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Happy Birthday Mr. Buckland

September 11, 2002 2:59 AM

There's a lot to remember this September 11th, with the anniversary of last year's attacks on America. However, Coldplay fans should not forget, amidst it all, that our favorite guitarist, Jonny Buckland, turns 25 today. Happy birthday, Jonny!

Also, remember to catch Coldplay on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday night (September 12th on NBC).

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Exclusive 'In My Place' Download

September 10, 2002 7:13 PM

On September 4th, Coldplay dropped by 107.7 The End in Seattle to spin some records by Ash, The Verve, The Stone Roses and more. They also picked up their acoustics for an exclusive in-studio performance of their hit single, 'In My Place.' To listen to the recording (RealPlayer), click here.

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New MTV Interview

September 10, 2002 5:12 PM

Coldplay raised a lot of eyebrows (including their own) when A Rush of Blood to the Head debuted at #5 last week, but they aren't letting success get to their heads.

"We're very obviously not celebrities," said frontman Chris Martin. "We're never going to make the cover of the National Enquirer. We're never going to have our heads put on someone else's naked bodies, unfortunately. I mean, I'd love to have Enrique's chest or something."

Martin is psyched about his band's popularity especially considering that drifting, melancholy pop songs aren't exactly the belle of "TRL." However, there was a time not so long ago when public exposure freaked out the sensitive singer.

"Before we started touring, we'd never really traveled that extensively," Martin explained. "When you're going to play in a big football game or something, you're in a tunnel and there's hardly anyone there and then all of a sudden there are all these people and it's like, 'Ahhh!'

"Some people are booing you, and some are not looking at you. They're just interested in their beer. Some people are cheering, some people don't want you to win, some people do. Suddenly you're out there in the spotlights and it takes a while to get used to it. But when you do get used to it, it's brilliant and it's very exciting."

With their prime slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the atmospheric pop group stands just three positions away from Eminem.

"Eminem is amazingly important in the world of music," Martin said. "To me, Eminem is everything that democracy and free speech is about. He says what he wants about who he wants, and I think that's amazing. I don't necessarily agree with everything Eminem says, but everything he gets away with is brilliant because you should be allowed to voice your opinion like that."

"In My Place," the first single from A Rush of Blood to the Head, is in rotation at rock radio, and Coldplay have already chosen "The Scientist" as the disc's second single.

"That one was a real turning point for our record," Martin said. "It was really the first song we had which was not in the original plan, and it just came out of nowhere. We recorded it in about two days, and the singing was done only once. It was all done straight away after it was written. It was the first time we'd ever done a song like that, and it really saved our bacon."

Source: MTV News

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San Francisco Setlist & Review

September 10, 2002 2:11 AM

Denise Nazzal was kind enough to send in her review of Coldplay's San Francisco show at The Greek on Friday. She reported the following:

"Friday's show was phenomenal. The greek theater is a beautiful, intimate venue, and chris said that he was loving performing in this "situation". I did not take down an exact setlist, but i do know that he played the following in no particular order:"

  • Politik
  • Shiver
  • Spies (This is my favorite Coldplay song of all time – it is so eerie and sensual! They did a different intro to this song that had very mysterious qualities.)
  • Yellow
  • Green Eyes (A beautiful acoustic version with just Chris and Jonny and their guitars. Chris made some funny comments before playing the song that one day when Coldplay is no longer together, we may see them playing in some casino lounge in Vegas)
  • The Scientist
  • Don't Panic
  • Clocks
  • Daylight
  • God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
  • Everything's Not Lost (A beautiful, extended version of this song in which he had the audience sing at the end)
  • Trouble (Chris also had the audience sing along to this song – the "they spun a web for me" part. It was amazing!)
  • Life is for Living (I believe they ended with this one)
  • In My Place (Towards the end of this song, Chris wanted to run around the stage, but his microphone cord got stuck, and the tech guy couldn't fix it. Chris made some sort of comment like "it's ok, leave it alone" but i couldn't quite catch it)
"I can't remember any more, but I know that they played a few others in addition to what's on this list. Ash was a great opening and I enjoyed them a lot."

Thanks for the great review, Denise!

Coldplay also played Las Vegas on Saturday night, San Diego tonight, and is scheduled to play The Greek in Los Angeles tomorrow night. If anyone went (or is going) to these shows and can send in even a semi-setlist or semi-review it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again to those who have committed themselves to later shows!

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Still at #1 in UK

September 08, 2002 2:20 PM

According to dotmusic, Coldplay has retained its spot at the top of the charts in the UK this week. Stay tuned, because we should hear about U.S. sales in a few days. This album should be getting a good deal of word-of-mouth advertising, so let's hope it climbs the chart a bit.

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