Giving Up on Green Eyes

July 17, 2003 6:35 PM

The perils of writing a love song before meeting and becoming engaged to a movie star were apparent at London band Coldplay's intimate live show yesterday at the Opera House. Frontman Chris Martin, who is engaged to Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, told the audience the band no longer performed the song Green Eyes.

"The reason we don't play it is it's not about the right person," he said. "It's like an old pair of trousers that song, it doesn't fit."

The band performed stripped-back versions of seven songs for some 150 people, most of whom were competition winners, filmed for Foxtel's musicMAX station. The set included the hits Yellow, In My Place and Clocks. In between songs, Martin chatted amiably with the audience.

"Thanks for remembering who we are," he joked. "We've all probably got a bit taller and a bit balder" (since their last visit to Sydney).

The setting for the performance, the relatively small Playhouse Theatre, was a far cry from the stadiums the band has become accustomed to playing.

"Apparently this is the smallest room in the place, which is a credit to us," Martin laughed. "Maybe one day we'll make it to the big room."

Their fans certainly weren't complaining – aside from standing only a few feet from their idols, several were permitted to put questions to the band. When asked what inspired them to form the band, Martin's response was that: "It seemed a better thing to do than watch Neighbours."

As has become his habit, Martin was sporting a political slogan on one of his hands for the gig: "Make Trade Fair."

"It's easier to write about a girl than write about famine," Martin said when questioned by a fan on the causes his band supported. "In one sense, we're doing it because we've been given such an amazing life. It feels like the thing you should do."


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Ron Sexsmith Comes Clean

July 16, 2003 8:56 PM

Apparently Ron Sexsmith had mixed feelings about Chris Martin's guest appearance on his last album, "Cobblestone Runway." In an article at Undercover, Sexsmith says the following:

"I got a call when I was in Vienna from (producer) Martin (Terefe) to say Chris Martin was coming down to the studio and wanted to hear it. Coldplay was in LA doing their record. I asked if he could see if he would play piano on 'Gold In Them Hills' because my piano playing isn't very good. So Martin asked him. A few weeks later I'm back home and get this package in the mail saying 'Gold In Them Hills' remix. I put it on expecting to hear some new piano and it is my piano. Then his voice comes on in the second verse. It was one of those moments where I had mixed feelings.

"I thought 'no-one asked me about that'. I'm a purist and he sang it beautifully but it is actually my favourite verse on the whole record' he says. 'I thought I really sang it well. It became a dilemma. I was excited he was on it and the label people were excited he was on it. I had this happen once before where the label is really excited so I asked if there was any way we could keep both. So we have my version first and at the end in comes the new version so everybody is happy. He has got a better voice than I do and everyone was thinking with Chris it was my in with radio, but it didn't turn out to be. It is the closest I have ever come to having a hit song."

Be sure to read the article to get the full scoop.

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T in the Park and Changing the Face of Pop

July 15, 2003 7:02 PM

Coldplay closed the T in the Park festival on Sunday in front of an audience of 55,000. Apparently one of those in attendance was Chris' girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. Chris got quite a rise out of the Scottish fans when he changed the lines of "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" to "God gave you light and gave you dark/God gave you tickets for T in The Park."

TeenMusic is reporting that Coldplay plans to "change the face of pop." When lead singer Chris Martin was asked to elaborate, he said "mainstream pop culture is so awful and so bland and so packaged. Our goal is to change the mainstream. We don't want to just keep ourselves a secret. We want to fight to have sincere music be the main thing again."

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Deja Vu All Over Again

July 13, 2003 11:52 PM

Wow! You'd think if I screwed up once I'd learn from my mistake and not do it again. Well, you'd be wrong ;)

Will Champion actually does not turn 25 until the 31st of July. Those Yahoo! folks got me yet again.

This time it was KT who posted a comment on my last news posting pointing out my blunder. I feel about twice as embarrassed as I did last year. Maybe I should assign somebody to warn me ahead of time come this time next July ;)

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Happy Birthday, Will!

July 13, 2003 1:32 PM

Coldplay drummer Will Champion turns 25 years old today. Here's wishing him a very happy birthday!

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