Move in certain circles and you're bound to hear plenty of griping about arena rock shows. Move in my circle and you may have even heard it from me. The stage is too far away, the tickets are too expensive, the beer only comes in little plastic cups. Up until a week ago, I'd pretty much sworn off large-scale concerts. But I've had a change of heart. Actually, I've had two.
The thing that changed my mind about massive shows was itself something I'd been ambivalent about: Coldplay. SPIN's current coverboys had a handful of songs I dug--"Yellow," "Clocks," "Fix You"--but I was basically simpatico with people who saw the band as Radiohead lite. Then I saw Chris Martin and Co. play last Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York. That's when I realized that what I'd thought were the band's weaknesses were actually its strengths. Neon choruses, lyrics you don't need a Ph.D. to parse, Chris Martin's crooning. These things get better the bigger they are. What might come across as obvious orRead More »from Confessions Of A Coldplay Convert