Coldplay drowned the Sprint Center in confetti last night

Over the past 17 years, Coldplay has well earned its reputation for shlock — but it also often still breaks through with its earnestness, and even, occasionally, with beauty. Last night’s show at the Sprint Center (the band’s first here since 2008) provided all of the above: over-the-top bombast, surprisingly steep ticket prices (most seats were north of $200), corny sincerity, a few calls for peace, and even a bit of communal joy. Also: lots of confetti. And nine spotlight operators hoisted 30 feet in the air. And balloons. And lasers. And light-up wristbands. And more confetti. 

Frontman Chris Martin beamed and showboated through it all, giving the crowd what they’d paid for. Most wouldn’t have asked for more. Setlist below.

Setlist:

A Head Full of Dreams

Yellow

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

The Scientist

Birds

Paradise

Always in My Head

Magic

Everglow

Clocks

Midnight

Charlie Brown

Hymn for the Weekend

Fix You

Viva la Vida

Adventure of a Lifetime

Kaleidoscope

In My Place

Don’t Panic

Us Against the World

Something Just Like This

A Sky Full of Stars

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