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Coldplay Go All Out for Lollapalooza Debut


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In the 20 years that Lollapalooza has been around, Coldplay are one of the biggest bands to have never graced the festival’s stage until Friday night. The British alt/pop rockers made sure to deliver, going through their whole archive for the thousands of fans in attendance. The band was rewarded with a crowd sing-along that would make most arena rock acts jealous.

Lead singer Chris Martin is always the gentleman, telling the audience how much they’ve always wanted to play at Lolla.

“It took us 20 years to get to Lollapalooza,” Martin said. “You guys are making four men’s dreams come true.”

Keep in mind that Coldplay formed in 1996, but who’s sweating those details?

The thousands of festival goers let their vocal chords take center stage, singing along to hits like “Yellow”, from their 2000 debut Parachutes (naturally the stage was bathed in a golden hue), “In My Place”, “Clocks” and “The Scientist” from their 2002 follow-up, A Rush of Blood to the Head, and more. A little encouragement from Martin didn’t hurt either.

“Let’s sing it together, come on,” Martin rallied.

One of the best moments was when Coldplay performed “Shiver”, my favorite song from Parachutes. I’ve lost count on how many times I listened to that song in high school and early college on repeat. Now that I think about it, that was probably an unhealthy habit. Don’t judge.

Another touching moment was when Chris Martin paid tribute to the late Amy Winehouse with a brief cover of her hit “Rehab”. It was just Martin, his piano and tens of thousands of fans singing along.

Coldplay ended things with a bang, as a fireworks display ended the show to send the crowd home happy, or at least back to their hotels. I’d say the British foursome still have a strong presence in America, despite the significant amount of time that has passed since their last U.S. show.

Couldn’t make it to Lollapalooza? Watch Coldplay’s full set below before the Internet police take it down.

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