Coldplay concert in Vienna
I was lucky enough to get tickets for a probably hottest rock band at the moment Coldplay. Concert was in Vienna Austria. Vienna is 5-6h Coach ride from where I live. I also waited 1h in line infront of the hall to get in and assume position in front rows and at the end it was all worth it. Starting band was Albert Hammond Jr which I never heard before but they were excellent had few great rock songs to get us ready for the big thing. Like any proper rock band Coldplay left us waiting for quite some time even after roadies set everything up.
Concert was about 2h long and they played songs from their latest album Viva La Vida as well as some older songs. Set list can be found here http://wiki.coldplaying.com/index.php/24_September_2008:_Vienna%2C_Austria#Setlist . It was an awesome experience and one of best concert I was at. Check videos and pictures for a sense of what it was like.
This was, I have to say, the best concert I've ever gone to. For starters, Albert Hammond Jr was terrific as the supporting act, he had some very good rock songs, couldn't really hear what he was singing about but obviously it didn't matter! After then half an hour after AHJ, we heard a familiar melody!
"An der schönen blauen Donau" by Johann Strauss II, the crowd obviously went crazy! And right at the end of that song, Coldplay came to the stage. It was just totally amazing! They played really fast through LIT, Violet Hill (with a bit of alternative ending, Chris just wouldn't stop singing "if you love me, won't you let me know" - it's probably because we didn't want him to stop! As they went into 'Clocks' we saw some of the most fantastic lightshow ever, with a giant magic sphere just adding up to what was already a great performance. And then Chris came in front and said "Guten Abend, meine Freunde". The crowd went wooooow! He continued: "Wir sind sehr, how could I put this, I'm sorry, my german's shit, wir sind sehr glucklich in Wien zu sein" /(very honoured to be here)
Typical Chris, as the crowd went crazy! As they went through In My Place, Speed Of Sound, Cemeteries Of London, Chinese Sleep Chant, 42, Fix You (again at the end, Chris just wouldn't stop singing 'and I will try to fix you', he repeated that many times) and Strawberry Swing there were some brilliant effects!
As they went to the B-stage, which was really not far away from A-stage to be honest, we left the grandstand, and then sneaked through another entrance, so we were like a few meters away from Chris' piano! Phenomenal to say at least, we were jumping like maniacs by the time Viva La Vida had started. After its end, we were just doing 'whoooaaahh, whoooaah' for more than 2 mins, I'm sure of it!