A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour

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A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour
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Tour by Coldplay
Associated album A Rush of Blood to the Head
Start date 21 January 2003 (2003-01-21) (official tour)
19 June 2002 (2002-06-19) (including 2002 shows)
End date 8 September 2003 (2003-09-08)
Legs 5 (official)
10 (including 2002)
Shows 70 (official)
126 (including 2002)
Coldplay concert chronology
Parachutes Tour
(2000-2001)
A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour
(2002–2003)
Twisted Logic Tour
(2005–2006)

A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour was a global concert tour by Coldplay launched in support of the band's second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Officially, the tour ran for almost nine months in 2003, covering five continents in the process. In 2002, Coldplay also performed a series of concerts in Europe and North America to support the album. However, these shows were not advertised as being part of the official album tour. The tour DVD Coldplay Live 2003 was shot at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia on 21 and 22 July 2003. Supporting acts for the tour included extended appearances by Idlewild and Ash in 2002 and Feeder, The Music, Eisley, and Ron Sexsmith in 2003.

Background[edit]

Overall, Coldplay's concerts during this period showcased its progression as a bona fide live act. The band began playing more shows in arenas and amphitheatres, moving away from the club venues that dominated earlier tours. Shows also had more elaborate stage and lighting effects. For example, strobe lighting for the song "Daylight" featured the image of a rotating sun superimposed over the stage. Taking a cue from U2's Elevation Tour and Nine Inch Nails' Fragility Tour, Coldplay also adopted a series of back screens that displayed video footage of each band member simultaneously.[1]

Other highlights included:

  • Lead singer Chris Martin sang with Ron Sexsmith on the track, "Gold in Them Hills" during the headline set.
  • Guitarist Jon Buckland regularly played a harmonica solo on the track "Don't Panic". He tossed the harmonica into the crowd after the solo's completion. Buckland also performed an original electric guitar introduction for the track.
  • The aforementioned back screens were unfurled mid-concert, usually during the beginning of "One I Love".
  • At some shows, Martin sang lyrics after inhaling from a helium balloon.[2]
  • Martin usually wore a Make Trade Fair t-shirt during 2002 shows to promote the Oxfam campaign. Make Trade Fair booths were present at venues, where concert-goers could sign petitions and learn about the campaign's objectives.

Setlist[edit]

Coldplay's show during this period was noted for its use of strobe lighting.

The 2002 shows contained a rough 50/50 split in material from Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head. The official tour in 2003 focused on songs from the second album, as well as many unreleased tracks. For example, the future Live 2003 song "Moses" and "Fix You" B-side "Pour Me" were introduced during the tour. Other new songs included "Gravity", "Your World's Turned Upside Down" and "Ladder to the Sun".

Coldplay also made a habit of covering other artists on the tour, often as outros to their own songs. Covers ranged from a tongue-in-cheek excerpt of Avril Lavigne's "Sk8er Boi" to the Louis Armstrong classic "What a Wonderful World". Coldplay also regularly covered Echo & the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar" in its entirety, in homage of Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch's role as a mentor during the recording of A Rush of Blood to the Head.

The musical introduction to the concert featured selections from Brian Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.[3]

The following is a sample setlist, taken from a concert in Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia on 21 July 2003.[4]

Main set[edit]

  1. "Politik"
  2. "God Put a Smile upon Your Face"
  3. "A Rush of Blood to the Head"
  4. "Daylight"
  5. "Trouble"
  6. "One I Love"
  7. "Don't Panic"
  8. "Shiver"
  9. "See You Soon"
  10. "Everything's Not Lost"
  11. "Moses"
  12. "Yellow"
  13. "The Scientist"

Encore 1[edit]

  1. "Clocks"
  2. "In My Place"
  3. "Amsterdam"

Encore 2[edit]

  1. "Life Is for Living"

