British rock band Coldplay opened its first of two concerts at the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taoyuan Station Plaza on Tuesday April 11, part of the Coldplay 2017 "A Head Full of Dreams Tour".
This is the first time for Coldplay to perform in Taiwan since the band was formed in 1996. After the first song "Yellow", Chris Martin said,
"20 years! Taiwan! We've waited 20 years to come!"
Reportedly, the two concerts are expected to attract 80,000 music fans, setting a record for the largest outdoor concerts by any foreign performers in Taiwan over the last two decades.
Fans from all around the world came to Taiwan for the concert. However, a front is currently passing through Taiwan and a heavy rain alert has been issued for some parts of northern Taiwan. The rain started falling on Tuesday morning, and Martin thanked the audience for coming through the traffic and the rain.
During Coldplay Asia tour, fans were invited to send in a video telling the band which Coldplay song they would like the band to play. Songs like "Amazing Grace", "In my Place" and "Don't Panic" were chosen by Chris Martin to perform in Taiwan's concert.
At the end of the section, Martin suddenly held a two-minute meeting with the other team members on the stage, and decided to sing an impromptu song dedicated to Taiwan. In the song he promised to all the fans "We'll play here again".
Of course, Chris Martin didn't wave Taiwan's national flag during the concert as he used to do in other Coldpay concerts. Taiwan's national flag was not shown on the video eihter, but a flag with a 'love' logo instead. This video is the best quality we could find on the internet, although the camera angle is not exactly front and center. Enjoy!
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