Aug. 13, 2005

Coldplay Takes ‘Twisted Logic Tour’ To Cheesehead Country

By Randy J. Klodz

Multi-platinum light rock band Coldplay brought its Twisted Logic Tour stateside and gave a rousing performance in the band’s only Chicago-area appearance when the tour rolled through Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis. on Aug. 13.

Coldplay—which includes Chris Martin (vocals, piano, guitar), Jonny Buckland (guitar), Guy Berryman (bass) and Will Champion (drums)—is currently on tour behind “X&Y,” the band’s latest album which hit stores on June 7.

From “X&Y” Coldplay performed “Square One,” “The Hardest Part,” “White Shadows,” “Talk,” “Swallowed in the Sea,” and the hit single “Speed of Sound.” Coldplay also closed the show with “Fix You,” a piano-driven ballad that is sure to receive radio spins worldwide.

And while Coldplay’s sound is often, on CD or radio, described as quiet, and possibly dreary at times, Chris Martin and his bandmates are much louder and exciting in live performance than many would think.

Martin often jolted his body back and forth while sitting on his piano stool while tickling the ivories during “Speed of Sound.” Martin also often abandoned his piano for a guitar, as he did for “Yellow” and others, or simply kept his microphone and ran from stage end to stage end, often standing atop stage monitors, which he did during “Speed of Sound” and “White Shadows.”

While this was Coldplay’s lone scheduled appearance in the Chicago area, it’s often rare that an act skips the city of Chicago and performs up north at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, a venue in which hard rock acts typically perform to the tune of 40,000 screaming fans. But Martin quickly bonded with the Wisconsin faithful, as he changed a phrase of lyrics in the song “Politik,” the set’s second song, to “Honorable Cheesehead.”

Fans from Chicago and Milwaukee, as well as from surrounding states Minnesota and Iowa could be easily spotted, nearly filling Alpine Valley Music Theatre to its capacity, something that seemed to surprise Martin. “I didn’t think there were this many people in this area who wanted to come watch Coldplay,” Martin sang while breaking into “Everything’s Not Lost,” which lead to a chorus of cheers.

Other surprises include the large, yellow, inflatable balls that crashed down from the raptors and bounced atop the heads and hands of the crowded pavilion seating during Coldplay’s initial hit “Yellow.” Martin paused toward the end of the song and jokingly alerted the crowd that he wouldn’t continue until each of the yellow balloons were popped.

To top off the stellar 100-minute set, Coldplay also mixed in its hit songs including rousing versions of “Clocks,” “In My Place“ and “The Scientist.” For good measure, Coldplay also threw in a cover of “Ring of Fire,” a country ditty from the late Johnny Cash.

Coldplay’s current North American tour runs through Sept. 7 where the band invades New York’s Madison Square Garden. For more information on Coldplay log on to www.coldplay.com.

Coldplay Photo: Kevin Westenberg