ALTer Ego concert delivers Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, a surprise guest and more at The Forum – San Bernardino Sun

Fans lining up to enter The Forum in Inglewood for the ALT (98.7 FM) and iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego concert on Saturday night clearly had some energy to experience. They were ready to dance and sing — even while masked — to Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, Twenty One Pilots, All Time Low, Willow and Måneskin.

With COVID-19 cases climbing in Los Angeles County and some live events once again postponing, some ticketholders expressed concerns about a last-minute cancellation on social media. But the event went on as scheduled without any acts out due to illness and the venue firmly stuck to its protocol in requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests, enforcing face masks indoors and there was even available quick testing on-site. Although it was impossible to police everybody, the staff inside did make sure to remind fans to keep their masks on and it seemed like a majority did.

“You deserve a night to just let go and enjoy yourselves and the people around you,” Imagine Dragons vocalist Dan Reynolds told the enthusiastic crowd after playing the band’s hit “Believer,” the very first song of the evening. In recent years, iHeartRadio has had some of the larger acts hit the stage first — like having BTS open the KIIS (102.7 FM) Jingle Ball last month at this same venue — so fans fill seats early on as these events are often livestreamed.

Imagine Dragons was the opener, coming in hot with “Whatever It Takes,” “Thunder,” “Radioactive” and the song “Demons,” before which Reynolds candidly shared with the audience, “Therapy has saved my life,” he said. “Your life is always worth living.”

Italian rock band Måneskin received a warm welcome as it ripped into “Zittie E Buoni” and “Mamma Mia” before delivering its juiced-up version of the Four Seasons’ “Beggin’.” This band looks cool, they sound cool and vocalist Damiano David has a whole lot of swagger. Although its set was short, it was pretty sweet and inevitably we’ll be seeing more of this band at festivals and in clubs in Southern California.

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Coldplay’s set felt a lot like a polished dress rehearsal for its upcoming stadium tour, which hits SoFi Stadium April 26 and 30. The band blended brand-new material with a few of its early hits. They opened with the intro to its latest album, “Music Of The Spheres,” and the very ’80s-sounding “Higher Power.” Then they squeezed in “My Universe,” which featured BTS’ parts piped in, and “Human Heart,” with R&B sister-duo We Are King from the new record. They also played “People of the Pride,” a much harder Coldplay song that vocalist Chris Martin prefaced by saying this was the band’s “first rock song.” He said he had no idea why they’ve been referred to as a rock band all of these years when “We are like a soft thing,” he said with a laugh. The band also played “Clocks,” “Yellow” and a stirring version of “Fix You.” ALTer Ego concert delivers Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, a surprise guest and more at The Forum – San Bernardino Sun

John Verrall

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