21 November 2012 - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia

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21 November 2012 - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia (photo: Courier Mail)

Contents

Setlist

  1. Mylo Xyloto
  2. Hurts Like Heaven
  3. In My Place
  4. Major Minus
  5. Lovers In Japan
  6. The Scientist
  7. Yellow
  8. Violet Hill
  9. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
  10. Princess Of China
  11. Up In Flames
  12. Warning Sign
  13. My Happiness (Powderfinger cover)
  14. Don't Let It Break Your Heart
  15. Viva La Vida
  16. Charlie Brown
  17. Paradise
  18. Us Against The World
  19. Speed Of Sound
  20. Clocks
  21. Fix You
  22. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

Photos

Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for Brisbane at http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=2004

Videos

Videos from this show can be found in the first post of the Coldplaying forum live thread for this show at http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=93371

Discussion

All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=93371

Fan Reviews

All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com[1], unless stated otherwise.


21 November 2012 - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia

CoffsCoastAdvocate: Coldplay know how to put on a good show, a really good show. I just wanted to get that out of the way first up. I was the tender age of 21 when I first saw Coldplay perform live. They were christening the new Convocation Centre at the University of Miami, now known as the BankUnited Centre, in Florida where I was studying. My friend had a spare ticket and it was only going to set me back $30, so I said 'why not'.

At the time I only knew two Coldplay songs - Yellow and Trouble - thanks to their domination of the airwaves. Chris Martin alternated between acoustic guitar and a beat-up piano. Screens projected black and white footage of the band strumming and pounding away on their respective instruments. It was a simple set-up compared to the lavish production values of the band's latest Australian shows. Packing out Brisbane's 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium last night, the British four-piece were set against a bright and colourful backdrop of lasers, confetti, glow-in-the-dark balloons, spinning screens and spectacular show-opening and closing fireworks.

After priming the crowd with Jay-Z's 99 Problems, the band opened the show with Mylo Xyloto/Hurts Like Heaven. It was a visual spectacular that threw me into overload as the tens of thousands of neon wristbands handed out to the crowd created a moving, pulsating blanket of light. Between the graphics, firework, lasers and enigmatic front man Chris Martin, I didn't know where to look. "From where we're standing it sounds like you might be the best audience on Earth," Martin said. "We're very grateful to you. We promise to play the best (expletive) concert of our lives."

Oh gosh Chris, I'm sure you say that to every crowd (cue blushing). The two-hour show included crowd favourites In My Place, God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, Clocks, The Scientist and Fix You. It was a foregone conclusion that the band would reemerge for an encore. Popping up on a small stage near the back of the stadium, Martin apologized when he had to pause the song to "burp" and offered punters their money back.

"I'm sorry I forgot riding in a golf cart at 15kmph from backstage to the front sometimes makes you burp," he said. I'm certain no one took him up on the offer, instead cheering as the band walked back to the main stage to launch into a confetti-soaked Viva la Vida. As the encore built to the final crescendo, with everyone's wristbands blinking away, the entire crowd was on its feet for Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, complete with a last hurrah of fireworks. Once again showing off his prowess of local knowledge, Martin dedicated the show closer to "all the guys taking part in Movember". One of the many things Coldplay have honed in their 17 years as a band is making every person in a 50,000-strong crowd feel special.[2]

Media Reviews

21 November 2012 - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia

Triple M: Coldplay have wrapped up their 2012 Australian tour in front of 50,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium and Triple M announcer Bangers was there amongst the full house! Standing at Suncorp Stadium last night, I couldn’t help but remember when a Coldplay gig involved Chris Martin shying away from the crowd, hiding behind his piano... well those days are LOOOONG gone.

Clearly these guys are in a happy place, it just looked like they were having fun... especially Chris. Bouncing around on the stage he looked like a kid in a candy store, "this the best job in the world" he said – hard to argue. There was a nice touch in one of the quieter moments with just Chris and the piano, when he launched into a version of "My Happiness" complete with a "we miss you Powderfinger"... he knows how to win over a Brisbane crowd!

