A Band in Awe
September 07, 2002 3:58 AM
Coldplay have been "blown away" by the reaction to their new album 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head'.
"Knowing the reaction to the album and how many people have got the new album has really blown us away," wrote drummer Will on coldplay.com. "Knowing that people seem to be into what we are doing even if it is different to what we did before is really amazing for us because for a long time, we really didn't know. Thank you to all of you."
He continued: "Playing at the Kentish Town Forum last Thursday was a real relief; for the first time we didn't have to apologise for playing lots of new songs, and we certainly felt more relaxed and played the best we had for ages."
The diary entry also reveals how the band spent the last few months running up to the release of the No.1 album comparing it to the agony of expecting exam results.
"The period of waiting that occurred between the finishing of this album and its release was possibly one of the weirdest times we've had for a while. It was like waiting for exam results, knowing that we felt confident (sort of) in our own heads about what we'd done, but not having a clue whether our best was good enough."
'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' has been nothing short of a revelation being hailed as a critical triumph while simultaneously becoming the biggest selling album of the year to date.
In the next few weeks, the band will be concentrating on North America with major TV appearances on Jay Leno's The Tonight Show (Sept 12) and Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Sept 26) plus a trip to Canada.
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More Reviews and Much Music
September 05, 2002 8:54 PM
Every time I get on my computer I stumble across more reviews of Coldplay's new album, 'A Rush of Blood to the Head.' This time around, be sure to catch Entertainment Weekly's review. As reported by Coldplay's Official Website, the band has found itself on the cover of NME this week. In the issue, they give their impressions of their recent El Ray Theatre gig in Los Angeles and Chris' teaming up with Mos Def.
I've also been getting some emails from fans who are excited about Coldplay's scheduled appearance on Much Music later this month. Dora wrote in to say: "Coldplay are to perform live on Much Music USA on September 22nd at 8:00 PM (ET), and will answer fan questions. In short: a lot of things to look forward to. This will start at 7:00 PM as some kind of preshow before they perform and are interviewed, so don't miss it!" Thanks, Dora.
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TIME, MTV, and Album Sales
September 05, 2002 5:22 PM
TIME magazine has a short article about Coldplay's new album, titled 'Solid Music for Softies,' that can be read by clicking here.
Ananova is reporting that MTV will be filming Coldplay's concert at Manchester's MEN Arena on October 11th, to later be broadcasted in full at 9pm on October 20th. The program will apparently kick off a half hour earlier with an interview with the band.
The following comes directly from NME. Coldplay have now scored 11 chart toppers with their new album, including Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK. However, they have failed to excite Austria quite as much, where the album could only manage Number Ten. It is expected to remain at Number One in the UK this coming Sunday (September 8).
And one last tidbit: There is a little more information about Coldplay's inclusion on an upcoming Christmas album over at MTV. I already own a copy of the song that will be included, 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,' in which Chris plays piano and sings by himself. It's an extremely beautiful version of the song.
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Exclusive 'The Scientist' Download
September 05, 2002 4:35 PM
A guy named James from alt.music.coldplay was kind enough to send me an mp3 recording of 'The Scientist' from Chris and Jonny's recent appearance on the 'Morning Becomes Eclectic' show on KCRW. An interview and two-song session were aired on August 20th, and you can find more information about the show at KCRW Music.
Anyhow, thanks to James, I am now offerring the track as an exclusive download from this site only. To listen to Chris and Jonny's acoustic version of 'The Scientist,' click here (right-click to download).
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Seattle Setlist & Review
September 05, 2002 3:32 AM
Coldplay opened their U.S. tour in Seattle tonight, and I was fortunate enough to attend. I have written a full review that I think is definitely worth a read if you're curious as to what to expect from the rest of the tour. The setlist was as follows:
- One I Love
- Don't Panic
- Everything's Not Lost
- Green Eyes
- God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
- The Scientist
- In My Place
- Life is for Living
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