With three stages, a galaxy of synchronized wristbands, a battery of confetti cannons and frontman Chris Martin’s awkwardly engaging dance moves, Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour, arriving at a sold-out Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Monday, is nothing if not a lot of fun.
This summer, it also became one of the top-five grossing tours of all time, according to Pollstar, a mark of success that owes less to spectacle than to a set list featuring some of the most memorable and expertly constructed pop songs of the millennium.
Perhaps no band offers a better road map for the dynamic overhaul of the pop chart during the first decade and a half of the century than Coldplay. New fans who have gorged on the soulless knob-twirling that the Chainsmokers bring to their current club-friendly Coldplay collaboration “Something Just Like This” may not even recognize the wan, young Chris Martin mooning over lost love in “Yellow,” a gentle, indie-rock ode released in 2000.
Two years later came another collection of literate vulnerability on the album “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” featuring the singles “Clocks” (and Martin’s signature cascade of piano) and “The Scientist,” followed by the 2005 album “X&Y” and the hits “Speed of Sound” and “Fix You.” With smooth layers of piano, Martin’s yearning vocals and a fuzzy underbelly of Jonny Buckland guitar, Coldplay was the quintessential pop-rock band of its time.
But a band with more ambition: In 2008, Coldplay turned to tech-rock producer Brian Eno for “Vida la Vida or Death and All His Friends,” which featured a pulsating title track and won the Grammy for Album of the Year. The 2011 concept album “Mylo Xyloto” was positioned as a thematic rock opera and encouraged more dance-floor action with “Charlie Brown,” “Paradise” and “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.”
Coldplay’s dalliance with the dance-music charts reached a new phase when they employed Swedish EDM producer Avicii to help them record the bouncy single “A Sky Full of Stars” (from the so-called Gwyneth Paltrow breakup album “Ghost Stories”), which somehow retained a personable warmth while becoming one of the biggest club hits of 2014. Other singles from the album, including the arty “Midnight” and the soulful “Magic,” also pulsed with techno flourishes.
Their latest album, “A Head Full of Dreams,” continues that trajectory with the bumping singles “Adventure of a Lifetime” and the oft-remixed “Hymn for the Weekend.” But the best song on the album may be “Up and Up,” which dials back the overt club ambitions for a modern-rock sound that delivers a we-are-the-world humanity as Martin sings, “We’re gonna get it together I know.” It is the sound of a band that, while looking to the future, has come full circle.
When: 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28; AlunaGeorge is the opening act.
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens
Cost: Sold-out; Ticketmaster Verified Resale tickets start at $137.16
Contact: 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com