Chris Martin Passes on Meeting Tony Blair

August 11, 2005 6:24 AM

Chris Martin has snubbed the chance to meet Tony Blair in Downing Street because it might damage his reputation.

The Coldplay frontman does not want to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Noel Gallagher whos also visited number 10, because he doesnt see eye to eye with some of his policies.

Martin said: "I'm not going to go. I really like Tony Blair. He's interested in the same things as I am – he plays the guitar and he always gives the impression of doing what he can to help.

"But I don't particularly want to be photographed with him at the moment."

Source: Gigwise

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Cincinatti Review and Setlist

August 10, 2005 11:23 PM

MTV News has an excellent review of Coldplay's recent gig in Cincinatti at Riverbend Amphitheater. Along with their review, they posted the following setlist from the show:

  1. Square One
  2. Politik
  3. Yellow
  4. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
  5. Speed Of Sound
  6. Low
  7. Warning Sign
  8. Everything's Not Lost
  9. White Shadows
  10. The Scientist
  11. Til Kingdom Come
  12. Don't Panic
  13. Clocks
  14. Talk
  15. Swallowed in the Sea
  16. In My Place
  17. Fix You

As always, if you've attended one of Coldplay's shows and know the setlist, please send it in and I'll be sure to post it for all to see. Thanks!

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'Fix You' Video

August 03, 2005 7:28 AM

The brand new music video for Coldplay's next single, "Fix You," is now available via MTV. The video, if you haven't seen it already, features a strangely similar scene to those found in past Coldplay videos – Chris Martin walking. MTV News has more:

The whole walking thing was Martin's idea, but, as [Sophie] Muller recently told MTV News, she was a bit hesitant to sign off on the concept. After all, it is strangely familiar to Coldplay fans.

"It's not like I came up with the idea of 'Let's have you walking' – it was Chris' idea. I think he feels comfortable walking, and I think he likes to wander the streets of London at night," she laughed. "I was worried about it, but I thought, 'Well, the difference this time around is that he's going somewhere.' "

All in all the video is another triumph for Coldplay, at least in my opinion. The crowd singalong at the end is very representative of the overall feel of seeing Coldplay live. To watch the video for yourself (without being ruthlessly tied in to MTV's browser requirements, click here.

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Another Example of Terrible Journalism

July 24, 2005 10:40 PM

I've found yet another fine example...scratch that, embarrassing example of bad journalism. This time around the culprit is Aaron Alford, who in his article, Coldplay regurgitates, goes on and on about how unoriginal and unimportant Coldplay's latest album is. That isn't the terrible part, though. Afterall, everyone's allowed to have their own opinion (just ask one of Gallaghers of Oasis fame). However, it's not cool to include flat out lies in your reporting, and Aaron has done just that:

Hidden track "Til Kingdom Come" was penned by Johnny Cash before his death but never recorded by the man in black. This eternal love song sounds just like Cash, not Coldplay, which is a testament to the band doing the tune justice, but isn't there someone more deserving to play the legend's swan song?

The song was not written by Johnny Cash, it was written for Johnny Cash, rendering the rest of the article pretty much meaningless.

If you're as frustrated as I am by this kind of misinformed reporting, you can send a complaint in to The Battalion's editor at

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Book Review: Coldplay

July 24, 2005 2:28 PM

A while back I received a copy of a new Coldplay book titled simply "Coldplay," that is chock full of amazing – and in some cases rare – photographs of our favorite band.

If you're a fan of great Coldplay content or pictures of Chris, Jon, Will and Guy (and I know you are or you wouldn't be here), you won't be disappointed by "Coldplay."

To get your copy today, head on over to Artnik. Once you're ready to checkout, use the code "Join-Artnik-05" to save 30% off the retail price.

Once you've had a chance to read the book and bask in the glory of all its photographs, be sure to stop back here and leave a comment so people can hear about just how great this book is.

Big props to Alex Hannaford for putting together such a great collector's item. Oh, and printing this website's address on the inner pages of the book didn't hurt either! ;)

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