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Live 2012 cover art (via: Coldplay.com)

On 25th September 2012, Coldplay announced that they will release Live 2012 (previously referred to as #ColdplayFilm), the band’s first concert film / live album since 2003 [1].

It documents the Mylo Xyloto world tour, which has been seen by more than three million people since it began in June 2011. The disc will include footage from Coldplay's shows at Paris's Stade de France, Montreal's Bell Centre and the band's Pyramid Stage headline performance at Glastonbury 2011.

On the announcement, Chris Martin said: "The Mylo Xyloto tour has been the most fun we've ever had as a band. It's felt very uplifting right from the start; partly because we are proud of the music, the LED wristbands, the pyrotechnics, the lasers and all of that stuff, but mainly because of the amazing audiences that we've been playing for. Over the years, our crowd has become more and more a part of the concert itself. They're loud, diverse, full of soul, and make the songs sound much better than we can on our own. We wanted to try to bottle the incredible feeling that they give us, and hence our concert film."

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Release

Live 2012 will be released on DVD/CD, CD/DVD, Blu-ray & digitally. You can pre-order it from the Coldplay Music Store [2], with an exclusive hand-numbered lithograph poster. The worldwide 2012 release dates are:

  • 14 November: Japan
  • 16 November: Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Finland, Norway, Ireland
  • 19 November: UK, Rest of World
  • 20 November: US, Canada, Italy, Spain
  • 21 November: Sweden

In addition to the physical release, it was announced that Live 2012 would get a special one-night-only release in cinemas around the world, with almost 60 countries screening the full feature length film on Tuesday, 13th November 2012.[3]

Director Paul Dugdale added: "Seeing this film on the big screen highlights the epic scale of the concerts, and I’m thrilled that fans can experience Coldplay Live 2012 in fantastic visual quality with incredible sound, in cinemas full of fans. With insight from the band and a glimpse of what life on the road with Coldplay is like, this is a unique opportunity to witness Coldplay in all its cinematic glory on the big screen."

Stefan Demetriou, VP Visual Content Strategy and Acquisition at EMI Music, said "We’re delighted that we can bring the full-length version of Coldplay Live 2012 to selected cinemas around the world. The Mylo Xyloto tour is such a visual spectacle that seeing and hearing it on the big screen, and being part of this one-night-only experience along with the most passionate Coldplay fans around the world, is the next best thing to being there."

Tracklist

Live 2012 tracklist, excluding bonus tracks (via: Coldplay.com)

The tracklist to Live 2012 has been confirmed as follows:

  1. Mylo Xyloto
  2. Hurts Like Heaven
  3. In My Place
  4. Major Minus
  5. Yellow
  6. Violet Hill (DVD only)
  7. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
  8. Princess Of China
  9. Up In Flames
  10. Viva La Vida
  11. Charlie Brown
  12. Paradise
  13. Us Against The World
  14. Clocks
  15. Fix You
  16. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

DVD bonus tracks:

  1. The Scientist
  2. Don't Let It Break Your Heart

Worldwide Premiere

In the US, premium network EPIX will premiere the tour film as an EPIX Original Concert Event in the U.S. on November 17, on TV, online at http://www.EpixHD.com, and on EPIX apps on hundreds of devices including Xbox consoles, iPads, iPhones, Roku players, and more. EPIX said, "The boys from Coldplay are putting it all on the table in their latest world tour, with an extravagant, jaw-dropping stage show that's a feast for both the eyes and ears."

Trailers

Alongside the official announcement, a 1m27s trailer was released via YouTube:


Following this official trailer, several more were uploaded by various sources, including Expix News and EpixHD, the cable TV channel charged with distributing the TV content of the DVD.

In the preview clip featuring Chris Martin, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall & Clocks, Chris said: "I see this tour as the last shackles being thrown off of being worried about what anyone thinks. I'd love it if in 20 years we would look back on this and think that's when I feel we started to become really good. We don't tell anyone all the darker side of things but we've been through all the breakups and the addictions and all that. We have a chemistry that no-one else in the world has so we don't mess with it."

