Questions of science, science and progress
This is Part III of my review of Coldplay Live 2003. If you missed Parts I and II just scroll down the main page a bit and you will find them. As I pointed out earlier the first 4 songs of the concert were new material, then the next set was all old or unreleased. Now we are back to the new album until the final song.
The Scientist is definitely an all time favourite song of mine. It’s just so simple and sweet. Behind the stage there are 4 big video screens. Right now it’s Chris Martin x4 as he sits alone at his piano. Nobody said it was easy, it’s such a shame for us to part, nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard, take me back to the start. I can sympathize with that sentiment.
Most of the songs in this concert seem to use some kind of taped background, usually the string parts. I never liked the idea of doing that, probably because it’s so limiting. But I guess sometimes you have to. Like the Who when they play Baba O’Riley with it’ s staccato synth part.
Oh they just faked leaving the stage and came back for an encore. I’m a fan of any band who doesn’t bother with that and just plays another song. Don’t make me cheer for you, I just paid $80 to get in here, you know I love you.
Clocks is a great song. You can use it to wake up, or get ready for a big game, or to just dance around your place. The laser lights have returned in this one. Unfortunately it reminds me of the old Hamilton Bulldogs introduction. They used lasers to great effect. I say it’s unfortunate because they don’t do that anymore. Boo. We also get more of the hand held audience camera. There are actually multiple angles. I think if I poked around the DVD I might get to do something with them.
I was never a huge fan of In My Place and I’m not sure why. It has elements of being a great song but I just never felt that way. Martin is doing some kind of weird backwards hop dance. Is he drunk? Doubt it, I think he’s just a white guy. He’s not even bothering to sing in parts because the crowd is so into it. He’s also stopped singing sideways and is instead singing into the roof. He is also punching the air. I feel like a judge on SYTYCD. The drummer has this crazy smile on his face, I think he really likes this song. Maybe he wrote it.
As Amsterdam gets started I should point out that I’ve never been to a live Coldplay concert. They always sell out too fast and I’m not paying a scalper or broker for tickets. It’s a matter of principle I guess. I had time to write that because Martin is encouraging people to listen to them, eat chocolate and to support make trade fair. This is another of my favourite Coldplay songs. Time is on your side it’s on your side now. What a pretty song. A lot of singers sing with their eyes closed. I do it sometimes as well. It looks ridiculous. I try to never do it. Chris Martin doesn’t care, neither does the drummer. They are doing a closed eyes duet right now. When they zoom in on the video screens the pixelation is very obvious. Maybe they shouldn’t do that. E-bow!!! That is the coolest thing that could’ve happened. And there it is.
After fake exit number 2 we’ve reached the last song, Life is For Living. It’s been a lot of fun going through this again and recording random thoughts. I never meant to do you wrong that’s what I came here to say. But if I was wrong then I’m sorry don’t let it stand in our way. My head just aches when I think of the things that I shouldn’t have done. Life is for living we all know and I don’t want to live it alone. I know what he means.