sale.  Oh well, lucky for us, it turned out awesome in the end.

There were two opening acts.  The first was called Sleeper Car.

They were okay.  We didn't really pay too much attention to them, we were busy people-watching.  It's a completely different crowd that comes to a Coldplay concert compared to our usual fair (NIN, Family Values, or even Talladega).  There were lots of yuppie-looking, pretty people!

The second opening act was just a single guy named Jon Hopkins.  He played electronica while trippy cartoons played on a screen next to him.  There were no words in any of his songs.  Brian really loved it; I thought it was okay and thought it was kind of odd to hear before a Coldplay concert.

After that guy was done they started setting up the stage.  Finally it was time! The lights turned off and the concert began:

Here is what I believe the setlist was:

Life In Technicolor
Violet Hill
In My Place
Speed Of Sound
Cemeteries Of London
Chinese Sleep Chant
Fix You
Strawberry Swing
Glass Of Water (setlist position unconfirmed)
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (techno version)
Talk (techno version)
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)

During the song Lost! we noticed the security guards putting up red tape along the stairway right next to us.  Frank asked what that was for, and it was confirmed that Coldplay would be running up the stairs to play in the audience.

When the song ended the band ran through the floor level crowd and up the stairs right next to us.  I held out my hand, hoping to maybe get a high five, but instead I got a hand covered in sweat as I touched each band member on the chest or arm.  It was awesome!!!!  It all went by in a blur and we didn't get any pictures of that part.  But they ended up playing across the aisle from us and up about 4 rows.

They played an acoustic version of The Scientist (which is probably my favorite song)  The crowd around us just went nuts!

YouTube's "High Quality" version here.

Next they played a second acoustic song that the drummer actually sang and finally ran out the door (not back down the steps) and went back onstage to play 4 more songs and spill confetti onto everyone.

They ended the night playing the always excellent song Yellow with the audience singing along the entire time.

All-in-all it was a great concert.  I know Brian and I will remember this night forever (kind of like how I will never forget the night I kissed Dave Attell), and we will probably never get to experience something like that again.  Ultimately I thought some semi-crappy seats turned out to be some of the best in the house!  Thank you Chris Martin, for letting me rub my hand on your sweaty chest- I will never forget it!

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