Chris previously said the film would focus on the crowds just as much as his band: "Over the years, our crowd has become more and more a part of the concert itself. They’re loud, diverse, full of soul, and make the songs sound much better than we can on our own. We wanted to try to bottle the incredible feeling that they give us, and hence our concert film."


During this preview clip, Jonny Buckland said the band had a mental image of rays of colour shooting through concrete. "The initial image we started with for the Mylo Xyloto album a rose bursting through concrete, that was was the starting point of the whole thing, this splash of life and color and passion in a bleak, gray place," he confirms. "Everything else kind of grew out of that one image."

Jonny added that the group made a conscious decision to paint all over their instruments, amps and tour props with the same splashes of color seen on the album cover. "It feels like we're right in the middle of the tour... right smack bang in the middle. We've done quite a lot but there's still a lot more to go. It just feels like something we've never really done this well before. It feels like we're ready to play stadiums now, which I don't think we've ever felt like before."

He continued: "Stagewise, we've got an artist called Paris, and a designer called Misty to help us paint absolutely everything. All the guitars, all the amps, and these enormous 100 metre drapes that we put over the back (of the stadium seats); the whole of the stage floor in painted. Everything is just covered in luminous paint. We wanted to take over the whole stadium and make it feel like it was ours."

Yellow:

Charlie Brown:

Don't Let It Break Your Heart:

The Scientist:

Direction & Credits

The film was directed by Paul Dugdale, previously responsible for Adele’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall and The Prodigy’s Worlds On Fire concert films. Live 2012 includes footage from Coldplay’s shows at Paris’s Stade de France, Montreal’s Bell Centre and last year’s triumphant Pyramid Stage headline performance at Glastonbury Festival.

Live 2012 director Paul Dugdale said: "We wanted to make a film that was as intimate as it was epic, punctuating Coldplay's colour-drenched performance with candid portraits of the band. The set is curated from several concerts around the globe, using the 75,000-capacity Stade de France as the backbone. Myself and JA Digital wanted to approach this film in the same way Coldplay approach their stage show: it’s essentially a film about people, and we wanted to highlight how the band have blurred the barrier between stage and audience to create a tour that reaches out to everyone from the front row of the stadium to those right at the back. It's a 90 minute kaleidoscope of emotions. My main objective as a filmmaker was to make the viewers' eyes widen and their hearts beat faster."

Executive producers are listed as Phil Harvey, Dave Holmes, Julie Jakobek, Stefan Demetriou and Arlene Moon. The film is produced by Jim Parsons and mixed by Rik Simpson.

Limited edition Lithograph

Exclusive, hand-numbered lithograph posters, limited to 5000 worldwide and printed on 350gsm paper, were available when pre-ordering via the Coldplay Music Store [4]. The dimensions of the lithograph measure 594mm x 379mm and features the band playing at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on 9th and 10th June 2012.[5][6]

File:Live2012lithograph.jpg

Media Reviews

Digital Spy: F**k the haters, f**k the critics and f**k modesty; this was the mantra of the world's biggest band when making their fifth album Mylo Xyloto, consequently their poppiest to date. One (thankfully first-class) collab with a popstar and an appearance on The X Factor later, however, and they almost f**ked their rep… Chris Martin bawling backing vocals to the Little Mix girls would have been uglier than Javier Bardem toothless in Skyfall, yet that's all it would have taken.

