Terrible Red Rocks Review

Originally posted on June 10, 2003 12:11 AM

Dan from BBC 6music wrote in to say that they will be playing an archive concert from Coldplay from Glastonbury 2000 between 11pm and 12pm local time on June 12th.

I had the misfortune of stumbling across a terrible review of Coldplay's recent Red Rocks show, written by a guy named Matt Sebastian. Reading the poorly written review inspired me to write in and blow off some steam, so I sent the following email:

Mr. Sebastian,

You should be ashamed of yourself, having written one of the sorriest excuses for a concert review I have ever had the displeasure of reading. If you are going to be posting lackluster reviews online, please only review lackluster bands. Coldplay is by far one of the hottest bands right now, and they are clearly escalating to the same level of bands like Radiohead and U2. Not because they mimic them, as you alluded to, but because they are of the same musical caliber.

I'd suggest, before writing your next poorly written and barely researched review, that you spend a little more time getting to know the facts, and perhaps even open your mind a bit. For one, the album's title is not "It's A Rush of Blood to the Head," and two, Chris Martin's "shrill falsetto," Jon Buckland's "icy guitar," and the album's "still and emotionless" sound has won the band and the album two Grammys and an armful of other notable awards.

Instead of providing a profound review of a band's performance, I found the words you chose (e.g. "emotionless," "simple" and "antiseptic") only served to describe the review (and perhaps reviewer?) I was reading.

Sincerely,
Bernie Zimmermann

So maybe I got a little carried away, but I really didn't like the interview.

On a final note, this will most likely be the last news update you'll see here for a little bit (we're talking days here, not weeks, so don't worry), as I will be moving to a faster server and a new website design in celebration of this site's upcoming one-year anniversary (the site initially launched on June 21, 2002).

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