So Saturday night, I went to Soldier Field because I got a comp ticket for a Coldplay concert. Now mind you, I’m not the biggest rock fan but I like a little Coldplay here and there. When I got there, it rained…hard. It rained to the point where I thought maybe the concert will be cancelled. But the rain stopped, the sky somewhat became clear, and the seats dried off. The whole time, I couldn’t get my eyes off the stage; the design of it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The stage gave me this zen-like vibe and I’m not going to lie, I was feeling it.
Being that this was my first Coldplay concert, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was surprised by the diversity of the crowd. Yes, that’s a big deal to me because I’ll admit most of the shows I attend are either predominately black or just black and white.
Unfortunately, due to the rain, the opening act, Alessia Cara, couldn’t make her set, but let me just say, the concert had an amazing start! It was great to see a local group of girls, introduce Coldplay on to the stage, on one of the big screens. When the music started, everyone’s wristband lit up (yes, a stadium full of people got light-up wristbands), Chris Martin came out, and performed the first song on his set list, “A Head Full of Dreams” (which is also the name of the tour). From that moment, I understood why Coldplay has the fan base they have. I witness firsthand how and why their music touches people the way it does. To witness music help bring a sense of unity to the crowd, especially to a city such as Chicago, was a beautiful thing; turning around and seeing a sea of color behind me, I knew the message Coldplay was trying to send.
While the music was beautifully performed, the topic brought up during the concert took me by surprise as well. I was not expecting Chris Martin to bring up the Orlando tragedy, police brutality, and other incidents. As a person who prides themselves on social justice and action within the community, it was great to see an artist with that much power to use their platform to speak on issues affecting their fans. After performing their song “Everglow”, a clip from a Muhammad Ali interview speaking on how we as humans treat others appear on the screen. The crowd cheered, as they should. The clip was befitting for the ambiance and meaning of the concert.
While we danced and Coldplay ended the concert in the rain, I couldn’t stop smiling. Even when I was drenched in water, I somehow managed to laugh at myself even on the way home. Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams tour was one of the best rock concerts I’ve been to, and I’ve only been to two (the other one was a Fall Out Boy concert back in high school in case you were wondering). This was one of the most colorful tours I’ve witness first hand, I truly suggest everyone to try to check it out. I wasn’t a big Coldplay fan in the beginning, but this concert made me reconsider making some room on my iPhone to put their music on. I say this because I not only want people to take a chance with Coldplay, but I want others to take a chance with music in general. Some of the artist that you pass up and skip on Pandora may surprise you. Before the concert, Coldplay was just a popular rock band in my eyes. After this concert, I’m going to be bold and be honest, Coldplay might be the U2 for millennials, because of how closely they correlate music and politics into their message. Agree or Disagree? Let me know.