October 28, 2002 9:12 PM
Chris Martin and Johnny Buckland are to take part in the Oxfam Fairplay gig in London this week and claim it will be "the best concert of all time".
The Coldplay stars join acts including Ms Dynamite, Noel Gallagher, Idlewild and Lamb for the event, which takes place at London's Astoria tomorrow night.
Martin, who is heavily involved with the charity, explained: "We decided that the Fairplay concert was such a good idea that we're gonna play it as well. So we'll be there, playing with some incredibly special guests, and it'll be the best concert of all time. Apart from other ones that were just as good!"
He told Radio 1: "I think it's a really amazing idea and there are some really cool people playing at it. A few comedians are doing it as well. It's bigger than Live Aid. It should be bigger than Live Aid anyway"
#Organisers hope that the concert will raise 40,000 for coffee farmers in Haiti and raise the profile of Oxfam's 'Make Trade Fair' campaign.
For more information visit www.maketradefair.org.
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Chris' Midnight Shopping
October 26, 2002 5:37 AM
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has shown he is one of David Gray's biggest fans - by buying five copies of his new album at its launch.
The singer was among the fans who turned up to a midnight opening session at HMV in Dublin to buy A New Day At Midnight.
Staff at the store offered him complimentary copies of the LP but the singer still gave them 100 Euros so they could buy themselves a drink.
Martin was in the city to play shows at The Point venue and popped in to the store as he was passing.
Gray had signed 100 copies of the album for the early hours opening.
A store spokesman said: "The staff recognised him and a rep gave him the albums for free but Chris wanted to pay, so instead he gave the HMV staff the money to buy themselves a drink."
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Chris, Jonny and Ian
October 25, 2002 12:25 AM
Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland both appear on the upcoming solo album by Echo & the Bunnymen leader Ian McCulloch. Martin sings backing vocals on two tracks, while Buckland presumably plays guitar. The still-untitled album will be McCulloch's first solo project since 1992's Mysterio, and is projected for release in March 2003.>
For the Coldplay duo, it was a returned favor of sorts, as McCulloch became friends with the band during the recording of their second album A Rush Of Blood To The Head in Liverpool earlier this year. McCulloch's presence gave Coldplay confidence and also resulted in the song "A Whisper."
Martin tells LAUNCH: "One day he said to me, 'You know, Chris, the record sounds OK, but have you got a song that goes, 'one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three?' 'Cause every record should have one, Chris, every record should have one.' So, I thought, 'No, sh-t, we haven't.' So, over the weekend we did a song. So, there's one song on the record that he basically told us to write. It's a song called 'A Whisper,' which goes 'doogada-doon-doon doogada...' It does what he says, really, but very fast."
Coldplay has also been covering the Bunnymen's 1980s hit "Lips Like Sugar" in concert.
In other Coldplay news, Martin joined Ash singer-guitarist Tim Wheeler to take over the BBC Radio 1 program Steve Lamacq's Evening Session this Tuesday (October 22). Martin sang a song he wrote with comedian friend Simon Pegg about a witch, then took a phone call from British Pop Idol TV show star Darius Danesh, who said bands like Coldplay and Travis had inspired him.
Martin also talked about listening to Oasis while Coldplay was touring the U.S. this past summer, becoming a fan himself, all over again.
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Wembley Arena Review
October 24, 2002 12:51 AM
The following review comes to us thanks to Kumari:
s Kentish Town Forum. I was anxious that the band I had come to love unreservedly might somehow disappoint and be dwarfed by the huge auditorium. However, shortly after 9:00 all my fears were allayed. The band launched into a thunderous, crashing dissonance of out of tune guitars and piano as they began the intro to POLITIK. Chris seemed not so much to want to play the piano as to demolish it. His body, almost spasming with jerky, angular motions that conveyed the pain, anger and frustration of the lyrics. There was no doubt in my mind as the song effortlessly filled the cavernous auditorium and held the huge crowd spellbound that this band have grown into their space.
as the haunting, almost ethereal intro to YELLOW began. The lighting was amazing and we felt that we really were bathed as one in golden light. Chris jumped into the air, thrashing his guitar in what seemed like a gravity-defying feat. He literally seemed to be jumping for joy and revelling in the love of the audience.
recognition to the opening chords. Stomping versions of A RUSH OF BLOOD and CLOCKS followed which finished the main gig. The whole building seemed to be shaking as the crowd yelled and stomped for more. After a few minutes the band returned to rapturous applause for a real singalong version of IN MY PLACE and LIFE IS FOR LIVING. They then waved goodbye, sadly not doing their usual cover versions as an encore but that is a minor gripe since this was a gig to treasure.
m not sure, but I think this was the set list:
- The One I Love
- Bones s Not Lost
- Green Eyes
- God Put A Smile On Your Face
- The Scientist
- A Rush Of Blood To The Head
- In My Place
- Life Is For Living
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Making Headlines as Usual
October 24, 2002 12:43 AM
Let's get this news update rolling. According to Ananova, Coldplay's frontman, Chris Martin, has contributed to two tracks on Ian McCulloch's new album (of Echo and the Bunnymen fame).
Have you noticed that Coldplay's tour for 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' is a lot more "together" than past tours? Well, there's apparently good reason for this. In an article over at LAUNCH, Jonny Buckland says "it's the first tour we've ever really rehearsed. So, when we were touring over the last few years someone would say, 'Oh you're going to Japan and then you've got a European tour.' So we wouldn't really have any time in the rehearsal room. Whereas now, we've been able to spend three or four weeks with lighting people and sound people and just to try to get everything together. So we feel a little bit more prepared."
Speaking of the recent tour, there has been a lot of hype surrounding the latest shows. On Monday night, Chris dedicated 'In My Place' to one of the band's biggest high-profile fans, Gwyneth Paltrow, during their London gig at Wembley Arena. NME reports that he also dedicated songs to his mother, who was in the crowd. Radiohead's Ed O'Brien showed up at the band's after-show party, which was held at the Cobden Club. The band played a show in Belfast tonight and finishes up the tour in Dublin on Sunday.
Coldplay picked up one of the most prestigious awards at this year's Q Awards, the award for "Best Album." They were topped, though, by Ed O'Brien's band, Radiohead, who took home the award for "Best Act in the World Today."
And finally, if you haven't seen the video for 'The Scientist,' you have to check it out. It's definitely thought- and emotion-provoking, to say the least. All you need to do is register at The Official Coldplay Site, and you'll have full-access to the video, and other great features.
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