I have had these Coldplay tickets since December. My lovely parents got them for me for Christmas and I have been counting down days ever since. Needless to say this concert meant a lot to me and it was fantastic. When my friend Cassie and I walked into the United Center we were given free bracelets that had the band’s name on them and came in all different colors. We already knew that they were going to light up but until they actually did we weren’t really sure how pretty it was going to be.
Coldplay had two female openers, Charli XCX and Marina and the Diamonds, both of which surprisingly commanded the stage in the half full United Center. Both women had a quirky edge to them that the crowd definitely responded to. By the time they had finished their sets the crowd was beyond ready for Coldplay to hit the stage. Then, out of nowhere Jay Z’s “99 Problems” starts blaring and Coldplay takes the stage. Now here’s where the bracelets come in. As “Hurts Like Heaven” began, everyone’s bracelet lit up automatically and began blinking, making the Madhouse on Madison look like the deepest part of space with 23 thousand stars blinking with the beat of the music. It was maybe the most visually appealing show I’ve ever been to.
Coldplay made sure to cover their bases here. They managed to knock out all of their newest hits from the “MyloXyloto” album as well as their most popular songs from their collection of music. They even gave Chicago a little treat by playing “Amsterdam” live for the first time since 2005. Their stage set up allowed everyone in the building to be able to get a glimpse of the band performing. During their encore they even came up to the 100 level and played three songs from the audience, showing that they truly love playing live, especially in Chicago. Being my third time seeing them, I would have to vote this as my favorite show. They pulled out all the stops and I know that every single member of the audience could have stayed there for another 2 or 3 hours.