Coldplay @ Scottrade Center – July 21st, 2016

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Coldplay marked the second show I’ve been able to cover this year at Scottrade, and I couldn’t have picked a better act to photograph. I have been a casual Coldplay fan since the beginning and had bought their first 4 records, but unfortunately fell off after their 2008 release Viva la Vida. I have always had mad respect for this band and the caliber of music they are known for putting out, but for some reason I didn’t realize how fanatic people were about them. Forgetting that Chris Martin has a name that is worldly known both for his musical endeavors and for his personal life with having been married to Gwyneth Paltrow. It was quite evident how excited the fans were as I observed many people literally shaking and clinching their phones in anticipation for the band to take stage. Then as the we gathered in the pit the crew was very specific in explaining to all the photographers where we all needed to be, and what we all needed to look out for. Although I quickly realized that the explanation they gave us for the stage affects that were about to happen in no way prepared me for what I actually experienced through my viewfinder.

The lights went out and the crowd had LED wrist bands that were lit up in red lights that danced around the arena, and as Chris Martin hit stage it was truly like A Rush of Blood to the Head. Changing shades of light, confetti canons exploding, and laser type lighting that beamed out from the catwalk all added up to one hell of a stage production for the crowd. It was a quick three songs, and it was the most fun I’ve had in a photo pit in a long time! It was a great night and I’m so happy I was able to cover the show for 1057 The Point!


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