Chris and Jon Talk About Next Album

October 13, 2005 1:47 AM

They may still be touring the world in support of their last radio friendly multi-squillion unit shifting opus 'X&Y' (including some f***ing huge arena gigs in the UK this Christmas) but speaking to Xfm, a very jovial Chris Martin confessed that the band are at work on the new record already.

"We're always working on new material," he explained, "We've got no laurels to rest on, man. We're still looking for our laurels in my opinion. We've everything to prove and we've finished phase one of Coldplay and now we're gonna enter phase two, which could be the Abba phase it could be the transvestite phase, who knows, but it'll definitely be good."

Early rumours that the new Coldplay material will be radically more stripped down their last release, also seem to be true.

"We want to do something different," explained guitarist Johnny Buckland, "We don't want to keep doing the same thing all the time."

"It's not a reaction against anything as much as an evolvement." continued Chris, "But the new record's gonna blow your socks off. Or tights, depending on what you're wearing.

As for what Chris, his wife Gwyneth Paltrow and their little baby Apple are up to over next six months, its looks like the tree hugging, mung bean latte sipping crap is right out the window.

"Yeah, we're gonna make a Jackson 5 album with all our kids and basically sell out," Chris laughed, "There's OK magazine photo shoots, there's all kinds of reality television shows in the works, I can't even begin to tell you. There's a range of coffee mugs, it's gonna be big."

Source: XFM

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Liam Gallagher Blasts Chris and John Lennon

October 08, 2005 7:19 PM

Oasis star Liam Gallagher has slammed his idol John Lennon for being too "right-on."

The rocker claims the late Beatles legend is no better than singers like Coldplay frontman Chris Martin who try to save the world through their music.

He told Q magazine: "I love Lennon for his voice.

"Not for what he said or stood for, because half of what he said is what these other d***s like Chris Martin are saying. Lennon's a bit too right-on for me, to be honest.

"I don’t want to f***ing save the world. I want to live in my world. I do my bit.

"I'm not f***ing going round blowing people up, am I? I'm not trashing the gaff.

"That's the side of Lennon I don't get, but his records you can't touch."

Source: The Sun Online

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X&Y Overrated?

October 02, 2005 4:14 PM

Nirvana's 1991 record Nevermind has been voted the most overrated album of all time by BBC 6 Music listeners.

Presenter Andrew Collins, a Nirvana fan, announced the results on Saturday, calling everyone who had voted for the Seattle grunge band's record "mad".

Coldplay's X&Y came second in the survey, followed by The Libertines' self-titled second album at three.

6 Music's Ric Blaxill said the poll had given the digital station's listeners the chance to "address the hyperbole".

"These results may upset Nirvana's legion of loyal fans," he added.

"But it goes without saying that one person's overrated album will be another's film favourite."

Albums by such established bands as Oasis, U2, Radiohead and the Beatles also feature in the Top 10.

Listeners were invited to submit their nominations, which were whittled down to a shortlist of 10 and put to a public vote.

"I'm surprised to see Coldplay's X&Y at number two," continued Me Blaxill, who attributed the band's high placing in the chart to "the influence of extensive media coverage".

"This poll has given our listeners the opportunity to tell us what they really think."

Source: BBC News

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Virginia Beach Review

September 30, 2005 1:17 AM

Coldplay, arguably the biggest band in rock right now, took to the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater on Thursday night, hyping an enthusiastic crowd with their subtle, romantic songs.

"We've been together nine years and we finally made it to Virginia Beach," lead singer Chris Martin said, adding that the Beach was home to a great musical scene. "I know some legends were brought up around here – Missy, the Neptunes ...."

Theirs was the next-to-last concert of the season at the theater, and the shift in seasons was apparent as the warm air was permeated by cool breezes, and some people in attendance – all of them, it seemed, strikingly good-looking and stylish – dusted off their denim jackets, hoodies and athletic zip-ups.

After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, the band took the stage and opened with "Square 1. [sic]" Despite the fact that Coldplay's music is generally more apropos for nights at home alone or snuggling under covers, the mood for the show was upbeat and lively. The jumbo screens that have cast large images of every other performer there this summer were shut off; thus, people stood, and stood, for the duration of the show. As they stood, they clapped, sang along and danced.

Oddly enough, the music, cold and theatric in a home stereo, seemed to call for dancing; perhaps it was the loud volume. Chris Martin danced a lot, too, jumping on speakers and twirling around blithely like Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music." He was apparently very much healed from the infection that caused the band to cancel two dates earlier in the "Twisted Logic" tour.

A minimalistic, sparse visual presentation ruled the show, which only enhanced the sense of perfected brokenness or poetic longing that characterizes Coldplay's music. The entire band wore all black and white trainers, and save the enormous panoramic screen behind them that flickered images of space and colorful gases, there was nothing on stage but instruments.

Which is not to say that there wasn't a sense of fun; when they performed "Yellow," yellow balloons filled with confetti dropped from the ceiling. Audience members were supposed to burst them, but most of the balloons ended up going either into bushes to the far right of the stage or into the hands of people who perhaps wanted to save them as souvenirs.

"You're supposed to break them," Martin said in his charming English accent, "and see all this glitter. Instead we've got a wind chill factor of 12."

Just as Coldplay was finishing their tribute to Johnny Cash that included "Til Kingdom Come" and "Ring of Fire," Martin heard the sound of jets, which local folks presumably have grown accustomed to.

"What's that sound?" he asked.

"JETS!" everyone screamed in unison.

"That's very strange," he remarked. "That's what we've been reduced to – playing in airport terminals."

But for now, he said, they were in Virginia Beach, and the band, which also includes drummer Will Champion, guitarist Jon Buckland and bassist Guy Berryman, dove into "Green Eyes" and "Don't Panic." They did the requisite, pretend-to-be-leaving farewell after "Talk" and then came back for an encore of three songs, including "In My Place" and "Fix You."

Because Coldplay's show ran the gamut of emotions from fun to somber this chilly night, it was a splendid metaphor for the coming of the unavoidable autumn. Concertgoers were slightly cold and happy, they heard songs melancholy and upbeat. As the band's music reflects, things change in life, and every part of life ends, so another may begin anew.

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

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MTV Europe Music Awards

September 28, 2005 12:02 AM

British bands Coldplay and Gorillaz look set to be the big winners at the MTV Europe Music Awards after securing five nominations each.

British hopes are also resting on newcomer James Blunt. The ex-soldier is up for Best Song for the hit You're Beautiful, Best New Act, and Best UK and Ireland Act.

Despite disappointing reviews of their new album X&Y in the US, Chris Martin's Coldplay are vying for Best Group, Best Rock, Best Song for Speed of Sound, Best Album and Best UK and Ireland Act.

Gorillaz, the animated band created by Damon Albarn, are up for Best Group, Best Song, Best Video for Feel Good Inc, Best Pop, and Best UK and Ireland Act.

The awards are to be hosted by Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of Ali G, in his guise as Kazakhstani journalist Borat Sagdiyev.


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