Tour dates [5][edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
19 June 2002 Edinburgh Scotland Queens Hall
20 June 2002 Liverpool England Mountfield Hall
22 June 2002 London Royal Festival Hall
24 June 2002 Bath Bath Pavilion
25 June 2002 Portsmouth Pyramids
26 June 2002 Truro Hall for Cornwall
28 June 2002 Pilton Worthy Farm
30 June 2002 Werchter Belgium
2 July 2002 Stockholm Sweden Gota Kallare
3 July 2002 Ringe Denmark Midtfyns Festival
5 July 2002 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
7 July 2002 Rome Italy Valle Giulia
9 July 2002 Hamburg Germany Grosse Freiheit
11 July 2002 Oslo Norway Rockefeller Music Hall
North America
2 August 2002 Chicago United States Rockefeller Music Hall
6 August 2002 Boston Paradise Rock Club
7 August 2002 Philadelphia TLA
10 August 2002 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
12 August 2002 New York City Bowery Ballroom
14 August 2002 Minneapolis First Avenue
18 August 2002 San Francisco Bimbo's
20 August 2002 Los Angeles El Rey
Europe
27 August 2002 Paris France Olympia
29 August 2002 London England Forum
North America
4 September 2002 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre
6 September 2002 San Francisco The Greek Theatre
7 September 2002 Las Vegas The Joint
9 September 2002 San Diego SDSU Open Air Theatre
10 September 2002 Los Angeles The Greek Theatre
14 September 2002 Atlanta Masquerade Music Park
16 September 2002 Baltimore Pier Six Concert Pavilion
17 September 2002 Boston Fleet Boston Pavilion
19 September 2002 New York City Jones Beach
21 September 2002 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
24 September 2002 Chicago United States UIC Pavilion
Europe
4 October 2002 Glasgow Scotland S.E.C.C.
5 October 2002 Newcastle England Telewest Arena
7 October 2002 Birmingham N.I.A.
8 October 2002 Nottingham Nottingham Arena
11 October 2002 Manchester MEN Arena
14 October 2002 Brighton Brighton Centre
15 October 2002 Bournemouth International Centre
17 October 2002 Plymouth Pavilions
18 October 2002 Port Talbot Wales Afan Lido FC
20 October 2002 London England Wembley Arena
21 October 2002
23 October 2002 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
25 October 2002 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
27 October 2002
29 October 2002 London England London Astoria
3 November 2002 Brussels Belgium Forest National Hall
5 November 2002 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Stadium
6 November 2002 Paris France Zenith
8 November 2002 Cologne Germany Palladium
10 November 2002 Munich Colosseum
12 November 2002 Montpellier France Le Zenith
15 November 2002 Madrid Spain La Riviera
16 November 2002 Barcelona Razzmatazz
18 November 2002 Milan Italy Filaforum
20 November 2002 Berlin Germany Columbiahalle
21 November 2002 Copenhagen Denmark VK Hall
23 November 2002 Stockholm Sweden Hovet
24 November 2002 Oslo Norway Spectrum
North America
8 December 2002 Los Angeles United States Universal Amphitheater
9 December 2002 San Francisco
11 December 2002 Boston
12 December 2002 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
13 December 2002 Washington, D.C.
15 December 2002 Philadelphia
21 January 2003 Orlando Hard Rock Cafe
22 January 2003 Coral Gables University of Miami
24 January 2003 Birmingham BJCC
25 January 2003 Charlotte Grady Cole Center
27 January 2003 New Orleans Saenger Theatre
28 January 2003 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater
29 January 2003 Austin Frank Erwin Center
31 January 2003 Grand Prairie Next Stage
1 February 2003 Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
3 February 2003 St. Louis Savvis Center
4 February 2003 Kansas City Memorial Hall
6 February 2003 Denver The Fillmore
7 February 2003 Salt Lake City Salt Air Pavilion
8 February 2003 Scottsdale Martini Ranch Nightclub
9 February 2003 Phoenix Dodge Theater
24 February 2003 Ottawa Canada Corel Centre
25 February 2003 Montreal Bell Centre
