Updated: 08/11/2012 10:23 PM KSTP.com By: Sarina Long
Coldplay fans of all ages gathered at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Friday night, the first of two shows completing the band's North American tour.
Frontman, Chris Martin and his Grammy-winning band mates delivered an energy-packed show from start to finish.
Several themes of the night included glowing neon, colorful confetti and balloons of all shapes and sizes.
Photo by www.joelemke.com
The show kicked off with a fun surprise for 15,000 concertgoers who were given a Xyloband (wristband) at the entrance with #Coldplay Film written on it.
As the band rocked out to their first song, "Mylo Xyloto," the remote-controlled bracelets blinked in all different colors -- that combined with bright lasers created an incredible light show for the fans and Coldplay as they gazed all around the venue.
Typically, confetti showers the crowd at the end of a concert, but during the third song of the night, "In My Place," it rained colorful butterflies, exclamation points, hearts and flowers.
Chris Martin playfully dove through the neon confetti that blanketed the stage several times!
Kudos to the creative director and stage people for designing the most fan-friendly atmosphere.
Chris Martin sprinted across every inch of the stage, including the walk-way that wrapped around the back end of the stage.
He and his mates paid plenty of giddy-fans a visit who sat back there!
Huge circular screens were suspended from the ceiling with constant video flashing so people could get a glimpse of the action no matter how near or far they were sitting from the stage.
This is Coldplay's first North American tour in nearly three years.
The band is touring to promote it's fifth and latest Platinum record, "Mylo Xyloto," which topped the charts in 34 countries.
Band members include Chris Martin (married to Gwenyth Paltrow), Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion.
The 95-minute set is chock-full of latest hits such as "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" and "Paradise," both of which have received Grammy nominations.
The second half of the show also includes popular hits such as "Fix You, Viva La Vida, Clocks and Yellow."
Opening acts: Marina & the Diamonds, Charli XCX.
Final show of the tour starts tonight at 7 p.m.
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul.
Additional tickets released yesterday, $47.50-$97.50; limited availability.