Review – Coldplay @ The Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA – 5/1/12

Poppinoff May 7th, 2012 | By
Category: Coldplay, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Written Reviews

This review of Coldplay at the Hollywood Bowl comes from concert guru Chris Modisette. He has a great insight into the world of music and has been to enough concerts in his life time to have become an expert. If you were at this show or have ever seen Coldplay please comment on this post and let us know what you think because this is You Tell Concerts and “When You Tell Concerts It’s Cooler!” – poppinoff

Coldplay @ The Hollywood Bowl Concert Review


You know your career is going well when you’re a band, you book three nights at the Hollywood Bowl, and all three nights sell out within five minutes of going on sale (48,000+ seats!).  I went with my mom and brother to the opening night this past Tuesday.  Coldplay is that rare act that only comes around once or twice every decade – a band that makes music that appeals to both young people and their parents.

When entering the venue we received Coldplay wristbands. At first I assumed they were just shameless promotional plugs, but they ended up lighting up in different colors and were actually part of the show.


Right around 9pm, the band came out to the Back to the Future theme music, and went straight into “Hurts Like Heaven” from their newest album Mylo Xyloto.  I’m not the biggest fan of the new album, but the opener in addition to most of the other songs from the album were quite enjoyable live.  As soon as “In My Place” started, followed by “Major Minus,” I realized the band had practically mastered the fine art of setlist sequencing – walking the tightrope between new songs and old, pleasing fans of both eras at the same time.

I usually like to look at setlists from prior shows on a tour to see what the band has been playing, but for this I wanted to be completely surprised, and I’m glad I refrained.  This was my fourth Coldplay show, and “Warning Sign” was one of the few songs I had really been keeping my fingers crossed for that I had not yet seen them perform.  While taking my cue to bolt to the restroom after seeing Rihanna’s face on the screen for the rubbish “Princess of China” followed by another not-so-great song from the new album, I came back right in time to hear the opening piano chord to a stripped down version of the song I had so longed for.  The crowd completely ate it up, as even though the band has grown more and more popular with each album you could tell there were still quite a few folks in the crowd who had been following the band since its inception.


After next playing a series of songs that included the ubiquitous “Viva La Vida,” the band left the stage before coming up into the crowd to play an acoustic version of my personal favorite song from their new album, “Us Against the World.”  There have been rumors that these shows were being filmed for an upcoming live DVD. If those rumors are true I’m sure this will be one of the highlights.  They then went back to the stage to finish the show out incredibly strong with two of their most beloved songs, “Clocks” and “Fix You.”  I had never been to a Hollywood Bowl show that included fireworks, but this one featured plenty, and were perfectly synchronized to the band’s music.  The show concluded with the first single from Mylo, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” with fireworks ascending upward into the sky just as the band played their last note.

If there is one word I would use to describe the show it would be spectacle. Overall, Coldplay put on a very fun and entertaining show.   Even though the band’s newest material isn’t their strongest, over the years they have really honed their craft and have become masterful performers, and never fail to disappoint. – Chris Modisette

Coldplay @ The Hollywood Bowl Setlist 5/1/12

  1. Mylo Xyloto
  2. Hurts Like Heaven
  3. In My Place
  4. Major Minus
  5. Lovers In Japan
  6. The Scientist
  7. Yellow
  8. Violet Hill
  9. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
  10. Princess of China
  11. Up in Flames
  12. Warning Sign
  13. A Hopeful Transmission
  14. Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
  15. Viva La Vida
  16. Charlie Brown
  17. Paradise
  18. Us Against the World
  19. Clocks
  20. Fix You M.M.I.X.
  21. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

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2 Comments to “Review – Coldplay @ The Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA – 5/1/12”

  1. Alexander says:

    I missed it. But By Reading Your article It makes me passionate. Thanksgiving post.

  2. Maria says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

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