In fact, they were so eager, they opened their 11-song set at the Moody Theater at "Austin City Limits Live" in downtown Austin with the first tune on Stories, "Always in My Head."
During the gig, singer Chris Martin told the crowd, "We've been away a long time and I can't think of a better way to come back into the world than in the intimate surroundings of Austin and just a couple of hundred people and the millions watching at home." The gig was streamed live on iTunes as part of the kick-off to a five-night event that will also feature concerts from Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, Soundgarden, Pitbull, Zedd and Keith Urban.
The band also gifted the crowd with the live debut of the recently released spare, Radiohead-like track "Magic" and previously unheard songs "Another's Arms" and the aforementioned "Always In My Head."
The set, which included crowd-pleasers such as "Paradise," "Clocks," "Viva La Vida" and "Fix You," ended with the Stories lead track, "Midnight."