Coldplay Review: Tweeter Center

Coldplay Review: Tweeter Center

This was my second time seeing Coldplay live, the other time was at the Fleet Boston Pavilion on their last U.S. tour in 2002.  The tickets I had were for the pit/GA and I had the best seats I have ever had for a major act with only two shows which could even rival it.  A Springsteen show from the Linc two summers ago where I had pit or Phish's New Years eve show at Madison Square Garden in '97 where we sat second row, side of stage.  I was about 3 people from the rail and when Chris Martin came and stood on the edge of the stage I could have high fived him, it was ridiculously close.

I'm not a huge fan of Coldplay's new album X&Y, but I definitely played out Rush of Blood to the Head in college, and really enjoyed Coldplay Live 2003 for a long time.  The show was a nice mix of old and new.  They opened with one of their new singles Square One with Chris Martin singing most of it in front of the giant screen with numbers scrolling on it with only his shadow visible.  Then they played Politik, the tune which they used to start off shows on their last tour.  I think it was during Politik when Chris Martin changed the lyrics to show his Philly knowledge/love.  He changed lyrics to the songs to say something like "the town where they filmed Rockeee".. "Camden New Jerseee".."and something something Philadelphia."  The crowd, myself included, loved the Brit trying to get into the hearts of Philadelphians.  Later in the show he dedicated a song to those people who "tailgated all day."  Apparently, Coldplay never knew what tailgating was before today.  He even said he would "cook you a hoagie" or something like that, pretty funny.

The third song or so was one of their older hits Yellow.  During this song, huge yellow balloons fell from the rafters, which Chris Martin told the fans to pop eventually, and when they popped, yellow confeti burst everywhere.

As you should be able to see in my photo album, the lighting was extremely colorful and really added to the music very well.  Chris Martin has an amazing stage presence and is a hell of an entertainer.  I thought it was funny, being so close to him, you could actually see he ripped his jacket during the show.  The man puts some passion/effort into his performance.  He also dedicated a song to "all the Apples of the world" which was a nice touch.  No Gwyneth sightings unfortunately.

Being so close to the stage definitely contributed to my amazing time, but I'm pretty sure this show would have rocked from the lawn as well.  My photo album of the show.

The opening band Black Mountain was pretty good, but it was hard to hear them with all of the annoying DMBandesque fans surrounding us.


Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.