Is Coldplay the Next U2?

Originally posted on August 04, 2007 2:26 PM

MTV ponders whether or not Coldplay could become the next U2:

From a strictly political standpoint, of all of rock and roll's big names, Coldplay are perhaps the most comparable to U2.

Chris Martin, who leads the British quartet, has been particularly outspoken on issues of fair trade and has become the face for Make Trade Fair, a campaign organized by Oxfam International to promote trade justice among governments, institutions and multinational corporations. Martin has personally traveled to Ghana and Haiti to see firsthand the effects of unfair trade practices. And when the band performs live, he can usually be spotted with the words "make trade fair" or an equal sign written on his left hand.

Martin has been fairly active in politics and has been a vocal critic of Bush and the war in Iraq. He threw his support behind John Kerry's failed presidential bid in 2004 during his acceptance speech at the 2004 Grammy Awards, when the band's song "Clocks" was awarded Record of the Year honors. The band also supports Amnesty International.

Oh yeah, and Martin's been known to refer to himself as "Crono," a play on the name of his "hero," Bono.

Read the article for similar contemplations regarding Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, etc.

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