It was anything but cold on a hot summer night at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. It was the second night of the opening weekend of Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams
Tour, and from the moment they "jumped" on stage I knew the massive audience was in for a special evening. Coldplay are one of the few bands on the planet that can actually handle performing in one of these massive, outdoor football stadiums.
I was heading into this show with a very open mind. I've never been "anti" Coldplay, but I've never exactly run to the store to purchase their records (remember, this is one of the few bands left where there once was a time where you HAD to go to the store to pick up an album). I mean, they were always on the radio anyway. What's the point? Truthfully I have always been a fan of 40 Year Old Virgin
, and when Paul Rudd made the line, "Do you want to know how I know your gay? Because you listen to Coldplay" famous, well, I always laughed.
In life, things change, and I've had two experiences that have really "turned the magic on" and made me re- think my feelings about Coldplay. The first was at Super Bowl 50 in February. They were performing their new lead single "Adventure of a Lifetime" during the halftime show and that super catchy, opening riff absolutely stuck in my head for the rest of the weekend. It reminded me of the last time I was at a Super Bowl, and Cher was performing. The entire weekend I had "Do you belieeeeeeve in life after love" annoyingly stuck in my head for days. This time, Coldplay gave me something I actually wanted to hear again. Their performance itself was a great tribute to local San Fran musicians and I made a mental note to see these guys live sometime. The second time I was forced to rethink Coldplay came when Chris Martin appeared on James Corden's signature Carpool Karaoke
series. 'Cause it was hilarious.
This past Sunday, I finally had the opportunity to see the band again in New Jersey, and for all of you out there with tickets to one of their summer shows, you will not be disappointed. I don't really feel the need to give you every song and every detail...let's not ruin the show before you see it. But I'll say this...the stage set up, the set list, and the light show combine for one of the most amazing concerts/rock shows I have seen in a really long time. The various stage set ups, Chris running up and down a long runway, and the LED wristband lights for every audience member is something you have to witness. For at least one night, get ready for "an adventure of a lifetime".