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Old 08-03-2008, 08:47 PM   #871
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Well, I went up to Hartford yesterday to catch the show, there were 15-20 others on the 12:30AM bus back to NYC last night so I didn't feel so crazy going for the evening, although I was really bushed when I got in the door at home at 3:30AM!

It was good...they electro'd God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, which oddly worked... Politik rocked as always, also. I had no problems with the setlist, and I liked how they spread the new stuff among the old throughout the show instead of frontloading it all as many do. They still have a few kinks to work out as far as the transitions between songs, and they seemed a little tentative on a couple of the new ones but I'm sure that will work itself out in time, also you can really tell how much studio magic they did on Chris' vocals on the first part of 42 (I really like that song) because he was reeeaaally thin there...

The setlist:

1. (Life in Technicolor)
2. Violet Hill
3. Clocks
4. In My Place
5. Viva La Vida
6. Yes
7. 42
8. Fix You
9. Strawberry Swing
10. Chinese Sleep Chant
11. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
12. Square One
13. Hardest Part
14. Yellow
15. Lost!
16. The Scientist
17. Death Will Never Conquer
Encore
18. Politik
19. Lovers in Japan
20. Death and All His Friends

Also, I took a couple of videos...enjoy!

Strawberry Swing:

YouTube - Coldplay - Strawberry Swing, Hartford August 2, 2008

42:

YouTube - Coldplay - 42, Hartford August 2, 2008
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I love how for all their talk about how they think X&Y sucks, they continue to play "Fix You" and "The Hardest Part."
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I love how for all their talk about how they think X&Y sucks, they continue to play "Fix You" and "The Hardest Part."
The fans there were chomping at the bit for "Fix You", and probably would've rioted if they didn't play it...I've always been meh on it...go figure.
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Something is wrong when they're only playing one song from Parachutes. Something is very wrong when that song is "Yellow." They've got a large enough back catalog filled with some absolutely stellar b-sides and other rarities to shake it up more. But they've become too big for that, I guess.

Coldplay would work much better as a mid-level band.
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Saw them in DC for the first time. Wow - that show went by fast. They were on and off in about 90 minutes. Entertaining show, but I didn't find them to be a great live band.
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Saw them in DC for the first time. Wow - that show went by fast. They were on and off in about 90 minutes. Entertaining show, but I didn't find them to be a great live band.
I was just going to comment about that too...while I'm not nitpicking their song choices, I will call them out on their set length, it was about 90 mins. in Hartford too. They really should be playing 1hr. 50 - 2 hour sets by now, no excuses.
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Saw them in DC for the first time. Wow - that show went by fast. They were on and off in about 90 minutes. Entertaining show, but I didn't find them to be a great live band.

was there too.. just got home. yeah show went fast. I said it before.. they could totally do a longer show and mix up their setlists better.. They have definitely a big enough catalogue.. seriously guys give us some other stuff, trouble, amsterdam, spies and sparks..

it was a full house tonite, looked sold out to me.. every seat that i could see was taken even the nose bleed up in the rafters.
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The fans there were chomping at the bit for "Fix You"


Coldplay ignoring Parachutes is just as poor of a decision as U2 ignoring Unforgettable Fire. But I'm sure being compared to U2 for any reason would lessen the blow for them.
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Wish they could mix up these sets a little bit. Throw in a High Speed or AROBTTH or a What If,,,
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All copies of X&Y should be thrown into a vault and locked away forever, if that's even possible.

"The Hardest Part", "Talk", and "'Til Kingdom Come" can stay.
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"The Hardest Part", "Talk", and "'Til Kingdom Come" can stay.
*shudders*

Horrible Coldplay songs.......they should be lokced away too.

Regardless, I'm going to see them in December. Should be a good one. Anything X and Y related I'll just have to endure through.
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I just saw this alternate video for Violet Hill. Quite a change from the original one...
Coldplay: Violet Hill | Pitchfork.tv
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"The Hardest Part" is a bit of a cheat, since I love the video so much. I honestly don't know how that was conceived, filmed, and shown to a wide audience... it's not witty or clever, but it never fails to crack me up. I just don't know.
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And oh, here's the video for Viva La Vida. The Anton Corbijn one (I believe Hype Williams also made one, but that one is maybe a bit too slick).

YouTube - Coldplay - Viva La Vida | OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO | 2

I don't think it's one of Anton's best and it reminds me a lot of his video for Depeche Mode's Enjoy The Silence. Still, it's a again change from your typical MTV fare.
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*shudders*

Horrible Coldplay songs.......they should be lokced away too.

Regardless, I'm going to see them in December. Should be a good one. Anything X and Y related I'll just have to endure through.
You're a horrible Coldplay song!

I like Talk, but it probably is mainly the "borrowed" riff. I don't really even mind X&Y all that much, it's better than a lot of crapola. I kind of think of it as someone doing a better job at being U2 than U2 did with Atomic Bomb.
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