By Chuck Cox
Coldplay is one of the more polarizing popular band out there. Some people can’t stand the British quartet, while others absolutely love everything about it. I fall into the category of the latter. Coldplay, which I believe has churned out some pretty incredible music on a consistent basis, is also a band it took me entirely too long to finally see live.
So, when I finally got the opportunity to see Coldplay for the first time seven years ago a the American Airlines Center, I was really pumped. In addition to getting to see Fiona Apple open the show with a rocking set, Coldplay exceeded my expectations.
The band sounded phenomenal, and Chris Martin and the boys really put together a perfect set list. After opening with “Square One,” Coldplay launched into a barrage of hits, one after the other, including “Politik,” “Yellow,” “Clocks,” “Speed of Sound,” and “God Put a Smile on Your Face.” There were numerous highlights for me, including when the band came out into the crowd to play a couple of songs on a small stage at the top of the section right next to me. In fact, the band walked right past me.
Musically, I loved “The Scientist,” a song Willie Nelson has covered, ”Clocks,” and the encore-closing “Fix You.” It was a really special show, both visually, with gold balloons dropping down on the crowd during “Yellow,” and musically. I knew immediately Coldplay would be a band I would catch every time I could.
Even if you’re not a fan of the band, you have to respect the live show Coldplay puts on. I’ve seen the band again since that first show, and it was fantastic once again. And the fact Coldplay has been around since 1996 says quite a bit. I expect to get several more chances to see the band play again.