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    Coldplay Delights in Chicago

    Aug 11, 2012 9:57 AM by Amy

    Concert Spotlight

    Today's Artist Spotlight comes from guest blogger and Vivid Seats employee, Amy, who is here to report on her experience at Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto stop at the United Center in Chicago earlier this week. So without further ado.. Amy, take it away!

    The tone was set the moment Coldplay hit the stage. On the second of two nights of performances at the United Center in Chicago, Chris Martin and Company showed no signs of weariness as they logged another stop on the Mylo Xyloto Tour that began back in October 2011. Amidst the incredible light and laser show and occasional showering of confetti, Martin made sure the audience was always engaged.

    As the band emerged on stage and the sounds of “Mylo Xyloto” transitioned into “Hurts Like Heaven,” the first surprise of the evening revealed itself. The audience-issued wristbands illuminated the stadium and a sold-out crowd of over 20,000 glowed in shades of blue, red, pink, green, and yellow. Pictures really can’t do it justice, but it’s definitely one of the most memorable aspects of the show.
    A brief stop in the past was provided by “In My Place,” which also came with enough confetti to make you truly feel for whoever is in charge of clean-up. Later during “Major Minus” and “Lovers in Japan,” much of the audience on the floor was bombarded with confetti-filled balloons, and when the dust finally settled, Martin did too and for good reason.
    With a single spotlight on his piano, Martin let the anticipation build before captivating the crowd with arguably one of the band’s best songs in “The Scientist,” before following it up with the hit that started it all, “Yellow,” which Martin dedicated to his children, Apple and Moses.
    “Violet Hill” and “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face” allowed the group to stretch out a bit, before heading to the smaller stage in the middle of the floor seats for a trio of tunes. Rihanna made a cameo via the music video for “Princess of China,” while Martin again slowed down just long enough for “Up in Flames” and “Amsterdam,” which he noted they hadn’t played live in almost a decade.
    Coldplay knocked out “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart,” “Viva La Vida,” and “Charlie Brown” in what seemed like no time at all, before “Paradise” signaled the final song of the evening before the encore. 
    About five minutes was all the band needed to randomly pop up in the middle of the 100 section for “Us Against the World” and “Speed of Sound,” and then one by one the band members sprinted through the crowd to return to the main stage for “Clocks,” “Fix You,” and the closer, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.”
    Though each song came equipped with its own unique graphics, lights, and lasers, each and every one was played to perfection by Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion. It’s evident throughout the night that Coldplay aims to please and as a fan, how could you ask for anything more?
    Though the North American leg of the Coldplay tour is all but over, the band will always be a must-see, so at the next opportunity, be sure to check them out!