Coldplay, Coors Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA, Fri., 26 Aug 2005, 7:30pm


Opener: Black Mountain


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Maureen and I had to go south with moderate traffic to get to Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista and get a decent spot on the lawn, but it was worth it! Black Mountain played a set at about 8, for about half an hour or so. We thought they might be a local band since they share a name with a pretty major street that goes from the south end of Mira Mesa up to Rancho Peñasquitos here in San Diego, but no, they're from Vancouver, BC. They were interesting. Every song had a different style. Coldplay came on about 9:15, opening with the first track of the new album X & Y, Square One, which has sort of a 2001: A Space Odessey sort of feel to it, and ended with Fix You. They played mostly songs from that and the previous album, with Yellow being the only Parachutes track. There was a screen in back of the stage with graphics and occasionally video of the band itself. The two screens on the sides weren't used at all, unfortunately, and they would have helped us vertically challenged people in the lawn. Anyway, they're solid performers (especially with Chris Martin's unique vocals) and showcased a good balance of mellow ballads and hard rock over 17 songs. Also, they're activists for fair trade, something I first learned about through them at a televised performance, with "Make Trade Fair" written on the piano.

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