Show Review: Coldplay at HP Pavilion, San Jose, 4/28/12

Posted by: on Apr 30, 2012 | One Comment

Hypnotized!

Apparently it’s not cool to like Coldplay anymore because your mom’s discovered them. (Edit: actually, looking back, was it ever cool?) But hey – that’s OK! If you stopped liking all the bands your parents are into, that could eliminate some real gems. The Beatles, James Brown, Celine Dion… The point is, there’s no shame in going to see a super mainstream band at a big arena show. The lights! The confetti! The beach balls! What?

Coldplay’s brand of pop-rock is a guilty pleasure meant for stadiums, overpriced beer and excessive fandom. HELLO HP Pavilion! The band bursted with enthusiasm and gratitude, playing their hits and a most of Mylo Xyloto. Openers The Pierces and Metronomy were predictably safe, boring and inoffensive.

It’s always moderately to severely annoying when an entire crowd sings along during a show, but there’s something endearing about Coldplay fans. The emotion was so thick! Don’t even pretend like you wouldn’t sing along/cry through “Yellow”.

Between the fake last song and the beginning of the encore, the band teleported to a small stage in the middle of the audience to play a few songs, before sprinting back to the main stage for the finale. (Side note: They ran right by us! I think I touched Will Champion with my sweaty paw… Sorry, I thought we were all high-fiving.)

Overall super entertaining, worth the price of admission. Just be careful which friends you brag to about your VIP pass.

Oh yeah we wore these cool light up bracelets.

Pretty!

I looked for Gwyn/Apple/Moses but I think they were at the Giants game.

Confetti is fun!

Set list:

1. Mylo Xyloto
2. Hurts Like Heaven
3. In My Place
4. Major Minus
5. Loves In Japan

6. The Scientist
7. Yellow
8. Violet Hill
9. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
10. Princess Of China
11. Up In Flames
12. Warning Sign
13. Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
14. Viva La Vida
15. Charlie Brown
16. Paradise

Encore:

17. Us Against The World
18. Clocks
19. Fix You
20. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall