Coldplay lights up Pasadena with World Tour


Gabriella Kchozyan

The show began with vibrant fireworks and flashing lights as “A Head Full of Dreams” blasted throughout the stadium.

Colorful fog machines, vibrant pyrotechnics, and 80,000 lit-up wristbands illuminated Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium in a sold-out concert on Aug. 21. Coldplay, a British rock band formed in 1996, took on its alleged last tour in support of their seventh, newly-released album A Head Full of Dreams. Coldplay is no stranger to putting on unforgettable shows, and this tour stretching across Latin America, Europe, and America is no different.

With opening acts Foxes and Alessia Cara, the stadium filled up in a frenzy as these two ladies sang their own respective songs. Around 9 p.m. Coldplay finally took the stage with their title track “A Head Full of Dreams,” and tens of thousands Xylobands, or flashing wristbands notoriously known to be used at Coldplay concerts, lit up across the stadium. Chris Martin, the lead singer of the group, thanked his audience for coming because “Even I wouldn’t get stuck in two-hour traffic for Justin Bieber,” he said.

From the new album, only the main singles composed the concert such as “Adventure Of A Lifetime” and “Hymn For The Weekend.” However, the inclusion of Coldplay’s main hits such as the beautiful “Fix You” and “Yellow” had the audience in tears and belting their hearts out. Other classics like “Viva La Vida” and “Clocks” drove the crowd wild. Coldplay did a tribute to the recently deceased David Bowie, covering his hit “Heroes,” which was personally my favorite part of the show.

Carpool Karaoke star James Corden made a surprise appearance. “I’ll be honest: I didn’t know how big it was when I said yes,” Corden told the roaring crowd when he first appeared. Covering Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Corden wowed the audience with his strong vocals. Following the performance, Martin led the crowd in a sing-along of “Happy Birthday to You” for Corden whose birthday was the following day.

Staring around the stadium, you could only see the flashing of colorful lights and the crowd singing and dancing along to the songs. Even if you aren’t a Coldplay fan, an undeniable amount of positivity radiated around the crowd and the band, and the music had everyone dancing regardless whether they really listened to the band or not.

It was an unforgettable experience and definitely one of the funnest, prettiest concerts anyone could experience. I’m still experiencing post-concert depression.