Paris live photoblog
14 December 2011 11:09 pm
We're blogging live from backstage at Coldplay's Paris show
Thursday: It wouldn't be a live blog without a video of the crowd bellowing along to Viva. And so here's the Paris crowd from last night, in fine voice...



23.09: And with that, we're done (the last car is leaving the venue shortly). Thanks for reading and for keeping us company with hundreds of emails. Hope you enjoyed the photoblog and we'll see you for another sometime. Until then, we'll leave you with this photo of Will, the last of the band to head through the stage door after what was yet another triumphant show.



And with that, a blurry goodnight.

23.04: 'Why no Christmas Lights, it's nearly Christmas?' asks Robin by email. Guess it's not quite near enough for the band (who have, incidentally, now left the venue).

23.00: So, here are some shots of the band thanking tonight's amazing audience after Every Teardrop brought things to a suitably raucous climax.









22.52: Oh, lots of you asking for the setlist...



22.47: The crowd are *still* singing the Viva chant...

22.43: He's got the moves like Jagger...



22.39: A rather better one of Chris from Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. (The show has now finished, by the way, but as there's no "runner" to an airport tonight, we can sit here and post pictures for a bit longer...)



22:37: The more blurry the picture, the more arty it is



(OK, so our shutter speed was all over the place)

22.26: These ones were taken during Clocks (the first song of the encore)







You can see the Clocks laser in this one...



Right, Fix You is reaching its big climax.... NOW (we can hear it from the Girls' Room where our laptop still is), and there's only one song to go after that...

22:17: A very, very brief video (literally two seconds) of the Xylobands during Charlie Brown just now...



(The bandwidth isn't great here, hence the super-short vid)

22:10: More pics, from Politik and Viva...









21.56: B-stage for Up In Flames



And Jonny scooting back down the runway just before Chris chucked his guitar in the air earlier...



21.46: Quite pleased with this one...



(That one's for Trinity, who requested a Chris jumping pic)

21.40: Right, off to take some more photos...

21.38: And some photos from the show itself (they're playing Violet Hill as we type this...)











21.30: Thanks to Brooke for pointing out that we'd reverted to British time from French. C'est vrai! Sorted now.

21.29: Moving onto some photos of the show, here's a few of the Xylobands when they lit up as the band took to the stage for Mylo Xyloto / Hurts Like Heaven...











Remember folks, blurry = arty.

21.24: Our inbox at anchorman@coldplay.com seems to be flooded with questions asking how old Dan Green is (we suspect Coldplaying involvement...). Vicki *thinks* he's 33. But that's not gospel. (Clearly he still looks about 14.)

21.23: And, of course, the pre-show huddle...



21.21: Waiting by the stage door...





21.16: Here's Chris, Jonny and Will as they left the dressing room to head to the stage...







21.13: The band are on! Pictures coming in a sec....

20.59: A chap in the crowd selling the new Coldplay tour programme which actually features an interview with Dan, as well as chats with Chris, Jonny, Will, Guy and Phil, plus a piece by Roadie #42. (Ahem you can order it from the Coldplay Online Shop now.)



20.48: Our telephone theme continues! It's Coldplay soundman/producer Dan Green ON his telephone.



(He was very nice about us taking this photo, considering he was mid-conversation at the time)

20.41: So, we mentioned that we went on our epic journey looking for the Oxfam guys. Happily, we found them eventually. This first picture shows the lovely Pete, who's rejoined the tour tonight, having covered the entire Viva tour as Oxfam's representative.



As you'll notice the campaign Oxfam is pushing on this tour is Love Food, Hate Injustice - Oxfam's global campaign for a future where everyone always has enough to eat. At each show, local volunteers (some dressed as hotdogs) will be chatting to Coldplay fans about the issues.



Head over to oxfamontour.org/coldplay/ for lots more info, regular blogs from the tour and to get your face on their fan wall.

20.34: Band sighted! The Bercy is a bit of a maze of corridors and rooms with closed doors, but we just found Will, Guy and Jonny doing their vocal warm-up exercises (which mainly involve going "Laaa laaaa laaaaa laaa" while reading). Here's a photo...



(We thought flash might disturb them, hence the arty blurry look, complete with action-shot on the pages of the magazine Jonny is flicking through)

20.30: A few of you emailing anchorman@coldplay.com to ask what the capacity is tonight - the answer is, we're told, a very specific 15,203.

20.27: Our little detour also means we can show you what tonight's venue, The Bercy, currently looks like outside.







20.25: Coldplay stage time in 55 minutes by the way.

20.24: Sorry for the gap in service. We went to look for the Oxfam volunteers, and ended up outside the venue by mistake. Still, at least that meant we got some local colour...



20.03: Thanks for all the emails saying "Dear Anchorwoman" because we're in The Girls' room today. Very droll.

19.58: Jennifer emailed anchorman@coldplay.com to ask what's for dinner - so we just popped to catering to find out...





In the corner of that second shot, you'll notice EJ's Baked Talapia which, she tells us, is "delicious". (As we got here so late, we thought we'd better skip dinner. THAT is the kind of sacrifice we make in the name of live photoblogging.)

19.54: Ooh, turns out the stage is *really* close to where our laptop is. This is most definitely A Good Thing for anyone doing a live blog. So here's a couple of photos of Emeli - who is great, by the way. If you'd like to know more about her, check out our interview with her (where you can also hear some music).





19.45: Right, we're off to get some photos of Emeli and anything else we run into...

19.44: Nathalie (as opposed to Natalie) would like a picture of our "work station" tonight. It's this little corner of a desk which we've been allowed to have in the room marked "The Girls" (ie, Coldplay's PAs Vicki and EJ have been kind enough to let us perch our laptop in their 'hood for the evening).



19.37: Natalie has emailed to ask what time the show starts. And the answer is...



And, in fact, we can hear the cheer from here as Emeli Sandé has just taken to the stage...

19.34: The boiler suits which the crew are wearing on this tour. Very natty.



19.31: Another nice telephone. Seems if you pick this one up, a voice at the other end can tell you everything about Coldplay (presumably it's the Oracle).



19.30: The band are currently all busy doing interviews (like us, they were delayed getting here, so everything is quite hectic right now...). As ever, if you want to keep us company during the blog, we're at anchorman@coldplay.com.

19.20: By the way, if you didn't check out Roadie #42's blog about yesterday's Charlie Brown video shoot yet, you can read that here.

19.19: This is how it's looking inside the venue - where the crowd is already coming in...



19.13: They have nice telephones backstage at The Bercy...





19.00: This is the backstage entrance to tonight's venue, The Bercy, which is famed (among other things) for being covered entirely in grass.



The band's tour accountant was telling us that they have to lower a lawnmower from above in order to trim the grass. Sounds like quite a spectacle.

18.57: On our epic journey here from the airport, we passed the Stade de France, which hosted the World Cup Final in 1998 and which will host Coldplay on 2 September next year.



18.50: We spoke to Jonny on the way over and we can reveal that, after much deliberation, he decided that his Favourite Albums of the Year are Torches by Foster The People and, particularly, Skying by The Horrors.

18:42: Bon soir! After spending a long time stuck in Paris rush hour traffic (the journey from the airport took considerably longer than the flight from the UK), we are in The Bercy and ready to blog. Apologies for the late start. Let's get to it.

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