They were in town this past summer for two shows at Soldier Field and they’ve just announced that they’ll be returning for another one on August 17. Yes, 2017. Ten months from now. Hey, they wanted to make sure that you have plenty of advance notice. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Oct. 15) at 10am through Ticketmaster.
Coldplay is a band that takes a lot of flak for being “boring,” and while I haven’t always been floored by every release of theirs (I’m looking at you, “Up & Up”), their catalog has more than enough quality, well-written, catchy tracks to keep me busy for a few hours sorting out my favorites. I’ve had a soft spot for the band ever since I played “Yellow” on the radio for the first time back in 2000. I was working at Live 105 in San Francisco, and for a couple of years the “alternative” format had been dominated by the likes of Staind, Creed, Limp Bizkit, Korn, etc., and playing Coldplay for the first time in the midst of aggro-overload was quite refreshing. Like many others, I was pretty burned out on the X&Y album by the time “Speed of Sound” and “Talk” made the rounds on radio and in TV promos, but after Viva la Vida and Mylo Xyloto, the fondness that I had for the band in their early days had returned. Even “Talk” sounds good again after a little break, and yes, a lot of that has to do with my love of Kraftwerk, and the songs that they so directly inspire. And I’m not alone. The backlash to the Coldplay backlash has been going on for more than a few years now, and while I’m more than happy to defend the band against their many detractors, I can understand where you’re coming from if you’re turned off by Chris Martin’s earnestness. The band isn’t for everybody, I get that, but just try to keep things in perspective next time you want to take a shot at Coldplay and remember that Panic! At the Disco is probably playing to 20,000 people somewhere.
So, in honor of the upcoming show, tomorrow’s on-sale, and today’s ticket giveaways (4pm & 6pm hours), here are my top five Coldplay singles, in no particular order. You’ll find no description with each track because they’d all be pretty much the same. They’d all say something about how divided the world seems these days, so having a band that aims to beam good vibes out to the masses and does exactly that in so many of their videos (see: “Charlie Brown”), can’t be a bad thing.
“Lovers in Japan”
“Life in Technicolor ii”
“God Put a Smile Upon Your Face”