British four-piece Coldplay pop-rocks Edmonton’s Rogers Place

The metamorphosis of Coldplay is complete.

Once categorized as achingly earnest, po-faced melancholics knocking out mid tempo ballads and shadowing Radiohead, the British four-piece have now fully evolved into the electro-pop arena-rockers they were always meant to be. It’s been an ongoing process, but with the tour behind their latest record, A Head Full of Dreams, they’ve apparently committed to their destiny as upbeat purveyors of stadium anthems.

Taking to the stage with the title track from A Head Full of Dreams after a half an hour of what sounded like Brian Eno’s Bloom iPhone app pulsing as pre-show warm up music, Coldplay put together a set list that favoured their more light-hearted approach. The stage show also reflected this, with heavy use of confetti cannons, balloons, extensive laser show, fire, and a special wristband given to audience members that pulsed on-and-off in different colours to the beat. Most of the sold-out Rogers Place crowd happily went along with it, but a few of us, perhaps fearing attempted mind control by lead singer Chris Martin, had stripped them from our wrists after five or so numbers.

Actually, there would have been no need for Martin to use wristbands to influence the audience. Coldplay fans are psychically at one with their leader; he had them singing along from second number Yellow on, and really didn’t have to implore them to belt out mass backups on The Scientist. He did, though, positing a possible future where they’d remember the moment in later years as the prelude to Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-Un becoming friends.


One can only hope, right? Martin kept the sense of goofy optimism all through the show, running it through moodier material like Clocks. He struck multiple Elvis/Springsteen poses, acoustic guitar swung around the back; lay on the floor and sang to the ceiling during part of Fix Me for dramatic effect; held up a small Canadian flag and then kept it in his back pocket; stopped the band at the beginning of Charlie Brown to importune the audience to not photograph and video tape the song so it could escape being overly-documented.

As you can guess there’s a dollop of schtick in the act, but Martin and the band pull it off with a certain amount of flair. They moved between stages in intervals, from the main to a small centre one in the bowl where Martin stripped it all right back to piano. They took it even farther by holding the first encore at a small, specially built platform in the lower seats, where the band played quieter songs like In My Place and Don’t Panic, which saw drummer Will Champion taking a lead vocal.

By the end they were back on the main stage, winding up the night with yet another shower of confetti, spotlight light streaming on Martin as he led the band into A Sky Full of Stars and Up & Up.

Two drummers and a keyboardist backed up opening vocalist Tove Lo, who had just over half-an-hour to make a convincing case for Swedish dance-pop supremacy. Lo didn’t really come all that close, but she definitely made an impression on the arriving audience who had skipped opener Alina Baraz, charming them with selections from her first two albums, as well as upcoming release Blue Lips.


With: Tove Lo, Alina Baraz

When: Tuesday night

Where: Rogers Place


Fans party as confetti cannons fire during a Coldplay show at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia


Fans party as confetti cannons fire during a Coldplay show at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia


Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *