Another Fillmore Review

May 05, 2005 7:19 PM

There's a great review of Coldplay's latest gig at the Fillmore in San Francisco over at Mercury News. The review gives excellent insight into what it's like seeing Coldplay at an intimate venue as opposed to a much bigger one. There are also some great quotes, such as Chris' admission: "We do rock, but not like System of a Down." For many more, and an overall great read, head on over to Mercury News.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival

May 05, 2005 7:11 PM

Coldplay, Wilco, the Black Crowes, Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, the Allman Brothers, Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Cliff are set to play the fourth annual Austin City Limits Music Festival this fall. The eight-stage event will take place in Austin's Zilker Park September 23rd to 25th.

Of the 130 bands in the lineup, featured acts include country talents Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, John Prine and Kathleen Edwards; blues master Buddy Guy; rockers Jet; indie veterans Built to Spill, Spoon, Bob Mould and Sleater-Kinney; and younger indie talents the Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, the Walkmen, Rilo Kiley, the Decemberists, the Futureheads, Tegan and Sara, Jason Mraz, Black Keys, and Ambulance Ltd.

The festival, which began in 2002, is named for the PBS music show, Austin City Limits, and last year brought in an audience of about 210,000 people. This year, the maximum capacity will be reduced to 60,000 per day to prevent overcrowding.


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Coldplay at the Fillmore

May 05, 2005 7:14 AM

In the same week that Coldplay headlined the massive Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Southern California and became the first British band since The Beatles to have a new single debut in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, the four-piece group played a surprise show at the Fillmore.

The heavily-hyped Wednesday night gig at the relatively intimate venue, which put fans in a ticket feeding-frenzy and drew out celebrities like Robin Williams and former 49ers quarterback Steve Young, provided just the right amount of buzz for the British band just before the June 7 release of X&Y," its first studio album since 2002's "A Rush of Blood To The Head."

Singer Chris Martin, who is married to Gwyneth Paltrow, expressed his gratitude to the rapt crowd several times throughout the set.

"Thanks for having us and thanks for remembering who we are," he said, as the band charged through 90-minutes of material, including a handful of powerful new tracks such as "Square One" and the single "Speed of Sound."

But it was the older piano ballads like "Yellow" and "Clocks" that inspired loud audience singalongs and Martin to break into his inimitable dance routines, in which he hopped on one leg, wobbled his head and banged on the piano. The band briefly veered off the set-list for an endearing but disastrous run through the five-year-old track, "Don't Panic," which Martin cut off midway.

"That's why we're the third best band in the world," he laughed.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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Rolling Stone Reviews Coachella

May 02, 2005 9:57 AM

Rolling Stone has a review of Coldplay's performance at the Coachella Festival up on their site today:

An estimated 50,000 people descended on the grassy Empire Polo Field in Indio, California, for the two-day, sixth-annual Coachella Valley Music Festival. And while the post-punk sounds of the Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and the Futureheads are the sound du jour, this year's festival celebrated the genre's originators with headlining sets by New Wave icons New Order and reunions by post-punk architects Gang of Four and goth-rock pioneers Bauhaus. For contemporary heavyweights, this year brought Coldplay, Wilco, Weezer and Nine Inch Nails.

Coldplay, Saturday's headliners, entered to an ethereal chant. The stage was flanked with images of the band's new album cover, X & Y, which, with its colorfully retro symbols, resembles an early Atari logo. Coldplay began with the new song "Square One," its moody, churning melody swelling as black-clad frontman Chris Martin pounded away on his piano. "It doesn't matter who you are," he sang, as red and blue spotlights probed. The band then kicked the set up another notch with a revved-up version of "Politik."

"Thank you for waiting for us," Martin said to the crowd early on. "I hope we are worth it for you." Throughout the set, Coldplay mixed new material, like their lilting new single "Speed of Sound," with hits like "Yellow," which Martin turned into a sing-along. In it, he substituted the word "Coachella" for "yellow" to the crowd's delight. As an introduction to the song, Martin explained, "Every band has a song that took them to where they are, and this is ours." The show's emotional highlight came midway through the set as Martin delivered a moving version of "The Scientist," with its delicate piano intro.

For more about the show, be sure to read the article.

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May 01, 2005 11:18 PM

Coldplay closed out the first day of the Coachella Festival last night (April 30th). According to NME, the band played "Square One" and "Speed of Sound" among many of their tried and true hits. Apparently Chris' wife Gwyneth was off to the side of the stage to watch, along with Danny DeVito, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.

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