Sunday, March 22, 2009


We went to see Coldplay in Sydney last weekend. I was dosed up on Neurofen and sore throat spray. I did ring Chris Martin and ask him could he delay the concert for a week so I would have more enthusiasm and a better singing voice but unfortunately I was put on hold and never managed to get through.....

So babysitter in the house, 3 kids on the sofa, popcorn in bowls and Wall.e film in the DVD player, we jumped into the car to do the two hour drive to Acer arena in Sydney. We parked in the multi story car park attached to the venue and a short lift ride down 7 levels and we got to our seats just as the support act launched into their set.

Our seats were great! Bang center and not far from the front of the seating area. I felt no envy for those people pushing and squishing to the front of the standing zone. I clutched my difflam throat spray and admitted I was getting old and waited for Coldplay to start.

And what a start! From the minute they arrived on stage they ran around bounding with energy and enthusiasm. Interacting with the crowd and laughing amongst themselves while playing hit after hit after hit. It was just brilliant. Nothing I could write here would even begin to explain it.

The song "Yellow" was accompanied by huge yellow balls floating down from the ceiling, they were propelled along the crowd by hundreds of outstretched arms until they popped exploding yellow confetti into the air.

I've loved Coldplay for years and associate so many of their songs with happy times. All of them with Byron. Coldplay first got together in late 1996, the year we were married so the concert was a walk down memory lane of all the fun times we have shared together.

One of my favourite songs that always brings a lump to my throat is "Fix you"

When you try your best but you don't succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can't sleep Stuck in reverse.
And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste Could it be worse?
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

We got home about 1.30am to a tired but very patient babysitter. $100 later she was a still a tired but happier one!

It was a brilliant night.

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