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Paralympics Closing Ceremony

September 10th, 2012

I saw the whole Paralympics Closing Ceremony yesterday – and wow, it definitely was a Coldplay-Party! The only thing that really disappointed me at the Olympics was the fact that not a single Coldplay song was played either during the opening or closing ceremonies. The latter even was titled “A Symphony of British Music”, how is this possible without Coldplay?! I really don’t get it.

So I was very happy when they finally appeared on my TV screen, and not for one song only but a whole 15-song set. I loved every second and I don’t think I can pick a favourite moment. Maybe when Mat Fraser, a disabled drummer joined them for God Put A Smile, or Chris sitting down next to the Paraorchestra for Strawberry Swing… and I thought I couldn’t love him even more :D

You could see how much fun the boys had, it was the perfect ending for London 2012. I’ll never forget this summer!

Rock am Ring moments

June 2nd, 2012

 

This is from last year’s festival. Coldplay were headlining on Saturday and showed every single person there that they fucking rock. It was raining so hard the entire time (there even was lightning during Fix You – crazy atmosphere) and they played a bunch of then new songs, but the crowd jumped and screamed and sang as loud as they could. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall only had its radio premiere the day before, so no one there knew it – but they recieved it like an old classic.

 

 

Editors from 2010. I really liked their set, especially Papillon with all the fire :D

 


Also from 2010, Muse were headlining for the first time. They didn’t broadcast the whole concert on TV, but I loved every song they showed. Bliss was one of my favourites.

BRIT Awards 2012

February 22nd, 2012

Aaaannd the next ones =D The Brit Awards. Saw them for the first time in 2008 and never wanted to miss them again since then.
It’s been a great show yesterday, my favourite so far I think. Lots of great performances and most of the winners really deserve their awards, so no disappointment here, haha.

Coldplay kicked off the show with an awesome performance of Charlie Brown. All these fireworks looked spectacular and Chris sounded great, way better than at the Grammys. He also played piano during Noel Gallaghers performance, nice to see them on stage together. Florence + the machine and Adele were awesome as well.

Coldplay were nominated for Best British Group and Best British Album and they won the first one :) Really happy for them (and Chris didn’t even fuck up the acceptance speech, haha). As expected, Best British Album went to Adele. Her speech (or the lack thereof) was the only low moment of the night – James Corden was made to cut her off before she even said anything other than “Thank you”, just because the programme was over-running. No idea who’s responsible for that but it’s so so lame. When a live programme is over-running in Germany it just says “The news are delayed by 15 minutes” on the screen, simple as that. Adele’s reaction was flipping them off, hahaha.

Blur then closed the show with a 5 song set, after they won the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award earlier. Well deserved I think, and even though Damon didn’t seem to be on top form (and looked like he’s gonna lose his trousers any second), I really enjoyed them, especially Tender with the gospel choir:

 

54th Grammy Awards

February 13th, 2012

Just like last year I stayed up the whole night to watch the Grammy Awards – was definitely worth it! It’s one of the few things on German telly I actually watch. As I said before, I love award shows and it doesn’t get better than the Grammys.
I don’t think I can write an actual review of the ceremony, so I thought I’ll just write down my thoughts during the show.

 

2am German time: Here we go! Bruce Springsteen is opening, awesome. I’m sure Chris Martin has to keep his inner fanboy in check right now, haha. There’s Paul McCartney sitting in the first row.. oh and Coldplay are right behind him, nice.

A prayer for Whitney Houston, very touching.

Bruno Mars is playing now, entertaining and funny as always. Is that Katy Perry in the audience? Oh dear, that tan just looks ugly.

Time for the first Grammy – Best Pop Solo Performance. Everyone’s shouting “Adele!” haha. They’re right with that one, no surprises there.

Eww Chris Brown is performing now. Loo break! Hope he falls off that stupid thing he’s dancing on.

Foo Fighters are playing somewhere outside. Great as always.

Ohhh, Coldplay and Rihanna time! I’m so excited for this. Okay, seems like it’s Rihanna only at first.. We Found Love sounds quite good but c’mon, we want Princess Of China!
… and here’s Chris with an acoustic guitar. Man, I thought they were gonna rock out to the song with a full band performance and then we only get an acoustic version?! That’s lame. Chris sounds good but what’s up with Rihanna? Sounds like she’s out of breath. That’s even more lame. She’s touring around the world playing 2 hour concerts every night but here she can’t sing two songs in a row?

