Live Review: Coldplay — “Summer Krush”
Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:08:22
After much well-deserved hype and anticipation, Bristish rockers Coldplay “yet again” mesmerized their fans with not only a stellar performance August 3rd to kick off Summer Krush, but with an intimate homage to Amy Winehouse with a slow, melodic piano version of “Rehab.” They’re the consummate English showmen, and this display proved that.
On yet another just-so-perfect warm summer evening in La La Land, Coldplay performed to a crowd of 2,500 screaming fans as they played classic hits such as ‘The Scientist’ as well as a few new tunes, a select few of which aired on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” afterwards.
Chris Martin graced the stage with his usual English charm and greeted his devoted fans with, “This is our first time back in LA in two-and-a-half years!” which incited the crowd to yet another round of accelerated cheering. Martin, almost as if speaking to a group of friends and family, introduced two of their new songs, one entitled “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” saying of it, “This is the first time we’ve ever done this one in America so please be nice.” Needless to say, the crowd was more than nice and beyond grateful to be a part of something so special. The band then went on to perform another new tune ‘Us Against the World’ which had fans jumping in their seats as he rhythmically bopped around on stage.
After performing well over a dozen songs, the band left the stage, but was quick to return with fans pleading in unison for them to come back out. With chants of “Encore, encore” they were back performing a few more songs for the insatiable crowd, which included the nod to Winehouse’s “Rehab.”
These days where there is such a plethora of much-hyped, most deservedly so, some not-so-much, bands performing every night of the week, one must be fastidious when deciding which shows to attend. Somewhat of a double-edged sword, this decidedly ample mass of options, is to most overwhelming. When making the decision to go out in these economically-challenging of times, it is best to do so with the aforementioned show being described as I would the one I attended last night, “Damn good.” With that said, Coldplay put on a “show” in the truest sense of the word.