Coldplay's short and sweet "world tour" —in support of their eighth studio album, Everyday Life—is officially over. The band kicked off Citi Sound Vault 2020 on Jan. 21 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The members of Coldplay have always advocated for worthy causes and for this show all their support was on A New Way of Life, a reentry project that provides housing, case management, pro bono legal services, advocacy and leadership development for women rebuilding their lives after prison.
Ten minutes before Coldplay's performance, actress and activist Natalie Portman came out on stage to discuss the importance of voting Yes on Measure R and how it can improve the lives of formerly incarcerated women in Los Angeles. She then introduced activist and founder of A New Way of Life, Susan Burton, who told her life story of struggling with addiction when her five-year-old son was killed by a policeman and how she faced multiple incarcerations. Through her time in jail, Burton discovered how vital having support was and founded A New Way of Life. After a short video discussing Burton's struggles, Coldplay was ready to take the stage. Music rang through the venue as the band began the night with the euphoric instrumental single, "Sunrise."
Frontman Chris Martin was in high spirits with the crowd the entire night. Noting that the concert was a celebration of Everyday Life and even joking about their "strenuous" tour schedule, "We’ve been on tour for such a long time now, we’ve done four concerts and this is the last one. So as you can imagine, we’re exhausted." This comes as no surprise to anyone in attendance since last year Martin announced to BBC News that the band would not be going on tour until they can offer carbon-neutral concerts.
Coldplay did not disappoint, as they delivered an intimate one-of-a-kind performance. The night's 19-song setlist mostly included songs from Everyday Life. Highlights included the touching single "Daddy," "BrokEn" "Everyday Life" and the energetic album lead "Orphans."
To make the last tour stop extra special, the band was joined by various guest artists throughout the evening. Nora Shaqur lent her voice for the song "Church," Nigerian musician Femi Kuti and his band made an appearance for the energetic track “Arabesque,” and English singer, arranger, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier got us chanting to the anthem “Cry, Cry, Cry.”
The band also indulged us by playing fan favorites including "The Scientist," "Something Just Like This" and "Fix You." To make the night extra memorable, Martin asked us to put our phones away for "Viva La Vida," stating that the song was already on Youtube and it wouldn't be the best rendition they've done. Everyone cheered to this request and seized the moment by loudly singing along. The night ended with "Champion of the World" and Martin thanked all the musicians who made the tour possible.
- Church (with Nora Shaqur)
- Trouble in Town
- Lovers in Japan
- Fix You
- Arabesque (with Femi Kuti)
- Na Their Way Be That (Femi Kuti)
- When I Need a Friend
- Viva La Vida
- Cry, Cry, Cry (with Jacob Collier, choir)
- Everyday Life
- The Scientist
- Something Just Like This
- Champion of the World