Coldplay Planning Next Tour?

April 20, 2004 6:50 PM

At this point this is little more than speculation, but the following comes from and is being reported at as well:

British rock sensation Coldplay are all set to sing to fans across the world in a massive tour they are planning for next year.

However, the band which shot to fame with albums like "Parachute" and more recently "Rush of Blood To The Head" (sic), is not divulging any details.

Instead, the news has been confirmed by fellow British band Echo and the Bunnyman (sic), who have been approached by Coldpaly (sic) Frontman Chris Martin to support the group on the tour.

The two groups became close while Coldplay were recording their second album "A Rush of Blood to the Head" at Liverpool, England's Parr Street studios.

If I hear anything more on the matter I'll be sure to post it here immediately.

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Happy Belated Birthday, Guy!

April 15, 2004 6:38 PM

As Elizabeth pointed out in the comments section of the last news entry, I made a boo boo and forgot to let everyone know that Guy celebrated his 26th birthday on Monday, April 12th. Happy belated birthday, Guy!

And thanks to those of you who keep me on my feet! I couldn't keep this place running without you!

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Another Alleged Paparazzo Run-in

April 02, 2004 6:44 PM

Coldplay singer Chris Martin allegedly shoved and kicked a photographer on Wednesday night in the Knightsbridge area of London, knocking the man to the ground.

The next day, Alessandro Copetti, who shoots for the Matrix photo agency, filed a common assault complaint against Martin with plans to sue in civil court for psychological and economic damage. A police spokesperson said Copetti received minor cuts and scratches and that a formal statement will be taken "in due course."

"Hopefully this time he's going to pay for what he did, because this behavior is not acceptable from celebrities," Copetti said Friday morning. "If photographers behaved like that, I don't think we would be walking free in the city."

The altercation occurred after Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow had dinner at San Lorenzo, a popular Italian restaurant. Copetti said he waited 45 minutes for the couple to finish eating, then the seven-month-pregnant Paltrow came out while Martin waited inside.

"She was on the arm of the owner of the restaurant," Copetti said. "She had her face covered with a big scarf. She looked – not even like a Taliban woman because they've got their eyes out – she was completely covered. But we are used to this because she has done this before."

Once Paltrow reached a cab, Copetti said, Martin exited the restaurant, charging like a bull when he spotted the photographer. "I've got pictures of him looking really mad, coming straight at me like he was possessed by some strange power," Copetti said. "He crashed into me, pushing my camera towards the cab. Then he pushed me against the cab with his shoulder and said, 'Sorry, I tripped.' He was trying to be funny and clever. I told him, 'Well, you've been clever again. Fine, good of you.' And I thought that was it."

Paltrow climbed into the car, but Martin didn't join her. Instead, Copetti said, the singer closed the door and walked behind the car, which slowly drove away. Copetti, camera in hand, followed, hoping Martin would jump in the car and he could take photos of the couple together. Then the cab slowed for a red light, Paltrow took off her scarf, and Copetti sprinted toward the car to get a clear shot of Paltrow. As he ran, Martin allegedly kicked Copetti in the back of the legs, causing him to fall in the street.

"It was a very dangerous and stupid thing to do because I could have fallen against a lamp post and hit my head or been run over by a car," Copetti said. "He kept walking and was looking over his shoulder at me like I was a piece of dirt. And he was making fun of me, saying, 'Oh, sorry, mate. You were in my way. Sorry you tripped.' "

Copetti is seeking a public apology. He also wants cash, but not for his cuts and bruises or damaged equipment. "I'm not seeking money for fake injuries or anything," he said. "It's psychological and economic injuries [that I have suffered]. Now, every time I have to shoot him, I need to hire someone to go with me. Also, I was really upset and shaken, and I need to be able to carry on with my life and my job without thinking, 'What's going to happen now? Are they going to punch me? Are they going to kick me?' "

A North American spokesperson for Coldplay didn't return calls, but a U.K. rep told the BBC that Martin was just looking out for Paltrow. "Naturally enough for a man whose wife is heavily pregnant with her first child, Chris' sole concern was to ensure that Gwyneth got into the cab safely and was not impeded or harassed in any way." The spokesperson insisted that Copetti tripped while chasing Paltrow's car and was not kicked.

In a similar incident last July, Martin was charged with malicious damage in Australia after smashing the windshield of a photographer who shot Martin surfing. The charge was later dropped.

Source: MTV

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Coldplay at 'Shaun of the Dead' Premiere

March 30, 2004 10:08 PM

According to Radio 1 News, the band attended the premiere of 'Shaun of the Dead' last night in London's Leicester Square:

It wasn't a huge celebrity event, but the cast were there, along with Chris Martin and the rest of Coldplay. Chris has a cameo in the film and is a mate of Simon Pegg who co-wrote and stars in the film, but he breezed past everyone stopping only to pose for photos.

You can read more about the event at Radio 1 News' site.

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U2 Rumors

March 29, 2004 6:00 PM

While reading Off the Record today, I stumbled upon this interesting little tidbit (keep in mind this, for the time being, is nothing more than a rumor):

With Chris Martin (Coldplay lead singer) taking the plunge and writing the U2 tribute in the Rolling Stone "Immortals" feature, I think he's a lock to do the band's induction next year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I said that in the @U2 Forum a few days ago to some agreement among other fans, but latte-fan wisely pointed out that Elvis Costello would be another strong and viable candidate.

Check out Off the Record to see the information in context.

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