Today (April 4), Coldplay will finally take the MOA Concert Grounds stage as a part of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour. Ahead of the much-awaited concert, we asked local musicians what the band means to them, and what song they’re anticipating to hear.
Coldplay, to me, is a religion. I've been listening to them since high school and I'm pretty much familiar with all their songs. It means a lot because I've invested a lot in their music. Their music brings people together, and that's the essence of being a musician to their listeners.
I'm looking forward to hearing True Love and Warning Sign (though they rarely play this one). But aside from the music, I'm also looking forward to the experience itself. Coldplay is highly known for their concert production. It's that concert experience everyone will never forget. I guarantee it.
Nicole Sarmiento (founder, Red Ninja Productions)
I started listening to Coldplay in high school, so they're pretty much one of my top 20 bands. A lot of their songs automatically bring back memories.
Definitely Viva La Vida cause that's what I dance to in the car and I really want to see the live version. It's a beautiful song. Also, I wanna hear Fix You so I can cry and remember Ryan carrying Marissa from the car crash in that one episode of the OC. Haha.
Gep Macadaeg (Autotelic)
Coldplay ang isa sa mga banda na patunay na hindi kailangan magtunog mabigat para maging mabigat ang feel ng kanta. Kasama ng Stereophonics, Elbow, at Travis, sila 'yung banda na magaan sa tenga pero mabigat sa puso, lalo na nung panahon na nasa gitna sila ng mga playlist na puro nu-metal, emo, at post-punk. Pop ang music nila pero walang katulad, lalo na ngayon.
(Coldplay is one of the bands that prove that you don't need to sound heavy to get that "heavy" feel in a song. Alongside Stereophonics, Elbow, and Travis, they're the bands that are light to listen to, but heavy when it comes to the heart, especially when they're in the middle of playlists that had a lot of nu-metal, emo, and post-punk. Their music is pop, but there's no one like them, especially now.)
"Shiver" ang pinakapaborito kong kanta nila, at 'yun ang kanta na perfect example ng relatively silent pero heavy na song. Dati, cassette muna binibili ko para itest kung sulit bilhin 'yung CD version. "Shiver" ang paulit-ulit kong pinang-eensayo at soundtrip noon, tapos nung tinatamad na ako mag-rewind ng tape para sumakto sa kanta (track 2 siya sa side A ng Parachutes), bumili na ako ng CD format ng album. Haha.
("Shiver" is my favorite track of theirs, and that's the song that's a perfect example of a relatively silent but heavy song. Before, we used to buy cassettes to test if it was worth buying the CD version. "Shiver" was the track that I repeatedly practiced and listened to, and when I got too lazy to rewind the tape so it fell exactly on the track (it was track 2 on side A of Parachutes), I bought the CD format of the album. Haha.)
Kai Honasan (Autotelic)
I first watched them in 2011, when I was studying songwriting in Spain and they happened to headline a festival while I was there. I remember pushing my way through a crowd of 75,000 people to be two feet from the stage when they performed. We stood and waited a good 6 hours before they finally came out. The whole show was just so mind-blowing, and all I wanted to do was go home and write and put on shows like that. After the concert, I went back to my place and wrote a song. Flew back to Manila days later, and that song got me my first gig ever and then got me played on the radio for the first time. That Coldplay concert was a catalyst for me to decide to actually pursue music. Watching them again in Manila will be a full circle moment now that I'm a working musician.
I’m hoping they'll play "Us Against the World" because they debuted that in the festival I first saw them at, so it has personal significance. Then, of course, the old favorites like Yellow and Fix You.
And from one musician who's already seen the show:
Ace Libre (Never the Strangers)
Coldplay's significance in my life has taken on different forms throughout the years but now, they represent how powerful a connection music can make 1. between an artist and its fans, and 2. among the members of its fanbase. I'm not sure how much the xylobands had to do with it, but attending a Coldplay concert made me feel that I was a part of something infinitely bigger than myself.
I don't know if this counts as a "favorite [moment from the show]," but Chris Martin sang the opening lines of "Fix You" WHILE LYING DOWN. The moment stood out to me because he was comfortable enough kicking off one of the band's signature tunes while being laid out on his back. I literally decided just now, to make that a goal for my music career: hustle until I can afford to perform my best-known songs while assuming a position that I use for naps. And still be loved (and still get paid).
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