The stage was incredible; fireworks, lasers, five big screens and of course the flashing wristbands! Highlights included Warning Sign, Clocks, Hurts Like Heaven and God Put A Smile Upon Your Face... which was pretty much how everyone left the stadium at the end of the show...smiling.[3]


Brisbane Times: Coldplay rocked Suncorp Stadium energetically for almost two hours straight, turning the Cauldron into a pulsing neon aquarium and leaving more than 50,000 fans gasping for air. But as Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion took their final bows, The Dude Sitting Behind Me turned to his mate and said incredulously – "Is that it?"

On receiving confirmation that yes, one of the world's biggest bands had just wrapped up its first Brisbane show in 10 years, The Dude skolled the dregs of his mid-strength beer, dropped the plastic cup to the floor and made for the exit. And so it was I spent an evening watching an undeniably great live act with my eyes and one ear focused on the performance, and the second ear tuned in for vocal and often comically irrelevant commentary from The Dude.

After warm-up sets from The Pierces and The Temper Trap, Coldplay hit their Mylo Xyloto mega-stage like excited kids, fireworks accompanying their crash into opening number Hurts Like Heaven. Coloured LED wristbands given to punters on arrival lit the stadium up like a rave party, giving a sparklingly magic effect. Confetti cannons followed on In My Place, as Martin made the first of many trips down the structure's thrust walkway. It was at this point that I first became aware of The Dude Sitting Behind Me. He'd been vocal before the show, eagerly embracing the Mexican wave that circumnavigated the stadium in the minutes before the lights went down.

21 November 2012 - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia

But everyone – including The Dude's own mates – hushed up once the music kicked in. The Dude instead took the opportunity to make a phone call, then hold the handset over our heads so his mate on the other end could hear the concert. I fear his telephonic friend would have missed out on the sonic power of Coldplay live over crackling 3G. The band's live sound was clear, refined, powerful, and enabled distinction between instruments - acoustic and electric guitars, classic and electric drums, and Martin's piano and keyboards.

Martin thanked the audience for coming along, promising to put on "the best f***ing concert we've ever done in our life" in return. But his boyish charm and wide-eyed surprise at such a big crowd were quickly replaced by the confidence and stage antics of a long time performer, feeding off the crowd's energy and leading them on a merry dance like the Pied Piper. Lovers in Japan saw glow-in-the-dark balloons let loose among the audience, which bobbed and fell on the whim of those beneath them; adding to the strange ethereal atmosphere in the venue.

The Dude followed the bouncing balls with enthusiasm. When one red balloon floated towards our part of the eastern stands, The Dude lost interest in the low-key, sing-a-long to start The Scientist. When it soared instead to the bleachers above, he went on another beer run. The bold neon palate of Mylo Xyloto – informing the album's artwork and music videos - was enlarged on the stage, with its five huge circular video screens showing graffiti and other images in between performer shots, and the band members themselves dressed in paint-splattered quasi-uniforms, and playing weathered and coloured instruments.

Yellow was heralded with a not unexpected golden wash across the stage, with a slow beginning replaced with that carousing guitar riff perfect for arms in the air fist-pumping. Violet Hill had a blue tone to match its bluesy roots. After a raw version of God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, in which Martin referenced the Brisbane River and the "50,000 people in one place", The Dude returned in time for uber woah-oh crowd favourite, Princess of China. As the band moved to the front of the thrust, in the middle of the crowd, and as Rihanna's goddess-like visage appeared on the screens, The Dude gave his mate some loud tips on how to get to the beer garden. The most surreal Dude moment came during the mournful Up in Flames, as The Dude turned to his other mate and exclaimed, "I think this is better than U2!"

