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All Points West '09: Coldplay save the day

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all-points-west-coldplay_lYesterday, Coldplay mesmerized at the closing night of this year’s very wet and muddy music fest, All Points West, held in Jersey City, NJ. Though there were many other fine performances, including sets by The Black Keys, Lykke Li, and We Are Scientists, none compared to the show put on by the Brit quartet.

During “Yellow,” hundreds of balloons were released into the sky and singer Chris Martin sang “Lovers in Japan” while swinging a Japanese paper umbrella around as colorful confetti poured on fans. The vocalist paid homage to the Beastie Boys (who pulled out from the festival after Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer) by performing “Fight For Your Right (To Party),” just as Jay-Z had tributed the trio on Friday with “No Sleep Till’ Brooklyn.” Coldplay also tipped their hat to the late Michael Jackson with an acoustic version of “Billie Jean.”

But it was one of the band’s closing songs, “The Scientist,” that seemed to move the mud-soaked audience the most. With Martin crooning into the mic with his signature falsetto, his fingers like gentle hammers on the keyboard, the heartfelt performance should live long in the audience’s collective memory. Which is a good thing. “You probably won’t see us again for a while,” Martin said, before leaving the stage.

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