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Coldplay Continues To ‘Viva La Vida’

Alpine Valley Music Theatre
East Troy, WI
July 25, 2009

Coldplay Alpine Valley Music TheatreChris Martin (lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar)

Words cannot explain the feeling of complete and utter happiness that I feel when I’m at a Coldplay concert. If you ever attend a Coldplay show with me, you will not be able to wipe the smile off of my face no matter how hard you try. A sense of euphoria rushes through me, almost as if the sensation I’m experiencing is a drug being pumped through my veins and spreading all throughout my body giving me a high like no other. Basically, I was feeling ecstatic without actually using the drug Ecstasy. Simply put, I LOVE Coldplay and their songs! After Green Day, Chris Martin and Co. are my favorite band without a doubt. Each member can play each other’s instruments and as a bonus, each member can sing! I love that during the band’s live shows, all four guys harmonize with lead singer and frontman Chris Martin. Singing backing vocals is just another part of playing in Coldplay for guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer Will Champion. For the song “Death Will Never Conquer,” Champion takes over lead vocal duties, giving Martin a brief break, and proves that some drummers really can carry a tune.

Coldplay Alpine Valley Music TheatreJonny Buckland (lead guitar, vocals)

Opening with “Life In Technicolor,” fans couldn’t quite glimpse the band as the lights were still off, leaving the stage dark and the audience’s anticipation growing. “Life In Technicolor” is the instrumental track off of Coldplay’s latest studio album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, which was released in June of 2008. It is the first song on the record and also happens to be the first song that kicks off Coldplay’s live set on their Viva La Vida Tour. During the band’s performance of their hit single “Yellow,” which brought the English foursome mainstream success, gigantic yellow balloons were dispersed from each side of the stage by tour crew members who chucked them out into the crowd to be thrown about like beach balls, much to every fan’s delight. Coldplay performed a medley of songs from a B stage positioned halfway between the lawn and the stage on the far right edge of the pavilion seats. Those four songs can be found below in the set list with (B) following their titles. Coldplay then returned to the main stage to perform their massive hit “Viva La Vida” and past single “Lost.” Once more, the guys were seen running up the far left side of pavilion seats to a C stage positioned in the center of the lawn directly behind the mix. The three songs performed in the lawn can be found below with a (C) following their names. The C stage set concluded with what was probably the best cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” that I have ever heard.

Coldplay Alpine Valley Music TheatreGuy Berryman (bass, vocals)

While the band ran back to the main stage from the lawn to launch into “Politik,” a remix of “Viva La Vida” kept the crowd singing along and desperately wanting more songs to be played. Confetti in the shape of multi-hued butterflies covered every single fan (me and my friend Vilmarie!) in the GA pit, as well as the majority of fans in the pavilion seats, during the second half of Coldplay’s newest single “Lovers In Japan.” Although “The Escapist” is not listed as an actual track included on Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, Coldplay ends their Viva La Vida Tour with this outro. If you have the album, you’ll recognize “The Escapist” from the last 2 minutes and 46 seconds of the closing track “Death And All His Friends.” I have seen Coldplay live in concert five times and this was by far the best show yet. You must make it a point to see the band play a show at least once during your lifetime. You will NOT be disappointed. And make sure to catch Coldplay on tour NOW to pick up your free physical copy of the band’s brand new live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft. I got mine, now go get yours!

Set List / Alpine Valley

Life In Technicolor

Violet Hill


In My Place


Glass Of Water

Cemeteries Of London


Fix You

Strawberry Swing

Talk (Dance Version) / God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (B)

The Hardest Part (B)

Postcards From Far Away (B)

Viva La Vida


Green Eyes (C)

Death Will Never Conquer (C)

Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover) (C)

Viva La Vida (Remix)


Lovers In Japan

Death And All His Friends


The Scientist

Life In Technicolor II

The Escapist (Death And All His Friends)

More photos of Coldplay after the jump…

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*Not photographed: Will Champion (drums, vocals)

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  1. Sarah says:

    I love Coldplay! Great photos as always!

  2. Robert Boyer says:

    Jennifer – These are GREAT PHOTOS !! Really. It’s so cool to know and see the work of my daughter . . . and displayed so well. Way to go !! I’l share with Mom as soon as we overlap. (that may be tomorrow sometime.
    I heard that you got yourself some fancy, non-point and shoot equipment. Sure looks it.
    I’ve been playing (my one-handed fashion) Billy Joel’s, “She’s Always a Woman to Me.” It was quite a coincidence for you actually helping to produce him in Chicago at the same time ! Love, Dad

  3. Anna says:

    Those are some great pictures! I wish I was at that show!

  4. Leah says:

    Jenny Penny! It was so great seeing those Coldplay shows with you! The lights were my favourite part. It looks like you’ve found your niche…keep it up!

  5. Stephanie says:

    I’ve never seen Coldplay live before, but one day I will. I’ve always heard good things about their performances. Sounds like this one would have blown me away. I remember when I was younger, I’d always listen to Yellow. Another one of my favs that I didn’t see on the list was The Scientist. Amazing upclose pix.

  6. Vilmarie R says:

    Epic epic epic!!! Thanks again. You just cannot not like Coldplay. It very much is a euphoric sense. Awesome pics, I was able to see the detail on Chris Martin’s guitar and his mic which I loved! Oh Chris Martin, no matter what you say, you do NOT look like a generic Justin Timberlake from 1997 with that haircut lol. Love him! Thanks for the set list too. I almost forgot which songs they did!

  7. Vilmarie R says:

    P.S. Only Coldplay, and perhaps a certain Mr. Mayer could make me forget about a 4 hour drive

  8. Briana says:

    Amazing pics Jen! I love Coldplay and so happy to see this! You are awesome!

  9. George D says:

    These pics are so sweet. I wish I could have been there live to actually get to see this concert. I am extremely jealous that you got to go and be so close to Coldplay.

  10. Sierra says:

    Love the pics but…….. WHERE IS WILL CHAMPION?????

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