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Thursday 18 August 2022.

Wednesday 17 August 2022. COLDPLAY are now playing a staggering SIX massive shows at Wembley Stadium in August 2022. Part of a massive world tour of stadiums, that could be the biggest grossing tour by any band this year. Grossing 6 million dollars per show in Europe which included three stadium shows in Berlin and four in Paris. Fri 12 August (they were joined by Craig David for a couple of songs) Sat 13 August (they were joined by Craig David for a couple of songs) Tues 16 August (they were joined by Natalie Imbruglia for a couple of songs) Wed 17 August Sat 20 August Sun 21 August (tube strike on Fri 19 Aug so show postponed two days to 21 Aug) Can you guess who has played the most times at Wembley Stadium on the same tour? MICHAEL JACKSON has played 7 times, but the gold medal goes to TAKE THAT who played 8 shows on their reunion tour when Robbie Williams came back. I have seen Coldplay several times since 2000, including an intimate show at Shepherds Bush Empire in 2021 at the start of their current world tour, to promote their recent album. Check out this gig i saw in 2000 ,when Coldplay as a new support act were just starting out. Reef + Placebo + Coldplay + Toploader + Manson + Space The Dome , Docklands , London 26.09.2000 all the bands did 30 mins set apart from Reef who did 45 mins .Placebo and Reef were the best bands tonight....Chris Martin got a very lukewarm reception from the mainly rock music loving crowd. It was a free gig for 2000 folks for Japanese tv. Just two years later i saw Coldplay headline Wembley Arena. ------------------- This was COLDPLAY show number four of their six massive shows here, and my first visit of the six. The shows here at Wembley have been getting great reviews, and even got five stars from the NME. Coldplay have always seemed like an uncool band that many folks and critics feel it's not ok to like. Previous generations used to say the same about the likes of Phil Collins and Simply Red. Doubt that the band are worried as they can claim to be "the biggest band in the world". The last leg of their world tour heads to South America after the UK and includes unbelievably TEN shows at the legendary River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Saw tv and film screenwriter/producer/director RICHARD CURTIS inside the stadium. The band arrive on stage at 8.15pm and play for just over two hours. The first few songs of the show are not to be missed as the band come out with all guns blazing. Fireworks, coloured balloons, confetti are a go-go to create a stunning colourful eye-popping spectacle. The LED wristbands that they give to all ticket holders have been used for several years now, are also used from the start, look incredible as the darkness comes down. They are synced to the beats of the music, but now produce shapes are well as colours. The LED wristbands on thousands of fans really does elevate the live concert experience here. Two big circular screens at the sides, and a spaceship type visual treat on the rear middle screen. Chris Martin is a great frontman as he dances around all the stages and along the stage extension. Sometimes he is a bit too polite, but he does create a feel-good atmosphere. Chris is the leader , but it is pretty amazing he shares all the money equally with the other band members. There are two smaller stages, that are used to good effect. Loads of massive hits played and several tracks from recent album "Music of the Spheres". Every night they get a special guest to join them for a couple of songs. Tonight we had Shaznay from All Saints sing a couple of All Saints hits, back by Coldplay Love or loathe them, everyone here would say that tonight they had seen a fantastic show. Full COLDPLAY setlist played tonight.... Tape intro "Music of The Spheres" (with the band entering the stage via the stage extension) Higher Power Adventure of a Lifetime Paradise Charlie Brown The Scientist B-STAGE Viva la Vida Hymn for the Weekend Speed of Sound (partial, piano version; first time since 2016) Fly On (with fan on piano) A-STAGE Politik In My Place Yellow Sunrise Human Heart People of the Pride Something Just Like This (The Chainsmokers & Coldplay cover) (shortened; pre-recorded vocals with Chris performing in sign language) B-STAGE Midnight A-STAGE My Universe (Coldplay x BTS cover) A Sky Full of Stars (restarted, asks audience to put phones away for this song) C-STAGE Sparks (with guest pedal steel guitarist Nicole Lawrence) Pure Shores (All Saints cover) (with Shaznay Lewis) Never Ever (All Saints cover) (with Shaznay Lewis) A-STAGE Humankind Fix You Biutyful