Posted in music | pictures on August 6, 2012

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Coldplay

Then there were the visuals: blasts of confetti, swirls of light on circular video screens, lasers sweeping the floor of the arena, and the electronic bracelets that seemed to realize Adam Young's dream of ten thousand fireflies. Coldplay sold seats in the entire arena, which meant tiers of flashing armbands in every direction. The intent was to create something immersive -- to make fans part of the light show, and to erase a bit of the barrier between performers and listeners. It also made the Coldplay concert look and feel like something out of the Electric Daisy Carnival. - [NJ.com]
Coldplay, whose tour next brings them to Chicago, played East Rutherford, NJ's Izod Center on both Friday and Saturday night (8/3-8/4). Using confetti, oversized beach balls, and wristbands given out to every member of the audience, Coldplay turned the arena into a technicolor spectacle while churning out fan favorites like "The Scientist", "Clocks" and "Viva La Vida."

Emeli Sande and Marina and the Diamonds opened both shows. Pictures from the first night and the setlist (which was identical for both nights), below...

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COLDPLAY 8/3/12 at IZOD CENTER SETLIST
Mylo Xyloto
Hurts Like Heaven
In My Place
Major Minus
Lovers In Japan
The Scientist
Yellow
Violet Hill
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
Princess of China
Up in Flames
Warning Sign
Don't Let It Break Your Heart
Viva La Vida
Charlie Brown
Paradise
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Us Against the World
Speed of Sound
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Clocks
Fix You
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

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Comments (52)

Say what you will, but they consistently put on a great show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 10:59 AM

Okay...their music is made for the masses but give them credit for putting on a big 'ol arena show to match the music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:00 AM

zzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:02 AM

i will say that they are very manufactured formulaic and boring

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:06 AM

Chris Martin = Peter Pan

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:08 AM

In one of those pics; did somebody get married again?! If so, what an absolute lame ass thing to do.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:09 AM

21 songs times about 4 minutes a song on average= about 85 minutes of music. thats a rip off for a "major rock arena band" that has been around for 15 years and a half dozen albums.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:10 AM

1 song played off their best album! PFFFT

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:10 AM

no credit deserved or earned.

just another example of a VERY mediocre band succeeding (coldplay) and a far more talented one (Travis) struggling for airplay/attention in this vapid excuse for a society that values true talent.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:14 AM

Coldplay sucks so bad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:17 AM

Coldplay is so kewl.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:18 AM

what did they do with the wristbands, anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:21 AM

Can anyone confirm/deny that Chris Martin had a hummus platter backstage at these shows?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:21 AM

The guy isn't going to win any awards for lyrics, that's for sure:

http://www.directlyrics.com/coldplay-every-teardrop-is-a-waterfall-lyrics.html

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:21 AM

4 X face

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:22 AM

Travis..? wtf?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:24 AM

Travis were solid...I didn't mention them but the deserved more then Webster hall last time around.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:25 AM

lol that setlist blows. it's like they only play the bad stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:25 AM

Great set list! Coldplay is super talented!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:27 AM

Coldplay is safe music for teenage girls with invasive parents and older people that used to think Billy Joel was "rockin'"

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:34 AM

Mumford totes rocked harder on the pier, bros.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:36 AM

Billy Joel rock more then Coldplay

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:41 AM

coldplay used to be good. parachutes and cold rush of blood were good albums (like actually good, not fake good).

then they got all stupid with XYZ and whatever the album was after that - viva la vida. that's when they became caricatures of themselves with their U2-esque world music shit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:42 AM

"Just another example of a VERY mediocre band succeeding (coldplay) and a far more talented one (Travis) struggling for airplay/attention in this vapid excuse for a society that values true talent."

Bahahahahaha. Fucking Travis?!?! I mean, they're totally enjoyable and all (I remember hearing "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" on the radio in early 2000 and thinking "wow, did Radiohead take a few steps backwards") but come on....

The U.S. only has so much room for U.K. exports and we usually take the most watered-down of the batch (hence why bands like Elbow never get much love here).

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:48 AM

Agrees that the first two albums were excellent. X&Y was mostly shot, Viva La Vida is mediocre at best. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the new record, and the songs are good live.

Also there was no over-saturation of teenage girls with parents in tow this time around, as there was in 2008.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:52 AM

11:48..great you know one Travis song and that is what you base the band on?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 12:08 PM

no "Spies"? fuck this.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 12:14 PM

^I hear ya..I don't think they ever played High Speed either...

