I went to both nights......
Monday night was great! We had VIP tickets because I did some promo for Morning Runner and so got to sit down- right in front of Paul McCartney!
and around Morning Runner and their friends and family so that was cool. Macca went off by himself to go and buy ice creams which i thought was cool- he didnt have some minder do it for him! He was playing air guitar (I think it was during GPASUYF) and then he looked at me and my mate and grinned at us and sorts played the air guitar at us which was prob the most rock and roll moment of my life!
The gig was great, the crowd were well up for it, the weather was great too and the boys played a good set and were on top form, would've loved to have been down the front on that night coz it was just me and my mate going mental in the VIP section hehe!
Then Tuesday was good but in a different way we got there at midday to queue and in the course of the day was slapping on suncream and wearing an anorak anyway we were the first ppl at the gates and we legged it in... when they finally let us in and we were at the barrier so we had a wicked view we saw Gwyneth Paltrow last night in the backstage area walking out to watch the gig. We were right in Chris' eyeline when he was playing the piano and I swear he was looking at me in Politik but that was prob just me! I got some pics and some video which i need to look at once ive charged my camera coz the batt cut out. Anyway technically speaking the gig wasnt quite as good as Monday- Johnny was having some probs with his guitar, esp during Til Kingdom Come and Chris messed up a couple of songs. During Clocks loads of people got pulled out of the front i think there was a fight or something and the weather meant the fireworks on our side didnt go off during Fix You.... but it was cool to be at the front and I could sing and jump about as much as i wanted down there! The rain kinda sucked but it was better than being boiling hot and the thunder and lightening made it a completely different atmos to Mon....in a good way sort of darker and moodier which sounds bad but i just mean it sorta made everything more powerful.....
Some people have said that Crystal Palace was a bad venue and I would agree its not the best it was pretty disorganised at the end- we had to climb over the seats to get out and were were part of the fence breaking revolution by the station! The transport just wasnt good enough to get so many people out...but it was funny doing the mexican wave at the train platform last night!
I've seen Coldplay on each tour they've done now and they have all been totally different experiences...seeing them on the Parachutes tour was lovely because it was intimate and it was more like the hardcore fans rather than the bandwagon jumpers and the people that listen to Coldplay in the car on their way to work (u know what I mean!) Then I saw them at V2003 which was the best gig of my life we were down the front for that too and it completely blew me away...I think it was so good because it was pretty much the end of the tour and so they were relaxed and confident and had the set sorted....it was dark and the crowd was totally with them as they had been v hyped up by the Foo Fighters who played before them. Mon was ace prob coz they were hyped up for the first night and last night (Tues) just felt like there were a few teething problems and Chris did thank the crowd for helping them through a 'difficult' gig which knowing Chris prob means he was fretting big time and beating himself up about it which he didnt have to because it was a good gig! All in all Coldplay always put on a good show- personally I would've taken Warning Sign out of the set and replaced it with Trouble which I think def should've been in there- I was really happy when they played Talk last night as they didn't play it on Mon (I think they might've swapped it but I dunno what song they didn't play)
I hope they play some more English dates in about a year when the album is well established coz i think that would make for a better atmos as i felt lots of ppl in the crowd weren't familiar enough with the songs they played from the new album, even tho I was singing along to every word!
Right anyway I've been talking for ages!