Review: $25 Coldplay 'live' in S'pore leaves me cold

9 November 2012 / 3 years 11 months ago

Source: my paperSINGAPORE - Would you pay $25 per ticket to watch Coldplay's latest world tour in Singapore?Sure, you would say.That's cheap! Here's the catch: This live concert promoting the British rock band's fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto (2011), isn't exactly "live". It'll take place on a movie screen in Lido multiplex.So, Coldplay Live 2012 features spirited performances of past hits like In My Place, as well as newer tracks like Paradise and Princess Of China.But it's all from concert footage, shot in Montreal and Paris, as well as at the 2011 Glastonbury fest.The Chris Martin-fronted band are allowing cinemas to screen their first concert film in nine years, ahead of the live CD and DVD release on Nov 19.Now, here's my hesitation over paying $25 to watch Coldplay perform onscreen.Listening to studio albums is all about embarking on the perfect sonic journey that the recording artists have intended, while attending live concerts adds another dimension to that enjoyment.So why settle for a compromise?In the footage, Coldplay members go to great lengths to highlight the band's passion for music and how they always have their fans' interests at heart.Hmm. That is a little contrived and self-serving, no?Still, with the Mylo Xyloto tour skipping Singapore, this is the next best thing.One can't argue about the $25 ticket price, in a way. The cheapest ticket to the band's last live gig here in 2009 was at $88.But I'd say that watching a concert on a movie screen is also an experience that is for you to create.Go watch this movie with friends.Clap and cheer along to the music.Cry when Martin sings a moving ballad.And give a standing ovation as the end credits roll - anything to fool yourself into thinking that you're at a Coldplay gig for real.

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