Win VIP Tickets to V2003

April 01, 2003 8:34 PM

How would you like to win two V.I.P tickets to one of Europe's largest festivals? As a guest of Fender, you and a friend could be flown to England (unless you live there of course!) where you will get the chance to be backstage and catch the action up close!

The festival, known as V2003, will be held in Staffordshire on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2003 and will play host to a multitude of top acts from Europe and the U.S., including Queens Of The Stone Age, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, David Gray, The Hives, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Coral, Feeder, Morcheeba and PJ Harvey.

The lucky winners will get the chance to rub shoulders with the artists and have privileged access to the special V.I.P. area.

Competition closes May 30th, 2003. To enter, visit

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Top of the Pops Contest

March 31, 2003 11:30 PM

Annabel Leathes wrote in from Top of the Pops last week to point out that they are currently running a contest on their website. They've got two tickets to the upcoming Manchester show (April 14th) and two more for London (April 16th) According to their site they'll even include your hotel and transporation. All you have to do to win is play their 5-question lyrics quiz. They've got a few extra goodies on their site too, so be sure to check it out.

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Liam Disses Chris

March 29, 2003 1:23 AM

Liam Gallagher has called Coldplay frontman Chris Martin a "knobhead student" for expressing strong anti-war views at a fundraising show.

The Oasis singer slammed Martin for his comments at the band's Teenage Cancer Trust show In London on Monday (March 24), where he encouraged the sell-out crowd at the Royal Albert Hall to "sing against war".

Gallagher also labelled Martin's Oscar-winning actress girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow a "gawky bird".

The verbal assault came after Gallagher appeared as a special guest at Richard Ashcroft's Teenage Cancer Trust show at the same venue on Wednesday (March 26).

He told The Sun : "When Coldplay did this gig they banged on about the war, that's wrong. Chris Martin shouldn't be using this cause to bang on about his own views on the war. If him and his gawky bird want to go banging on about the war they can do it at their own gigs.

"That lot are just a bunch of knobhead students - Chris Martin looks like a geography teacher. What's all that with writing messages about Free Trade on his hand when he's playing. If he wants to write things down I'll give him a pen and a pad of paper. Bunch of students.

"These gigs are about kids who have got cancer, they've got to fight a war every day of their lives. That's what we're all here doing this for."

Other acts playing at the Albert Hall through the week of shows included Supergrass, Doves and Madness.

Source: NME

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All the Things She Said

March 25, 2003 8:02 PM

Coldplay singer Chris Martin asked the crowd at London's Royal Albert Hall to "sing against the war" at last night's (March 24) Teenage Cancer Trust concert.

The band received a rousing response to their 15-song set when the whole audience rose to its feet to sing during 'Everything's Not Lost' 'Yellow' and 'In My Place'.

Martin even played a verse of, in his opinion, "the best song around," Oasis' 'Songbird', at the end of 'Everything's Not Lost', and sang the chorus of Tatu's chart-topper 'All The Things She Said' during 'In My Place.'

During 'Everything's Not Lost', Martin galvanised the audience to its feet by asking them to let go of their inhibitions and sing along.

Martin said: "Most of us here are English and everyone has got a fear of singing in public, tonight abandon your Englishness and you can feel the sound of the song. Sing against the war, pop music and Simon Cowell and all that shit."

Earlier in the set, Martin made another subtle criticism of the war in Iraq, changing the lyrics to 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head', singing, "Buy a gun and start a meaningless war."

The set list included:

  • Politik
  • God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
  • Spies
  • Daylight
  • Trouble
  • A Rush Of Blood To The Head
  • Don't Panic
  • Everything's Not Lost / Songbird
  • Yellow
  • The Scientist
  • Clocks
  • In My Place (All the Things She Said)
  • Life Is For Living
Source: NME

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Tickets, Clocks, and Minneapolis

March 17, 2003 9:48 PM

Jennie was kind enough to write in with an offer for visitors of my site. Apparently has a limited number of tickets available for the concert in Lille on March 27th. The price is apparently 50 Euros, so check it out.

Peter Davias from Sound World Music Online wrote in to say "the Coldplay single 'CLOCKS' has been lowered in price, it is now retailing for only AUS $4.95." Be sure to place an order if you haven't already!

And finally, Terry, another one of our loyal visitors sent in an excellent review of the Minneapolis show from March 13th:

As the bottom the the $25 concert t-shirt says, this is the last stop on this leg of the tour before the 4 boys from Coldplay dash back accross the pond. The stage was set up center court of Target Center, home of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who on occaision have been known to "play cold". But the premiere band from the UK heated up a cold Minnesota night. Opening up with Politik, which had to be the opening, from the opening number the crowd was energized by Chris Martin who would almost need a seat belt on his piano stool to keep him from crashing to the stage. The band mixed hi energy cuts with piano ones from their millon seller records of "Parachutes" and "A Rush of Blood to the Head". 3/4 of the way thru the concert and explosion took place when the yellow strobe lights beamed over the audience, any not left standing in the upper level during "Yellow" were out of place. Coming out for 3 encore songs including "Clocks" and "In my place", the band had conquered and won over everyone from the land of 10,000 lakes.

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