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Pre-Order X&Y on iTunes

May 20, 2005 9:52 PM

Apple announced this week that it would take pre-orders for Coldplay's newest album "X&Y" due out June 7. This is the first time iTunes, or any online store, has taken pre-orders for digital music. Upon the release of the album, Apple said it would send out an e-mail when the tracks were available for download.

The new Coldplay album will cost fans $11.99, but will include two exclusive bonus tracks, "Proof" and "Things I Don't Understand." Those who wish to get the bonus tracks will have to pre-order the album, as they will not be available to purchase after June 7. Coldplay's first track off the new album, "Speed of Sound," was released on April 19.

Source: BetaNews

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Coldplay Announce 'Twisted Logic' Tour

May 17, 2005 6:47 PM

Coldplay will launch the Twisted Logic Tour in North America on August 2nd in Toronto. The tour will follow the British band's release of its third album, X&Y, on June 7th. Alt-punk foursome Rilo Kiley will open the thirty-six-date trek, which wraps up in Bristow, Virginia, on September 30th.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin told Rolling Stone that writing the much-anticipated X&Y wasn't easy. "We went through so many different emotions and ideas," he said. "We went down so many different paths." Ultimately, the record brought the group closer together. "We learned how to be a band again, really," says drummer Will Champion. "We got back that spark that we felt when we first joined a band together."

The band has been giving fans a sneak preview of X&Y at festivals such as California's Coachella and last weekend's HFStival in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as a batch of small club gigs. Coldplay will also perform on the season finale of Saturday Night Live in New York on May 21st.

Tickets for the tour go on sale on June 4th.

Coldplay North American tour dates:

  • 8/2: Toronto, Air Canada Centre
  • 8/3: Montreal, Bell Centre
  • 8/4: Hartford, CT, Meadows Music Theater
  • 8/6: Mansfield, MA, Tweeter Center
  • 8/8: Camden, NJ, Tweeter Center
  • 8/9: Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center
  • 8/11: Burgettstown, PA, Post Gazette Pavilion
  • 8/12: Noblesville, IN, Verizon Wireless Music Center
  • 8/13: East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
  • 8/16: Seattle, White River Amphitheatre
  • 8/17: Portland, OR, Amphitheatre at Clark County
  • 8/19: Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 8/20: Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 8/24: Albuquerque, NM, Journal Pavilion
  • 8/25: Phoenix, Cricket Pavilion
  • 8/26: San Diego, Coors Amphitheatre
  • 8/30: Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • 8/31: Columbus, OH, Germain Amphitheater
  • 9/1: Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
  • 9/3: Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 9/6: New York, Madison Square Garden
  • 9/9: Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 9/10: Raleigh, NC, Alltel Pavilion
  • 9/13: West Palm Beach, FL, Sound Advice Amphitheatre
  • 9/14: Tampa, FL, Ford Amphitheatre
  • 9/16: Birmingham, AL, Verizon Wireless Music Center
  • 9/17: Maryland Heights, MO, UMB Bank Pavilion
  • 9/18: Nashville, Starwood Amphitheatre
  • 9/20: Minneapolis, Target Center
  • 9/21: Kansas City, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • 9/23: Dallas, Smirnoff Music Center
  • 9/24: Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • 9/25: Austin, Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • 9/28: Atlanta, Philips Arena
  • 9/29: Virginia Beach, VA, Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
  • 9/30: Bristow, VA, Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge

Source: RollingStone.com

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X&Y to be 'Leaked'

May 16, 2005 6:55 PM

On the heels of its popular online album preview series "The Leak", MTV announced the first ever "Live Leak" performance special to celebrate the latest release from Coldplay.

Premiering Sunday, June 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, MTV's "Coldplay Live Leak" will feature the band as they debut their highly anticipated new album X&Y by performing live in MTV's Times Square studios. During the hour-long special, Coldplay will perform several new tracks from "X&Y" for the first time exclusively for the MTV audience. Just prior to the "Coldplay Live Leak," MTV News will present a half-hour Coldplay special at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT featuring an in-depth interview with the band discussing the new album, a behind the scenes look as the band interacts with their diehard fans, and more. MTV2 will also air the "Coldplay Live Leak" special beginning the evening of June 5 at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT The performance will also be streamed for listening at MTV.com beginning June 8.

Also, in advance of the release of X&Y on June 7, MTV.com will give fans the opportunity to listen to the album in its entirety a week before it's available in stores. MTV.com's "The Leak" will exclusively stream the new album for fans to preview beginning May 31. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase the album in advance through MTV.com, and receive it on the day of its release. Coldplay is just the latest band to debut their album through MTV.com's "The Leak." Other Leak artists include Usher, Eminem, U2, Green Day, 50 Cent, Jennifer Lopez and others.

Source: Filter Magazine

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World's Biggest Rock Band?

May 15, 2005 12:18 PM

The Chicago Tribune has an excellent article today about Coldplay, their reactions to the ticket fiasco that went down recently, and how they approach the idea that they are or could be the biggest band in the world (at least for the moment).

The following is one of the better quotes from the article, but there are a ton of them:

"All our best songs come when we detune the guitar to something we don't know, or play some keyboard chord that can't be identified. I can't really take credit for writing songs. It's more like we harness accidents and things we don't understand." – Chris Martin

For the full article, head on over to The Chicago Tribune.

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Boston Herald Reviews Avalon Gig

May 14, 2005 11:24 AM

Last night's long-sold-out Coldplay concert at Avalon is destined to become part of the city's legendary rock 'n roll events, one of those shows that years from now thousands of people will remember attending even though only a few hundred were actually there.

No band is hotter than the Chris Martin-led quartet these days, and though the group is due to headline the TweeterCenter in August, it included Boston among a handful of club shows in advance of that major tour and the June 7 release of its new disc "X&Y."

Why would a band that could fill a 20,000-seat venue go back to the clubs? "Every new album is like a new relationship for us," Martin told the Herald after the 80-minute concert, "and with each new relationship, you have to meet the parents. These shows, for us, are like meeting the parents."

Nearly half the set featured songs from the new disc, and though the album was a difficult birth – the band spent 18 months in the studio – the new songs mixed well with some of the band's best known tunes, including "Scientist," "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face," and "In My Place."

The set began with the new "Square One," a softly rocking song with the same kind of insistent, quiet propulsion that fueled the band's previous upbeat tunes.

Coldplay has been tabbed by some pundits as the next/new/mini U2, and there were moments in the show that invited the comparison. Though Coldpay's music leans toward lusher melodies and arrangments, both bands let their music breathe and effectively use the space between notes to add drama and release.

Martin has grown into a relaxed and confident frontman, able to get completely lost in his music and take his audience with him.

New songs such as the Bowie-tinged "Low" and the radio-friendly "Speed of Sound" added muscle to the set. But they were counterbalanced with new ballads such as the plaintive "What If," a song that would even make a Patriots linebacker want to give Martin a reassuring hug.

Martin was relatively subdued until themid-set "Yellow" when he took off on a series of Townshendian leaps (without guitar), and he remained animated for the rest of the night.

Even when the band rocks out,a sense of restraint and subtle tugging in songs such as "Clocks" creates an agreeable tension.

The affable Martin, who is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, likely won over every woman in the audience when a pair of panties were thrown at him and he huffed, "I'm a married man!"

Source: The Boston Herald

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