Coldplay: Aberdeen Music Hall

Coldplay kick off their UK tour with five new songs...

All is not as it seems as Coldplay kick off their sell-out UK tour in Aberdeen. Something strange has happened to the band who once offered hope to the broken-hearted through the beautifully simple, yet deeply affecting songs that saw them propelled to stardom. Oh right, that’s what it is: Coldplay, by their own admission, “are a massive band now”.

And tonight sees them prove they’ve made a full recovery from the voice exhaustion and throat problems that have plagued Chris Martin and forced the band to pull out of their European tour. The band launch into ‘Animals’ at the city’s Music Hall, following it with the crowd pleasing ‘Shiver’ and ‘Spies’ before Martin dons the electric guitar, “For the first time in living memory in Scotland” for ‘Murder’.

Five new songs are included in tonight’s set. While ‘In My Place’, ‘See You Soon’ and ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ stuck to the tried and tested recipe loved by Coldplay‘s army of fans, some of the songs truly were bigger, stronger, laced with a new self-belief and attitude – hell, ‘God Put A Smile Upon Your Face’ even got the crowd bouncing.

But despite the phenomenal success the band have had they see themselves as still having a long way to go. The thing is, now they know where they’re going – with Martin predicting the band would be back in Aberdeen in 20 years time, “When every song will have been a number one single”. After an encore cover of ‘You Only Live Twice’ and an emotional solo acoustic performance of the hauntingly beautiful ‘Parachutes’, it’s difficult not to agree.

Claire Walker