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Buckland used an E-bow for the creamy sustained guitar notes of "Princess of China" as Rihanna appeared on video screens, thankfully not in hologram form. The pace slowed momentarily for the ballads of "Up In Flames" and "Warning Sign" but quickly returned to a sprint with "Don't Let It Break Your Heart" and a massive performance of "Viva La Vida."
Coldplay later rushed out past the promenade to play in the middle of the Hollywood Bowl during "Us Against The World" to connect with their fans. The double piano shot of "Clocks" and "Fix You" perfectly led into the uplifting closer of "Every Teardrop is A Waterfall" as fireworks sprayed above the Bowl. Don't miss your chance to see them at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday and Friday or this Saturday at the KROQ Weenie Roast.
In the opening band department, Metronomy utilized synthesizers and catchy tunes that engaged a fair amount of audience members. The Pierces left a memorable impression with their juicy vocal harmonies and wispy tunes.
Critical Bias: I have a Coldplay track jacket.
The Crowd: 18,000 and Robert Downey Jr.
Overheard in the Crowd: "This is amazing!" by multiple people.
Random Notebook Dump: Cuba Gooding Jr. took pictures with the paparazzi when he walked into the show. What a genuinely nice guy!
"Hurts Like Heaven"
"In My Place"
"Lovers In Japan"
"God Put A Smile Upon Your Face"
"Princess of China"
"Up In Flames"
"Don't Let It Break Your Heart"
"Viva La Vida"
"Us Against The World"
"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall"