Coldplay performs a private secret show concert in LA on 3-22-2014 for the release of their new album, Ghost Stories.
By Invite Only: Coldplay
I was putting the finishing touches on this post when I received a text. “Head to GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have just announced they are ending their marriage.” This makes me sad. I was just fielding questions a few days ago asking if Gwyneth was at the private Coldplay concert I attended in LA. I didn’t happen to see her there, but I didn’t think anything of it because Chris Martin did not act like a man about to announce his separation. He was happy, polite, and truthfully, I was very impressed with this appreciation. Suddenly, this post seemed so insignificant.
But so many have asked me to share the details since it was an invite-only special performance and not everyone could be a part of the evening.
Confession: I am not a diehard Coldplay fan. I enjoy their music, but I am not sure if I would ever plunk down $125 for a ticket. This intimate performance at Sony Studios was the perfect opportunity for me to see them live for the first time and really see them amongst their favorite fans and in their element. I know, I know, before you toilet paper my house, I agree, these intimate shoes should be reserved for the “true fans.” That doesn’t mean just because I do not know every single thing about Chris Martin and his bandmates, it makes me less of a fan. I breath music so I knew exactly what a big deal and honor it was for me to be there that night.
I was very impressed when Chris took the stage on his own to welcome us as the last of the 600 invitees were being seated in a very intimate space designed to resemble a meadow. He personally thanked us for being there and sharing in this special experience, then ran off-stage to grab the rest of the band. It was requested that we do not bring our phones or take photos because the footage was being used for an upcoming NBC Coldplay special, as well as a Coldplay movie.
Coldplay performed their hits as well as their entire new album, Ghost Stories, set to be released May 19th, 2014. It definitely has a mellow vibe; however Magic and A Sky Full of Stars really got the audience moving. At one point during the night, Chris was hoisted up a la P!nk slash Matrix style and did a “Cirque du Coldplay” performance. Not sure how I feel about this, but one thing is for sure, I never thought in a million years I would ever see Chris Martin fly through the air performing flips as he sang. I’m still scratching my head about this part of the show.
During one song, Chris played a rainbow. Seriously, a laser rainbow. I cannot wait for you to see it for yourselves. It was so cool. The different colors of the rainbow were different sounds/notes that could be played like a harp. And each time he strummed a cord, he himself would glow.
But the one song that gave me chills was Viva La Vida. Ironically, I’ve never given too much thought to this song. Since this night, I’ve been hearing it all the time, but that night, I was moved – almost to tears. It was the song that made me understand why Coldplay fans are so amazing. To see their faces, feel their energy and witness their passion and excitement was infectious. I loved being around them every second.
When you see the show for yourself (it will be broadcasted in the near future on NBC, most likely in conjunction with Chris Martin joining The Voice,) if you spot me, you’ll see me grinning from ear to ear. Yes, I was having a blast, but the truth is, I’m not sure if I’m converted. I was actually trying my hardest to contain my laughter because all I kept thinking was, “Wow! Mark Zuckerberg sure does look a lot like the guy from Coldplay.”
As a small added touch, each guest received a small token of appreciation in the form of a thank you note and buttons. I originally commented on “How very GOOPish this was,” but actually, I really appreciated the sentiment.
So overall, how did I feel about the whole night? I loved it. Thank you, Coldplay for a very wonderful evening.
SETLIST :: Coldplay invite-only secret show in Los Angeles (Sony Studios) 3-22-2014
Paradise : Clocks : Always in My Head : Magic : Ink : True Love : Midnight : Another’s Arms : Oceans : A Sky Full of Stars : O : Viva La Vida : Fix You
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