For two hours, all was well in the world.
This is how one could describe each of Coldplay’s three Berlin concerts. Three shows, three times sold out, three times at the Olympic Stadium.
The grand finale on Wednesday. Love, joy, 70,000 people dancing. A celebration for life.
… and Chris Martin (45) as conductor.
He easily leads the masses, sometimes sings the wrong melody – but never draws attention to himself. Here and now the focus is on the fans. Everyone shines, thanks to bracelets. No one is just a spectator. Everyone is part of the show.
On several occasions, Martin evokes a phrase in German. “We are so happy here in Berlin.” While others look at the back of their guitar to check what city they are in, you believe every word he says.
He even manages to get the Dixi-Klos to applaud on the song “Magic” sung in German. “I have never played in front of so many toilets.”
And he manages again to make the fans of “A Sky Full Of Stars” cause a small mini-earthquake in Berlin. Like the day before, the needle oscillates, this time a 1.4.
… that’s the reason. Pure joy of living.
For two hours, Coldplay weaves their way through their discography, even boasting that they played “In My Place” and “Yellow” (when the boys were still celebrated as an indie dorm band) back to back.
“Viva la Vida” is kicked off the loudspeakers early – too soon for many fans, who continue to sing the number between songs and induce goosebumps.
“Berlin is the city where I feel the most freedom. The most joy of living. The most openness. Thanks.”
After two hours, the show is over. A last greeting in German: “We are grateful that you came to our concert in these difficult times.”
A last hit with “Fix You”… fireworks one last time. Radiant people are left behind. It’s that “We’re back. Back to life” sentiment that has been rife in recent days. Thanks also to bands like Coldplay.
And thanks to bands like Coldplay, the earth is shaking again. For joy.
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