Published : Monday, August 22, 2016 | 10:58 AM
Reese Witherspoon, Matt Damon, Chloe Moretz and Pasadena’s very own Chief of Police, Phillip Sanchez, were just a few well-known faces spotted Saturday night at Coldplay’s concert at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Chief Sanchez, who warned attendees about heavy traffic before the show via a Tweet, snapped a photo of the concert’s opening moments and posted it to Twitter, exclaiming “the light show is fantastic!”
The English rockers opened up the concert with the title track of their latest album, “Head Full of Dreams,” which came out in 2015 and featured indie-electro hip hop beats, EDM hooks and guest vocals from Beyonce.
Continuing playing songs from their newest record, the band played “Everglow,” a somber piano-filled ballad rumored to be about Chris Martin’s relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, his ex-wife since 2014. Martin, who has been the band’s frontman since the mid-90s, went on to perform well-known hits from the band’s catalogue to an audience of about 60,000, such as “Yellow,” “The Scientist” and “Clocks.”
Though Paltrow wasn’t spotted in the audience, plenty of other Hollywood celebrities came out. Witherspoon came with a police escort, her 12-year-old son Deacon and a group of friends while Moretz came alone without boyfriend Brooklyn Beckham, son of UK football superstar, David Beckham. Damon was spotted with his wife and child sporting a ponytail much to the amusement of fans and paparazzi.
Though the the concert was packed, not many people were injured, according to Lisa Derderian, spokesperson for the Pasadena Fire Department. Statistics released by the department show that on Saturday, 238 people received minor injuries which required basic first-aid items such as bandages, six people needed advanced life support, meaning they were on the brink of passing out due to either being drunk, dizzy or dehydrated and two people received basic life support, which is the same thing but to a lesser degree.
“When you put it into perspective, it’s not that bad,” Derderian said about the number of people injured. “Unfortunately, in every large city, we see intoxication issues at large events like concerts, but we saw a lot of families there, this being a family-oriented event helped, as did the evening not being so hot.”
According to Lieutenant Arthur Chute, four people were arrested Saturday night, one for drunk and disorderly conduct, one for illegal food vending, another for resisting arrest for illegal merchandise vending and one for possession of narcotics.