Coldplay to Headline Grammys

January 27, 2006 12:37 PM

Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay will perform at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next month.

Springsteen has five nominations, including song of the year and best rock song for "Devils & Dust," the title track from his 2005 album.

British band Coldplay has three nominations, including best rock song ("Speed of Sound") and best rock album ("X&Y").

Best new artist nominee Sugarland will appear for a special performance, and Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir will sing with Mariah Carey, the Recording Academy said Thursday.

Carey has eight nominations, including album of the year ("The Emancipation of Mimi").

The awards show will be held Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will air on CBS (8 p.m. EST).

Source: MSNBC

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Seattle Review from The Seattle Times

January 27, 2006 12:34 PM

If ever a show was a perfect fit for KeyArena, it was Coldplay's huge extravaganza there Wednesday night.

Opening a world tour, the British band went all out with busy lights, a massive curved video screen with impressive visuals, and an enormous, semicircular stage that matched the curves of the Key's interior.

Lead singer Chris Martin, rock's master of mellow, used everything in his bag of tricks to excite and involve the adoring crowd, which filled every seat in the house. He could barely keep himself on his stool as he banged on his upright piano, and was all over the stage when he sang or played guitar. At one point, he jumped from the stage, ran to the back - slapping hands along the way - and got up into the stands, where he was embraced by a pack of female fans, and he kept singing the whole time.

Flicking your Bic was replaced by turning on your cellphone. It looked like almost everyone in the 16,000-capacity hall was waving one during the big finale of "Fix You," and it was an impressive sight.

All that stage business - also including the dropping of huge yellow balloons (during the song "Yellow," natch) that burst over the crowd, sending out gold confetti - made for an eye-popping, fascinating show. And it helped obscure the lyrics, which often teetered on the edge of pretense, and occasionally fell in.

Martin strings together tired cliches and bad rhymes with astonishing hamminess. But fans don't seem to mind his clunky songwriting, because the music is so rich and romantic, and he's so sweet, playful and, well, mellow.

Opening act Fiona Apple was also a perfect fit, because her ego-centered lyrics also were marked by pretentiousness. Her songs were edgy and dramatic, and most of them were slow and brooding. That's probably why they didn't engage Coldplay's crowd.

Source: The Seattle Times

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Happy New Year

December 31, 2005 11:42 PM

Happy New Year everybody! I have a feeling 2006 is going to be another great year for being a Coldplay fan.

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2005

December 13, 2005 10:42 PM

NME is reporting that Coldplay took the 2005 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas by storm this year:

Coldplay and The White Stripes played storming sets at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas show last night (December 11).

Depeche Mode also rounded off the evening celebrating the bands of 2005 with a headlining set at the Gibson Amphitheatre.

The band, who Coldplay's Chris Martin described as "shit hot", closed the night with a set of hits that included 1990 classic 'Enjoy the Silence', 'Never Let Me Down Again' and 'Shake the Disease'.

Coldplay, who had almost the entire 5,000 strong crowd on their feet for their own set, were moved to pay tribute to the reformed eighties act. Just before 'Fix You' Martin suggested the crowd appreciate Depeche Mode as much as he does.

"Please give them the respect they deserve for being the forefathers of modern music," he told the audience.

Be sure to read the article for all the details.

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Catch Coldplay on Leno

December 12, 2005 2:21 AM

Frontman Chris Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, drummer Will Champion and bassist Guy Berryman visit "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" this Monday to perform their new single "Talk" off Coldplay's third album "X&Y."

Other guests on this evening's show include actor Anthony Hopkins and comedian Howie Mandel.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" airs weeknights at 11:35 pm ET/PT on NBC. Check your local listings for additional details.

Source: Net Music Countdown

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