Five notable Coldplay concerts in Vancouver


Sept. 29, 5 p.m. | B.C. Place

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Only a handful of artists can pack an arena the size of B.C. Place, with its 54,000-plus capacity. The 1060s, 1970s and 1980s were the decades of the arena rockers — and Taylor Swift, One Direction and Coldplay are some of the only acts to come into stardom post-2000 who can fill the big rooms.

Coldplay arrived in Canada in 2000 riding the wave of its full-length debut Parachutes and the single Yellow.

This month the quartet of lead singer/keyboardist Chris Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, drummer Will Champion, and bassist Guy Berryman (creative director Phil Harvey is often considered the fifth band member) is performing across the country on its A Head Full of Dreams Tour.

To commemorate, we take a look back at the band’s history in Vancouver by an assortment of Postmedia News music critics, both past and present.

The Province February 8 2001, B5 – Coldplay’s talent invasion. For Stuart Derdeyn [PNG Merlin Archive]
Stuart Derdeyn / Province, PNG

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The Province Feb. 8 2001.

1. Feb. 8, 2001:

“The British are coming again. Dynamic young groups such as Coldplay — whose lead single ‘Yellow’ is presently climbing North American radio charts — rely on talent to carry their music. “

— first impressions from Stuart Derdeyn, The Province

Chris Martin of Coldplay at the Orpheum in 2001.

2. Feb. 10, 2001:

“As is often the case with a band quickly exploiting its own buzz, Coldplay didn’t yet have enough material to deliver a proper two-hour performance … Coldplay is worthy of more than one-hit-wonder status … But because of all that lush emoting, Martin and band have also …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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