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    If ever a show was a perfect fit for Sacramento it was Coldplay's huge extravaganza, with frontman Chris Martin and the rest of his bandmates making enthusiastic fans packed the stadium roaring their approval to songs like Yellow, Speed of Sound, and Clocks.  The British band went all out with busy lights, a massive curved video screen with impressive visuals, and an enormous, semicircular stage that matched the curves of the Arco Arena.   

     Lead singer Chris Martin, rock's master of mellow, used everything in his bag of tricks to excite and involve the adoring crowd, which filled every seat in the house. He could barely keep himself on his stool as he banged on his upright piano, and was all over the stage when he sang or played guitar. At one point, he jumped from the stage, ran to the back - slapping hands along the way - and got up into the stands, where he was embraced by a pack of female fans, and he kept singing the whole time. It's hard to get youths to grasp the concept of world issues and Coldplay helps by using their voice that wants to be heard. That is why they are one the top bands in the world now.   

      The band responded by putting on a show that was more aggressive than their LPs indicate. They started with singer Chris Martin doing his best Jim Kerr of Simple Minds dance. They had digital screens behind him and an open stage to stand on. The open stage let Martin, Jon Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion have their space, with Buckland making his bluesy runs via Dave Gilmore of Pink Floyd. And the band played its hits, such as "Yellow," which came surprisingly early in the show with large balloons falling from the ceiling, "Speed of Sound" and, of course, "Clocks" mellowed the crowd of music fans singing to every word.Coldplay is now the acceptable face of rock, balanced between great success and greatness.   

       Coldplay's songs tired clichés and rhymes with astonishing harmony. But fans don't seem to mind his clunky songwriting, because the music is so rich and romantic and he's so sweet, playful and, well mellow.Opening act Fiona Apple could have been better if she was more polite.  Her music only matters she really was so rude to the crowd they booed her maybe she will take a hint from that.



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