Like a colorful popcorn cinema with sweet cola: on Saturday night Coldplay burned down a firework show of good humor in Frankfurt. 50,000 visitors celebrate two dozen hits and life.
Sold out, just minutes after ticket sales began in the middle of Corona last year: British Coldplay is moving the masses, in this case fans, to Frankfurt’s Waldstadion on Saturday night.
With “Higher Power” from the current album “Music of the Spheres”, which has also given its name to the tour, the concert starts just before 9pm. It’s not dark there, but it does when the tour isn’t progressing. . Vocalist Chris Martin shines too brightly from the stage to the big group with his out of this world good mood.
In Frankfurt, four Brits give the first European and German concerts on their world tour, one of two in a row, the third in Frankfurt will take place on Tuesday. Coldplay has been one of the most commercially successful bands in the world for years, so three shows are held at one location – or nine, such as in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Chris is playing mom’s favorite song
Coldplay delivers a colorful mix of nine studio albums, all of which have been certified gold or platinum several times and have sold over 70 million copies in total. And it seems that all 50,000 visitors are singing to catchy tunes, whether it’s “Higher Power”, “People of the Pride” or “My Universe” from the latest album. And of course, mega hits, such as “Viva la Vida” from 2008, “Yellow” – already over 20 years – or “Paradise”, a hit from 2011. Chris Martin dedicated “Sparks” to his mother, her favorite song, and apparently mom is in the audience too.
Fires of fire explode on the stage, colorful films and animations are shown on a semicircular screen. The circular screen rises high above the stage and shows Martin and the band up close in action. All viewers wear flashing wristbands that have been distributed at the entrance and are controlled by the technology of the event. They turn the entire stadium into a changing sea of lights that cell phone lamps could never do. True to the motto: More is more is a sea of lights.
Confetti, colored lights, people crying
The scene stretches far out into the arena with a runway where Martin can run well in his colorful, modern sportswear. Everything is colorful, big and constantly on the move. A rainbow wall of confetti explodes along the runway during “Anthem for the Weekend,” not the only confetti bomb of the night. Sometimes the team wears helmets that make them look like aliens, sometimes video animations run with herds of human machines.
With “Clocks”, the icon of the Coldplay hit par excellence, there is a green laser show from stage to audience, couples in their 50s are taking ecstatic selfies, two little girls in light blue dresses are jumping screaming in their seats next to their parents, a young man is holding his head very still in his hands, his girlfriend comforts him, cries. Insanity. The couple, clearly older, in neat team T-shirts, smile to each other, both of them have cotton in their ears. It is noisy. Very loud.
“Frankfurt, okay what?”
Vocalist Chris Martin is shining light throughout the show, jumping, running, singing and sweating through three T-shirts with great energy, his band with Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Guy Berryman gives the 45-year-old a stable structure. The stadium is shaking with not perfectly controlled bass, thankfully the technology has adjusted again after the opening act of HER, something slipped out so that people covered their ears with an excruciatingly painful sound close to an injury.
The frontman talks to his audience relaxed and happy, greets Frankfurt in German and exclaims “Ei gude, eh?” In the round. In Sky Full of Stars, Martin asks everyone to put down their cell phones and just enjoy the “right now, right here” moment, sometimes it’s good to just be human. And it’s good that everyone wore their luminous bracelet, so Sky Full of Stars didn’t have to do without a sea of stars – quite the opposite.
The final with the pink sister Kermit
A charming moment of the evening was certainly the moment when Martin presented “Magic” – sung entirely in German. “Are you asking me if I believe in magic? Yes of course!” It sounds a bit like hits, but so incredibly nice and friendly that by then everyone has plunged into the sphere and is having fun in the Coldplay universe.
Coldplay gives its fans two dozen songs, “Fix You”, “Humankind” and the all-new “Biutyful” encore for the grand finale of fireworks, rain of confetti and a shimmering sea of lights. Coldplay recorded a song with the fictional alien puppet band The Weirdos. Angel Moon singer sings a duet with Chris Martin on stage, looks like pink Kermit. No wonder, it’s named after the Muppet dad, Jim Henson. So this finale is a bit like from another world – or realm. Music of the spheres.
a promise of sustainable development
In 2019, Coldplay promised not to tour until it was more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Now the entire route is operated using renewable energy such as solar energy from the given location. The kinetic floor of the stadium allows dancing and jumping fans to generate some of the energy on their own. There should be as few plastic bottles as possible, and a tree should be planted for each ticket sold. Thanks to these and other ideas for sustainability, the “Music of the Spheres World Tour” is, according to the band, one of the most environmentally friendly tours in music history.
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