Coldplay’s first of three sold out Hollywood Bowl shows Tuesday night could be sliced and diced to an 1/8th as great and it would still mean we’re in for a rockin’ good time at our own little fiesta and weenie roaster this Saturday.
Seeing Coldplay 11 years ago at Radio City Music Hall for one of their first truly big U.S. nights I was struck by how solid and genuinely enthusiastic they were, so it’s especially satisfying to see in person what a decade of growth they’ve achieved. While some bands strive to even sound like their own records, Chris, Jon, Will and Guy take the chance of re-working their own standards and do so with consummate skill and mastery.
Shit – that sounds fairly high brow, but it was the Hollywood Bowl after all. Mr. Martin was clearly enjoying himself as were his band mates and the F bombs were flying as were plenty of perfectly loud, hard rock interludes between the cool down, chill out sets. The pre-encore 70 minutes flew by. Robert Downey Jr. shoulda stayed around for it! He had clearly been having a good time up ’til then – rockin’ and boppin’ along dead center in the crowd.
This is a picture of Patrick btw who wasn’t attending his first ever rock concert (!) but it was one he had really been looking forward to seeing. I happen to overhear him ask some of the very cool Bowl Staff if they might be able to procure him a copy of the set list (just to really make his brother who couldn’t attend ’cause he had finals on Wednesday even more jealous). Patrick asked for this awesome souvenir even before the very entertaining Pierces took the stage and asked again when Metronomy (who rocked it damn well!) were on stage.
Patrick’s persistence paid off and the always cool Coldplay not only made his night but all of us who were sitting around watching this mini drama unfold. Well done, dude! And how cool is it that even the light cues are on the list! Nice!!!