But, from headlining Glastonbury before their second album was out to closing London 2012 ten years later, Coldplay live have always been about losing inhibitions; for the three million who watched their latest world tour and also for Martin, more like a sweatier, jumpier Pluto the dog than ever during this concert film (which isn't fun for Rihanna when they get up close and personal to duet halfway through). Taken from their shows in Paris's Stade de France, Montreal's Bell Centre and, fittingly, Coldplay's home-from-home of Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, this is a special 90 minutes that emphasises just how impressive they are on the live stage and presents some insight into each band member's frame of mind. At one point, Martin himself confesses of the crowds: "This is the first time I've looked people in the eye." It's gratifying to see soft rock's most neurotic so at ease.

We also witness the ridiculous effort that goes in to each and every concert. The confetti butterflies pouring down on fans during 'Lovers in Japan', 'Fix You's honking fireworks when Will Champion's drums kick in, the pioneering 'Xylobands' that expel the need to hold a lighter up for 'The Scientist' and flash like a thousand Red Dwarfs for 'Charlie Brown'; it all sparks an awesome experience and makes every show feel as new as the last. But how do you make a stadium intimate? Well, by caring about those in the cheap seats. For 'Us Against the World', the band race their way to the back of the venue and stumble past psyched fans to huddle on a cramped stage with an acoustic guitar and a piano (we'd love to see the Rolling Stones try this). It's artfully demonstrated through the eyes of YouTube fan clips and looks stunning, reflecting the song's warm message of unity superbly.

And even Coldplay can rock with the best of 'em. When Martin smashes his guitar on stage after 'God Put a Smile upon Your Face', it's as defining a moment as Tim Robbins escaping through his prison tunnel in The Shawshank Redemption… ish. The all-out anthem that is 'Viva la Vida', meanwhile, gets a proper tribute by featuring its Glasto performance; the whoooooaaaaahs sound epic. here's nothing like seeing the real thing, of course, but Live 2012 skilfully showcases just how incredible an adventure it is to observe a world-beating band at the top of their game. And those still to be converted to the Coldplay cause even after watching this? Well, they can f**k off, then. 5/5. [7]


HeyUGuys: If ever there was a band destined to tour the stadia of the world, it’s Coldplay. Coldplay Live 2012 is part documentary, part concert film; a fascinating look at the band taking their latest record, Mylo Xyloto, to sold-out venues across the globe. Opening the film as the album does, with Mylo Xyloto bleeding into Hurts Like Heaven, we then switch back to an audience favourite, In My Place, before coming to our first documentary segment, spliced between a handful of the songs in the sixteen-track set list.

There are many things that separate Coldplay from the vast majority of bands making music today (or in any day), and one of those things is very much their exceptional live performances. You get the feeling that they want each and every person in the audience to feel like a part of the night, and the documentary gives an insight into that desire.

Over the years, the band and long-time friend/fifth member/former manager Phil Harvey have been making greater and greater efforts to perfect their concerts – releasing giant balloons into the crowd; shooting out millions of paper butterflies; and most recently giving every single person in the audience an LED wristband upon entering the stadium, all of which light up throughout the night. Far from being a simple gimmick, or a way of making up for something lacking on stage, they are well designed to enhance the whole night, making for an unparalleled experience, and that feeling never drops for a minute through Live 2012.

Lead singer, Chris Martin, talks about the release of the album and this subsequent tour as the throwing off of their shackles, and the resultant energy is brilliantly captured on screen.

Live 2012 goes above and beyond any ordinary concert film, which is just what you’d expect from a band that isn’t any ordinary band. They go the further mile, always looking to take things further, do things better, make the extra effort. As the band plays through the darkening night, we’re treated to the equally impressive artwork and handwritten lyrics that are a part of their live shows, appearing on the screen itself in a fantastic bleeding of creativity.

