On Wednesday night, I went to Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams tour at Levi’s Stadium because they’re one of my favorite bands. But whenever I bring up the topic of Coldplay to anyone else, the usual response is a laugh. Why is this?
Coldplay’s been going for a long time. Since their debut album, Parachutes, they’ve been around for over 17 years… and they’re still a household name. The concert I went to (which I will be giving footage out of in the form of a video soon) was pretty much packed with an estimated 50,000-60,000 people according to people who worked at the stadium and Chris Martin (the lead singer for Coldplay.) Despite all of their relevance, people still make them the punch line to a joke. Their biggest performance in a while, and their biggest blow to their career, apparently, was the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show.
The main consensus on the Halftime Show amongst critics is that it was a flurry of unfinished nostalgic flashbacks to better Halftime Shows, with Beyoncé and Bruno popping in there at random, unstructured times. That’s a pretty well-thought-out review, I guess, but these guys review concerts for a living and that’s pretty damn pathetic in of itself. The consensus amongst fans, on the other hand, generously favors towards Bruno Mars and “Queen Bey” and writes Coldplay off on being “old.” For a while before the show, Coldplay had been on the down-low and only their fans really paid any attention to them. But then they played at Super Bowl 50 and… you know how it ends:
Basically, what I’m saying with this blog is that Coldplay isn’t dead, it’s just that the people that don’t like Coldplay don’t like Coldplay. It’s a little like XXXtentacion’s music except Coldplay doesn’t physically abuse women and take pride in it. The fans of Coldplay (like me) are still fans, but if you ask anyone who isn’t a fan they’ll say…
That said, the concert was awesome and they used their full discography, reaching back from Parachutes to A Head Full of Dreams. If you even have a sliver of appreciation for Coldplay, I highly recommend checking stuff out for the concert and if a friend invites you, you’d better say yes.