Time’s got an interesting way of workin’. Things, often times, occur in cycles.
An example: Four years ago, *almost* to the day, I saw one of my favorite bands ever live at the TD Garden. It was my first concert, and it was stunning. Life altering. Earth shattering. Almost unfathomably good. Also, it gave birth to the infamous “Fuck the Olympics” debacle. #GreatMomentsInColdplayHistory indeed.
I’ve been waiting to see that same band, Coldplay, live again ever since July 30th, 2016, seeing that the concert was the night of the 29th.
Now here we are, four years, three Grammy cycles, two albums, and one conscious uncoupling later.
July 30th, 2016, The day I get to see Coldplay again.
See? Interesting how life has these cycles, huh? Time is a flat circle.
A lot has happened with the four boys from London ever since the incredibly impressive Mylo Xyloto tour in 2012. Now, with the A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, Coldplay’s entering my home with more steam than ever before. They’ve officially hit the mainstream, as they were the most streamed group on Spotify for the year 2015 and your Super Bowl Halftime performer. It’s been a long time coming ever since I started investing a lot of time into them prior to the release of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends in 2008, but now they’re finally getting big time recognition.
As they should. A lot of their recent success has been an effect of their live concerts. The lights, the pageantry, the effects, the Xylobands, it doesn’t go unnoticed.
But the thing that makes me love Coldplay is their, to put it in ESPN or NFL Network terms, sense of parity. Their flexibility. Their diverse track (geddit? Track? Song? No?) record. Coldplay, time and time again, have reinvented themselves and have taken bits and pieces of their previous work and making beautiful love children out of them. Creating something new while keeping past influences in mind is an art that they’ve damn near perfected, which allows their set to cover a lot of ground without the audience feeling like they missed any significant part of the Coldplay experience.
So with that in mind, there’s no real bad choice I can make for this Only in Dreams setlist (with the exception of “Princess of China,” although my setlist will differ from Andersen’s that’s one thing we can all agree on. Take your ball and go home Rihanna). I’ll follow the same format John did; 6 songs on the A-stage, 3 on the B, 8 on the A, 3 on the C, and 3 more on the A. 23 songs. I’ll add more tunes somewhere, because it’s my blog and I can bend the rules if I want to.
Again, this is as if there’s 50,000’s Fitzys in the audience. Here we go!
- “A Head Full Of Dreams”
2. “In My Place”
4. “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”
6. “Lovers In Japan”
Lively start to the show, as expected. “A Head Full Of Dreams” is a no-brainer. Phenomenal song that’ll get the blood flowing from the gecko. “In My Place” was second in 2012, and since I’m like Ezra Koeing in this situation I love the past because I hate suspense. It’s an ideal second song: oldie but a goodie. I’ve been on the record saying “Shiver” may be Coldplay’s most underrated song based on the quality/popularity ratio. “Waterfall” ended in 2012 but it’s popular enough people can get behind it. After a few throwbacks “Birds” from the new album plays. Maybe the best song on that album. “Japan” ends the start of the show with a bang.
9. “The Scientist”
Ghost Stories and X&Y make their debuts at this point in the show. “Ink” is a strong point on a not-so-strong album, so it easily makes the cut. “42”’s, well, “42,” and if they play this I hope Chris does the prolonged “OOOOOHHHHHHH” yell at the end. “The Scientist,” while not a tambourine song, will be amazing with even more people than last time singing along. “Magic” is a hit and another good song on the 2014 glorified Chris solo project. Back to the bumpin’ songs.
11. “Hurts Like Heaven” (with the “Mylo Xyloto” intro)
12. “Hymn For The Weekend”
16. “A Sky Full Of Stars”
17. “Adventure Of A Lifetime”
18. “Viva la Vida”
19. “Charlie Brown”
John had the right idea picking “Hurts Like Heaven” to start it up again. Phenomenal live experience, especially with the Xylobands. Easy pick for me. That goes into more obligatory new album love, but “Hymn For The Weekend” is awesome. That’s immediately followed by a row of hits: “Paradise,” “Yellow,” “Politik,” and “A Sky Full Of Stars.” “Politik” may not be as popular to the mainstream but with a shite ton of Coldplayers it’ll be as big of a hit as David Ortiz’s walk-off in Game 4 of the ’04 ALCS. While I agree with John in the hopes that they do a version of “Yellow” similar to the Live 2012 version, I do wish he’d blow the dust off the star of the Live 2003 version and tell the audience that he’ll buy us all ice cream if we stand. The last of that row, “Stars,” ain’t my favorite Coldplay song—despite it being maybe their most popular—but it’ll be crazy live. “Lifetime” is great, put it in. Then, “Viva la Vida” with those echoing chants and my favorite Coldplay song, “Charlie Brown.”
20. “The Goldrush”
21. “Eveything’s Not Lost”
22. “See You Soon”
23. “Strawberry Swing”
Really showing my display of Coldplay knowledge here folks! Two B-sides and two outliers on the studio albums. “The Goldrush,” while not widely known and not compliant with my computer as it keeps autocorrecting to “The Goldfish,” is an infectious song which would sound great on a laid back set. Same with “Everything’s Not Lost,” Parachutes’ concluding song. Give me “Life Is For Living” at the end, too. I want the whole shabbang. “See You Soon,” much like its B-side buddy played two songs earlier, would be received well. It’s a bit more popular too. Finally, before the final segment, the song I requested via Instagram. “Strawberry Swing,” if played, could get me to cry grown man tears.
A STAGE (FINALE/ENCORE/WHATEVER)
24. “Life in Technicolor ii”
26. “Fix You”
Yet another album opener, “Life in Technicolor ii” has been avoided by Coldplay for years now like a creepy guy at the nightclub who buys these two girls one round of drinks. Let’s change that, dance with the dude just one time, and try to enjoy ourselves. “Clocks” and “Fix You,” to keep the metaphor going, is like that loyal dude who always comes back to you no matter how many times you done messed up. It’s been with us, and it always will be. “Up&Up” is a perfect way to end the concert for the tour of the album it caps off. Big sing along, roaring guitar solos, just brilliant.
Again, no matter what they play (with the exception of “China”) it’s GONNA BE A FFFFFUCKIN’ GOOD ONE BOYS!!!! LET’S GO!!!!!
My head’s been full of dreams of another Coldplay spectacle, and I’m lucky to see those dreams become a reality in the very near future.
Oh, and if they can sneak in “I Am Your Baby’s Daddy” that’d be fab.