Coldplay’s live performances are a blurring of the lines between band and audience, stage and crowd. They bring the audience into the experience with an electrifying ambience. Live 2012’s director, Paul Dugdale, has said that he wants the film to make the viewer’s eyes widen and their hearts beat faster, and he has been unquestionably successful. It is a ninety-minute ride that will have your spine tingling, leaving you craving an announcement that Coldplay will be touring in a stadium near you as soon as humanly possible. 4.5/5. [8]


Indie Wire: If there's a way you can be the world's biggest pop band and still be underrated, well, Coldplay have figured out how. Their five albums, which always manage to be solidly artistic and hugely accessible, have sold tens of millions of copies, no small feat in the crumbling age of music, and yet their detractors say that they're boring and dull, two charges that cannot be leveled against "Coldplay Live 2012." A new concert documentary that charts their tour in support of last year's Mylo Xyloto album, 'Live 2012,' like this year's other two great concert docs ("Shut Up and Play the Hits" and "Katy Perry: Part of Me") is a boundlessly energetic, utterly endearing chronicle. Hands in the air, people.

Running a brisk hour-long, this documentary combines footage from the band's performances at Paris' Stade de France, Montreal's Bell Centre, and their headlining gig on the Pyramid Stage at England's Glastonbury Music Festival. Combining these various gigs is a great idea for a number of reasons, and not only because we get these nifty, Google Maps-on-acid flashes where the camera zooms into some new location through a fog of zippy haze, but because we get to see things like Rihanna show up in Paris to perform a rousing rendition of the beautiful, brilliant "Princess of China," and watch how the band's vibe and energy subtly change as their location shifts.

You can also see the evolution of the stage show particulars, especially from the prototypical version at Glastonbury (this performance was actually captured last year, before the tour had really begun). The band's stage set-up is simply mind blowing, with a runway that extends into the middle of the crowd with a big "X," pyrotechnics, lasers, giant pulsating screens, and every inch of equipment painted in bright neon splashes (the entire concept behind the album has to do with a dystopian future disrupted by outbursts of vivid color). It's outré writ large.

In between songs, there are interviews with various band members, which aren't exactly insightful but do allow you into the creative process a little bit, and add to the aw-shucks, these-guys-are-great vibe. When lead singer and band leader Chris Martin, who's married to a woman who, in the movies, is married to Tony Stark, bashfully says, "It's exciting when you're 15 and you throw a party and people show up," well, it's hard not to crack a smile. They all seem to be genuinely thrilled to be doing what they're doing, and that positivity is palpable in the live show.

At one point, one of the band members (you always hear them, never see them), talks about the wristbands that were passed out when people arrived at the venue. It was, according to them, one of the things that closed the gap between the performers and the audience. Then we see Chris Martin, imploring the crowd to stick their arms in the air. A switch is thrown and all of the wristbands, previously blank, light up in blinking neon colors that strobe to the music. It's one of those holy shit moments that only a huge-ass band like Coldplay could elicit, an Imagineered marvel, and even the band's most hardened, cynical critics would be hard pressed to think that it was anything but totally fucking cool.

The songs themselves sound even bigger and more universally rousing than they sound on record. There's something about hearing an audience sing along to a song like "Hurts Like Heaven" that gives the it an added scope and makes you appreciate the Coldplay machine in action – when they were writing these songs in some cramped English recording studio, you can't help but think they knew, 30,000 screaming, crying, dancing fans would be singing along to it one day. These songs are massive; built for stadium-sized sing-alongs. And while, honestly, nobody needs to ever hear "Yellow" again, watching them perform it in the context of this documentary, which is nothing if not boundlessly enthusiastic, it comes to life once more. The band remains tirelessly professional, and each one of them are both skilled musicians and electric performers, embracing the shtick with real energy and commitment (nothing's worse than seeing a pop star phone it in). And yes, "Fix You" still tugs on the old heartstrings.

