Coldplay Takes ‘Twisted Logic Tour’ To
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
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.