UK (Newcastle), December 18, 2005 Review

artist: coldplay date: 12/19/2005 category: live concerts
coldplay: UK (Newcastle), December 18, 2005
Chris Martin and the others were on top form, producing a sound of near CD quality.
 Sound: 9
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Overall rating:
 9.1 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.7 
 Users rating:
 8.4 
 Votes:
 5 
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overall: 9.7
UK (Newcastle), December 18, 2005 Reviewed by: The D-man, on december 19, 2005
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Sound: Chris Martin and the others were on top form, producing a sound of near CD quality, his trademark of putting random lines into songs featured the line "It's Christmas" from Slade's "Here It Is (Merry Christmas)" being placed in Speed Of Sound. Chris would dart from ether side of the stage with his microphone one minute and then playing the keyboard (and doing a funny girating thing whilst on the piano) the next. Guitar solos were as spectacular as one's on the keyboard. Though I would have given them a ten, the acoustics in the arena were awful and thus you could not hear everything, some moments of crowd interaction were sadly missed. The support, Richard Ashcroft of "The Verve" fame was fantastic, hoping to start a solo career he performed the song "Let's Break The Night With Colour" and of course performed some of "The Verve" hits such as the iconic "The Drugs Don't Work" and "Bitter Sweet Symphony." It was one of the best support acts I have seen! // 9

Perfomance: A magnificent performance performing some unreleased songs from "X&Y" such as "Square One," but also performing the song that made them famous "Yellow" and various other songs from there back catalogue most noticeably "Clocks." He also covered a song by Jimmy Nail (a local legend) though Martin said "Don't tell anyone 'cause he thinks we're shit and he's friends with Noel Gallagher only joking." Crowd interaction was present, but did not dominate the performance. The Stage set up involved projected images from the back of the arena being put on the side walls, the lights they had were amazing, and there was also a large screen erected behind the band which displayed images of the band as they were performing, the crowd, and effects that were like windows media played times 10! This was one of the best sets that I have seen, honestly! // 10

Overall Impression: This performance took place at the Metro radio arena, Newcastle, UK and the ticket cost 32.50, a price I would happily pay again to see Coldplay. The tickets sold out within 45 minutes and I can see why! It's only when you see Coldplay live that you can see the musical talent that they posses. One of, if not the best concert I have been to! The Support, Richard Ashcroft, was excellent too, so good that Chris Martin dedicated a song to him! I eagerly await his solo album. If you had the chance I would go and see them I know I will be next time they come here! // 10

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