Oh well. Coldplay are playing Paradise now. I wish they’d play Charlie Brown but since Paradise is on that Grammy Nominees Album, it seems to be the better choice. The glowing wristbands look cool but not as cool as during CB :P Chris looks good though. I bet he’s wearing make-up, haha. Paradise isn’t their strongest song live, but I thought it sounded fine. And I just love to see my boys on TV.

Next category is Best Rock Performance, Coldplay are nominated. Whenever one of my favourite bands is up for an award, I always sit with crossed fingers in front of the TV, going “Coldplay, Coldplay, Coldplay”=D Doesn’t help this time though,  Foo Fighters win the Grammy. I can live with that, especially because of Dave’s accepting speech.
“The human element of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing. It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer, it’s about what goes on in here [points to his heart] and it’s about what goes on in here [points to his head]“. Well said Mr Grohl.

Maroon 5 and Foster The People are playing a tribute to The Beach Boys, sounds great (and Adam Levine looks hot). Are Chris and Jonny standing on their chairs? =D
The reunited Beach Boys are playing together with FTP and M5 now, looks like everyone had a blast. Love moments like this.

Not that keen on Taylor Swift though, that whole Country theme just looks ridiculous.

Great to see Neil Patrick Harris! He’s presenting the Song of the Year award, which also goes to Adele. Lady Antebellum (who won five Grammys last year) win Best Country Album. Well, one more can’t hurt eh.

Gwyneth Paltrow is introducing Adele now, her first live performance since her throat surgery. I was really looking forward to it… and wow, she sounds brilliant. What a perfect moment, it’s great that she’s back.

Time to remember the musicians who died last year, followed by a tribute to Whitney Houston by Jennifer Hudson. Beautiful.

David Guetta, Foo Fighters and deadmau5 get the party going again. And then “the performance everyone will talk about tomorrow” (as they announced a billion times) by Nicki Minaj. Ummm yeah. I can’t see how anyone will have to say much about that other than What. The. Fuck.

Adele wins Record of the Year and then the big one, Album of the Year. With the ones given out in the Pre-Telecast Ceremony that’s six awards in total. I’m really happy for her, all well deserved. And I forgot that Ryan Tedder produced some songs on her album, nice surprise seeing him on stage.

5.20am German time: The grand finale, Paul McCartney is joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl. The Grammys couldn’t have ended on a better note.
Time to go to bed now!

Only a few hours left of 2011 …

December 31st, 2011

It’s New Years Eve and I’m staying here at home (resolution for 2012: go partying again on NYE!!), so I’m not doing much. I’ll have a nice dinner and watch the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

It was a great year for music, and a great year for some of my favourite bands, especially for Coldplay. Watching them headline Glastonbury was probably the greatest music moment for me this year.
So I’ll just leave you with this – a live version of Charlie Brown with footage from their Glasto set. See you next year!



Happy Christmas…

December 24th, 2011

…to the two lovely souls who are reading this :D May that number be doubled by the end of next year :D

Anyway, let’s have some of my favourite Christmas songs and covers to celebrate!
Click for Youtube playlist

 

And the most wonderful of them all…

So so beautiful, especially this live version. Also check out the official video. The people on the boat are all members from Coldplaying.com :)

if we could float away…

December 9th, 2011


I saw parts of Children In Need Rocks a few weeks ago, great show for a great cause. The donated money goes towards helping disadvantaged children in the UK.
See the video above – if you donate at least £5, you get to see the whole dressing room performance by Coldplay (and Snow Patrol, Elbow and seven others).
I thought it was high time I finally donated at least something to any good cause, so I tried it today (I thought it might not work since I’m not from the UK) – but donating via Paypal is possible, so it worked just fine :)

Love the performances of my two favourite bands, especially Coldplays. Looks just like the old days, the boys in their normal clothes (:D), their instruments and nothing else. Beautiful ♥

music moments 2009

December 4th, 2011

I keep this list of my favourite moments in music – like multiple bands playing together or someone doing a great cover. Anything special that gives me goosebumps.

So here are some videos from 2009, in chronological order.



