A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour
|Tour by Coldplay|
|Associated album||A Rush of Blood to the Head|
|Start date||21 January 2003
19 June 2002 (including 2002 shows)
|End date||8 September 2003|
10 (including 2002)
|No. of shows||70 (official)
126 (including 2002)
|Coldplay concert chronology|
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.
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.
Other highlights included:
- Lead singer Chris Martin sang with Ron Sexsmith on the track, "Gold in Them Hills" during the headline set.
- An ambient, instrumental introduction before the start of "Politik" for every show. This can particularly be heard on the Live 2003 DVD. Note: Not the same as the Brian Eno introduction sometimes used before this intro.
- Guitarist Jonny 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.
- 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.
- An specially created, ambient introduction for "Yellow", featuring a dark and gloomy tone. Martin sings the lyrics, "Your skin... Oh-oh-oh..." during the introduction, which afterwards leads to the regular start of the song.
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 future X&Y b-sides, "Gravity" & "Proof", "The World Turns Upside Down", which would later become a completely different song called "The World's Turned Upside Down" as another b-side to "Fix You", and an unreleased piano ballad called "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.
- "God Put a Smile upon Your Face"
- "A Rush of Blood to the Head"
- "One I Love"
- "Don't Panic"
- "See You Soon"
- "Everything's Not Lost"
- "The Scientist"
- "Life Is for Living"
|19 June 2002||Edinburgh||Scotland||Queen's Hall, Edinburgh|
|20 June 2002||Liverpool||England||Mountford Hall|
|22 June 2002||London||Royal Festival Hall|
|24 June 2002||Bath||Bath Pavilion|
|25 June 2002||Portsmouth||Portsmouth Pyramids Centre|
|26 June 2002||Truro||Hall for Cornwall|
|28 June 2002||Pilton||Glastonbury Festival|
|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|
|2 August 2002||Chicago||United States||Vic Theatre|
|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 Theatre|
|27 August 2002||Paris||France||Olympia|
|29 August 2002||London||England||London Forum|
|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|
|4 October 2002||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre|
|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||Bournemouth International Centre|
|17 October 2002||Plymouth||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|
|5 November 2002||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy Rotterdam|
|6 November 2002||Paris||France||Zenith de Paris|
|8 November 2002||Cologne||Germany||Palladium|
|10 November 2002||Munich||Munich Colosseum|
|12 November 2002||Montpellier||France||Le Zénith|
|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||Spektrum|
|Japan (Heian period)|
|6 December 2002||Tokyo||Japan||LIQUIDROOM|
|8 December 2002||Los Angeles||United States||Universal Amphitheater|
|9 December 2002||San Francisco||Bimbo's 365 Club|
|11 December 2002||Boston||Orpheum Theatre|
|12 December 2002||Uniondale||Nassau Coliseum|
|13 December 2002||Washington, D.C.||MCI Center|
|15 December 2002||Philadelphia||First Union Center|
|19 December 2002||Iceland||Reykjavik|
|21 January 2003||Orlando||United States||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|
|24 March 2003||London||England||Royal Albert Hall|
|25 March 2003||Maida Vale Studios|
|27 March 2003||Lille||France||Zenith de Lille|
|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||Sporthalle|
|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 Exhibition Centre|
|17 April 2003|
|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||Shoreline Amphitheater|
|31 May 2003||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl|
|2 June 2003|
|3 June 2003||San Diego||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|
|18 July 2003||Melbourne||Australia||Rod Laver Arena|
|20 July 2003||Byron Bay||Splendour in the Grass|
|21 July 2003||Sydney||Hordern Pavilion [note 1]|
|22 July 2003|
|24 July 2003||Auckland||New Zealand||Carter Holt Pavilion|
|26 July 2003||Naeba||Japan||Fuji Rock Festival|
|29 July 2003||Bangkok||Thailand||Impact Arena|
|16 August 2003||Chelmsford||England||Hylands Park|
|17 August 2003||Stafford||Weston Park [note 2]|
|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|
- "Concert Review: Coldplay". Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- "LIVE: Coldplay and Ash". Archived from the original on 18 June 2004. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- McLean, Craig (28 May 2005). "The importance of being earnest". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- "Coldplay setlist, June 11, 2003". Archived from the original on 29 May 2006. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
- Each of the legs are untitled, and can be identified by country, year, region, etc.
- A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour
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