Coldplay at Alpine Valley 7/25 – set list + review + pics

Coldplay set list – Saturday, 7/25/09, Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI

1.) Life in Technicolor

2.) Violet Hill

3.) Clocks

4.) In My Place

5.) Yellow

6.) Glass of Water

7.) Cemetaries of London

8.) 42

9.) Fix You

10.) Strawberry Swing

Small Stage in Pavilion:

11.) God Put A Smile Upon Your Face / Talk

12.) Hardest Part / Postcards From Far Away

Main Stage

13.) Viva La Vida

14.) Lost!

Lawn Stage:

15.) Green Eyes

16.) Death Will Never Conquer

17.) Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover)

Main Stage:

18.) Politik

19.) Lovers in Japan

20.) Death and All His Friends

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21.) The Scientist

22.) Life in Technicolor ii

Are they the biggest band in the world?  Not yet, but they’ve upped their game as a live act and are waiting in the wings once U2 decides to call it a day, which could be a while.  Hope you were able to make it out.  If not, here’s what you missed…

Some Highlights:

– There were 3 stages: the regular main stage (with a general admission “pit” section in front of it), a mini stage in the back of the right side of the pavilion, and another mini stage in the front of the lawn

– As has become customary on the last 2 tours, the song “Yellow” was accompanied by yellow balloons tossed into the audience.  This time the yellow balloons were filled with butterfly shaped confetti.

-My seats near the back of the pavilion were suddenly very good seats for 2 songs that the band performed on the mini stage in the pavilion, including “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” which segued into a sped up version of “Talk.”

-Coldplay paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson with an acoustic version of “Billie Jean,” which was performed in the lawn.  Predictable?  Perhaps, but it was classy and sounded great, complete with the crowd singing along and hitting all of the high notes.

-Receiving a free copy of the Coldplay live album “LeftRightLeftRightLeft” on the way out, even though I downloaded it 2 months ago.

Lowlights:

The only negative thing I have to say is that it took me an hour and half to go more than 5 feet in the parking lot on the way out, but unfortunately that is to be expected at Alpine Valley.  It’s just part of the experience.   It rained for 15 minutes in the parking lot around 4:30, but that can’t be controlled either.

On a personal note, I escorted our Ultimate Coldplay fan contest winner backstage and had a chance to briefly meet the band.  All in all, a great show on a nice summer night.  It doesn’t get much better.

-Schroeder

p.s. – an assist on the set list to my friend ken.

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