27 February 2003 Wallingford United States Oakdale Theatre
28 February 2003 Camden Tweeter Center
2 March 2003 Pittsburgh Palumbo Theatre
3 March 2003 Detroit Fox Theatre
4 March 2003 Indianapolis Murat Theater
6 March 2003 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center
7 March 2003 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
9 March 2003 Columbus PromoWest Pavilion
10 March 2003 Louisville Palace Theatre
12 March 2003 Milwaukee Eagles Ballroom
13 March 2003 Minneapolis Target Center
Europe
15 March 2003 London England Shepherd's Bush Empire
25 March 2003 Maida Vale Studios
27 March 2003 Lille France Zenith
28 March 2003 Strasbourg Hall Rhenus
30 March 2003 Paris Zenith
31 March 2003 Frankfurt Germany Jahrhunderthalle
2 April 2003 Munster Munsterland
3 April 2003 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
5 April 2003 Böblingen Sports Hall
6 April 2003 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
9 April 2003 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
10 April 2003 Madrid Spain Vista Alegre Bull Ring
11 April 2003 Barcelona Badalona Arena
14 April 2003 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
16 April 2003 London Earls Court
17 April 2003
North America
20 May 2003 Edmonton Canada Shaw Conference Centre
21 May 2003 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
23 May 2003 Vancouver GM Place
24 May 2003 George United States Gorge Amphitheater
25 May 2003 Bend Les Schwab Amphitheater
27 May 2003 Boise B of A Center
28 May 2003 Sacramento Sac Valley Amphitheater
30 May 2003 Mountain View Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheater
31 May 2003 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
2 June 2003
3 June 2003 San Diego SDSU Cox Arena
5 June 2003 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheater
6 June 2003
9 June 2003 Chicago UIC Pavilion
10 June 2003 Cleveland Tower City Amphitheater
11 June 2003 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
13 June 2003 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
European Arena Tour
20 June 2003 Scheeßel Germany Main Stage
21 June 2003 Neuhausen ob Eck Southside Festival Main Stage
23 June 2003 Rome Italy Centrale del Tennis
24 June 2003 Fano Piazza XX Settembre
27 June 2003 Roskilde Denmark Main Stage
29 June 2003 Werchter Belgium Main Stage
1 July 2003 Nijmegen Netherlands Goffert Park
3 July 2003 Kristiansand Norway Idrettsplassen
12 July 2003 Ratoath Ireland Fairyhouse Racecourse
13 July 2003 Kinross Scotland Main Stage
Asia/Australasia
18 July 2003 Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena
20 July 2003 Byron Bay Splendour in the Grass
21 July 2003 Sydney Horden Pavilion [note 1]
22 July 2003
24 July 2003 Auckland New Zealand Carter Holt Pavilion
26 July 2003 Naeba Japan Naeba Ski Resort
29 July 2003 Bangkok Thailand Bangkok Arena
16 August 2003 Chelmsford England Hylands Park
17 August 2003 Stafford Weston Park [note 2]
Latin America
3 September 2003 São Paulo Brazil Via Funchal
4 September 2003 Rio de Janeiro ATL Hall
7 September 2003 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
8 September 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Concert Review: Coldplay". Retrieved 9 June 2006. 
  2. ^ "LIVE: Coldplay and Ash". Retrieved 9 June 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ McLean, Craig (28 May 2005). "The importance of being earnest". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 9 June 2006. 
  4. ^ "Coldplay setlist, June 11, 2003". Archived from the original on 29 May 2006. Retrieved 9 June 2006. 
  5. ^ Each of the legs are untitled, and can be identified by country, year, region, etc.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Hordern Pavilion gigs were filmed for Coldplay Live 2003.
  2. ^ The show in Stafford was postponed from an earlier leg along with the Chelmsford show.

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