Coldplay Excited About New Album, Tour

March 02, 2005 6:01 PM

Coldplay is finally defrosting.

The mega-selling, Grammy-winning British band has announced plans to unleash an as-yet untitled third album in June after which the group will hit the road for its first world tour in nearly two years.

The long-gestating LP--the follow-up to the 2002 multiplatinum smash A Rush of Blood to the Head--had been slated to debut this month, but Coldplay opted to further delay the release to give the quartet more time to perfect the mix. Coldplay shelved recordings made with producer Ken Nelson and turned to Rush helmer Danton Supple.

The band has recorded about 15 new songs--including "A Message," "Talk," "Square One," "X&Y," "Till Kingdom Come," "What If" and "The Hardest Part"--and is finalizing the track list. With the disc nearing completion, Coldplay has been itching to perform again.

"We've spent a long time in the studio and haven't played a gig for 18 months," guitarist Jonny Buckland said in a statement Tuesday. "We can't wait to get out on tour and play our new songs live."

After previewing the new material at a Mar. 12 benefit show at the Hollywood Bowl organized by Los Angeles radio station KCRW, Chris Martin and cohorts will head back across the Pond to officially kick off their tour with a series of outdoor stadium shows, beginning at Dublin's Marlay Park on June 22.

They'll follow up with two a two-night stand at Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium in London on June 27-28, a concert at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow on July 1 and two dates at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton July 4-5. Each venue is estimated to hold 30,000 people.

A North American leg has not been announced, but Coldplay is expected to make it back to the States by the fall.

As for what took so long, drummer Will Champion said he and his bandmates didn't want to rush into anything.

"We were in no hurry because the prospect of touring again was so daunting," Champion said in the band's official newsletter. "But in the end, having no deadline became a problem because we never really felt the need to finish anything. As soon as we gave ourselves a proper deadline we started to be much more productive and the stuff we were doing was miles better."

Also likely contributing to the longer than expected hiatus was frontman Martin's tour of diaper duty. He and Gwyneth Paltrow have been preoccupied with their Apple.

In any case, the delay wasn't welcome news to the band's record company. When EMI announced last month that the Coldplay album wouldn't drop before March, shares in the company plummeted.

Coldplay shot to prominence with its 2000 debut disc, Parachutes, which spawned the hit "Yellow," won the Best Alternative Album Grammy and eventually sold 2 million copies in the U.S.

After touring relentlessly, the band went back into the studio to record A Rush of Blood to the Head, which featured the cuts "In My Place," "Politik," "Clocks" and "The Scientist." A monster smash, the sophomore album sold more than 3 millions copies in the U.S., won Grammys for Record of the Year ("In My Place"), Rock Performance and Best Alternative Album, and found Coldplay mentioned in the same breath as some of its rock heroes, U2 and Radiohead.

The wiry Martin became a tabloid fixture as well after he began dating Paltrow. After a whirlwind courtship, the twosome tied the knot in a secret ceremony in December 2003; Apple dropped last May.

Paltrow, who showed up as last Sunday's Oscars sans Martin, shot down rumors that their marriage was on the rocks with Martin planning a tour and her resuming her acting career. The Oscar winner said backstage that she wanted to maintain the couple's privacy, adding, "We're a happy household."

Source: E Online

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Chris' Marriage Rumored to be In Trouble

February 25, 2005 4:38 AM

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's fairytale marriage is on the rocks, say friends.

Insiders close to the couple reckon they are going through "an incredibly rough patch" after a series of furious rows.

It is believed that the pressures of work and caring for eight-month-old daughter Apple is getting to them.

A friend told the Daily Mirror: "Adjusting to married life, then being parents and now trying to sort out their professional lives has been a lot more difficult and complicated than either of them imagined."

A spokesman for Coldplay frontman Martin, 27, who married Gywneth 18 months ago, denied there was a rift.

Martin and his Oscar-winning actress wife met in 2002 backstage at a Coldplay concert.

He is due to spend much of his time in London over the next few weeks trying to complete the band's overdue third album, while Gwyneth, 32, will be in Los Angeles.

She will be caring for Apple - and is also due to begin shooting on her latest movie, Running With Scissors.

Source: Sky Showbiz

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Big Announcement Coming

February 24, 2005 8:44 PM

The following comes from FMQB:

Coldplay sent out an announcement to the band's e-mail list today, warning that the band would be making "a few important announcements" next week, starting Monday. Could we be getting details about the band's long-awaited third record?

Unfortunately, the official site has the wrong email stored for me (has anyone figured out how to update it?) so I didn't receive the email. If you did, please send it in.

If all goes well, I'll try and have the actual email contents up on the site soon. Stay tuned...

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New RSS Feed

February 22, 2005 6:46 PM

I added an RSS feed to Bernie's Coldplay Site today so that you can keep up with the latest Coldplay news in your favorite news reader (I recommend Bloglines).

If you are using Firefox you can also add a Live Bookmark to the feed.

Whatever your preference, you can reference the new feed here.

If you have any questions about this new addition, feel free to contact me directly.

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New Album Pushed Back Until June

February 20, 2005 10:35 AM

Anxiously awaiting the new album from Coldplay? Well, get comfy. It's going to be awhile.

That's because the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's A Rush of Blood to the Head – originally due in March – has been pushed back to late June, as the band is still tinkering with the final product. But there is light at the end of the tunnel: After months of writing and rewriting, recording and re-recording, Coldplay decided it was finally time to get busy.

"I think we were in no hurry, because the prospect of touring again was so daunting that we felt we should take our time, and also we wanted to make sure that it was the best it could possibly be," drummer Will Champion said in an interview in the band's quarterly e-zine. "Having no deadline became a problem because we never really felt the need to finish anything. As soon as we gave ourselves a proper deadline, we started to be much more productive, and the stuff we were doing was miles better. It's always the same with us: The best stuff comes when we start to panic."

That panic has produced "about 14 or 15 songs," of which 10 or 11 will make the final cut. According to the e-zine, song titles include "Square One," "What If," "Talk," "X&Y," "Till Kingdom Come" and "The Hardest Part."

"There are songs that kind of pick up where 'Clocks' left off, but also ones that have moved on a bit," Champion said. "On one song, I played the pump organ, and we all sat in a room together recording live takes. On others, I would play the drums to a guide piano or guitar and singing, and then we'd layer it up from there."

One fundamental difference with the new album is that it's the first Coldplay are recording without Ken Nelson, who produced both 2000's Parachutes and A Rush of Blood. Originally, Nelson was on-board as the producer for album #3, but he has since been replaced by Danton Supple, who served as an engineer on A Rush Of Blood.

And when will fans actually get to hear some of the new material? Well, Coldplay will headline Santa Monica, California, radio station KCRW's fourth annual Sounds Eclectic Evening, and they have also been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year's Coachella festival, April 30-May 1 in Indio, California. Aside from those gigs, nothing further is confirmed, which is apparently OK with Champion. The prospect of live shows has him feeling a bit nervous.

"[I'm] utterly petrified," he said. "We haven't played a gig in 16 months."

Source: MTV News

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