Coldplay Showing Its Politics

Originally posted on August 26, 2002 4:39 PM

While Coldplay gears up for the release Tuesday (August 27) of its second album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, the band, and especially frontman Chris Martin, is still making time to let its political leanings known.

On Wednesday (August 21), Martin and drummer Will Champion made a surprise appearance at Los Angeles concert in support of the human-rights organization Amnesty International. At the group's tour-closing show in L.A. the night before, Martin appeared on stage wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words: "Make Trade Fair." Make Trade Fair is a U.K.-based campaign that aims to end the exploitation of third world workers by changing international trade rules.

Martin tells LAUNCH, "You know how much fuss there is over all the G-8 summits and people protesting at the World Trade Organization ( news - web sites) and everything, and really a lot of that has to do with the way that trade laws around the world are not really that fair, you know? If you're American or English or French, you know, you don't really notice because everything's kinda hunky-dory for us, you know? But if you go around a lot of the world, you know, farmers and producers and workers just don't get what the should, you know, and that's ridiculous."

Martin says that the least he can do is wear a T-shirt. "And so, by wearing T-shirts and by, you know, making yourself look (like) an idiot, maybe you just raise awareness a little bit."

Source: Yahoo! News

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