Corrections, Updates, and Mos Def?

August 22, 2002 7:48 PM

Janice from Sparks, another great Coldplay site, pointed out to me that I made a little blunder in a previous news post. Coldplay's appearance on the Conan O' Brien show is scheduled for September 27th, not August 27th. I guess I got such a rush of blood to the head that I messed up the date ;)

Fans in the UK should tune into Radio 1 tomorrow, as Chris will be calling in to talk about the new album and make a special announcement. Fans elsewhere can tune in via the web (and find out more information) at

According to Coldplay's official site, several new items have been added to the e-Shop. Among these new items are tracksuit tops, acetates and postcards, so go take a look!

Remember the Amnesty concert I told you about a few postings ago? Well, it went down last night and Chris had a surprise up his sleeve. Before the concert he ran into Mos Def at Coldplay's "pop star hotel," and asked him to join the band at the Music For Human Rights event. Mos Def agreed, and ended up trading verses with Chris, while Chris played guitar on versions of Bill Withers's "Lovely Day" and Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist Of Fate." Will Champion joined in shortly thereafter and added another vocal harmony as the crowd sang along to a rendition of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds." Sounds like a fun time was had by all, and it ended up working out great for Chris, who probably didn't want all the singing attention on his voice. He had apologized to the crowd earlier in the night for the state of his voice...aparently he has a cold.

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$2 Bill Repeats on MTV

August 22, 2002 1:52 AM

Thanks to the US News portion of the official Coldplay site and Eric Simpson, a Coldplay fan, it has been brought to my attention that Coldplay's appearance on MTV2's $2 Bill show from earlier this month will repeat on MTV. Look for a half-hour version of the show to appear on MTV tomorrow night (August 22nd) at 9pm.

The full version of the show seems to be continually repeating on MTV2 for the next week, and their video will be appearing on the 'VMAs: The Breakthrough Collection' show.

Those of us in the U.S. can also look forward to seeing Chris and the gang on 'Late Night with Conan O' Brian' on the same night 'ARoBttH' comes out, August 27th. The show will air at 12:35am Eastern time. If anyone has any specific questions about Coldplay TV appearances, feel free to drop me a line.

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El Ray Theater Review

August 21, 2002 4:39 PM

Coldplay closed out its brief U.S. club tour at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles Tuesday (August 20) with a raucous performance that didn't seem to want to end.

The British quartet played 17 songs in the better part of two hours, with frontman Chris Martin telling the packed house late in the show that the "official concert is over," but that fans were welcome to stick around for a few more songs. The concert showcased much of both the group's 2000 debut album, Parachutes, and the upcoming A Rush Of Blood To The Head, which arrives next week (August 27) from Capitol Records.

Still, Coldplay found time for its cover of Echo & the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar," a rare early composition by Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland titled "See You Soon," and the new "One I Love," a B-side for the U.K. release of the band's current single, "In My Place."

The crowd included several well-known faces, including actresses Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Minnie Driver, and members of R.E.M. Martin acknowledged the show's Los Angeles setting several times, joking at one point that perhaps fans had inadvertently happened across the gig instead of their planned night out seeing Spider-Man. Later, he dedicated the song "Everything's Not Lost" to "all the actors" and altered the words by singing, "If you've still not won an Oscar, everything's not lost."

Coldplay will return to North America next month for a tour of larger venues, beginning September 4 at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.

Source: Yahoo! News

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Amnesty International Concert

August 21, 2002 2:52 PM

Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland will make an unbilled appearance at the Amnesty International concert at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Los Angeles Wednesday (August 21). The duo will perform three or four songs in an acoustic setting, according to a spokesperson for the event.

The appearance comes the day after the U.K. band closes out it U.S. club tour in Los Angeles that served to preview its second album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, due August 27 from Capitol Records.

The Amnesty International concert also features announced co-headliners Aimee Mann and Beth Orton. The show is the first in what organizers intend to be a series of concerts being planned through next spring in support of the internationally known human rights organization.

Source: Launch

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Bowery Ballroom, NY Review

August 20, 2002 6:00 PM

Coldplay seem like a group of polite young men who you wouldn't mind taking home to meet the parents. But they're about more than mere pleasantry. Their concert in the tiny Bowery Ballroom also showed they have an ambitious streak the size of U2.

Huge stars in their native Britain, the band hopes their second album A Rush of Blood to the Head will capitalize on the success of their breakout hit, "Yellow." That irresistible song established the band's trademark sound: twee-pop verses of heartfelt declarations like "I wrote this song for you," alternated with guitar stomps that conjure images of Neil Young's Crazy Horse on a forced march.

Coming off what the Brits call "a wobbly," (illness, cancelled gigs, and rumors of a split all marked last year's American tour), this New York show found them trying to ditch their "next best thing to Radiohead" designation, and opting for world domination. From the pounding thrash of the opener "Politik," their music roared with extraordinary vigor.

Guitarist Jon Buckland coaxed shimmering whines from his instrument with a bottleneck, and the supple rhythm section were turned up to Spinal Tap-like levels. Coldplay's charismatic focal point, however, is wiry singer Chris Martin, who, in spite of a bandage on his right hand, played guitar and piano. Martin is the band's muddled heart. His wounded rasp can find a bedrock truth in a line like "If you go leave me down here on my own/ I'll wait for you." During "Daylight," an anthem that spirals around the drumbeat from the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows," he screwed up his face in concentration, and whooped at his piano like an ecstatic Ray Charles.

At points Martin seemed a stand-up comic with opening night jitters. He apologized for preferring Bruce Springsteen over Aphex Twin before singing a verse of the Boss' "Hungry Heart," and joked that the glittering ballad "Trouble" was a "stupid little song" before halting the tune to make sure he wasn't misinterpreted. "It's a fucking great song, actually," he decided. Glad that's settled.

Hearing songs from the band's Parachutes debut was like bumping into old friends. The sing-along of "Everything's Not Lost" inspired the group to carefully tease it until its refrain reached its breaking point. When "Yellow" arrived in the finale, Martin didn't even have to sing. He turned his mic stand around to the bellowing fans as if they were the stars.

Coldplay respond to such audience adoration with a generosity that almost made you mistrust them. I guess we're just not used to pop stars being so ... nice. Their second encore was yet another a gift. Martin played Oasis' "Songbird" alone at the piano to the evident delight of the brothers Gallagher, who lurked in the upstairs balcony. The entire band reassembled for the rousing closer, Echo & the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar." Offering a respectful nod to Britpop masters past and present, Coldplay seemed keenly confident in their own glorious future.

Source: VH1 Concert Reviews

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