Terrible Red Rocks Review

June 10, 2003 12:11 AM

Dan from BBC 6music wrote in to say that they will be playing an archive concert from Coldplay from Glastonbury 2000 between 11pm and 12pm local time on June 12th.

I had the misfortune of stumbling across a terrible review of Coldplay's recent Red Rocks show, written by a guy named Matt Sebastian. Reading the poorly written review inspired me to write in and blow off some steam, so I sent the following email:

Mr. Sebastian,

You should be ashamed of yourself, having written one of the sorriest excuses for a concert review I have ever had the displeasure of reading. If you are going to be posting lackluster reviews online, please only review lackluster bands. Coldplay is by far one of the hottest bands right now, and they are clearly escalating to the same level of bands like Radiohead and U2. Not because they mimic them, as you alluded to, but because they are of the same musical caliber.

I'd suggest, before writing your next poorly written and barely researched review, that you spend a little more time getting to know the facts, and perhaps even open your mind a bit. For one, the album's title is not "It's A Rush of Blood to the Head," and two, Chris Martin's "shrill falsetto," Jon Buckland's "icy guitar," and the album's "still and emotionless" sound has won the band and the album two Grammys and an armful of other notable awards.

Instead of providing a profound review of a band's performance, I found the words you chose (e.g. "emotionless," "simple" and "antiseptic") only served to describe the review (and perhaps reviewer?) I was reading.

Bernie Zimmermann

So maybe I got a little carried away, but I really didn't like the interview.

On a final note, this will most likely be the last news update you'll see here for a little bit (we're talking days here, not weeks, so don't worry), as I will be moving to a faster server and a new website design in celebration of this site's upcoming one-year anniversary (the site initially launched on June 21, 2002).

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Another Perspective

June 03, 2003 8:52 PM

Apparently that Wener guy who had nothing but negative things to say about Coldplay's recent Hollywood Bowl show (see previous news) was sitting in a different section than Jason Upright, who wrote in with the following review:

"[The] Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles...[was] the perfect setting for an outdoor Coldplay show. Classy, natural, and epic. It's truly a beautiful venue, rich with history, and set into the side of the Hollywood Hills.

"The band performed two new songs during their regular set. One was a very driving, U2-ish number that was far more straight ahead rock than anything the guys have written before. Chris played electric guitar on this one. They didn't give the name. The other new one was a more traditional, mid-tempo CP tune with Chris back at the piano. This one was called 'Moses'. After a couple of staged encores, the Bowl cheered long enough to bring the boys back out one last time. Chris announced they'd try a brand new one 'just written that day' that had 'never been performed live anywhere before'. Again, he didn't give a song title. But, this too was a very uptempo, driving, rock number with Chris on electric guitar. Perhaps this is a sign of what's to come? All in all, this show was the absolute BEST I have ever seen the band yet."

Thanks, Jason!

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Mayor of the Sunset Strip

June 03, 2003 12:22 PM

According to MTV News, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay and Joey Ramone are among those included in "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," a documentary about L.A. DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, scheduled to debut June 17 at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

News Journal has a great article about Coldplay and their rise to fame. In it, drummer Will Champion is quoted as saying the following: "It's been all on our own terms. We have 100-percent control over any aspect of whatever we do, and that's really important to who we are and the music we make. We take control of recording, the videos, the artwork. We're not a band that can be pushed around."

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Conflicting Reviews

June 03, 2003 1:01 AM

Coldplay's recent Hollywood Bowl gig got a terrible review over at the Orange County Register, thanks to writer Ben Wener. To list off only a few of the disses in his review, Wener described the show as "underwhelming" and "less compelling" than last time they were in town; described their stage lighting effects as "third-rate" (I just saw them a week ago and the lighting was spectacular); said that Chris Martin has yet to become a "captivating persona" and that he "needs to spend less time hobnobbing with Gwyneth and more time witnessing the world's injustices firsthand." He also had the nerve to call the band's new song, 'Moses,' "sappy," calling the lyrics "downright cheesy." Where did this guy come from, and what's his deal? If you feel like giving him a piece of your mind (especially if you were at the show), feel free to email him.

If you feel like getting that "bad review" taste out of your mouth, head on over to The San Francisco Gate, where they've got an excellent review of Coldplay's recent Shoreline Amphitheater gig. Amazing how they could be so good one night and so "underwhelming" another, isn't it? Don't get me started ;)

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Takin' Care of Business

June 01, 2003 11:51 PM

There's a great article about how the video for 'The Scientist' came about over at MTV. There's also a great review of Coldplay's recent show at the Les Schwab Amphitheater over at The Oregonian's website. It compares the band to Radiohead, at one point describing Chris as Thom "Yorke as a puppy," and gives props to Will Champion for his muscular yet sensitive drumming that drives the band's sets. Be sure to give it a read. And speaking of Radiohead, Thom Yorke recently referred to Coldplay's music as "lifestyle music" in an inteview with Time magazine. You can check that out over at Time's site. There's also a review of Coldplay's Hollywood Bowl show that is worth a look, so don't miss that either.

And now to cover some of the business-type emails I've received over the past few weeks, be sure to go take a look at the Coldplay Mobile site if you're interested in Coldplay-related cellphone goodies and some contests. I've also gotten a few emails from the folks over at, who apparently allow you to stream music by Coldplay and many other bands, so you might want to give that a look.

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