It was the closest I got to shushing him – I wanted to cry "How would you know? You're not even watching properly!" The Dude must've read my mind, or perhaps my expression. He toned it down as Martin segued into a sweet little rendition of Powderfinger's My Happiness, a nice local tribute. Then he shut up for the big finale songs, which included a truly Champion effort on bells for Viva la Vida – even if Martin's voice seemed to struggle with the complex vocals (I can attest to their difficulty; I tried that song at karaoke once and nearly broke a tooth). His rock star stuff came to the fore as he dramatically collapsed at the end of the song, relying on the crowd to continue the woah-oh-oh-oh-ohhhh refrain to bring him back to life.

It's true, Coldplay does like to use those triple note riffs, and Charlie Brown bears more than a passing resemblance to previous songs. But it was still effortlessly catchy to hear, and with the wristbands back on, uplifting and joyous to watch. Paradise was the official closer, it's dreamlike melody bewitching the crowd, as Martin yelled "I don't want to stop, you people are too good." He declared this would be Coldplay's last big tour for three years, and whipped the crowd up with more woah-oh-oh singalongs.

The Dude wasn't happy with that, but he wasn't alone, as the crowd pushed on in the dark for the encore. Martin surprised everyone by appearing on a tiny stage at the back of the stadium on the western side. He described Queenslanders as "very attractive", to which The Dude yelled "Thank you very much!" in reply. Martin began Us Against the World solo on acoustic (after apologising for an errant burp caused by a quick drink of water), and Champion, Buckland and Berryman followed one-by-one, each receiving a huge round of applause.

21 November 2012 - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia

The move into Speed of Sound proved inspired, as the two songs provided a little intimate gig in the middle of this arena spectacular. One could almost glimpse the nervous newcomers Coldplay once were when they played Festival Hall in 2001. But there had to be a big finish, and after running the length of the field to get back to the main stage, the lasers flicked on to welcome Clocks, a personal favourite and a crowd pleaser. Meanwhile The Dude's attempts to get onto the floor with the standing patrons were kyboshed by security. Fix You followed, possibly Coldplay's most enduring song, almost religious in its composition. Indeed, its comparison to a hymn was made all the more obvious by the thousands of weary travellers singing along to the organ arrangement underneath the song, the light from their smartphone cameras mimicking candles.

The grand finale was the upbeat Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, accompanied by more phenomenal pyrotechnics. During the bows, Martin kissed the stage like the Pope, a gesture somewhat overcooked, but popular with the crowd nonetheless. The Mylo Xyloto Tour was a glitzy gimmicky psychedelic arena spectacular, but nobody seemed to leave disappointed. There was an acceptable mix of old and new material – I would have liked to see the underrated Talk, and some may have hoped for Shiver, but I can't fault their set list. And certainly The Dude seemed to have a good time, even if he lost track of it at some point.[4]


Yahoo (Australia): “We’re going to play the best f***ing concert we’ve ever done,” Chris Martin thundered. 50,000 Queenslanders roared. I grinned. It was already the best f***ing concert I’ve ever seen. And they were only two songs in. I’m sure it’s a line he uses at every concert. But it was believable.

I could’ve walked away happy after Coldplay’s opening song. I’d already got my $150 worth. It was an explosion of noise, colour and energy. This is no metaphor. There were fireworks. There was enough confetti to cover Suncorp Stadium. Soon, giant balloons were released. The euphoric crowd played with them like beach balls. The security guards resisted every urge they must have felt to confiscate them. Lasers. Inflatable butterflies and love hearts. And a sea of colour as 50,000 wristbands lit up in time to the music. And through it all, Chris Martin kept telling us how good we were. He was as adept at playing the crowd as he was his guitar or keyboard.

Extraordinary energy, insane intensity. And, perhaps sensing the importance of the Cauldron to Queenslanders, a solid dose of parochialism. There was even a tribute to one of Brisbane’s best loved bands. A fleeting cover of My Happiness. “We miss you Powderfinger,” he cried. For their encore the band left the stage. 50-thousand people stood and cheered louder and longer than they have for any Origin victory.

