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Great San Diego Review

September 13, 2002 6:56 PM

A special thanks goes out to Ceji for sending me this great review of Coldplay's recent show in San Diego on September 9th:

'Sparks' Fly at Coldplay gig
by Tiffany Lee-Youngren
Staff Writer

September 11, 2002

Call it snuggle-rock.

Midway through Coldplay's tender, Brit-poppy show at SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Monday night, lead singer Chris Martin paused to invite the full - hous crowd to get a little lovey-dovey.

"This is the part where you can nuzzle up with your girlfriend and eat your popcorn," Martin said. "And if you haven't got a girlfriend, you can eat your popcorn. And if you haven't got popcorn, eat someone else's girlfriend's popcorn."

The foursome's subsequent rendition of "Green Eyes" met with a multitude of clasped hands, coy smiles and lipsticked cheecks. But it was clear from the beginning that this crowd only had eyes for Coldplay. Just before the song ended, one woman in Row M lovingly passed her eyeglasses to her boyfriend so he could get a better look -- at the stage.

But, of course, this is San Diego, and in San Diego there's always one sex-crazed fan in the audience with no patience for romance. And this front-row female wanted Martin bad enough to tell him (and everyone else).

"We'll talk later," he told her between songs. "There are others here."

Martin's quirky British wit must have come as a surprise to many in the audience -- the band's lyrics, after all, have focused mainly on lost love ("Sparks"), pain ("Shiver") and regret (most poignantly in "Trouble", one of Coldplay's most popular songs, and a highlight of Monday's performance). But hope is also a mainstay of the band's repertoire, and even the show's more bittersweet numbers vibrated with an optimism and energy many bands fail to translate into live performance.

From the first pounding piano chords of "Politik" to the band's three song encore, Coldplay steered the set list away from its threww lesser known EPs, focusing instead on material from its two full-length albums, "Parachutes" and "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (the latter was released last month).

The quartet, which also includes Jon Buckland on guitar and backing vocals, Guy Berryman on bass and Will Champion on drums, melded sweet melodies and gritty rhythm with seeming little effort (during "Spies" the second number and one of Coldplay's best, Martin gripped a water bottle with one hand and played piano with the other, finishing with a seasoned Liberace flourish.)

Even the show's hitches reeked with showmanship. In the midst of "Trouble," the song that best showcases Martin's heart-wrenching, protean voice, the frontman abruptly stopped singing before the last verse. A palpable shock wave ran through the theatre.

"I'm not going to sing this bit," Martin said with a good natured smirk. "The world needs a new stadium band...like...like the Dave Matthews Band."

And, Martin continued, no self-respecting stadium band could end a performance without a sing-along.

"The words are, 'They spun a web for me,'" Martin told the crowd (as if they didn't already know). He then recited the verse's chords to his band (As if they didn't already know). And the audience picked up where Martin left off, doing the song sing-along justice.

"We're the new Aerosmith!" Martin beamed. "That's marvelous!"

The wild applause that followed made it clear -- this crowd wasn't quick to pick up on his sarcasm.

"I was only joking about the whole stadium thing," Martin said, visibly embarrassed he had to clear things up.

A bluesy "Everything's Not Lost" turned up a few songs later, with Martin once again on piano. Watching this man play the ivories was like watching someone being electrocuted -- Martin's arms flailed and his legs shook spastically, and with his nose an inch above the keyboard, he looked about to melt into the thing. Adding to the effect were a series of grainy black and white cameras focused on Martin, one of them trained on his hands as he pla

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Great San Diego Review

September 13, 2002 6:56 PM

A special thanks goes out to Ceji for sending me this great review of Coldplay's recent show in San Diego on September 9th:

'Sparks' Fly at Coldplay gig
by Tiffany Lee-Youngren
Staff Writer

September 11, 2002

Call it snuggle-rock.

Midway through Coldplay's tender, Brit-poppy show at SDSU's Open Air Theatre on Monday night, lead singer Chris Martin paused to invite the full - hous crowd to get a little lovey-dovey.

"This is the part where you can nuzzle up with your girlfriend and eat your popcorn," Martin said. "And if you haven't got a girlfriend, you can eat your popcorn. And if you haven't got popcorn, eat someone else's girlfriend's popcorn."

The foursome's subsequent rendition of "Green Eyes" met with a multitude of clasped hands, coy smiles and lipsticked cheecks. But it was clear from the beginning that this crowd only had eyes for Coldplay. Just before the song ended, one woman in Row M lovingly passed her eyeglasses to her boyfriend so he could get a better look -- at the stage.

But, of course, this is San Diego, and in San Diego there's always one sex-crazed fan in the audience with no patience for romance. And this front-row female wanted Martin bad enough to tell him (and everyone else).

"We'll talk later," he told her between songs. "There are others here."

Martin's quirky British wit must have come as a surprise to many in the audience -- the band's lyrics, after all, have focused mainly on lost love ("Sparks"), pain ("Shiver") and regret (most poignantly in "Trouble", one of Coldplay's most popular songs, and a highlight of Monday's performance). But hope is also a mainstay of the band's repertoire, and even the show's more bittersweet numbers vibrated with an optimism and energy many bands fail to translate into live performance.

From the first pounding piano chords of "Politik" to the band's three song encore, Coldplay steered the set list away from its threww lesser known EPs, focusing instead on material from its two full-length albums, "Parachutes" and "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (the latter was released last month).

