Viva La Vida

Last Saturday night, ColdPlay was in Nashville. And I went to see them perform at The Sommet Center.



And as Michael Hyatt, would say it was a “wow experience.”

And it was not just a “wow experience” because I had low expectations. My Birmingham friends had certainly built the experience up during long play-by-play recaps on the phone and on Facebook.

Seriously here is a small sampling of status updates the day after their Birmingham show:

“Breathless. What an amazing show.”

“The most spectacular show to hit Birmingham since the Flaming Lips.”

“Life-changing!” (This was my favorite. I mean, I love live music. I love ColdPlay. But really life-changing? Give me a break.)

The ColdPlay concert was a “wow experience” because it rocked my already bloated expectations. It was truly spectacular.

From the first song to the very last, every moment was perfectly choreographed. I was emersed in the music. I was amazed by giant balloons, confetti, and video projections. I was mesmerized by the sheer energy of Chris Martin, Johny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Chapman. And I was delighted to leave with a Left Right Left Right Left CD.



I don’t know that it changed my life but it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. And I have seen a lot of shows. If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend catching a ColdPlay show. You won’t regret it!

What is the best concert you have ever seen? What made it stand out?

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  • Sarah

    Michael Buble – hands down. Saw him in Chicago. up in the balcony with a glass of wine and package of twizzlers. I went with my best friend the week before we left Chicago for good. If you ever get the chance, you should go see him. It’s great!

  • lindseyreadenobles

    That sounds fun. I would like to check him out live. I’ve heard good things. I only know two of his songs though…Home and Save the Last Dance for Me.

  • Rachel Jones

    I have to split my best show between Justin Timberlake on the FutureSex/LoveSounds tour and MUSE on the Black Holes and Revelations tour.

    MUSE was at War Memorial, and as such, had this lovely intimate feel. I’d never seen them before, and they’ve been one of my absolute favorite bands for years,so like your Coldplay experience, I had really high expectations walking in. I was completely blown away. The whole night had this huge, magical, shimmery feel to it. It was the ultimate rock show. I don’t know if I’ll ever see a better show.

    Timberlake was very different — huge set, lots of pyrotechnics, very theatrical, very over the top. It was incredible, as well, but lacked intimacy. But the music is so infectious, that you end up feeling like you’re in a room with 75,000 of your best friends, just having a great time with an incredible dance album.

    Aw, just thinking about both shows is making me nostalgic!

  • Marcie Porterfield (aka Lindsey’s sister)

    Nanci Griffith circa 1992ish in Austinat the Paramount Theatre, Other Voices Other Rooms Tour with Emmylou Harris, Odetta, and other folk greats on each song. You did not know who was going to come out next and it was just SO AUSTIN. It was such a great concert!

  • I love Coldplay. I’m sure it was great. My favorite was a country concert at a local college in Maryland a few years back. Trick Pony performed then Phil Vassar. I loved it because it was a high energy, professional show but casual and intimate at the same time since it was in a small outdoor amphitheater on a summer afternoon.

  • I’m not planning on seeing them during this tour (due to money issues) but I did see them on their last tour when they were here in Orlando, and I agree completely with you!

    I’m a huge “concert” person and have seen many, many shows, and while the Coldplay concert didn’t change my life either, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

    Hmmm…maybe I’ll try to find a way to scrounge-up some extra cash to purchase a ticket now.