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 12:24 PM

Fun show and kid friendly to boot, but awkward having to explain the smell of mj to the little guy!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 12:34 PM

Travis and Coldplay seemed to appear around the same time, and get lumped in together. Their paths have since diverged though. A tale of two bands :) I was team coldplay though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 12:36 PM

LOL the smell of mj LOL LOL

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:27 PM

LOL the smell of mj LOL LOL

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:27 PM

I'm gonna save my money for the next O.A.R. tour....I hear a rumor that Guster will be opening!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:30 PM

hard to take these guys seriously anymore. the first two albums were awesome, but i lost them when they took that hard turn down the wtf superhighway...

also, "the smell of mj." that's gold.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:48 PM

Travis are fucking fantastic. They were around for several years and great albums before Coldplay. If they "seemed to appear around the same time," then you weren't paying any attention to whats going on. It's like saying Nixon and George W. were presidents around the same time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:51 PM

"Going back to the early King Crimson, the remarkable explosion of the creative impulse in popular music, mainly in rock music, came from these young men who didn’t know what they were doing, yet were able to do it. What has changed in 40 years? It’s very simple. Forty years ago there was a market economy. Today there is a market society. Today, everything, including ethics, has a price."

Robert Fripp
August, 2012

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:51 PM

1:51, y u mad? Their stuff hit the mainstream around the same time, we can't all be treasurer of the Travis fan club

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 2:12 PM

Porcupine Tree >>>>>>>>>>> Coldplay

Porcupine Tree >>>>>>>>>>> Radiohead

Porcupine Tree >>>>>>>>>>> any of these other bands here, really

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 2:32 PM

Once again, BV readers hating a band that sells more then 10 tickets to a show.

I was at Saturday's show and it was great! I have seen hundreds of shows in my life of all sizes and this was one of the best. Coldplay have developed this ability to make you feel like you are part of something bigger at their shows. Only U2 had that ability before and now Coldplay does. The wristband lightshow was the greatest concert lighting effect I have ever seen. Simply awesome.

I respect if people just don't like their music (that is fine) but to those who are hating them simply because they are a big band now, get used to it. This is the new biggest band in the world. They will beplaying arenas and stadiums in your neighborhood for the next 20 years.

People love them because they are not only a great band but they are likable. Chris Martin seems genuinely appreciative of the fans and mentions it throughout every show.

It's their era.

Posted by Loop | August 6, 2012 2:54 PM

^People say the same about Nickleback...just think about that for a minute.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 2:56 PM

2:32...Porcupines are a bunch of pricks!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 2:57 PM

Ha ha..

what is the difference between a BMW and a Porcupine...

With a porcupine the pricks are on the outside.

BWAHAHA

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 2:59 PM

@2:56. It's a little different. I think Nickelback have not grown to Coldplay levels of popularity all over the world (fortunately for those other countries). Unfortunately for the US and Canada, we have to deal with it here.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 3:10 PM

Can't you just say pot? I wouldn't lie to my kids. anyway Coldplay is just a shitty version of Radiohead

Posted by Sam | August 6, 2012 3:46 PM

King's X >>>>>>>>>>> Porcupine Tree

Using the communicative property, that pretty much settles it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 4:08 PM

Hey, hey there "brother man" ... do you know where I can score some Mary Jane? I believe that $10 should get me a couple Mary Jane cigarettes. Sure, but I don't understand why we have to go down this alley in order to ... HEY! What the ..

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 4:14 PM

"King's X >>>>> Porcupine Tree"


I hear ya. But PT trumps those other overrated bands, though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 4:58 PM

Coldplay sucked before the singer started naming his children after common fruits

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 7:18 PM

why is their stage and stage wear covered in muppet puke?

Posted by SummerFridays | August 7, 2012 11:44 AM

You really shouldnt talk trash if you haven't seen them in concert. I was there on 8/3/12 and once three years ago. The band puts out really good music and puts on an amazing show. To come on to this page and just rip them because you won't get caught is a huge waste of everyone's time, and honestly if you havent seen them live, then you have no idea what you are talking about.

Posted by Big Fan | September 5, 2012 2:24 AM

coldplay best band ever.

Posted by jordon | July 25, 2013 1:01 PM

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