COLDPLAY PARACHUTE INTO NEW YORK

Two months after their cancelled Irving Plaza gig, the band return to play at Roseland Ballroom...

COLDPLAY finally took NEW YORK with a highly anticipated, scorching set at ROSELAND BALLROOM last night (April 9), two months after originally scheduled.

“So, uh, I can sing,” Chris Martin joked to a thrilled audience early in the sold-out show, his first reference to the Irving Plaza gig postponed in February, when his voice gave out after two songs. The concert was immediately rescheduled for the much larger Roseland Ballroom.

The energetic Martin was clearly excited to return to the stage after several canned dates in the US and Europe. He danced an impromptu jig during

‘High Speed’ and jumped up and down behind the keyboard throughout ‘In My Place’. At the end of ‘Yellow’, Martin crashed his guitar to the stage, and tossed his harmonica into the crowd during ‘Don’t Panic’.

“This song is kind of appropriate for you because it’s banned in China,” Martin said, introducing ‘Spies’, after which he offered a mock salute to Chairman Mao.

The 14-song set, which included several new tunes, closed with ‘Everything’s Not Lost’. “For the first time in about six years we’ve made it to the end of a concert,” Martin joked before the song. “So you should give us a hand.”

The audience did more, cheering long after the band left the stage.

After several April UK dates, Coldplay wrap up their spring North American tour back in New York in June. “We’ll be back playing some baseball stadium,” Martin said about graduating from a small Manhattan club to Radio City Music Hall in only four months.