Here are ten reasons why A Head Full of Dreams is the best damn concert you will ever attend.
1 – The live vocal doesn’t fall far from the record
Maybe Chris Martin never ages. His voice sounds as pure, perfect and holy as it did back when they released their first studio album “Parachutes“. It doesn’t matter whether he’s standing still, running, lying down or dancing. Even as he sweats he only gets better. Okay, maybe that’s a bit disgusting (not for me, but for people reading this).
2 – You realize, it’s not just the vocals that make them great, but the entire band.
When I first heard Clocks, Viva La Vida and Charlie Brown – all the instrumentation sounded familiar. I was personally surprised they were not covers. Maybe because I never imagined such melodies would only be crafted in my lifetime. Maybe I should just accept that there are living legends among us. Hearing it live is just magical and you can see it when Chris, Guy, John and Will perform in front of your very eyes.
3 – If talent doesn’t win you over, their good intentions might
You can tell they want to change the world. No matter how cliche and preachy they might come off, they genuinely come across as people who want to make the world a better place. It comes from their music, their messages, the videos, the flags, the pins and the symbols. Everywhere it is love and acceptance – for you and for all. In other words, they are annoyingly perfect. I can get irritated by it but getting pissed says more about me than them.
4 – Not to mention, they have props fit for the occasion
I’ve been to Madonna’s concert and the production value here is nothing compared to it. But it’s enough for light and coordinated fun. I’d even say it’s more appropriate if the intent is engagement and getting everyone in on the fun. They have wristbands that light up! YES! It changes colors with the song and the mood! They have BIG COLORED BALLOONS that get passed around! There’s enough confetti and party poppers for all your birthdays! The visuals, including Rihanna’s crazy long nails, are the stuff the MTV generation would appreciate! Basically, it has everything happy you can imagine!
5 – Their music is suited for arenas and stadiums
They have anthems that all generations and people from different walks of life would be proud to sing. And being together with all of these people in a big space, where you can chant, sing and create harmonies to the tune of A Head Full of Dreams, Paradise and Viva La Vida, there is no better sound. All those “Ooooohhhh ooooohhh oooooohhhhh”. GOSH! I cannot imagine a better setlist for a mass karaoke.
6 – There’s Oldplay and Newplay. But who cares?
Nostalgia and our reverence for the past will never go away. Even I am guilty of that. But the band will not deprive you of the goodies like Yellow, Don’t Panic and The Scientist. Sadly, they will not play Shiver, Trouble or Politik. Realistically, with such a rich catalog, they have no choice but to skip some of the favorites. Even to doubters of Hymn for the Weekend, Up and Up and/or A Sky Full of Stars, prepare to be amazed. There’s something for everyone, even the ones who continue to live in the “Parachutes” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head” era.
7 – We are all dorks and losers – including Coldplay
I realized they are foolish like all of us when they do awkward dance moves, sweat like pigs and ask the audience to go down while the volume decreases and then jump up once Adventure of a Lifetime reaches its climax. Okay! They are not like us. But there is something familiar in them that lets me put my guard down. As if I wasn’t connected enough.
8 – They are unapologetically mainstream
People bash them for being mainstream. But they’ve never denied it. In fact, they embrace it. People can take away their credibility by citing their collaborations with The Chainsmokers, Beyonce and Rihanna. But they own that stage and captivate an audience most rock stars can only dream of. Yes, I want something just like this. Just like them, I’m unapologetic about my love for the band.
9 – Not for a second do you feel they take you for granted
From all the sold out shows, to the merchandising, to the advertising, they will make millions. But they know they are fortunate to be where they are and owe much of their success to their fans. All throughout the show, you can see a band who works hard to ensure their audiences have a good time. Even if you’re positioned farthest away from the stage, they will continuously check in on you and make sure every moment of the show is worth your money. The stage and the visuals are designed so that everyone can enjoy a piece of it. They also aren’t afraid to make a fool of themselves and exert some effort for you to feel like the concert means the world to them. As a fan, I cannot ask for anything more.
10 – They make you want to weep, hope and love
Fix You and Everglow have become sentimental favorites of a generation coming to terms with expressing their emotions. You will cry. I have a stone cold heart and I almost did. The songwriting and the vocals will break you. But at the same time, they will leave you with hope and energy to carry on and move forward.