Coldplay, The Killers, Bono and Gary Barlow playing All These Things That I’ve Done at a War Child gig – awesome to see all of them on a stage together! (even though Bono exaggerated a bit… oh well, it’s Bono.) Love it when Chris gives Gary Barlow the microphone :D I really really hope a pro recording of this is going to surface one day.



Snow Patrol headlined the V Festival in Chelmsford after Oasis pulled out last minute. Must be hard to play for a crowd that’s mostly there for Oasis… but Snow Patrol did such an awesome job, I don’t think anyone was dissapointed in the end. I listened to the whole concert live on the radio and I had shivers running down my spine when they covered Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova. Love love love it. And Gary, obviously :D (he wore the same t-shirt when I met him only three weeks before the festival, haha..)



Muse swapped instruments because they were forced to mime on an Italian TV show – by far the funniest moment =D Chris playing Matts Glitterati, Matt doing silly moves on the drums and Dom as the bass-playing singer, it’s hilarious. How they got through the whole song without cracking up is beyond me.



Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and friends busking in Dublin on Christmas Eve – wow. To actually be there and sing along with all these people would be the perfect Christmas. This is my favourite video of that evening, all of them singing Mic Christopher’s Hey Day. So much joy!

That’s it for 2009, moments from 2010 will follow next Sunday :)

EMAs 2011

November 8th, 2011

I love award shows, even if it’s all the same every year, especially all these MTV Awards. VMAs, EMAs… So called “Popstars” getting prizes instead of people who can actually sing, write songs and play instruments, people like a certain actor who was famous in the 80s and whose name I won’t mention here being embarrassing, some girl with a microphone on the red carpet only caring about everyone’s outfits and for the rest it’s just an excuse to get drunk and do stupid things on telly. I love it =D

This years EMAs weren’t that exciting but I still enjoyed watching. Coldplay AND Snow Patrol performing? I’d never miss that.

Coldplay opened the show – the first thing you could hear were the chords of Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall and the first thing you could see was Chris’ bum =D Very nice. Wasn’t their best performance (Chris really needs to stop jumping around so much, his voice sounds so much better when he’s not) but it was still a great start.
As expected, Coldplay didn’t win anything last night. They lost Best Rock to Linkin Park and Best Live to Katy Perry. Haha, you just can’t take this serious.

Snow Patrol played a gig outside the City Hall and they cut in Called Out In The Dark as part of the show. Gary looked so excited to be playing in Belfast :D I think he knocked his microphone down at the end – and the crowd just kept on singing :) Beautiful.

On the show they also honoured Queen and payed tribute to Amy Winehouse, that was a nice touch. But the rest of the ceremony wasn’t that spectacular. Bring on the next awards!

Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

October 22nd, 2011

Wow, my first ever blogpost. Let’s start this thing off proper with a new Coldplay album!

I woke up early and quite excited yesterday morning, the air outside was icy cold and everything was covered in white – sounds like Christmas doesn’t it? It definitely felt a bit like it but instead of getting presents I went out in the deep October mist and bought myself one: Coldplay’s fifth LP, Mylo Xyloto.

 

 

I have to say I wasn’t (and I’m still not) quite sure of lots of things about this record. But let’s go back to the beginning …

I liked Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall when it came out in June – not their best song and definitely not Chris’ best lyrics, but it’s uplifting and a fitting song for the summer festivals. After watching the livestream of their Rock am Ring performance I was sure that this album was going to be great.

I wasn’t so sure anymore when they revealed the title and artwork for it. Bright graffiti and two barely pronounceable words? Not really my cuppa tea.
In September they released the second single Paradise and that was when I lost all hope, haha. Para-para-paradise?! C’mon Chris, you can do way better than that. The announcement that Rihanna of all people would sing on Princess of China only made it worse.

But it’s still Coldplay and I waited over three years for this album. You just have to stop thinking about how great the other albums are and how that acoustic album they initially planned would have sounded like. So I sat down with a hot cappuccino and a chocolate muffin, prepared for everything …

and I like it so far :) I only listened to it once yesterday so I can’t say much yet, but it’s definitely not bad. It flows quite nicely, I like the 30-40sec snippets between the actual songs. My favourite so far would be Us Against The World I think.

And: I actually like Paradise now, after I saw the very sweet video for it :D So I’m going to leave you with this:

Coldplay – Paradise