Director Paul Dugdale gets into the spirit of the Mylo Xyloto Tour by occasionally "drawing" squiggles of bright paint on the screen, which adds to the outrageous, overstuffed nature of the experience. But he also knows when to tone it down and let the on-stage visuals speak for themselves. When "Paradise" starts subtly, with a darkened stage that's eventually brightened by glow-in-the-dark graffiti, it's striking enough without any additional flourishes. If anything, the documentary should be longer, should capture more of the live experience, to better replicate the experience of watching the band onstage. But that's a minor quibble. At the end of "Coldplay Live 2012," even a cursory understanding of the experience of watching Coldplay live is better than nothing at all. Wristbands not included. B+. [9]

The Oracle on Live 2012

Tweet from Phil Harvey on 16th September 2012, nine days before the official announcement was made

November 21, 2012 - submitted by Tyler, United States of America
Q. Hello Almighty One,
I just purchased the Live 2012 CD/DVD and it is fantastic. While looking through the included art booklet, I noticed something. On the last page, underneath the song symbols, it reads 'YMCVJMAJRNKGAM'.
What do these letters stand for?
I hope that you and the band have a great Thanksgiving!
The Oracle replies:
The band have published similar before and I know many fans worked it out. Those letters are the initials of the band's nearest & dearest. From left to right they are the significant other & children of Phil, Jonny, Will, Guy & Chris.

November 20, 2012 - submitted by Nick, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle,
Do you make an appearance in the new concert film? Someone claimed it was you at 1:47 during HLH, although I doubt the Oracle would ever admit to a public appearance.
Cheers,
Nick
The Oracle replies:
Although I was there at the Paris show (and Madrid) I don't pop up. I normally stand quite far back or wander round to see it from all angles. I'm not in any backstage footage either...

November 13, 2012 - submitted by Andres, Portugal
Q. Hi Oracle. I wanna ask you this. in the cinemas, is it going to be shown the gig in Paris, the documentary or both?
The Oracle replies:
It's so weird to think that because of time differences on this vast planet of ours, people will have just come out of the cinema having already watched it! Wow.
Anyway, to answer your question - there is no documentary. It's not like Live 2003 where there are two very separate parts. This film is a live concert with the occasional glimpse into the backstage world narrated by each band member.

November 12, 2012 - submitted by Guillaume, Canada
Q. Hi Oracle,
Could you tell me which songs on the live 2012 film will be from the Montreal show ?
Thanks !
The Oracle replies:
As you will see soon, each time the destination changes, text appears on the screen telling you where the footage is from - apart from the backstage stuff. You'll be able to tell though.

November 8, 2012 - submitted by Jeremy, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle,
I saw a tracklist for Live 2012 from the official announcement on this very website, and I have to say, it's rather disappointing. Not that the songs are bad, but where's The Scientist, Politik, Shiver, and Lost!? Why can't Violet Hill be available on the DVD. I did pre-order a copy, but I just was curious.
Thanks, Jeremy
The Oracle replies:
The DVD is made up of the majority of the show but not every song performed was included. Violet Hill is on the DVD though - but just not on the CD.
Lost! or Shiver weren't on the MX Tour set list. Neither was Politik at all actually. Some songs were only played a handful of times and that's why they were omitted.
The Scientist was in the set & as far as I know is included as a bonus track as is Don't Let It Break Your Heart.

November 6, 2012 - submitted by Mark, United Kingdom
Q. Hi Oracle
I've seen some of the previews of the MX film, and I'm disappointed with the crowd in Paris.
I always think Chris is frustrated with the crowds when he says 'make some noise' or 'is anyone out there?'.
At the two gigs I went to, M.E.N. last December and Ricoh in May, he most definitely knew we were there, and couldn't possibly make any more noise, even if we tried. So why were some of the British gigs not included.
Thanks
Mark
The Oracle replies:
I have to disagree Mark. I was at the Paris show and I assure you he's not saying either of those things because the crowd was quiet - they were anything but!
He actually said "is there anybody out there?" at every stadium gig after the first song (Hurts Like Heaven) before going into In My Place. It gets everyone going - not that anyone needs much encouragement.
I understand that everyone will have an opinion on where the DVD was filmed but as I say, I was at the Paris show and think it was a great choice (the majority of it was filmed there by the way, not its entirety).
I was also at the same M.E.N gig you mentioned and it was amazing. As that was December 2011, I think that would have been too soon into the tour for the crux of the DVD.

