Sunday, October 21, 2012

Coldplay lights up Tampa on 'Mylo Xyloto' tour

     TAMPA — Coldplay earns a worldwide appeal by connection with their listeners around a feel good philosophy entwined with talented song-writing. Their current album and tour “Mylo Xyloto” came to the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday, June 28. and literally lit up the arena with the help of their adoring fans.

     Strong anticipation built up leading to a roaring applause when the band came out onto the elaborately designed stage. The excitement continued to build during the opening intro “Mylo Xyloto” as the audience cheered even louder when they all began to light up due to a recently acquired accessory.

     Concert-goers were given “Xylobands” when they enter and these radio-controlled wristbands light up as they flash along with key moments of the performance. This creates a masterful array of multicolored lights that perfectly matches the wild neon-graffiti style featured from their current album and on stage.

     Driving rhythms from drummer Will Champion with guitarist Jonny Buckland kicked stated the performance during “Hurts Like Heaven.” An energetic presences shined from frontman Chris Martin as his soaring vocals resonated throughout the large arena.

     Coldplay is sublimely soulful, you can hear it through their music and especially see it during their live performances. After 16 years together the group has also matured in their overall talent and songwriting ability.

     "I'm never gonna stop loving them, I'll be 80 and still putting their records on,” said concert-goer Amber Gross.

     This extravagant performance is equally matched by a exorbitant stage design featuring multiple levels, allowing the band to interact with all sides of the audience. A long raised catwalk going through the central audience was showered with a sea of confetti multiple times during the song “In My Place” as Martin and Buckland ran out into the middle of delighted fans.

     The joyous reactions grew as the show continued on with Coldplay's passionate fans hanging on to every rocking note. In addition, Martin sincerely thank the audience between certain songs with a positive attitude that exhibited class.

     "They know how to write songs that connect with our feelings, that is why I love them,” said Corali Bonnet. She traveled from Puerto Rico to see this show in Tampa and would love to see the band bring their next tour to her island home.

     Along with selling over 55 million records Coldplay has received critical acclaim and many awards including seven Grammy Awards and seven Brit Awards. Their newest album went straight to number one around the world and concerts continue to sell out, especially in Europe with some venues running out of ticket seconds after they are made available.

     Coldplay's music does exactly what all music should do, connect emotionally with the listener. If it's not your cup of tea don't try to debate its value with their faithful followers. You will quickly find out you are attacking a cherished part of the soundtrack to their lives.

By James Tutten

(Published: July, 4. 2012 issue of "Valencia Voice" on page 8.)

(All photos by James Tutten)


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