The quartet, which also includes Jon Buckland on guitar and backing vocals, Guy Berryman on bass and Will Champion on drums, melded sweet melodies and gritty rhythm with seeming little effort (during "Spies" the second number and one of Coldplay's best, Martin gripped a water bottle with one hand and played piano with the other, finishing with a seasoned Liberace flourish.)

Even the show's hitches reeked with showmanship. In the midst of "Trouble," the song that best showcases Martin's heart-wrenching, protean voice, the frontman abruptly stopped singing before the last verse. A palpable shock wave ran through the theatre.

"I'm not going to sing this bit," Martin said with a good natured smirk. "The world needs a new stadium band...like...like the Dave Matthews Band."

And, Martin continued, no self-respecting stadium band could end a performance without a sing-along.

"The words are, 'They spun a web for me,'" Martin told the crowd (as if they didn't already know). He then recited the verse's chords to his band (As if they didn't already know). And the audience picked up where Martin left off, doing the song sing-along justice.

"We're the new Aerosmith!" Martin beamed. "That's marvelous!"

The wild applause that followed made it clear -- this crowd wasn't quick to pick up on his sarcasm.

"I was only joking about the whole stadium thing," Martin said, visibly embarrassed he had to clear things up.

A bluesy "Everything's Not Lost" turned up a few songs later, with Martin once again on piano. Watching this man play the ivories was like watching someone being electrocuted -- Martin's arms flailed and his legs shook spastically, and with his nose an inch above the keyboard, he looked about to melt into the thing. Adding to the effect were a series of grainy black and white cameras focused on Martin, one of them trained on his hands as he pla

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U.S. Sales Near 1/4 Million

September 13, 2002 6:47 PM

In its second week on the Billboard 200, Coldplay's A Rush Of Blood To The Head remains in the top 10. The U.K. group's second album dropped only two spots to Number Seven on the current listing, with more than 74,000 units sold, according to sources. The album has now tallied more that 215,000 in its first two weeks available in the United States.

A Rush Of Blood To The Head finds Coldplay exploring more sonic ground than on its 2000 debut, Parachutes. Frontman Chris Martin explains the growth to LAUNCH. "I really started to get excited by music that I'd never been excited about before. A lot of things like Oasis and Nirvana and Echo & the Bunnymen, but then things like Johnny Cash. Basically I suddenly realized after our first record that you don't have to just listen to white men of your age to listen to music that can mean something to you. You can listen to everything from the Flaming Lips through to Limp Bizkit."

Source: Yahoo! News

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Rolling Stone, Leno & SF Update

September 12, 2002 6:53 PM

As pointed out by the Official Coldplay News Ticker, there is a great new article over at RollingStone.com that features dialogue between Coldplay and New York band, The Strokes, as well as some interplay between Oasis' Liam Gallagher and Chris Martin. The following is a little excerpt from the full article, which you can read here.

Saturday night, in D.C., at the 9:30 Club, backstage. Coldplay are halfway through a club tour in advance of A Rush of Blood's release. It's just two hours to showtime, and all four of the guys are crowded in a little room the size of a middle-class teenager's bedroom. Buckland, an extremely quiet guy, is sitting in one corner, a messy mop of wild hair atop his head, eating potato chips. Berryman, who looks like a floppy-haired younger Ralph Fiennes, is on the other side of the room, sipping a Beck's. Champion's beautiful dark-haired girlfriend leans on his shoulder as he quietly strums a guitar. The room would be placid but for Martin. He rushes around, first using his portable humidifier on his throat, then dumping his daytime clothes in a corner and lying on the floor to do some stretches. He pays extra attention to his wrists, strained from banging the piano. "I love getting prepared," he says. "The whole Rocky thing."

And in other news, be sure to catch the band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. The show will air on NBC at 11:35pm Pacific. Check your local listings, just to be sure. I'm guessing the band will play "In My Place," but who knows...maybe they'll be tricky and play "The Scientist." Either way it will be fun to see them on TV again.

And finally, you may recall that this site featured an exclusive review and setlist from Coldplay's recent gig in San Francisco, thanks to Denise Nazzal (see September 10th news). Well, Ada contributed the following extra bit of information about that particular gig:

"I have read the SF show review, and indeed the show was brilliant. I just wanted to add a minor note – during encore, they actually played a little bit of the song 'Sitting on the Dock of the Bay'... just for us in 'Frisco Bay'. It was a very nice touch!"

Thanks, Ada, for sharing that with us! With this, and Chris' singing a few bars of Pearl Jam's 'Alive' at the Seattle show, it seems that Coldplay's lead singer is doing all he can to give each show its own personal touch. We'll have to see if he keeps this up for the remainder of the tour.

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Coldplay Slips to #7 in U.S.

September 12, 2002 4:44 AM

According to Yahoo! News today, Coldplay has dropped from the number five spot on the U.S. albums chart to the number seven spot. The current top ten is as follows:

  1. Home, Dixie Chicks
  2. The Eminem Show, Eminem
  3. Let Go, Avril Lavigne
  4. Nellyville, Nelly
  5. The Rising, Bruce Springsteen
  6. Come Away with Me, Norah Jones
  7. A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay
  8. Now That's What I Call Music! 10, various
  9. Eve-olution, Eve
  10. Lord Willin', Clipse
It will be interesting to see how long Coldplay can stay in the top ten. They seem to be doing just fine over in the UK.

One last note: don't forget to watch Coldplay perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night. The show airs on NBC at 11:35pm Pacific time.

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