Although he had dedicated a song to those who lost lives and loved ones in the Orlando nightclub shooting, the floods of Baton Rouge and terror attacks in Europe, Coldplay’s Chris Martin was more about celebrating life at one of the group’s two concerts last week at the Rose Bowl.
At one point during Saturday’s sold-out performance, the popular English band’s magnetic lead singer ran down a ramp leading from the stage into the audience while occasionally waving an American flag over his head as a display of fireworks lit up the night sky.
“The world is friendlier than you think,” Martin told the estimated 92,000 people who packed the stadium that night.
The band opened with a set from their latest album, “Head Full of Dreams,” including “Everglow,” a piano ballad that Martin dedicated to the victims of recent disasters. Intensely attentive fans of all ages waved their arms, their florescent wristbands growing brighter as the sun disappeared behind the San Gabriel Mountains.
“I like Coldplay’s poetic lyrics and overall the feelings their songs evoke. Their newest album seems to be optimistic, fun and hopeful. It’s a celebration of life in all its colors,” said Jennifer Hu, a senior at UCLA.
According to a published report, authorities said there were only four arrests Saturday. One was for being drunk and disorderly, another was for narcotics possession, another was for illegal food vending, and the fourth was for illegal merchandise vending.
“Being at the concert made me feel very emotional, getting to hear all of my favorite songs live, in a stadium filled with twinkling lights,” Hu said.