Expensive Karaoke

June 28, 2003 7:29 PM

Based on email I've been receiving, Coldplay fans are getting quite a kick out of "Christy," the girl who paid $350,000 to sing "In My Place" with Coldplay on stage at Madison Square Garden. For those of you who are interested in finding out more about it, here are a few articles to check out:

» Coldplay's Karaoke Queen
» $350,000 to sing with Coldplay
» Garden Party!

In other news, the San Diego Channel reports that Chris Martin is up against the likes of Eddie Vedder, Thom Yorke, Moby and many others for the title "Sexiest Vegetarian Alive." PETA is apparently holding the contest at its website, and you can even vote!

The band has switched into festival mode this weekend, as they played Roskilde last night and are scheduled to play Glastonbury this weekend. Hopefully any of the lucky fans who were able to see either performance will send in reviews and/or setlists.

And finally, according to the Official Coldplay Website, we can all get excited about July. The band is scheduled to release "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" as a single with "Murder" as its b-side. They are also planning to release a limited edition single (1000 copies only) containing a remix of "Clocks" by Royksopp and another remix of "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" by Def Inc (featuring Mr Thing). 100 of the 1000 copies will be released via the Coldplay Shop on July 14th.

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African Cotton Farmers Need You

June 26, 2003 8:43 PM

I received the following in email today, and thought I'd post it here so that any Coldplay fans who support their causes in addition to their music could do their part:

In 2001, 10 US cotton giants received almost $17 million in government handouts.

It's thanks to such generous handouts that big US cotton farms are able to sell their cotton at rock bottom prices; undercutting millions of African cotton farmers who, without the benefit of million dollar handouts, simply can't compete.

So while US cotton subsidies mean big bucks for big business in the US, they spell ruin for millions of African cotton farmers. It doesn't sound very fair does it? It isn't, but now's your chance to do something about it.

Email Bush NOW and demand an end to unfair cotton subsidies.

George Bush is planning a whistle stop tour of Africa at the beginning of July. African cotton farmers will be protesting, calling for an end to unfair US subsidies which are devastating their livelihoods. Join them – Email Bush NOW and demand an end to unfair cotton subsidies.

Best wishes

Alison Woodhead, Trade Campaign Coordinator

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Getting Back on the Ball

June 23, 2003 7:55 PM

Now that we've gotten all those reviews out of the way, let's cover what the band has been up to for the past couple of weeks.

First off, Coldplay was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for "Choice Rock Group." They're up against Good Charlotte, 3 Doors Down, Audioslave, Linkin Park, No Doubt, Sum 41 and the White Stripes. Those awards are scheduled to be handed out on August 6th in LA.

Dan wrote in again from BBC 6Musicto let us all know that they've added "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" to their setlist. Be sure to check out their site and tune in!

There's a great little article over at NME that everyone should read. It talks about Coldplay's U.S. tour finale at MSG, and how a fan, Kristy, who bid $350,000 to sing with the band at the concert, got to sing most of an acoustic version of "In My Place" on stage in front of all the fans.

LAUNCH is reporting that Coldplay has announced "The Scientist" to be their next single in the U.S. This doesn't really come as a surprise, but one thing in the article that is worth noting – 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' has apparently sold 1.7 million copies in the United States alone.

And if you haven't had enough at this point, here's some more Coldplay goodness for you to mull over:

» Chris and Gwyneth Engaged
» Chris Martin, Judge of Talent?
» Whatever You Do, Don't Say Her Name

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Red Rocks Reviews Keep 'Pouring' In

June 23, 2003 7:31 PM

Ever since my post about the terrible review Coldplay's Red Rocks show received, I have been getting countless heartfelt emails from people who were lucky enough to attend the show and have nothing but good things to say about the band's performance. Here are just a few examples.

Lisa contributed the following:

Bernie, I stumbled upon your website and read that article from the daily camera paper in Boulder. I attended the Friday night show at Red Rocks and was floored by Coldplay's performance. After missing the show at the Fillmore (not by choice), I was thrilled to just be able to be a part of the audience. They did not disappoint in any way. What started off as a windy, chilly night....with non-stop rain...turned out to be a perfect addition to the fantastic light show and kept the audience dancing. I was very happy to hear "What a wonderful world" thrown in to the mix. All of us would have stayed thru the wee hours to hear more. This band just builds off of each other and I can't wait to see them again. Do they have ANY bad tunes? I think not.

Mia sent in the following:

I recently saw ColdPlay live at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO on Friday, June 5 and Friday, June 6. There is only one word to describe it: FANTASTIC. But that doesn't even start to give it justice. Even the bands that started for them were fabulous, especially the Texas band Eisley. Friday's show was a little cold, but dry. I went with my mom about an hour before the gates opened and got 2 general admission tickets just like that. I did tat same with my brother on Saturday. Both nights we managed to get 10th row seats! It was even colder and pouring down rain. We got soaked but it was all worth it. ColdPlay gave us 3 encores! They're such an awesome band.

Lisa and Mia aren't the only ones who have been sending in reviews, though. Ron sent in the following about the Chicago show:

Not many shows today can leave you with a feeling of satisfaction and complete joy. Coldplay was definitely a rush of blood to the system.

Concerning their Ontario gig, Colleen said the following:

I'm writing from Ontario, we just had the coldplay 'experience' on Wednesday night when we saw them at the Molson Ampitheatre. My review is short, and hopefully sweet. There is no recording company, that can capture the magic they transmit while performing live. It is a wonderous spell they cast while their music envelopes you....another world if you will, one moment off this planet and into their minds. I did not want to leave.

And last but not least, Carter wrote in with a very concise description of two California shows:

Saw the shows in Sacramento and San Francisco. Excellent stuff. Very electric atmosphere.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in! Look for more from our friends in Scandinavia toward the end of June!

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Guess Who's Back!

June 19, 2003 3:34 PM

Guess who's back, back again. Bernie's back, tell a friend!

Okay, enough of that. Yes, after a brief leave, I am back to my usual tricks, posting Coldplay news to the site and whatnot. The guestbook has been reopened as well, in case you were wondering.

What's even more important, though, is that (in case you haven't already noticed) Bernie's Coldplay Site has undergone a complete renovation to celebrate its one-year anniversary (officially June 21, 2003).

I want to thank those of you who were kind enough to write in with reviews and concern about my whereabouts during the transition. I'll be sure to attend to your emails as quickly as possible, now that every waking minute isn't being dedicated to the redesign.

I'd love to hear any and all comments about the new design, especially if you happen to find something wrong. There was a lot of code that had to be written or re-written in the process, so it wouldn't surprise me if something broke.

Other than any minor kinks, though, I think she's running pretty well, and it's a good feeling to know I can get back to what I do best, providing you all with Coldplay content.

Before I go, I should probably introduce a new feature that comes with the redesign – comments and permalinks. Comments should be fairly straightforward...simply comment on any news items you feel comment-worthy, and hopefully other people will comment as well (whether it be in response to your comments or the original news item). The permalink is there to provide permanent access to a particular news item (as well as its comments), in case anyone would want to link to a given entry. It works out better for the search engines too, which means we'll get more and more Coldplay fans coming to this site over time (which is the ultimate end goal).


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