A review of the White River Amphitheater show in Auburn, WA August 16, 2005.
By Melody Alderman

With all of the traffic arriving to see Coldplay (over 16,000 in attendance brought the show to the brink of selling out), the band had to be held about a half an hour longer than the originally scheduled start time in order to give everyone time to take their seats. So I stood between the stage and the audience ready to photograph the show. As I waited some kids in the crowd started chatting with me. Most of them had been waiting since the early afternoon to secure a good spot in the general admission pit to view the show. They seemed genuinely considerate and intelligent, a testament to the kind of audience Coldplay attracts.

So as I spoke with these kids, I truly remembered the excitement of going to see your favorite band play live. The show you've been waiting for all summer, when time seemed to move ever so slowly as the date struggled to draw near. It's not that I'm that far in age from being that teen in the crowd, and it's certainly not that I've lost my love for music (it's one of the most important things in my life), but sometimes you dream so long of getting into the industry you love that somewhere along the way it becomes blurred. Tonight it was very clear.

There are very few shows that you go to anymore where thousands of people are all standing on their feet. During a summer where gas prices are nearly $3 per gallon and men and women are losing their lives in an unjust war, concert ticket sales (inexplicably small in comparison), are in a major slump. Yet here we were, thousands of people making up a nearly sold out crowd, all standing on our feet on a Tuesday night. If there's anything to be taken away from seeing Coldplay live, it is the awesomeness of this.

The band paid tribute to the legendary Johnny Cash by performing one of his signature songs, "Ring of Fire." They also mixed up their ever growing collection of radio hits by performing everything from "Speed of Sound" to "Yellow" and "Clocks." In between, Chris Martin made sure to state that Coldplay is the result of four people and not just the ever famous, movie starlet marrying, fruit baby naming lead singer. The point was made with every song the guys launched into, both acoustically and completely plugged in. This is definitely a group of musicians who know how to lock in with one another and even better, know how to lock in with every person who has come to listen.


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"Come up to meet you,
tell you I'm sorry
You don't know how lovely you are
I had to find you,
tell you I need you
tell you I set you apart
Tell me your secrets,
and ask me your questions
Oh let's go back to the start"

Song * The Scientist
Album * A Rush Of Blood To The Head
"And the hardest part
Was letting go, not taking part
You really broke my heart

And I tried to sing
But I couldn’t think of anything
And that was the hardest part"

Song * The Hardest Part
Album * X&Y
"Just because I'm hurting
Doesn't mean I'm hurt
Doesn't mean I didn't get what I deserved
No better and no worse
I just got lost!
Every river that I tried to cross
Every door I ever tried was locked
Oh and I'm just waiting til the shine wears off"

Song * Lost!
Album * Viva La Vida