There were some miscues and some cobwebs, but Coldplay can be satisfied with their return to the stage at Brixton's Academy on Monday night.

The limelight is well and truly focused on the British band at the moment, thanks to the phenomenal early success of their new release, "Viva La Vida," which opened at No. 1 on this week's Official U.K. Albums Chart after selling more than 300,000 copies in just three days. And the band certainly didn't wilt under the expectation, playing to a capacity 4,900 crowd at south London's iconic Academy venue, one of three free Coldplay concerts lined-up this month.

Chris Martin and his bandmates emerged just after 8.30pm, opening with "Life In Technicolor," the instrumental opening track from their new, fourth-studio album. The song served as a warm-up exercise for the band, who then launched into a a string of instantly recognizable numbers, including "Violet Hill," "Clocks" and "In My Place." The four band members stayed in theme with their "Viva La Vida" release, wearing their souped-up French Revolution-style jackets which have featured in their recent photo shoots.

In between tracks, Martin defied his stereotype as a grouch when he cracked a joke with the audience, one which apparently was told to him by a gloating German interviewer. "What do British people do when they have finished winning the World Cup and the European championships (of soccer)," he said, before finishing, "they turn off the Playstation."

The lead singer spent his Monday evening switching between keyboards and guitar, or throwing himself about in front of the mic stand. He even appeared at the venue's balcony, where he delivered a stripped-down version of "Yellow."

As the band prepped for a rendition of "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face", Martin joked that, "Even when we're not trying, we still manage to plagiarise Radiohead." Moments later, he retracted his comment, noting that it might not go down so well with the BBC Radio 1 audience who were tuning in to the live broadcast.

Perhaps it was down to the fact tickets for this homecoming show were freebies, given away as part of an unusual promotional campaign in support of their new album, but the Brixton Academy crowd never genuinely erupted. A sea of cellphones and camera were held aloft throughout the show, but few of their owners were jumping.

The set list-included a crowd-pleasuring encore of "Fix You," and at one point the band took a brief stab at Girls Aloud's hit single "Call the Shots."

Coldplay has moved on to Barcelona for a free concert tonight at the Espacio Movistar venue, and will follow up with another at New York's Madison Square Garden on June 23. "Viva La Vida" is released today in the United States.

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