October 22, 2012 - submitted by Olive, United States of America
Q. Hai Oracle! How is your Mylotober! XD I was just wondering, you know how the Live 2003 Movie came with a Tour Diary... will the new Live 2012 come with a Tour Diary? I just want to confirm. I would greatly appreciate it if you answered this. Many Coldplayers would appreciate it too. But thanks anyway for answering our questions. We really do appreciate it!
Lots of Love from California! (and the rest of the world!)
-Olive
The Oracle replies:
The Live 2012 DVD will not come with a tour diary. There is backstage footage and each of the guys speak during those montages.

October 10, 2012 - submitted by Rachael, United Kingdom
Q. Hi Oracle,
I hope you're having a good October
My question is if any of the artists that toured with Coldplay will be featured on Live 2012
Thank you so much
Rachael x
The Oracle replies:
As it's a Coldplay DVD, it will be the band's show; not the support acts' performances.
It's not usual for bands to include any of the openers in their own tour film by the way. There were quite a lot so it'd be a jolly long film!
Rihanna is a featured artist as she performed Princess of China with the band in Paris, so she will appear.

September 26, 2012 - submitted by Paul, Poland
Q. On the new 2012 DVD trailer I think I noticed that a part of the video is form the Warsaw concert (00:57 I think) Does it mean that one of the songs will be from that concert!?
The Oracle replies:
All the details are in the new piece including the director saying: "Live 2012 includes footage from Coldplay’s shows at Paris’s Stade de France, Montreal’s Bell Centre and last year’s triumphant Pyramid Stage headline performance at Glastonbury Festival". I'd therefore say that no, there won't be footage from the Warsaw gig in the film. I'm sure the trailer may look like many places but I can't confirm whether Poland features in it, sorry.

September 26, 2012 - submitted by Brad, United States of America
Q. Hey, Oracle. I pre-ordered the live 2012 Blue-Ray today but I have a question. Will the Blue-Rays and dvds we receive in the US be playable in our region or will they be in the European format?
The Oracle replies:
It does actually say on the order page that the DVDs are NTSC Format Region 0 which means they are region free so you'll be fine.

September 26, 2012 - submitted by Keera, United States of America
Q. Hi Oracle! I was wondering: What is the difference between the $20.91 live 2012 bundle and the $24.13 one? Thanks!!
The Oracle replies:
Both the CD/DVD and the DVD/CD packages contain the same 95 minute film and 15 track live album but the difference is the DVD/CD version has DVD sized pages and its booklet contains an extra 2 pages. In the UK that's the £12.99 and £14.99 versions...

September 19, 2012 - submitted by Safa, France
Q. Hi Oracle, I saw on the official Twitter of the band that they will make an announcement next week about the coldplayfilm. Does it mean that it will be released next week or is it only an info they will give us about it ? Thanks
The Oracle replies:
The announcement will simply be giving more information about the film but it's not finished yet so definitely won't be released this soon - the band are still on tour. Two more European dates to go... What a Summer it's been.

June 19, 2012 - submitted by Sophie, United Kingdom
Q. Do you know when the DVD of the Mylo Xyloto Emirates shows will be released?
The Oracle replies:
Er, nobody said there is going to be a DVD from the Emirates shows so I don't know where you got that from. Let's nip that rumour in the bud. There is going to be a DVD but it's not isolated to London. If you see people filming the gigs, don't forget that you're seeing the live footage on huge screens and that's how they do that - with cameras.

Forum Links

  • ColdplayFilm - MX Live DVD [10]
  • Coldplay Live 2012 - movie premiere (please post your local theater/cinema findings) [11]
  • James Tonkin shoots Coldplay Live 2012 documentary with Sony NEX cameras [12]
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