Coldplay Headlining Glasto Tonight

June 28, 2002 6:12 PM

Here's what the band's frontman, Chris Martin, had to say about headlining Glastonbury and unveiling the new songs from 'A Rush of Blood to the Head:'

"The prospect of playing big festivals is quite scary, but also it's kind of like, damn right we should be playing right up the bill, because we've got this great album that people are gonna hear and these great songs that people are gonna hear for the first time maybe at these festivals."

"It's quite brave, but I think it's the right place to introduce these songs to people on a wide scale."

To read the article this quote was taken from, see BBC Radio 1 News.

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Nice Little Interview

June 28, 2002 4:14 AM

There's a cool interview over at BBC Radio 1's website that is definitely worth a read, or even a listen.

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Glastonbury is Coming!

June 27, 2002 1:48 PM

Yahoo News reports that thousands of music fans have begun the annual pilgrimage to the Glastonbury Music Festival, which kicks off tomorrow.

Sounds like they're serious about their "don't come without a ticket" policy, since every ad or article mentions the fact that no one will be let in without one. They've even apparently put up a "Berlin-like" wall to help keep ticketless concert-goers out.

To the more than 100,000 fans who end up attending the festival (yes, I'm including those crazy enough to make it over the Berlin-like wall), have fun. I'll be sitting across the Atlantic Ocean hoping my webcast keeps a steady connection.

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Fear of Dying

June 26, 2002 2:50 PM

According to Ananova, Chris Martin has said the new Coldplay record is about "getting things done now" and "a fear of dying."

He went on to say, "The record's about how you must do things now because time is short. Whether it's falling in love or stopping evil global corporations, you've got to do it now, not put it off. Part of the driving force behind that is fear of dying. Obviously, the other part of that is just fear of losing my hair. It's good to feel life is short, because that makes you live every day to the maximum. It makes you not give a s**t about people who don't like you."

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More Editorial Than News

June 26, 2002 3:30 AM

There isn't a whole lot of Coldplay news to report tonight, but I read some things related to the upcoming Glastonbury Festival that made me want to post.

First off, one of the festival's main acts, The White Stripes, are talking about breaking up due to becoming too popular? It's amazing to think about how much of an effect popularity has on up-and-coming bands. It certainly affected Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder in the early 90s, and it looks like it is now taking its toll on one of the bands ironically labeled as "post-grunge."

On a totally different subject, is reporting that both Radiohead and Oasis turned down Glastonbury this year. Being from the U.S. I'm not as honed in on how bands compare to each other in England, but I'm guessing that if Radiohead had decided to play, Coldplay wouldn't be headlining. Even though I'm a huge Radiohead fan, I think it's great that Coldplay gets to headline Glastonbury this year. Especially since they've got the new album coming out later this summer.

#Lastly, to make this worthy of a spot on my news page, I have one little tidbit of information to share: because of the events at Roskilde two years ago, security has been beefed up quite a bit for this year's Glastonbury Festival. Apparently a 1 million 'superfence' has been built to protect fans up front. Hopefully everything goes smoothly.

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