Coldplay in Toronto

Originally posted on May 09, 2005 7:16 PM

Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland were greeted by a screaming mob of fans Monday, the first day of a three-day promotional blitz in the city to talk up the band's new album, X&Y.

"I can't think of anything except how many people are standing behind me," said a beaming Martin when he was asked about making the new record during a stop at MuchMusic.

"It was hard. Judging by the (screaming) it was worth it."

While X&Y won't hit stores until June 7, the British band is busy hyping the CD across North America by making surprise visits to radio stations and putting on a few select concerts in small clubs.

Aside from MuchMusic, Martin and Buckland visited The Edge 102.1, a local rock radio station, where they performed acoustic versions of two new songs in front of a frenzied audience.

Martin showed off his falsetto, previewing A Message and Till Kingdom Come, a song originally written for the late Johnny Cash which will appear as a hidden track on X&Y.

"It's a tribute to him," Martin told the crowd. "A lot of our parents are real country and western heads."

They also performed The Scientist from Rush Of Blood To The Head and Don't Panic from the band's first album Parachutes.

The outfit landed in Toronto on Sunday and will stay through Wednesday night, when they perform at the Kool Haus. The show sold out in less than a minute. Scalpers are commanding a whopping $300 for a ticket.

Rebecca Lain of Burlington, Ont., was one of about 250 fans outside MuchMusic hoping for a glimpse of Martin.

"They're really good. I just really love them," gushed the 18-year-old, holding a disposable camera above her head hoping for a shot of Martin or Buckland. "He's really hot."

She said she's been trying to snag one of the 2,300 concert tickets, but "$300 is just too much money."

Martin didn't reveal much about the new CD, saying only that the band threw out a bunch of songs during the recording process.

"That's what always happens with us," he said. "We do something, we think it's brilliant, and then we play it for someone else and they remind us that it probably isn't brilliant. So we take it back in and we work on it."

The first single from the album, Speed of Sound, is quickly climbing rock radio charts. It broke ITunes records by topping the downloading service's worldwide chart on its first day of release.

Source: National Post

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