Twisted Logic Tour
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2007)|
|Twisted Logic Tour|
|Tour by Coldplay|
|Start date||29 April 2005|
|End date||4 March 2007|
|Coldplay tour chronology|
The Twisted Logic Tour was a global concert tour in support of Coldplay's third album, X&Y. The year-long tour took the band across Europe and their native United Kingdom, as well as to the United States and Canada. The tour concluded in July 2006 with dates in Australia, South East Asia and Japan. Pollstar reported that the 2005 North American leg grossed an estimated $24.1 million. The second leg of the North American tour ended 6 April 2006 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
Footage was filmed at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, on 22 and 23 March 2006, but (despite having announced a DVD release in March) they have shown the concert in Canada on Much Music. The airing date was Thursday 14 December 2006 at 9pm and replays occurred at midnight and 3:30pm on Friday 15 December 2006. Footage has also been shown on Spanish television and HDNet and there are plans to air it in other, non-specified countries. Due to the lack of airplay on mainstream channels in many countries, the show has been heavily shared over the Internet.
This is Coldplay's first (and their only to date) tour not named after the album it was promoting. It is also notable that the tour is named after a song on X&Y that has never been played live at any of the concerts.
The Twisted Logic Tour is noted for its use of extravagant stage effects. Strobe lights and other fixtures are used to create an elaborate light show. The back of the stage contains a two story panoramic video panel that displays live footage and computer generated images, from video of a bear wandering aimlessly during "Talk" to a montage of coloured blocks from the cover of X&Y during the song "Clocks".
Other concert highlights include:
- A digital countdown display shown on the panoramic video screen during the song "Square One" as the band enter the stage. The timer reaches zero at the song's explosive first chorus, followed by the crowd getting showered by red, green, and blue lights.
- Confetti and balloons filled with gold glitter showered on the audience during the song "Yellow" (a homage to The Flaming Lips).
- During Coachella 2005 Martin sang the outro to "The Scientist" backwards, reminiscent of the song's music video. During other shows it is the track played backwards live. The Charles and Ray Eames video "Powers of Ten" plays in the background.
- Martin running into the crowd during "In My Place" to sing with the audience.
- Band members taking photographs before and during the show with disposable cameras before throwing them into the crowd. This was bassist Guy Berryman's idea.
- The band taking to the edge of the stage and performing an acoustic set of 2-3 of the following songs: "Til Kingdom Come", "Don't Panic", "Green Eyes" and/or a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" or Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate".
- Martin encouraging the audience to let their camera flashes off simultaneously as the band picks up during the bridge of "Talk", but also done during "Low" via a message on the main screen behind the band, resulting in a dramatic explosion of light. "Talk" also featured Martin taking an audience member's mobile phone and singing to the person on the other end.
- Martin swinging a suspended lightbulb above his head after the second chorus of "Fix You", followed, in outdoor shows, by fireworks as the drum fill begins.
- A laser light show during "Clocks", with red lasers shooting out in different directions. These were reintroduced during the second North American leg of the tour.
- A handwritten list of songs being projected toward the stage during "Swallowed in the Sea". This may have been an early lineup for X&Y.
- Gradually increasing the tempo of "Clocks" at the end until it abruptly concludes at a ridiculous tempo.
- During the Australian leg of the tour, the band made several references to the Socceroos in the 2006 FIFA World Cup by altering lyrics of the songs. On the second night of the Melbourne concerts and the final night of the Sydney concerts, the group performed the Kylie Minogue hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head" as a tribute to Australia and its music industry.
- At some concerts in Germany, Chris Martin asked the audience in German "Wo geht es zum Bahnhof?" ("How do you get to the train station?"). This may be a reference to the U2 song "Zoo Station".
The Twisted Logic Tour's setlist was heavily weighted towards tracks from X&Y. The remaining material was mostly from A Rush of Blood to the Head with "Politik", "Clocks", and "The Scientist", and to a lesser extent "Don't Panic", "Yellow", and "Trouble" being the only holdovers from Parachutes being played with regularity. The only new song played on the tour was "How You See the World No. 2" which was from the "Help: A Day in the Life" benefit album. Earlier tours such as those in the Parachutes era debuted work-in-progress versions of tracks that would appear on A Rush of Blood to the Head. Likewise, Coldplay's newest compositions during the A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour were included as B-sides to X&Y's singles.
The following is a sample setlist of a concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada on 23 March 2006. The major changes to this set for the other tour dates mainly saw "X&Y", "Low" and "The Hardest Part" performed in lieu of "What If", "Talk" and "Swallowed in the Sea", respectively. Also, "Parachutes" was often performed between "Yellow" and "Speed of Sound", and "Green Eyes" was sometimes added to the B-stage set.
- "Square One"
- "Speed of Sound"
- "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face"
- "What If"
- "How You See the World No. 2"
- "Don't Panic"
- "White Shadows"
- "The Scientist"