Live Review: Coldplay at HP Pavilion

Coldplay – maximum music: Aidin Vaziri | The group appeared in 19th century military garb inspired by the album’s cover artwork, a painting by Eugène Delacroix depicting French revolutionaries. The tattered jackets seemed to have a transformative effect, especially on poofy-haired singer Chris Martin, who soaked through his shirt even before the pounding opener, “Violet Hill,” was over and continued to fall over himself, racing between instruments and lurching about on one leg throughout the rest of the evening. He put in as much effort as Justin Timberlake and at least 15 backup dancers combined. The other band members – guitarist Johnny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion – seemed energized by the material as well, not only making new tracks like “Yes,” “Chinese Sleep Chant” and “Lost!” loom larger than life, but by bringing renewed vigor to old favorites such as “Clocks” and “Politik.” Continue reading.

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