The Billboard Music Awards wasn’t the only primetime music programming Sunday night. An hour before things got going in Vegas on ABC, NBC aired the Ghost Stories concert special Coldplay filmed in L.A. two months ago with director Paul Dugdale. The performance mostly took place in the round in an 800-seat theater that was especially handy for the astral confetti explosion that was “A Sky Full Of Stars,” but there was one part when Chris Martin took a cab to the shoreline and played “Oceans” by the ocean in solitude. Martin also levitated over an empty theater during the opening performance of “Always In My Head” (the audience was in the room for all the other songs). Setlist was heavy on stuff from the new album, as you’d expect, but old favorites “Clocks,” “Viva La Vida,” and “Paradise” got a reading too. Watch video of “Magic,” “Viva La Vida,” and “A Sky Full Of Stars” below.
Ghost Stories is out 5/19 on Parlophone/Atlantic. Read our review.