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Coldplay Keeping Busy

February 06, 2003 10:09 PM

Most of the following you should already know, since it has been up on the Official Coldplay Website for quite some time now. But, just in case, here goes...

It was announced today that Coldplay is confirmed for a Tonight Show with Jay Leno performance on Monday, February 10th. And remember, they'll also be performing on the Grammy awards on February 23rd.

The band will also be performing at the 3rd annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows on opening night. Other bands scheduled to perform include Doves, Eric Clapton, Supergrass and Richard Ashcroft. Coldplay are scheduled to play March 24th, and tickets go on sale via the Royal Albert Hall Box Office starting February 7th at 9am (in the UK). You should also be able to pick up tickets here

And now some information on the next UK single. If you haven't heard, 'Clocks' has been selected as the next single, and a video has already been shot. The single will also feature the tracks 'Animals' and 'Crest of Waves.' Look for the video to premier on MTV tomorrow (after 7pm GMT).

More soon...

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Wedding Bells?

February 06, 2003 9:59 PM

Coldplay star Chris Martin has found the love of his life in superstar Gwyneth Paltrow and now he wants to marry her.

The hunky Yellow star has been romancing the Shakespeare In Love Oscar winner since last year and his feelings for her continue to grow stronger.

And according to British gossip magazine Closer he has asked friends whether it is too soon to present her with a sparkling engagement ring.

A source says, "We've been surprised by the amount of time he's spending with Gwyneth, and he's dropping heavy hints that she really is the woman for him. Only six months ago, he was determined to remain single, but now he seems ready to settle down.

"He's been asking friends if they think long-distance relationships work, because their careers force them to spend so much time apart.

"He's admitted he would love to be married before long, and said he envies the secure relationships enjoyed by his bandmates and other celebrity friends."

Source: TeenHollywood.com

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Guinea Pigs 'n Things

February 03, 2003 2:45 PM

An article at MTV today unveils that the band has been throwing in bits and pieces of Justin Timberlake's 'Like I Love You' and Destiny's Child's 'Independent Women, Pt. 1' into their recent '03 tour shows. The article reports, in addition, that "the group has also been trying out three or four new songs that might appear on the follow-up to 'A Rush of Blood to the Head.'"

"We always try to play the songs in sound check, but you can gauge a song much better when you're playing it as a performance rather than just practice," drummer Will Champion said. "It's important that you start playing it and work out where the weaknesses are and work out where the strong points are, and so on. Use the audience like guinea pigs, you know?"

Apparently the band hopes to begin recording the follow-up sometime in September, once they've finished touring for their now almost Platinum sophomore record. The album is an almost sure bet for Platinum status, as the band is planning on releasing a new video for "Clocks" in the United States sometime later this month. Their appearance at the Grammys is sure to help as well (remember what it did for U2 and their latest album?), as they will be performing at the awards ceremony. The band has reservations about the gig, nonetheless:

"Playing at awards shows is always quite tough because you've got a tough crowd," Champion said. "They're all musicians, and quite a few of them are great and some are not so great. It's not like you're playing in front of your fans."

For those of you getting excited about hearing Justin Timberlake covers (hopefully there are no more than 10 of you out there), here's a rundown of Coldplay's upcoming gigs for February:

  • February 3rd - St. Louis, MO at Savvis Center
  • February 4th - Kansas City, KS at Memorial Hall
  • February 6th - Denver, CO at Fillmore Auditorium
  • February 7th - Salt Lake City, UT at SaltAir Pavilion
  • February 9th - Phoenix, AZ at Dodge Theatre
  • February 24th - Ottawa, ON at Corel Centre
  • February 25th - Montreal, QC at Bell Centre
  • February 27th - Wallingford, CT at Careerbuilder.com Oakdale Theatre
  • February 28th - Camden, NJ at Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
And finally, for those fans over in Europe, you can look forward to seeing Coldplay this summer at the T in the Park festival in Scotland, July 13th. REM headlines the previous day for an event that is now in its 10th year. If you think Coldplay are playing a lot of new material now, imagine what they'll be hearing in Scotland by summertime!

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A Handful of Articles and Tour News

February 03, 2003 12:00 AM

There is a great article over at USAToday.com titled "Coldplay Searching for a Balance" that is worth checking out. Here's a small excerpt from the interview:

"I'm a tremendously arrogant young man," Martin confesses during a poolside conversation at the Chateau Marmont. "I believe in my band to ridiculous extents. There's a little side of every singer that believes what he's doing is the best thing ever."

In the "Times Picayune" newspaper, it was revealed that the band has been playing new material at their recent shows. Apparently the band played a "midtempo" 'Moses' and 'A Ladder to the Sun' amidst their more familiar tunes at the Saenger Theater on January 27th. The article, which also labels Coldplay the "British band of [the] moment" is one you should definitely read if you've got some spare time.

CBS also has an interesting article about the fate of the Jimmy Kimmel Show, which featured Coldplay playing live the night of the Super Bowl. The writer wasn't too impressed by the way the premier ended: "Was it my imagination or did he conclude the first show by cutting off the rock and roll band Coldplay in the middle of a song?" I had the same reaction ;)

And on the touring front, I've gotten some great reviews from fellow Coldplay fans who have been lucky enough to catch some of the latest shows. Kelly wrote in and said "My neck hurt SO bad for the next three days from swinging it around so much!" after seeing the band in New Orleans. A special thanks goes out to Scott, as well, who sent in a setlist from the Dallas show on Friday night:

  • Politik
  • God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
  • Spies
  • Daylight
  • Trouble
  • Warning Sign
  • One I Love
  • Don't Panic
  • Everything's Not Lost
  • Moses
  • Yellow
  • Scientist
  • Life is For Living

  • Encore
  • Clocks
  • In My Place
  • Ladder to the Sun
Thanks for sending this stuff in, you guys! I look forward to hearing more!

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Grammys and More

January 29, 2003 11:02 PM

As you probably have heard by now, Coldplay has been nominated for two Grammy awards this year, one for 'Best Alternative Music Album,' and the other for 'Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal' (for 'In My Place').

As it turns out, they have also been slated to perform at the ceremony, which takes place February 23rd at New York's Madison Square Garden. The show is scheduled to be broadcast on CBS in the United States. Check your local listings for the time.

Dotmusic is reporting that the band 'Feeder' will be supporting Coldplay when they play their arena gigs in the UK on April 14th, 16th and 17th (the shows are already sold out). Chances are they will be releasing 'Clocks' as a single in the UK to coincide with the shows.

As for the U.S. tour, Coldplay is excited to have their label mates touring with them. Chris Martin hopes that 'Music,' whose debut album goes on sale on February 25th, will make the jump from opener to headliner before long. He had the following to say about Coldplay's leap, "Of course, I think wow, you know, we went from playing in a matchbox to playing in this big festival, you know, but that's because we really believe we can do something special, so it's a mixture of real surprise and real arrogance."

And finally, the reviews are already coming in for Coldplay's recent shows. Jennifer was nice enough to write in and share some thoughts on the January 24th Birmingham, Alabama show. She said "I had to travel to see them, but it was well worth it. They are so awesome live. The CD doesn't do them justice. They are wonderful performers. I was thrilled by the show and hope that everyone attending [one of the upcoming concerts] has an experience as great as mine!" Thanks Jennifer!

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