By: Becca Core
Recently, a friend and I were joking about how obsessed I am with listening to KGSR. It’s even to the point that I’ve downloaded the app on my phone to use when I’m traveling out of the Austin area, or God forbid, in a place with no radio. Well, as I sipped champagne with that same friend after the Coldplay concert Monday night I thought to myself, “Being a little obsessed with listening to a great radio station sure has paid off!” I’ve also been a Coldplay fan since I can remember, and Monday’s Mylo Xyloto concert was truly one of the most unforgettable experiences I’ve had to date. I think I’ve even been dreaming in neon graffiti in the nights following the concert!
As the Toyota Center’s stadium lighting dimmed and the stage lighting started to rev up, pinching myself didn’t help – I knew we were all about to enter a different reality, one masterfully created. The shared anticipation in the arena was palpable. And what followed was an evening that passed in the blink of an eye, but one full of greatness. The band clearly has a deep appreciation for their adoring masses. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been to a concert where the encore lasted almost an hour and instead of showing up on the stage for the second time, they appeared in the mezzanine amongst throngs of their doting fans. The band members also obviously have a heartfelt respect for one another and the music they create – they even thanked the audience for letting four English best mates share their music with them. It’s always something to see a group of people unite to create something that touches so many in such a positive way.
And Chris Martin, what a stage presence! He surely has an excitable energy that kept him bouncing, dancing, and running to all corners of the stage for the entirety of the concert. While I was slightly disappointed that they didn’t play one of my favorite songs, “Strawberry Swing”, they played an impressively wide range of their works, not only celebrating the spirit of Mylo Xyloto, but also paying homage to their previous four albums.
And last but not least, there were the visual effects. From bursts of confetti and neon balloons filling the air, to wristbands that strategically strobed neon light just when the crowd desperately needed to pump their fists to the beat of the music and so much more, I felt not only that I was tuning in to some of my favorite music, but also experiencing the world in which it was created. And isn’t that just what an amazing concert should do?! Pictures couldn’t capture the feeling, but I am sure I will never forget it.
So without further ado, thank you to Coldplay, KGSR, and Capitol Records for a most memorable experience. I’ve always been a fan, but now my admiration is set in stone, covered in gold, and illuminated in neon lighting!