Coldplay colors the BOK Center
September 6, 2016
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Coldplay performed at the BOK Center on Aug. 25 on their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour.
Coldplay‘s success began with their first album, Parachutes, in 2000. Even after the release, many saw them as a trend that filled the void Radiohead had left when they began to move to a less radio friendly sound. They did not receive huge success until 2002’s, A Rush Of Blood To The Head. Five albums later, Coldplay released A Head Full Of Dreams in 2015. Many critics received this album very well. Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone Magazine said that it “might be Coldplay’s brightest album ever”.
I will start this review by saying that this concert was one of the best acts I have ever seen live, and I have seen many. The lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, shined during every song. His energy radiated through the arena and kept everyone on their feet throughout the whole concert. He ran up and down the stage during the up-beat songs and moved the audience during the slower ones. As well as his performance, the lights, pyrotechnics, and extreme amounts of different colored confetti, made the concert even more exciting and explosive. I have never seen that much confetti in one place. I have no idea how Martin did not fall down with all of it on the stage.
The opening acts were Bishop Briggs and Alessia Cara. Both acts were very talented, but they did not energize the crowd at all like a good opening act should do. Alessia Cara did the best of the two. She talked about self-love and was very entertaining. The acts were good they just lacked the power of Coldplay.
The concert set list was rather diverse. They played almost all of their major hits, as well as some deep cuts. They played almost the entire Dreams album, excluding only “Fun”, “Army Of One”, and “Color Spectrum”. They performed two covers, “Heroes” by David Bowie, and “Waitin’ For A Superman” by The Flaming Lips, whose lead singer, Oklahoma-native Wayne Conye, was in the audience that night.
I was extremely satisfied with the set list that they played. Dreams is my personal favorite album by Coldplay so to see so many songs off the album made me very happy. I appreciated the Bowie cover, and the shout out to The Flaming Lips, who Martin said, heavily influenced Coldplay.
The show was heavily based around peace and love. Everyone who attended the show was given a free button with the word “Love” on it, as well as a bracelet that lit up with different colors during certain points in the show. It was an extremely positive environment, and the audience was all very friendly. It was a very fun and moving experience. During the performance of “Fix You” I was deeply moved, and it was a performance that will stick with me for a very long time.
The concert was amazing. Coldplay put on one of my favorite performances, and by far the highest energy of all the shows I have seen.