Wednesday 14th. Earl's Court.
Richard Ashcroft supported. The crowd got a bit restless.
Suddenly lights go down. The back screen shines a brilliant white. 4 silhouettes appear. Square one, a song that sounds distinctly average on their album 'X and Y', is played. After the first few bars spotlights focus on them and the capacity crowd can see the band. The song is anything but average. Chris Martin skips around the stage like Peter Pan (jeez that's a terrible simile).
Brilliant song after brilliant song is churned out.
Dozens of large balloons fall from the sky when they play 'yellow'. No prizes for guessing what colour they were. Chris Martin bursts one with his guitar. Confetti and glitter spray the first few rows.
A nice mixture of songs is played.
The songs played, as far as I can remember, and in no particular order, were: Square One
Speed of Sound
In my Place
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
Everything's not lost
Swallowed in the Sea
The last song of the encore was Fix You (the other two are mentioned above...somewhere!).
Chris Martin continually involves the crowd.
Little things, like members of the band dancing together and switching places on the stage, make this an interesting experience. Nothing is the same.
'Speed of Sound' and 'Fix You' look like their videos.
Highlight? If not Chris Martin's mick take of The Darkness ("ONE WAY TICKET TO HELL AND BACK, IT'S A ONE WAY TICKET TO HELL AND BACK!" sung in a comically high voice), or the crowd losing it completely when Fix You was played, the highlight was Mr Martin's 30 second acoustic version of "Hung Up" by Madonna attached to the end of God Put A Smile Upon Your Face.
"We've spent a long time touring! Its good to be back! It's those little things that you miss..." Crowd goes wild and Everything's Not Lost starts. Song stops. "My bad...you do actually get Cornflakes in the States...!"
You Put A Smile Upon My Face.