Posts Tagged ‘Live 2003’

Confusion That Never Stops

December 16, 2008

Questions of science, science and progress

Coldplay

The Scientist

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.

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See You Soon

December 13, 2008

I’ll be counting up my demons

Coldplay

Everything’s Not Lost

Welcome to Part II of my impressions of Coldplay Live 2003. Yesterday we got through 5/17 songs.  The set list is noteworthy because the band opens with 4 songs from the “new” album then ignores it for the next 8 songs.  They then give us 4 more.  We are in the midst of the middle part, so this post should be all old stuff. Well this whole DVD is old stuff now, but let’s stay in the moment with this.

Don’t Panic is a song Dave and I used to play at coffee houses in our res. That would’ve been before this DVD in the Parachutes era of things.  The crowd is quite happy right now, then when the song starts they quiet down to clap along.  The pace of the song is faster than the album version. It’s like they want it over even though its a great song. They just showed a great shot of Chris Martin with spinning lights behind him. I won’t hide the fact that I love stage lighting, I always have.  There are few things in the world that I consider cooler than a well lit performance. I’m easy to please.

In general the band members are pretty straightforward on stage.  They don’t move a whole lot and just kind of play without effort. I’m reminded of Radiohead because outside of Ed O’brien no one moves around that much on stage.

Shiver is another solid song from Parachutes. Close up and spotlight on the guitar during the intro. I like the effect.  Chris martin likes to sing into his microphone from a 45 degree angle. Pretty much all the time. It’s probably so he can see what his hands are doing, either that or he has a nervous habit.

This next song was apparently on an EP before showing up in this concert. See You Soon is a pretty little acoustic song. At the moment Martin is alone on stage with his guitar. Most of the crowd is probably bewildered by this song they’ve never heard before.  That’s how audiences react when you play something you don’t know. They just stand quietly while the odd loudmouth screams out “woooooo” or whistles for no real reason.  Probably the alcohol talking.  Kudos to the camera person who used the focus to get those cool hexagon shapes on the screen from the lights.  More slide guitar half way through and some yoddling. I heard that Martin has decided not to sing in falsetto on new songs.  It’s an endearing habit that sometimes works , at least I think so (probably because I do it too sometimes).

Everything’s not lost.  I wonder how many demons Chris Martin really has? He seems like a pretty straight-laced guy over all. He’s certainly no Keith Moon. He plays a lot of piano on the albums and in this concert. Is he our generations Billy Joel? Maybe once the solo projects start in a couple of years. Remember how I said I liked the hexagon shapes? I still do in concpet but the producer is making extreme use of them now. It’s like they just discovered they could do that. What’s next? Star wipes? Here comes the crowd again with a nice sing along of ah ah ah yeah. Despite this Martin begs the crowd to sing along more. Wouldn’t want them to be quiet during the big piano sing along of course. I won’t lie, I’ve sung along too.

Now it’s time for the song about Gwyneth Palrtow. Oddly enough it’s called Moses. I don’t associate loved ones with biblical figures but maybe I should. The ricky is back out and I couldn’t be happier. I really like this song.  More clever black and white to colour changes.  I’m not 100% sure what the intention of this was, but I guess it works as a gimmick.  I think the big challenge with making a concert film is deciding how much you want it to reflect your artistic vision as a filmmaker and how much you want to satiate the fans with good shots of the band. After all they are the stars. Frame them up and rock & roll.

As we reach the end of Part II Martin offers the crowd ice cream if they stand up. I don’t think he came through on that promise. You should never lie about ice cream, it’s way too important.  Yellow is the song that first brought Coldplay to the attention of most of the world.  I have to give them credit for the visuals on this one. The song builds up with a quiet sythn part. The band is in the dark as blue lights scan the crowd. Then all of a sudden the guitar kicks in and the stage explodes in yellow light as Chris Martin jumps for the rafters. Bravo.  He’s also put down the guitar and left the piano to just sing and dance around.

Join me on Tuesday for the final part of this extravaganza. Tomorrow I will be posting information and links for the 6 bands featured on Monday’s episode of the podcast. I highly recommend checking all of those bands out. Enjoy your Sunday!

Like Moses

December 13, 2008

See it all disappear without a trace.

Coldplay

A Rush of Blood to the Head

In 2003 Coldplay had reached new heights of fame.  In My Place, Clocks, and The Scientist were enjoying life on the charts, as was their album A Rush of Blood to the Head. They were also out on tour. What follows is a running diary of the DVD that grew out of that tour.

In 2004 I was living on my own, house sitting my aunt’s place for the summer.  Each night as I went to bed I turned out all the lights and put this DVD on.  The opening, Politik, is punctuated by flashing lights and spotlights that come at the camera. It used to light up my room in a fantastic way.  This song opened the album and the concerts, probably because it starts out loud, settles down then gets loud again. It’s the sort of song that catches your attention and raises your adrenaline.  Visually most of the band is in darkness, except Chris Martin who sits at his piano with a single spotlight.

You might wonder why I would want to write about a DVD that was released 5 years ago.  After all Coldplay has released two albums since then and become even bigger global music icons.  Much like the old vinyl review segment on my podcast, I think it’s fun to look back at what we loved once, and should again! Or to directly quote the character of Terrance Mann in Shoeless Joe, (or maybe just the movie I can’t remember) that all once was good and could be again. Yep I thought this DVD was great.

God gave you style and gave you grace…God put a smile upon your face…The second song of the concert is our first with handheld crowd camera action. It’s a bit jumpy and blurry but a fun idea that was just one of those things concert DVDs used to have. Maybe they still do.  The lights on Chris Martin give him the look of a really bad orange fake tan. His poor white English skin can’t take it.  I’m reminded of the immortal The Streets song Fit But You Know It…bit too much fake tan but yeah you look nice. And yes I’ve started using “…” like a mad man.

This concert is quite long at 17 songs so I think this will have 3 or 4 parts with an intermission on Monday to post links for my All-Canadian Mixtape Episode of the podcast.

Oh I should point out that this concert was filmed in Sydney on July 21 and 22 2003. That’s right it was recorded on my birthday. Happy Birthday to me.  Not sure what I was doing that day, but I sure wasn’t at a Coldplay concert in Australia.

Out comes the slide to kick off A Rush of Blood to the Head. This song has some pretty intense lyrics.  I kind of expect Martin to pull out torch or something half through the song and burn down the stage.  I wonder what its really about. When am I gonna see that pretty face again. Maybe she’s scared to see you again? You know, after you burned everything to the ground.

Daylight. After a soft ending to the last song, the band kicks it back up for this one. The filmmakers decided to get fancy and alternate between colour in the chorus and black and white in the verses.  Interesting idea. I am enjoying the overhand slide guitar playing though. It reminds me of that kid in the movie August Rush. Slowly breaking through the daylight…etc.

Chris Martin makes his first plea for the crowd to stand up and sing along as he starts Trouble. As I recall he does this a lot in this concert. So after 4 songs from the “new” album we finally get one from Parachutes. I really like this song. It’s probably the reason I started liking the group in the first place.  I read once that Chris Martin considered starting a boy band a la Take That before founding Coldplay. Picture that for a moment. Martin gets his wish as the crowd screams out they spun a web for me.

One last song before I call it a day. Look for Part II tomorrow as I continue to roll along through this concert. As far as I know One I Love only appears on this concert DVD and maybe on some B-side somewhere.  I actually really like the song, even if there are already a hundred songs about the “one I love.”  I love that Martin has pulled out a Rickenbaker for this song. It is a lifelong dream to own one. Someday.

Alright I will be back tomorrow with more Coldplay Live 2003.