Coldplay emerged, on a small raised platform way up the back. The cheap seats became the best seats in the house. Chris Martin had to interrupt that song to burp. It’s hard to drink a litre of water on a golf buggy he explained. Nobody minded. He almost seemed one of us. Back to the stage.Paradise. Fireworks. The spectacle ended with the same flash of brilliance it started. The bloke behind me couldn’t stop swearing. “That was so f***ing good, that was so f***ing good,” he kept repeating. I didn’t hear any arguments.[5]

Twitter Updates

21 November 2012 - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia (photo: Courier Mail)
  • @mbartonw: One more day until @coldplay come to Suncorp Stadium - the set up is incredible!! The fans are in for something special with this one....
  • @nataschamirosch: Okay this is the coolest thing EVER.am at the gym which is at Suncorp stadium&Coldplay are rehearsing on the other side of a door. LOUD.
  • @Sam_Webster: Arrived at Suncorp Stadium at just before 4am for @coldplay tonight! Crazy, already 10 of us in the line instagr.am/p/SQsQASG8dY/
  • @OliviaSPM: First in line - 3am arrival! So excited but at the same time getting sad that its the fourth and final show instagr.am/p/SQx51mLpp7/
  • @scarcella1294: It has been 4 years, 8 months and 14 days since I saw @coldplay live. Tonight, I get to do it again at @suncorpstadium in Brisbane. #pumped
  • @kathhornbuckle: There is a line up already at Suncorp Stadium ahead of Coldplay, some fans here as early as 3am @4BCbreakfast pic.twitter.com/iMB75O3K
  • @7NewsBrisbane: Final preparations are taking place at #Brisbane's @SuncorpStadium for tonight's highly anticipated @Coldplay concert pic.twitter.com/TGyfK91F
  • @NZ_Bromo: #Coldplay is soundchecking at Suncorp Stadium in #Brisbane woohoo! Excited much!!
  • @bella_robinson: Suncorp stadium set up for #Coldplay who will be on stage in just a few hours pic.twitter.com/6dYzTVZO
  • @PeterDoherty7: COLDPLAY: inside @suncorpstadium the stage is set for @coldplay Tonight! #coldplay yfrog.com/esdcxhqj
  • @AprilXyloto: Gates are about to open for @coldplay in Brisbane! It's so organised down here, @suncorpstadium have been so awesome! pic.twitter.com/Y1eTzFC4
  • @thetempertrap: The Temper Trap are on stage at 7pm tonight in Brisbane. Catch them before @coldplay. Last show of the tour so it'll be special!
  • @anddreas: We are this close to the stage!!! #coldplay #concert #brisbane #2012 @ Suncorp Stadium instagr.am/p/SSJ48CwWaI/
  • @oxfamontour: @coldplay are coming on stage for their last gig in Australia! #Emotional! #lovefoodhateinjustice
  • @eccentricharry: whoever had the "i love starfish" poster at the brisbane @coldplay concert i love you and applaud you #coldplay #WHOAREYOU
  • @BeaHare: coldplay may have sold out in Brisbane, but I can hear it all for free. Its pretty awesome, even 6 streets away.
  • @mattpatto45: And that's how you rock it properly!!! Awesome @coldplay show in Brisbane tonight, massive!!
  • @bar_rat: Well done #coldplay that was AMAZING! #Brisbane
  • @oz_balls: Nice #powderfinger tribute @coldplay #coldplaybrisbane
  • @cliffy66: @coldplay you guys were amazing in Brisbane tonight. Thank you.
  • @barryflynn85: Coldplay was fucking amazing!!! Brilliant show #coldplay #Brisbane
  • @stephaniehealy: Seriously amazing concert from Coldplay in Brisbane tonight. Loved it, loved it, loved it!
  • @StudentRick: @coldplay were amazing tonight. I have an amazing amount of respect for their effort. Truly world class. #coldplaybrisbane #music #WOW
  • @coldplay: Just finished in Brisbane: thank you to that and all of the other amazing audiences we have had recently. We are very grateful. CM
  • @Jayreg1969: its a wrap !!!! BRISBANE was amazing !! great way end the Stadium shows 2012
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